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Scott Berkun
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New Release: Updated Edition of The Ghost of My Father (free on kindle)

I’m proud to announce the new edition of The Ghost of My Father, with a new epilogue, is now on sale. The book was first released October 2014, and a year later my father died. The new epilogue explains what happened between these two pivotal moments in…

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I’m attending the first Leading Design event in London, hosted by Clearleft. I spoke first about Design vs. The World (PDF) and I’ll be adding notes to this post as the event goes on. Farrah Bostic, CX is the CEO’s Job She romped through the history of…

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On The Quest For Fun: An essay about a lecture about a book

Last week I saw Ian Bogost speak at Town Hall Seattle about his new book, Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games. Of the many ideas he offered about how to think about fun, he shared three stories that stayed…

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A tradition is simply a custom that has been passed down from one generation to another. Their longevity can have many reasons, some good and some bad. We can not assume that persistence alone provides moral justification. Instead we must ask better…

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The Real World of Technology (Book Review)

Despite our cultural obsession with new technology, we forget that the idea of new technology is old. We also overlook that there are patterns for how new technologies impact cultures and societies that technologists are often ignorant of. Without…

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The 7 Important Questions For Any Technological Idea #technopoly

From Neil Postman’s lecture On Culture’s Surrender to Technology: What is the problem that this new technology solves? Who’s problem is it? What new problems do we create by solving this problem? Which people and institutions will be most by a…

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How would you explain the events of 2016 to someone from the year 2050 who time traveled to visit us? Many adjectives come quickly to mind: turmoil, danger, violence, drama, unrest, uncertainty. But if you think deeper about trying to explain what it all…

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Quote of the week, from Viggo Mortensen "By taking the risk of trying hard means you are going to make mistakes..."

One of my favorite podcasts is Here’s the Thing, and on a recent episode host Alec Baldwin interviewed Viggo Mortensen about his latest film, Captain Fantastic. Towards the end he mentioned this: “By taking the risk of trying hard means you are going to…

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Five Ways To Survive Fathers Day (If you have/had a tough relationship with your Dad) #fathersday

Father’s Day is always a tricky time for me. I had a tough relationship with my father, and the day has often made me sad. I’d see friends celebrate and think  of what I wish I had experienced, but never will. Many people have similiar stories to mine, or…

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For any skill, you only improve through practice. Reading is not practice. Watching other people do something is not practice. Reading and watching help only if you apply what you learn while you are practicing. Most people do not practice, which is why…
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