Why You Should Connect with Strangers on LinkedIn

inclogo_smBy Cindy Chin, CEO, CLC Advisors, LLC

Last week, I had a chance to participate in a Twitter discussion with one of Inc.com’s contributing writers, Christina Desmarais. The discussion was about whether one should connect with strangers on LinkedIn, is it the best platform for networking, and what are the best practices in an increasingly “plugged in” world.

As an entrepreneur and person responsible for driving growth and business revenue, networking is vital to the success in small businesses and startups, especially in volatile economic markets. With advancements in technology and growth of social media, the ability to connect with others is literally within our hand’s grasp.

An interesting discussion ensued with Christina and some others on Twitter of all places (post-IPO $TWTR) and here is her article in Inc.com: http://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/why-you-should-connect-with-strangers-on-linkedin.html#! As to whether or not connect with strangers on LinkedIn, the decision should rest on your business model, personal best practices, whether the timing is right (growth stages), and your bottom-line comfort level. There is no wrong answer to this proverbial question.

On a personal and professional note, Christina and I were introduced virtually after the transition of space shuttle Atlantis by my NASA Social colleague Jimmy Lin last year and we did connect through LinkedIn and on Twitter. To date, we have, thankfully, not spammed each other.

You can follow Christina Desmarais on Twitter at @salubriousdish and read her articles on Inc.com: http://www.inc.com/author/christina-desmarais.

Ethos

Ethos: the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution.

Our ethos at CLC Advisors is the exchange of ideas through art, film, music or dance so that the communication gap does not exist between international relations, business, or emerging markets. Coca-Cola’s Small World vending machine achieved that in Indian-Pakistani relationship during the recent launch that was captured in a short video and widely spread over YouTube. It is a illustration of the effect of how the combination of the arts can cross borders, grow or innovate brand recognition and sales in an industry sector, measure the neuroscience in human receptivity to brands, and create new global ecosystems.

From the science of understanding the human mind and condition to how a individual perceives information, consumes material goods, to purchasing decisions affecting economic markets, models creating and shaping developing markets, there are tipping points that exist in which points of social change can be directly measured and quantified. With these points, changes in philanthropic giving and new capitalist models are created by incorporating salient data points from both public and private sectors. By observing the growing shift in market share from the for-profit sector into the not-for-profit sector, social impact and financial products such as social impact bonds will continue to grow and open without borders in the impact investing sector where there is no other market for philanthropy.

CLC Advisors, LLC joins NASA Social at Kennedy Space Center to close out the Space Shuttle Program with Atlantis OV-104

NASA and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey will commemorate the move of space shuttle Atlantis from Kennedy to its final destination for permanent display at KSC’s Visitor Complex on Friday, Nov. 2. The event will highlight the past, present and future of space exploration while marking the successful completion of the Space Shuttle Program.

The move will begin at 7 a.m. when Atlantis leaves Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at about 2 miles per hour on the 106-foot-long Orbiter Transporter System. The orbiter will make its way to Kennedy Space Center headquarters where at about 9:45 a.m. thousands of current NASA employees and former shuttle workers are scheduled to attend a private event that will include a ceremony to mark the transfer of Atlantis to the visitor complex.

Atlantis will then head to Space Florida’s Exploration Park, a 65-acre area that will provide a festival setting for a half-day event where guests can see the shuttle up close and “in the round.” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana and the space shuttle astronauts from STS-135, the final shuttle and Atlantis mission, are also expected to attend.

In addition, Exploration Park will feature spaceflight and exploration exhibits provided by several space industry partners and NASA, including the Orion Crew Module, designed for deep space human exploration as the flagship of the nation’s next-generation space fleet.

The Exploration Park portion of the day is open to those purchasing the special Explorer Package, which includes regular Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission.

“The final trip of Atlantis will be the very last time anyone is going to see a space shuttle in motion or out in the open, making it a truly unique and momentous viewing opportunity,” said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, which operates the visitor complex for NASA.

“Atlantis is a spacecraft that has flown 33 missions into space, logging more than 125 million miles, and it was the last orbiter in space and the last to touch down at Kennedy Space Center. Seeing the orbiter up close will be an emotional experience,” Moore said.

Atlantis will then leave Exploration Park and complete the final leg of its journey, traveling in front of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex along State Road 405/NASA Parkway before entering its new home, a $100 million interactive exhibit complex currently under construction and set to open in July 2013.

After the approximate 6 p.m. arrival, a 10-minute fireworks show will illuminate the skies of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, providing the grand finale to an extraordinary day.

The goal of NASA Social is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via social networks to meet in person and discuss space exploration. NASA Social participants will have the opportunity for a special “hard hat tour” of the new Atlantis Exhibit building, witness the arrival of space shuttle Atlantis at Space Florida’s Exploration Park and see Atlantis on the final leg of its 10-mile journey entering the new orbiter home at the KSC Visitor Complex. See featured space flight hardware and other launch support vehicles from the past, present and future of space exploration and listen to presentations honoring the Space Shuttle Program. Tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center to learn about NASA’s current and future programs. Experience a host of interactive activities and exhibits from NASA Centers around the country, and discover the latest exhibits at the KSC Visitor Complex.

CLC Advisors, LLC CEO Cindy Chin is proud to return back to NASA Social to close out NASA’s Space Shuttle Program.

“I have always been a huge fan of the Space Shuttle since I was a child in school. I used to sketch the schematics of the shuttle and learned about astronomy from my father, who is a physicist and former microchip designer. The timing couldn’t be better with the movements in science, technology, green business and energy, and in the interest to combine private sector business and public government sectors, a huge focus in social impact and innovation.

Being able to welcome Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105 to California and launching her final flight from NASA Dryden was an amazing opportunity. This final leg with Space Shuttle Atlantis OV-104 at Kennedy Space Center is a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of history where true innovation, dreams, and new frontiers were mere ideas and then realized. The next stages have already begun and like nebulas, stars are born.” – Cindy Chin, CEO

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