Anyone who knows me IRL also knows I’m a strange outlier because I don’t just like to public speak. I love it.
So when the Arc.dev’s “Mastering Remote” folks asked me to join their podcast I was ALL IN. A podcast that focuses on remote work culture, Christine and I decided to talk about the employer branding work I’ve been doing. It was a great (and very fun) opportunity to synthesize so much of the work over the past two years. Full podcast and summary of that is here.
And then earlier this month, my awesome manager Mardi invited me and my coworker Brianna to share how we collectively have worked to improve the employee experience at Mozilla. Like all people-related things, it’s well, never just “one” thing. And importantly, we again had fun. And we hope the 500 or so attendees did too. Check it out here.
Addendum: rather than create an entirely new brag post, i am just adding this super fun interview I did with Julia Levy for The Switchboard!
In April 2019 I cautioned about the advent corporate surveillance. I went on to add a few postscripts that track the dystopian unwinding, but I thought I’d do a separate post lauding my prophecy here. Because who doesn’t need a Worker Productivity Score?
This week we learned that Microsoft really does want you to live you best life (or rather, Viva). And they can help us “address complex challenges and respond to change by shedding light on organizational work patterns and trends.”
In his book It Was All A Lie, long-time GOP political campaigner Stuart Stevens poses the question: how can the conservative right abandon “deeply held beliefs about character, personal responsibility, foreign policy, and the national debt in a matter of months” to follow Donald Trump?
And his conclusion is that it didn’t abandon these beliefs because they were never real in the first place; they were merely messaging tools for opportunistic gain, shielding a bald quest for power. In short, It Was All A Lie.
Amidst all the techno-utopianism, then, it seemed that this whole thing from Coinbase was a bit, well, off industry-brand?
That expansive-sounding tweet doesn’t really convey the actual post’s message. While putting forth some lofty goals (including enabling “belonging for everyone”), the linked post was actually written in order to define what Coinbase won’t do.
The post asks us to consider Coinbase’s mission “to create an open financial system for the world. An open financial system is one that is not controlled by any one country or company (just like the internet did for distributing information).” (source).
Well that is certainly lofty, too! In fact, their website goes on to say, “We think this is the highest leverage way to bring about more economic freedom, innovation, efficiency, and equality of opportunity in the world.”
And doing this massively significant, important work requires them to avoid certain things.
So Brian’s saying that, in order to bring about economic freedom, innovation, efficiency, and equality of opportunity in the world, it’s best to avoid broader societal issues and political causes.
Let’s set aside the myriad of issues with this and just say we think that Laszlo got it right. The world is different. It’s 2020 (and not 1970), people.