The real test of credibility arises when an expert and/or communicator must align and collaborate with others who DISAGREE. Managing dissenting views is a CRITICAL skill in short supply during this crisis, and virtually all crises. If experts can't quickly and efficiently handle questions from non-experts in a public forum, are they really experts?
The answer is yes, but it does mean that their communications credibility is called into question. The echo chamber amplification phenomenon of the internet does exist in academia and peer review models across all verticals. GREAT and CREDIBLE leaders seek out dissenting views, listen to minority reports, and then decide accordingly.
Sometimes the majority wins, and sometimes the dissenters hold the day.
Sometimes we are right, sometimes we are wrong.
The more we are right... the more credibility we have. Period.
“Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have traveled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that as well.” ― Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
I’m struggling a bit to find the right balance with public vs private these days. I’m a performer and leader and have always been comfortable in the public spotlight but I’m also concerned about responsibly setting an example.
FB is a vast echo chamber which makes money with me as the product.
Twitter is an epically vast rant platform. Again the money flows using ME as the product.
1x1 messaging device tools are awesome but don’t easily allow me to see what my friends and acquaintances just think about things.
There are niche group tools but so far adoption is anemic and the old rule still applies. Value of the network is directly correlated to number of nodes.
I’ve gone Public on FB as part of a social test of sorts. I despise the regulatory bots and surveillance censorship there but I will try to use it as a front door to promote my opinion platform and maintain my occasional links to a wide group of interested followers. I have no real desire to be famous or popular but I would love to be able to monetize my messaging and maintain connections “someday” That is how all consultants think. Count me in. Public... might work.
The echo chamber is not useful except as a means to an end.
If it is not possible to contain the spread of the virus, the only option is to isolate the at risk populations and mitigate/treat symptomatic patients. This approach is modern medicine. This is an acute incident management based reaction.
Applied to a large population there is a speculative morbidity impact. ACUTE MEDICAL CARE
The lockdown and quarantine of a healthy population to #flattenthecurve and buy time for physicians has its own morbidity factor. It was a good idea. Now, we must mitigate/treat the results of our solution in an ongoing long term view. We as a society, and our leaders must balance these views carefully. Our self inflicted/chosen economic meltdown is killing and will continue for years. CHRONIC MEDICAL CARE
Governing decisions are inherently political. Ideological divisions always come into play. Ultimately, even in crisis, the government must remain of the people, for the people, and by the people. States and local leadership are the best approach we have collectively. Each family, household, and citizen must act responsibly on their own freely both now and for future. In a free country, I’m not allowed to dictate your actions and thoughts. I can only protect myself within the information and governing structures available. I control myself and my family. Head of household is a thing. POLITICAL CARE
Lowest common denominator?
Localized self reliance is the key to surviving and thriving in times of great stress. Neighbors, church, and family can sustain. They are focused on YOUR good by choice rather than law. Rugged individualism provides security in every sense. God’s relationship to you in HIS world is individual and personal. Trust and obey. Be. Love. Serve. Repeat. - local local local.
The government and the “system” is always focused on the “collective greater” good. This commune based approach is not enough if the system comes under great stress. (eg. pandemics, recessions) it relies on rationing and central one size fits all planning in place of innovation and localized reward. A collective governing system is a necessary evil. This socialist approach ALWAYS fails over extended duration and scale.
#Principles matter. Choose the former not the latter.
Cogs in the great wagon wheel boys. That is what we are. None of us are driving. We are along for the ride, and what a ride it is. #GodHasGotThis
Our collective path forward must be built on individual choices health and liberty. The reality is that most if not all of the population will be exposed to Covid19 and future versions. Our individual immune systems and behaviors are our best and most effective tools.
Medicine is already developing acute mitigation strategies through drugs and behavioral recommendations but they are only reactive. Until we have prophylactic measures available we cannot be promised or provided safety. We must interact physically moving into the future. As with all disease some will perish. That is a hard reality even if unpopular to “snowflakes” of all flavors.
Our current pervasive attitude of fear and isolation is not sustainable and the true efficacy of “social distancing” is unknown. We as a society have helped our healthcare system and now it is time to remember that life is about living. It is not about cowering in our homes under house arrest. Our individual immune systems in collective perspective will provide herd immunity over time. Until then, all we can do is play for time and protect/cherish our liberty.
Reopen the USA’s minds NOW!!!
I think the economic shutdown is toxic and deadly. I believe that the disease is far milder for virtually all than we are seeing and hearing. In my opinion, the economic shutdown is far more dangerous and deadly as it presents a chronic ongoing slow death to millions and to personal and collective liberty in epic proportions. Covid is acutely dangerous for a specific demographic of the population that can and should be screened, tested, tracked and isolated for the greater good. I believe that our leaders should be doing a better job of considering the acute vs chronic question and at a minimum should be communicating more honestly with the American public. This Economic shutdown redistributed the danger and impact to ALL, along with the dollars.
Our #idiotsincharge leaders are failing US.
I am very concerned. The US government “gives” its citizenry money in a multi phased bailout strategy. This cannot continue unchecked.
The funds represent an exchange value. This means that products and services are the ACTUAL value. Opening the economy means opening the ability of a free society to trade and exchange value.
The US GOVT has virtually NO inherent value. It can only facilitate commerce and control. It is redistributing both NOW. #WakeUpAmerica this fear response, and knee jerk to look for help from the government is NOT American in principle. We must stand up and be counted. We must build and trade actual value.
Tax and spend ideology is bipartisan and it is TOXIC.
We can all do ministry online and it doesn’t have to be all the time or all the same. It is fundamentally different to approach your community digitally, authentically, and in their world rather than the controlled and constructed world of a church building. A kingdom way of living is about living in a kingdom way in the world but not of it.
We are ALL ministers of the Gospel as believers. Like the disciples we have good days, and bad. Those days are more obvious in an always on real-time digital community. We still need to meet face to face and we will need to continue meeting online as well. The world has changed. Jesus brings us together if we choose His path. We all doubt. We all struggle. It is okay. We are also all here as beloved first born children of Christ. Each one of us is in His world not ours. Consider that God created the internet just as he ordains all things. It is a tool and should/must be used as all tools, carefully and powerfully. How we use it matters.
Authentic, honest, humble, proud, to influence, to learn, to listen... to Be. Love. Serve. Repeat. As we are. Where we are. When we are. Embrace old ways and new ways to DO and BE Christ in His world. Believe.
A victimization-based culture is primed for a fear pandemic. Rather than preparing reasonably and rationally, it blames others for that which was inevitable. Fear spreads in this emotional, dependency based model like wildfire. The irrational pendulum swing between govt is savior and govt is the devil naturally follows. IF the government is of the people by the people for the people it is flawed as these people. Fear, identity politics and the illusions of control and command are toxic to actual progress. The virus wins.
The US founding fathers understood this reality better than we do. What did they do? Individual accountability, with a republic allowing for common defense and good, and a Constitution explain it all. They didn’t play the victim game. They stood together to fight separately but together.
Intersection of principles and practices...