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Last night, in a dream of all things, I was reminded of a very real encounter that changed my perception for so much the better. I wrote about it then, almost 4 years ago, but I am moving my fingers across the keyboard now, re-posting it here to keep it fresh in memory. Okay, so…

KEEP THIS BROCHURE!

No one likes to think about crisis preparedness. That’s why so many people are not prepared when a crisis occurs. Nudging people to be prepared is no small feat. It requires equal parts emotional consideration, comprehensive intention + just enough assertive urgency in order to be successful. It’s a rare thing when it’s even a…

BSidesChicago this Saturday

Very grateful to be a part of the F A N T A S T I C community volunteering, attending + presenting at BSidesChicago this weekend at the downtown Hilton. Highlight: Jack Daniel, the man himself, one of the luminous founders of this movement that is still growing + gaining momentum around the world, is…

All Because of Her

I made a tribute to Mom, for the Nespresso Talents International Film Festival. It’s the first of its kind, requiring all entries to be submitted in 9 x 16 format, or upright, the way we might view a video on our phones without turning them on their side for 16 x 9, or widescreen-style. Pretty…

Agile + Design Thinking @ IIT’s IDx

Back towards the end of 2017, I had the distinct privilege of being invited to contribute to the design of a new course offering on agile + its value for design thinking. The inviter was my friend, Adam Kallish, a distinguished design thinker, agile practitioner, UX architect, lecturer + all around force of nature from…

The Future of Technology Operations

Since I last wrote about it, Technology Operations (TechOps for short) has evolved. Particularly Development Operations, or DevOps for short, has become widely adopted + continues to evolve, coupled with new technologies that have been directly influenced by it + the culture it has helped shape. Even though many organizations are still struggling to realise…

Walking down the same, old street to discover something new.

Isn’t it funny, how we can live in the same neighborhood for years, walking up + down its streets, sidewalks, stairways, straightaways + curves only to discover something new, something so obvious yet we’re seeing for the very first time? It might be something as small yet significant as a street sign that’s always been…

Earth Day 2018

The 10/65 Film Festival was a complete success. So much gratitude to everyone who helped make it so. Our kids are amazing artists + voices for sustainability in our schools + community. Watch some of our favorite entries from this year’s festival.

The Underrated Power of Lists.

Like making lists? Me, too. Even though my lists may not look like lists in the traditional sense, they still serve a pretty cool purpose.

Farmers Fight for Our Right to Hack

Out of necessity, farmers wear many hats: electrician, veterinarian, carpenter, botanist, mechanic, businessperson, maker, tinkerer + in this high-tech era, hacker. Their ability to maintain their own equipment is currently being challenged by manufacturers, becoming an issue that will impact future generations of farmers, as well as our rights as consumers to hack, modify + tinker with our own devices.

What’s the 10/65 Film Festival?

Ever made a 10-second film using your phone or tablet? Evanston’s District 65 Green Team is a committee dedicated to helping promote sustainability in our communities + schools. This year, we’re promoting the idea of Reuse, Reduce + Recycle through a 10 Second Film Festival.

Impervious to Change.

The working world is unpredictable. It already exists as something other than it did 20 years ago. Work doesn’t look the same as it did then. Working looks the same as playing to many people. When we are doing work around our parents, for example, it’s difficult for them to tell if we’re “doing social media” or looking at that spreadsheet Bill from accounting just sent over.

TAG, you’re it.

Yesterday was kind of a big deal, celebrated quietly inside my own heart. It was the 10th anniversary of the day I completed a labor of love that changed my life for so much the better.

Star Wars, Role Models + Making Choices

Few things are more satisfying to geeky parents than watching Star Wars with their child(ren) for the first time and noticing which character they take to. I was 5 years old when I saw it, my first movie. It wasn’t just a movie. It was a drive-in movie. It wasn’t just a drive-in movie. It was Star Wars.

Gratitude for Lunch Napkins

My little boy teaches me the value of iterating and innovating using a limited set of materials and parameters by sharing his ideas for me to draw a unique napkin for his lunch each day.

Why We All Need Media Literacy.

If we’d only just discovered that the Earth is round, there’s still a bazillion websites out there claiming it’s flat.

Oh, honey!

Since becoming a grown-up, there are many things about childhood I remember fondly. One thing I was happy to forget about forever was allergies. For several years during my early life, growing up in mostly in Colorado and Michigan, I had the pleasure of getting allergy shots each week, rotating arms because it took about…

Teaching Fish To Swim

If you’re trying to teach fish how to swim, it helps if you put them in the water.