September 2012 Archive

September 23, 2012 » Openness Rocks

I took the above picture at Wikimania 2009 in Buenos Aires. It’s of Micah Alpern giving a talk entitled, “Designing a large scale community moderation system for Yahoo! Answers.” Micah, now at LinkedIn, was the design lead for Yahoo! Answers, and at the time, he was still at Yahoo!. As you can see from my annotations, Jimmy […]

September 23, 2012 » Sunrise and Sunset

Yesterday morning, I stepped onto my balcony and was treated to this hazy sunrise over the San Francisco skyline. I ended my evening in Doran Park near Bodega Bay watching the sunset: A 2004 study found that 52% of Japanese primary and secondary school students had never seen a sunrise or a sunset. I often […]

September 21, 2012 » Successfully Integrating People and Technology

My work is about helping groups come alive. There is nothing inherent about this work that requires digital technology, although I often find myself leveraging it in different doses. The reality is that many people want to work with me because I know a lot about technology. They think it gives me a leg up […]

September 12, 2012 » Keeping Quiet

“Keeping Quiet,” a poem by Pablo Neruda, translated by Stephen Mitchell. Via my friend, Rafael Lopez. Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. This one time upon the earth, let’s not speak any language, let’s stop for one second, and not move our arms so much. It would be a […]

September 7, 2012 » The Delightful Absurdity of Wikipedia

I was browsing my RSS feed today, and came across this open letter to Wikipedians by author, Philip Roth, published in The New Yorker, about the Wikipedia entry for his book, The Human Stain. Here was the controversy, in brief: The Wikipedia page suggested that the book was “allegedly inspired by the life of the writer […]

September 6, 2012 » On Doing Things Well

My business partner, Kristin Cobble, is a Peter Senge disciple, and we’ve been having good conversations over the past few weeks about learning organizations. In the course of these discussions, I was reminded of a huge pet peeve of mine. I hate it when people say things like: “We’re not collaborating.” “That’s not a network.” […]

September 4, 2012 » Seriously! A Movie About Play

My friend, Gwen Gordon, is a play consultant. Yes, you read her job title correctly. Even having known her and having worked with her, I’m still not sure what that entails. I’m not even going to bother citing her ridiculously impressive credentials. All I know is that a little dose of Gwen leads to creative […]