Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Taking the Pledge

I’ve been having a look at the much heralded new Pledge facility on RiV2. It’s not very popular is it. It’s been available now for 2½ months and there are nine in all, but four of those were already on the system when it went live, so are obviously a relic of internal testing.

But I think there is a problem with the structure.

The format is:

I will [do this] but ONLY if [n] [people] will [do this].

That’s not how volunteering works. Emotional blackmail doesn’t work in real life let alone on the anonymous internet.

If I want to do something I will do it. If I don’t, I won’t. If I want to change all my lightbulbs to energy efficient ones, I will do so regardless of whether I can convince n other people to join me. Similarly if I want to pop down the road and check on those elderly people I know who live on their own to see if they are OK for milk and bread during the cold weather, I will do that. I am NOT, not going to do it just because I can’t get n other people to say they are going to follow suit on RiV2. That’s bx.

I didn’t say I will start this site ONLY if 10 other people join me. I started it, I invited other people and some more asked to join. That’s how the voluntary sector works.

If it’s worth doing, then do it. Set an example. Lead. Show the way. Be the Pied Piper and others will follow.

I AM going to [do this]. If you do so too, it will make a difference.

Note: this all goes to show how inept our masters are when it comes to understanding us and the way we interact with each other. They are probably “sociologists”?


  1. What have sociologists done to justify such insulting comments?
    Some bad teachers think that if you don't understand what they are saying, you are thick!
    Never crosses their minds that 'they' might be the inept ones.
    That said, I can't understand a word of the IT comments between weggis, knowsie and mark.
    And the fault is firmly in my area!

  2. I think it's a social experiment that went slightly wrong! oh well!

    Anne, my comment was a light hearted tongue-in-cheek back to Knowsie from a previous comment he made on another topic here.

    Teachers eh? can't live with em, can't live without em!

  3. I knew it was tongue in cheek!
    Strangely enough, I cannot think of any French expression which would be equivalent to 'tongue in cheek'!
    Morris to the rescue? Judith? Anybody?

  4. In the words of Gandhi, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world"

  5. How would a Misanthrope interpret that statement?

  6. In the words of our lifestyle guru, the official redbridge website, we are advised to love our borough and tidy our front gardens.
    Well, on that one, I feel that 'in my front yard' would definitely apply.
    I am also encouraged to create a romantic message for my other half for all to read on the official website!
    Both have nil as a probability factor!
    And I am being optimistic!

  7. Perhaps Anne, you should sign up for the free "Life Coaching" sessions offered by the council?

  8. "How would a Misanthrope interpret that statement?"

    Suicide, perhaps?

  9. Well, my comment on the Valentine thread, strangely (!) hasn't appeared. Have I in some way offended someone, do you think?

    What I wrote was:

    Quote Redimanager:
    - Collecting up litter from your front garden and putting it in your rubbish bag ready for the dustmen

    Better still, help my wife to lower her blood pressure by amending this to:

    - Collecting up the lower life forms who insist on using our front garden as a litter bin and placing them at the bottom of a landfill site ready for the dustmen to empty their carts

  10. It might be because you posted it on the "Love where you live" thread, which is where it appears!

  11. Weggis, do you think the life coach would survive a session with me? I hate people who tell me what to do!
    Anyway, I don't need a life coach, I have the caring redbridge website to look after all my needs! (And knowsie is driven to confusion and is paranoid about how selective the redicensors are!)
    The country may not be mad but this Borough surely is!

  12. Au contraire Anne.
    A "Life Coach" doesn't "tell you" what to do. They are there to assist you to do what you really want to do. They explore your inner being, latent pyschic powers and suppressed desires and then facilitate the expression of your true self to the outside world.
    Who knows what wonders await us?

  13. From bad to worse?

  14. weggis said...

    It might be because you posted it on the "Love where you live" thread, which is where it appears!

    Quelle horreur!

    Anne said...

    "I hate people who tell me what to do!"

    ... and I hate Microsoft for telling me what they are going to do to me!

    "Your computer must be restarted ..." etc.

    I was busy doing something else, so I thought, get on with it!

    What I hadn't realised was that I hadn't saved the Notepad file containing the copy of my post - which Microsoft deleted.

    After the PC rebooted, I obviously got confused with "Love" and "Valentine" in two recent threads and copied the wrong post here!

    However, I think I can recall what it was, so here goes:

    I started to read (Redimanager's Valentine) post to my wife but only got as far as end of the first line, whereupon she said "Yuk! Pass the sick bucket!

    If you've got anything to say to me, you can say it to my face without broadcasting it to the whole of Redbridge"

    I think that's a "No!", then ...

    As Anne said: "The country may not be mad but this Borough surely is"