Coming Up: Visual Thinking & Literacy Conference

I’m excited to announce I’ll be speaking/facilitating at the upcoming Visual Thinking and Literacy Conference in Michigan on March 17, 2012.

The 2012 Visual Thinking Conference is for anyone focused on visual approaches to thinking and communication. So whether you are a business leader giving presentations, a marketing manager designing websites and materials, or a grade school teacher looking for new ways to reach students, no other event offers you more of today’s solutions… and tomorrow’s vision. Continue reading Coming Up: Visual Thinking & Literacy Conference

Cutting the Cord: Saying Goodbye to Cable

This past weekend we finally pulled the plug on cable in the Coleman household. It’s an idea we’ve been flirting with over the past year or so, culminating in me starting to take it a whole lot more seriously over the past 6 weeks or so. Truth be told, we essentially cut cable in our house a couple of weeks ago when I unplugged the primary cable feed coming into the house in order to jack in the Over the Air (OTA) Antenna feed.

Over these past couple of weeks we haven’t missed cable at all. Sure the kids have missed having something like Teletoon or Treehouse always there as an option but the truth is, they don’t watch a lot of TV and when they do it’s usually at times when at least a few channels have some sort of kid programming on. In fact, I’d argue we’ve been enjoying the programs we do watch live a lot more because the picture quality is far superior to the compressed feeds you get through a cable broadcaster. We made the switch over Superbowl weekend so we were even able to watch the “real” commercials on our NBC channel without having a Canadian broadcaster air their coverage over it.

We get roughly 20 channels in HD, including a handful that we couldn’t receive on Cable; for example, who would have thought that I’d have to get rid of cable to get a 24 hour music video station? (CoolTV) Continue reading Cutting the Cord: Saying Goodbye to Cable

Why? What? How? Why it’s good to question yourself.

One place I consistently see people struggle is in creating an approach or work-plan for attacking a given problem. Often you see people try and drive straight to solutions without putting in the thinking or time to comprehend their motivations, goals or even where they are today.

But We Know What We Know!

I think a major reason for this is people tend to assume that they already know what’s happened, or what the strategy is or what their motivations are but the truth is, unless you have a clear, concise and CONSISTENT way of expressing those positions or goals you, and the people you work with, will never be as effective at delivering on your vision.

Often the difference between just ‘barely making it’ and ‘nailing it’ lies in the details and a nuanced understanding of what it is you’re trying to achieve. Continue reading Why? What? How? Why it’s good to question yourself.

Idea: Combine Broadcasters, Social Media & Photosynth to capture live events.

I’m sure by now, most of you have heard of Microsoft’s Photosynth technology – today’s iteration has been stripped back to a fairly straight forward panorama tool but for the purposes of this idea I’m thinking more of their early stages of the product as demoed here @ TED2007:

(The whole thing is interesting but skip to ~3:50 to see the specific use case I’m talking about)

Photosynth worked on a pretty basic premise; take a handful of wide establishing shots, then take lots of pictures from other angles and the software could then stitch them together and relate them to one another – resulting in what you see in the video above.

One thing I’ve been amazed by though, is that no one has taken this technology & run with it for Live Events. Everyone knows that familiar sparkle that any video of a live event has, as many of the spectators take photos. Today many of those pictures now end up online almost immediately. Continue reading Idea: Combine Broadcasters, Social Media & Photosynth to capture live events.