2011 Archive

December 13, 2011 » Groupaya Brown Bag: The Secret Life of Groups

I’ve been knee deep in Groupaya work since launching a few months ago. It’s exhilarating to be creating something new with such great people. However, if you’re not careful, you can actually go too fast. One of the things that often goes by the wayside when you’re in startup mode is learning. Sure, you’re learning […]

November 27, 2011 » Close Encounter with Tule Elk

A few weeks ago, I went on what I thought would be an uneventful hike with Pete Forsyth. We decided we’d go up to Point Reyes to check out the Tule Elk Preserve along the Tomales Point Trail. Point Reyes is one of my favorite places in the world, Pete had never been, and Tomales […]

November 26, 2011 » Ducking Thanksgiving Tradition

Thanksgiving is a bit of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it’s an opportunity to give thanks, to be with family and friends. On the other hand, it’s a holiday that’s loaded with stress and unrealistic expectations. Specifically, I’m talking about cooking turkey. In my family, that foul fowl is single-handedly responsible for raising […]

November 22, 2011 » Tasting Exotic Foods Around the World

I like to travel, and I like to eat. Thanks to the pervasiveness of video cameras, I’ve been able to channel my inner Bourdain quite a bit over the years. Here are my tastings from the past year, including from my trip to Seattle last week. Fried Kool-Aid At the Fillmore Jazz Festival in San […]

November 22, 2011 » Call of the Mountains

Great things are done when men and mountains meet. –William Blake I’m a California boy at heart, and I’ve always been drawn to the ocean. But California has mountains too, and my last three work trips have reminded me how much I love them. Truchas Peaks near Taos, New Mexico: The Alps from Luzern, Switzerland: […]

October 11, 2011 » Branding = Story + Community

My big angst about the Wikimedia Strategic Planning process was that we didn’t focus enough on story. We did a great job creating space, building relationships, guiding conversations, and structuring the process, all of which was why we were successful. But our only-okay execution on storytelling still sticks in my craw to this day. This […]

October 1, 2011 » Groupaya

A web site for a new company called Groupaya quietly cropped up last week. If you read the first blog post, you’ll see that I founded it with Kristin Cobble, and that Rebecca Petzel is part of our little cohort. I did a bit of explaining over there, and I’ll be doing much more over […]

September 22, 2011 » Moneyball and High-Performance Collaboration

On Friday night, the movie, Moneyball, opens in theaters nation-wide. It’s based on the book by Michael Lewis, which I reviewed on this blog back in 2003. I was pretty shocked that they turned a book about how data is changing baseball into a movie starring Brad Pitt. I’m even more shocked to hear that […]

August 15, 2011 » My Ideal Project

I had coffee with a colleague last week, and she asked me to describe my ideal project. I didn’t even have to think about my answer. My response: Socially impactful Collaborative Very, very hard I love projects that make you stop and think, “How the heck are we going to do this?” I love projects […]

August 9, 2011 » Wednesday Play Days

This is my calendar for this week: It’s a pretty typical week for me, except for one thing. Can you see what it is? One of the things I need to be happy, creative, and productive is space. Lots of it. I usually fill it up quickly, but that’s okay, as long as I have […]

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