Gunther Sonnenfeld on Gladwell, GaGa and Organic Communities

As I continue down the rabbit hole that is Google+, it’s been exhilarating to connect with some of the thinkers, writers, bloggers and storytellers in my social networks, mainly Twitter and Facebook, but also from Quora, LinkedIn and Klout.

One of my favorite bloggers is Gunther Sonnenfeld (@goonth), the author of ThinkState and (any surprise here?) also a native of Southern California.

Though I’ve yet to break through the soundwaves of his 4k strong Twitter following, he added me back on Google+ circles. Geeked :)

We’re all like this. Who inspires you (other than yourself)? Who invigorates, challenges and amps you up for the day, week, month? The lovebuzz and insights we get from this is nothing short of a ripple that flows outward. At quantum levels, as Zian Silverwolf likes to put it.

So cool.   

Among many things, Gunther mentions observations on the direction of community and social interactions, in life and online. Storytelling, Gladwell, passion, organic references…and of course, GaGa.

Obviously this was my favorite part:

The Lady Gaga Misnomer (the truth about “superfandom”).

” Speaking of meaningful action… At breakfast this morning, a friend and colleague of mine shared a great story about the phenomenon that is Lady Gaga. He had been talking with her manager at a dinner party, who said that amid the 32 million plus fans she has acquired in her young career, only 60 – that’s right, SIX-ZERO – are her real fans, her “superfans”, who make or break her career and its respective paths. They essentially do all the talking, all the doing and all the marketing for her. This might not be entirely surprising when we think about how careers, especially in music, are so easily made and destroyed. But perhaps there is something far more kinetic in this equation, which is the idea that influence is borne from an intention so strong, a passion so alive, that what springs from it cannot be stopped. It can’t be confined to words. More importantly, it defines the path of the ordained. Lady Gaga is just a woman who had an imagination and a heart bigger than her own self — she played the role of a superstar, an inspirational icon, even when she was only performing for audiences of 30. Imagine what would happen if we were all influenced in the same way… If we all conveyed the emotion she does through her work (whether you like it or not…) and through those she so profoundly influences. “

Basically, it’s pretty simple for the Gags and those who “get it” »

” Being provocative is not just about getting peoples’ attention.

It’s about saying something that affects people in a real way — and a positive way… “


Gunther Sonnenfeld >> The Future Now of Influence

Necessary GaGa Masterclass Comes to American Idol

The Convergence of Art and Technology: Google goes GaGa 

Ask Lincoln, Guster or Chevy: Happiness is a Choice, Not a Circumstance

Somewhere, somehow I got complacent in the last few weeks. Maybe because it’s July in four days and I’m still wondering where May went.

Maybe because the buzz over Klout scores and SM peeps trippin over influence on salamanders to stamp collecting is so last week.

Or perhaps once again because I haven’t read as much as I should , seen a new movie, made time for friends or a significant, invoked balance from work and traveling. Again, no one’s fault but mine.

Experience and education is incongruous, too — what you Don’t do often speaks louder than what you do.

So instead of regurgitating/copy-pasting industry information for those of you who still don’t understand what exactly it is that I do and love for a living (which is why we reserve such banter for telephone or family reunions) —

I’m just gonna do what I know best: write, perform, rock-out to The Princess and the Frog like no one’s business or play some Scriabin.

As Abe Lincoln so deftly put it: To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of men.

Time to break the ice about the president’s plan to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden’s recent death, developments which until now I’ve observed but remained impartial.

Frankly, I have and always will be disgusted by violence and cowardice. Courage, conviction and passion in everything you are, feel, think and do is not contingent upon the approval, acceptance or admiration of others, least of all the masses.

That being said, I was not among those throughout the country celebrating the death of another human being, whether he “deserved” it or not.

As with any extreme mindset or agenda, it’s profoundly easy to resort to vindictive, spiteful behavior that extols power and deceit over the value of human life. That value set and behavior’s the true “terror.”

In the absence of love or compassion, fear covers all manners of wrong. A mentor and friend from high-school would often remind me of a base but powerful saying: What is popular is not always right, and what is right is not always popular. 

The reality? A jerk is a Jerk, an asshole an Asshole — no matter what religion, sexual orientation, shape, size or color the person comes in (Read Olivier Blanchard’s A Better Business Doctrine Part I: Assholes are bad for business).

Everyone defines happiness differently. Integrity comes when you’re no longer gabbing on and on about it: when a blog post, eight children, a ’72 Nova Turbo LS1 or book pales in comparison to a life led by love — no matter how you envision it.

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For me it’s passion, creativity, ingenuity, insatiable curiosity. The will/vision, hunger and heart to go where others are not. Not just personally or professionally – in every facet and aspect of life. No fear.

Who are you? What do you see? And lastly…where will you go?

Related Links:

Dan Gilbert >> Stumbling on Happiness website

Chris Brogan >> The Happiness Project

TopRank Media feat. Pulizzi Content, Shyamalan Clip Thanks again to Lee Odden and team for the shoutout

TopRank Marketing Daily >> Media for Thursday, May 26 2011

Pulizzi Offers Glimpse into Inaugural Content Marketing World coming to Cleveland >>

Pulizzi 2011 Content Marketing World preview part 2 >> > ” target=”_blank”>

M. Night Shyamalan, clip from The Village

Led by Love