A front row seat for the social media revolution.

I have spent the last decade chronicling the breathtaking shift in power from institutions to individuals. Social media have catalyzed this shift by enabling anyone, anywhere to speak, critique, organize, protest and start a business.Customers, clients, donors, volunteers and other constituents who are now empowered by social media are speaking, but no one is listening. The organizations that hear them and make them matter will be the ones who do well in the future. In the process they also rejuvenate their cultures with a refreshing mix of smart safety and relevance that is less exhausting and more productive for everyone. I call this new way of working and leading Matterness. I look forward to continuing to write and speak about how we are living and working together to create a more prosperous, equitable and just society.
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Facebook’s Default Setting
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Mapping Relationships Between Influentials
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Postal Service Lacks Matterness
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Jumping the NYPD Hashtag
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“It has been a long time since we have hosted such an amazing speaker as you – mind-changing, open, enthusiastic, so knowledgeable!” Felicity Aziz Cultural Affairs Specialist The American State Department Jerusalem
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“Allison Fine is one of the few people who can communicate profound ideas to audiences of all types–from CEOs to career transitioners to those new to the field. I recently watched Allison mesmerize a group of executives with her knowledge and wit. Allison is a master storyteller–and her stories resonate with us all.”
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Reality vs. Realists
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The Churn

Facebook’s Default Setting

Facebook’s big announcement this week that they are changing the default settings for new users (from public to friends) and existing users (a reminder to check one’s privacy settings) was yet another red herring in the ongoing public posturing by Facebook of appearing to care about users’ privacy.  Facebook is what it has always been:[...]

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Mapping Relationships Between Influentials

This month’s Social Good podcast is about a company called Relationship Science (RelSci) that has built an enormous database of the connections between influentials. I don’t usual feature a company on the podcast, and at first glance I thought it was yet another big box filled with names of people who give a lot of[...]

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Postal Service Lacks Matterness

This is a picture of my mailbox:           As you can see, is resting on the ground next to the post. Two weeks ago I heard a crash in the middle of the afternoon and came outside to find the mailbox like this. For a few days, our mailman delivered the[...]

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“It has been a long time since we have hosted such an amazing speaker as you – mind-changing, open, enthusiastic, so knowledgeable!” Felicity Aziz Cultural Affairs Specialist The American State Department Jerusalem

“It has been a long time since we have hosted such an amazing speaker as you – mind-changing, open, enthusiastic, so knowledgeable!” Felicity Aziz Cultural Affairs Specialist The American State Department Jerusalem

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“Allison Fine is one of the few people who can communicate profound ideas to audiences of all types–from CEOs to career transitioners to those new to the field. I recently watched Allison mesmerize a group of executives with her knowledge and wit. Allison is a master storyteller–and her stories resonate with us all.”

“Allison Fine is one of the few people who can communicate profound ideas to audiences of all types–from CEOs to career transitioners to those new to the field. I recently watched Allison mesmerize a group of executives with her knowledge and wit. Allison is a master storyteller–and her stories resonate with us all.” Kathy P.[...]

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Reality vs. Realists

When I wrote about “the churn” I was expecting folks to nod and say, “Yup, that’s what it feels like to be trying to tick off the to-do list day after day.” And I certainly got a lot of that, especially on Twitter (which is filled with people like me trying to avoid their to-do[...]

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The Churn

I’ve been thinking a lot about the churn lately. Here’s how I define the churn: All organizations need to get stuff done. They need to manufacture things and sell it, serve someone, advocate for legislation and change the world. And as they set out to accomplish these things, the puzzle to be solved becomes: what[...]

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