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Chance Encounters of the Creative Kind: An IN-NW Talk by Anita Verna Crofts

Last week, someone grabbed me by the shoulders, looked me in the eye, and said, “You’re only limited by the limits of your own moxie.” At least that’s how it felt when author and educator, Anita Verna Crofts, took the stage at this year’s...Show More Summary

The problem is, our users don’t know how to chirp properly

4 weeks agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

From Steven Levy’s new interview with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Levy: Lately, a lot of people have been alleging that social media, including Twitter, has degraded the quality of public discourse. What do you think? Dorsey: You can have conversation that’s distracting and you can have conversation that is focusing. I don’t think it’s a […]

Hacking Diversity

Hack events are not a new concept. In Seattle alone, you can find a hack event almost every weekend. They bring a variety of people in from different skill sets and backgrounds. The events are often chaotic and cacophonous. The energy — palpable. Show More Summary

Unconventional Storytelling at 3-2-1 Battle

3-2-1 Battle is a local wrestling group made up of local talent from the Seattle area. Most of the performers are enrolled in lessons at the South Lake Union Evolv Fitness, where the shows happen bi-weekly. While the show is geared towards...Show More Summary

Storytelling Strategies for Dismantling Racism: Reframing Goldilocks

For those who grew up listening to the fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, you’ll remember the story of a helpless little blonde girl in the forest, who happens to stumble upon a quaint little house. This little house had three bowls of porridge, three chairs, and three beds. Show More Summary

A smaller, nastier world

last monthMedia / New Media : Rough Type

I have an essay in the Boston Globe‘s Ideas section that takes a hard look at the popular notion that communication networks make the world a better place. Here’s a taste: If our assumption that communication brings people together were true, we should today be seeing a planetary outbreak of peace, love, and understanding. Thanks to the Internet and cellular networks, […]

Bots: Going back to the fundamentals of social media

I’ve been starting all my mobile Tweet reading from a bookmark in Safari to this list of the top 100 influencers in the field of Bots, as compiled by Little Bird’s social graph analysis, and I just keep coming back to this interview with my friend and social media veteran Schlomo Rabinowitz this week on […]

Will Artificial Intelligence Help or Hurt your Startup?

Artificial Intelligence seems to be everywhere nowadays. Whether you enjoy Netflix’s curated list of what to “watch next”, or you depend on your phone to  lead you to a Starbucks that you will suit your preferences perfectly, it’s hard to deny that your life isn’t already intertwined with AI. Show More Summary

On Robert Pollard: August by Cake

last monthMedia / New Media : Rough Type

[No. 03 in a Series] A circus barker’s come-on. A brassy fanfare. The curtain rises, and the show begins with “5° on the Inside,” a thumping, rubber-jointed rocker that sounds utterly joyous, at least until the lyrics hit you. The sweet spot bled out to stain your life. August by Cake is the most accessible Guided by Voices record since […]

Join us April 19 for “real talk” about diversity and equity in Seattle’s startups

With Siren, the award-winning Seattle-based, female-founded dating app, closing its doors last week, creatives were dealt another stark reminder of how volatile startup funding can be. According to a recent study on diversity among Seattle-area startups, it’s even worse for women and people of color. Show More Summary

United Airlines — or Brands Behaving Badly

2 months agoMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

By now you’re probably aware of the situation: United airlines asked people to volunteer to take another flight Sunday because one from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky was over-booked and some United employees “needed to get to Louisville.” When not enough people volunteered, United personnel started involuntarily choosing people. Show More Summary

The ‘Influencer Marketing’ Scam

2 months agoMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

Considerable attention these days is directed toward “influencer marketing.” My (as yet) unproven theory is that it’s basically all bogus. It’s certainly true that trusted “influencers” — a term I dislike — can impact buying decisions. There is a lot of data to support that assertion. For example, the following from the 2015 Nielsen Global […]

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