We are delighted to have two of the creators of Sociocracy 3.0 (S3) back with us at creaffective in Munich for the fourth time for a three-day practitioner course level 1. James Priest and Lili David will facilitate this training from November 13–15 2019 in Munich, Germany.
Sociocracy 3.0 allows to navigate complexity, increase innovation, improve performance and raise engagement throughout the entire organization. Through a number of key principles and a menu of interaction patterns.
Cross-team synchronization, collaborative innovation, whole system coherence
From growing agile and responsive learning organizations, to governance and decision making, Sociocracy 3.0 brings together an extensive collection of guidelines and practices that can help. You’ll collaborate with others, learn patterns and build competence applying them to respond to a diversity of typical organizational needs. Discover new practices and develop useful skills you can take home and start using right away, whatever your organizational context.
This course will help you to:
understand the basic elements of S3: the concepts, principles, and a majority of patterns and their purpose.
identify and communicate organizational needs, seize opportunities and learn how an entire organization can improve its ability to consciously respond.
co-create proposals, effectively make and evolve decisions in rapid learning cycles and guide others to do so, using patterns from S3.
more effectively distribute and organize work, foster engagement and self-responsibility, and improve meeting effectiveness.
evolve fit-for-purpose organizational structure, reduce waste and maximize value creation throughout the entire system.
identify specific patterns and practices you can use right away to respond to organizational challenges you face.
During this learning journey you will:
develop your general knowledge and understanding of the body of S3 concepts, principles and patterns.
explore how to identify, communicate and effectively respond to organizational needs throughout an organizational system.
practice using S3 patterns for making and evolving agreements, improving meeting effectiveness and enabling personal and group development.
examine practices for effective facilitation and participation in collaborative group interactions.
apply S3 patterns to kick-start a (simulated) grassroots organization and move rapidly from concept to action in self-organizing groups.
examine various ways to build and evolve organizational structure to support the continuous flow of value.
frequently reflect on your practice and learning with others and develop your reflexivity.
This course is for:
Leaders and managers
Organizational change agents, consultants and HR
Agile coaches, Project Managers and Scrum Masters
Anyone interested in exploring ways of improving self-organization and distributed / decentralized leadership
Those interested in new trends in organizational development like Responsive.org, Reinventing Organizations, Teal, Holacracy etc.
No prior knowledge of agile or sociocracy is needed.
“A great workshop. Mindful, makes you think, reflect and make sense of the reality around you. The concepts & techniques are highly applicable in organizational environments.”
Natalia, Agile Coach, Spotify
“I have been on many workshops and trainings during my life and treasure some of them. This workshop will definitely be one of them. James and Lili are great facilitators and create a safe, open and creative environment. I learned not only S3, which I had hoped for, but also about myself(ves), which will help me be more whole, authentic and therefore a better person and leader.”
Anders L, Agile Coach, Crisp.se
Read more testimonials here.
Registration and Pricing
Training Dates: November 13 — 15 (9:00–17:30 hrs) at creaffective in Munich
Please register through Eventbrite.
There are two types of tickets:
Early bird: € 1,632 + 19% VAT. until 30.08.2019
Regular ticket: € 2,045 + 19% VAT
The price includes all material as well as beverages, food and lunch during three training days.
If you wish to participate in this course and the fee is beyond your means or the value you place on it, please contact us to explore how your attendance may still be possible. We wish to ensure that cost is no barrier to attending Sociocracy 3.0 courses.
For any questions, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Algorand wrapped up 2018 with growing community momentum across the globe. We rounded out the year with various community meetups in Toronto, Waterloo and Dubai, where we welcomed developers, blockchain researchers, and government and business leaders into our ecosystem.
We brought that same energy into the start of 2019, and we’re just getting started on a global scale. Here’s a brief recap of what we’ve been up to and where we’re headed.
To kick off 2019, we headed to the West Coast, where Algorand Chief Scientist Jing Chen gave a keynote speech at the Blockchain Connect Conference on January 11. Later that day, Dr. Chen was on hand to kick off our inaugural San Francisco meetup, too, where we had some really interesting conversations and enjoyed meeting new faces.
The Algorand team also launched an exciting Meetup tour in Asia. Our Turing Award-winning founder Silvio Micali and Head of Engineering Naveed Ihsanullah traveled to Hong Kong for an inaugural meetup on January 16, with additional stops in Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo.
