It’s never a good thing when your phone rings on a Sunday, from a number you don’t know. Questions start running through your mind:
- Who is calling?
- Is everyone ok?
- Am I in trouble?
- Should I have not “checked in” to that place last night?
- Or worse, where we went after?
With some trepidation, I answered.
I need not have been worried.
A Gentleman Caller
A friendly voice said hello, that they’d been to my website, and noted that I preferred e-mail or phone calls to the more ‘modern’ tweeting conversations for all to see.
What followed was a wonderful 30 minute conversation about Wordpress, the use of Open Source in Scotland, 3rd Sector growth, getting the balance between development and management, bbPress, BuddyPress, Sharepoint, Adobe CQ, WPScotland, communities, how lovely Andrew Nacin is, VC funding, and the fact that 80% of people die within 20 miles of where they were born.
Did the caller and I agree on every single point? Heck, No. But there was a general consensus, and more importantly a desire to have an open conversation with no agenda other than to share and learn.
I’m ok with being someone who’s not well liked, because I believe that by shining a light on those grey areas we’re ignoring that we can build better products, people and communities. I like playing Devil’s Advocate, because I love seeing intelligent people discuss and debate the premise behind what I’ve said. I love conversation and Terrence made my day.
His thoughts on working with companies that have a “social dynamic intrinsically tied to their financial dynamic” was enlightening. We need more people like him, and I’m so pleased that Open Source has them in a higher percentage that most communities.
Just a little of that human touch
The next time you have something to say, why not call that person. 1-1 conversation makes a huge difference.
So, thank you Terrence for calling, and thank you to Robert Scoble for convincing me to open up.
I ain’t lookin’ for prayers or pity
I ain’t comin’ ’round searchin’ for a crutch
I just want someone to talk to
And a little of that human touch
Bruce Springsteen – Human Touch