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Can You Trust a Romanian?

Damn right you can! 

Frankly I’m embarrassed to be British, the media hype around immigration and  morons espousing about “foreigners taking our jobs” blah blah blah.

In March this year, I had the very great pleasure of meeting an amazing man, Oleg. Oleg has a PHD equivalent in Design Engineering, a special visa to be in the UK because of his talent, a strapping teenage son and a wonderful wife who is a Doctor (Neurologist).

Oleg came to my home to fix my car (it wouldn’t start), I found Oleg on the Internet after two very poor experiences.

  1. Mercedes Benz wanted £80+Vat to just to plug my car into a computer before they would even take a guess what my problem might be.
  2. Greenflag recovery sent a lorry and a truly ignorant man to tow my car away, he didn’t arrive to diagnose a problem, just two it away to a garage. Useless.

Whereas Oleg (I now call him the Car Doctor) jumped into the car and asked me to explain what happened. We chatted for a couple of minutes. He said “I can fix this”. You know, that’s all you want to hear isn’t it? When you reach out to a professional, you want some little words of confidence to make you feel better.

Oleg checked a few things and within five minutes the car was started, amazing!

The problem? A fuse, a bloody fuse! I hope you are reading this Mercedes Benz and Greenflag! A FUSE!!!

Now, I would be lying if when Oleg first arrived and I heard his accent, for a split second I was doubtful, but I try to be a great human being and treat others fairly, no matter, colour or creed. I’m glad because I now have a true friend I admire and trust.

I had pre-agreed to pay Oleg £60 for the first hour of his time, I was very happy with £60, but Oleg refused to take my money! He said “It’s a fuse, I cannot charge you for fixing a fuse” – Amazing!

We settled on £20 for petrol and I asked if we could become friends and he work on other cars I had, I’d just started dealing in Mercedes SLK Roadsters. Lucky for me Oleg agreed.  I suspect a British mechanic may have charged me more by making up a problem and burning up the hour so he could charge me £60, it’s happened before.

Over the summer I introduced Oleg to friends and he helped others too.

Oleg had the time to help because he quit a job at a local garage because they were ripping off customers. Not replacing filters on services, charging for new oil when they were using old mixed oil. Customers were paying full price for servicing and were being blatantly robbed! Oleg said he just couldn’t take part in that, so decided to work alone, mobile.

I could make this blog post much longer and explain the racism I encountered whilst being with Oleg in situations over the summer, but I will try and end it here.

Oleg is Romanian, he’s an academic, he has principles and ethics and he is also highly skilled. During a conversation about the UK and Romania, Oleg shared how totally shocked and disappointed at the lack of ethics and morality in the UK. He didn’t expect it, he thought we would be a professional and ethical country, in his experience so far, we are anything but, some of his employers have been horrendous.

Take a good look in the mirror Britain, we are not all we think we are, I’d suggest we are living in the past, measuring ourselves against days gone by, and we are coming up short. Like I say, I’m embarrassed, but at least I have a new good friend that I admire and respect. Give people a chance huh and ignore the press, you never know, you may be delighted by what happens next. 


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“It Took Us 5,000 Years to Put Wheels On Our Luggage, We’re Not That Smart.”

It’s time to be back in the world full time. A full diary, lots of disruption and supporting great projects and ideas around the world is my goal for 2014.

What is the motivation for my goal?

Well, it’s something I listened to Bill McDonough say:

“What is our objective as a species, since we are the dominant species on the planet?”

“What if we could offer our children a strategy of hope?”

“How do we love all the children of all species for all time?”

“Our goal as a species could be… A delightfully, diverse, safe, healthy and just world with clean air, water, soil and power, equitably, ecologically and elegantly enjoyed.”

What part of that don’t you like the sound of ?