We also sent a team to Europe — Chris Hurley, Head of Business Development, and Jason Weathersby, Senior Director of Developer Relations, headed to Milan, Dublin and Edinburgh for our first round of Developer Meetups. We had some great conversations with developers about how to build on the Algorand platform.
One of the highlights of this winter so far was coming together in our hometown on February 5, for our first meetup in Boston. The meetup brought together local tech experts, blockchain enthusiasts, developers and businesses for an evening of networking and learning about Algorand’s foundational technology, economic management, participation opportunities, and the latest news as we gear up for the Mainnet launch later this year. We enjoyed getting to know our local community better, and getting new community members involved in what we’re building.
Check out our upcoming events below, and register now to secure a spot in a city near you:
· March 9: MIT Bitcoin Expo
· March 19: Money 20/20
· April 16: Paris Blockchain Week Summit
· April 23: Rebuild Conference
· May 7: Boston Blockchain Week
We’d love to see you at an event this year. If you’re not able to attend any of our upcoming events, join our Community Forums to be a part of our growth this year and beyond! For more information, our website is the best place to learn more about Algorand.
Electricity distributors worldwide are spending millions to replace transformers that could still have a lot of life left in them.
These are essential for power transmission to our homes and offices so they can’t be allowed to fail. But they are the biggest and most expensive equipment in the network to replace.
Brisbane company Aurtra has developed a clever system to keep tabs on aging transformers. Aurtra co-founder Terry Woodcroft explains.
You founded Aurtra. How did it begin?
More than ten years ago, the Queensland power industry asked University of Queensland researchers to help them with a problem.
Aurtra grew from that long-term research collaboration. We became a private company in 2016.
The three founders — Richard Harris, Steve McRae, and I — have all previously been a part of Queensland startups that introduced new technologies into international markets.
What problem did you set out to solve?
Power companies and governments don’t want to spend more on replacing transformers than they need to.
They are a significant piece of equipment, which amount to about 16 per cent of the power network cost which, in turn, gets passed on to consumers.
Just because something is old, it doesn’t mean it is worn out. But how do you tell? Transformers are sealed “black boxes”.
We set out to measure what was going on inside old transformers — to find a way to gauge when they were truly near their end or were okay to stay in service.
Our work was cut out for us.
There are more than 15,000 electricity distribution transformers in Australia older than 30 years and many have been going for more than 60 years. In the USA, the average age of transformers is more than 45 years.
It is particularly difficult and expensive to check the ones in remote and isolated areas.
What is the company making?
We have developed the Aurtra HealthSense transformer management system.
Our technology provides a very cost-effective way to monitor a transformer’s condition in real time.
Basically, we insert a probe into the transformer that can read all the vital signs to assess its potential lifespan.
Our system collects the data and provides an online daily report on the condition of the transformer, including any insulation problems, damage, and probability of failure.
Aurtra HealthSense is a fully automated cloud service and customers get results and recommendations via a secure website with email alerts, for a very low monthly fee.
Through our dashboard, they effectively get an expert engineering analysis of the situation.
Aging transformers is a trillion dollar global problem. The great part about our technology is it works in power grids everywhere.
And we don’t disrupt or shut down any equipment to install it.
We have installations in six of the ten Australian electricity distribution companies in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory, with more in the pipeline.
What is next for your business?
In October 2018, we took our technology to the United States.
We were invited to join the Plug and Play Accelerator in Silicon Valley, specifically for energy companies. This gave us visibility with the networks and investors we need, which helped us enter the US market.
In the next month, we are installing in Europe, UK, China, Korea, Malaysia and New Zealand, so life is busy.
This month, we started negotiations with the world’s largest transformer manufacturers to incorporate our technology into their new transformers, as they need a mechanism to connect directly with their customers beyond the initial sale.
How has Advance Queensland funding helped?
The Ignite Ideas grant arrived at just the right time to help us to scale up manufacturing and the back-end of our cloud-based system, to take on more customers.
We have employed ten more Queenslanders, introduced our technology across Australia and established an international opportunity.
We now have a toehold in the US, Asian and European markets and plan to open an office in the US this year.
Subscribe to the Advance Queensland eNewsletter to stay up to date with the latest in Queensland innovation news and to find more opportunities to collaborate with Queensland Government.
