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Celebrating Health Innovation at SXSW Online 2021

Celebrating Health Innovation at SXSW Online 2021

SXSW was one of the first industry conferences cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. My friends at Real Chemistry were among the first to support SXSW’s virtual come back. Real Chemistry hosted a unique Healthcare Media Lounge, a two-day virtual event that featured industry experts who explored the future of digital health innovation. I was invited to join an amazing panel to speak about “Five Things to About Digital Transformation in Healthcare.” My colleagues on the panel included, Ron Kim,…

5 Things to Know About The Rapid Acceleration of Digital Health

5 Things to Know About The Rapid Acceleration of Digital Health

Following the conversation at SXSW 2021, “The Path Forward to Healthcare Innovation and Digital Transformation,” Real Chemistry published important research (and an infographic), to spotlight, “5 Things to Know About the Rapid Acceleration of Digital Health.” The study was published by Jo Ann Saitta, Global Chief Digital Officer and Manoj Narayanan, Chief Technology Officer, Real Chemistry Abstract A silver lining from the COVID-19 global pandemic is the rapid acceleration of digital health and telemedicine. In early 2021, Real Chemistry set out to…

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…

A Virtual Ode to SXSW 2021 and Celebrating Its 2022 Comeback

A Virtual Ode to SXSW 2021 and Celebrating Its 2022 Comeback

This time each year, I, and tens of thousands of others, would make the journey to Austin for the annual SXSW festival. On Thursday, I would organize the “Twas the Night Before” (formally “The Calm Before the Storm” party. On Friday morning, Stephanie Agresta and I (aka The Techset) would officially open the Techset lounge, which would stay open until the following Tuesday. On Friday, the official SXSW/Techset kickoff party would start the night. On Sunday, Daylight Savings would kick…

The Urgent Need for Creativity in Life and Why Our Dependence on Personal Tech Can Erode Our Individuality

The Urgent Need for Creativity in Life and Why Our Dependence on Personal Tech Can Erode Our Individuality

A new year, a new you… The year was 2019. The place was Austin, Texas, during SXSW. Shortly after my keynote and official debut of LifeScale, I visited the Velocitize Talks studio hosted by WP Engine. There, I shared research and insights into my latest book, along with digital transformation, the future of brand, the impact of digital distractions, and the importance of living a more creative life. After all this time, I’m proud to finally share the results of that session…

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….

Video Of Brian Solis’ 2019 SXSW Speech Featured on a SXSW Piece on “How To Be The Best You”

Video Of Brian Solis’ 2019 SXSW Speech Featured on a SXSW Piece on “How To Be The Best You”

The YouTube video of Brian Solis’ speech at 2019 SXSW appears in a compilation article on the SXSW website by Nicole Cappabianca called “How To Be The Best You with Esther Perel, Brian Solis, Marie Kondo & More.” The write urges people to “watch through the videos below and learn how to level up and get inspired to become the best version of yourself. . . Whether it’s designing your life to ‘spark joy’, harnessing the power of telling personal…

Innovation Starts When You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Innovation Starts When You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Chase Jarvis is a long-time friend. A real friend. He’s also someone I deeply admire. His talents as a photographer, online persona, speaker, director and human being are raw and next level (check out his new book Creative Calling!) A few years ago, we spent some time together in Austin to talk about innovation and experience design. To this day, it is still one of my all-time favorite conversations. One of the reasons I’m sharing this post after all this…

The Much Overdue Rise of Experience and Service Innovation

The Much Overdue Rise of Experience and Service Innovation

The number of fantastic experiences we have with businesses in moments of truth, usually in time of need and help, are so isolated, that we tend to remember and talk about them over and over again. Most of the time, when we need support, the cumulative experience is nothing short of abysmal. In most cases, we have to schedule time and work up the nerve to contact the companies we give money to just to gain some level of already expected…

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