Youth Speak Out at Rock Eisteddfod 2009 – “Everything is Okay,” Really?

Youth Speak Out at Rock Eisteddfod 2009 – “Everything is Okay,” Really?

What do war, social climbing, the world financial crisis, depression, Fascist oppression, choices in life, and genetically modified foods all have in common? They are the collective concerns of the most current generation of youth; not so much drugs, sex, or Swine Flu.

All themes selected at the Western Australian Schools Rock Eisteddfod Challenge and J Rock 2009 had strong moral overtones together with subtle ethical nuances filtering through–the issue underpinning triple-bottom-line[1] outcomes. I found this encouraging as we’re so quick to think the world is in rapid moral ‘sinkhole’ decline.

Judging on this event, our world is in healthy hands venturing into the next generation; but our youth still look to us for hope, security and direction, without being inordinately hampered and constrained (by us) so they’re able to contribute openly, freely, vivaciously.

And let us not be lulled into thinking kids today don’t care for history; two of the eight acts were set in the 1940’s World War II genre.


Judges Too Are Judged

It wasn’t only the performers themselves who felt the strain of the acid-test, but the judges too showed marks of nervousness, as they creatively tiptoed through their synopses. Pressure in the moment of the spotlight reveals our character more than any other ordinary thing.

Perhaps with eyes to judge like they do in Dancing with the Stars each judge showed the discerning just how human they really are. That was both refreshing and uninspiring, depending on the viewpoint. All who perform feel the heat; it’s the ultimate test of competence.

Not Everyone Can Be Called ‘Winner’

It’s a cruel trick of life to compete, allowing fanciful thoughts of crowning glory, only to end up an also-ran. It’s not until we compete (in anything in life) that we realise how very big the pack actually is–it’s a big world.

It’s a reality every one of us has tasted and will taste again. There’s nothing more typical and ordinary than a polished placegetter without the winner’s trophy. And such little separates each of them, but this ‘little’ is supremely significant.

“No Happy Endings” i.e. end result, Depression

My wife spotted this obvious-in-hindsight overall premise; there weren’t many happy endings. Our youth are so concerned with adult-world issues that it is easy to see them living with little real hope. Perhaps they can’t see hope ahead for all the dire poisoned issues mentioned earlier.

In this way we forget how burdened our youth really are–and these are the ones with a voice, for many are invisible. One banner facetiously insisted that “Everything is Okay.” That’s a sad, numbed and ignorant state of being that the youth actually detest. They fervently seek truth, as youth always have. As my pastor tells me, young people can smell insincerity and lies a mile off.

Real world issues continue to frighten youth. They’re faced with prospect of taking up the toxic chalice. All youth are affected by the devastating themes presented, and more. There’s little wonder that 1 in 5 youth are depressed.


This event was a unique, unembellished window into the youth psyche.

The more things change, the more things stay the same.

We must somehow identify with the sense of daunting reality represented by our youth, getting them used to life skill and resilience techniques which only faith can truly help with.

It is said (and seen here) the youth strongly identify with the moral world; it is our task, in the adult world, to position faith as an attractive option empowering the possessor toward life, and that abundant–making faith a relevant response to moralistic issues, which it is.

It’s the only effective counter-argument to the depressed reality of living life in this world.

Copyright © 2009, S. J. Wickham. All Rights Reserved.

[1] The ‘Triple Bottom Line’ is commonly concern for issues related to the social, environmental and economic, or ‘people, planet, profit’–all three are strongly dependent on moral and ethical consideration and action. The world cannot function properly without strong moral/ethical recourse.

Steve Wickham is a registered safety practitioner (BSc, MSIA, RSP) and a qualified, unordained Christian minister (GradDipBib&Min). He also has training and leadership Diplomas. His passion in vocation is facilitation and coaching; encouraging people to soar to a higher value of their potential. Steve’s key passion is work / life balance and re-creating value for living, and an exploration of the person within us.

