• Time to Practise Compassion and Mindfulness

    There is a group I meet with, which gathers weekly to deepen our practice around compassion and mindfulness. Often, we open sessions by going around the circle and stating one word that captures the essence of the preceding week. My word for this week would be “tested.” It is relatively easy to extol kindness, self-compassion, understanding, and common humanity as virtues, but it [...]

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    Declutter your Mind and Soul

    My work as an author, coach, and consultant puts me squarely at the intersection of the digital and analog worlds. My blog posts, articles, and books focus on how we can mindfully navigate the challenges of being human in a technical world. Whether I am working with corporate leaders, or solopreneurs, everybody is trying to cope with the demands of an ever-changing world. It is easy [...]

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    Driving into the Digital Age

    I admit it, my car is smarter than I am. This is evidenced by my seeming ineptitude at installing the supposedly simple apps that enable the GPS system to function, and connect me to the calling, music, mapping, and messages functions in my iPhone. I know the more tech-savvy of you out there are probably rolling your eyes, but I’m no slouch either and it truly took several days to get [...]

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    Preparing Teens for Digital Citizenship

    Digital Life Skills for Youth is the newest book by Self-Counsel Press author Angela Crocker. While it may be fair to say that much has been written on this subject, and that parents and educators have been coming to terms with the digital risks and rewards for youth for much of the last decade or so, Crocker’s book offers an important new perspective. Her approach emphasizes the development [...]

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    Deep Bonds vs Small Talk Networking

    I recently had the opportunity to attend a business networking event. Let me say right up front, that I am not really a fan of networking. I have a mature business, and a stable revenue stream. Going to events to drum up customers and pitch my services and products isn’t a primary motivator anymore. Even when my business was new, I found myself resistant to networking as a tool for growing [...]

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    Learn about the joy of missing out

    I first met Christina Crook five years ago. I received a review copy of her book The Joy of Missing Out, Finding Balance in a Wired World. I read it cover-to-cover in practically one sitting. Upon closing the book, I thought to myself, “That is the book I wish I had written.” At the time, I was working on an early draft of my tiny book, Untrending, A Field Guide to Social Media That [...]

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    The Age of the Internet of Things

    As a result of advances in sophisticated artificial intelligence and machine learning, automation and augmented reality, the Internet landscape is undergoing massive change.It’s no longer just about accessing information via electronic devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets. From toasters to transit systems, we are now in the age of the ‘Internet of Things,’ where interconnected [...]

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    Join the Online Video Wave

    From Facebook Live to Instagram Stories and Twitter Periscope, video content has fast become a key part of social media engagement strategy. The front-runner remains YouTube, with all of these social platforms offering user-friendly livestreaming video options in various forms. Recently, LinkedIn joined the party, rolling out a beta test of its new livestreaming platform in early spring. [...]

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    Your Facebook Legacy

    Social media and digital technology have changed the way we live. They have also changed the way we die, or at least the way we grieve and memorialize. At the end of life, we need to make choices about what remains online, for ourselves or for our loved ones. What happens, for example, to our Facebook accounts? At the time of this writing, Facebook offers users essentially two options in the[...]

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    The Countdown to Social Media Camp

    Spring is in the air, and the season is signaled by buds on the trees, birdsong in the morning, and the peeking of the daffodil and tulip bulbs from the cold ground. Weak sunshine cheers us and we look forward to more hours of daylight and more time outside. For those of us who play in the digital space, spring also means a return of Social Media Camp, Canada’s largest such conference. Held [...]

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