Friday, August 23, 2013

"That light-bulb feeling"

Last October at SIGDOC, Brian McNely was kind enough to interview me about my projects and my modest contributions to rhetoric and professional communication. We waxed enthusiastic about an obscure paper of mine, we talked about my previous books, and I told him about two books that I had on the front burner: Topsight and another project tentatively titled All Edge.

That interview is now available. Brian did a great job of turning our wide-ranging discussion into something coherent and (I think) interesting, while still capturing my enthusiasm about this ongoing work. I hope you'll check it out!

Coworking in Austin: Station Coworking

My previous "Coworking in Austin" posts have been in-depth looks at coworking spaces. But this one is about a space I haven't yet been able to visit.

Station Coworking is planning to open around September 1. It's run by Thomas Knight, who was one of my students a couple of years ago, when I was in the thick of studying coworking. Thomas has been thinking for a while about how people work in organizations, how organizations sometimes limit the potential for collaboration and autonomy, and how to try out different models.

Last year I met with Thomas, and he shared his vision of a new Austin coworking space. So it's exciting to see that vision becoming a reality. If you're in Austin and interested in coworking, drop on by. And tell Thomas I sent you!

Monday, August 19, 2013 panel: The Liberal Arts Matter in a STEM World

It's time to pick panels for SXSW again this year. This time, I'm on a proposed panel with others involved with our Human Dimensions of Organizations program.

The topic: "The Liberal Arts Matter in a STEM World."

Can you do me a favor? Click through to the description and consider voting up the panel. We have a strong slate of speakers and I think the panel could be useful for attendees.