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The Social Gaming Market trends

The Social Gaming Market trends


Social media is much more than an unserious idle obsession or any other channel of social involvement for the youth. Today it has transformed as a serious business tool and a path for revenue generation as well as a medium to drive other ad campaigns and promotions. Each single corporate brand is utilizing this at the fullest today in order to have their desired ends attained, in terms of higher returns to scale, enhanced brand recall, active user participation, which results in increased good will and many other benefits.


Today as the market for social media and its application solutions are evolving, the social gaming market too has been thriving with eminent players foraying in. Today, approximately 200 million people are and have been playing games in more than one social networking portal for instance Facebook or Ibibo and the like.  As the day’s pass by, the social gaming sector is productively resulting in real time revenue generation that might soon translate in an enterprising social e-commerce market. These games are said to improve in the future. Furthermore they address two important aspects that are:-

1. Audience connectivity and participation
2. Revenue generation

Today, as the percentage of players participating in the games is increasing, the percentage of the people spending their money over a greater span of time results in a channeled revenue stream. The social gaming metrics is crucial to its success.


Recently there have been renowned service providers providing new age social media analytics tools that help to analyze the social game metrics. Simultaneously, these solutions have high-end in-built features that enables user to have all the information he/she needs. Selected advanced features consist of the following:-

1. Provides real-time social gaming analytics seamlessly
2. Users are able to achieve the gaming – specific predictive insights that are presented to the developers and marketers that enable them to quickly maximize engagement, expand the reach, enhance retention and increase the revenues
3. There are specific drill-down analysis tools that enable the user to reach the root solution fast and easily
4. With the help of automation, these tools assist the lean groups to impact goals with less effort fast

Businesses and enterprises today have been using of social media and social media analytics tools heavily. They are needed so as to carry forward specific social media assignments or projects either to appraise or maximize the online business effectiveness. The modern day social media analytics solutions provide its consumers a wholesome new procedure for evaluating interactive marketing through analyzing, enabling, and integrating organizations to respond to social intelligence gained by expanding their reach, maximizing retention, finally resulting in generating stable and profitable returns.


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The Social Media Paradox

The Social Media Paradox

Its like an uncontrolled rash. Its omnipresent, all pervasive and seem to soak in a sea of people both voluntarily and involuntarily. There is almost a feeling of guilt if you are not on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or any such ilk- have I uploaded enough? Am I getting enough likes? Is the wall well populated? Have I mastered the sweet part of the Tweet? An unabashed freedom movement, reborn, rejuvenated, reignited, redressed in a different era and eco system of course.


Amidst the ever increasing din and punch of wanting to connect, express and impress over SM networks, have we lost the true art of being social? The more prolific a person is on the Social Media networks, the less proficient (or so it seems) they seem to be in the real social world. Good old person to person meets or calls seem to be a thing of the past why do enthusiastic, articulate, energetic flag bearers in the SM world retract, renege, resist when it comes to real world interfaces does the cyber world provide a more secure, comforting, facilitating, non intimidating enviornment that allows lesser mortals like me and you be wanted, witnessed, welcomed the jury is still out on that.


There already seems to be an element of fatigue setting in and the efficacy of the SM sites are being questioned.Lets face it- looking at it objectively, for every soothsayer there are several naysayers- that has been the rule of thumb- While there is no denying the profound impact that social media has had on the universe as a whole, has it helped us human beings evolve to be better social animals in real life, still begs the question.


When you see two people sitting in the same room within a few metres of each other engaged in a vitriloic animated thumb talking exercise on their respective BBMs, you really begin to wonder whether the simple pleasures of direct human engagement has seen better days.Or,the increasing general reluctance of people to pick up the phone and talk one one one leaves you bewlidered. ‘Let me text you’- we really are in some texting I mean testing times. Condolence messages on Facebook walls is really the obituary. As they say real life is stranger than reel life, social media life is alien from real life.



Is there a pressure to conform or perform in the Social Media space? Is there a danger of getting left behind? Is it insecurity of not being accepted? Are we so blogged down errr bogged down in our every day quest to be linked in(pardon the pun), we seem to be asking ourself a question- what came first- Social Life or Social Media Life?


