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Data doesn’t care who uses it
Just as power doesn’t care what it powers
For love, for hate
For learning, for spying
Data is here to serve

Data doesn’t tell us where to go
It merely reflects back to us
This could be what we thought we wanted
Or could be something quite different

Data doesn’t want anything
It doesn’t want to be anywhere
It doesn’t even want to exist,
or to not exist
It just is

What we value
what we choose to choose
where we want to go
this is what we bring
to the data

Mirrors don’t judge us
don’t tell us what to do
We do this ourselves
so our actions are up to us

Data is without opinions
Showing ours is more than enough


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I used to be really active on Facebook. That was a while ago.

While I’d taken several social media fasts over the last few years and always come back less frequently to Facebook after every one, I was still going back every so often to get messages and keep connected with folks. It used to be pretty important to me as a touring musician. Then it became a pain, then an expense.

Like many people, I stopped actually liking Facebook years ago, though I still enjoyed the sense of connection it gave me. Connection to my former life and trails friends leading all over the globe.

At this point, though, I just can’t. And you really shouldn’t either. It’s not okay anymore, you and me and all our friends need to bail. It’s not healthy for any of us.

Facebook is an indefensibly evil company to the core. And I have friends that work there…and feel sorry for!

We’ve known it was bad for some time, and all hoped it could change. Now we know it’s bad by design and it won’t ever be different.

It’s like being with an abusive partner at this point. They’re not going to change, and eventually you’ve had enough and it’s time for YOU to change.

Do you really need to wake up, look at your phone, and get punched in the face by Facebook all over again every day? Ew. Cut it out already. Let me know if you need an intervention, okay?

If you don’t know what I’m talking about or just why Facebook is so horrible, look at this article and tell me that you’re good with it.

  • 80% of all data that can be collected about you is actively being collected by Facebook
  • 70% is also collected by Instagram (which is owned by Facebook)
  • WhatsApp and every other Facebook property pick up even more

They’re selling this data left, right, and center. Selling YOU out to marketers, to state agencies, to nefarious anybodies who will pay for it any way they can. It’s gobs of money they make off of making your life less safe, less free, less secure. Using that information to sway elections both at home and abroad for the last 5+ years. Yes really, in case you weren’t paying attention.

It’s not okay. Please delete it from your phone and delete it from your life. And if you don’t have the strength to exit this abusive relationship, go get help.

You can do better. We all can.

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Tomorrow night (Thursday, June 17th) I’ll be making an appearance online for the monthly meeting of the Hampton Roads chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement. It’s my first time presenting in front of an ISPI audience, and my first time doing a webinar like this in…gee, I guess it’s been a year now?

The topic is “Helping Deciders Decide” — which is basically how to do what we do well, even when stakeholders may have entirely different motivations or don’t really get what we’re up to. It’s free to join if you are interested in such things, just register here

Here’s the description:

We have all this data and a ton of opinions, but…what do our Clients and Stakeholders actually care about? How can we supply them with enough of what they need to move forward, without overwhelming them with information or asking for a little more trust than they care to grant us? Is it right to assume our interests & motivations overlap with the other people determining the success or failure of our performance improvement? In this session, Sam Rogers will share his approach to assessing desired outcomes and baking in surprise stakeholder delights as a way of getting just enough of what’s needed to decide on anything. Together in this interactive webinar, we’ll surface strategies for practical approaches to helping determine what motivates The Most Important People in our project to make their best choice between testing, launching, continuing, or canceling any given program or performance intervention.

Sam Rogers is a frequent speaker and facilitator at Learning & Development events, and has delivered hundreds of interactive webinars and engaging livestreams for fellow L&D Professionals. Through his company Snap Synapse, he served as a Video eLearning Expert, Performance Consultant, Sr. Instructional Designer, LMS Integrations Specialist, and Learning Strategist for clients such as such as Google, Deloitte, Robert Half International, ADP, and AAA. Now he is the Global Learning Technologies & Analytics Manager for ConvaTec, and happy to be presenting to an ISPI audience for the first time.

Does this guy know how to party or what? …Okay, don’t answer that ;)

There’s more info on their website if you want to join

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There’s a lot of discussion these days about what to do about all the folks who can get vaccinated for COVID19 now, but who don’t want to get vaccinated. This runs along some predictable ideological lines, largely following the existing divisions here in the USA.

Shame, blame, guilt, and facts don’t work. If they did, they would have already. Pouring more facts or feelings over top of someone who has already developed an immunity to them is an exercise in frustration for both parties. There are mountains of behavioral science studies to back this up, and as far as I know, no credible dissenting voices in science are left in 2021.

Really wanna make a difference? Here’s how to do it.

We say “No one who supported Trump will continue to be allowed access to any of these vaccines as of one month from now”.

Shifts the conversation completely. We don’t have to mean it, we just have to say it to get the desired result. Because when we say this we allow people who already feel oppressed to be rebellious while making us all safer. The anti-vaxers already want rebellion, many think that ship has sailed already, and they are seeking to take personal a stand.

So let’em. So help’em! Everyone wins when we stop trying to make people wrong for what they believe, and focus on behavior instead.

Remember that no virus ever cares what we believe. They are only impacted by what we DO. Once we realize this, we can effectively end the pandemic in our country within a few weeks. Any other choice is actively choosing to extend it.

Got some comments on this one? Yeah, I bet you do. Click and comment away. Unlike many in the world today, I don’t attempt to delete those who disagree with me. Bring it!

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