Cosmic Cow Pie: Connecting the Dots


Glocal #1 Thinking Global Acting Local

Glocal #1 Thinking Global Acting Local

It's Carra Riley here live from Nassau, Bahamas on my voyage around the world!

The vision for me in this trip is to “Connect The Dots Around The World.” I had no preconceived idea of how any of the dots would start to connect but they have already started to come together. Your comments and input will be invaluable as I post on my blog with a stream of consciousness writing along with just sharing what I am thinking and the observations I am making from exactly what I am experiencing.

The “bar of expectation” for many businesses and services is a moving target today and we have had our experience with this two times in the first day of travel.  As the world economy is changing the fight for the discretionary dollar is actually going to the street with customers one on one. Watch how this is evidenced by the video where a “meal hawker” aka host, actually comes over to the taxi we just got out of to entice us to eat at the restaurant he works for.

This is certainly an example of meeting the customer where they are!  The street or beach vendors are also “asking for the business.” The worst it can be from asking for the business is someone saying “no” so if you are not afraid to get out of your comfort zone to ask for new business, it might be there. We went to “Big Ten”  for dinner and actually never went back to Twin Brothers so you see.. David asked us to go to his restaurant and we did.

Now here we go!  Fun in the sun and it’s almost time to get on the ship and sail! It was a peaceful day with 3 hours in the sun to get going on our required read  “Three Cups of  Tea” by Greg Mortrenson.  An inspiration to all and another post will be coming sharing the PASSION this man had for building schools for children who want to learn.

The Island of Nassau relies on tourism for it’s very existence. The atmosphere of all the service providers is one of trying to please and create a memorable experience for everyone here.  Taking this attitude of a community working together to survive can come right back home to our local areas where we need to come together on what we are trying to do to survive also. Everyone we came in contact with was dedicated to making our experience in their community pleasant.  What would happen if we took that attitude to our local cities and towns and everyone had the idea coupled with similar behavior  to "Love Where You Live!"

This is the 1st GLOBAL lesson that we can apply to our LOCAL communities as we go “Glocal” in our thinking!

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Comment balloon 21 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • January 11 2011 02:06AM


Pretty funny video Carra.  What kind of camera do you use to produce your videos?

Posted by Cameron Novak, Featured Corona Real Estate Agent Team (The Homefinding Center) almost 10 years ago

This is quite an adventure.  I was thinking the same thing when I saw your video before you left and were standing in front of your home with your husband, what camera do you use?  Heres' to having fun and learning a lot.  One of my daughter's interned with Habitat for Humanity.  I look forward to seeing that video.

Posted by Gail C. Harris, Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868 (Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director) almost 10 years ago

Great hustle by the locals to bring you in!  We can take a lesson from them on making sure we are out and visible to our prospects & clients.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago
Carra, we were into Freeport last Nov, and it was the same then. The Bahamas primary industry is tourism and it is off significantly, with hotels shutting down completely for months to minimize loss. So many people around the world like to dislike and criticise we Americans, abut they have no problem accepting our weak dollars
Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 10 years ago

I love the way you are capturing the locals...and I love the way the locals are capturing you! I am so excited to travel with you. Your words and your camera are almost as good as being there with you! Safe travels, my friend!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 10 years ago

Great awareness lesson -- keep hearing the Bob Hope, Bing Crosby ditty:   We're on the road to . . .

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 10 years ago

Cameron ~  I want to be Diane Sawyer when I grow up!  So practicing around the world!  I turned in my flip cam for a Kodak Zi8.  The quality is so much better.... I still am having a learning curve issue with editing.. so one take is all you get right now.. will be learning this on the voyage.. so stay with me for 104 days.. I will be posting new business ideas learned from connecting the dots around the world! 

Gail ~  The Habitat for humanity build will be one of THE highlights of the trip for me.. glad you are along for the ride!

Cindy ~  Those were my thoughts exactly.. you know in Mexico and all around the world that is normal practice.. It just became so clear how it worked so fast and with so much fun!  You got it so right.. we have to be there and meet them where they are! :)

Ed~  I am still processing how this all connects but there is a big message I know I am going to see for myself and where we fit in as Americans and how we work to create peace and balance among nations.