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I’ve had a few years off (my blog doesn’t lie), well, I did start working at 15 and was a father at 19. I really needed a break and some time to deal with some demons, refocus and understand what the next chapter of my life is going to be about. I thought hard about walking away from the digital sector, but digital is part of me, for almost twenty years now. I have a strong digital instinct and as several friends have said, “you know stuff and think so differently”. Digital (Technology) is a huge driver for change in so many ways, how we live and share our lives has changed forever. There is no going back. What consumes me often is, how can the world be a better place for everyone now everyone can connect instantly to anyone anywhere in the world?

Right now we are a divided planet, the haves and have nots, those that love and those that hate. There are those that own and control assets, infrastructure and media and their are those that consume and are controlled.

Energy and water will be vital commodities in the future that will effect “national security” strategies for many nations. That really means war, over water, oil and gas. The thing is, we have enough water and power for everyone, so why “defend” and kill for something everyone should be able to access. Money, it’s all about money. Money makes the world go round, we all know that. Supply and demand equals profit.

So, I took away money (it’s all just numbers on a computer anyway these days, money is not backed by gold anymore, it’s just printed when the Government asks for it from a central bank, it’s nonsense if that makes sense?) from my thinking and decided to try and rethink how the world might change with the new shared knowledge we have. The only answer I came up with by myself was, that emotional intelligence needs to be raised in everyone before any real change can happen in our world. When every single one of us cares just a little bit more about other peoples feelings and situations and less about our own, in every situation, our world will change. It’s not the only thing of course, how we plan and design around nature is paramount too. It’s back to Bill on that one.

I’m busy with some new projects of my own, you can find me at http://bitcoincoach.co.uk for the blog and http://twitter.com/bitcoincoach – it’s all about ‘digital cash’ and ‘Gold 2.0’ – You will have a ‘digital wallet by 2020’ remember where you read that.

I’m buying and selling Mercedes Cars from 1963 up to the present day, in the main I’m dealing with two seater Pagoda and SLK sports models, but I love them all. In fact I love beautiful and classic things, so I have another project called http://beautifulClassics.com the website site is being built, so more on that soon, but for now you can follow http://twitter.com/beautclassics

This TED talk from 2005 is a Beautiful Classic – give Bill 20 minutes of your time, he is amazing!

Thanks for reading 🙂


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I’m looking to build a team

You’ve probably found this page because you clicked a link, so thanks for that. 🙂 

I’m Daren Forsyth and I am the new Chief Marketing Officer for a “Start Up” Charity called 

TAG International Development (TAG ID)  

…and we are looking to hire interns for the summer. Interested ? Read on… 

TAG is different in many ways; our focus is to share unique expertise in developing countries. Our goal: to “Change Lives by Sharing Expertise”. 

For a bit more detail on TAG ID, you can visit the website I have inherited: http://tagdevelopment.org I have altered the text since joining; in all honesty, that is as far as I can improve things without a team. This may be where you come in… 

Here’s our deal: If you don’t know me, or you don’t follow me on Twitter, you could check my LinkedIn Profile to understand a little more about who I am and what I’ve done (Search Google too for some additional info about me, if you’d like). I’m hoping you might be able to help with the next chapter. 

The roles are digital/online-based and the projects are in areas of Social Media, Social Change and Non Profit models that change lives. 

The team I’m looking to build has three components: 

Technical – Geek (only true, real and proud geeks need apply) 

If coding and data are your passion, I reckon I can give you some stretching tasks, as well as some basics support tasks too. 

Do you enjoy creating mash ups? 

Do you know your way around FaceBook, Google, Flickr and Twitter API’s? 

Are you happy working remotely as well as part of a group in a dev/office environment? 

Creative/Digital Designer 

Can you create and design beautiful things to look at, but in a way that the information/content is easy to absorb/access in various media formats: paper, web pages, wallpapers, backgrounds, tee shirts, video credits/edits, anything, really. 

Are you passionate about branding, or are you anti brand? No matter. If brand concepts interest you, talk to me about that. 

