A few weeks ago, I listened to a great TED talk by Matt Ridley called “When Ideas Have Sex.”Â I liked it so much I showed it to my technology staff at work.Â I think you should go watch it, too – it only takes 17 minutes.Â Done? Whether or not you watched it, the […]
I am in Flagstaff. Arizona, at the Starry Heaven writer’s workshop.Â That means there are 11 of us critiquing each other’s novel manuscripts.Â We’ve spend months prepping, and it’s quite fun to meet in person.Â I knew two of the people from before, and had met a few of the others in passing.Â Some are
First, Seattle Geekly does a great podcast.Â As I’m sure you can guess, they talk about all things Seattle that would interest the slightly more – well, geekly (gaming, conventions, science fiction and fantasy, anime, steampunk, other local events).Â I listen in when I get time.Â Even better, I visited them last week and we
We may have a new in place to be seen in Seattle.Â At the least, we have a new must-see conference, FiRe Global.Â Put together by Mark Anderson, FiRe Global has a clear mission:Â use technology to help save the world. Mark has impressive strengths.Â For one, he thinks well.Â For years he has produced
Â Earlier this year, I attended the FiRE conference in San Diego.Â It felt like half an almost-typical technology conference (yes, there was a cloud computing session), half a “making the world a better place with technology” and in total, was the best three days I’ve ever spent on either topic.Â Largely, the value was
The morning started with the most explicit of the conversations on philanthropy: a look at the work Pearson Learning has done in Africa, and a brief discussion of project Inkwell. The first project we saw, the Sara Communication Initiative, helps girls in Africa tell their stories, and actually brought me to tears for a moment.
So the day here in San Diego felt like sitting in the chair being hit by bullets of information.Â The format is that there are multiple back to back 1/2 hour segments with industry and thought leaders from around the world.Â I’m not even going to try to capture the day in total.Â But here’s
FiRE is a futurist conference that will be held in San Diego in a week and a half or so.Â FiRE is put together by Mark Anderson, who is one of the futurists I most enjoy following.Â He is an original thinker and I am always intrigued by his blogs and talks.Â I have never