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This Is Your Brain On Identity

Your brain is a beautiful thing. Your brain after dealing with digital identity for a few years might need therapy.

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Let’s Talk About Digital Wallets

One of the areas I’ve been researching recently is the concept of a digital wallet. At a conference a few weeks ago, someone said, “Digital wallets are great! Everyone understands the concept because we all have physical wallets, and digital wallets just move that concept online.” Hmmm. Let’s just say I have concerns. There are […]

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“Why don’t they just quit?”

The Great Myth of Job Portability The news these days is full of announcements about massive layoffs. There are stories about the people left “holding the bag” at companies that are, by all reports, purely toxic workplaces. I’ve seen the sentiment, “why would _anyone_ stay there? They should all quit! That’ll show those horrible bosses […]

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It’s a Wrap! Keeping Track of What You Learn From Your Clients

As a freelancer, do you ever stop and write down what you learned from a project as it closes? What made working on that effort awesome? What do you want to make sure you never have to deal with again? Project managers often (but not always!) include a “lessons learned” exercise at the conclusion of […]

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Index Cards – They Never Go Out of Style

Long ago, probably when I was in middle school (so, around 12 years old), my teachers introduced me to the power of index cards. Whenever I was researching for a paper or studying for an exam, the process started by taking notes on index cards. Each card would have its own fact and source. At […]

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Embracing the Uncomfortable

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been exploring social media in entirely new ways. I’ve learned a few things along the way: 1) I have a long way to go to use hashtags effectively, 2) my video processing skills are laughable, 3) I feel ridiculous on TikTok. So, why am I spending so much time […]

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Can a Freelancer Actually Have a Side Gig?

Why yes, yes she can. And in my case, that side gig is something I’ve been working on with my friend Laura Paglione since July of last year. Who knew it could take so many months to get a ‘simple’ idea off the ground? This all started when I threw open the virtual doors to […]

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You Don’t Have To Be Good At Everything

I am good at a lot of things when it comes to my career. I’m good at developing adaptive processes, managing people, and organizing activities. That said, I’m not good at creating formal, strict processes, working alone, and operational task management. I can’t begin to tell you how powerful it is to finally figured out […]

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Where Did All the Energy Go? Working with Volunteers

Have you ever noticed how many people, at least in Western cultures, think money is kinda dirty? That there is some kind of nobility about working towards a greater good without monetary compensation? An idea that people spend time on only because they believe it is good, fun, or otherwise meets some kind of intrinsic […]

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But There’s No Pressure: Organizing and Facilitating a Virtual Workshop

Earlier this year, a team within Google reached out to me for advice on engaging with the people in the IAM field who would give them the feedback they needed to progress their WebID project. Since WebID is all about federated identity on the web — one of my favorite topics — and the engagement would let […]

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