For the last two weeks I’ve been working with designer/developer Ryan Sommers on a redesign for scottberkun.com. I asked you readers for feedback on the current design a few weeks ago, and wanted to post again with an update. Here are three concepts we’re working with. Have a favorite? I want your input since it’s you […]

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Vote on The Cover of My Next Book

in Books, Ghost
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Today I’m working on the third, and likely final, draft of my next book. For this project I’m again working with designer Tim Kordik (see our previous work together for the Mindfire cover). He does great work and I love his approach to creativity and design. The book is titled The Ghost of My Father. It’s a […]

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How do you transform fear?

in ask berkun
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In this edition of Ask Berkun, where I pick the top voted reader question and answer it, this time it’s one of my favorite subjects: How Do You Transform Fear? I grew up thinking fear was binary and that heroic people simply knew how to turn it off, or, perhaps more disturbing, never felt it at all, […]

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It’s time to redesign scottberkun.com. Yay! I’m looking to hire a designer to work on a redesign of scottberkun.com and have my own list of goals and issues. But before I go too far I wanted my make sure I invited you readers, the people this site is for, to speak up about your suggestions, […]

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Min / Max Note Taking for Conferences

in General
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As part of my recent talk about getting the most from events and championing ideas, I mentioned a brief theory on how to take notes. I presenting an updated version as the closing session of An Event Apart Boston and wanted to share the advice here. I call the theory minimum effort for maximum value, or […]

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I enjoyed Brian Chesky’s recent post Don’t Fuck Up The Culture, where he proclaims to the employees of Airbnb the importance of culture in everything they do. I like Airbnb and it’s nice to see a founder emphasize culture. But there’s sloppy thinking in the post. The first problem is we have a field of study […]

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I frequently take the the top voted question from readers and answer it on the blog. With 64 votes, today’s winner was submitted by Imran: Life under Surveillance: Issues and Options? Edward Snowden will go down in history as a hero. A quick look at the history of The Pentagon Papers and the story of Daniel Ellsberg reveals […]

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Hi folks. I’m working on a minor to moderate redesign of scottberkun.com and I’m looking to hire a freelance designer to work with: I have ideas, rough sketches and beer (and of course money to pay you). You don’t need to be a unicorn, as I’d likely hire the good folks at 10up to do the development […]

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When My Parents Separated

in Ghost

This is a brief excerpt from a draft of my next book, a memoir about my family. When I was 8 years old my parents separated. While cleaning out my father’s car, My Mom discovered movie stubs for a film she hadn’t seen. He left a few days later. When he left, much of the […]

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I believe in first impressions, especially if you’re asking someone else for something. When you make a connection to another person, even on the interwebs, please take 60 seconds to say something personal about why you’re making the connection. If you’re not willing to take 60 seconds to write something personal, and explain why you […]

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Noah: movie review (Spoiler Free)

in General, movies
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I’m fascinated by religious history and love movies, so it’s no surprise I’ve seen many films with religious themes. Even when I’m familiar with the texts they refer to, I often go back to reread and compare how the filmmakers handled the many challenges of trying to make a narrative movie about texts written for […]

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It’s wise to read books with points of view you don’t share. It’s the only way you get exposed to ideas with the power to change your mind. For a long time I’ve been a techno-neutralist. I’m not convinced technology is good or bad, it depends. I know from history how many unintended consequences our inventions […]

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Yesterday I gave the closing talk, How To Champion Ideas, at An Event Apart Seattle (If you saw me at AEA Boston, those slides are here) . It was a new talk, requested by organizers Marci Eversole, Jeffrey Zeldman & Toby Malina. From their observations and attendee feedback they knew one big challenge for all events is how to help […]

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I’m finishing up work on a talk for An Event Apart Seattle about what happens after the conference is over [update: that presentation is here]. At first this might seem like an odd session to have, but it’s reflective of a fundamental problem of all events: events are intense short term experiences that people attended […]

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What does a good father do?

in Ghost, projects in progress
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What does a good parent do for their children? What specifically, if anything, can only a father do for a child? It’s an easy question to ask, but complex to answer. Much of what we have in our minds about what good parents do, or don’t do, is based on our own experiences. Since we […]

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How do *you* eat Pho?

in Pop Culture
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I rarely write about food here, but eating and cooking are two of my favorite things. Pho, Vietnamese rice noodle soup, is a pleasure I discovered more than a decade ago, when I went gluten-free for a time and struggled to eat anything anywhere. I’ve always loved noodles and it was a perfect match. I’ve […]

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