The doors of Paris: a photo essay

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I spent a few days in Paris last week (to speak at USI 14). For fun I took photos of every interesting door I walked by. I didn’t seek out interesting ones with a plan. I didn’t want to be deliberate about it. Instead I chose to pay attention as  I walked through the city. Doors […]

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Why I Loved Webstock and What Organizers Can Learn

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Last week I had the pleasure of speaking for a second time at Webstock in Wellington, New Zealand. Natasha Lampard, Mike Brown and all the organizers exemplify many of the great things event organizers should strive to achieve. They run an amazing event and as someone who writes often about speaking and events that have speakers, […]

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Lecture Wed 1/22: Free Speech and Social Media (Seattle)

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The Seattle Social Media Club is hosting me to speak next week about Free Speech and Social Media. They hosted me in 2010 to speak on Calling BS on Social Media Gurus (slides and notes) and it’s good to be back. I’m very excited about this talk: the history of the collision of free speech […]

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Meeting the Street Poet of NYC

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Selling books is hard. It’s a surprise for most writers, even experienced ones, how much harder finding people interested in your work is than writing books themselves. So last month while I was on book tour, feeling down on my luck as I walked from a lecture at the Foursquare office to another one at NYU, […]

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SF/Bay Area Book Tour, 2013

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The third leg of The Year Without Pants book tour will be in the San Francisco bay area the week of December 9th. Tuesday Dec 10th, 12pm-1pm, Autodesk, Inc. Tuesday Dec 10th, 7pm @ BayChi (doubleheader!) Thursday Dec 12th, 12pm, @ Citrix Thursday Dec 12th, 6pm, Tech Xploration @ PayPal Hope to see you next week!

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Stories from Book Tour Day 1 (w/photos)

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I’m here in NYC all week on book tour for The Year Without Pants (full schedule here). There is nothing fancy about book tours: it’s all hustle, from organizing them, to living through them. I’m not Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, who maybe have everything arranged for them. For me I take charge or organizing and planning, […]

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My Return to WordPress.com

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It’s rare that companies have books written about them. Most aren’t interested and those that are must find a journalist willing to put in the  time required, which is often a year or more. It’s even rarer for the writer of a book about a company to get invited back to that company to talk […]

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NYC/Boston: Book tour venues wanted

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To promote my upcoming book The Year Without Pants I’ll be touring the NYC/Boston area 10/15 thru 10/28. Just as in the past I’ll use my network to fill the schedule, but this time I wanted to let you folks in NYC/Boston help, if you’re interested.  If you’re not interested in doing some legwork to […]

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Notes from TedxDePaul 2013

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I’ll be updating this post with notes from each speaker - Rules: I will revise and update all day long, cleaning up links and sloppy grammar. This is now the edited version of my notes from TedXDePaul 2013, held Saturday April 6th at the Museum of Contemporary Art, hosted by Daniel Gurevich and Matt Helbig. The day opened […]

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Upcoming speaking engagements near you (Bellevue, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Diego)

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Here are a few speaking engagements over the next few weeks: April 1st, Bellevue, 6:30pm, Microsoft Retail Store (details) – Speaking about speaking April 6th, Chicago, TedXDePaul (tickets on sale and go fast) – on creativity and curation May 1st, Minneapolis, MN, Keynote at SATURN Software Architecture conference, (details) – talking about the new book Tue May […]

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Meet me in Dublin next week

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I’ll be in Ireland next week, giving the Keynote at the Technology at Work conference organized by Invest NI. On Wednesday and Thursday I’ll be down in Dublin for some relaxation, and to work on the second draft of my next book in a town with an amazing literary history (including Beckett, one of my favorites). […]

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My slides from Failcon 2012

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I presented at Failcon 2012 on The history of failing to learn from failure. You can grab the slides here.  Thanks to failcon attendees for listening. Summary: We stink at learning from history, our own or from others. Fallacy: single point of failure Complex truth loses to Simple Lies Our own egos get in our […]

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Lessons from blogging every day

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I gave the keynote at WordCamp 2012 Seattle. They’ve posted the keynote talk and you can watch it online now. I talked about Lessons from the history of the web and blogging every day.  Includes war stories from the early browser wars, insights into getting traffic and comments gleaned from running The Daily Post at […]

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Listen to my interview with NPR on innovation

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The fine folks at WGBH posted the entire interview. Topics covered include: language abuse and hype consumer culture Top 3 things needed for creative culture The best lesson from Steve Jobs George Orwell and more Listen to the interview here. Thanks to the Callie Crossley and Abbie Ruzcika for having me on.

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Speaking in Chicago: Monday May 21st 2pm, Creativity

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I’ll be in Chicago next week to keynote the 2012 STC Summit. Thanks to Brian Fitzpatrick, I’ll also be speaking about Creativity at Google next Monday at 2pm.  They’ve even opened the doors to the public – so you are invited. To attend, get your name on this eventbrite list (RSVP required to get in the […]

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Upcoming speaking events

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The spring / summer calendar is shaping up. Here are the public events I’ll be speaking at over the next few months: An Event Apart, Seattle, April 2, 2012 Lexmark (private event), Lexington, Kentucky, May 8, 2012 Society for Technical Communication Summit, Chicago, May 20, 2012 PMI Tel Aviv. Israel – May 30th, 2012 An […]

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Livestream 9am PST: Creative thinking hacks

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I’m speaking today at Creative Mornings Seattle on Creative Thinking Hacks. I just learned there will be a livestream. You can tune in at 9am PST to watch/listen. Description: Scott will simultaneously demystify creative thinking, provide tips and tricks for finding ideas, provoke wild opinions and comical rants, and explore how to become more powerful at the creative […]

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