You must have a legal copy of Photoshop on your laptop. If you don’t have a legal copy, we will buy you a Student license– if you are a student. 

Content/Conversation/Communication “The 3C Hybrid” (I just made that up) 

Dovetailing with your tech and creative team mates (and me): you’re able to create engagement opportunities and conversations, you always share as much as you can, you’ve always done that naturally, and you adore connecting people with things/stuff that you or someone else knows. 

Maybe people have said to you: “You’re too honest”, “How do you know all this?”, “Wow, your blog post was brilliant”, “How do you do that?”, or “What is it that you do, again?” 

Maybe you have been studying PR, or Media Production, or even Marketing? 

The “3CHybrid” is going to be the trickiest person to find because, truth is, I’m not going to know until I meet you if you’re the right person. So, engage me online, ok?  And let’s see where it goes. 

Now, a little about us and how we are looking at this internship: 

We are always up for listening to *you* and learning from *you* –especially if you have ideas about how things could work better for all of us. (It’s not a one-way street, although making a great cuppa tea can go a long way). 

You can work from home, your local  park, coffee shop, or library. We don’t care.  But you will have to: 

1. Do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it (Fair?) 

2. Come to #ThatLondon when we need you. We will pay your expenses and put you up, when needed. (It could be fun) 

3. Not just talk, but “DO”. We love conversations, and not just those limited to work. But you’ve got to know how to “do”, as well. (Actions, not words, are what you’ll be evaluated on- not what you said or how eloquently you said it.) 

Also: We will pay you a meager weekly wage and some expenses; you’ll get a lunch allowance too, except on days when you’re with me and I’m buyin’. (Remember: there is no such thing as a free lunch.) 

We respect and appreciate everyone’s skills and talents–everyone’s! (We may take the piss a ‘lil’, and we encourage you to give it back.)  

You will be part of a four-person team. There’s no room for prima donnas. If you can’t work in a team, you will struggle and be unhappy quite quickly. (So, if you know you can’t hack it, please don’t apply.) 

We don’t have fixed hours or days of work. We don’t really have holidays, either. But if you need to rest, then rest-and come back to us “up for it”. (We work hard, really hard. We’ll need you to do the same.) 

As part of our team, working with us on game-changing projects, you’ll meet great folks, make invaluable contacts, go to unforgettable events and gatherings. Mainly though, you’ll participate in and deliver something truly amazing this summer. I promise.  

If you’re still reading this, fantastic. Come to Twitter, say “Hi” to @TagDaren, and accompany your greeting with a message that “says” you in 140. Oh, and please add the hashtag, #TagID. 

Good luck! –  Daren

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I’m looking to build a team.

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Hey … You’ve probably found this page because you clicked a link, so thanks for that :).

I’m Daren Forsyth and I am the new Chief Marketing Officer for a “Start Up” Charity called

TAG International Development (TAG ID) and we are looking to hire interns for the summer. Interested ? Read on…

TAG is different in many ways; our focus is to share unique expertise in developing countries. Our reason to be is to “Change Lives by Sharing Expertise”.

For a bit more detail on TAG ID, you can visit the website I have inherited http://tagdevelopment.org I have altered the text since joining, in all honesty that is as far as I can improve things without a team. This is where you might come in.

So here’s the deal… If you don’t know me, or you don’t follow me on Twitter, you could check my LinkedIn Profile to understand a little more about whom I am and what I’ve done ( A Google search has a few results too). I’m hoping you might able to help with the next chapter.

The roles are digital/online based and the projects are in areas of Social Media, Social Change and Non Profit models that change lives.

The team I’m looking to build has three components:

  1. Technical – Geek (only true, real and proud geeks need apply)

 If Coding and data are your passion, I reckon I can give you some stretching tasks as well as some basics support tasks too.

Do you enjoy creating mash ups?

Do you know your way around FaceBook, Google, Flickr and Twitter API’s?

Are you happy working remotely as well part of a group in a dev/office environment?

