We were excited for our meeting. Across boarders and oceans we were connecting to make the impossible possible. Our first meeting was like a blind date because we had not actually seen each other yet and weren’t fully sure what we were getting ourselves into. Unfortunately Mr. Skype did not live up to his reputation. His online bio was way better than reality. You could hardly see anyone and the conversation was glitchy. Luckily we could use texting throughout the call and managed to find a way to connect. Miss WeChat heard about the date and came to party to rescue us all. We found out it wasn’t Mr. Skype’s problem at all, it actually ended up being our parents. They had come along to the party and were hiding in the background watching us. They were afraid that we might say or do something that would get out of hand and couldn’t be controlled. The Firewalls may have though Mr. Skype was a bit loose – too open, or may have just been worried we would go way beyond first base. Even with having VPN in the house to mediate, things were just not running smoothly. Bless Mr. and Mrs. Firewall; they were just trying to protect us.
This is the love life of technology and I’ll let you in on a secret: we have gone way beyond first base. Home run is in sight. You see I’m not convinced that there is the ‘one’ out there and that we should all be holding back and waiting for them to come along. It’s about trying a few different one out until you get closer to ‘the one’. As you go along, you find what works and what doesn’t. There isn’t a single perfect fit. In fact, when I was young my mother always said to me ‘don’t even think about settling down with the first one until you have tried a few out.’ I didn’t really know what she meant at the time, but she was right.
How do you keep your connection and keep it fresh? COMMITMENT and TRUST is key and it’s what got us all through the first ‘blind date’. And in the case of the Connect with China Collaborative, it’s what keeps us going. Being social and sharing ideas is where the biggest growth happens. Having to innovate and create in the present moment cultivates the subculture of entrepreneurship. We brainstorm; talk, use the cloud, and most of all have lots of fun. With over 250 student and teacher participants from around the world, we have created a subculture of ideas and action. We have become a global family shaping global perspectives.
Social media is ingredient X and makes the flavor unique. Whether its emails, Fuze, Skype, VoiceThread, WeChat, WeTalk, or WeLearn (I made the last two up), WeWouldn’t have a voce without being on social media. Our community groups keep us grounded and connected to the real world. They feed our curiosity and everyone likes the attention. So cheers to our global family with the ups and downs and everything in-between. We know who you are and are delighted to be sharing the table with you. Want to join the family? Connect with us and get involved J Just make sure you have your seatbelt on because it is a digital ride that will take you to places you haven’t been before.
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