The Nametag Manifesto — Chapter 8: The End of Disengagement

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“Everyone should wear nametags, all the time, everywhere, forever.”

That’s my thesis, philosophy, dangerous idea and theory of the universe.

My name is Scott, and I’ve been wearing a nametag for past four thousand days.

And after traveling to hundreds of cities, a dozen countries, four continents, meeting tens of thousands of people, constant experimentation and observation, building a enterprise and writing a dozen books in the process, I believe, with all my heart, that the societal implications of wearing nametags could change everything.

This is my manifesto:

8. The End of Disengagement

If everybody wears nametags, we build social capital.

Nametags contribute to our reserve of personal bonds and fellowship. They nurture connectedness and increase the supply of social opportunities. And because social capital is built through the hundreds of little actions we take every day, every encounter we have builds trust just a little more.

That’s how reciprocity forms. We build a sense of community. Life is richer because we share it with each other. And the casual interactions – upon which thriving communities and neighborhoods used to be based – are back in full swing.

By reducing neighborly distance, we nurture connectedness and make people our primary source of entertainment and support. And in those moments when we need to fight, battle through illness or recover from loss, we can withdraw from the social capital account we’ve been building through each of these interaction.

If everybody wears nametags, no more isolation, no more back fences and no more separateness.

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Are You Making Gods Out Of Your Plans?

Every time we get lost, we make our world bigger.

Our most valuable teachings come when our plans are disturbed. Our greatest transformations occur in the moments when we’ve lost our way. And our finest symphonies assemble when we turn a humble ear to the most unintentional music.

But when we make gods out of our plans, when we scrub our world clean of surprise, and when we preserve our sense of control by choreographing every goddamn minute of our lives, those unexpected turns never seem to take initiative toward us. And we shut the door on an entire orbit of opportunity that could change us forever.

Sadly, the chorus of voices tells us that if we don’t know where we’re going, we may never get there, or that any road will take us there.

To which I respectfully say, bullshit.

If we don’t know where we’re going, there’s no destination to scare us. If we don’t know where we’re going, our mapless journey turns blind alleys into broad avenues. If we don’t know where we’re going, nobody can stop us.

Not even us.

I can’t imagine living in a world where we can’t get lost.

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The Innocent Landscape

A hundred years ago, most scientists completed their best work before age forty.

Einstein, who identified his theory of relativity at age twenty-six, claimed that if a scientist had not made his greatest contribution by that age, he would never do so.

Of course, it’s all relative.

Life expectancy was dramatically lower. There was fraction of the information available. And the population of the world was under a billion.

Still, the relationship between youth and innovation never went away. History notwithstanding, young people have always landed on the forefront of invention.

Edison cranked out inventions at age eight.

Jobs built personal computers at age sixteen.

Zuckerberg developed software at age thirteen.

Not just because they were geniuses, but because they were kids.

And the fruits of their labor changed everything.

Because the young mind; the fertile, beautiful, innocent landscape that it is; has an inherent ability to question, play, wonder and explore all that it encounters.

And our challenge in the next hundred years will be nurturing and preserving that landscape before adulthood bulldozes it into a shopping mall.LET ME ASK YA THIS…
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Are You a Mole or a Peacock?

Every day we make art not knowing if we will get recognized or paid for it.

This is both a beautiful and terrifying reality.

On one hand, everything we create is an arrow shot into eternity. We’re just winking in the dark, without feedback, without closure and without metrics. It’s just us, our art and a heaping pile of trust. What a pisser.

On the other hand, the ambiguity makes us work that much harder. It forces us to create from the inside out, from the place where inspiration comes from what’s in our heart, not what the market is asking for. It’s where our joy comes from the work itself, not the impression it makes on the world. We’re moles, not peacocks.

Either way, our artistic commitment remains the same:

Show up, bear down and push something out into the world that matters to us.

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My Problem With Cell Phones

According to a recent report from the Cellular
Telecommunications Industry Association, our country has three 327 million
mobile phone subscribers, but only 315 million people.

Proof positive that
our insatiable desire for human connection will always outweigh our unstoppable
desire for technological consumption.

