Mid-week Reasons to party

The world’s a big place, which means you’re hard pressed not to find something to celebrate every day.

Today in the world:

It’s National Day in Austria:

National Day, 26 October (1955) commemorates the State Treaty restoring national sovereignty and the end of occupation when the last WWII troops left Austria and the passage of the law on permanent neutrality. It has become a patriotic “fitness day”, as many people all over Austria take long walks. The Parlament building and all national museums are open and visits are free to the public. Stores are closed.

– Source: Virtual Vienna Net

Okay, so maybe not a reason to “party” but take it as a little extra motivation to get out of the office and go for a walk today.

Other Holidays today:

– National Gospel Day, Cook Islands

Blank Slate, Fresh Start

Well, this post finds me a little over a year after starting to put on the “Globalization” thinking cap and about 6 weeks past the official launch of a new venture called Clay Tablet Technologies.

I’ve learned a lot in this time, but most importantly I’ve learned that I’ve learned not nearly enough.

Turns out The Chevy “Nova” legend is just that (Snopes) and “Bite the wax tadpole” is only sort of true. (Snopes) but not to fear as companies are making even bigger mistakes everyday – just ask Buick about their recent blunder in Quebec with the “LaCrosse” (Automobile.com).

Regardless of truth, these legends & stories, are great examples of just how treacherous the waters can be as you wade out of your native tongue. What I hope to do with this blog is help shed some light on what is often a challenging and confusing space for people who, unitl recently had lived very English-speaking, North American centric lives.

In addition to general tidbits of information, resources and links I encounter on a daily basis, I’ll also share my experiences as we take a company from concept to a multi-national organization dedicated to helping make it easier for companies to take their message to new markets, whether around the corner, or around the world.

I hope you enjoy – and please, feel free to comment.

Ryan Coleman


For over a decade, whether working within my own organization or with clients and partners I’ve worked to help others discover, acknowledge and apply the greater knowledge that exists within their business. I do this through a mix of group & visual facilitation techniques as well as consulting services where I can apply my own personal experience in building and growing businesses and communities.

I’m passionate about Visual Thinking, Facilitation, Innovation, Photography & Sustainability. I consume information voraciously and actively take experiences and learnings from seemingly unrelated spaces and generate new ideas – I’m a synthesist & design thinker and happily sit in the “Creative Generalist” category

I’m currently looking to work with innovative, responsible organizations who are looking to add something to the world. I’m available to work on contract on a per hour or project basis. Please feel free to contact me anytime