Uit: Winning by sharing: "The network is female"
Graag plaats ik hier een stuk uit een PDF die te downloaden is op de site van Winning By Sharing van Léon Benjamin:
I’m a big fan of an independent news site called the Yellow Times. It has a core of journalists and industry experts who write articles of the highest quality on a voluntary basis. Paul Harris, a Canadian freelance consultant, wrote a superb article a couple of years ago called Women have ruined the world that illustrates a point I want to make. He says;
“It has been my experience over a half century, most of that alive, that women tend to be much better people than men: more honest, more loyal, more caring, more thoughtful, more trustworthy, and much less dangerous. But women are to blame for the state of the world because they have utterly failed to take charge of it.” But wait, he goes on to say;
“I am proposing a "new world order" - not that crap that George Bush the Elder was always talking about or even the biblical stuff that believers are always trying to force on others. I mean something real, something substantive; something designed to fix the mess we're in. I am proposing a political movement whose sole purpose is to convince all the nations of the world to change their laws so that only women can hold political office.”
The article ends with;
“Think this is an idiotic notion? Then think on this: If men don't run things, there is no Hitler. There is no Mussolini. There is no Napoleon. There is no Hirohito. There is no Atila. There is no Genghis Khan. There is no Inquisition. There are no Crusades. There is no Robert Mugabe. There is no Ariel Sharon. There is no Stalin. There is no George Bush. Wouldn't that be a safer and happier world?”
I happen to agree with him. For all men in power, the difference between rape and seduction is only a question of salesmanship. In general, my experience of participating in online communities, mostly in the past few years with Ecademy and Ryze, is that despite their male dominance (Ecademy is over 70% male) the posture, attitude and expression of these communities are predominantly female. By this I mean people are genuinely welcoming, offer unsolicited benevolence, guidance and assistance and freely give the most valuable thing that anyone can give; their time. It’s not always peaches and cream and people do fall out – a very small minority have to be banned. Many Ecademy women feel completely comfortable attending events on their own without fear of being hit on, or their proactive approach to networking misinterpreted as a ‘sure thing’. This isn’t normal for other types of male dominated organisations. When anti-social behaviour arises, the community mostly polices itself in zero tolerance fashion.
Je vindt de PDF hier, samen met nog een aantal hoofdstukken uit het boek.