Helping: The Power of Yammer

Yammer doesn’t just help you get your company working better, smarter, faster. It also helps you HELP, as in this story of a little boy with cancer.

Straight from the corporate blog of Marks & Spencer:

“Browsing the site, I noticed a photograph of a poorly looking boy who was cuddling a well-loved toy monkey. Intrigued as to why a photo like that would be on our internal site, I stopped scrolling and started reading.

“The post was from Sandra Johnstone, a Beauty Assistant at our Glasgow store. The boy in the picture was her friend’s son, Zac, who has been receiving treatment for cancer; the toy monkey was his special friend and had been lost.

“After trying to find the original through Facebook and Twitter, Zac’s family had given up hope. However, Sandra knew the power of the M&S Yammer network and posted the photo on the off chance that someone may have one.”

Click to find out what happened next.


This picture will make sense when you click the link.

Ashes to Ashes, David Bowie

I can’t get this song out of my head (and I don’t particularly want to):

Pretty sad news today about David Bowie.

But I like what one of my friends said: “I’m going to believe that this is just one more incarnation for David Bowie.”

RIP. It’s been fabulous.

Portraits are more than paper

“The next time someone cancels a session–my wish is that you forward this letter to them.  Time is fragile, it is gone before you know you had it.”

This letter a photographer received may not be easy to read, but it may throw things into sharp perspective. It’s not always easy to look ahead even just a few minutes, especially when you’re so busy you can’t even give what you’re doing right now the full attention it deserves, but we owe it to ourselves to try.