My interview with Lisa Goldstein of ldglobalevents

Lisa Goldstine at DevLearn 2011 LearnchatI really had a lot of fun doing this interview with Lisa Goldstein for her blog Lisa is sharp and  I have enjoyed getting to know her at several of the Guild conferences. Lisa really knows L&D.

I thought her questions where great and brought out some good stories from me. I have been following her blog for some time now and am honored to have been asked to be interviewed.

Here is a picture I snapped at the Learn Chat table last year at DevLearn.

Thanks Lisa!



There is no end to education

I enjoy browsing web videos and watching lectures and conversations of thought leaders, philosophers and scientists. I especially enjoy finding people from the past. It is fun to learn this way. Right from the horses mouth as they say.  Technology has made this possible. Before the web and Youtube we just did not have access to these little nuggets of wisdom. There is so much to learn out there and learn.

I love this quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti. He is one of the many that I have enjoyed researching and learing about.

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”

~Jiddu Krishnamurti

Following Project Tin Can?

I have captured several great conversations on video following the progress of Project Tin Can. These conversations are with people that are involved with this important project in various capacities. This next iteration of SCORM is reshaping the future of how we look at learning.  I have created the following play list on YouTube. The first video titled “The Tin Can API – SCORM could do more” created by Rustici Software then I move on to my interviews. Watching this entire play list would be great way to get familiar with the project.

I am planning on conducting a few more interviews at the end of the month at DevLearn in Las Vagas.


Innovation is about taking risks!

“Doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results, is the definition of crazy.” ~ Unknown

I am looking forward to my presentation on innovation this October 16 for the ASTD Puget Sound chapter. It has been inspiring doing research for my presentation. I thought I get the conversation going with a few quotes and an inspirational TEDx video.

Innovation as defined by Wikipedia

“…the creation of better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are readily available”

I like this TEDxBerkely with Carl Bass the president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, Inc. His presentation is titled The New Rules of Innovation

“Innovation is about making things better in significant and hopefully meaningful ways”

Here is a fun article I found in The New York Times.

32 Innovations That Will Change your Tomorrow

Seattle Is the New Seattle?

I just read an article by MTV about the new Seattle music scene. I guess I have been missing on all the good shows here in Seattle. I keep hearing of good bands playing here and there. A few of those bands have friends in them, or friend of a friend.  I need to get out and see more shows.

QMP Playing at Darrells Tavern April 2012

QMP Playing at Darrells Tavern April 2012

There are a few bands I am following and I get out to their shows occasionally  but not nearly enough. One of the Bands is QMP. I have known the drummer Jamie Jensen since I was a young ladd growing up in Yakima Wa. The first time I ever jammed with a real drummer it was Jamie. He was not old enough to drive yet so I went to his place and we loaded his drum kit in my VW Bug and drove it over to my garage. It was a blast but I am sure we scared a few cats away. Anyways, the band is made up of Scott Larkin Jefferson (bass/vox) – Jamie Jensen (drums) – Joe Longo (git/vox) – Rod Taylor (git/vox)

QMP working on the new stuff

The guys had a regional following in the 90’s then went on to do other projects & have families. They have remained friends and recently QMP started jamming together again as well as writing some music. They have been in the studio and sometimes home studios, working on an album for several months now. I have heard a few of the mixes along the way. The finished album sounds fantastic and was worth all the work they put into it. QMP was recently featured on KISW’s on Loud and Local with with Jolene

Check out the new album on iTunes titled Full Color Pictures of a Black and White World


Here is the MTV article that inspired this post.

Seattle Is the New Seattle | MTV Hive.

Geeks and Music

Did you know the band Boston was a band full of geeks. The founding member Tom Scholz went to MIT and after he graduated with a masters degree he went to work for Polaroid. With his phat techie paycheck he built a studio in his house and designed his own peddles for his guitar to get that very distinctive sound. He spent several years working on the first Boston album, recording demo after demo until he got the sound right. Tom played every instrument except drums on several of the hits. The first time I heard Boston it was on a borrowed 8 track player. I was on a long road trip and the tape looped over and over. I was listening through a pair of those huge 70’s headphones. Anyone remember those? The sound was amazing, it was one of the best studios albums of the 70’s. One of my favorite music experiences.


..close your eyes and slip away!

Join me for the ASTDps conference “Ignite Your Mojo”

I am very excited about the upcoming event ASTDps 2012 WORKPLACE LEARNING CONFERENCE: Ignite Your Mojo. This one-day conference that will be taking place on October 5, 2012 has been programmed to help you get your learning mojo on.  I am proud to be part of the planning committee. We have worked hard to put together a great program. We have a fantastic line-up of speakers already with more to be announced. I am hoping that a lot of my local friends will join me and of-course looking forward to meeting new ones.

One of the best things about conferences and events like this is the connections you make. It is always fun to share ideas and experiences with people who are working in the same industry as you. I have learned so much from the conversations and the back channels at conferences like this one. I have attended so many national events it will be great to make connections locally.

For more details on this event or to register visit