Recently, I was in Alaska skiing in the Tordrillos with the good folks from Inkwell including Jimmy Chin and Mark Healey. On several of the runs I was haunted by the memories of an avalanche I was in several years ago.
My life, over the past several years, has been shaken up, multiple times. Anyone who knows me, knows this. I live with the results of this disruption every day. I haven’t forgotten it, but that’s not what I want to write about here. Right now, I want to write about where I’m at today.
A friend of mine tells me that her teenage daughter always rejects the toast she prepares. Every morning, no matter how hard she tries, the bread is either under-toasted or over-toasted, but never just right. Does some version of this sound familiar to those of you with teens or picky eaters?
I do a lot of work with Mike Morris, the CEO of Topcoder, which is a talent network and crowdsourcing platform. Morris told me about an awesome and fun competition they ran last week inspired by quantum computing to solve the world’s most difficult Sudoku.
A small group of Harvard scholars, CEOs, and director-level managers was swiftly delivered by Uber and Lyft drivers a few months back to convene in a conference room on Kearny street in San Francisco. The group, sporting on-trend splashes of red, velvet blazers, shirts and blouses procured from online style clubs, was ready to roll.
I posted a blog a few weeks ago called “The Gig Economy is the Economy” in reaction to reading an article about the economies of many African countries. It caused a bit of a stir. In my travels to chase adventure in many reaches of the world, I’ve noticed that the economies where I visit are gig economies.
I heard from a friend recently that she was heading into an eight-day silent meditation retreat. In her note she sent this quote: “In the age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In the age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.”