Animation on being Mindfully Present

This animation was created to accompany a keynote on bringing Mindful Presence into the innovation process.

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#WebSummit Day3 Impressions and Sketchnotes

The flickr album is updated with both sketchnotes and a little video of the guys from Mo’Joes having fun with their product. It has been a great Summit. Hope you all had fun. Please feel free to share the sketches and let me know your impressions and ideas.

I am exited to see the repeated call for added value on the wearables side of things. This positions my research on wearables and presence of mind in the workplace perfectly. For now, back to San Francisco. I will be speaking about Wearables in the Workplace at the StartUp Tech Mixer on the 14th and the Product Summit on the 20th. Hope to see you there.  In the meantime, enjoy the sketchnotes on Wearables and Internet of Things from the Web Summit!

Link to flickr album for Sketchnotes from Web Summit 2014 in Dublin

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Practicing Presence

SummerAtLastSummer is here, the annual dip in Klout as I immerse myself in practicing presence with family and friends both old and new. Face to face conversations that continue on shared giggles over Instagram and Facebook posts made over the year from far away. Hugs delivered to those who have had challenges this year and others who we just missed their closeness. Studies and work are set aside to very select hours for only the absolute essential bits and pieces. Devices are left behind as most of the day is spent on the water or at least without pockets. Reading is done in books and magazines that have the tactile turn of a page.  This is the essential re-alignment, the back to balance and be-ing that keeps me going.

Presence is a practice of re-centering that goes back to my Emersonian roots.  Here, in this place, I am reminded of this. It feeds my interests in all areas of my life: scholarly, practice and personal.

Life goes headlong. We chase some flying scheme, or we are hunted by some fear or command behind us. But if suddenly we encounter a friend, we pause; our heat and hurry look foolish enough; now pause, now possession, is required, and the power to swell the moment from the resources of the heart. The moment is all, in all noble relations. -R.W. Emerson

You may not hear from me as much this Summer, mostly sporadic.  The pilot for my dissertation study on the relationship between wearable technologies and presence of mind will be running this month.  I will take a week pause from my offshore – (mostly) offline space to go to Fielding’s Summer Session.  This provides me with the Face to Face with my committee and cohorts to make the last sprint to complete the full study and dissertation by January.  This is the home stretch and I look forward to sharing the result with everyone.

Perhaps the Fall will be sporadic posting too, as I dig even deeper into the aspects of this research, and how best to present it.  Nonetheless I will be back and I look forward to being more present more often as I emerge from this doctoral journey.  Until then, please take the time to be present, take a walk, breath the fresh air, share a smile, some tears and laughter.  Your life will be richer for it, and oh, will we have stories to share afterwards.

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Interview for Product Management Talk on Wearables and Presence

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Sketchnotes & Reflections from Digital Health Summer Summit SF

Link to flickr album for Sketchnotes from Digital Health Summer Summit SF

The Digital Health Summer Summit San Francisco may be over, but the conversations linger.  Common themes throughout were the emphasis on building TRUST, relationships, good business strategies, providing VALUE and OUTCOMES.  Many exciting things on the horizon in this high growth area.  There is no shortage of interest or need, but a lack of products that deliver on their promises.  Opportunities abound for those who want to dive in.  Partnerships between private and public sector, entrepreneurs and established businesses and organizations.  It will be exciting to see where this leads.  As Dr. Aenor Sawyer of UCSF pointed out, the changing demographics will entice us to appeal to the geri-actives.  Let’s get creative and innovative in solutions for the future.

Thanks to Robin Raskin for inviting me.  Jill Gilbert, you did a phenomenal job even in your glowing state. I look forward to seeing you in Vegas at CES when I have the results of my wearables and presence of mind study to share.  In the meantime, keep innovating, sharing, learning and doing with each other!

Sketches include:

Joe Flower (The Change Project) and Dan Munro (Forbes) talk Digital Health Trends at Warp Speed

Lifelong Tech for Aging By Design with Jeff Makowka and Sanjay Khurana (AARP Innovation) and Eric Baczuk (Frog Design) with moderator Amy O’Connor (Everyday Health) and Chris Koyama (WHILL) Lily Truong (Clear Ear)

Countdown To Launch with Leslie Ziegler (Bitty Foods), Geoffrey Clapp ( Better) and David Herbert (Mayo Clinic)

Power To The People, Vying For Consumer Domination with Derek Newell (CEO, Jiff) and Lisa Zamosky (Journalist, LATimes/Web MD)

Be All You Can Be, Health & Resilience presentation by Jeff Arnold (Sharecare)

Top Growth Opportunities in Digital Health presentation by Daniel Ruppar (Frost & Sullivan)

Markets to Watch in Digital Health with Anne DeGheest (Healthtech Capital), Laura Mitchell (GrandCare Systems) and Kevin Tillmann (CEA)

Frontline Innovators in Digital Health: Dr. Aenor Sawyer (Center for Digital Health Innovation, UCSF), Richard Roth (Innovation Fund for Technology, Dignity Health), Karin Cooke (Innovation Fund for Technology, Kaiser Permanente)

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Creativity and Aging

Finishing up a great read, The Mature Mind, The Positive Power of the Aging Brain by Gene D Cohen. Cohen expanded on Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages that looked at human development up to around age 40. Cohen’s work looks at Midlife Re-evaluation => Liberation => Summing Up => Encore stages from 40 beyond. Integrating this type of thought and understanding of this kind of brain power and creative thinking shows the importance of leaders and team members in this age group. We cannot afford to lose their insight, wisdom and perspective when trying to innovate. I will no longer associate the senior moment with things forgotten. Let us look to them as moments of wisdom derived from experience and perspective.

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#sketchnotes Brand Innovators, Go Social! roundtable at #sxsw


Great Insight from Brand Innovators roundtable at SxSW from Ted Rubin, Ajay Ramachadran, Bryan Kramer, Jon Peters, Susan Emerick, Tiffany Tuelle and Sabrina Stoffregen

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Introducing Social Optimization Theory

Social Optimization These things take time, but alas, we come closer. My recent paper on Social Optimization Theory is finally ready to be shared. I look forward to developing it further and hearing your thoughts. You can find it in the research section of this site, or by following this link

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