Twelve years ago we featured the Statue of Liberty on the cover of Networking Times. In the Leadoff, we shared the story of how Lady Liberty was born: she was a gift from the people of France to honor and recognize America’s spirit of freedom and independence.
As you will find out in this issue, there now is a sequel to this story. It originates with Viktor Frankl and his book Man’s Search for Meaning.
“Freedom is not the last word,” Dr. Frankl wrote. “Freedom is only part of the truth and half of the equation. Freedom is the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon, whose positive aspect is responsible-ness. In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness, unless it is lived in terms of responsibility. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the Atlantic coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the Pacific coast.”
For this issue, we interviewed the sculptor commissioned by Dr. Stephen R. Covey to create the Statue of Responsibility. Turn to p. 50 to meet Gary Lee Price and find out how you and your team can participate in this exciting movement.
I love how this topic of responsibility ties in with our Jul/Aug theme of People and Technology. Our Cover Story features an IT entrepreneur, Fabio Galdi, who started a network marketing company to bring his innovative technologies to market. Fabio believes that the more high tech our world becomes, the more we need to invest in relationships, including word-of-mouth marketing, if we want to make meaningful and positive connections.
There is no doubt, the use of mobile devices, social media, new apps and wearables is not only changing our bodies and brains, but our very humanity. This affects all our relationships—to ourselves, our loved ones, our business partners, and our world. Technology can be a double-edged sword:
Technology gives us incredible tools—and unprecedented power to influence the world. How are we using this power and these tools? As the Bible says, “From those to whom much is given, much is expected.”
In this issue, we asked network marketing leaders around the world:
How is technology changing your relationships—and the way you build your business—for the better?
What are some rules you live by or habits you’ve created to use technology without losing your humanity?
As you might expect, the answers we received from “digital immigrants” differ from those we got from “digital natives.” One common denominator: leveling the playing field, technology can bring us closer to a world that works for everyone, if used responsibly.
DR. JOSEPHINE GROSS is cofounder and editor in chief of Networking Times.