Monday, April 30, 2007

NO Boundaries

The title of this playful stop-motion animation is NO Boundaries. Its creator, apparently an employee of Baltic FCB, writes that the video is a gift to his company and clients. I interpret it as a tribute to his team's collaborative spirit and unwillingness to recognize barriers to success.

Which brings me to our two intrepid volunteers, Jane and Gene, who recently reached beyond the boundaries of their assigned areas in Ridgewood to treat eggs in Wyckoff and Midland Park. From their report:

Oiled the following:
1. 4/25 - One nest - 6 eggs - 407 Ellis Dr., Wyckoff - back yard right over wooden bridge
2. 4/27 - One nest - 4 eggs - 445 Godwin Ave., Midland Park - by dam
3. " One Nest - 6 eggs - same - near parking lot (need to mark with a flag)
4. 4/27 - One nest - 4 eggs - Hopper Ridge - below swimming pool, close to pond, very close to other nest (need a flag) - the mother refused to get off the nest - Gene had to push her using an umbrella and a snow scraper to clean a car windshield - it took several tries - this was not covered in training!!!!!

Wow, 20 eggs in two days. Great job!

New Ridgewood Geese Peace Blog

Team Ridgewood!

I just got back from Dayton, OH, where I attended a seminar on social media -- blogs, wikis, community Websites such as MySpace and YouTube, etc.-- and the powerful impact they have on communications. I started thinking about how we have been communicating with each other via email. While we're keeping each other informed of our efforts, we're missing out on an easily exploitable opportunity to spread word of our accomplishments as exponentially as our little feathery friends multiply their numbers--and then some.

It's all about establishing and building online relationships. For example, if David Feld would allow, we could place a link to our blog on the Geese Peace Website. Then, people who find his site can link to our blog to read about how our community is succeeding with the protocol. Sites linking to other sites has a powerful effect: it helps increase a site's rankings on search engines like Google. So this has the potential not only to help David's site get better search rankings when people Google terms such as "goose control." It also has the potential to help us! If someone in, say, West Milford stumbles across the GeesePeace site, then they'll also see our Blog. If they read our blog, they say, "Wow, it's working right over in Ridgewood!" Then they email a friend, who emails a friend, and on and on. Before you know it, people all over the tri-state area are finding out about GeesePeace, how concerned local communities are succeeding, and hopefully bringing their own communities on board. It's got great potential to supplement Diana's heroic efforts to inform, educate and energize surrounding communities.

Just a pipedream? Check out this true story of how a guy with a blog was able to trade one red paperclip for a house.

So let's start using this blog to chronicle our activity. All in favor, say "Aye!" (You can do that right here in the reader comments. Let me know whether you'd like to post yourself. If not, you can just email me and I'll post it for you.)