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Coyotes in Lakeway

Coyotes in Lakeway

Here’s the face that launched a thousand posts.

Coyotes in Lakeway – It began innocently.  A “The More You Know” type of thing.

A neighbor posted a picture of a grey fox – not to be confused with a coyote.  While coyotes can be a big problem, our friend, the grey fox will help to keep roof rats under control.

This was posted on a Facebook-like platform serving my neighborhood on July 31.  As of this writing there are 150+ comments attached to the post.  No suggested fate was offered for the coyotes by the original poster.

It has degraded into a kill versus not kill argument vis a vis the coyotes.  From there, it sunk further, plateauing on a Texas versus California shoot out.  I’m curious to see if it will die here or if it will morph into another Dante-like level of social media hell.

I am both amused and troubled by the commentary.

I’m amused when a particular poster will comment “a common sense comment!”  or “common sense comment and science!” which really just translates to: you must have common sense and science because you agree with me.

I am troubled when I see people bullied for having a difference of opinion.

Coyotes in Lakeway While driving home from Minneapolis, I listened to Ron Baker and Ed Kless interview John Stossel on the Soul of Enterprise.

In the podcast they mentioned a story Stossel had done on what would be the most effective way to prevent the rhinoceros from going extinct.  The answer surprised me.  But it makes perfect sense.

Too often,  solutions to weighty, important concerns are presented in an either/or light.  Think of the popular red state/blue state, conservative/liberal short hand that is used in most discussion of the issues (including coyotes in Lakeway!).

Admittedly, the rhino endangered status is different than (possible) coyote overpopulation.  But are we open to alternative solutions?  Could we settle for good but not perfect, good but not bad solution?  Is there some truth in notion that a good solution is one that DOESN’T have to be forced on people? Or are we so insistent that our preferred solution be adopted that we will go to the mattresses – regardless of the cost?

I have a milestone birthday on the near horizon.  I have made a pact with a friend that we will encourage each other to make our worlds bigger (i.e. look for new experiences).  I want to continue learning.  That includes challenging my comfort level.  My biggest fear is irrelevance.  And I believe stagnancy and irrelevance go hand in hand. I have to be willing to risk being wrong about some things, in order to expand my overall knowledge. I believe that what I do in the micro is far more important than expounding on the macro. Yes, I see the irony in writing that.   And I realize I’m rambling, so I will close with: it was never really about the coyote in the first place.

4 20 2012 Dawn’s World Weekly News

A summary of things that caught my attention this week: Margie Clayman’s blog celebrated its second birthday.  Margie has been featured in these weekly updated frequently, and I find it hard to believe that I’ve only been reading her for two years.  I hope she continues writing for many more years. Google+ and the coolContinue Reading

4 13 2012 Dawn’s World Weekly News

A summary of things that caught my interest the past week: Bald Barbie and the myth that social media is frivolous.  Mattel blows it. One of the things that struck me when I went to see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – is that I have more technology in my purse than master spy George SmileyContinue Reading

B2B Marketing – Should Brands Take Stands?

When I first read Scott Goodson’s article The Age of Uprising, Brand Movement, And Ad Backlashes, it made my stomach hurt.  It sounded so rash to me. Upon re-reading I don’t have a firm opinion on do I accept or reject this theory.  I just have a bunch of questions and concerns. Do we wantContinue Reading

4 6 2012 Dawn’s World Weekly News

A summary of what caught my interest: I have often said that good marketing is memorable, valuable, and frequent.  It should have the ability to delight the recipients.  The Power to Delight by Jonathon Fields looks at this concept as well with the important reminder “Nobody likes being treated like a foregone conclusion. Blogging BloggingContinue Reading

3 30 2012 Dawn’s World Weekly News

A summary of things that caught my interest: Best news of the week: there will be a sequel to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy In other news… Does Free Content Cannibalize Your Paid Consulting?  You know how I’m always preaching on the importance of compelling content for B2Bs – this is a nice meatyContinue Reading

3 23 12 Dawn’s World Weekly News

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Rewards Programs – Sincere Acknowledgement Or Bait For Hard Sell?

I’ve added PunchTab to my website to reward visitors. As I was working with my web designer Stewart Design to get this set up, I felt some hesitation – would this feel like a sleazy attempt to get information?  Would being asked to sign in irritate visitors? I do want to reward genuine fans ofContinue Reading

Cement Trucks Sporting a Familiar Look

I found this photo over at Big Bang Studio and it reminded me of my logo.  There’s something admirable in heavy equipment finding its inner whimsy. When was the last time you had fun and really enjoyed the process of marketing, branding, and communicating with you ideal prospects?  If it has been so long youContinue Reading

Resistance, Rudeness, Rejection – Clutter on the Way to a Breakthrough

    I was on a chat recently where someone left a parting Tweet that was the equivalent of leaving a steaming dump on someone else’s living room carpet.  “You mental midgets aren’t giving ME what I need so I am going to take MY glorious presence elsewhere!”  (I’m paraphrasing – but it was justContinue Reading