My name is Chad Calease. I love stories so I keep them + their artifacts here having mostly to do with people, ideas + technology. They’re prolly metaphorical crumbs, too, a trail to help someone find their way back to whatever it was they were supposed to be doing before they got lost on the Internet.
Speaking of getting lost, I’m grateful for finding my way out of some dense + vast forests, both literally + figuratively. I’m even more grateful for the way those experiences have hardened my skills + softened 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 meandered through some dense forests, too. “Forests” of digital media + creative strategy, information security, technology infrastructure architecture, technical operations + the change management overhead that goes along with them. I’ve bent technology to the will of organizations of many shapes, sizes + complexities, in advertising, marketing, media, education, regulated industries, using Agile + Lean methodologies magnified through lenses of Anthropology, Usability + User Experience Design (UX).
For me, everything begins as a UX problem, solved by better listening to + understanding of our intended audience, which leads us to better solutions for challenges of all sorts. You might say I’ve spent my career making complex + often intimidating ideas + technologies more accessible to more people.
My technical fluency is amplified by people-focused gifts, which may be why I gravitate towards challenges that require navigating ambiguity, solving problems, driving vision + strategy, leading by example, learning + unlearning on-the-fly, mentoring, listening, assembling great teams + generally bending technology to the will of the mission, rather than the other way around.
Perhaps, most importantly: I communicate + connect with diverse audiences, cultures + teams in meaningful + memorable ways. Those audiences might include business leaders, creatives + designers, knowledge workers, the technical elite or regular folks who just want the machine on their desk to change the world. Preferably by noon.
It’s all about people. It’s about finding our way out of the “forest” to successful collaborations + outcomes – together.
Some stuff I do, in no particular order:
- Agile UX Architecture
- Technology Strategy + Resilience
- Deliver Memorable Presentations
- Write for Cool Publications
- High-End Media Production
- Moderate Podcasts
- Dadding + Stepdadding
- Add Value
- Cook Stuff
- Break + Fix Stuff
- Take Pictures
- Evangelize Media Literacy
- Stroll with Meta
- Ride Bikes + Spend Time Outside
- Worship my Queen
Yes, even in spite of our current challenges, I remain optimistic about the future + our opportunity to have a role in helping to evolve into a thoughtful culture that collectively values empathy, tolerance, respect + neurodiversity, with a genuine commitment to learning + 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.
If you find something useful +/or inspiring here, cool, use it but please share + share, alike.