 

  1. Creative/Digital Designer

Can you create and design beautiful things to look at, but in a way that the information/content is easy to absorb/access in several forms of media format?  You know… paper, web pages, wallpapers, backgrounds, tee shirts, video credits/edits, anything really.

You might also be passionate about branding, or you might be anti brand, whatever… if you have an interest in brand concepts, I’d like to hear them.

You must have a legal copy of Photoshop on your laptop. If you don’t have a legal copy, we will buy you a Student license if you are a student.

 

  1. Content/Conversation/Communication “The 3C Hybrid” (I just made that up)

Dovetailing with your tech and creative team mates (and me), you’re able to create engagement opportunities and conversations, you always share as much as you can, you’ve always done that naturally, you adore connecting people with things/stuff you  or someone else knows.

Maybe people have said to you “You’re too honest”, “How do you know all this?”, “Wow your blog post was brilliant”, “How do you do that?” or “What do you do again?”

Maybe you have been studying PR, or Media Production, maybe Marketing?

This is the going to be the trickiest person to find, because the truth is, I’m not going to know until I meet you who the right person is.  So… engage me, online, K!? And lets see where it goes.

A little about us and how we are looking at this internship.

We are always up for listening to *you* and learning from *you* about how things that could work better for all of us. (It’s not a one way street, although making a great cuppa tea can go a long way).

You can work from home, your local park, coffee shop or library, we don’t care, but you will have to:

1, do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it by (fair?)

2, you’ll have to come to #ThatLondon when we need you. We will pay the expenses and put you up when needed.  (It could be fun J)

3, not just talk, but “do” too. We love conversations, and not always about work, but you gotta know how to “do” too OK (actions, not words are what you will be appraised on, not what you said and how you said it).

We will pay you a meagre weekly wage and some expenses, a lunch allowance to accept on days when I buy you lunch (remember there is no such thing as free lunch).

We respect and appreciate everyone’s skills and talents, everyone! (we may take the piss a lil tho and we encourage you to give it back)

You will be part of a 4 person team, if you can’t work in a team, you will struggle and probably be unhappy quite quickly (no Prima Dona’s OK)

We don’t have fixed hours or days of work. We don’t really have holiday days, but if you need to rest, then rest and come back “up for it”. (we work hard, really hard)

Between the three of you (hired interns) and all the connections and projects we have, you will deliver something truly amazing this summer, I promise. You’ll meet some great contacts and go to some great gatherings too.

If you’re still reading – come to twitter, say hi to @TagDaren with your own message and add the hashtag  #TagID.

Good luck J – Daren


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50 Words – Fifty Images

Just a little experiement. I’ve heard people talk about  the creativity of crowds and co-creation.

So I’ve got 50 words (some are terms) and I’m looking for fifty images that represent the word/phrase/term.

If you’ve got time and one or two words below grab *you* and *you* imagine a picture in your mind, would you put a link in the comments ? Maybe you can find the image here on flickr or on Google Images

YaY!!! Posterous makes it so easy to ask and share 🙂

Thanks for reading, hope to see some gr8 images.

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Knowledge

Greatness

Democratic

Transparent

Respectful

Stories

People

United Nations

United Kingdom

Israel

Human  

Media

Social Media

Corporate Social Responsibility

Global

Healthcare

Preservation

Creative

Training

Tourism

Focused

 Agile

Competence

Wisdom

Sharing

Collaborative

Community

Africa

Connectors

Supply Chain Management

Regional

Youth

Medicine

Volunteer

Life

Natural

Commercial

 Bright

Innovative

Ambitious

Professional

Experienced

Capacity Builders

Social Development

Government

Expert

Sustainable

Asia

Caucuses

Peace

 

 

 


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A Quotation from Anais Nin

“It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before. To test your limits. To break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.“

You can learn more about Anais here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana%C3%AFs_Nin

I thought the quote was beautiful enough to create a page and share.