Yearly Archives: 2011

Women, Fashion & Social Media

There were several reasons I was happy to be invited to speak at theFashion140 event last month: first, it was in the brand spanking newAlice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center (wow!), and second, it gave me an opportunity to talk about two things that I think quite a lot about… More

I Write the Songs… And Now You Can, Too!

Scott McGibbon is a Project Specialist at the Norman Lear Center. I was glad when I learned earlier this year that singer-songwriter Imogen Heap was working on a new album and intrigued when it was announced she was going to crowd-source the composing of the songs, with an anticipated schedule of… More

The Naked Nielsens

The metrics are wearing no clothes. How would you react if you found out that the basis of your business model was bogus? That’s the nightmare that the television industry is finally waking up to, and I bet that online media won’t be far behind. The TV business is built… More

Michael J. Copps and the Comcast Catast

Scott McGibbon is a Project Specialist at the Lear Center.   The ongoing challenges to corrupt oligarchies in the Middle East have shaken the world and reminded Americans how powerful the pull of liberty and democracy can be anywhere. These echoes of our own revolutionary history flood our TV and… More

Themes & Refrains at TED 2011

I had the great pleasure of attending TED last week – not in Long Beach but in Palm Springs, where a very international crew of 600 fired-up TEDsters watched a simulcast of TED on monitors so large and numerous that I kept thinking I was going to bump into the… More

Look! A Woman!

It’s a 140-year-old Harvard club. When you join, they give you a rose to press and return in your first book. Among my proudest accomplishments: I made it co-ed. Here’s what I wrote about it as a curtain-raiser to this year’s annual Signet Society dinner, which honors its female alumni.  … More

Play and Learning

We’ve all heard about different “learning styles” – some people supposedly respond better to hands-on instruction, others are more visual, and some just want to read books. I always thought these models were terribly reductive, but they held sway among many who worked with me developing edutainment software in the… More