“I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child — What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.” — Michelle Obama, Becoming
This is a quote from the first page of Michelle Obama’s Becoming.
I’m not a child anymore, but since I’m about to graduate university, I get this question in its different forms.
“What are you going to do after you graduate? Where do you see yourself in five years? What kind of job are you looking for?”
You would think that after five years of university I would have an idea. In reality, I don’t think I’ve ever been more lost.
I recently spent a term abroad in Japan where I was able to protect myself from these questions. However, it was also on this trip where I learned that I don’t want what I used to want.
In my first year of university, I was in computer science, convinced that I would be a future programmer at a tech startup.
In my second year, I switched majors to communication studies, realizing that computer science is not where I’m supposed to be. Instead, I was interested in the social enterprise and social entrepreneurship fields.
In my third year, I knew I was in the right program because I was taking classes that were about fascinating topics like public relations, visual culture, and digital media so I began to think about entering social media marketing.
In my fourth year, I became interested in content marketing and started to create content focused on business by writing on Linkedin.
Now I’m in the fifth year, still interested in writing but with my interests shifting to being about culture, society, self-love, and understanding human emotion. But I still have no idea where I’m going to be in seven weeks when I graduate.
What you want changes and I’ve learned that’s okay.
When you’re asked questions about your future, it’s scary. That’s just the truth. When I get asked these questions, all I can think about is how little I know about what I want and it freezes me. Not that I haven’t thought about these questions, I ask myself them all the time. The problem is that I still haven’t found the answer, although I think I’m a lot closer. Through all this reflection and having job experiences, I know (or at least think I know) four things about what I want.
I want to have a job that gives me the opportunity to build relationships.
I want to be able to have real conversations about real issues and not be afraid to inspire change.
I want to work for a company I believe in. Whether it’s the product they sell or the mission they serve.
I want to be in a startup culture and be part of building something real.
I’ve only been able to identify these things by losing myself and being okay with change. Working in related fields to my past interests and continuing to work on myself. I never want to feel stuck in life. I have had many experiences in university because I’m always looking for new opportunities.
You can’t ever find yourself if you’re never lost. So maybe we shouldn’t be critical of people who aren’t sure of what they want. It means they’re one step closer to figuring it out.
I want to clarify right away I’m not talking about cheating or doing anything devious against my husband.
I’ve always believed in honesty in marriage… until recently.
When we both met over twenty years ago, we were both going through some positive life changes that made us feel better about ourselves. We hit it off right away and were very happy.
Then certain situations occurred causing both of us to become depressed. We were both prescribed anti-depressants by our doctors. We changed our situation and things improved for us… for a while.
While my husband grew up in a loving home environment, I did not. Though there were many times he experienced sadness and a lack of self-worth. We’ve always understood each other in that way
My history prior to meeting my husband includes physical, verbal, sexual abuse, and suicidal thoughts and attempts for more years than I can admit without crying… or crumbling into a panic attack or screaming. I still have nightmares about my past.
I guess you could say I’ve always been mentally ill. I have been diagnosed with severe depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. In addition, I have a multitude of physical illnesses.
My husband insists he loves me and does so much for me, but I honestly don’t understand how he can love such a messed up person like me, especially since my mental and physical conditions have worsened.
I’ve been crying every day for about a year now. I’m suddenly overwhelmed with deep sadness and I begin to sob so hard my entire body is shaking. Sometimes he’s at work and when he comes home and asks me how I made it through the day I’ve been honest with him. When he’s here and sees me crying, he feels it’s his responsibility to make me feel better. I’ve insisted that’s not his job. It’s my job and the job of my doctors to help me improve my mental and physical health.
Unfortunately, treatment isn’t going very well. I’ve tried too many psychiatric medications that don’t work. I’ve been psychiatrically hospitalized three times over the past six years for suicidal intention and attended out-patient treatment sessions upon discharge. Yet, I remain unable to cope with life.
I continue to have suicidal thoughts because I feel like I’m a burden to my husband. I’m unable to work or function as he does. I feel inadequate and embarrassed. My disabilities make me feel like I’m less of a person… worthless.
Still, my husband feels responsible for “fixing” me and I feel selfish for being so needy and sad. That’s not a burden he should have and I told him so. He argued that I’m his wife and his responsibility.
