My name is Chad Calease. I built this site in the 90’s to support my learning habit, a place to keep artifacts about what I’ve learned, stories having mostly to do with people, ideas, and technology. Hopefully they’re metaphorical crumbs, too, a trail to help someone find their way back to whatever it was they were supposed to be doing before getting lost on the Internet.
Speaking of getting lost, I’m grateful for finding my way out of some dense and vast forests, both literally and figuratively, and for the way those experiences harden my skills and soften my heart. That may be a way of saying I’m a self-taught type who learns best from practical application in the field, doing things out in the wild world.
My work history has found its way through some forests, too. Creative and technical skills live in the same room in my mind. They need each other. My people-focused talents, though, are the reason I gravitate towards challenges that require a broad set of skills to solve.
I’ve found my way through forests of creative strategy, curriculum design, digital media, information security, IT infrastructure, integrated marketing, management, technical operations, user-experience (UX) architecture, all the hidden machinery required to bend technology to the will of organizations of many shapes, sizes, and complexities in advertising, consulting, education, marketing, media, non-profit, and regulated industries, like financial services, healthcare, transportation, and energy.
I approach challenges as design problems. I specialize in helping others better define their complex system challenges. Better definitions lead to better design decisions that inform better solutions.
I do this through communicating and connecting with others in meaningful and memorable ways, people with diverse backgrounds, cultures, skills, and ability levels, including business leaders, creatives, designers, engineers, knowledge workers, the technical elite, and everyday folks who just want the machine on their desk to change the world, preferably by noon.
over at WIMZKL I help others find their way out of their own forests through training and support that makes complicated but important stuff, like Resilience, more accessible and executable. My team and I use agile methodologies that almost always have less to do with technology than people. It’s always about people. It’s about finding our way out of the forest through successful collaborations.
Some stuff I do, in no particular order:
- Bespoke Training
- Resilience Strategy
- Technology Strategy and Infrastructure Architecture
- UX Architecture
- Memorable Conference Presentations
- Write for Cool Publications
- High-End Media Solutions
- Moderate Podcasts
- Worship my Queen
- Dadding and Stepdadding
- Follow Through
- Cook Stuff
- Break and Fix Stuff
- Take Pictures
- Evangelize Media Literacy
- Stroll with Meta
- Ride Bikes and Spend Time Outside
It’s not easy but, yes, even in spite of our current social-political challenges, I remain optimistic about the future and our opportunity to have a role in helping to evolve into a thoughtful culture that collectively values empathy, tolerance, respect, diversity, and neurodiversity, with a genuine commitment to learning and making good decisions for the long term.
Since early in 2007, I’ve kept a micro-journal of sorts on Twitter with these same motivations in mind.
If you find something useful and/or inspiring here, cool, use it but please share and share, alike.