Most of us use features on our phone that require GPS or geolocation. This means that our phones collect, store, and transmit data about our present, past, and (depending on Facebook) possible future locations. We tell it everything.
This is convenient for me when I want to find my way around traffic or navigate to a new place. It’s great when I want to check in somewhere with a friend.
It might not be great if you’re up to something, or if you just want a little privacy. Going to rob a bank? Geolocation will find you. Going to do a little Christmas, birthday, or Valentine’s Day shopping for that special person? Geolocation knows.
Crimes have been solved using these features, cheating spouses have been caught and lies unfolded. Houses of vacationing people have been robbed.
“What,” you say. “I’m honest.” So am I. So, for me, the convenience of having all things Google, geolocation notwithstanding, outweighs the risk of privacy. I’m fairly public and out there. You can read my thoughts or just ping me and ask. I’ll tell you. And I don’t get out much these days. Google doesn’t have that much to track…
Or does it…
Is there too much information out there? Even for the honest person? You decide.
This video was contributed by Jamaal Ross as an addendum to our discussion of British colonization and military methods.
We see evidence of this in Alice in Wonderland. This story takes place at the height of the Age of Imperialism. By 1750, the British East India Company under Elihu Yale (of Yale University) placed India under British rule, enslaving many Indians. The 1783 Treaty of Paris saw the end of British colonization in America, but by 1881, the “Scramble for Africa” had divided Africa up into European colonial strongholds, and the British were looking toward China.
This video is a humorous look at the American view of the British military, but it fits nicely into the context of British colonization as a whole. Thanks, Jamaal!
So, you have an idea. You’re running with it. And then…
You realize that there’s something missing. You’ve left something out. A big something. A project-crippling something.
You need to organize. You need to answer the BIG QUESTIONS. You need to write your pitch. If you were stuck in an elevator for two minutes with your idol, what would you want to say about your passion–about your project? How could you make it unforgetable?
1. What is your passion? What’s your project all about?
2. What problem are you solving? How does your project make the world better?
3. How do you attend to accomplish this? What secret ingredient does YOUR group have that will make the world AWESOME or solve the problem you intended to tackle?
4. Ask for something. What do you want your audience to do? Support your cause? Donate? Watch your video? Join your organization? Shop fair-trade? Eat more vegetables? Be clear. Be direct. Ask.
Make your presentation beautiful, clear, and exciting. The world is at your door…