My technology toolkit 2014: twenty-one indispensible tools
By February 16, 2014 2 Comments Read More →

My technology toolkit 2014: twenty-one indispensible tools

The 21 tools in my technology toolkit, listed in alphabetic order. These are the tools I use at least once a week, and in many cases, everyday.

My technology toolkit: what’s hot, what’s not
By January 29, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

My technology toolkit: what’s hot, what’s not

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a list of tools I use regularly. So, here are my What’s Hot and What’s Not lists.

Academically Famous
By August 31, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Academically Famous

My research and commentary on the use of digital in the federal election has been cited in two books.

Posted in: Books, Rambles
Velocity: a book that understands its ‘why’ and values
By August 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Velocity: a book that understands its ‘why’ and values

I finished reading Velocity last night. I suppose the obvious joke is that it was a fast read. And it was, really. It was also a bit of a ‘lucky’ book as it happened to be in the right place at the right time to ensure a short time in my reading list since I […]

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(Re)Writing the Book on Employee Communication
By June 26, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

(Re)Writing the Book on Employee Communication

It opens like this… In the early morning on June 13, 2011, a group of 181 professional communicators from all ends of the earth gathered in a meeting room at the IABC World Conference in San Diego, California to re-write the book on employee communication. A remarkable 500+ ideas were generated in just 40 minutes. […]

DisappoinTEDx Ottawa
By October 22, 2011 45 Comments Read More →

DisappoinTEDx Ottawa

The TED and TEDx conferences have become synonymous with outside-the-box thinking designed to motivate people to think or act differently. There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with organizing a TED event. Merely taking on the challenge is substantial, though not enough. Success hinges on a lot. I have to admit I had some concerns about […]

Morris Lessmore reminds us of the power of books and stories
By October 13, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Morris Lessmore reminds us of the power of books and stories

Oh wow! Whitney Hoffman called me early last month eager to get my opinion of an innovative new children’s book experience. “It’s called The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore,” she said. “I’m really interested in what you think.” Andrea, my wife, and I ran a podcast and blog about children’s books and their creators. We […]

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The Myth of Digital Democracy
By May 16, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

The Myth of Digital Democracy

The danger of telling people what you’re reading is they can keep tabs on the rate at which you read. It adds an element of pressure to the reading which should otherwise be a leisure activity, even if the book relates to the work you do. I started reading Matthew Hindman‘s “The Myth of Digital […]

It’s all good (a review of Content Rules)
By December 26, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

It’s all good (a review of Content Rules)

I wasn’t planning on rushing to read the book Content Rules. The truth is, I wasn’t even planning on buying it right away. My copy came as part of my registration fees for the Social Media Breakfast Ottawa Event featuring one of the book’s co-authors and my friend, C.C. Chapman. I only had it in […]

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Do more with other people’s content
By December 18, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Do more with other people’s content

It’s become amazingly easy to audio and video record events. Recognizing this, many events have embraced Creative Commons or a similar principle which allows participants to freely record, excerpt and even publish full recordings of presentations — presenters, of course, must buy in to the model. For the purpose of this post, lets call these […]

Posted in: Books, Content, Production
Strange Things Happen
By October 24, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Strange Things Happen

If you can get past the adjective-heavy writing, Stewart Copeland‘s book Strange Things Happen: A Life with The Police, Polo and Pygmies has a couple of core messages making it worth the read. CREATIVITY’S A BUFFET Copeland is known first and foremost as the drummer and founder of The Police. His drumming style was innovative […]

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What Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White can teach us
By October 16, 2010 4 Comments Read More →

What Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White can teach us

We’re not all guitar players or songwriters. However, there’s a lot to be learned from them. The film It Might Get Loud, a “guitar-player round table” featuring Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White, appeals to three passions of mine: creativity and the creative process music movie production (particularly documentary) These interests might not be […]

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