Margaret ~  I am so excited you are going with me on the journey.. and those watching.. it will be so fun to learn together!  I have another post coming up about the bar of expectations.. and so will share those when I am out in the middle of the ocean:) too many videos.. too little time!  but will get them all out eventually.. see more at  subscribe to the rss feed.. don't want to clutter AR up with things that are not business or local economy related!

Tish~  Music is a world wide language.. the language of Love!  Thanks.


Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 10 years ago

Carra - so glad that we get to join you on your voyage, even if its only thru your videos.  THe quality of your kodak Zi8 seems to far surpass my flip.  Maybe its time for me to do a tradein as well.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) almost 10 years ago

Carra, it's wonderful to "travel" with glad you are taking us along on your journey!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) almost 10 years ago
Go get the business; don't wait for it to come to you--A new rule in the new economy.
Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 10 years ago

Lora ~ Yes.. I loved my flip.. and it was hard to let go.. but the quality of the kodak.. so much better... still not good at all about editing.. but that is something I am going to work on with the students on the voyage.. get to be a better editor!  Will keep you posted!

Ann ~  So fun to have you go along.. just got on the ship tonight.. got all set up.. Internet seems to be working fine!  Only issues.. I can't use the bandwidth to upload videos.. so guess I will have to go to Cybercafes to do that.. I can get them all ready and then post them later :(  can do low resolution pictures..

Norma ~  I think you got it just right!  Go get it!  Be where the consumer is.. be prepared.. ask for the business!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 10 years ago happy that I could log on today.  The weather looks great down where you are.  What struck me were their beautiful smiles and welcoming manner.  ????am looking forward to more travels to places I will never get.  Thanks.  Have a great rest of the week.


Posted by Barb & Sal Dragotta, Macomb County Michigan almost 10 years ago

Sitting in snow, I am wishing I was there! I love that the guy came to try to get you to come to his restaurant. That is a go-getter in my book. Have you been asked yet to braid your hair??  Keep those videos coming!

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 10 years ago
Hi two are having fun with the locals and learning at the same time. Thanks for sharing, have a great trip !!
Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Enjoy you trip.

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) almost 10 years ago

Barb ~  We can have fun together.. be sure to watch my blog on so you can get the full picture! 

Kristi~  Yes.. several times for the hair braid.. but NO thank you.. I am too old for that :0.... Now I have a problem with uploading videos we are out at sea.. so will be posting to flickr  and do the videos when we get into port and I an be at a cybercafe.

Fred ~  Yes we are and we are trying to connect all the dots.. see what the big picture is.. and how we can use the message here at home!

Joshua  thank you!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 10 years ago

Like it very much Carra. First time I have heard you speak. Maybe I need to start going to places and do the same thing the guy did. It worked didn't it? Happy New Year to you Carra. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) almost 10 years ago
Looking forward to your posts as you travel. One of the great learning experiences of my life was the round-the-world voyage that my favorite aunt and uncle took in the winter of 1955-56. They were two of 8 passengers on a commercial vessel, which they chose so they would have longer stops in ports. They were gone nearly 6 months, wrote amazing letters, and took amazing pictures that I viewed with my aunt's commentary for many years after. Bon Voyage!
Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) almost 10 years ago

Very good points there. If you waant something BAD enough you just have to pursue it. Looking forward to the next stop.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic ( almost 10 years ago

Lanre ~  Could be you can take the idea and make it work for you.. that is exactly what the idea of the post was about.. to get us thinking!

Ann ~  It sounds like your family had an incredible journey.. be sure to watch my facebook fanpage and the website as I have limited Internet.. so will be posting there almost everyday with new adventures!  Thanks Ann.

Robert ~  We are getting gas in Puerto Rico but could not get off the ship.  A gentleman had to get off because he hurt his knee very badly.. so next stop.. Dominica.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 10 years ago

That video could have been taken in Tijuana, Mexico, where they do the same thing. You can’t walk five blocks without having 50 people enticing, even begging, you to come into their store or restaurant.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 9 years ago