Gut Feel Wins Out – 50 Planners to Watch in 2014

When we have a question, we search the web with Google. When we want to get or share an opinion, we turn to Twitter. And when we want to learn or share, we read blogs, take a Skillshare class or watch a YouTube video. There is no doubt that a great deal of our contemporary experiences are mediated by technology. And as the torrent of content crashes through our...

Ash Donaldson – Predicting Irrational Decisions

I don’t know about you, but I am completely logical. Focused. Directed. I am completely in charge of my own decisions and behaviour. Or so I thought. A couple of weeks ago, I caught up with Ash Donaldson, caffeine aficionado and behavioural design guru. We got talking about mobile app design and human behaviour and within seconds, my head was swimming. He was...

Twitter 101: A Crash Course from Mandi Bateson

Almost every day we hear more about the growth of Twitter. We hear a lot about its growth and its promise – but also, it’s dark side. Back in 2008, I felt that social media was mainstreaming – becoming accepted by what we’d call the early and late majorities. But as this trend continues, we see a huge gap appearing in the skills, capability and experience of...

Here’s to Your Strange Heart

Many, many years ago – back in my early days of social media, I connected with a very strange person. His name is Mike Wagner. He was a boldly creative and generous spirit that leaped at me out of the vast sea of social media chaos. I loved his energy and his thinking. But the thing is … he stood out. We connected. We conversed. And after many years of...

Dude to Dude – Bullying and Harassment is Not OK

The internet can be a messy, chaotic and unpredictable place. You can see some of the best and some of the worst of humanity on display … with the implicit understanding that we are all free to express our opinions. Over time, many of us create personas through which we air our views and opinions. For example, I tweet using @servantofchaos but also use...

Your First Week of Blogging

When I first started blogging, I felt like I was living a divided life. There was “real life” – colleagues, friends and family – and then there was my “blogging life” – these great new people that I was connecting with all over the world. Back then the “real life” people couldn’t understand my interest in my “pretend friends”. They could not understand the...