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Surviving Business Travel

“With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.” Sandra Lake  With travel comes the understanding of so many things: The world is small (but time zones are many). The human body was never intended to sit in a metal canister with dozens of close strangers for hours on end. It’s ok to latch on to […]

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Making a Difference (and Building a Network)

“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” Kofi Annan When I try to explain to friends and relatives who ask, given my travel schedule and the strange interactions I have with technology and people, what […]

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The Meaning Behind Meeting Minutes

This post is an expansion on something I raised a few months ago in my post “Herding Cats“: If it isn’t written down somewhere that stakeholders can get to it, it didn’t happen. Even if it is written down, if it’s not well indexed, it still didn’t happen. I’m going to start by assuming that […]

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Making Decisions

“You are always saying yes to something.” Jen Casey It’s impossible to ignore the pain the world is in right now. When I originally wrote this blog post back in 2019, I was thinking about my usual, day-to-day considerations. And while it still applies to those considerations, I realized that it also applies to bigger […]

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Herding Cats

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” Oliver Wendell Holmes My experience of working with globally distributed, multistakeholder, volunteer communities to make things happen. The short, short version: Time zones suck. There’s no way around that. Plan for duplication of information so that you can respect […]

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The Fun Inherent in Asynchronicity

On May 9, 2019, I participated in my first “Tweet Jam“. What glorious chaos! The topic was the upcoming Identiverse conference, and the goal was to get people thinking about the topics that will be touched on during the week of the conference itself. The concept of a structured and yet free-flowing conversation with all […]

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It Takes All Kinds

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler People often ask me what it is I actually do for a living. What do I do that lets me travel the world for 35-40% of the year, and […]

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