Archive of articles I’ve written elsewhere

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Beyond this blog, I’ve written for, or have been written about by, many places. Here’s the most comprehensive list I have: a combination of my by-lines and mentions by others.  Fast Company: Life After Email? CopyBlogger: WordPress.com & Future of Work  PandoDaily: WordPress.com & Future of Work Lunch.com The Examiner ZDNet CBS News: Ten Myths […]

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What should you do when stranger sends high priority email?

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I asked this question on twitter – here are the best responses: “Hey, thanks for the email; please enjoy this viral cat video.” (Daniel) forward it to someone else (you don’t like), w/ explanation “too important for me to handle, you should really take this” … :-) (Dossy) I’ve got an auto reply for messages sent […]

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Free Ticket to XOXO event in Portland, 9/13-9/15

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(Update: ticket given away! You’re too late) I have a ticket to XOXO in Portland next week, Sept 13 to 16th. An amazing event for creatives, with great talks, parties and workshops. http://xoxofest.com/schedule/ All you need to do is leave a comment by the end of today that includes a quote from any of my […]

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The tyranny of category

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Most of the world is curved. Other than some man made things, everything bends. Rivers, streams, trees, and coastlines are all less than straight. Even the paths we make when we find shortcuts through cities have arcing angles, and rarely run in straight lines. Putting things in order has value and right angles have their […]

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The best thing this year: a list

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My friend Dan Shapiro stared a mailing list called TBTTY: The best thing this year. Anyone who joins the list can post just once a year. That’s the only rule. There have only been a few posts so far, but this one by Ben Huh is likely to provoke many people to share some great […]

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Quote of the week

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“Whenever I start working on a song, I immediately try to forget everything, to empty my hands and head of anything that may be hanging over from another song or album. I try to approach it like, ‘This is the first time I’ve ever played guitar. What am I going to do?” – The Edge, […]

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Passive/Aggressive management and the Lakers

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There’s something familiar about Kobe Bryant’s description about the style his coach, Phil Jackson uses. As this article explains, his teamates sometimes get upset when Jackson zings players in the media, but Bryant says: “…when you’ve been around Phil for as many years as I have, we all understand that he likes coaching publicly,” Bryant […]

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How I almost invented RSS

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Dave Winer, who’s known, in spite of his wishes, as the inventor of RSS, wrote about the myth of the sole inventor, a topic I spend an entire chapter exploring in The Myths of Innovation (Chapter 5: The Lone Inventor). Winer explains he didn’t invent RSS alone – there were too many contributions to name anyone, including […]

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Mark the Date: Oct 13th Myths of Innovation day

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The new edition of Myths is out, but I’ve been keeping quiet about it (shhhhhh). Why? Plans are in the works.A small team and I are crafting some fun PR plans for the book in the month of October. One big plan I can tell you about: Wed Oct 13th is Myths of Innovation day. […]

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Berkun fan page: now up on facebook

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If you’d prefer to get updates from this blog on facebook, today’s your day. There’s now a fan page, and it will always show the latest updates from my blog – if enough people like it, I’ll do special prizes and fun things there too.

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Coming soon: Myths paperback edition!

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The original edition was published in 2007. It was a charming little book, that disarmingly changed how people thought about ideas, so they could be more successful working with ideas on their own, at work or in life. The original was a popular book. It was a bestseller for O’Reilly Media, and got praise from […]

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Worst examples of social media BS?

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I’ve been looking for choice examples of inflated claims and promises among people working in social media, for my talk next Tuesday, Calling BS on social media gurus. If you’re someone who believes in the value of twitter, social media or even web 2.0m who do you think is giving you a bad name? Or […]

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Wants vs. Beliefs

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A funny thing about the human mind is we tend to believe what we want to believe. We are prone to allowing what we want to have happen distort our reasoning on how likely it is to happen. My recent post on the future of UI will be boring has disappointed some. They think I […]

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Signed edition of Confessions now for sale

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Powell’s books, where I’m speaking tonight, is selling signed copies of Confessions of a Public Speaker. Very cool – people ask me all the time for this, but there’s no easy way for me to sign/sell books. Well, now thanks to Powell’s you can get one shipped to you if you want. Confessions of a […]

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Site update and move complete

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If you see this post, it means you’re looking at the new, improved, ISP-upgraded scottberkun.com. There are a few kinks that will take a few days to sort out, but most things should be working fine. The last few posts are in limbo, but will be transferred here shortly. Magically (Hi Jamie). Please leave a […]

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CMU study on privacy – opinions wanted

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A group of super smart researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (who I happen to be friends with) are conducting a web-based survey about online privacy concerns. They did it last year and your input was super helpful. They told me so. Twice. Not only will doing this make you feel good and support efforts to […]

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