As all of us know or are quickly realizing, the latest Congressional boondoggle in the form of a $700 billion bailout (actually, it turned out to become a $870 billion pork barrel payoff to benefit only fat cats and lobbyists) will most likely never help any of ordinary people in the U.S.
If there was one realistic side of the bailout, it finally has demonstrated and confirmed that Congress only works for lobbyists and the wealthy, certainly not you or me. My friends, we are on our own.
There are, however, things we can do to pull together, collaborate and to become leaders to prepare for a serious downturn in the economy. It involves thought leadership, authentically creative thinking and utilizing new methods of reaching out, using all the many new tools of Web 2.0
I am a fan of Chris Brogan, a social media and social networking visionary in Boston. His richly informative blog contains some of the most enlightened thinking on leadership into a new era for our country. For example, I highly recommend reading his new post, “25 ways social media prepares you for the downturn. While his posting is primarily intended for individuals, many of the ideas could be adapted by business and organizations, as well. You would be surprised by the growing number of businesses using social networking channels, like Twitter, to enhance brand awareness.