The economic news is grim, for sure. Just today the New York Times reports nearly 600,000 jobs have been lost in January alone. And just look at the list of companies ... whether you work on an auto assembly line or make advertisements, no job is untouchable (except perhaps outplacement services).
But today, on the anniversary of Bob Marley's birthday [you know, One Love, One Heart], I'm struck by an unintended consequence of all this bad news. I've noticed, even more so than after 9/11, a sense of empathy. A sense of one-for-all, all-for-one. A sense of, I'll help you out, because I may be asking you for help a month from now. Or even better, I'll help you out because it's just the right thing to do. A sense of, let's share some good news in all this misery.
Maybe I'm blind to reality, but don't you see it? A few examples on my radar:
- Jeff Woelker takes the time to post tech-related job openings in Chicago on Chicago Tech Report. I haven't asked him about why he takes the time to do it, but I can only guess it has something to do with Karma [and that he's just a good person]
- Noah Brier and Rick Webb have started a Twitter handle @mediaisthriving to serve up some refreshingly positive news about the media industry. A welcome respite from all the bad news.
- As I previously posted, David Armano activated his social network to help a family in need, with incredible results.
- I notice a tremendous amount of chatter on Twitter between job seekers and industry leaders.
- Even I have gotten into the act, fielding several calls, tweets and emails from people looking to make contacts. I try to help the best I can.
So while very insightful men like Steven Overman express a sense of disappointment in how brands are behaving during this extraordinary time, I hope he sees that many everyday people are rising to the occasion - in our own small, but hopefully impactful, ways.
Please share your stories of positivity ... they will most certainly be appreciated.
P.S. Happy birthday, Bob.