Badge: Today’s Leading Women

TodayLeadWomen_URLWhen strong women are discussed, historical figures such as Juliette Low are used as examples. Living examples of strong women usually include Hilary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.

To connect with today’s women, we need to introduce women who are real to us. Each step features one of these women. Explore her world, listen to her voice and learn about her life. If none connects with you, explore the Web to find one.





1. Marie
Marie helps women entrepreneurs with their businesses as well as their lives. She is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, Nike Athlete, fitness personality and dancer / choreographer. You can find her on MarieTV or her flagship, B-School.

2. Ishita /
Ishita is an author, blogger and speaker. She founded and ran Fear.less magazine which features authors, entrepreneurs, artists and many others — all centered around the theme of overcoming fear.

3. Susan
Susan is a writer and teacher who also practices Buddhism. She did not go to college, but she is a success with her business, Padma Media, which works with authors to create book packages as well as consulting.

4. Danielle
Danielle is a writer, speaker and business advisor. Like Susan, she didn’t go to college, which to her is a positive thing. She is interested in the truth, reality and the power of good feelings.

5. Patti
Patti is a mother, writer and speaker on global leadership and diversity. She is a co-founder of The Circle Project. Her passion is educating others on personal and societal costs of exclusion and discrimination.

6. Colleen
Colleen is a writer and speaker who started as a TV copywriter for ads as well as acting in them. She now does marketing consultancy utilizing social media.

7. Jen
The subtitle to Jen’s site is “Save and Serve the World.” Jennifer writes books on well-being and personal wisdom. She also hosts women’s retreats, studies yoga and meditation, and has been on Oprah.

8. Mama
Women are the greatest untapped natural resource in the world. Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts trains women to use the power of pleasure to have their way with the world.

9. Jena La
Jena is a weight loss coach. Check out her blog to find out tips and helpful advice.

10. Sonia
Sonia is a “relationship counselor for businesses” as well as a senior editor for Copyblogger ( She offers free e-classes to market your business or yourself.

11. Gina
Gina is best known for Lifehacker. She develops applications and writes about technology. She is incredibly busy, so you can follow one of her many projects to find out more about her.

12. Maria
Maria is an advisor and consultant who works to build branding with entrepreneurs and legacy businesses. She has worked with Amazon and Etsy to name just two of the organizations she’s helped.

13. Pace / Kyeli
Pace and Kyeli are all about living a meaningful life. The have their own sites in addition to their joint site. You can read about them, check out the sites or listen to their podcasts.

14. Amanda
Amanda works to help women with their finances — both personal and business. She started Daily Worth which helps teach women not only about finances, but how to shop, save money and more.

15. Pamela
Not only is Pamela a graphic designer, she writes and does webinars to help others with business, design and ebooks. Her down-to-earth style makes it easy to understand what she is sharing.

“Ideas worth spreading” is TED’s tagline. If you didn’t find someone to inspire you from the list above, visit TED and find a woman who sees the world as you do, challenges your perceptions or even speaks to your soul.

17. Share your strong female role model.
The above list is a small sample of women I find inspiring or were recommended by others for this badge program. Share the men you follow so others can enjoy these living role models.


Sites to Explore

All sites for this badge program are listed in the steps above.


To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Todays Leading Women

Badge: Today’s Leading Men

TodayLeadMen_URLHistory is filled with many male figures. This badge program features men who are making a difference today —who are changing our world.

Each step features one of these men. Explore his world, listen to his voice and learn about his life. Find one or more of these men you can identify with or explore the Web to find one.





1. Seth /
Seth is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur and more! He has been called “America’s Greatest Marketer”, pioneering permission marketing. He worked at Yahoo! when his first Internet company, Yoyodyne, was purchased by them. He pushed against the traditional publishing model with his “Domino Project” and his site,, is ranked as one of the top US web sites.

2. Brian
Brian is founder of Copyblogger and CEO of Copyblogger Media. He is an entrepreneur and formerly an attorney. Copyblogger is frequently listed as one of the top marketing blogs and Brian is frequently listed as one of the top online marketers.

NOTE: Brian has recently started Entreproducer ( to help entrepreneurs in digital media.

