A Shrinking World Metaphor

A Shrinking World Metaphor

A recent buzz by @Renee Iseli - Smits evoked many thoughts and ideas in my head. I commented on the buzz by writing β€œYou know that your buzz is great metaphor for the world that collapsed into a pub. Here you find people with many languages, different hobbies and behaviors, different cultures, different ages and interests and any think you might think of. How to get rid of the resulting chaos? An idea for a buzz and soon”.

The buzz reminded me of a metaphor that I used along with Bas de Baar, which I described in a recent buzz. The world is becoming like fish that used to live in the ocean and is now confined to living in a pond with the challenges this new life brings.

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The pub metaphor jumped to my mind as we confine the world to people gathering in a pub. This is the World Pub in which rich and poor, locals and foreigners, old and young, blak and white and male and female may meet in one place.

People tend to behave differently in groups than when alone. Interestingly, this phenomenon is not limited to human, even metal and ionic clusters do the same. The clusters have variability of properties depending on the number of their constituent particles, which in turn are different from the bulk matter. Groups of people in a pub behave similarly and show variances in behavior that are unlike those properties in their medium (pub). There are some interesting publications that support this assumption.

There is a general understanding in science that there exists no direct bond between two bodies; it is always stronger through a third party. I liken this to a wife and husband who have a real bond through their association with their kids. This idea is augmented by considering pubs as the third space between home and work. A "third space" that encouragesΒ socialization. Pubs are the third place where people may exhibit their social value. AS the pub isn’t a home or a work place; more it is the intersection of the two. It has therefore its own spice.

We can see pubs as the mirrors of social movement. In the past, pubs were restricted to males. Females weren’t allowed in. Now not only women are permitted to walk in, but their kids too. Pubs reflected segregation in societies with bars limited to the poor class, others to the medium class and others for the elite class.

Pubs reflect the impact of policies on the society. Because there are more restrictions now on licensing new pubs there is a growing tendency to establish big bars to accommodate as many guests as possible. The policy makers make rules and businesspeople find new ways to limit their impact ion their businesses.

There is a close relationship between heavy drinking and consumption of alcohols in pubs and the peoples’ economic status. The more disposable money people have, the more they tend to consume alcohol in bars.

Some people consider pubs as a source of preserving social capital. What goes in a pub reflects what goes in a society. For example, the specialty clubs tendency is growing with pubs assigned for the gays, families, sports people. The increased liberties of individuals to express their views that aren’t in conformity with the prevailing social values has led to the establishment of such clubs.

I may dare to say that β€œtell me to which club you go, and I can tell who you are”.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
It shall be nice to study the profiles of people who do business in pubs and including their ages Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #24

Dr Ali, I'm curious as to how age affects pub use. AS I've grown older I tend ot be less interested in the atmosphere of the local watering holes although I find them perfect for business development lunches.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
You are right Joanne Gardocki and there are no places left for people to meet in relaxed atmosphere. As important as virtual grouping is important still it lacks the face-to-face encounter and the body language effect. May be a shrewd business person would find the new third place. The attraction of the pubs is losing its impact because they are no more within walking distances from home and work. May be some place physical which will have the "local effect" will come by. As for your writing "One of the things I valued most about attending university was the exposure to so many different people"- I agree fully. I graduated from the university of East Anglia where we enjoyed people from all continents. That enriched our knowledge and exposed us to the unfamiliar. This was truly a life-time experience.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
There are two quotes in your comment that deserve inclusion in the next Nuggets of Quotes dear Tausif Mundrawala. These are: I think getting stuck in a pond is like halting the engine of life which should flow with each new current. and,' "People from different walks of life come under one roof to attain respite and peace from the rush of daily life". You have a way of sharing your wisdom.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Very nice grouping of pub attendants Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador. Yes, happy hour customers are different from late visitors. People seek different reasons for attending and including those people seeking escape from life. I thank you for your important contribution of a slide in the presentation

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Most interesting perspectives, Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. It seems the idea of the cozy pub seems to be fading and/or changing into a full-blown bar. Our favorite haunt is interesting because during the "happy hour", there is a different group of patrons then there is when the "party group" make the scene. The setting is anything but a pub, however, it's entertaining, and for the most part, draws a good group of people. At times, the late night crowd can get rowdy but anything over and above is soon taken care of by the management. What's interesting is to see the groups within groups and people that hang together due to common interests, whether business or otherwise. I sometimes wonder if I am peering into a fishbowl or peering out. lol

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
Just watched your linked video . Cheers to you as the video song reflects the cosy atmosphere of a pub.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
You also remind me of the movie @Casablanca and the venue of the pub. Great examples as they reflect what goes in reality reflecting the dynamism of pubs. Yes, "common ground" of shared hopes, dreams and high and lows. Lovely comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Great comment Bill King. I didn't watch the movie, but now I am interested in it. I love your writing "all had problems and flaws and were able to connect through their troubles". This is a powerful line because we all have our flaws and it shall be great if we could connect through them.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
#16 Yes as it seems we live in a very connected word dear Debasish Majumder- what goes in a pub is somehow linked to what goes in a pub.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #15

#12
i wonder sirAli \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee whether the people in the pub discharge their waste in other reservoir instead of pub to intoxicate the environment? besides there are certain fishes who cannot venture in the ocean. for them the waste they release in the same surface, yet survive comfortably till we human devour them in the pub.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Thank you and yes may be the pond has shrunk to an aquarium

Renee Iseli - Smits

Renee Iseli - Smits

3 years ago #13

#1
Thank you! I really liked reading this buzz. It gave me an image of an aquarium, even smaller than a pond and everyone is standing looking at it ...

