Tell a friend, make some badges of your own to give away, spread the word, be willing to talk, make eye contact, smile, don't let the future of our personal communication be owned by big business or impersonal corporations. Take back what is our human nature, start a conversation now! Nothing is better than eye to eye, face to face dialogue. Go ahead, 'Give it a Go!'
John Bishop was one of the original backers of my project. He wore the first version of the "Give it a Go" badge, and now it has progressed to a simple, "Say Hello" badge. Check it out here on The One Show. (it may not be available in all countries, sorry!)
DO YOU REMEMBER A TIME when people spoke to each other on the street, in a train, sitting at a bus stop or waiting in the supermarket check out line? When eye contact and a smile was an opening, not a reason to look down and away?
What do you say we “GIVE IT A GO” again? No need for cold turkey turning off your phone or technology for hours, days or weeks. Just incorporate those possible special moments of face to face communication throughout the day.
“GIVE IT A GO” pinned to your shirt or jacket says you are willing to be a part of a communication revolution, even if it is just five minutes at a time. Those few words signal to the world that yes, I am aware of the world around me and people passing within an arm’s reach. I am willing to embrace the world in my immediate vicinity and meet someone new right next to me, not only to stare at a one dimensional screen.
The technological world is truly amazing. It gives us unlimited opportunities in many different ways, but if we forsake the connections all around us, is all that technology really worth it? We cannot un-invent technology but we can re-invent the way we use it.
If someone had told you we would have to rediscover a way to talk with each other in this, the age of instant communication, you might have scoffed at them, but look around any city, town or village. Every moment spent bent over our phones as we move through our day we may be missing the golden opportunity of connecting with a person right in front of us. We are slowly losing the art of reading a person’s face, body language or intonation when they speak. Even phone calls are slowly becoming obsolete.
A few years ago we may have made lifelong friends through a random meeting on a train or in a café, but today these connections are becoming fewer with each new piece of technology, game or app we choose to spend our time with instead. The younger generation may never have made a friend in this way, brought up with a fear of meeting strangers or having direct contact with others face to face in a world of texts, instagram and snapchat. That world now owns much of the interpersonal connections we make with our fellow human beings. True communication is free. A smile and a conversation may go a long way to heal the wounds that disconnection has fostered on the planet.
So pin on a badge saying “GIVE IT A GO” and if you see someone else wearing the same, give a nod, smile and maybe even have a chat. Carry a few badges in your pocket to hand out to others who might also be willing to “GIVE IT A GO”. Let’s relearn the art of talking to strangers, because a stranger is a friend you simply haven’t met yet, the person next door, or the woman squashed up next to you on the train – just another human being moving through their day.
Go ahead, “GIVE IT A GO”!!
An exploration behind the business of bicycles and business in general. Can it be done better? Is the bottom line the only way to judge success? Can the bicycle business help steer us away from the freefall we are collectively headed to? Check it out on Lulu.com
A small booklet looking a bit deeper into the modern-day addictions we are all facing. Are screens the new drug? Is there a way back to human scale communication? How did we all get here? Was the past that much better? Take a small trip back to the Bronx in the 70's and see what you think.
I just finished reading Give it a Go - The Peaceful Revolution and I love how the book encourages us all to "Give it a Go, walking with our phones down, our heads up, and our hearts open." The overall message is bright and hopeful – it could easily have come across as browbeating, but instead I felt like I was hanging out with an old friend having a conversation and feeling the connection. It's incredible that more people aren't talking about this. I've also seen the documentary. "Social Dilemma," as Joe mentions in the 'Introduction' to the book, but that's the most I've seen this issue addressed in the wider public, I'm sure there are other popular films, books, articles, or podcasts addressing the issue of screen addiction, but other than this book and the above-mentioned documentary, none that I'm aware of. You'd think it would be hotly debated right now, but I guess denial is part of the nature of addiction.