3. Sean
Sean has been a writer and entrepreneur since the age of 10. He, along with David Wright, started a trend of serial stories at Amazon and they wrote the first two officially sponsored by Amazon. He has also writes with Johnny B. Truant (see Step 10) at His writing includes everything from children’s books to horror novels. He has also published on some of the largest blogs on the Web.

4. Richard
Richard founded Virgin as a mail order record retailer in 1970. Today, there are around 200 companies in the Virgin Group.
He is also very active in service including Virgin Unite, a not-for-profit entrepreneurial foundation.

5. Guy
Guy’s blog is “How to Change the World.” He is a best-selling author, co-founder of and has thousands of followers on Facebook. His experience has come from previously being the chief evangelist at Apple.

6. Mitch
Mitch is a publicist and journalist. He has been called the “Rock Star of Digital Marketing.” He is the president of Twist Image, which has been named one of the top ten agencies in Canada.

7. Jon
Jon Stewart uses comedy to poke fun at politics on his “Daily Show” on Comedy Central. He is always up-to-date on the political world.

8. Pete
At the age of 19, Pete founded Mashable, a site focused on social media news. He writes a weekly column on technology and social media at CNN. He is also one of Twitter’s most-followed members. He has numerous awards and recognitions in relation with the change he has initiated.

9. Jimmy
Jimmy is the founder of Wikipedia. He is a technology visionary. “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing.”

10. Johnny B. /
Johnny is connected with many people in the marketing and writing realms. Not only can you find his fictional writing with Sean Platt (Step 3), but he hosts “Everyday Legendary” supporting those people who want to become legendary by working at it every day. Check out even more about him by listening to any of the podcasts he helps create:

  • Better Off Undead
  • Bigger Better Stronger Faster (no longer adding content)
  • Self Publishing Podcast

11. Jon
If you’re looking for inspiration, Jon is it. He is a powerhouse in the blogosphere. Read about his life’s journey to find out what you can overcome if you try. You can also check out his post on ProBlogger, How to Quit Your Job, Move to Paradise and GetPaid to Change the World.

12. James Wedmore
Interested in YouTube and videos? Look no further. James sense of humor and easy going personality draws you into his videos. Stop at his video channel and watch a few for fun.

“Ideas worth spreading” is TED’s tagline. If you didn’t find someone to inspire you from the list above, visit TED and find a man who sees the world as you do, challenges your perceptions or even speaks to your soul.

14. Share your strong male role model.
The above list is a small sample of men I find inspiring or were recommended by others for this badge program. Share the men you follow so others can enjoy these living role models.


Sites to Explore

All sites for this badge program are listed in the steps above.


To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Todays Leading Men

Badge: Connection Revolution

Badge: Connection RevolutionFor a hundred years, the world has been consumed with mass — manufacturing, advertising and education. We’re at the beginning of a new revolution – the connection revolution. Your chance to change the world has never been greater. Let’s look at the mass and how it is moving to connection . . . and how you can become connected.





1. Take a listen.

This interview with Seth Godin on his book, We Are All Weird, will start you thinking about the Connection Revolution. This interview is about 25 minutes. If you are interested, check out Seth’s book as well.


Mass manufacturing

2. No choice.

How often have you purchased stuff because “it’s the next thing”? Have you gone Christmas shopping to find that one gift your child (grandchild) had to have? This is big business at its worst – creating an artificial demand to drive purchasing.

3. Full choice.

Do a search online for things you are interested in. Find small businesses that provide what the large ones cannot. These are “niche” businesses. While many “mass” businesses are struggling, these small businesses are thriving. Did you find any niches that were underrepresented? Can you picture yourself supporting or starting a niche business?

4. The music industry.

The music industry was controlled by corporations and middlemen with the actual artist not maintaining copyright to his / her music and usually making very little money. Compare it with music today. Many musicians can record their music themselves, eliminating the cost of the “mass” and doing what they truly want. Today’s musicians connect with people interested in their music and have to sell a lot less. Find a musician online that has a small following that you might purchase music from.

5. The publishing industry — newspapers.

Why purchase a newspaper when you can have the news sent to you? You can also decide what news interests you so you’re not overwhelmed with news. The decline in newspapers started before the Internet. How do you get your news? Compare how much you get from newspapers, television,  the Web and mobile devices.