While I am in awe and truly appreciative of his love for me, I don’t believe I deserve it. I love him dearly and believe he deserves to be with someone who can keep up with him and who’s not so mentally damaged.
I’m trying to help myself, but we all know mental healthcare is seriously lacking in this country. The number of people who take their own life each year is staggering.
Because I love my husband more than words can describe and don’t want him to worry so much about me, I have decided to no longer tell him about my anxieties and frightening feelings. If I feel tears coming on, I will do my best to feign a sneezing and coughing attack and run to the bathroom.
I don’t believe this is being dishonest. I believe it is being kind and doing the right thing. It’s my way of doing what I can to prevent dragging him down with me. I want him to live a happier life than he is living now, even if it’s without me. It would devastate me to lose him, but I’m so mentally ill, I want what’s best for him.
I know I’m not the only one in this situation and I wonder how others handle it. I welcome all comments and suggestions.
Thank you for reading. If you are in my situation, I wish you comfort and peace.
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My husband and I began rescuing dogs over 20 years ago. They are our furry family and we do everything we can to help fill their lives with love, health, and happiness. We rescue the old, sick, unwanted, damaged, and on death row. Each special soul we save changes us and remains in our hearts long after they’re gone. I also create and sell jewelry and metal bookmarks to help pay for their veterinarian expenses. Please visit: https://samanthabeachcreations.com/ to see my items. Thank you for your consideration.
On a chilly morning in March, Code.gov director Joe Castle and Communications Chief Tee Morris were granted access to a rarely seen section of the George Washington Masonic Temple of Alexandria, Virginia. Behind the open museum and memorial to America’s first president, there is a series of rooms ranging in size from an incredible ballroom to small theatres complete with secret passages leading from one auditorium to another. No, Code.gov was not sent to the Masonic Temple to find out where the “National Treasure” was hidden. They were, in fact, part of BSides NoVA, a cybersecurity event inviting all the brightest minds and voices to speak about the best ways to remain secure online.
BSidesNoVA is one of many world-wide events called Security BSides, founded as accessible conventions dedicated to discussions, demos, and interaction from participants concerning cybersecurity methods and methodology. The day-long event in Alexandria hosted panel talks, civic hacking activities, and workshops encouraging innovation and solutions. This 100% volunteer-run conference reached out to Code.gov and offered an opportunity for Code.gov to appear.
Where we found ourselves at BSides NoVA was between two auditoriums hosting presentation tracks. The foot traffic would pass between theatres, and Code.gov was in between, ready to answer questions. The morning started with our table hosted by Joe Castle while the evening concluded with Tee Morris, and throughout the day questions came fast and hard from the attendees of BSides. Perhaps the Top 3 questions of the day were:
What do you do at Code.gov?
What is the Source Code Policy?
How can I become involved?
The day seemed to blink by on account of the many questions Code.gov fielded throughout the day. BSides attendees were a mix of government and private sector developers, students looking for internships, and developers searching for employment opportunities and resume workshops. What attendees all shared in common was a shared curiosity over Code.gov. The deeper we took people into what we do at Code.gov, the more questions we were asked. By the end of BSides, developers and cybersecurity enthusiasts were educated on the Federal Source Code Policy, on open source in the federal government, and how they all can take part in performing a civic duty on our own digital platform.
As our first event of 2019, BSides NoVA proved itself to be a terrific way to step into the public eye. The unsung hero of the event, however, was the location of the event. Between secret passages, incredible architecture, and (many) statues of George Washington, the Washington Masonic Temple offered attendees a terrific setting for online security. Perhaps one thing the Freemasons share in common with software development is the desire to keep things private. At BSides, that passion for online security was celebrated. For Code.gov, this event was an opportunity for engagement, something we always are happy to nurture. Engagement is not just limited to live appearances. We welcome your questions and comments online, so make sure to visit us on Twitter or LinkedIn and share with us what’s on your mind. We look forward to answering whatever questions you may have for us; and to offer you a chance to make a difference, to innovate, and to create.
House Republicans Target the Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae
The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae (OSS) has been receiving messages for details on how all this Missouri Capitol trouble started. We’re up-front but a little exhausted, so we take to our blog for the necessary update.
