It’s Time to Ditch the Work Silos‚ÄĒfor Real

My latest for LinkedIn Pulse uses Daniel Pink’s “Motivation 3.0” (autonomy, mastery and purpose) to promote collaboration. Diversifying can move you toward a more collaborative and service-oriented approach to engagement.

At TechSoup, I led a team of experts to position the forum as a global resource for nonprofits, as well as a content partner for Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco and Box. The spirit of collaboration was baked into everything we did. Published via LinkedIn on Nov 2, 2017.

Read online http://bit.ly/ditch-the-work-silos-linkedin-pulse

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My Interview Series About a ‘Movement with No Leaders’ Uncovered Many

I have an itch for documenting things. I’m captivated by the history of history‚ÄĒhow we recount and relate our past to the present and the future. It’s why I’m drawn to futurism, and why I’m so fascinated by the way cities and social movements work.

In 2009, when Jeremy Peters wrote “Why the Gay Rights Movement Has No National Leader” for The New York Times, I jumped at the chance to meet with members of the Gay Liberation Front, to see for myself if this “leaderless” claim was true. Over 10 days that summer, I caught up with surviving founders, who were, by that time, scattered across the country.

The result was 40 Years After Stonewall, a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the beginning of the modern queer rights movement.

In a short time, I explored the compelling lives of a group of extraordinary kids who came to New York to “make it big,” or simply to be themselves, blending in amidst the city’s teeming diversity. How they converged, and how their adventures brought them face-to-face with timeless figures like Huey Newton of the Black Panthers, AIDS activist Larry Kramer, and civil rights icon Jane Fonda‚ÄĒwell, you’re welcome to dive in and find out for yourself.

These interviews serve as a resource for historians and activists. With Stonewall’s 50th anniversary approaching, I’m excited to see how we can improve on the 2009 series.

40 Years After Stonewall website https://stonewallrebels.wordpress.com/
The Peters article http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/weekinreview/21peters.html

Madrigal’s Quilt of Horrors, or, How Did Facebook Fail Democracy?

We’re looking at Facebook, the social network we’ve given our lives to for more than a decade, wondering, can we ever trust it again? News that fails to give a balanced view of the world or our communities isn’t news, it’s propaganda. Published by HuffPost on Oct 19, 2017.

Read online http://bit.ly/facebook-quilt-of-horrors-huffpost