How To Pitch Ideas Q&A (for designers)

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Last night I ran a workshop on How To Pitch Ideas, hosted by the wonderful folks (Llewyn Paine, Emilie Thaler and  Cathie Toshach) at the Seattle IXDA chapter. The topics covered were generated by the attendees themselves at the session and I promised I’d write up notes, which you are reading now. References: My popular essay: […]

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Notes from World Domination Summit: part 1

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I’m speaking this Sunday at World Domination Summit in glorious Portland, Oregon. The event started yesterday and it’s clear this is a most unusual event: there’s an energy that I’ve only seen a handful of times in the hundreds of events and conferences I’ve been to. I decided to take notes during the many sessions […]

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What’s the best kickstarter reward for a book?

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I’m considering using Kickstarter for my upcoming book, The Ghost of My Father, a memoir about the most difficult relationship in my life. Using Kickstarter was a great experience for Mindfire thanks to all your support - I know many of you were excited about getting your name in the book and owning personally signed copies. The […]

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Feedback wanted: redesign sketches for scottberkun.com

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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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Min / Max Note Taking for Conferences

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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’m presenting an updated version of the talk as the closing session of An Event Apart Boston tomorrow and wanted to share some advice early on. I call the theory minimum […]

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Noah: movie review (Spoiler Free)

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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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Book Review: Smarter Than You Think

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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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Speaking In Portland next week (Thurs/Fri)

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Hi folks. Just a quick post about some speaking dates next week in wonderful Portland, Oregon. Thursday, 2/27 6pm at 10up - I’ll be talking about The Year Without Pants and then out for drinks/snacks with attendees. RSVP. Friday, 2/28 at IntegratED – As part of this conference on education and technology, I’ll be speaking twice, […]

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Buy The Year Without Pants 50% off (Ebook / DRM Free)

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[Sorry: this post was scheduled for last week but never posted. The book is still available DRM free, but not at a discount] For Valentines day O’Reilly Media is doing a special promotion for The Year Without Pants (published by Wiley). You can buy the digital version of the book for 50% off – and […]

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Why Speed Reading Is For Fools

in Books, General, Pop Culture

‘There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” - Bertrand Russell Life is not a race. Speed is good for things you want to get past, not for important things you enjoy. “It was an efficient meal.” “I had a quick life.” If you are […]

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How To Change A Company

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I spoke about The Year Without Pants last week at Seattle Town Hall. I talked about some of the fascinating things that go on at work at WordPress.com. One of the questions was “this all sounds great, but how do you change an old, bureaucratic  company to switch to new or better ideas?” The best […]

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Pantless at 7000 feet

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My friend Shawn Murphy read some of The Year Without Pants on a recent hike to the top of White Mountain, a 7k foot peak here in Washington State. He was thoughtful enough to take a photo. I love it when folks take interesting, funny or unusual photos with my books in them. If you […]

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List of Year Without Pants reviews & mentions

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Thanks to everyone who has tweeted, Facebooked and blogged so far in support of The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com & The Future of Work, now an Amazon.com best book of 2013.  There have been more than 50 reviews in the media and 139 Amazon reviews so far. We’re off to a good start. If I missed one, […]

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Inside Buckminster Fuller’s house (w/ photos)

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Today is when noted inventor Buckminster Fuller was born in 1895. He’s one of those inventors who had brilliant ideas and inspiring philosophies, but few successful commercial projects or widely adopted inventions. His influence is undeniable as his failures were more inspiring in some ways than the conventional successes of others. He’s most famous for […]

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Help Wanted: Marketing / research assistant

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I’m hiring a marketing assistant to help with the upcoming launch of The Year Without Pants. I’m hoping one of you smart readers who has skills in marketing and research would dig the chance to work directly with me on a few tasks. Perhaps you’re a college student, or need a part time job, or […]

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Why schedules help even when they’re wrong

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In an HBR article called The Dirty Secret of Project Management, the author claims the secret is no one believes in their schedules. I don’t agree that it’s a secret, but that’s not the point. Forget whether a schedule is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. Even if a project ends up months behind it probably did several […]

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How do you hire for culture?

in General, Management

Bob Sutton wrote bravely about the No Asshole Rule, and how talent should never excuse destructive behavior. It’s a rule many companies are afraid to follow and they pay later. By the time leaders realize there’s something broken in the culture, it’s hard to fix. Avoiding assholes is certainly progress for some companies, but but that’s […]

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