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In a closed-door session with shareholders on Tuesday, Facebook executives wheeled out a set of new rules which, when implemented later this year, will ban their users from creating status updates and image posts related in any way to religion, while also vowing to disband groups and take down pages with religious goals or affiliations.

Facebook will introduce their new rules in three waves. The first will see religiously-themed pages being removed, as well as religious groups, private or otherwise, being disbanded. The second wave will prohibit the posting, sharing, and general distribution of religious images and memes; images asking Facebook users to pray, or encouraging them to believe in one or any religion, will be banned, with warning messages and even account suspensions for those who repeatedly attempt to violate the rule.

The third and biggest wave, which is due to come near the end of the year, will impact regular Facebook users themselves, with new filters which will seek out status updates that use “religious keywords,” such as “Jesus,” “prayer,” “Church,” or “God.” Facebook staffers will read flagged status updates to determine whether they should be removed or not, with warning messages and suspensions going out to those who violate the rule.

Not all religious content will be banned from Facebook, though. Paid advertisements for religious organizations, services, and events will still be allowed. Also, promotional pages for movies, books, and video games with religious themes will be exempt from the new bans, though what Facebook refers to as “primary religious texts,” such as the Bible, The Torah, and the Quran, will not be given this exemption.
The new anti-religion rules come after several waves of protests from atheist and agnostic groups, who claim user-created religious content is offensive to them and, as one group put it, “promotes generation after generation of forceful indoctrination into their belief systems, which we do not want our children exposed to.”

“For years, religious groups have been allowed to spread their propaganda on Facebook and other social media sites freely, so this is a huge win for thinking people everywhere,” says Amber Wallace, founder of the American Atheist Coalition, the group that led the charge on the new Facebook changes. “Religion is fraudulent in nature. I consider this a win not for atheists, but for humans of free will everywhere. A life without religious dogma is definitely a life worth living.”

Atheist author John Rush says the new rules will end one of Facebook’s most nefarious double-standards. “Last year, Facebook announced `satire’ tags for satire websites, and this week, they announced a new war on `hoax sites,’ like Daily Currant or The Onion. They say they want to ban hoaxes and get them out of News Feeds. But what about religion? That’s the greatest hoax ever carried out on mankind, but you didn’t see anyone at Facebook taking a stand, not until now anyway. It’s nice to see an end to their hypocrisy, at long last.”
But Facebook users of faith aren’t thrilled about the new rules. “When is Facebook going to realize that it isn’t their job to police their social network?” asks Reverend Mike Weis, who plans to file a lawsuit over the bans. “There’s such a thing in this country as freedom of speech. Facebook isn’t obligated to the first amendment, but we, as users, should expect it of them. Blocking content because some minority of users finds that content offensive is the exact antithesis of what this nation of ours was founded on. And that means, in the very least, that Facebook is about as anti-American as a website can get.”


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As a child, playing with my friends meant a lot more to me than just having fun: it was an escape. This was because my mother suffered from clinical depression. Knowing she was not well was a very hard reality to grow up in.

On one particular day when I was about 13 years old, I was at my mother’s bedside in the hospital waiting for her to wake up. Various doctors and nurses came in to check on her, but they didn’t talk to me. No‐one who appeared to have any sort of rank or seniority said a thing. I guess I had spent so much time there I had become a little like a part of the furniture. But then a cleaner came in to mop the floor. After a short time he caught my eye and smiled as he said something to the effect of, ‘You must be Alex. Your mother has told me all about how much she loves you and your brother and sisters. I think your mother is great — you are lucky to have her.’ And that was it: he went on his way. But that’s all he needed to say. 

I have reflected on that memory many times over the course of my life. It was so brief, but so poignant. That gentleman gave me a sense of my mother and myself. He made me feel comfortable about the difficult circumstance I was in by speaking to me with respect and kindness. And he gave me a renewed appreciation that insight can come from anyone, at any time.

Insight does not always come from someone in a senior position, someone with more experience, someone you would expect. Keep an open ear and mind when it comes to the people you listen to. 

The more you listen to all of those around you, the better you will become at filtering through the noise to find those nuggets of gold that you can learn from. It comes down to developing a feeling for the environment around you — this is one of the skills you have to develop in your life.