Marketing and branding experts are already giving neuroscience a serious revisit virtual errands can make or break brands.For the stray brand success stories, there are many that have not left a mark- is it technique, tenacity, timing or treatment that works? Are we questioning the cognitive? Has the right & left sides of the brain swapped places? Here’s one more for the experts to decipher! Am sure the findings would be interesting. Till then, will have our backs to the wall! Oopss!

Pritesh Bagwe is Mumbai based digital marketing company PR Jankari office and his computer. He is dedicated digital marketing person in PR Jankari who scans the search engine to hunt for opportunity. Along with a team of consultant, he keeps on building business possibilities. Also he is project consultant of ISD Global


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Plan A Youthful Old Age Through Careful Retirement Financial Planning

Plan A Youthful Old Age Through Careful Retirement Financial Planning
Social security retirement benefits are just not sufficient if you have the habit of living your life to the fullest. The idea of cutting down your monthly budget or selling your big house or big car, are some of the compromises you may face after retirement. The situation can be reversed, although, through a careful retirement financial planning.

Can you imagine about having a holiday abroad once in a year after retirement or a wellness holiday in your favorite holiday resort. This imagination appears a little unrealistic to a layman, but a careful retirement financial planning can make it possible. Save some portion of your current income for retirement and make such arrangements so that you need not to withdraw from retirement fund during any crisis. Cover every possible risk through insurance and invest money in trustworthy sources to multiply your future income. These instructions seem simple to follow but the practical implementation is almost impossible without the right guidance.

Right guidance and right acumen are the two things that ensure appropriate implementation of your retirement financial planning. For example you may have enough money to invest in real estate but you cant because you have put that into property insurance. Try to love growth of money instead of loving your property and assets. Give high importance to life and health insurances or car and home insurance, where meager premium allows you to save or invest rest of the money somewhere else. If you are not so ambitious, you can use that money to uplift your current standard of living. Dont forget to estimate your life expectancy and health conditions while calculating your future financial requirement. This self monitoring may appear unpleasant but it ensures coverage for any risk in future and if by Gods grace you dont face any risk, this money improvises your future standard of living.

Now the biggest question is how to save and where to invest. A wealth management advisor can best answer to these queries. A wealth management advisor diverts your savings and investments towards the guaranteed profits. Wealth management service teaches to find the best reliable sources for investment and states you the right proportion of monthly and annual savings for future. Checks and Balances TV is a wealth management service where live wealth management advisor answers to your financial planning queries. Have a better retirement financial planning for a luxuriant post retirement life with Checks and Balances.

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Coaching Youth Football

Coaching Youth Football

Coaching youth football allows you to teach young football players the fundamentals of the game and bring individual talent together to play as a cohesive unit. That said, success on the gridiron begins on the practice field. Learning and implementing proper youth football skills & drills during practice will have you, your coaches, and players ready for the big game. There are no shortcuts when coaching youth football. Hard work, discipline, determination, in addition to coaching football fundamentals is what produces winning football teams and successful youth football players.

Below are some of the skills needed to become a good football coach, and you can find the football drills needed to run a practice properly in books or online from others football coaches at free websites like

Youth Football Coaching Skills

Be A Good Role Model – youth football players are an observant bunch. They imitate their role models whether on or off the field. It is the football coach’s responsibility to display the character that they want to see in their players. Character traits such as consistency, emotional control, honesty, and integrity are important.

Teach Football Fundamentals – practice to the players strengths and determine where they are weak. Pay particular attention to teaching football skills such as stance and footwork when players are performing youth football drills. Be sure you’re your players are focusing on all aspects of the drill and do not become sloppy in any area.

Use Creative Football Plays In Practice – like most children, youth football players need variety in their practices. Vary the practice schedule from day to day to keep them interested and continually learning. Keep the football drills short enough that players don’t lose interest and concentration.

Use Constructive Feedback – too many youth coaches “channel” football coaches they see in the movies. They believe that coaching football drills involves acting like a drill sergeant. While this attitude can have its place in the coach’s arsenal, it should not be the sole motivator. Teach them. Explain the who, what, where, why, and how of the football drill. You’ll end up with more intelligent youth football players.

