Enlightened Conflict

saying goodbye to project global generation

December 27th, 2016

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“ I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself.”

 

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Dead Poets Society

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“Teach me how to gracefully let go of things not meant for me.”

 

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Well.

 

I am saying goodbye to my project global generation education idea.

 

Project Global Generation was my global gg access tech_growthtechnology based education idea.

 

It pains me to do so as I view what is happening with regard to education and technology.

But it has been 6 years since I built out the program and initiative and shared it online and it has gone nowhere.

 

I still believe it is a good idea. No. A great idea to enhance education at younger age levels globally.

 

More often than not when technology & education is discussed it refers to university level. I do not. And I have not. My initiative has always resided at the K through 12 level.

 

<although … awhile back one of the people in my LinkedIn network recently attended a conference on technology, start ups and education which discussed investment in K-12 innovation and VC’s: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/heres-what-we-told-world-leaders-edtech-betsy-elizabeth-corcoran >

 

 

Now.

 

Before anyone completely freaks out, while I do believe classrooms will need to change shape <almost everyone agrees the common set up is less than optimal>, I do believe there will be a human teacher for a long time yet and in my initiative idea I created a concept in which the best teachers could have student access globally … anywhere <implementation and costs  >

 

But.

Something needs to change <and charter schools and privatization are simply band aids on an old wound>.

 

Worldwide, 250 million children do not have even basic numeracy and literacy skills. In some rural parts of the world only one in five children aged 10 and 11, who should have spent five years in school, have achieved minimum learning standards.

My idea can help solve that.

 

In addition, one reason why so many children spend time in school without progressing is overly ambitious and inflexible curriculum. Education interventions aimed at basic literacy and numeracy skills for children who have fallen behind curricular expectations show that they can improve rapidly with the right support.

My idea can help solve that.

 

In many countries, the best teachers often cannot help the students who need them the most holding back children’s learning.

My idea can solve that.

 

In many cases learning is less than optimal because we do not provide learning resources to help children progress at an appropriate pace. Learning materials will only be effective if they are accessible to children, are pitched at the right level and in the right language, and teachers are trained to use them. A computer-based tool in India that tailored learning materials according to children’s current learning levels increased test scores in mathematics for the average child, to exceed 69% of children in the comparison group.

My idea can help solve that.gg thinking beyond-the-box

 

Lastly.

 

It is clear that education systems require urgent reform.

My idea can help do that.

 

Online education has made incredible strides.

And it certainly hasn’t reached a point where it can completely replace physical teaching. Human beings are able to pick up on a multitude of contextual clues from students to determine and respond to the emotional states. Technology can’t detect emotional states, let alone adapt its behavior to cater accordingly.

But we would be foolish to believe that ability is not beyond the scope of what technology will be capable of at some point.

 

Anyway.

I am certainly not the only one with this vision of a technology based education platform.

 

A guy, Steve Vosloo, significantly smarter than I and in the education business has written some fabulous pieces associated with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with regard to the future of technology based education:

 

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“UNESCO studies have shown that the use of a SMS phone can help them [children in developing countries] onto the first rung of Digital Literacy by learning to read and write their first words, and subsequently creating the desire to attend school.”

 

http://edutechdebate.org/2014-ict4edu-trends/6-emerging-trends-in-education-and-mobile-learning/

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All that said.

As I say goodbye to Project Global Generation I admitI have always wanted to leave a Legacy. One which may appear to be a pretty “big hairy audacious goal”.

 

Encouraging an optimistic global generation of children having a respect for the environment and others and, ultimately, are individually and globally responsible.

 

I want to develop a children’s education global initiative that can grow the roots for a positive responsible global generation. I want to attack ignorance as if it is the enemy.

And I built it.

 

Soup to nuts I built out the concept <I have the entire table of contents below>.

 

And, suffice it to say, I believe there is a confluence of factors that make this concept a possibility. It is an idea that’s time has come. Surely, the most critical factor to this concept is the evolution of internet usage and global access.

