From TED2014, Joi Ito (now director of MIT Media Lab) talk about safecast project

How did a Bunch of Amateurs… Get it Done?

When Ito learned that Japan experienced a magnitude 9 earthquake, he thought immediately of his family. As he tuned into news reports, information was scarce. Official government organizations weren’t releasing much in a general effort to avoid panic. And, all the “experts” didn’t have enough data to act on. It was ordinary people — thru  More

Crevices

In Between Space

I’ve some news to share with you. It’s even good news. But I’ve been finding myself reluctant to do so. Once it is revealed, the in-between space is gone. We’ve all had in between spaces. Summers when you were young were the in between spaces of learning – where you could languish in play time and  More

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It’s the little things …

In general, I choose “done > not done”. Or “today > future date”. Many of us who follow this philosophy can credit their career success to it. The people who raise their hand, who speak up, who ship things tend to get more opportunities. My mind runs to all those in operational roles, where the  More

Sleep When You're dead

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

After waking up at 2 or 3:00 in the morning, I would write until about 5 or 6:00 am. New How, the first book, was written mostly in the dead of night. I don’t remember exactly how I started this practice. Or, if I even thought of this as a strategy. I just remember doing  More

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How Do You Take In Criticism?

Friends always want to know, “Did doing a TED talk make you famous? Rich?” I’m always direct to answer, “not at all*”. So, when the LI editorial team asked me to write a 1-year retrospective of what it was like to be a TED speaker, we identified the headline quickly. The piece, found here, argues  More

Rosalinde Torres _TED Talk

What Makes a Great Leader

Chances are you do what is comfortable. But that’s not what makes you successful. What makes you successful is actually to live in the tension of discomfort. If you do that, then you’d be willing to peek around the corner to see that thing(s) that will “disrupt” your work / industry / marketplace. You’d be  More