Renee Iseli - Smits

Renee Iseli - Smits

3 years ago #12

@Harvey Lloyd I like your thought on alcohol in professional settings. I wouldn't do that either, unless with people I know well too. it makes you less concentrated and makes you more likely saying things without enough thoughts. Being in a foreign country, as a historian I like to listen to the local stories too. They are very interesting and give a good image of the local culture as well and can be considered an enrichment of our own experiences.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
- you don't need to be confused dear Debasish Majumder. A pond is an ecosystem and represents life. When fish move to a pond from an ocean they can't throw their wastes in the pond water; else, they shall intoxicate their own environment. This is just to give one example. Thank you for allowing me to make this explanation and for your sharing the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Yes, and people tend to do more business when they are cheerful and relaxed. ANd yes again as more men do business in pubs than women. Thank you for this excellent elaboration

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #9

i am pretty confuse whether ocean and pond are the right example in terms of peoples affiliation comparing with pub. people in other source of clubbing equally comforted and align with the people of same wavelength i guess. besides, pub is the hub of certainly obnoxious trait and haven for all who loves to arrest themselves in a ditch and consider themselves as if in ocean. however, interesting buzz indeed sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz sir.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
You speak trustfully and enlarge the scope of the buzz. As you have noticed I haven't discussed what goes in the bar. More, I discussed the bar as a metaphor for the general society. People who care not to get drunk in public will care also for keeping their work secrecy and life issues. I have seen drunk people exposing their fears, anger with life and in the process revealing their private life secrets. As for fear yes we need a small doze of it to propel us forward. In contrast, exceeding the sweet level of fear turns against us. This is extensibie even to joy and we might get drunk by the wine of success.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #7

#4
The watering hole of old is gone. It used to be a community place, not to get inebriated, but to share stories of the day, talk politics and generally share life journeys. It became socially unacceptable so the crowds began to change to those who were not on such a great journey. Now its more a less the "in-crowd" hang out within big franchises. I dont go anymore as the moral fiber of the ones looking to make a name, prove something or just be disruptive is not of my style. I visit restaurants with grand children and the first place i look is the bar. We have walked out of a few because what looked family friendly on one side was quite the different story on the other. Clubs are for people who need an audience to prove they are OK. So i already know this and have no need for reinforcement. Crazy but OK. I will have to say though that if you look at the profit model Alcohol is the money maker. Food is barely a break even proposition. Selling an 8 dollar drink that costs 1.50 to make is where you turn the bottom line on fire. One more thought. The bar used too be within the community. Now-a-days with zoning laws we place commercial enterprise separate from communities. So we have the gathering scene, with alcohol, driving distance away. I guess to someone this made sense. Lets get alcohol out of our community so we can drive to it and then...............well you get the point.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #6

#3
Alcohol has a demonstrated factor whereby we loose the ability to manage our true emotional make up. People we we enjoy sometimes are very different after a couple of ounces of alcohol. So alcohol has this ability it really depends on the person and what they are holding back within settings. I dont do alcohol within professional setting, nor social unless i am surrounded by people i know. (I know maybe 10 people i would do this with.) We all have triggers that open up our pure thinking to the public. Its not always good to explore in public. When i traveled a lot, alone, it was always nice to find the local watering hole that men and women attend and listen to the stories of the day. It humanized the location as being real humans challenging life. The unvaried perspectives of the natives to that community. A long way away from the local chamber of commerce marketing message. Gossiping is usually driven by some fear manifesting itself within someone else. In this i can hide from my own fear. Within the professional setting fear is always rampant. A healthy dose of fear is enough to propel us forward. Too much and we can get stuck in the quicksand of competition, gossip. The leaders role is to anticipate the fear and make sure they dose it according to each individuals need. In this case i am really referring to that fear that is associated with personal growth and excitement experiencing trepidation of all that needs to happen. (Healthy Fear)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Yes and a bar isn't the same as a pub. Some pubs are turning into bars. But again, it shows how the movement of pubs indicates the movement of a society. I may add that English pubs are not the same as a pub in another country. A pub reflects its locality effects.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #4

a Public House has a very different function and dynamic throughout the day. lunch time and weekends for example see a different type of customers including young families it is more the feed theme than thirst that is fulfilled there and many including myself would probably not be one of your usual suspects at night time, pubs had to diversify their offers and adjust as many don't necessarily subscribe to the old clichΓ© any longer unless it has been exported to continental Europe for example where that's the concept being sold ( mostly franchised now). I am of the club of those who don't belong to a club :-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
- Harvey Lloyd- in limited spaces we get squeezed and then we ooze our inner selves. Yes, and I love the words you coined "pub Trust". We need that at work. We need the trust at home and whenever we socialize. Is the envelope of a pub more conducive to building trust because people are on drinks? Is this the atmosphere lacking at work? We do lack fun at work and people busier gossiping? You do bring important questions to my mind.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #2

Within the local watering hole there is a dynamic whereby we release the days competitive journeys where performance seems to be the mantra. We settle into the environment with affirmation that all have had their swing at the days events. No competition but rather the sharing of each's day as a unique incomparable experience. Does it really take a "Pub" to accomplish this human feat? Can we not within our daily lives see each other as climbing our own self imposed mountain of success and share that journey within the confines of our own? I would submit that trust is built around the concepts you expose. Trust begins where each person within a performance group realize that each has their own needs within the envelope. These trust recognition allow for complete engagement as we move forward. You know my needs and i know yours we battle for each other within the success journey. Socially the Pub allows this to happen naturally. Somehow we have relegated this trust measure down to social. Professional environments would bode well if the "Pub Trust" was brought to the office. Great post and discussion Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

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