Alex is a globally experienced brand strategy, communications and market research expert. He first went ‘remote’ in 2015 moving to the southeastern tip of Tasmania to raise his only daughter. Unaware of the EA movement until somewhat recently, he’s been donating his expertise to good people doing good things since 2003. Today Alex provides white label analysis, strategy and creative services to a number of private clients and to good people doing good things in community-based organisations.
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Hi Vaidehi. Thanks so much for responding! I assumed there was a team behind this Forum but I didn’t know (or wasn’t clear) that I could share draft thoughts with them. How is this done? Do I just send PMs to specific people like you?
How funny. I find myself intimidated just writing this comment. That said, this is an excellent post that quite accurately conveys the internal struggles and challenges of a newbie poster like me.
Though I’ve years and years of experience with brands, comms and strategy and have written, presented and engaged with boards, CEOs and rooms full of incredibly bright people, I’ve found that posting my thoughts on the EA forum is weirdly terrifying.
I’ve been trying to understand why for a few weeks now. As a member of a few other communities, in which I feel very comfortable, I thought it might be helpful to detail my insecurities here:
To be fair, this is a really awesome forum that I might have found purely by mistake. I’m still not sure if I should be here, but I have been made to feel welcome, valued, and encouraged. I’ve got loads to say on the EA brand and its communications challenges and opportunities, but every draft post I’ve written (four so far) I’ve talked myself out of. I’ve no doubt my insecurities have gotten the better of me but, in my line of work, first impressions really do matter and I can’t seem to get past the fact that my first impression here matters more than in any other forum.
Great post! I look forward to trying it. Is it safe to assume the same method applies to investigating and writing about the present and future?
Thank you for this post.
As a newbie to the EA concept and community, but as someone who has practiced a pick-up game of ‘greatest good’ since 2004, I have to agree. The current EA entry points for newcomers do feel very narrow. I don’t come from an AI background or a particularly academic or financially endowed one. I’m one of those ‘graphic designer, writer, mental health…’ types you mention.
I joined the EA to find smart people who could help me think about my local, practical, and socially based ‘greatest good’ questions and issues. Now that I understand a little bit more about the macro longtermisim aspects of EA, I’m pretty sure my side game isn’t a good use of the community’s time or talent.
Great post Michel. Thank you for sharing it. I look forward to your next one.
One other area I think might be interesting to explore in reputational risk is one that plagues the for profit and NFP worlds - apathy - or the “so-what” factor. It’s an issue / risk I’ve seen time and again that seems to always reflect on a brand or product's perceived relevance or a lack thereof - which in turn speaks to the product or brand's perceived lack of value or utility.
In my experience it’s usually caused by organisational rigidity, it's lack of genuine interest in, or understanding of, the ‘consumer’, a stagnant monoculture - like your point on “insufficient diversity”, or an inability to accesses the creative thinking needed for innovation or product adaptation.
Sorry, I know this is a ‘movement’, but I can’t help but think of it in product terms.