Meetings About Meetings: The Culture of Getting Things Done (Or Not) Through Collaboration

Did you know that there are over 11 Million meetings every day in the U.S. alone and that 80% of them fail to achieve their stated objectives? Shocking? I'm going to venture a guess that nobody is floored by this statistic. I learned this fast fact among others things about why meetings fail and what … Continue reading Meetings About Meetings: The Culture of Getting Things Done (Or Not) Through Collaboration

Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve – Or Your Skin? Sociology of Style on How we Show Devotion Through Personal Adornment

Marks of Devotion   "Tis too much proved — that with devotion’s visage and pious action we do sugar o’er the devil himself." –Shakespeare, Hamlet A woman recently tattooed her “boyfriend’s” name on her face as a symbol of their “eternal devotion.” (To be fair, they’d met and been madly in love for a full … Continue reading Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve – Or Your Skin? Sociology of Style on How we Show Devotion Through Personal Adornment

Civic generations + Pressure

A generational cycles theory – inspired pop
culture perspective on how context may be similar but resulting behaviors perceived differently..

So-Called Millennial

MAD MEN DREAMS

I finally caught upon Mad Men the other day on Netflix, and sometimes when I watch an episode it’s at the front of my mind that, like millennials, the GI generation has been labeled a Civic generation by authors Neil Howe and William Strauss. The idea that millennials are categorized as the same archetype of Don Draper & friends is probably counter-intuitive to most millennials.

In an episode of Season 5, Don Draper attends a modern theater show called America Hurrah, and is offended when the play calls out the emptiness of consumerism. America Hurrah (NYDaily News) was “extremely controversial” at the time, and “helped usher in a breed of theater that was experimental, political and in-your-face,” according to Cynthia Harris, who was part of the original production.

Mad Men is today’s great social commentary that documents the slow unraveling of post-WWII culture. Aspirations of the age…

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Creative Inspiration: Quotes Cultural Creatives Live By

I have had the pleasure of being inspired by a global collection of "cultural creatives" over the last week.  I should say I get to be inspired by people frequently, as my profession and passion centers around observing, analyzing, unearthing meaning and advancing understanding of our mysterious human race. 😉 However, in this case, I … Continue reading Creative Inspiration: Quotes Cultural Creatives Live By

The Sociology of Narcissism

Today's blog is brought to you by TheSocietyPages.org The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is working on comparable legislation to the PROSPER Act that lawmakers hope to push out this spring with bipartisan support, a spokesman for committee chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., told Military Times. He did not say whether the … Continue reading The Sociology of Narcissism

Inspired By The Creative Class – Hope For An Interesting and Exciting Future

I have done a bit of research and writing here and there about this new demographic of "Cultural Creatives" the consumer sociologists, anthropologists and business gurus keep talking about. Technically speaking I am one of them. Chances are if you are reading this you are too. I am current in the midst of recruiting participants … Continue reading Inspired By The Creative Class – Hope For An Interesting and Exciting Future

21st Century Manners: Socializing Behavioral Norms for a New Generation

Lest you think Millennials don't value etiquette, think again.  As a matter of fact, rethink what you think entirely and realign your thought processes. Because, if you look at the nature of Millennial motivations:  to make meaningful connections with other humans and to lead a well-rounded, successful happy life with the support of your peers … Continue reading 21st Century Manners: Socializing Behavioral Norms for a New Generation