I felt the analogies made were really effective – the addictions of previous generations, and how this present addiction to screens/ phones is not only worse because it's starting super young, but that it's also not illegal or considered immoral. It's just being allowed to run rampant and overtake our collective will. Actually, that thought is terrifying to me. I was so glad to hear someone giving voice to it in a non-terrifying, matter of fact way. When I finished the book I had that good feeling I used to get when I would spend a cozy afternoon just reading a book by the fire.
Thank you Joe for reminding us of our humanity, and putting a smile on our faces while helping us all feel like we belong to a greater wholeness that is worth putting our phones down, keeping our heads up and opening our hearts for.
Marga Laube, Astrologer - Ashland, Oregon
“Give it a Go” by Joe Diomede, is a short and simple book that speaks directly to the times. During this age of technology we are becoming less and less accessible to one another. Especially during this time of the pandemic when we are out in public with our masks on, we can often only see each other’s eyes. Now, a simple smile passing another patron in the grocery store is so much harder to convey. Having a way to communicate that we are open to having a conversation together while standing in line or walking around town, is a small but revolutionary idea. One that can make us feel less divided and more connected. I’m an extrovert by nature and being able to relate to strangers while out and about has always been a way to fuel me. I’m often deterred now by technology and hindered by face coverings. Connection with each other is going to be the biggest way to heal so many conflicts that are taking place all over the world! Let’s not forget that up close we are so much harder to hate, let’s try to remember to talk and find some common ground with a stranger! I think this is a perfect time in history for us all to think outside the box a little and just, “Give it a Go!”
Dana Brown - Home educating mom, gardener, English teacher - Marshall, North Carolina
While reading Give It A Go, there were a lot of pain points that spoke to me and made me realize that I need to disconnect more from my devices. I have a 5 year old daughter who loves to play games on her tablet, almost to the point that she doesnt want to play with actual toys or go outside. This book has helped me understand that I need to stop this habit now and form new ones for both myself and for her. We have our noses in our devices so often that we miss the REAL things around us. I'm glad I read this book to wake up and realize life is better lived outside of a screen. I would recommend this book to anyone and will be passing it along to a friend to enjoy as well. Thank you Joe, for opening my eyes.
Kenzie Wright King: positive thinker, entrepreneur, travel junkie, mom, lover of all things adventurous - Utah, USA
Joe is a masterful story teller and when he digresses to share a story, be ready to fall under his spell. He is empowered with such passionate beliefs that he will forego formalities and dive in with a poignant tale to have you rethinking a new or old situation. 'Give it a Go', his latest book, does just that by prompting us not to put our technology away, just down. When I first tried facebook a friend warned me, “It’s crackbook, be careful." How right Joe was to link an allegorical story from his adolescence about the addictions of the time, with our modern-day screen addictions. While I do feel technology is here to stay, and was designed to make our lives easier, in many cases it has failed. Maybe it's more like a slice of pizza, nice once in a while, but you can’t eat it for every meal, every day. The pages of the short book have helped inspire me to put Joe's ideas into practice, breathe and have a random conversation with the person next to you. Chances are you are going to have a good experience, possibly make a new friend, and your tech will remain safe somewhere in a cloud. Joe's suggestions are gentle, easy and full of unexpected surprises. Only one way to know for sure, read the book and “Give it a Go”!
Larry Diomede, retired harmonica playing train conductor, juggler, - Connecticut U.S.A.
I found 'Give it a Go' to be insightful and thought provoking. It deals with how we communicate (or sometimes don't!) and our relationship with technology! A world traveller, Joe's experiences give him a unique perspective on many issues and is well worth a read. It also contains some inspiration as to how we can come together in a post Covid world!
Steve Wilson - Singer songwriter, music teacher - Weymouth, England
Interested in helping people reconnect in your city, school, town or neighbourhood? Here is a link to the company who have the artwork for the 'Give it a Go' badges. Mention my name, Joe Diomede, and order number 100448, choose some vibrant colours, and join the Communication Revolution now! Go ahead........... Give it a Go!!