Be Positive – youth football coaches must look to the positive aspects of the situation. Negative emotions bring negative results. The kids are going to be making mistakes throughout their lives. It’s important for a youth football coach to teach them how to overcome mistakes and even to capitalize on them. A successful and well coached football team masters the fundamentals, handles adversity, and brings home the championship due to the team’s attitude. Positive expectations will most likely bring positive results.

By Trevor Sumner who works for, a youth football community dedicated to providing parents coaches and athletes the tools and information to celebrate the love of the game. has one of the most comprehensive, free football drill libraries in its active football community.

Social Media Revolution

Social Media Revolution

Is the social media revolution a passing fad or is it really a fundamental shift in how we communicate and do business? The answer to this question is that social media is the biggest change in how people communicate since the industrial revolution and will only become more pervasive with time. What is your place in it and how can you benefit in business?

The change in how we communicate with each other can probably be traced back to the first morse code signals transmitted near the first half of the 19th century. From there there was the invention of the telephone, radio, television and now the internet. The internet has brought a radical shift in the way people in the world do business and just about everything else. Facebook alone has more than 100 million members and growing. YouTube has more than 100 million uploaded videos. Millions of people read blogs from just about every conceivable topic. Music is downloaded to millions of iPods daily. Most print newspapers in the U.S. are losing circulation and many are going out of business. But what does this all mean, and what does it have to do with you?

If you have a business or want to start one you must take into account the enormous change in how business operates today. It doesn’t mean that a new business owner cannot succeed without a knowledge of social media, but it does mean that learning how to use social media to your advantage can greatly enhance any activity you wish to sink your teeth into. Many people become intimidated by the thought of learning so much new “stuff” on the internet. They would rather just ignore it all as if it doesn’t exist and hope it all goes away. This is much like the old man or woman who still dresses the same way he or she did when they reached their peak, or when they were immersed in the world on a day-to-day basis. The problem is that many older people become out of touch and stuck at some point where they left off in the past, not able to relate well to the world as it is today.

Don’t let this happen to you, analogously speaking, in the world of business. Confront social media head-on. Learn how it can become the best friend you ever had in business. The old fuddy duddy who resists change certainly lives in the world but he is really no longer an active participant in it. Participate in modern technology at least to some degree–if you do your pocket book in business will be just a little fuller.

Steve Boston is an author, television producer and social media expert. For free tutorials on how to get started in business using social media techniques visit his site at

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Are Social Sites Damaging Social Skills?

Are Social Sites Damaging Social Skills?

There are very few secrets in the world anymore. This is mostly due to the fact that social networking has opened up a world where almost every thought goes onto the Web for all “friends” to see. This phenomenon has caused families to be split, marriages to be dissolved and children to experience their parents’ unfiltered thoughts on a daily basis. Has putting our thoughts out for all to read on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis caused more problems for our society as a whole, or has it opened up a world of free speech and opinion for all? Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once said, “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought, which they seldom use.” Has his thought come to life in the online society we have created? Is social networking bringing people closer, or pushing our society even deeper into our self-made solitary confinement?

These questions are being taken very seriously by many different groups of people. Online bullying has become an overwhelming problem with teens and young adults, as well as in the workplace. Without the right security measures, everything that people put out in these public domains is subject to being scrutinized and looked at by anyone in the world. Studies are being done on the effects of the amount of time that teens and young adults spend in this online universe versus the time they spend actually having peer contact. Is this way of interacting with others a constructive, healthy activity or is it just one more way to seclude oneself and hide behind the screen of a computer?

All these risks aside, what is it that society is teaching the youth of the world? Is it a constructive networking tool for businesses and professionals? Or is it a time consuming risk factor for their future? Used in the correct ways, social networking can be a great asset to the general public. However, employers are banning sights from office networks due to the decrease in productivity, co-workers are getting in raging arguments over things “posted,” and husbands and wives are stalking their spouses due to suspected infidelity.