Smartphones are awesome, but the fix we get when we use them
to reach out and touch someone is the addiction.

It’s physiological. As mammals, acts of human bonding cause
our body to excrete oxytocin. This
chemical reduces fear and anxiety, which increases empathy, trust and
cooperation.

Who needs cocaine when we can get high on connection?

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We Are What We Share

We are what we share.

Just look at the last thing we published, posted, profiled, updated, uploaded, streamed, liked, tweeted or clicked.

That’s it. That’s us. That’s who we are, whether we like it or not.

And because the web never forgets – because the web is forever – we better be careful what we put out there.

A Georgia teacher got fired for posting videos of binge drinking.

A Buffalo congressman resigned after his shirtless pictured surfaced online.

A Cisco employee lost her job for publishing negative comments about her position.

A British juror was dismissed after disclosing sensitive case information on her profile.

Everything matters. Everybody’s watching. Everything is a performance.

Which isn’t that hard to do, if the character you’re playing is you.

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Are You Big Enough To Be A Target?

When someone plagiarizes us, we shouldn’t send a subpoena.

We should a thank you
note.

Creative piracy is a compliment. It’s a reminder that we’re worthy copying. And it’s validation that we’re big enough to be a target.

It’s also part of the job description. Everybody steals from
everybody everywhere. They always have, and they always will. That doesn’t make it okay. But there’s not much
we can do to stop it, and there’s even less we can do to prevent it.

Instead, let’s make peace with this reality. Let’s abandon
our scarcity mentality. And let’s err on the side of generosity and sharing.

We shouldn’t worry about getting back at people.

We should worry about getting back to work.

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The Nametag Manifesto — Chapter 7: The End of Hesitation

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“Everyone should wear nametags, all the time, everywhere, forever.”

That’s my thesis, philosophy, dangerous idea and theory of the universe.

My name is Scott, and I’ve been wearing a nametag for past four thousand days.

And after traveling to hundreds of cities, a dozen countries, four continents, meeting tens of thousands of people, constant experimentation and observation, building a enterprise and writing a dozen books in the process, I believe, with all my heart, that the societal implications of wearing nametags could change everything.

This is my manifesto:

6. The End of Dishonesty

If everybody wears nametags, untruthfulness becomes extremely difficult.

We’re all lie detectors. Instead of manipulating the way other people see us, now, what we see is what we get, despite our best efforts to obscure the truth.

We’ve returned to a world without a backstage. We’re always going to be known for what we’re about to do. And as such, we start choosing smarter.
Now we can stop racking our brains trying to remember what we told and to whom. Now we can use our brains for more creative and valuable functions. Like listening and sharing and connecting and feeling.

If everybody wears nametags, no more dishonorable action, no more lying and no more aliases.

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You are now ready for chapter eight.

You can read The Nametag Manifesto, in full, for free, right now, here.

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What’s your manifesto?

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author, Speaker, Publisher, Artist, Mentor
scott@hellomynameisscott.com

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Does Your Presence Induce Productivity?

Presence is a powerful motivator.

If we want to inspire the people around us to do great work, the smartest thing we can do is dig in our heels and start cranking out great work of our own.

That way, we lead by example. We influence through infection. We demonstrate trust in each others’ sovereignty. And we create a space that supports a mutual commitment to individual passion.

Eventually, through our quiet energy, through our focused action and through our unquestionable commitment, we make other people more productive by virtue of our very presence. Because the reality is, anybody can get things done.

But only a true leader can sit down next to us, not say a word, do what they need to do – and then somehow, at the end of the day, our work gets done too.

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Cartwheels Should Tell Us Something

The night I ended a four-year relationship, I slept like a rock.

I felt guilty. Like I should have been more devastated, more disturbed, busy counting dots on the ceiling, tossing and turning until the sun came up.

But when I woke up the next morning, rested and relieved for the first time in weeks, my body sent me a memo:

You made the right decision.Cartwheels should tell us something. Whether we quit a job, end a relationship or walk away from a lousy situation, if our legs are flying through the air, odds are, we’re on the path of truth.

Guilty or not, we still have to appreciate the rightness of every experience.

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