Tag Archives: Work

An Obligatory Check-In

I’ve been neglecting this blog but for good reason. Started working on some fun and all-consuming projects for Microsoft and planning a move to the North.

Ideas in Search of an Author

If you’ve been a professional writer long enough, you have undoubtedly gotten this request: “I have a great … story … memoir … screenplay, I just need someone to flesh it out.” In the same category are copywriting requests from prospective clients that actually entail devising the entire marketing or communications plan. It’s baffling. But […]

Social Networking on the Job – Goofing Off or Something Else?

Author Howard Rheingold shared an intriguing definition of “social capital” in a video he posted recently. (I don’t know if it’s new or original, but I had not heard it previously.) the ease with which people can get things done without going through institutions Among the things that increasingly fall into that category – substantial […]

Nonprofits and Professionals – Why Can’t We Just Get Along?

I am a member of a lively mailing list populated by people who work in the nonprofit sector in the San Francisco Bay Area. The online community is a project of the regional chapter of the national Young Non Profit Professionals association. The organization aims to improve the sector inside and out, to help it […]

A Response to Tina Brown’s “The Gig Economy”

In a popular blog post at The Daily Beast, Tina Brown debunks the idea that free agency is an idyllic lifestyle of “freedom” and “variety.” While her points about the stress and uncertainty of this way of working are well-taken, she overlooks one reality: for many people, “gigging”, much like old age, is better than […]

Talking Sex, Politics, and Religion

Stephen King said, “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.” This quotation is salient to the writer trying to negotiate a social media presence. Professional and business types advise that job seekers and business owners stay away from controversial topics that […]