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Facebook is seeking Authentic Community

8 Jul

I came across this article, and had to share it.  Facebook is now seeking how to develop community that is real and authentic.  Many churches are attempting to do the same thing – for a different reason.

At Facebook, mere “sharing” is getting old. Finding deeper meaning in online communities is the next big thing.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg is no longer satisfied with just connecting the world so that people can pass around baby pictures and live video — or fake news and hate symbols. So the Facebook founder wants to bring more meaning to its nearly 2 billion users by shepherding them into online groups that bring together people with common passions, problems and ambitions.

In this Wednesday, June 21, 2017, photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right, talks with Facebook group administrators Lola Omolola, left, Erin Schatteman, second from left, and Janet Sanchez during the Facebook Communities Summit, in Chicago, in advance of announcement of a new Facebook initiative designed to spur people to form more meaningful communities with Facebook's groups feature. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Here is the full article.

The article explains how their leadership team is seeking to move Facebook from social sharing into communities where people find genuine community.  Community is powerful.  As humans, we were created to be in community with one another.  The ability to develop a community is so essential, that I present it as one of the basic developmental factors of adulthood. 

Facebook is facing an uphill battle.  While still the largest (by far) of the social media platforms, Facebook is facing decline among today’s adolescents and emerging adults who prefer to use Snapchat or Instagram.  Their decline in popularity is causing them to rethink how to create authentic community.

The main reason for this change is money.  Facebook made $27 billion dollars on advertising last year.  The longer that people stay on Facebook, the more income that they produce.

According to Anita Blanchard, virtual communities “can fill a fundamental need we have for a sense of belonging, much like eating or sleeping.”  The real hurdle is whether virtual communities, can truly provide undivided attention, a warm embrace, or show up when your car won’t start.

If you are looking for a virtual community to join, check out the EA Network – a network of people who desire to minister to the needs of emerging adults.

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Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder of EA Resources, and the EA Network.  If he can help you minister to the emerging adults in your life, contact him at gdavid@earesources.org.

You are not the only one.

18 Feb

If you wonder how others make life seems so easy…

If you lose yourself in football, or video games, or binge watching media to forget life…

If you live to work, instead of working to live…

If you are fighting to get ahead, but are only falling behind…

If you want respect, but don’t respect yourself…

If you want a hug, but don’t want to ask…

If you can fix everything in the house except for the relationships…

If your wife is drifting away, you don’t know how to get her back…

If your children are okay with you being gone more than being home…

If you are spending all your outer energy, just to hide your inner life…

If want God, but you aren’t sure if He wants you…

If you have questions about your faith, and don’t know where to turn…

If you hate all that you have worked so hard to achieve…

If you feel as if you are not all you want to be…

If you feel as if you are not all you could be…

If you need help, and don’t know where to turn…

You are not the only one.

Morethanabeard.com is an on-line resource to encourage men on their spiritual journey.

A Few Words On Islands

13 Aug


Dear Dave,

You where raised to be strong, confident, and self-sufficient… but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need other people around.

Stop digging that alligator-filled moat. Put down the bricks and mortar.

You think you’re building a castle, but it’s an Alcatraz.

John Donne said it best,

No man is an island, Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main.

It will be hard, but community will keep you accountable, encouraged, and growing.

Don’t take my word for it: Give Hebrews 10:24-25 a read (and underline it too)!




photo credit: REMY SAGLIER – DOUBLERAY via photopin cc

Alphabet Of Manly Virtues: “B” Is For “Brave”

9 May

Letter BIn the alphabet of manly virtues, the letter B generates a plethora of options. Picture the scene from 3 Amigos where Alfonso Arau playing, Elguapo asks, “Would you say I have a plethora of piñatas?” and you pretty much know what’s going thru my head this very minute.

For me what immediately rises to the surface is the word Brave.

Now to most of us, this would seem to be an obvious selection but it just so happens to be the one that I’m extremely passionate about.

I began a journey many years ago and have been developing something for several years now, centered on answering the question, “Are You Brave?”  Continue reading

Out Of Gas

24 Apr


This is the third time that I have been sick in a month and a half.  It stinks… Being sick is getting really old.

If my only frustration in my life was food poisoning, that would be one thing, but that’s just the icing on the cake– a cake that consists of  recent spiritual dryness, frustrations with my shortcomings as a husband and father, being stuck in a creative funk, and enduring a never-ending Minnesota winter (it snowed this morning on April 24th!).

Every time a dream falls apart… every time the money runs out… every time I let God, others, or myself down… it all adds to the weight that I have to carry every day. Continue reading

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