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Knowing When to Keep Your Mouth Shut

December 29, 2014

Back in '77, I had recently taken a job at IBM Boca Raton, in the "advanced technology" department. It was beginning to dawn on me that I needed to be somewhat less nerdy in behavior, if not core, attitudes. A few folks visited what was then Bell Labs, which had been responsible for a lot… Read more »


When You Practice What You Preach…

December 19, 2014

I'm hearing, anecdotally, that cultural transformation at VA and elsewhere might have been nudged into motion by relentlessly handing out my business card and practicing what I preach. The big thing I've learned here is that for me, tech skills and money aren't what gets the job done. What works is bearing witness to the… Read more »


How the Internet Creates Possibility

December 8, 2014

Folks, I support the Ekialo Kiona Center (EK Center) and the Organic Health Response, and they're creating real change. I get updates every so often, and I like to share the good work they're doing. They seek to activate information technology, social solidarity, and environmental sustainability to turn the tide against HIV/AIDS across Lake Victoria (in Kenya)…. Read more »


How Tech Can Turn a Community Into a Global Village

September 29, 2014

Folks, I received a really good letter from the Organic Health Response's IT Coordinator, Brian Mattah. He wrote about his experience with technology on Mfangano Island: I am Brian Mattah, a native of Mfangano Island, Kenya. I began working for the Organic Health Response (OHR) in January 2010, immediately after college. This was my first time deploying hands-on skills attained… Read more »


"Saving the World" DIY Style

September 24, 2014

People ask me how I go about figuring out what causes I really believe in and what's the most effective way to support those efforts. You can find a list of what I support specifically here. My general philosophy is to do some real good in the short run, while learning how to scale that up… Read more »


Travel Tips, Inspired By Misadventures

August 11, 2014

Okay, you already know about useful sites like TripAdvisor and SeatGuru, and you're doing your best to accumulate and use frequent-flier points. Here are some tips to cover the other stuff, inspired partly by my own misadventures. The context for these tips is that I travel for public service and philanthropy, not business; I haven't… Read more »