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It’s the end of this blog as we know it.

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A blog ended.

Please Say More.

And I feel fine.

We’ve come to the end of our Social Media Marketing class.


In this class, our intent was to explore what it means to reach outside our bubble. Some of us focused on reaching into areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul that we’ve never been to. Some of us focused on asking questions and entertaining discussions across intellectual and empathic boundaries. Some of us looked at gender and sexual identities, others reached across religious boundaries to visit mosques and temples. Others looked inside and found the great fear of moving outside–a fear we could all agree on.

We noticed that something happened when we reached out: the people and the stories we encountered humanized issues. We started to see flesh and blood beings with histories and hopes and humor and fears. People just like us.

Plus: we realized reaching across boundaries and through bubbles requires humility.


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March 3, 2018 at 9:01 pm

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February 15, 2018 at 8:59 am

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And if no one reaches back?

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What if we reach out and no one reaches back?

Please Say More.

Keep Reaching.

I pay a compliment with a silent expectation that it will return. I give a gift in the same way. When the word or gift does not return I am hurt, though I try to talk myself out of that response. After all, the gift is for the recipient, not the giver.

Why am I hurt? Maybe my intention was wrong. Maybe I was fishing for a compliment rather than simply wanting to give. Maybe I envisioned a more generous version of me, a me who gave without expecting something in return. But the reality was a more a needy version of me—someone eager for kudos.

Social media shares similarities with gift economies: both are about presenting a bit of work to someone else. We present something we value to others as a gift. Maybe the gift comes back, maybe it doesn’t. In our more generous moments…

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February 5, 2018 at 10:01 am

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Thinking First: Preparing for the Difficult Conversation

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Check out my guest post on the Essential Partners blog:


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January 5, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Wes Anderson Christmas Spot

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2 Reasons You Should Watch This:

#1–It’s charming.

#2–See #1

Certainly someone was selling something in there.

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November 28, 2016 at 9:50 am

Could you be the office TJ?

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The Ladies Love It.

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November 10, 2016 at 5:00 am

Post-Election Blues? Tea.

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November 9, 2016 at 5:00 am

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