Why is my blog wearing a nametag? Because I’m paying homage to my former neighbor and current friend, Joseph Porcelli, who is getting national attention because of his decision to wear a nametag for a year. Here’s an email I got from him the other day:
So much has transpired in the last 24 hours. Neasa is participating by wearing a digital name tag on her blog and inviting other bloggers to join her, Charlie will comparing the experience of wearing a name tag in Boston v NYC, and 14 year old teen is going snow boarding with his buddies wearing name tags. Check it out here. How will you participate.
I’ve been interviewed five time already and will also be interviewed on WBZ Radio 1030 tonight, Q104 in Cleveland tomorrow, and Sunday on a local radio show in Kingston NY.
If you’re considering wearing a name tag for a day – stop considering – and choose to do it. You’ll have a blast. It not about looking like a dork – which you will – It’s about getting over felling silly to make a point that you believe the power of community and are being proactive about creating it. Join me! If you do, be sure to record your experiences, take pictures, and email them back to me so I can post them to the Neighbors for Neighbors blog.
All of you who are getting this email are people I consider friends. Some of you who don’t know me that well are getting this email cause I think you are cool and I’d would like to get to know you better. If any of you would like to not receive any more name tag email please simply reply with no thanks and you be removed from this list. I will not take any offense.
One last thing please forward this email to as many people as you know and invite them to participate. I want this to spread as quickly and powerfully as possible nationwide!
Imagine what would be possible if every one in the country would wear a name tag for a day.
Will I do this in real life? Yeah, I probably will. I think Joseph and I both have that personality that naturally wears a nametag, meaning that we are both very approachable and friendly to strangers, but the nametag is one step further. And why not? I like meeting new people. I want to wait until a day I’m out of the house more, unlike today, when I’m in here putting ads on Craigslist and unpacking boxes.
Read more about Joseph’s name tag adventure here.