Monday, February 23, 2009

Digging for “Good” News

Americans must like being afraid. Every poll you here says that we are frightened. According to CNN, “73 percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday say they're very or somewhat scared about the way things are going in the United States. That's six points higher than in an October poll.”

Whatever happened to the great politicians like Franklin D. Roosevelt who told us: “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” Americans needed to hear that message and believe that there was a grown up at the helm and that there was hope for the nation. What we need is a plan that each of us can stand behind with each person doing his/her part to turn things around. We need to hold steady, try to find ways to save time without slashing jobs. By over-reacting we contribute to the frenzy.

What are ways that you can keep afloat? Technology can be a great way to get more accomplished for less. Invest in technology savvy systems, like content management systems where information can be found easily, repurposed and reused.

How can you stay the course? Rather than laying-off experienced workers, why not look at ways to keep them still working while trimming expenses. Getting rid of the experienced will only add to the downward spiral by cutting into the stable parts of our economy.

Find your courage nonprofits! Be the creative problem solvers that you know you are. Get out your shovels and start digging for good news. It is there. People are ready to help one another. Volunteers will still give of their time for worthy causes.

What do you think will turn Americans around and spur them into taking courageous action? Your thoughts.