August 2013 Archive

August 30, 2013 » Networks and Enrollment

I spent this past Wednesday with some of my favorite colleagues talking about networks and social change. Garfield Foundation had brought us together to surface our collective mental models about networks and to see where they overlapped and where they diverged. The day was rife with wonderful twists on familiar topics, and I learned a […]

August 29, 2013 » “Jazz Hands” Insights on Open Collaboration

For the past several weeks, I’ve been having weekly video calls with Seb Paquet. Seb is someone I’ve wanted to work with for a long time. The first time we talked, we simply wanted to catch up, but each time we’ve talked, we’ve both felt the desire to keep talking. The conversations have been both […]

August 22, 2013 » Noble Pursuit Syndrome

Earlier this week, I told my friend, Jeff Mohr, about a strange result from a survey that we took last year about nonprofits’ experiences working with consultants. As Rebecca Petzel noted in her writeup of the results, the nonprofits we surveyed generally expressed a high degree of satisfaction in the quality of their consultants’ work, […]

August 20, 2013 » “Failure” Is Part of the Game

One of my favorite work maxims is:¬†If you’re not fucking up, you’re not trying hard enough. I try to drive this home with all of my teams in all of my projects. But what does it actually mean, and how do you actually create a culture that encourages this? Baseball offers some beautiful insights into […]

August 16, 2013 » Hate Has No Place in San Francisco

My face has been up on a San Francisco billboard on 10th and Howard for the past week. I knew the billboard was up, but I didn’t have a chance to see it until today, and I didn’t tell anyone that my face was on it. I wasn’t being modest, I was just busy, and […]

August 13, 2013 » Tom Bihn Bags for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

Choosing a good camera bag is hard. It’s a very personal endeavor on two levels: style and functionality. How people use their cameras and what they decide to carry differ significantly for different people. When I decided to step up my photography game earlier this year, I decided to go with a Micro Four Thirds […]

August 10, 2013 » Measuring Mindshare

My friend, Jerry Michalski, recently tweeted a question about collaboratively authoring documents using GitHub. I didn’t see his original tweet, but I saw a followup exchange between him and Howard Rheingold, and so I pointed both of them to Ward Cunningham’s Smallest Federated Wiki. I’ve seen some followup exchanges, and I’m happy that the pointer […]

August 9, 2013 » Photography Is About the Person Behind the Camera

I loved this 500px interview with¬†Gabriele Liaudanskaite, a 17-year old Lithuanian food photographer. She only uses natural light, she mostly shoots in automatic mode, and she uses a cheap kit lens. And, her photos are gorgeous. Further proof that photography is ultimately about the person behind the camera, not the tool itself. She also offered […]

August 6, 2013 » Never Compromise

I’ve been an Aaron Huey fanboy since seeing his amazing photography of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at Pop-Up Magazine a few years back. He’s the only person I follow on Instagram whom I don’t actually know in real life. Yesterday, he posted a photo from his latest assignment. Because he’s a National Geographic photographer, […]

August 5, 2013 » Lessons from June-July 2013 Changemaker Bootcamp

I spent most of last week letting people know about the “official” launch of Changemaker Bootcamp, but I forgot to mention it here on my very own blog! So now you know. Next bootcamp is Tuesdays, 3-5pm, from August 20 through September 24. Application deadline is next Tuesday, August 13, so apply today! And please […]