GG platform benefitsIn addition, I thought the idea would always contribute to my larger overarching objective of Enlightened Conflict.

 

Why did I believe Enlightened Conflict an important objective?

Let’s assume Conflict will always exist – between countries, religious beliefs, ideologies, the haves and the have nots, etc. We appear to have a unique opportunity to insure conflict can be managed to some extent. Enlightening a generation to the risks of conflict without respect <the reverse would be encouraging positive conflict or conflict with rules>.

 

If we don’t attempt to place the underpinnings on the foundation of the global generation, then we risk the global house falling when they reach an age where they can dictate the outcome of whatever conflicts across the globe may be happening at that time. No one can doubt that there will be crises and conflict this generation will deal with. And none of us can imagine what they will be. But we should bear a responsibility for preparing them. And an internet education platform offers an opportunity to create a global community thread that in the end could spare us from the direst outcomes from future conflict.

 

Am I seeking a global socialism or global “mind”? Absolutely not.

In fact I would encourage embracing local culture customs but within this infrastructure of common respect. I hesitate to use the word values because so often it has religious aspects. But if I could use it without the religious attachment it is very appropriate. I do not believe we will have a global religion but I do believe we can have global respect.

I call this objective “The Global Generation and Owning a Contradiction: Community Individualism” and it was at the core of the think biggerconcept.

 

I have always believed to make this idea be its most effective, the concept has to embrace the contradiction. Community, a pluralism type idea, and Individuality of choice, a strength in “one” to make a difference type idea. Therefore this concept needs to enhance the sense of global community and encourage local individual choice to encourage belief that a global community is actually made from the strength of individual choices <and the global community respects local choices as long as it stays within an overall respect for life & environment construct>.

 

I have always believed, all the other aspects created equal, the strength of this concept lies within the circular strength of the global/local relationship.

 

Regardless.

 

I have thought out tactics, implementation and strategy. And while this is an expansive concept I didn’t want this program and creating “global balanced respect” to be so pie in the sky and “high road” it was unrealistic. Yet I also don’t want it to be so watered down children won’t be able to see the high road if they are capable of taking it. What I mean by “high road” is while a child in Siberia or the Congo is focused on having food on the table, they truly have dreams of an education to be able to be one of those people they see on TV or hear on radio. It is difficult for a “have” to totally understand a “have not” unless you have been in their shoes.

 

I believe if we build a platform that shows kids the only difference between them is actually the having or not having, it helps a lot. And then if we seek to make education <or maybe cornerstone “conflict” knowledge points> attainable for all globally that helps everyone get off on the right foot, which is where I believe it all begins.

 

So what makes this so less pie in the sky is “creating a positive global imprint for environment and individual respect” is a fairly easy concept to grasp.

 

Ok.

 

Regardless of all the big conceptual ideas I glossed over <but do have detailed thought for> the tactic plan of action is attainable. If you would like to see click here: project global generation.

 

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“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”

 

Sir Winston Churchill

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I am interested in helping be a builder of this next empire. I would drop anything I was doing to do this. So contact me if you want to hire me to make this idea happen.

 

Bruce McTague

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Here is the table of contents for all the pieces I have written from the original concept idea to specific costs and implementation tactics:

 

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–          About Project Global Generation

The welcome to the site and why I created this idea/initiative.

 

–          Table of contents and summary

If you read only one thing this would be it.  Right here (this post is the contents/summary).  A cliff notes version of everything you can find on the site.

 

–          1. global generation: dawn of enlightened individuality (the global generation)

using a variety of sources I outline what I believe the generation after the Millennials, called The Global Generation, will look like attitudinally and how they ‘fit’ in the cycle of generations.

 

–          1a. The global generation student: about their abilities & attitude

using a Fischler study and the Singapore Ministry of Education I try and overcome some misperceptions about the abilities and attitudes of a younger generation of students

 

–          2. global generation: a look at millennials (and why they are not the global generation)

in this post I take a deeper dive into why I believe the Millennials will end up facilitating the Global Generation opportunity and not be the generation that will impact education & enlightened conflict directly. 