I have learnt to respect all people. It has been a key part of my life and management approach for many years. Respecting people allows you to live within a more positive world where additional insights are gleaned by the other person’s comfort in you, because they know you respect them.

Every person in the world has a perspective worth listening to. Insights really do come from everywhere.

Insights from others will provide the stimulus to further develop your own knowledge, ideas, creativity and emotion. The challenge is to create the relationships and circumstances to attract such insights. All around you the opportunity to learn abounds — but are you looking?


Here’s how to find the insights and resources that inspire you.

Know that resources abound

You really can find insights anywhere. Read articles or stories about people and their achievements that you find inspiring. Attend events, watch a documentary or see a movie that excites you and gets your creativity flowing. Think about what made what you have seen or heard so special.

Here is my favourite thing to do: have a different conversation with your parents or friends about their life experiences, and what made them do the things they did in their life. Speak to the heart — welcome to a whole new world.

Be inventive

Why do some people have great idea after great idea, like it just comes naturally to them? I can tell you, while many of those people are naturally creative, they also possess an ability to absorb like a sponge. This process makes them confident and opportunistic.

A good starting exercise is to take a successful idea you have read or heard about, and then give yourself the creative freedom to write down what you would do to make it even more impactful. This will help create a healthy habit of expanding your mind.

Capture your ideas

Do you get frustrated because the new ideas that come to you do so at inconvenient times, like in the middle of the night, or when you’re at the supermarket or catching public transport? To avoid forgetting them, carry a pad and pen, or have a notes app on your phone, so you can record your ideas any time they arrive.

Value every environment

I often start a conversation with people I don’t know, and I do so in various environments. It might be with the person I’m sitting next to on a plane or at a sporting event, for instance. Sometimes listening to the perspectives or story of someone from outside your day‐to‐day life can spark fresh inspiration.

While at work, if you’re struggling to be creative, change your environment. Find a dedicated space where you are undistracted, or go for a walk to clear your mind and think freely.

Break down barriers

Try a ten‐minute free‐writing session about a topic that interests you. Free‐writing is where you write down anything that comes into your mind about a particular topic during a set time. Don’t read or change anything during the free‐writing session — just keep writing until the time is up.


Quotable quote from Alex

“Insight does not always come from someone in a senior position, someone with more experience, someone you would expect. Keep an open ear and mind when it comes to the people you listen to … Every person in the world has a perspective worth listening to. Insights really do come from everywhere.”


Hone your observation skills

On many occasions after an important meeting I have asked my colleagues to recount to me what they observed in body language and communication. The reason I do this is because people often speak more clearly through their body movement than they do through their words. Sometimes you have to work hard to observe feelings and obtain insights, rather than hear them.

So start asking yourself why things are the way they are around you. The key to this exercise is asking questions. The more curious you are, the more insights you will absorb, and hopefully the more ideas you will generate.

Not everyone wants to play

I have discovered over time that not everyone is willing to share their personal insights or ideas. Not surprisingly, they may also be uninterested in yours. Learn to recognise that in other people — although I have always tried to make it a personal challenge to influence them to change, because sharing insights between people can build lifelong respect.

Break bad habits

One of my great frustrations when I taught at universities in large lecture theatres was that everyone sat in the same seat every week. Think about it: you can learn only so much from the person next to you. So, in every setting you find yourself in from this day forth, sit next to someone different and see how much more you learn.


To get the most from the insights available in your life, remember these tips:

■ valuable insights can come from the most unexpected people and places

■ consistently listen and observe

■ make a note of the insights that have inspired you — these may help you form your own

■ be curious — talk to people.

Here’s how to really take advantage of the insights you gather:

• Find out more: New ideas are created every day and in some very interesting places. As an exercise, go to well‐known company websites and read about the founders and the reasons they established the business. They often provide very simple and interesting insights.

• Do it: Remember, necessity is the mother of invention. If you think you have a great idea for a product or service, a good litmus test is to ask yourself if people really need it. Test that by giving someone you know in business a brief business plan explaining how you’d execute your idea. Testing their insight will be very valuable to you.

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