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Knowing Someone Changes Everything: Mindful Sharing in Digital Spaces

There’s a video circulating on social media. I’ve seen it posted by several friends. It usually carries a click-bait title (“Did you spot the surprise?”). Every time I’ve seen it posted on Facebook, there are lots of “likes” and “wow” reactions. When I first saw it, I was shocked. That’s how I...
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Digital Kindness is Thoughtful

Everything we post in a digital space has the potential to reach countless people. And while a post may not reach millions, it will undoubtedly reach someone we never thought about while creating it. Someone we forgot was following us. Someone we don’t know. Someone we assume is on the...
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Vote for Digital Kindness — SXSW 2017 Submission

We are in need of digital kindness these days. Social media gives us the amazing ability to communicate with those we might not ever encounter through other means. But instead of seeing others, we tend to use social media to focus on ourselves — our views, our grievances. We often...
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Can You Hear Me Now?

“Mommy, what’s it like to hear out of both ears?” “I don’t know. What’s it like to be Deaf in one ear?” My six year old self had never thought about that perspective before. I was born Deaf in my right side, and there is no way to repair it....
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Social Media Lets Us See. Please See.

Social media gives us glimpses into the lives of people we might not ever meet through other means. It allows us to see things from other perspectives. It empowers us to better understand and empathize with those who are different from us. If we choose to use it this way....
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A Call for Digital Kindness

Our world is in need of digital kindness right now. Technology gives us the amazing ability to communicate with those we might not ever encounter through other means. With the push of a button we can instantly connect with people around the globe. But vast numbers of people feel ignored, unheard, misunderstood, maligned, discouraged, frustrated,...
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“The Confidence Gap” I Never Experienced (& the Modesty Messages I Did)

In May 2014 the cover story forThe Atlantic addressed the lack of confidence women feel and exhibit in professional settings. The article explored the impact this “confidence gap” has on women’s professional interactions and career advancement. Normally, I would ignore an article like this. For better or for worse, a...
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#COSRocks: Social Media & Our Community Narrative

[Note: Articles about the negative effects of social media abound. But I see social media as a force for good … when put to positive uses. While the speech that follows is targeted at my physical community in Colorado Springs, the community-building ideas work anywhere. If you’d rather watch than read, scroll...
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