 

–          3. global generation: sociology & the internet platform

there are some inherent sociological benefits to a we based education initiative and in this post I outline them.

 

–          4. global generation: developing critical thinking skills

in this post I outline how the Global generation, facilitated by a web based program, will be the greatest critical thinking generation we have seen.

 

–          5. global generation: education messaging underpinnings

in this article I outline the specifics of what makes up the educational aspects (and what does not).

 

–          6. global generation: learning by lurking

in addition to the sociological benefits as outlined in GG 3 we have seen some possible improvements a web based model can offer to learning/education.

 

–          7. global generation: tactics & implementation

after outlining the thinking behind the initiative in this post I outline the specific tactics & costs.

 

–          8. global generation: the role of the web (versus existing education systems)

in this post I outline the benefits of using a web based model for education trying to explain why flipping the existing education model is better and more practical for the future generations 

 

–          global generation 9: measuring the initiative impact (attitudinally and global attendance)

now that I have outlined the thinking behind the program, the specific tactics & costs to implement I suggest measurement objectives and will also using the most recent UNESCO global education report I outline how the initiative will assist in reaching the UN Millennium goals.

 

–          10. global generation: more on impact – conflict & enlightenment

Using an article from The Economist I outline how the initiative impacts value systems

 

–          11. global generation: implementing a conflict prevention program

I compare the initiative against other existing global initiatives to outline how this initiative will be more effective than most other programs because it affects ongoing behavior as a ‘preventative’ initiative rather than a ‘intervention’ type program

 

–          12. global generation: not too close a link to human rights

I outline my thoughts that this initiative is an education program and not a Human rights program and part of its challenge is to not judge different cultural/governmental/religious systems but rather through education there is a high potential for a stronger tolerance of different views as the generation moves into adulthood.

 

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Well.goodbye hand

 

Today I write about Project Global Generation for the last time.

 

Sometimes you just have to let go of things … even if you think the ‘thing’ is worthwhile and worth fighting for.

 

If no one else sees the same value you do … well … as I have written a zillion times before … sometimes you just gotta let go and move on.

 

Project Global Generation is officially signing off. Farewell my friend.

 

presentations republican style & democrat style

July 29th, 2016

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“With malice toward none … let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

 

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Abraham Lincoln second inaugural speech

 

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Well.

 

DifferencesI have never read “Men are from Mars and women are from Venus” but I understand the premise. I start with that thought because if you watched both of the USA Republican and the Democratic conventions you could be absolutely forgiven for believing one group lives on Mars and the other on Venus.

 

The Republicans focused almost solely on the threat to America … from within and without.

 

The Democrats focused almost solely on the opportunity for America … within and without.

 

On one side I hear “law & order” as the absolute and on the other side I hear “rise together” as the absolute.

 

Regardless.

 

I am not going to suggest which is better … I know what I prefer but everyone needs to choose on their own.

 

What I am going to suggest is that great presenting matters. And that words well said bring life to ideas. Conversely, words used poorly can kill ideas.

 

I think we all know is that effective communication is the lifeblood of any healthy work & personal environment.

 

I think we all know that communication takes place on multiple levels in order to be truly effective – literally what we say as well as how we say those things.

 

I think we all know that emotion is the energy behind any true action. Without emotion action is … well … robotic at its core. In other words … it creates a task doing and checklist completion attitude.

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Knowing all that … I know I like hearing good presenters with good messages who communicate effectively on all levels. And I know I LOVE hearing a great idea or thought presented well <because that is what I think great ideas deserve and need>.

 

And that is where I believe the largest gap between the two conventions resides.

 

In the presentation of ideas & thoughts.

 

Simplistically … this is where I believe Trump cost his cause the most harm.

 

Because, for all the everyday schmuck may pontificate about “just delivering a canned speech,” there is nothing “just” about standing on a large stage in front of thousands of people <physically> and millions of people <eyeballs> and delivering a message.

