Proud Adviser to Collaboration Startup Conteneo

Really happy to share that Conteneo has added me to their Advisory Board! Conteneo is a Silicon Valley Startup offering multidimensional collaboration solutions for the public and private sector. What excites me about Conteneo’s solutions is how they are using play elements in their collaboration products to help you deeply engage everyone in an organization. Actually, you can easily engage your whole ecosystem. Transforming Transamerica …

Jamie Foxx’ Grandmother to the Priest: “You Stop That!”

The confident grandmother of the actor and musician Jamie Foxx’s stood up in a Texan small town church when the priest started to preach about homosexuality: “God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.” She stood up and said: “You stop that!” The whole church went silent, and she said: “Let me tell you something. I had this nursery school …

What Would You Improve If Your Basic Needs Were Met?

Tire Marks after St. Rafael Italian Street Art Festival 2015 — Pic by me :-) Basic Income from Wikipedia: An basic income is a form of social security system in which all citizens of a country regularly receive an unconditional sum of money from the government to cover their basic needs: food, shelter and health insurance for them and their loved ones. It …

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Difference as Resource [Chance] Enspiral Principle

By changing your viewpoint to see differences as resources, you totally change group dynamics for the better. Yesterday evening nudged by my lovely wife, Jean Russell, I went to the: Enspiral Immersive Workshop :: Making Groups Work + Organising without Bosses [Link is to the event happening tomorrow Wednesday 23rd at the Impact Hub in Oakland. Do yourself a favor and go.] …

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Learn How To Play From Your Kids!

Still glowing from the warmth of the SAP Inside Track Silicon Valley #SITsv which happened last Saturday. It hit me especially, when I got to my community engagement slide, where I show a map of all of the SAP Inside Tracks happening all over the world and realizing, yes that is one of the legacies my work helped create. I am …

Don’t like Politics? Change it!

Optional background music: Mrs Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel especially these lines: Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon Going to the candidates debate Laugh about it, shout about it When you’ve got to choose Ev’ry way you look at it, you lose This song is over 50 years old and unfortunately truer than ever. We believe that our …

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Playful @ Work at SAP Inside Track Silicon Valley #sitSV

Some friends on this picture to the left nudged me to present at the SAP Inside Track Silicon Valley #sitSV happening on the 12th of September at the Hana House in Palo Alto. It is a Saturday, which guarantees that only really dedicated people will come, which makes the discussions and hallway conversations much more engaging. For work/life balance take …

Is Gamification the Fast Food of Community Engagement?

In a tweet last week, my old boss at SAP, Mark Yolton, who is now leading Digital at Cisco, challenged the SAP Mentors and me to analyze Cisco’s gamification efforts. What they have done looks very promising. Before I get into it, I would like to first share what I learned when I stumbled into gamification years before that term …