More Generous Web Conversation

kinnon —  April 21, 2006 — 4 Comments

Kami Huyse has a good post on the Culture of Generosity.

I believe that the posture of generosity is essential to the Social Media culture.

After all, I don’t have a platform for my ideas unless other bloggers generously link to me and readers subsequently visit my site. My traffic stats show that the majority of readers of Communication Overtones, 67 percent, come from direct referral from other Websites. I would imagine other bloggers have similar stats.

Shel Israel pointed to this post and comments on the Generous Web vs Pinko Marketing meme:

I agree with just about everything Kami has to say, just like earlier I had agreed with most of Tara’s Pinko Marketing Manifesto. But to me words and titles are important. Tara’s allusion to Communism turns off a great number of people on two fronts: (1) Those who were raised during the Cold War still consider the word “pinko” to be offensive and I am among them, and (2) Communism was and is the ultimate top down command and control organizational form. The idea of sharing under Communism is among its cruelest lies.

Kami’s term “Culture of Generosity,” does not come close to Pinko Marketing as an affront to traditional business thinking. But the idea of a Culture of Generosity is going to sound a little more touchy and feelie than some will feel comfortable embracing.

I guess I mince words more than most–but that’s because I consider words so fundamentally important. Recently, you may recall, Robert and I were challenged to define the ROI in blogging and we did not do a first rate job of using the right words.

My short book, A Networked Conspiracy, was to be delivered to the publisher this weekend – but because of the Generous Web meme, I’m rewriting a portion of the book (which is about the importance of social networking in a church context) to focus on this meme.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

4 responses to More Generous Web Conversation

  1. How interesting. My blog is a business blog, but since it seems very relevant to your re-write, I consulted with Ecc. 11:1 the night before I wrote the post.

  2. Kami,

    I particularly like Eugene Peterson’s take on verses 1 & 2:

    Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns.

    Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others. This could be your last night.

    ‘Twould seem the Generous Web is lining up with these verses. How interesting indeed.

  3. I like The Message, and I love that you can browse the versions in Biblegateway. Anyway, I think that there are certain natural laws that apply whether you beleive in God or not, and this one, about generosity is one of them.

    Look at the verse about the rain falling on both the good and the bad:

    Matthew 5:44-45 (The Message)

    I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best–the sun to warm and the rain to nourish–to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty.

    Words to live by, I would say 🙂

  4. Kami,
    Well said.


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