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Somewhere Between Rome and Paris— A Story About Finding Balance Through LifeScaling

Somewhere Between Rome and Paris— A Story About Finding Balance Through LifeScaling

This picture was taken somewhere between Rome and Paris. I was lucky to make this flight. A story from April, 2018. Behind the scenes of developing LifeSCALE: How to Live a More Creative, Productive, and Happy Life.  The car was to pick me up in Rome at 4:30 a.m. for a 6:40 flight to Paris. There, I would eventually connect to San Francisco. I wasn’t looking forward to it, but I knew I could sleep over the Atlantic. I was in…

Multi-tasking is not a superpower, it’s a weakness – without mastery, digital distractions are causing more harm than good

Multi-tasking is not a superpower, it’s a weakness – without mastery, digital distractions are causing more harm than good

It’s 2021, the second year in a row that SXSW is not being held live in Austin. During the last, live SXSW, I launched my latest, and first personal book on individual empowerment to overcome our social dilemma. Algorithms have certainly earned their wages lately as it’s time for the virtual edition of SXSW 2021 and I’m flooded, thankfully, with memories of 2019. During the craziness of the Lifescale launch at SXSW 2019 in Austin Texas, I met the international…

Speaking To and Through People You Hope to Inspire: Analog-to-Digital Street Flyers That Hit Different

Speaking To and Through People You Hope to Inspire: Analog-to-Digital Street Flyers That Hit Different

This is the week of SXSW 2021. Even though it’s a virtual event this year, it is still a special community bound by the spirit of entrepreneurship, creativity, ideation, friendship, and tacos (+ BBQ, queso, pedicabs, and late nights!) Since this is a very special week, I wanted to share a story with you that I don’t think I’ve ever talked about. Every year, going back to, 2007 I think, JESS3 and I would legally (on plastic coverings) post creative…

It’s Hard to Live Your Best Life When You’ve not Yet Discovered Your Best Self

It’s Hard to Live Your Best Life When You’ve not Yet Discovered Your Best Self

“Every day, it’s important to ask and answer these questions: ‘What’s good in my life?’ and ‘What needs to be done?’” – Nathaniel Branden Do you ever feel like you can’t keep up with everything? Do you ever feel like you can’t stop trying to keep up? Do you ever feel like if you stop, you’ll lose your relevance or status? Do you ever feel like enough is never enough and too much at the same time? I guess, in…

If you struggle to disconnect from technology, you are not alone; Here’s how to minimize distractions and reclaim your creativity

If you struggle to disconnect from technology, you are not alone; Here’s how to minimize distractions and reclaim your creativity

If you struggle to disconnect from technology, you are not alone. Learn to minimize distractions and reclaim your creativity with insights from Lifescale…especially in these times of remote work and working from home – via EBSCO accel5 Technology has influenced every part of human life. It’s fueled tremendous advancements, improved access to information, and introduced greater opportunities for connection. For many people, however, it’s also contributed to feelings of distraction and discontentment, diminished their capacities for focus and critical thinking,…

Lifescale Wins The Independent Press Award in Personal Growth Category

Lifescale Wins The Independent Press Award in Personal Growth Category

Wow everyone! I can’t believe it! Lifescale wins the Independent Press Award for best book in the “Personal Growth” category. This is a book that wasn’t on my roadmap. I wrote Lifescale after I observed in my work as a digital anthropologist that the pervasiveness of digital in our personal and professional lives was proving disruptive. And to be honest, I also wrote Lifescale as a journey to fix my world because I too was disrupted by my digital lifestyle….

The lost art of being present and making important moments matter

The lost art of being present and making important moments matter

Oh, the irony. Recently on Facebook, I was presented with a memory from nine years earlier. It was a picture from my birthday dinner with a pile of phones strewn across a table. It was almost as if there were a sign that directed people to the table with instructions to leave their phone behind. It was December 8th, 2010 and we were once again in Paris for the annual gathering of the geeks at LeWeb organized by Loic and…

Sparking a Renaissance in Human Interactions and Relationships: Making Media and Networks Social Again

Sparking a Renaissance in Human Interactions and Relationships: Making Media and Networks Social Again

What started as a Twitter thread evolved into this post. Human interactions have expanded online over the last two decades. Instead of improving communication and strengthening close ties, it’s made the world move faster, communicate with less depth, and connect with people we’ll never get to really know. Perhaps, this is a time to rethink how we communicate and connect online to improve how we do so in the physical world as well. Community over commodity. Communication is an art,…

Coronavirus is bringing live social media video and humanity back into the spotlight

Coronavirus is bringing live social media video and humanity back into the spotlight

During a pandemic, when you’re asked to stay home for a long period of time, it’s only natural that humanity would find ways to come together. To say that people would flock to the internet, on-demand video, and social media was a given. When it comes to work, it was inevitable that employees would convene around remote working, messaging, and virtual meeting platforms. Conversations about enterprise social networks (ESNs) from the “enterprise 2.0” days are even making a comeback. Now,…

New Text-Based Conversation Platform Community Strives To Deliver What Social Media Promised, One-To-One Relationships

New Text-Based Conversation Platform Community Strives To Deliver What Social Media Promised, One-To-One Relationships

My friend Jefferson Graham of USA Today reached out to talk about Community, a new conversation platform that promises direct and instant communication at scale between a brand, celebrity, artist, personality and their ‘community’, via text messaging. Cue the record scratch. Text messaging? But we live in a world of social media…you know, “social” media? The great social experiment that is social is still evolving. Some might argue that in many ways, platforms have cultivated anti-social behaviors. Don’t get me wrong,…

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