 

If you have never done it … well … you just cannot understand what it is like <it is like running a gauntlet>.

 

Therefore … this is where elder statesmen/women help. You can pull the expert experienced orator off the shelf to deliver the most important messages in an inspiring, motivating, articulate way.

Trump sacrificed that.

 

In his hip pocket he had his family <who did well but are certainly not great communicator presenters> and a smattering of self-righteous indignant politicians who struggled to effectively communicate at the highest level.

 

This doesn’t mean the Democrats didn’t have some of the same … but they had the opportunity to either bury them among the great presenters or relegate them to a non prime time slot <because the prime time slots were chockfull of the big guns>.

 

But in the primetime … well … you want prime time talent.

 

What I mean is that on the Democrat side … well … night 1 was Booker, Michele O, Warren & Sanders.

Night 2 Albright & B. Clinton <with a nice Jimmy Carter video>.

Night 3 Panetta, Bloomberg, Kaine, Biden & Obama.

Night 4 Hillary.

 

The Republicans? Well. The Republicans were not only, in general, really crappy presenters but it was compounded by a darker, more ominous view of America, fear driven messaging.

 

The Democrats? Well. Not only did you have good presenters but they were also more often talking about a more hopeful future, a more optimistic view of America and what we can do if we get our shit together.

 

That said.

 

I am going to comment on some of my presentations of note … both Republican and Democrat.

But.

Let me begin with two presentations which I will simply call “American.”

 

Khizr Khan DNC constitutionSacrifice & country.

American: Khizr Khan

 

Khizr Khan is an American Muslim. His son, also a Muslim, was an American Army captain killed in action.

In an incredibly dignified way he became the unlikely spokesperson for Muslim America. I cannot imagine anyone in their wildest dreams would have selected this solid, slightly regal-in-bearing, man as the torch bearer for Muslims in America. And, yet, there he was holding a pocket sized version of the Constitution stating “you have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

 

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

I know this was directed toward Trump … and I sincerely hope Trump felt some anguish when listening to this defiant father.

 

But.

 

This was directed to 93% of America.

The last time I saw a number on this it was something like only 7% of Americans has a direct relationship with someone who has served or currently serves in the military.

 

I included.

 

I have sacrificed nothing nor have I sacrificed no one. And if but for one moment a dignified man, no less a dignified American Muslim, reminded me of this.

I imagine everyone in the 7%, regardless of their ethnicity or religion, paused with the words of this man and nodded.

 

I can only hope the other 93% paused with the words to think just a little bit more about the words we use with regard to what sacrifice for country & honor truly is. And I certainly hope that Republicans sat up and took note <as did Khan in an interview on MSNBC … avoid the first 7 minutes or so to get to Khan interview>

 

Me, as a commentator on presentations, will suggest this was an example of how being polished in presentation is irrelevant if you honor your message and have an honorable message.

 

 

The heart of democracy.rev barber dnc moral compass heart of america

American: Reverend William Barber

 

“We cannot give up on the heart of democracy. Not now. Not ever.”

 

Whew.

 

I run the risk that I am going to get a bunch of emails giving me shit about being some bleeding heart non Christian liberal by highlighting the Reverend’s speech.  Yeah. He spoke at the Democrat Convention but … well … fuck it.

This was a speech about America’s heart & soul … regardless of you party or religion.

 

I am not religious by any stretch of the imagination and I … well … sat there fascinated, watching, and listening to every word this mountain of a man uttered. Barber’s deep voice rumbled through the convention hall like a thunderstorm of morality. Yet. There was no finger pointing or judgement of issues just a commanding … well … a command to all of us to revive the heart of democracy.

 

From a religious perspective?

 “We need to embrace our deepest moral values…for revival at the heart of our democracy…When we love the Jewish child and the Palestinian child, the Muslim and the Christian and the Hindu and the Buddhist and those who have no faith but they love this nation, we are reviving the heart of our democracy.”