Note: to keep our blood pressure at acceptable levels, this briefing will include therapeutic fun references and screenshots. Enjoy…
The Ordo made a total of three House Floor requests in 2018; all were rejected with ambiguous Rule 19 cited in response. Though we pushed for further clarification on how to become Missouri House Guest Chaplains, those detail specific questions were never answered. We also performed a religious act of service in the Capitol rotunda, like many religious groups do.
In 2019, one of the first things House Republicans did during legislative start was change house Rule 19, a rule banning specifically, guest chaplains. We were shut out. Those details, here.
Here’s the players, insofar as we know…
Everybody should know Rep. Mike Moon by now, he’s the cattle-poultry rancher who killed a chicken on Facebook Live, because he was mad about abortion and Greitens’ (Missouri’s skeevy ex-governor) Special Session. We don’t know… he wrote a 3-page Facebook rant explaining his act (that didn’t), claiming it was the viewers fault for not understanding his video shtick.
Anyway, Moon’s been behind a shit ton of ridiculous, intelligence and humanity insulting legislation in Missouri. Take your pick, anti-LGBTQ, Transfolk attacks, save the fetus/forget the child. He has a porn ‘stache to die for though, is sanctimonious and smug to boot. This is his last term, and we can certainly give an amen and hallelujah to that! Let us hope he has no future aspirations in politics anywhere… of any type.
Enter Don Hinkle, the “Public Policy Director” for the Southern Baptist Convention, and Editor for the “Pathway”. He keeps the rural folks riled up, lobbies, and spouts a bunch of bullshit in his bullshit news(hate)paper. Don seems to have a Capitol crush on his pal Rep. Mike Moon who is featured in Don’s “Facebook top 5 photos,” where he was attending one of Hinkle’s religious freedom rotunda rallies.
Hinkle is basically Missouri’s own version of Fred Phelps Sr., just without the dumb signs or ridiculous flag skirts. We’ve never actually seen Don at any of the counter protests he likes whipping his extensive congregation into a religious frenzy over. No, Don does his dirty work through the “Pathway,” Missouri Baptists & Calvinists favorite source for “news” and good clean (Caucasian?) facts. Don’s religious work extends to the cap, he brags about his own influence over legislators during their “prayer walks” around the capitol. He’s also smug, longwinded as hell, and hates everybody Mike Moon hates.
Moon-Hinkle’s entourage? Some familiar names of recent headlines…
Hardy Billington (R-Poplar Bluff): Don likes to pal around with Rep Hardy Billington, the guy who just sponsored another attention getting bill, HB728, directed at atheists/non-Christians. This bill was designed to intimidate “Other” into not reporting church & state offenses.
Sherry (busybody) Kuttenkuler: Sherry (busybody) Kuttenkuler is Moon’s legislative assistant and was (or is) an electoral voter. Sherry also speaks at the Capitol Rotunda, sometimes for homeschooling, and sometimes for “Bikers for Trump”. She’s sure riled up for the April 16 gun rally at the capitol! Sherry makes sure to comment on Hinkle’s tirades, distributes Mike Moon’s prayer chain letters calling us demons across social media, and probably through Capitol email no less.
Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O’Fallon)- We saw (who we thought was) Rep. Nick Schroer, prowling above on the 2nd floor during our 2019 disrupted service. He shared an office with Moon during 2018… and is creepy in that Handmaid’s Tale sort of way. Big surprise, Schroer is behind autonomy violating legislation in Missouri, being the sponsor of what is currently the most aggressive piece of anti-choice legislation in the country: HB126. We hope he heard our thoughts on his shit bill while he was lurking creepily about upstairs, trying to stay out of our photographer’s range.
To sum up the players, we have three grandstanders at a minimum. Moon-Hinkle want everyone to believe they’re in “spiritual charge of every soul (and body) in MO”. Or something like that.
Now that you know the players, here are the 2018 Invocation series of events (relevant to 2019)…
So, we have Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum here, who in 2018 fell all over themselves trying to prove their godly, manly firmness to their constitegration. (We like that word and we’re keeping it. Constituency+Congregation. Done.)
On 5/16/2018, Don Hinkle speaks of Capitol info through a “source with integrity” then admits he’s a liar spreading disinformation. (take those little wins with relish, savor them…)
On 5/17/2018, Mike Moon sends out his call to his demon fighting assistant, Sherry, to gather his prayer warriors to come battle demons with him.
