My name is Chad Calease. I initially coded this site by hand in the 90’s to support my learning habit, as a place to keep artifacts, 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 gifted at finding my way out of dense and vast forests, both literally and figuratively. I’m grateful for the way that experience has hardened my skills and 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.
I’m a people-focused designer at heart and a technologist by practice. Creative and technical skills live in the same room in my mind. They need each other. That may also explain why I gravitate towards complex problems that require a broad skill set to solve, like helping a diverse array of clients and industries find a way out of their own, respective forests. More on that story here: agile.wimzkl.com
My greatest strength is arguably 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 people who just want that machine on their desk to change the world, preferably by noon.
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.
Meanwhile, here’s some stuff I do, in no particular order:
- Cyber Resilience Strategy
- Agile Solutions for Complex Systems
- Memorable Cyber Awareness Training
- Write Cool Stuff for Cool Publishers
- Memorable Conference Presentations
- Moderate Panels and Podcasts
- Worship my Queen
- Dadding and Stepdadding
- High-End Media Solutions
- Follow Through
- Cook Stuff
- Break and Fix Stuff
- Take Pictures (but I don’t post ’em to Flickr anymore)
- Evangelize Media Literacy
- Stroll with Meta and Jack
- Ride Bikes and Generally Spend Time Outside
See you around.