crowdsourcing old media

Last Friday I showed you a couple pictures of our church sign. What I was most showing is how clever or something I was. But, as often is the case, other people knew better than I.

Amy pointed out that the OVER would make more sense with parentheses. Meg agreed and pointed out that there are two parens in the letter O.

So today it was time to change the sign. Again there were two events and not enough lines. So we went with the same theme as last week. Two different sides with OVER. But today Kim made parens by printing an O on a n overhead transparency and cutting them out.

And, of course, it works.

Please understand. This is a sign in front of a church in Grabill, IN, with characters made from overhead material, recommended by people from Fort Wayne and from Portland, Maine.

Sometimes we talk about using social media to make the monkey dance. We look at someone on a webcam somewhere else and send them a text to make them move. And that is, really, quite silly. But helping people smile as they drive by a sign is not so silly.  In this case, the connection between the blog comment and the church sign isn’t technology…it’s people. Relationships are making the sign better…and the relationships stronger.

Kim and Amy and Meg haven’t ever seen each other. They probably won’t. But because I decided to talk about something low-tech, something small, something simple, they were able to work together quite well.

So what? Talk. Write. Share about life. Give examples. Be off the wall. And comment. Together we are figuring out how to do lots of things more effectively. Even humor. On signs. In Grabill.


12 responses to “crowdsourcing old media

  1. Hi Jon
    Thanks for the new perspectives on “things – stuff” You’re posts have been little devotionals for the day for “a way of thinking and living”. So, thanks.
    BTW – I’m in genesis, job, matthew and isaiah – with a little ruth thrown in in response to something I heard on the radio. Reading a few chapters out of each, each day/night. How’s your reading going?
    Have a wonderful day!

  2. Great post – love the sign!

  3. Heather – i made it to second kings and then got stuck. Part of the reason I
    talk about here.
    But thank you for asking. It was a good reminder.

  4. I like the commentary on how crowdsourcing helped the sign. We’ve tried this in our church with our t-shirts and logo but we’ve had mixed results.

    I guess your results is great because it involved a smaller amount of people and it was something that isn’t permanent. But when it comes down to something that will last a long time people tend to get passionate and upset if things don’t go their way.

    I was just wondering how you would balance it. Just a thought.

  5. thanks jon for realizing the value in all of those who comment and for once again being grateful to them.

  6. Don – that’s a great question. I understand the problem completely. Truth
    is, there are some people that don’t understand the (OVER) on a sign.

    But here’s the challenge: With as quickly as shirts can be created, why do
    they have to be thought of as permanent? And, for a church group, how
    permanent IS a t-shirt?

    Start with this: What’s the message a team is trying to send? How much
    identity for a group is tied up in the shirts? What if a youth group trying
    to come up with a t-shirt idea or a logo said, “we want a person who knows
    nothing about us, who doesn’t know any of our inside jokes, to be able to
    look at this image and know something that is key about us.” or, “we don’t
    care what anyone else thinks, we want this to be completely about our inside
    joke.” or “don is going to be the boss and pick this because we believe that
    we have more to worry about than the t-shirt design.”

    I think that we get into such big battles over image in groups, and
    especially in churches, because we don’t step back and say, “purpose.
    audience. perspective.”

    make sense? what do you think?

  7. the problem is, philip, i get behind and don’t remember to thank everyone.
    but thanks.

  8. This is where the easy opportunity to make improvements and help people is right now.

    People in roles that typically don’t embrace new media (pastor at a church with a sign, for example) who then embrace new media.

    Nice post. Thanks.

  9. I have a situation or two that I might–is the verb I want the one Don used…”crowdsource”? Thanks for the idea.

  10. I’m just catching up on posts in my reader now, and was so happy to see this one. A couple of days ago I wrote about signs that churches and individuals use to try to share their faith. In a comment to a reader, I mentioned that perhaps one of the problems with such signs is there isn’t a person standing nearby, ready to have the conversation that might be sparked by the words on the sign. I love that you connected your online community to the sign, I love how your blog community serves as a place for conversation, and I’m glad your church uses its sign simply to share information. (The “over” idea is very fun, too.)

  11. Those are the most perfect parens I’ve ever seen. I did not know parens was even a word before this post. While confirms it, my spell check has yet to be convinced.