 

We have issues as a country … economic, inequality, social, etc. … but … at the core of all our future decisions, choices and behavior resides in whatever we may have as the heart of the nation. We people hold on to our specific opinions and beliefs with ragged claws … and maybe, just maybe, this mountain of a man will make some people let go to some of them. For that alone he just did America a great service in his presentation.

This was a powerful presentation delivered by a powerfully centered man.

 

“The watch word of our democracy is we.”

 

Who they are and who we are

presentations developing oneRepublican: Reince Priebus.

 

Geez.

The poor guy got slightly buried because … well … he is not really part of the Trump team.

This is the speech that every Republican should have printed out and taped to the inside of their briefcase.

This was a clinic on how to clearly articulate in a simple, engaging way who they are and who we are … and what they want and what we want.

 

 

 

Frankly.

This was by far the best speech at the Republican convention. But I bet I, and Reince’s wife, are the only ones who truly paid attention.

 

 

The casual verbal stroll

Republican: Trump’s personal friend Thomas Barrack

 

Some people compared this to a wedding toast gone bad.

Okay.

Maybe.

But shorten it by maybe 10 minutes and think about it.

No podium. No teleprompter <at least none obvious>. No notes.

It was a casual delivery of a fairly cohesive message … in front of 20,000 people and on national TV.

The guy has an incredible speaking gift. I could only dream of being able to communicate so clearly so extemporaneously and so casually.

Now.

He did say one thing that I am surprised didn’t catch people’s attention … in a fond moment of candor he stated one of Trump’s greatest strengths is his ability to manipulate people he did business with.

“He played me like a Steinway piano.”

 

Candor is always an interesting thing.

Regardless … this guy is comfortable presenting and has an incredible ability to do so.

 

The prosecution speaks.

overcommunication speakersRepublican: Chris Christie

 

Chris Christie is not my cup of tea but his speech simply prosecuted his case. Sure. He bludgeoned us in overarching style but, as any good prosecutor does, he outlined the stated issues and then stated the <unofficial> verdict.

 

One by one.

Hammer strike by hammer strike.

 

Should you do this for an entire presentation? Of course not. But Christie gave a clinic on prosecuting your case in a presentation. And every presenter should take note that building in a segment like this within your presentation can be incredibly commanding, credible, persuasive and … well … effective.

 

I do believe more presenters shoudl incorporate this into presnetations. Far too often we are being convinced we are “telling a story” and softly peddle our thoughts, ideas and recommendations. at some point  you … well … need to hammer in your point. Prosecute your case as it were.

 

 

Family style

Republican: The Trump kids <although I am not sure they are really Republicans>

 

Well.ivanka rnc speech

Its not like I thought they were crappy presenters … but watching professional presenters versus them as presenters was like watching … well … an amateur versus a professional. When comparing them to the rest of the Republican lineup of presenters they compared well.

When comparing them to the Democrat lineup of presenters … well … there was no real comparison.

 

Do I think Ivanka could be a good presenter some day? Sure. But my guess is that she is a fabulous small room communicator and that is, and will be, her gift.  She is poised. She is polished. But on stage at the convention she was okay.

 

Do I think one of the Trump sons could be a good presenter some day? Sure <and that is a slightly more of a sure than Ivanka>. One of them <I do not know the difference between the two of them> actually has the assured style and trappings of a good presenter in this format. If he could stop trying to emulate his father’s brash arrogant style I believe he’s got the goods. On stage that one son was better than okay.

 

The other daughter

Democrat: Chelsea Clinton.

 

Well.

 

chelsea dncThis was a wonderful <wonderful> lesson to anyone out there who is scared shitless of presenting.

 

Define your boundaries. Tune out what others say. Don’t overreach. Focus on moving your lips and saying what you mean to say and mean what you say.

This wasn’t a performance. This was simply a nonprofessional speaker being asked to … well … make a big speech.

