divorce, personal, sxsw

Personal Post: Not @ SXSW

This week marks the one year anniversary of my trip to South by Southwest (SXSW). It had been planned to be a productive and fun event, mixing with local and regional social media and tech folks. Instead, it turned out to be a deeply personal, darkly callous occasion that set in motion the dismantling of what I had cared about and been most proud of in my life for the last 10 years. There was one event that was magical for me- The Read Write Web party and concert at Austin City Limits- but for the most part I found myself among festive people, yet feeling completely isolated and alone. I will always remember SXSW 2010 as the point in time that my marriage abruptly ended and I began a new journey as a single father.

As much as we can try to affect positive change in life by our actions, there are moments where life changes you through the acts of others. What comes after- what you lose and what you keep of yourself- is what remains of who you will be. In the last year I’ve struggled to define who I am in a now unfamiliar place. Through the caring of a few friends that have been there for me throughout all of this, I believe I’m starting to see myself again. Thank you.

CrazyTalk, sxsw

SXSW 2011 Panel Picker – Live Streaming for Good: Producing “30 Hour Day” (UPDATE)

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Vote for this panel here!

Hey folks!

Long time, no hear, eh? That’s entirely my fault since several projects and personal commitments have been interfering with regular posts and new content. Ah well, it’s the summer anyway- you should be enjoying the nice weather while you still can go outside and not listening to me jibber-jabbering on a podcast- we’ll have plenty of time for that soon..! Yes, there will be a few announcements about new projects and partnerships coming up and I’m so excited about what’s next, but for now here’s something I want to tell you about:

This Wednesday, August 11th 2010 at 10AM PDT/12PM CDT, the South By Southwest (SXSW) “Panel Picker” will be live where you can select your favorite out of some 2800 submitted talks. Why should you care? Well, yours truely has submitted a mondo talk that will cover live streaming event production!

Title:      Live Streaming for Good: Producing “30 Hour Day”

Abstract:      30 Hour Day was the first web-based live streaming telethon of its kind, designed to raise money for local charities in Portland Oregon and beyond. In this presentation I’ll share the behind-the-scenes production notes and the experience of what leading a community of technical and creative volunteers is like, all working toward the common goal of continuously live streaming 30 hours of video content to the web. I’ll also speak about the larger concepts behind this new model of charitable fundraising using the tools of social media and an open source attitude, to create a web media event in real-time that can drive action on a local level.

I’ll post and tweet the links when they go live on Wednesday. I’d sure appreciate it if you send me to SXSW to represent PDX by voting for my talk, even if you think you might not be attending!