Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Susan956 says…

One of the pleasures of writing this blog has been the responses of readers. For those of you who follow the comments at the bottom of each post, you will have noticed that alongside friends, acquaintances and connectors who chip in with opinions and information, we have a few regulars who take the time to tease out some of the ideas I raise. I am referring in particular to three: Susan956, Piotr Jakubowski, and ideas revolutionary Kempton, all of whom are now part of the KRConnect family. Very generous with their ideas and insights, they always seem to be able to come up with something relevant that takes my thoughts further. I am very grateful to them for that. I was particularly taken with Susan’s suggestion that Google Earth might play a role in retirement homes. “I hope portable units can be taken into some retirement homes and stories encouraged from those folks who may not have ready computer access. History and future are nice to see together. I enjoy blending of generations on such projects.” Now that strikes me as such a Lovemarks idea for someone to pursue. The past starts infusing the present more richly as we get older – I can feel the pull myself. I have already noted the London Museum project and the delights of joining stories and maps. Combine that with the memories of people with time to spare, and you could get something big happening. The places where retired people gather (whether it’s residential or clubs or events) have the potential to become true centers for lively discussion, sharing and the creation of new emotional knowledge and emotional connections.


Susan956 said...

Gosh! (That was my first response).

The second was to admit that I now find myself often musing on topics later in the day and even days/weeks afterwards. The umbrella is an exemplar however I find myself regularly returning to many topics raised.

I am flattered that you have made mention of an idea and pleased, I admit, that it involved the elderly.

Over time I have enjoyed the fact that the blog merges ideas, thinking, evocation, an individual's passion and humanity - with a splash of versions and insights into the worth of academe and research.

You have allowed us - people like me in particular who have no connection as such with your professional world - a rare opportunity to engage with an established and well versed professional and to offer ideas and opinions in a 'no fear or favour' context.

I have never shied away from expressing what I honestly think and I've always enjoyed reading the responses of the other members.

Interesting that the 3 of us named don't actually show a pictorial image of ourselves. I have been a number of craft items I've made and now I'm sandy and pebbly :)

Cheers. Oh! And a special thanks if I may to the editor who assists with this blog. You know who you are :)

And..you have made a nice T-shirt image compilation there Kevin :)

Kempton said...

Hi Kevin,

Thanks for a post spotlighting your avid readers and commentators including the honourable mention for the three of us.

To me, we should be the one thanking you for writing all the thought provoking posts and giving us a forum to talk back.

It feels great to hear from you that some of our ideas and insights have taken your thoughts further. In a sense, the process and time taken to write and structure my comments have also taken my thoughts further than if I had simply passively reading your post. So this is definitely win-win.

If I were to guess, I think these few words by Bill Buxton may be a good description of you and many bloggers, writers or commentators (including myself),
"The point that I am trying to make is that I approached writing this book[/blog/comment] the same way I approach most things. I did everything I could to place myself and what I was thinking about at the busiest intersection of ideas, people, locations that I thought might be able to contribute to making it better."


Piotr Jakubowski said...

It's hard to build on what Susan and Kempton have already mentioned, but I would like to extend my thanks for the feature and link in your blog.

It's still remarkable to see how close this piece of technology we call the internet has brought us. Here we all are, a group of individuals, thousands of miles away from each other, yet brought together in one place to participate in discussion.

Thank you for providing us with a place and community to share our thoughts. Thank you also for the more intimate insight into the world of KR.

Cheers to you all,

Cool Insider said...


First I must tell you that I am currently reading your book Lovemarks and I definitely LOVE it. Its rare to get such amazing insight and inspiration from a marketing book, especially one which dispenses with all the theoretical hocus pocus and focuses on the vital essence of what works.

Thanks for highlighting your commenters and readers. I must say us Singaporeans definitely need more emotional marketing! We also need to create Lovemarks of our own. Unfortunately, I was unable to sign up and attend the recent Global Brand Forum to catch you in action. Am still banging my head over that!

As some have put it, the new world of blogs and social media helps to bring people together. Its the communities which build the brand.

Thanks for being so unselfish and generous in sharing your ideas to the rest of us folks who so desperately need it.

Susan956 said...

coolinsider.. I have only been to your city once (my single jaunt overseas in my life) and I recall aspects - that if time has held in place - that would be worthy of Lovemarking. Have you noticed how often outsiders are the ones to remark on what is glorious about ones own city or country? Fresh eyes perhaps?

I drove down a street near my place the other day and wound up driving up and down it 4 times. You know that experience in almost stepping into another time and place? Lovely. Sometimes tourism brochures et al become a little trite and forget that travelers don't always seek the same experience as decades unfold. Kevin alludes to that in his most recent article here and I support the premise upon which the article is based - bring back the village experience with an overlay of the contemporary. Then I guess one looks to the horizon and anticipates what may be the next 'love'/desire - that is the challenge :)

the paper bicycle; Peter Scarks said...

Kevin, I think it is important that you remain aware of the fact that you have inspired thinking, writing, collaborating, playing, and working in a wonderful way and that I for one applaud your constant recognition of everything that inspires you. thanks.