Chelsea Clinton introduced her mother at the Democratic convention. Speaking deliberately she explained a woman who only she has seen.  We got a glimpse of a mother thru a daughter’s eyes.

In a nonprofessional way she was … well … graceful. This was a clinic for any presenter who is being pounded on by some presentation coach telling someone they need to be more enthusiastic and use their hands and move and … well … all the standard tricks of the coaching trade.

My point?

Find your voice and style and stand with it.

She wasn’t dynamic in the traditional definition of dynamic but ended up being dynamic regardless.

 

 

Note: A presentation lesson everyone should learn.

 

In an odd twist … while I didn’t dislike Ivanka’s performance … she looked like she was trying too hard to maintain a brand … and Chelsea just performed like she knew this was gonna be hard and ‘maintaining a brand’ never even crossed her mind.

 

This is an important nuance.

 

If you assume you have some ‘personal brand’ then you build presentations and persona based on what you want to have people perceive … and the message has to go thru that filter <which assumes some stuff gets rejected by the filter>. Chelsea, if she even thought about brand at all, assumed her brand would evolve from within – from her message & heart. Her brand would be a reflection of what is within which disregards any external filters.

 

But Ivanka should watch Chelsea’s tape. She would do well to think about it a little.

 

 

Rise up

Democrat: Corey Booker

 

This was the speech Rudy Guliani should have wanted to give.

Conversely, this was the democrat answer to Rudy Guliani. Rudy was passionately dark. Corey was passionately hopeful.

 

He quoted Maya Angelou. He quoted Abraham Lincoln. He had the audience saying the key line in cadence with him “we will rise.” He was uplifting. He spoke of love without it being soft. He spoke of America as a soul and not a person. He spoke of flying and not standing.

 

To me, while I believe it was Sarah Silverman who in a short biting monologue shifted the tenor of the convention it was Booker who reminded everyone that hope trumps fear and up is better than down.

 

The moment people care

Democrat: The moment Michelle made people care.presentation michelle obama

 

In an election where far too many people are bemoaning the lack of a good choice or the ‘choice of the lesser of two evils’ it was Michelle Obama who suggested we actually had a good choice.

And she did so in a way that reminded us that today is … well … just today and what matters is tomorrow.

 

What a fabulous, and I mean fabulous, presentation.

 

For if but a moment I was able to ponder how far we have come as a country and, yet, envision an even better tomorrow.

As a presenter … she also does several things so naturally I believe most people don’t even notice.

 

She has a stylistic thing she does with her right hand where when she makes a ‘pause point’ she holds up her hand almost like it is a “stop” sign … or “talk to the hand?” … regardless … it is an effective maneuver.

 

She has a look. She is always earnest in what she says … but then there is a moment … I call it the ‘hunker down moment.’ It is almost like she is chastising a child for doing or thinking something wrong. Her eyes seem a little darker and her face becomes slightly more stern. When she does it … well … it’s like we sit up in our chair a little more listening.

 

She moves back. It is a beautiful presentation move. Frickin’ beautiful. Most presenters when they take a dramatic pause they … well … pause. When Michelle does it she actually slightly shifts back away from the microphone and podium. It is almost like she is creating some space so that she can gather her next thought.

 

 

The spine of America.

Democrat: Joe Biden

 

“We never bow. We never bend. We never break. We endure. We overcome, and we always, always, always move forward.”

 

The heck with calling it the middle class. The heck with calling it hard working America. The heck with … shit … just call it the spine of America. And Joe Biden embodies the spine of America. In a ‘sitting in the neighborhood bar’ style he has a unique ability to speak of America’s moral compass in a more tough resilience way than how others speak of heart. There are multiple ways to speak about “doing the right thing” and Biden has an incredible knack for taking on that discussion from a hardnosed stripped down simplistic view of “it’s just what we do.”

 

Just as on night one where Booker’s speech will be over looked because of Michelle’s … Biden’s will be forever overlooked by Obama’s soaring rhetoric.

 

But.

 

This was blue collar values America at its best.

