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We Live in Public. Embrace it.

| January 22nd, 2015 | 5 comments

In 2009, I was introduced to a powerful documentary about the future of this digital landscape we live in called We Live in Public. In the film, the protagonist, Josh Harris, a dot-com visionary who has been penned the “Nostradamus of the internet,” creates an experiment where dozens of volunteers in New York City live underground for an entire year with food, alcohol, living quarters and even a firing range all provided to them. The catch is that everything they do is videotaped – from their showers to their sex lives. These brave souls agreed to be filmed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for an entire year.

Harris predicted sites like Facebook and Hulu before they ever existed. In the film, Harris says “Years ago the lions and tigers were kings of the jungle and one day they wound up in zoos, I suspect we’re on the same track.” Despite Harris’ eccentric ideas he was spot on one thing: we DO live in public. And, it’s not going away. It’s not a choice to exist off the grid for most professionals and businesses today so the question becomes: how to control the messaging? How do we use these public space to put our best image and digital representation forward? How do we position ourselves authentically via these tools? Work with me and I’ll show you how.

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