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

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

Maria Athanasiou, PhD, Genaissance Pharmaceuticals

Chris has a very positive, can-do attitude, learns very quickly and does excellent work. I would recommend Chris highly and without reservation for a research position.

I was impressed with his organizational skills and with how he approached and solved problems. His questions were quite frequently difficult to answer and required several advanced degree people to resolve them. In addition to his problem solving ability, Chris is very pleasant to work with. He is willing to do any task that advances the work, and does so happily and efficiently. Chris is an outstanding employee… an asset to any workplace. If I were in a position to hire him, I absolutely would.

Full testimonial (PDF) http://bit.ly/delatorre-testimonial-athanasiou-phd

Lewis Haidt, TechSoup

Chris reported to me as forum community manager, working directly with myself and others across the engagement team to position the forums as a resource for the organization.

Chris demonstrated excellent people skills, managing our forum moderators, all of whom are experts in their fields. Chris worked directly with forum moderators in the discovery process, soliciting feedback on how to better engage and include users in our engagement strategies. Chris demonstrated flexibility with frequently-shifting priorities, jumping between tasks and mindsets as needed to keep projects moving. Chris co-developed a business case analysis for forums integration with a new community technology platform, an analysis which considered expert content streams, innovative crowdsourcing techniques, and cross-sector partnerships. Chris also contributed content and is an excellent editor and documentarian.

Chris clearly has a passion in working for organizations using technology for social good. I would recommend Chris for a community, social or content position.

Read on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/chris-delatorre-testimonials-linkedin