Sunday, April 13, 2014

PodCamp WesternMass 6 - Apr 19

Where do I learn how to do what I do here for Franklin Matters? I managed to attend the first PodCamp in 2006 in Boston and have been continuing to learn something new at unconference event since then. At last count, I have helped with the registration desk (or more) for about 30 unconferences.

Seth Kaye's photo of me at #PCWM5
Seth Kaye's photo of me at #PCWM5

PodCamp WesternMass 6 - Saturday, April 19, 2014 
Where: The Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA 
When: Saturday, April 19, 2014 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tickets are $30 plus processing, or $10 with a valid student ID, and includes a full day of PCWM6, lunch, admission to our after party, and so much more! 
At PodCamp, everyone's a rock star. 
PodCamp is an un-conference about social media and online networking. It is an open and collaborative event with discussions and interaction from attendees. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join. Some sessions will be planned ahead of the event, but plenty of spaces will be open for the topics YOU want to discuss and learn. You can participate by giving a presentation, demo, or joining into another cooperative event, being on a panel/roundtable, or in other ways helping out on event day. 
PodCamp is NOT just about podcasting, but about all social media/networking, and its relevance and usefulness to community, business and otherwise. This PodCamp is all about blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, podcasting, videocasting/YouTube, and any other online community tools. 
Western Mass entered the Social Media age with the inaugural PodCamp WesternMass in early 2009. We have a thriving community here of some truly amazing people. This is a chance for Western Mass bloggers, business people, artists, and academics, to get together, make connections, and for everyone to learn how social media can enhance their business, cause or organization. This is also a chance to celebrate the cornucopia of Western Mass. culture, a joyous blend of urban and rural; business, artistic and academic; near enough to other large metro areas, but small enough to hear yourself think. 
There will also be a Post-PodCamp Party on Saturday after the event, at Sláinte.
To get your ticket, follow this link

The schedule of sessions for PodCamp WesternMass 5
The schedule of sessions for PodCamp WesternMass 5

Friday, April 11, 2014

connections on Friday

Friday, April 04, 2014

Friday reflections

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sharing goodness

Three things that came across the radar on Sunday and well worth sharing.

1 - collaboration takes courage and trust. Watch carefully as each continue to communicate as they perform together.

Love the collaboration!

2 - Brene Brown's TED talk and discussion with Jonathan Fields are ones I frequently turn to or recommend. This posting from the OnBeing blog summarizes the steps to be ready for giving and sharing feedback.

I know I am ready to give feedback when:

  • I'm ready to sit next to you rather than across from you.

  • I'm willing to put the problem in front of us rather than between us (or sliding it toward you).

  • I'm ready to listen ask questions, and accept that I may not fully understand the issue.

  • I want to acknowledge what you do well instead of picking apart your mistakes.

  • I recognize your strengths and how you can use them to address your challenges.

  • I can hold you accountable without shaming or blaming you.

  • I'm willing to own my part.

  • I can genuinely thank you for your efforts rather than criticize you for your failings.

  • I can talk about how resolving these challenges will lead to your growth and opportunity.

  • I can model the vulnerability and openness that I expect to see from you.

  • OBeing article

    Good Life Project

    Brene Brown's TED Talk

     3 - and finally on the food front, what we eat does provide us the capability to do everything else we do. This article in the Atlantic reports on the scientific results of all the various food diets. Very good reading. I encourage you to check out the full article. Along the way, you'll find that Dr Katz is behind the NuVal scoring system used by the BigY markets.

    The current review is in pursuit of that, as is a system for determining the nutritional value of foods that Katz recently spent two years developing. It's called NuVal, and it offers consumers a single numeric value to determine foods' worth, as opposed to a complex nutritional panel. The number does things like differentiate intrinsic from added nutrients. "If you don’t do that, the best thing in the whole damn food supply is Total cereal. Total is basically a completely vapid flake delivery system for multivitamins. You could skip the cereal and take the multivitamin." 
    "If you eat food direct from nature," Katz added, "you don’t even need to think about this. You don't have to worry about trans fat or saturated fat or salt—most of our salt comes from processed food, not the salt shaker. If you focus on real food, nutrients tend to take care of themselves."

    Atlantic article

    NuVal at BigY

    NuVal homepage

    Friday, March 21, 2014

    Reflections on spring

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    why trust is worth it (video)

    Thought provoking...  amazing athletic movements ...

    Just a bit over 3 minutes... you'll want to see it more than once!

    Thanks to Ze Frank for sharing this!

    'trust is something we build but it is also about letting go"

    "such a tragedy when it is broken"

    "trust is your relationship to the unknown"

    "it is worth it to keep trying and it is not easy"

    "so who do you trust and how can you grow it?"