 

This wasn’t esoteric hopeful rhetoric.

 

This was a beautiful “everyone just shut the fuck up, put your adult pants on … and let’s do what we need to do today” speech.

 

And cleverly he inserted a small suggestion that hard working Republican America is different than Trump … almost giving permission for Republicans to stand up and not accept Hillary but reject Trump’s America.

It was beautifully done.

 

 

fly book words soarNot just rise … let’s soar.

The president.

 

Oh my.

 

Hope rose above fear.

 

We rose above I.

 

Tomorrow rose above yesterday.

 

Hard work & heart rose above anger.

 

Optimism rose above pessimism.

 

America rose above … well … Trump’s version of America.

 

Now.

 

I fully admit I am a hope guy.

And I fully admit it is speeches like this that make me wish I were a better person.

 

And I fully admit it is speeches like this that make me want to be a better version of who I am.

 

I could write pages on the speech. As always with an Obama speech there always seems to be one paragraph I wish he would have edited out but that is nitpicking.

 

It soared. And it appears Booker’s “Rise Up” almost became a small thread of vision within this speech <and others>. And while I am sure many people will disagree I did not believe this was a “rosy fantasy land” speech but rather one that simply suggested “you can look at problems or you can look at solutions … and I choose to believe we do better when we believe we have the solution in us.”

 

But I will make one tactical point in the words.

 

Just as Biden elegantly delivered in a very blue collar way that there is Trump … and then there are Republicans … Obama did the exact same thing. He clearly placed a gap in between Trump and the traditional Republican conservative view of the world … and did it in a way that suggested there is a nonpartisan gap between Trump and what any American wants and believes.

 

It was a brilliant pivot from the traditional Republicans bad & Democrats good tripe.

And I would like to note that in February I suggested to any Republican in the primary who would listen that the way to beat Trump was to separate him from who and what USA is.

 

Presenters , in general, should take note of this tactic. Business presentations almost invariably discuss competition or the ‘foil’ to what you want to do. More often than not they are some big amorphous competitor to what we want to do. What Obama did was suggest the competition has a face … and that face doesn’t necessarily reflect a larger group & belief system.

 

But.

In the end?

 

While acknowledging that we are still a work in progress and that there are still many issues we need to address and that anxiety about the future of America exists … “I am more optimistic about America than ever before” is what the everyday schmuck like me needs to think about.

 

This is the kind of speech America doesn’t need to hear day in and day out … but … it serves as a helpful reminder of a North Star attitude which can easily be missed in the clouds of a typical day … if not clouds created by a Republican party.

 

I added that last point not to compliment the speech but to make a point. In business, some people make careers out of stating what cannot be done and why it cannot be done. The ability to remind people of what can be done and why it should be done is a gift that every presenter should seek to give their audience.

 

 

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“Those of us who have more yesterdays than tomorrows tend to care more about our children and grandchildren. The reason you should elect her is that in the greatest country on Earth we have always been about tomorrow.”

 

Bill Clinton

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Those were the presentations, as a writer & presenter myself, that made me sit up <in  good way>.

 

Yeah.

 

I didn’t note either of the nominees. Neither are particularly good large space presenters.

 

To me, listening to a Trump presentation is like interviewing a poorly prepared extremely unqualified candidate.

 

 

Conversely, to me, listening to a Clinton presentation is like interviewing an extremely overqualified candidate who is obviously smarter than I.

 

 

That’s it.

 

 

Mark Murray Twitter

The line that stood out to me: “The choice is clear.” Never before has there been two more different candidates w two more diff agendas

persistence shit break free

 

 

 

As I have stated before and I will state again and again … to me … this election comes down to one thing … how deep a shithole do you believe the country is in?

 

If you believe we are in so deep that all you see is darkness for the future you will buy the Trump “undefined risk.”

 

If you believe we have problems but we are not in a shithole, just driving over some shithole potholes in the road, then you will pull the lever for the less risk more pragmatic Clinton.

 

 

Enlightened Conflict