May 12, 2012
Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers by Jeanne Liedtka My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is a good introduction to applying design thinking principles to business. While it’s focused mainly on business growth, I think it can easily be applied to any facet of business. Design thinking entails a set of skills different from what most business people use on a daily basis. The authors lay out an easy-to-follow set of steps that can be applied to any business problem.
May 10, 2012
Flying Leap: A Novel in Perspective by Ralf Oliver My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book. It’s of the genre “lost person meets guru and gets life lessons.” But it’s a neat twist that the guru is a pigeon. Most of the lessons discussed fit pretty well with Buddhist teachings. Books like this always help me to step back from the craziness of day-to-day life and examine what I’m doing.
May 8, 2012Professsional CommunityDevelopment Books
by Barry Moltz and Becky McCray (Full disclosure: Becky is one of the organizers of #140conf Small Town, where I’ve spoken the last two years. She was kind enough to provide me with a review copy of her book.) This book, subtitled “How Big Brands and Small Business Can Prosper in a Connected Economy”, is a great look at the unique attributes that can make small town and rural businesses successful.
May 3, 2012Professsional Technology SocialMedia
This morning I’m giving a talk for the Dunn County Economic Development Corporation on “Business Use of Social Media.” You can find the resources for this talk here.
April 25, 2012Professsional Technology SocialMedia
I’m in Green Bay this morning to present at the Leadership Wisconsin 2012 Conference, Rewriting the Rules. My talk is on social media analytics and tools, “Is Social Media Working for Us?“
March 14, 2012Professsional Technology
I’m in Superior this morning to speak at the Click Here for Customers event set up by the UW-Superior Small Business Development Center. You can find the references and slides from this talk here.
February 22, 2012
Autodesk 123D - Free 3D Modeling Software, 3D Models, DIY Projects, Personal Fabrication Tools Free 3D modeling and design software. The ultra-cool part of this is that once you have designed something, you can send it off to be manufactured in plastic at relatively low cost. tags: blog 3d design Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
February 16, 2012
Where Students Read Textbooks FREE | Flat World Knowledge | Flat World Knowledge A very cool new model for creating and distributing college textbooks. Uses the Creative Commons licensing model to allow professors to create their own course materials. tags: blog ebooks education Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
November 3, 2011
Slide Design for Developers Some great, simple tips on how to make good presentation slides. tags: blog design Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
October 31, 2011
IBM INNOV8: CityOne A Sim City like game created by IBM to illustrate lessons learned from their collection of white papers on smarter cities. tags: simulation ibm blog Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
August 8, 2011
Visual.ly | Infographics & Visualizations. Create, Share, Explore A collection of really good info graphics. The site is also going to be offering some tools to help create your own info graphics. tags: info blog data Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
July 30, 2011
Faulkner at Virginia: Browse Transcriptions A collection of audio recordings from William Faulkner’s time at the University of Virginia as writer-in-residence. tags: literature blog Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
July 24, 2011
Social Media | Case Foundation A really great collection of information on social media for non-profits. tags: socialmedia blog tech Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
May 30, 2011
5 Web Reports Every Nonprofit Should Know - Google Analytics | NetWitsThinkTank.com This is a really great intro to Google Analytics reports. If you do nothing else with your web site traffic, at least check these reports to know what’s going on. tags: tech blog analytics Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
May 25, 2011
OECD Better Life Initiative Very cool tool to compare quality of life measurements amongst the OECD (industrialized) nations. tags: blog Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
May 23, 2011
JabRef | Download JabRef software for free at SourceForge.net A free open-source tool for managing academic paper citations. tags: blog Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
May 17, 2011
Bookstore Trips - Trazzler An unbelievably great listing of bookstores around the world. Includes a cool slideshow of 14 of the coolest bookstores they’ve found. tags: books travel blog Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.