On 5/18/2018, “The Conservative American” posted Moon’s message to Sherry to bring out the gimp, we mean, the prayer warriors, in what had become a Facebook legislator prayer anti-demon chain letter.
On 5/18/2018, Hinkle comes back and tries to save face with some supposed rationalizing and freeze peach wordplay. During his sugar coated tirade, Don threatens to launch an act of civil disobedience that would result in him being forcibly removed and jailed… if Satanists were ever to open the a session of the Missouri House or Senate. Goals, Don, goals. Challenge accepted!
On 8/23/2018, Hinkle wrote an article about our rotunda invocation in his Pathway publication, which included laughable speculations demonstrating his inability to grasp complex concepts. In his heinous, ill-contrived tirade, he used transphobic language regarding Dame Sister Gwendolyn. His ideologically fueled hate-fervor knows no bounds, yet he demands and receives the ears of our legislators. Tsk.
Summing up 2018…
Though the Moon-Hinkle-Sherry prayer warriors had answered Moon’s calls to religious counter-protest, they did not disrupt our 2018 rotunda service… well, not entirely. We could hear them murmuring above, which was actually a cool rotunda sound effect. However, we did publicly voice our concerns over the VIP Whisper Room key-holder practices at that time.
A few months later, we felt the need to express our contempt in a productive, creative-yet-non-time-consuming manner. We found our therapy in writing stupid-ass scripts and making low production quality parody vids. One of these videos riffed on Moon. We aren’t sure how well the satire video went over with Mike, we like to think it gave him a (probably smug) chuckle. Maybe not. He seems kinda fired up this year, but that could be because he’s terming out. (If anybody would like to play the parody role of Don Hinkle, our separate creative is accepting future volunteers. Video & props must be of poor quality to qualify. Thanks!).
We arrive back in 2019…
Rule 19 is changed, excluding Guest Chaplains and sealing the door to the House’s religious political echo chamber. Mike Moon is still smug and making bad legislation. Don Hinkle remains a bloviated gasbag with an apparent Moon crush. Sherry is probably still busy sending out Moon’s prayer warrior calls to join his demon fighting gang on Capitol email, all on the taxpayer’s dime. We have/had three rotunda events scheduled this year, with this next Monday, March 11th being our 3rd and final event for the 2019 House session, but let’s hope not final-final. Such is the sad state of Missouri legislature, as the world knows.
At our 2nd rotunda service on 2/28/2019, the prayer warriors were back… somehow. Maybe that’s because we were on the Capitol schedule this time around (what alerted Moon-Hinkle & Share Bear to our service in 2018, see photo of post above). Unfortunately, we didn’t make the Capitol schedule for our 2/7/19 service. Guess we snuck one in there. Getting sloppy, demon fighters.
Here is the Ordo’s official statement on the disruptions at our last service:
Here is a video of the continued disruptions during our 2/28/19 Lilituan Act of Educational Service at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri. Though we had permitted floor time, the Capitol allowed the disturbances to continue:
We end this detailed and opinionated explanation by stating:
We have never given any indication we were “summoning demons,” but simply invoking the meaning behind a powerful female archetype that inspires us. If anyone has been summoned, these goons have summoned us to the Capitol with their foolish acts and bad legislation.
Crypto Token Talk, a podcast focused on innovations in blockchain and cryptocurrency, announces media partnership with CIS, the largest cryptocurrency event of 2019 in North America.
LOS ANGELES (as seen on PRWEB) FEBRUARY 28, 2019
Crypto Token Talk (CTT) announces a media partnership with Crypto Invest Summit (CIS) to speak with the event’s robust lineup of speakers and sponsors. Hosted by Kelley Weaver, CEO of Melrose PR, Crypto Token Talk is an educational on-ramp to cryptocurrency and blockchain innovations through interviews and conversations with leaders in the space.
CIS, one of the largest cryptocurrency events, will be returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 9th and 10th. With a powerful lineup of top-tier figures in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, the two-day summit will be covering a wide range of topics touching on the trends, insights, developments, and strategies. Previous CIS industry experts include Steve Wozniak, Tim Draper, David Bleznak, David Siemer, Crystal Rose, and more.
“CIS has proven to be a top event in the space, with prominent thought leaders discussing important trends, issues, debates, and developments,” said Kelley Weaver. “Crypto Token Talk is really excited to take part in these meaningful conversations and help further the education and learning of cryptocurrency and blockchain.”
