I had already intended to write about the power of words, and how communication and collaboration are powerful tools. As I was driving recently, I found further motivation listening to the radio
about the cyber attacks on websites
such as Visa and MasterCard which were driven through the social networking tool, Twitter. It is completely possible that one person could have generated enough support to completely shut down the website of a major company such as Visa.
Today's world is fast-paced and fueled by the speed and efficiency of the internet. Examples like the cyber attacks further prove the influence of communication. In today's business world, it is important to drag yourself out of your office and actually talk to people in order to get things done — because sometimes phone calls and e-mail just don't cut it.
Last week I took a week-long training seminar in Raleigh, N.C., to learn about becoming a PV (solar) installer. It was apparent by the end of the course that all of the research and reading I had done in the past failed to compare to what I learned in one week. Of course there was a very knowledgeable and experienced instructor, but I feel I learned the most from my 20 fellow students.
I recently read an article in Home Power magazine
detailing the efforts of a small town in New Hampshire to find an environmental solution to their heating demands. A man named Peter Adams began talking to his friends, which eventually evolved into weekly meetings. The culmination of their efforts has now resulted in the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative which has not only benefited their community but is now used as an example for many other similar communities.
As we move forward, it is not acceptable to let others determine our future. Even if you just talk about your ideas, you could make a difference. I urge everyone to use your voice, whether you just say "hey," or discuss something you read, you could be making a difference. It is time to grasp the power of our words.