The Power of Technology to Save an Outbreak of Ebola

Technology brings us many capabilities. Arguably one of the most powerful uses is improving communication. That means getting better information out and getting it out faster.

Like any power, it can be used for good or bad. For an example of some good and mostly bad I recommend reading: “Trust Me I’m Lying” by Ryan Holiday. I recently completed this book and it truly plumbs the depths of our blog and social media world and how it can be harnessed to move mountains — whether or not the mountains should be moved.

fatu-300x168On the “good use of technology” side, our world is facing challenging health issues — How do you control the outbreak of Ebola? Communication is a key element of the solution. Fast information sharing is critical.

Ebola is killing thousands and has now jumped the ocean to North America. It is not only spreading as a disease, but as fear. A little bit of information can go a long way to helping a tragic situation. Through trusted networks we can help get positive and helpful information to each other and, through the wonders of great search engines, others can then find it as well. To that end, the DENT Conference team circulated an article today that shared how a 22 year old reduced the Ebola death rate from its normal 70% to 25% in her family. Still tragic. Yet truly life changing at the same time. It is a great read and provides quick education and facts that may be helpful to someone you know.

I got into technology in the first place when I saw the positive benefits that technology was bringing to people with temporary and permanent disabilities to communicate. This important research was being done by MBA students at the University of Manitoba. It changed my career path. In our connected world, the power of technology to improve communications is indeed life changing.

How do you use technology to improve communication and lives? Please share with us via the comments below.

Want versus Need

One of many lessons that came to our family from the economic crash of 2008 was being clear about defining “wants” versus “needs”. It can be easy to confuse the two. Defining wants as needs can lead to poor decision making and can circumvent the real goals in our lives.

“I need a new smart phone.” — No. You “want” a new smart phone. Few of us need to upgrade as often as we do. In fact, the brains behind the major telecom companies have figured out a new way to play to our cravings, fed by the advertising and message machines in the marketplace… Don’t want to lock in to a two year contract? Need to update your phone every 12 months? 18 months? Now you can “lease” your phone and pay over time instead of having to buy it outright.

And pretty soon all the “small monthly payments” add up and we find ourselves in a society filled with debt.

In fact, we all have very few “needs” in the material world. Our true “needs” to create fulfilling lives are more often in our relationships. If we control our urges and redefine our needs and wants more truthfully, what opportunities will that create in our lives? More $$ available for creating experiences? More savings? Less debt? Radical.

Want vs Need. What do you think? Where has this been a challenge or an opportunity in your life?

GoTenna : How will you communicate when cellular is out?

Yes, I love technology. This is cool. Using the way radio waves travel to create a personal messaging network to cover up to 50 miles… with no cell towers or wifi(!!!)…

This is not only cool for disaster situations, hiking, skiing, inside large centers where cell service is limited, etc… it can be great if you travel outside the country, want a way to message your family even though you have no service or don’t want to incur per message charges.

A little rabbit trail… How many messages can one send? Our daughter Sarah sent and received more messages than all of us combined when we reviewed our bill several years back. THOUSANDS. It was hard to imagine how one could even send so many messages. So we got her a pair of sweat bands (like the kind athletes wear for the head or wrists) for her thumbs.  :-)

Back to GoTenna… You need one. You might. Except the time when you really need it will be the time when you may not have the opportunity to go out and get it. Just saying. I think this couple ounces added to your case or purse is worth it.

Learn more here. Let me know your thoughts and uses for GoTenna in the comments.


Happy 4th and Happy Canada Day!

We are blessed to be living in a country where you can achieve your dreams. At Lifebook ( we have the privilege and joy of helping people “Discover, Document and Achieve Your Best Life”. This was absolutely the best gift Susan and I have given each other and to our family over the past year and a half.

At a time when we celebrate freedom, I encourage you to use that freedom and love yourself enough to take the time to give yourself a personal gift of love — a gift of time — a gift of defining what you want your best life to be and then committing to go and make it happen!

Celebrate this week — Happy 4th and Happy Canada Day! To your best life!


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