So, is social networking in fact a benefit to global society or the devil in disguise? Researchers continue to do studies and draw conclusions, but, like the old saying goes, “Everything is good in moderation.” Using these methods as the sole social outlet is not only damaging to social skills and interaction, but can cause more problems and stress on the body and mind if used in excess. Beware what is put out for all to see. Once it is put in the viral world, it is there to stay.

C. J. Mackey is a working mother of three, balancing a full time career while taking an active role in her children’s lives. She has an advanced degree in engineering and over twenty years making technology decisions for fortune 500 companies. For more information you can visit at

Foster Youth

Foster Youth

Foster youth experience higher than normal rates of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), deficits in executive functioning, anxiety, incarceration, poverty, homelessness, eating disorders, obesity, and suicide.
Many of these youth are influenced by extreme negativity to include emotional neglect, poor nutrition, exposure to violence, and child abuse. These negative influences may have lifelong repercussions and affect their physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being. When children experience trauma as the direct result of an abusive caregiver, the process of developing a secure and healthy attachment is severely disturbed.

Foster youth may arrive at their new foster homes with a myriad of issues to include enuresis, encopresis, injury, past abuse, fear of being alone, fear of strangers, fear of being abducted, parents not loving them, etc It is important to be sensitive to their many fears, as they are very real. It is also important not to insist on them sharing the past with you. While being open to frank conversation is positive, insisting they re-hash their past can be detrimental to their rehabilitation. Leave this to the professionals.

Foster youth may have difficulty transitioning into their new home environment. It is not uncommon for them to experience a six month transitional period. Certain negative behaviors that occur initially generally subside after this transition period. Being aware that certain events may trigger negative emotions within these youth is important. Their birthday, for example, may remind them of other birthdays they have had and of their biological parents. They may become melancholy on or around mothers and fathers day because they are reminded of their biological family. Entering a new school is rough for almost anyone, but especially for these youth, as it is not uncommon for them to experience multiple placements and schools.

They may be removed from everything familiar to them to include their neighborhood, town, county, state, friends, school, family, etc Adjusting to a totally new life is shocking and difficult. Even though these youth are removed from their biological families for good reasons, they still grieve the loss of the familiar, their family, friends, pets, and siblings.

While foster homes are generally superior placements compared to their natural environment, they experience a very real loss. They may experience confusion and anger focused on the reasons why they cant be placed with extended family members.
Sadly, almost half of the foster youth in the United States face homelessness by the age of 18. Many of these youth leave the system without a permanent or stable family environment. They also have higher mortality rates due to substance abuse, accidents, suicide, and various chronic illnesses. The probability of these youth dropping out of school before they graduate is nearly 80 percent. Generally, less than two percent of this population earns a bachelors degree.
It is important that anyone working with this very sensitive population remember they are experiencing significant grief, abandonment, anger, and depression. Being a child is difficult enough when life is considered normal and healthy. These youth have an intensely compounded situation sometimes made worse by multiple placements and/or being placed with foster parents not equipped to deal with these significant issues. These children need to consistently feel the caring presence of their caregiver.

It is important that caregivers validate their feelings and remember that grief is normal. Avoiding criticism, ridicule, and shame is an important part of the healing process. Foster youth will experience healing slowly, as they are ready to delve into recovery. It is equally important to ensure the youth maintain regular visits with a trusted mental health professional.
Foster youth require and deserve an immeasurable amount of support to overcome the obstacles they have endured. There are a myriad of ways to support foster youth. Support may be provided in the form of monetary donations to foster agencies; it may come in the form of volunteering to be a foster parent; it may come in the form of advocating and lobbying for the rights of foster youth; and may come in the form of dedicating your life to working with this delicate and deserving population.

