“The reasons for choosing inclusive education are both educational and social, so as to help change mentalities and build societies free from exclusion, prejudice and discrimination. Inclusive education is also necessary for economic reasons, because it helps to increase competitiveness in the face of new economic challenges and new labour market demands”—María Candelas Sánchez Miguel, European Economic and Social Committee, President Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment
Let me back up. I joined twitter in February 2009 so that I could follow a discussion. @markaelrod, a political science professor at my alma mater, mentioned this weird string of letters on his blog that him and some other folks would be “following” on twitter during a faux State of the Union Address. That strange set of letters proceeded by a pound symbol really had me confused that evening, so I didn’t come back to the twitters until a month later.
When I got back to twitter Seth introduced me to charity: water (you can read that story here). I was smitten. It quickly struck me how twitter levels the playing field, bringing me right inside the offices and lives of people that before I could have only hoped to read about in the New York Times.
Fast forward to mid August 2009. @tsudo and I signed Little Rock up for a @twestival at the same time. Seriously. @amanda sent us an email saying “Do you two know eachother? Because you both signed up at the exact same time.” We both said “no” and that we would get together to figure out how to move forward. That Friday I met @ghidotti, @bryanjones and @angelmg along with Keith at EJs. Twitter grew for me that day. These four other Little Rockians had amazing ideas and hearts of gold. Again, I was smitten. My first #LRTweetup experience would be at Cajun’s Wharf to announce the twestival and then at the Clinton Library for the big event itself.
Still, it wasn’t until I went to an integrating media conference that I knew I would never turn back. @pstrack gave away several iPod Nanos. I didn’t win one, but after that day I won a new community. I met @amybhole, @cherylferg, @KatieMcManners, @RobMcBryd, @kerrijack and so many other exceptional personalities. #LRTweetup finally made sense. There would be no more holding back. My wife would permanently think me a dork, but I would forever be a card carrying member of the Little Rock twitter community: #LRTweetup
2010 has a few changes in store. I’m moving to New York with my lovely wife. I’ll hopefully be starting exciting new work and meeting hoards of new folks. I won’t lie. I hope for the same twitter community experience there, but I seriously doubt that I’ll ever find another group as closely knit as the one that I found here in my home town. So like those who have gone on before me, I hope that my #lrtweetup family will allow me to commute.
“Hey, maybe if Atlas had a cell phone, he wouldn’t shrug. He’d reflexively text six bucks to the Red Cross.”—Wired Columnist Scott Brown in “Instant Karma: How Social Media and Dopamine Turn Us Into Better People - But Only For a Moment.”
“Guys, you Americans are lazy investors. There’s so much growth here but you want to float in the shallow water of the Dow Jones or Nasdaq.”—Bono quoting Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese-born British mobile communications entrepreneur in a New York Times OpEd this weekend.
“Education is the most important thing in the world,” she said. “Once you realize that, there is nothing you cannot accomplish.”—From “Send in the Professors.” A New York Times OpEd focusing on renewing higher education in Iraq.
“Make it easy for people to talk about you. Steve doesn’t have a blog. He doesn’t tweet and you can’t friend him on Facebook. That’s okay. The tribe loves to talk, and the iPad gave them something to talk about.”—Seth Godin, 4/7/10 on the launch of the iPad.
“una nuova occasione per conoscersi, una piazza virtuale dove è possibile presentare e difendere le proprie idee, soprattutto quando si accende il confronto politico”—
Silvio Berlusconi on Facebook.
2 Things: 1) Just weeks ago, Mr Berlusconi and his governo were railing against the ills of facebook and YouTube; 2) referring to facebook as new is indicative of the typical lag in Italian government.