About Crypto Token Talk: Crypto Token Talk is a podcast focused on innovations in blockchain and cryptocurrency hosted by Kelley Weaver, CEO of Melrose PR. Each episode features an interview with an industry insider, expert, or project founder. Guests discuss everything from their journey into crypto to best use cases for the technology and predictions for the future. Appealing to newbies and seasoned veterans alike, Crypto Token Talk is an entertaining resource for all things crypto and blockchain.
About Goren Holm Group Goren Holm Group, led by Josef Holm and Alon Goren are industry pioneers, investors and producers of some of the top blockchain and cryptocurrency conferences in the world. Their backgrounds in venture capital, crowdfunding and online investment marketing technology make them uniquely equipped to service the digital securities revolution. Goren Holm Group, LLC and its principals manage Goren Holm Ventures (GHV) and also produce CIS, the world’s largest blockchain summit and expo as well as Security Token Summit, one of the top, most exclusive digital securities events.
Are you sure? But you’ve never done this before? Won’t you be lonely? What if you run out of money? Are you having an early mid life crisis? What if you can’t pay your bills? Just give it a few months you’ll like your job more.
What if you fail?
It’s 2016. I’m sitting at my desk, which to most people means there’s some hard work going on. I’m doodling. The office buzzes around me with chatter and people clattering away on their keyboards looking busy, getting on with their day. This would usually be me, beavering away as a motivated person, the kind that likes to get shit done. The million ideas a minute kind of dedicated employee desperate for more budget (that i’ll never get) to do more. But after a decade of working for others my mind increasingly wandered and motivation waned. I could usually get everything I needed to do done in record time which should have paved the way for creative thinking and new ideas. But with nowhere to go, and no resource to make those creative ideas come true, the doodling began.
Come that reliable hour of 17:30 on your average Friday as people started piling out of the office like clockwork, hurriedly hopping into their cars whilst chatting about the BIG plans they had for the weekend. “It’s good weather this weekend, gotta make the most of it!”
Whilst battling with the notion of simply, “living for the weekend,” I looked down and realised I’d spent the better part of an hour sketching a Maori fishhook.
What’s a Maori fishhook?
As a part New Zealander (and secretly someone who wishes they were 100% from the land of that cute little bird) I’ve always had a love for greenstone and designs with meaning.
So what’s the fishhook? Often cut into greenstone the fishhook (also known as a Hei matu) stands for prosperity and safe passage over water, which considering I’ve spent the better part of my life on or near boats, this seemed somewhat apt.
However I couldn’t help but wonder whether I was somewhat failing on the prosperity part. Having been restless most of my life, underpaid and in need of too much self motivation I couldn’t shake the idea that time could be spent more wisely.
The next day without a blink I decided to send my rough little sketch over to a friend in graphics, a week later and bang, there it was. My logo.
Making a logo does not make you an entrepreneur.
Now I can imagine many people get to this stage. But let me tell you, it’s easy to get the balls to go out there and have a doodle turned into a logo, but to go the whole hog, quit your job and say hello world?!! That’s a whole other ball game.
Now, here’s something people forget to tell you when you’re growing up. Surround yourself with the kind of people you want to be and they will help mould you as you grow. Thankfully my boyfriend Kees just so happens to be one of those people. Six months after talking-the-talk and not walking-the-walk he gave me a much needed kick up the ass.
I went to work, I quit my job.
To find out what that was like read my other blog, “The day I quit my job, what they don’t teach you at school.”
So there I am with a fishhook logo, a website, one client and 8k in the bank. How do you go from here to quadrupling your savings, doubling your spare time and tripling your creativity? Well, that comes in my next blog. But for now I will leave you with this.
Sometimes the best ideas just happen, if you give yourself the luxury of not always needing to know what the outcome will be, you may be surprised where you end up. When I first started Hannah Cotterell Media I thought I was going to be a drone pilot taking photos of expensive houses.
I’m now a dedicated storyteller building a network of creatives who work remotely, faster, harder and smarter than anyone i’ve ever known, and they’re making more money simply for doing what they love. And what’s the best part of all this?
It’s only just beginning.
“Build your dream, if you don’t someone will hire you to help build theirs” Tony Gaskins