Holly Smith, Ph.D., ABD, has been a credentialed school psychologist for the past 10 years, has experience working as a social worker dealing with families and children, and has taught graduate-level courses in psychology.
Although writing this book, in-part, comes directly from her personal experience during divorce, her vast professional experience lends to the required technical and theoretical expertise. In her former role as a social worker, she was tasked with providing education and training to families during difficult times in their lives. She provided education and support in the areas of coping with crisis situations, making healthy decisions and choices, effectively parenting and co-parenting, overcoming homelessness, and impro

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Social Media Addiction

Social Media Addiction
What is it about social media that causes people to spend so much of their precious time trading information with friends, family and even giant corporations? Of course, we already know the answer; it’s fun and can be rewarding both socially and financially. The latest Retrevo Gadgetology study asked social media users questions such as when, where, and how much time they spend on sites and services like Facebook and Twitter. We were not surprised to learn how many people appear to be, shall we say, obsessed with checking in with their social media circles throughout the day and even the night.

Social Media All Through the Night

Not only do social media fanatics check Facebook and Twitter throughout the day, almost half of the respondents said they check in on the social media scene in bed, during the night or as soon as they wake up in the morning. Naturally, younger social media users said they tweet by night more than those over 25.

Will Twitter Kill the Morning News Shows?

Among social media users, it appears almost half are so involved with Facebook and Twitter that they check in the first thing in the morning. With 16% of social media users saying this is how they get their morning “news,” could we be witnessing the first signs of social media services beginning to replace “Good Morning America” on TV as the source for what’s going on in the world? Can they also provide more stimulation than a morning cup of coffee?

Are iPhone Owners More Social?

You have to agree, iPhone owners do think different. We don’t know if it’s the device making it so easy to do social media things or the personality of an iPhone owner but iPhone owners stand out in this study as more involved with social media; they use Facebook and Twitter more often and in more places.

Social Media Anonymous

Need more evidence that social media can be habit forming? How about the fact that 56% of social media users need to check Facebook at least once a day? Even more impressive are the 12% who check in every couple of hours.

We Interrupt This Dinner for an Important Message

Just to round out the picture, the Gadgetology study asked consumers how they felt about being interrupted at various times and occasions for an electronic message. With everyone texting away on their phones these days, we weren’t surprised to see over 40% of respondents saying they didn’t mind being interrupted for a message. In fact, 32% said a meal was not off limits while 7% said they’d even check out a message during an intimate moment.


We’re not qualified to declare a societal, social media crisis but when almost half of social media users say they check Facebook or Twitter sometime during the night or when they first wake up, you have to wonder if these people aren’t suffering from some sort of addiction to social media. From this study, it also appears that social media may have begun to replace more conventional sources for news with many social media users saying tweets trump their CRT, LCD, or Plasma TV for that morning cup of news.

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Social Media Mastery

Social Media Mastery

In order to master social media you must first master yourself.

What I mean by that is you must get away from all the hype, the spam, and the ridiculous money making offers out there. While some of them maybe be legit, there is just to much ‘noise’ out there to tell sometimes. You need to place yourself in the position of giving value to the rest of the social media users out there. When you can truly give excellent content and provide really strong, good tips and strategies about marketing or just social media in general is when you will start to see your social media following start to build at a very fast rate.

The most common mistake newbie’s make is trying to promote themselves and their products and their mlm companies or whatever it may be. Let me just say that this stuff does not work. It may lead you to a few sales up front if you get lucky but there is no real long term value here. The whole purpose and goal of this is to provide massive value and build great relationships with people on those sites. When you begin to do this, you will see great results.

Another common problem that new people run into is thinking that they have no real value to offer people. I want to make perfectly clear that you DO have value and you DO have the ability to provide that value through social media. All you have to do is share what you are most passionate about. And don’t tell me you don’t have any passions. There is always something that you are great at that most people are not. To give you a literal example, for me it started with skateboarding because that is something I have been doing since I was a kid back in middle school. And took what I had learned from skateboarding and translated it into real life values and principles like overcoming your fears or persistent practice leading to the mastery of a trick. You can do this to for your passions and skills.

So if you haven’t yet figure out the secrets to social media mastery then it is about time you learn them because if you are spending anywhere from 30-60 minutes a day on various social media sites and are not generating at least 10 to 25 fresh leads for your business then it’s simply because no one has taught you how yet.