Do we all need applause? Do we all need an audience? Do we all need fans? Most psychologists would say “yes.” Why is this? It is because most disorders, other than chemical ones, tend to relate to a single thing.
This thing is often related to an individual not having received recognition of some kind early in their life. This is part of the reason that for ten years we implemented the Platinum PIAs Awards.
We believed that those who are doing good for the community, deserve to have recognition for that. So, each year we would bring together community members as an audience for just that purpose.
We would recognize both online and offline creators and entrepreneurs. We felt then, and still do so today, that we all need some form of an audience, fans or love to maintain happiness.
Of course, in addition to the psychological mechanisms there are chemical ones as well. The mind is mysterious indeed, but one thing for certain, even introverts need relationships.
Relationships can include friendships, romantic partners, coworkers, and more involving emotional support. This can be very helpful in this thing called life.
So even though we are not currently producing the annual Platinum PIAs any longer, we still have adhered to our mission to recognize business owners and creatives who are making a difference both in their in-person and online communities.
We do this this recognition process in various ways, including positive posts like this one, that also includes the current 57 websites that are a part of the Blog Coalition. Additionally, do our best to give recognition on a continual basis.
Giving recognition can include letting friends, family and coworkers know that they are good people and making a difference in the lives of others. In short, we believe that we all need applause.
The tradition of annual Platinum PIA Celebrations ended around two years ago, but much has happened over the last couple of years. The quest to make a difference by finding those who themselves make a difference, has not stopped.
The world we live in now with COVID, inflation and here in New York City, violence, has tested all of us in one way or another. A new mayor in office came as a beacon of hope for many.
The reasoning was that because he had once been a police officer himself, that he brought to the table important knowledge and experience, and could stop or diminish the amount of unnecessary blood shed that occurs in our wonderful city.
A New Reality?
Although the mayor has not been in office long, some of those who voted for him are losing the faith. This is because since he took on his responsibilities, violence has actually gone up.
Thanks from All of Us
Our thanks go out to those who are actively working toward ending violence here in Manhattan and beyond. You are indeed making a difference!
A Tongue in Cheek Look at a New Way to Make a Difference: Get on the Doer Path!
The Platinum PIAs Awards Presents a Lampoon of Sorts with a New Comical Character: Dr. Doer Who Lends a Helping Hand…
Who is Dr. Doer? According to today’s edition of the “USA Make a Difference” Newsletter this fictional character is an acclaimed and esteemed expert of the Doer Sciences with a B.A., M.A. and N.M.I.H (No Med is He).
Simply put, as Dr. Doer explains in his tele-lectures:
“As a a man of the study of ScienceOmaticDoerIsm I recently had a grant to figure out what the two types of meaning searchers were. And after several months of lab analysis, I came up with the hypothesis that there are Dreamers and then there are Doers. And very soon I will be wrestling with another question with another grant to look more deeply into what I call The Two Hybrids which are dreamers/doers and doers/dreamers. The many months of lab analysis and ScienceOmaticDoerIsm, is to specifically answer a question that has puzzled the puzzled. The inquiry is to find out which is better: to be a Dreamer who becomes a Doer, or a Doer who can Dream?”
We then asked Dr. Doer what his recommendation was to anyone who wants to become a Doer. His response was:
It is really quite easy. It takes just 3 steps.
1. Get on the Doer Path. 2. Pursue your Doer Goal and subgoals. 3. Enter Doertopia then repeat.
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What was the Platinum PIAs Awards?
The “happening” recognized small businesses and other organizations and institutions who are making a difference both online and off.
Lessons Learned from Pre Covid-Producing of Events and Shows
The best way to “Tap into the Community” is to “Create and Organize the Community” The PIAs ended its decade long annual run just prior to the entrance of the villain of the show, the Corona Virus. But strategies similar to staging shows and events can be easily done by local and online businesses being negatively impacted by Covid and its Variants.
Discovering the Path
Information regarding what the first three steps of the journey are, could potentially become available if “insiders” decide to make digital learning products available. The decision regarding whether or not to move forward with beta testing and proof of concept, must be decided upon by tonight, Friday, at 12:00am, midnight, the start of the new year, 2022.
Every so often we run into people who somehow had been involved in the PIAs ether as a live audience member, a presenter or even online viewer. The question that we get the most is that since the PIAs website is still up, even after closing the awards show, why don’t we update the blog more? We apologize for not putting in new content on a regular basis. We are working on a great number of community projects and do updates as we can. In fact, in this update that you are reading right now, we are giving your something to read that hopefully you will find helpful. It is a preview from an educational collaboration of ours which is the writing of a nonfiction eBook about leveraging the power of niche marketing.
