July 2013 Archive

July 30, 2013 » Projects as Experiments

99u had a nice piece last week on treating your side projects as experiments. It essentially makes the Lean Startup point that framing it as an experiment makes the end goal is learning. “Failure,” if it leads to learning, is actually success. I had started framing things this way with clients toward the end of […]

July 28, 2013 » My Self-Care Dashboard

When Kristin Cobble and I were starting Groupaya, we spent a lot of time discussing the kind of culture we wanted as an organization. In particular, we both felt strongly about the importance of integrating personal development into our daily work lives. In order to meet this goal, Kristin designed a collective process for us […]

July 28, 2013 » Baseball Fan Group Dynamics

Watching sports live is one of the best places to observe group dynamics. I’m not talking about watching the actual teams play, although that’s great too. I’m talking about watching the fans. Baseball, in particular, is great for this, because there’s a lot of downtime between plays. The richest experiences come from watching teams with […]

July 21, 2013 » Changemaker Obstacles and Help

A few months ago, I asked changemakers to fill out a survey describing their biggest challenges and sources of support. Over 100 people filled out the survey, and almost 80 percent of respondents left their contact information, which allowed me to send some followup questions. Everyone was extremely generous in not only filling out the […]

July 17, 2013 » Doug Engelbart

My friend, mentor, and hero, Doug Engelbart, passed away a few weeks ago. I first met Doug 15 years ago. He was 50 years my senior with a list of accomplishments I will never match. I was a feisty, curious kid in my early 20s, desperately seeking purpose in my life. From the beginning, Doug […]

July 9, 2013 » Ten Years of Blogging

Today is my ten year blogiversary. ┬áThis is my 615th blog post. In my first blog post, I wrote about the tools I used and wrote to support this blog. In my second blog post, I explained why I started blogging. I cited three reasons. First, I wanted to understand the medium better, and I […]

July 1, 2013 » Seeking Google Alerts Replacement

Google Reader officially died today. I was not one of the legions of people who expressed dismay and displeasure at Google’s decision. I can’t argue with a company’s desire to focus, I don’t have any insider information as to why they made that decision, and I’m not interested in participating in tech punditry theater. My […]