Then I saw a movie I’m still processing.
It’s time for platforms to stop treating its users as unwitting petri dish specimens.
I had the pleasure of attending the NewCo Shift Forum last month in San Francisco. I’m already a huge fan of John Battelle’s thinking, so attending this was a treat. It, like his writing, aligns my passion for technology, innovation, the future of work and social change — all which feel extraordinarily significant given our current climate of a consolidating technology industry and an extremist political environment.
The icing on the cake was moderating a lunch table of attendees interested in sharing best practices for distributed workforces. We had folks ranging from companies as large as Dell to as small as Sched, products to professional services, all sharing their experiences with coworkers across geographies and time zones.
You can read my 2-minute summary of our discussion I read onstage here (scroll all the way down :).
UPDATE TWO YEARS LATER: I just realized they have the video too (!). I’m at 18:55.
I love ForwardJS and the opportunity it gives me to explore something different and significant. This year I teamed up with my Mozilla colleague Chris Riley, interviewing him on the future of Internet policy (which he heads up for us).
Of course this is not meant to diss the Zig.p.s. some of my other ForwardJS talks: Creating a Strong Geek Culture, Being Effective in a Virtual World, and Building Trust Before Code: Unpacking the Weekly Retrospective.