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As most of you know by now, The Platinum PIAs Awards held ceremonies annually for 10 consecutive years (2010 – 2019) in New York City. The event was both in-person as well as online. The PIAs had the mission “To recognize businesses, non-profits and individuals like you who are making a difference in your communities.” It was a family friendly neighborhood event, that became a tradition for in-person regulars. We had great turnouts and it truly was fun for all ages. My daughter, who was a toddler back when the first show was launched, has told me many times that she misses going to the PIAs each year which had been a highlight in her experience of growing up.
Much Needed Help for Businesses, Non-profits and the Self Employed
Even though the PIAs doors have closed, we are excited to carry on a variation of its mission in the form of a new organization that, because of COVID restraints, functions entirely online and is called “USA Make a Difference.” This organization has the mission “To make a difference by helping you to make a difference (whether you are a business, non-profit or individual).”
What Action Steps are Taken by “USA Make a Difference”?
USA Make a Difference manifests its mission in the form of (1) our free weekly email newsletter, (2) our informational digital goods such as our in-house written eBooks (not available anywhere else) and (3) online services including blog creation, email marketing and internet campaign management.
Blog Publicity for the 3 Divisions of “USA Make a Difference”
All three of the faucets of “USA Make a Difference” are documented on an ongoing basis by our Blog Coalition which is a community network that, as of this writing, consists of nearly 60 blogs, some of which have been in existence since around the time of the first edition of the Platinum PIAs Awards in 2010.
The Platinum PIAs Closed but still having an Impact
The Platinum PIAs over the years has had as winners those who work to preserve animals in their habitats all across the 50 states.
National Bird Day
Today’s date, January 5th, is known the world over to be National Bird Day. This day is not to be confused with International Migratory Bird Day which marks the time that birds migrate.
The Cause of National Bird Day
Instead, National Bird Day is a holiday that has been in existance for over a decade and is the time that bird lovers can participate in the process of counting the amount of the various bird types there are. This happens all over the country and is a participation in the process of documenting the number of the various species of our feathered friends all across this great country of ours.
Those Who Have Lost Their Lives on the Day Throughout History
We would be remiss if we did not mention that today is a date that over the years has marked the deaths of some very important people including Amelia Earhart (1897-1939) Pilot, George Washington Carver (1864-1943) Botanist and Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) US President.
On National Bird Day, those involved with the National Bird Day Cause can watch birds either together or in a group to participate in helping with the conservation of birds. Will you bird watch today?!
Tomorrow is a special day and we couldn’t resist coming out to talk about it. Apparently the Platinum PIAs have inspired a couple different awards show to come to be. This includes the Big Apple Awards, the Home Business Awards and the US Make a Difference Awards. The one we have in our eye at the moment is the Home Business Awards. This is because we believe home businesses could play a role in the job issues we are currently experiencing.
US Make a Difference
United States, we ask that you make a difference and get out and vote. Now more than ever we need participation by the people that could lead to the sides not being as much divided as they currently are.
When you think about it, voting is an important right to fulfill. Possibly one of the most important. Many from both “sides” in the US are extremist s in their beliefs. One side is “take from the rich and give to the poor,” while the other side seems to be “have the rich remain in power and do the PR they are empowering the poor.” which side most resonates with you? Even if neither fits your views, please get out tomorrow and make your voice heard.
The Platinum PIAs was my first awards show. Funny how in 2010 it came into being, in such an unexpected fashion. We were putting together a digital film project and planned to premier it at the Tribeca Screening Room.
What Comes Next?
But as we got closer and closer to the date, it was clear we were not going to finish in time. So what to do now? We had already booked the screening room so we needed to come up with something.
Metal Meets Mission
Then it hit me. An awards show. Yes of course. One that celebrated Public Internet Artists or its acronym: PIA. Since awards show traditionally involved some metal, we chose one of the best: platinum. Hence the Platinum PIAs were born. And best of all, it was going to celebrate not only their artistic achievement but also public internet artists who are making a difference!
Fast forward to today, and an Homage
The homage is to some of the most hardworking people we know: Home Business Achievers. What should we call this show? Home Business Awards?
Let’s face it. The Platinum PIAs were a lot of fun and this fun lasted for ten straight years of celebrating community and the accomplishment of entrepreneurs who made a difference to charities and society. And if the PIAs hadn’t lost to cancer one of our key collaborators, we might well have continued for another decade.
But that wasn’t in the cards, Rodger was taken from us, and in losing him it was clear that the Platinum PIAs would never be the same again. So the PIAs as we knew it ended and the torch of recognizing entrepreneurs making a difference in their communities made way to a new vista.