Writing

That’ll Do: Do parents who’ve lost a child parent differently?

On a summer day in 2012 in Tempe, AZ I watched children and parents at the MISS Foundation conference in Tempe, AZ. I could not help but notice some very different behaviors from those parents as they related to their kids. It caused me to reflect on how the loss of my son changed my parenting approach with my daughter and to wonder if there were lessons for all parents in those observations. [more]

Electronically, We’re All Neighbors.

In October of 1997 I was asked to speak about online communities at the Camden Technology Conference, the precursor to PopTech. A “hot topic” at the time, computer users had started to form interest groups online around everything from politics to cars. The event gave me the opportunity to think back to the early 1980′s when the idea of meeting and communicating over a computer first appeared. [more]

Things Will Never Be the Same

After the tech crash of 2000-2001, I tried to pull my thoughts together into a book, tentively titled What Were We Thinking. The following would have been the first chapter. It describes the heady time when people were just beginning to talk about the possibilities of the Net, before venture money began pouring in and before everyone began to think about “getting big fast.” The time frame is October, 1996… [more]