6. The publishing industry — books.

Amazon’s Kindle, GoodReader, Apple’s iBooks and other ebook readers are fueling the move from expensive print books to lower cost (and more easily stored) eBooks. Check out the Domino Project for a new take on publishing.

If you’re a writer, you can self-publish with sites like Lulu and Smashwords. With everyone able to self-publish, the quality of books will go down as the quantity goes up. Check out a few self-publishing sites and see if this is something you might be interested in doing.

7. SOPA.

SOPA is just one piece of legislation that big business is sponsoring to keep control, to keep the world the way it was, to keep “mass”. Explore other ways the government and big business are trying to maintain control of our lives.

8. Etsy.

Etsy is a marketplace for handmade, unique items. In the mass marketplace, it couldn’t exist. Today, anyone can start their own business. Look through some of the businesses on Etsy see if any of these fit your own interests.


Mass advertising

9. Television advertising.

Television advertising is the voice of mass manufacturing – artificially planting the “must haves” of our lives. How have commercials changed? Sites like Hulu offer free viewing of shows, but commercials are now there as well. The difference is Hulu asks you if the advertisement is pertinent to you. Compare today’s commercials with those of ten, twenty or thirty years ago.

10. Social media.

Social media is all about spreading ideas. From Facebook to Pinterest, we can all connect with friends and spread our likes and dislikes. Even if we do not support a business with purchases, we can share information about it. Look back over your communications online. How many times have you looked at a small business on the word of your online friends? How often do you share information about companies you find online?

11. Facebook.

Is Facebook the look of the future? Instead of targeting millions of households because you can afford to spend millions of dollars, Facebook allows advertisers to target those individuals interested in the items they are offering by using your likes, profile, etc. For a week, watch the advertising that comes up when you log into Facebook. How many of these ads interest you?


Mass education

12. People as a cog in the machine.

Our current educational system is all about each person learning the same thing so each of us can be part of the machine of mass production. Look at the educational requirements for your state. Think about the classes each student must take to get a high school diploma. How many of these will really help them in the future? What classes would be a better fit for our kids?

13. No child left behind.

This legislation has managed to put a stranglehold on our educational system. The number of charter schools is growing to help the individual over the mass. Read about this legislation and the growing number of alternative educational choices for our youth.

14. Youth groups.

Scouting, sports groups and other non-educational groups are picking up the slack of our failing educational system. Each supports its own niche while some try to cover a variety of skills that our youth will need in the future. Look at one or more youth groups and see what it / they have to offer.

15. College degree.

The cost of a college degree often is more than the cost of a new car . . . sometimes more than a house. This puts a strain on the new graduate who needs a job to pay off the loans or his / her parents who postpone retirement due to the cost. A college degree means you can sit in a class and take a test, but how much translates to the real world? Look at your own life and explore what you learned in school and how much was a waste of your resources versus how much you actually use in the real world.

16. Today’s changes.

Universities and colleges are looking for a new ways to provide education and experience. Unlike mass manufacturing and advertising, the educational system is working to move into the connection revolution. Programs like MIT’s Open Course Ware allow you to get education for free. Mozilla’s P2PU (peer-to-peer university) allows people to educate each other. Review the offerings from one of these or the other numerous free courses available online to see what you can find that interests you.

NOTE: One item higher education is looking at is earning badges that highlight skills learned instead of a certificate. Read about “badges for skills” to find out about one possible change to our educational system.

17. Educating our youth.

We need to work to educate our children on the new world . . . the connected world. To help share this idea, we need to understand the connection revolution. We need to give them a view of the world as it is now. As this revolution continues, the world will change. We do not know what the “next big thing” will be. Perhaps it is you or your kids who start the next big change.

18. Connection is key.

The only way to teach connection is to be connected. Look at the social media sites you belong to. Learn more about them. Follow what others are doing. Join the conversation.


Sites to Explore


To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Connection Revolution

Are you a writer?

If you are interested in writing, I suggest checking out Brian Clark’s latest endeavor — Entreproducer.

Here’s a link to the first post!

Traditional publishing is no longer the way to go! Look at taking your writing and becoming a publisher of your own work.

NOTE: Brian is mentioned in one of our upcoming badge programs, Today’s Leading Men.