Andy’s socially useful memes

Andy believes in win-win-win thinking.

He tries to ensure his actions achieve a result for whoever he is working with, as well as advancing his own well-being, and crucially achieve a wider good where possible.

Andy’s book ‘Effective Personal Communication’ champions greater understanding of ‘memes’ – a term first coined by Richard Dawkins in his seminal book the ‘Selfish Gene’. (Andy’s book is believed to have been the first public relations text to embrace and address memes.)

The example used by Dawkins and shared by Andy in his talks is ‘Happy Birthday’; you no doubt know the words and can sing along. Yet, you have not been on a ‘Happy Birthday’ training course nor read the ‘Happy Birthday’ training manual.

‘Happy Birthday’ is an example of a meme: a body of cultural information that is coherent, copyable, and can be pased on of its own volition, well beyond the orbit of the original sender of the message.

So, if you can create a message that lives on, gets passed on, and on, and on, you have the seed of a powerful communication.

What if you can create a meme – a message that gets passed on and on, without the need for massive advertising or costly promotion – that can create social or personal good?

Andy thinks it is a good idea to create, nurture and promote socially useful memes. And he hopes you think this is a good idea – and you will tell your friends. 

So, please find out about:

Twixtmas – we live in a time poor age. Yet, people often complain about being bored in the period between the Christmas and New Year holidays. Why not transform the 5 days of Twixtmas 

Beat Blue Monday – how you can transform the symbolically most depressing day of the year into a positive one – and help promote greater understanding about mental health issues.

Stupid Aid – aims to empower people to stand up to bureaucratic or ‘stupid’ thinking by redefining stupidity not as being of low intelligence but as ‘decisions or actions leading to sub optimum outcomes created by inflexible thinking without asking questions’.

The Stupid Aid campaign also highlights how there are five levels of stupidity: 1 Star Stupidity is where you do ‘stupid’ based on insufficient information; 2 Star Stupidity is doing stupid without reference to wider considerations; 3 Star Stupidity is doing stupid without reference to longer-term interests; 4 Star Stupidity is doing ‘compund stupidity’ of one stupid decfision based on someone else’s earlier stupid decision; 5 Star Stupidity is repeating any 1,2,3, or 4 Star Stupidity.  

Do you think socially useful memes are a good thing? Well pass it on.