After traveling across the country and excitedly awaiting the presentation of the Healthcare Architect Award all week, it wasn't until minutes before the award's presentation that I learned Mary had been sick.
Two years before I had made the same journey across the country. I was working at Stanford Hospital and missed being a part of a hospice team. There are so many things I loved about working at Stanford and appreciated about the innovative teams I was a part of, but my heart simply couldn't part with the spark that had been ignited as a hospice volunteer a few years before.
I found it really interesting to see how Twitter is starting to play a more active role in the way government is engaging the public. Last year I live tweeted the State of The Union, but there was no call from the White House inviting commentary and questions like there was this year. Considering I think everyone should take a more active role in public policy, I really appreciate the Obama Administration's consistency in embracing new technology to engage Americans.
The commentary on Twitter was fast and firey and it was fun to see tweets both from people I agree and disagree with during the State of the Union speech tonight. I'm looking forward to diving into the analysis TweetReach(hopefully) releases since the data in their post on the presidential primaries was so intriguing. What's really fascinating though is looking at the impact of technology on the presidential race in 2008. An article titled "Vote Myspace '08" discusses the contrast between John Edwards embracing Twitter compared to Rudy Giuliani who apparently had a private Myspace account. There are so many funny aspects of this article (and others) clearly speaking to the pace at which relevance moves. My favorite part is what obviously still rings true today, regardless of the platform just substitute the current year:
"the Internet will still play a major role in 2008." -Rick Munarriz
I also have to point out, the unpaid blogger at Uncrunched was ahead of his time with his 2007 suggestion that it would be more interesting to host a presidential primary on Facebook than on Myspace. Arrington's ability to see the depth of Facbeook's value is especially noteworthy considering the current utilization of Facebook in government (and honestly, everywhere else) today.
In case you missed it, here's the video of tonight's the State of the Union by President Obama:
Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius had a quick spot on the Daily Show with John Stewart last night to discuss some of the healthcare law changes approaching. Kaiser Health News references some highlights here.
Last night I live tweeted the Ideas for a Better Internet Summit at Stanford. The speakers were great, everyone had personality and something interesting to say. I was also super impressed with the student presentations on their projects. The #betterinternet TweetReach report is below, or you can view it in a full screen here.
#betterinternet TweetReach Report:
In life, I take my baby steps. I get on the elevator, and then I do exactly what Bob does:
I've heard both Whitney Johnson and BJ Fogg speak before, but it wasn't until this morning that I realized the concept of disrupting yourself is closely related to behavior design. Previously, I thought of the two as very separate, I need to be open to disrupting my professional self and if I wanted to make changes in my personal life, I should read more about behavior design.
In listening to KQED this morning, I started thinking,
behavior design is a key in teaching self disruption.
For some people, the ability to go for exactly what they want, even if the path is not yet paved is a natural step. For many people the unpaved path is avoided at all cost. So what if people who are constantly on the well traveled road start to gain interest in going towards uncharted territory? Is it possible to teach people to disrupt themselves? So far, Johnson makes a great argument for individuals to consider disrupting themselves, recognizing and being open to moving towards opportunities even when outcomes are not written in stone. How do you move from wanting to disrupt yourself to actually disrupting yourself? I'm convinced the ability to build on small successes is a great place to start.
Who knew the movie What About Bob? would have such relevance in fostering innovation, and even some science behind it? I'm convinced we could all learn something from Bob.
The most overlooked engine of growth is the individual. If you are really looking to move the world forward, begin by innovating on the inside, and disrupt yourself. -Whitney Johnson
Quote of the day and the only commentary for now is... I appreciate "Great Women and Their Environment" too.
"Social evolution is a resultant of the interaction of two holly distinct factors: the individual... bearing all the power of initiative and origination in his hands; and, second, the social environment, with the power of adopting or rejecting both him and his gifts. Both factors are essential to change. The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community."
- William James, Great Men and Their Environment" 1880, Will to Believe: And Other Essays in Popular Philosophy
This is the most ridiculous thing I can think of?! My cousin is a Sophmore in a private California university and was telling me tonight that
her teachers allow an ipad in the classroom, but no laptops.
Just looking for a photo for this post, I found a professor's blog post on why he doesn't allow laptops in the classroom, granted, this post is from 2008 and discussing instant messaging. I don't know if I've just lived in Silicon Valley too long, but I can't even begin to wrap my head around how a teacher could consider not allowing lap tops in the classroom today... a few weeks from 2012! I have a (very slight) amount of empathy for the professor that wrote this post about keeping his students engaged, in the moment and clearly see the value of making sure students are participating rather than partial classroom listeners. Unfortunately, even just a few years later, the reality of today's job market requires recent graduates to understand digital attention balance with fast and nimble notes (and yes, sometimes public notes).
What value could you possibly be bringing to students by outlawing laptops? The only thing I can think of is "helping" students "pay attention" to what is happening in the classroom. Students need to understand what appropriate time on Facebook is as opposed to being online and commenting on every friend's Facebook photo within minutes. The modern workforce is dealing with the reality of Facebook's constant presence as employees are at their computers all day, guess what is always looming... Facebook. If students don't understand the balance of being on Facebook and what things they need to be paying attention to durring class, how can they understand the balance of social platforms while they are at work?
Most importantly, however, regardless of whether students are appropriately managing their attention in the classroom, is the need for skill sets in listening and typing at the same time. I have to realize with my work I may be on the edge of these specific skill set needs, but I can't help but think of how I'm constantly in meetings where if I type notes I get twice as much done compared to when I hand write notes and type them later. This requires a specific skill set it to be actively listening to a conversation and at the same time taking notes and summarizing what is being discsused.
I see the skill set of live tweeting (live public note taking), or even simply private live note taking (with a keyboard) as increasingly needed for efficiency. So teachers, if you're not sure about why live tweeting is an important skill set, please, at the very least, cosnider the fact that your students don't have less distractions with an ipad or their phones than they do with their laptops.
I often have conversations with clients about how publishing content is connected to organizational goals and recently came across the infographic below. This is a visual displaying what I find myself describing on a regular basis. I tend to think of this more as a form of public engagement rather than "marketing," but it's worth noting this is another way describing the practice of pull.
Can this count as my first appearance on stage at TED?
I couldn't think of a better way to kick off my new blog than showcasing the fact that I'm a nerd. I saw Myra Strober speak last December and in case you couldn’t hear in the video, I was in the back of the room tweeting up a storm because I couldn’t agree more with Myra about the large need to embrace learning to listen and engage with people outside of our area of specialization. Engaging diverse groups of people in discussions is the key to accessing the type of innovation that will produce world changing ideas and the practical insight to move those ideas forward. I'm sure I'll be writing more about Interdisciplinary Conversations, Challenging Habits of Thought by Myra H. Strober.
Myra at TEDxBayArea Women event:
Click here to start the video exactly where she speaks about the importance of Interdiciplinary Conversations.
Some basics about me:
- I’m a dreamer
- Usually because I am very aware that I am for sure a nerd
- I love Silicon Valley, San Luis Obispo and Washington DC
- I think it's insane and awesome that my son has six local great grandparents
- I love all versions of awkward
- I read about palliative care in my free time
- I advocate for social media literacy not because social media is a revolution, but because it's a proponent of acceleration for movements I am passionate about
- I don’t find hospice depressing
- I think it is possible to change the world
I'm so excited to have a central place for the many projects I've been working on. I plan to continue to write about my professional interests, advocate for quality information online and continue learning and meeting new people along the way.