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Human Potential in the Age of Exponential Tech

Finishing up 2010: GVA, SF, NY, YYZ, CDG!

I just realized that the last time I posted here was right after my Bogota trip and that was nearly two months ago! So let’s wrap up 2010 and jump into 2011.

The past two months have been incredibly busy. Here’s a snap shot of what I was up to during this time:

  • GENEVA: I was a speaker at the TNS Geneva Digital Life Event in November. I spoke about the evolution of business within this new digital landscape, particularly from a strategic point of view. We all know that social and digital media are redefining the way we interact with brands, but what are the internal controls, processes and methodologies that we need to implement internally in order to leverage these new sets of tools? I was the first presenter of the day and was delighted when the following speakers and several members of the audience referred to themselves as fellow Misfits! 🙂
  • EDMONTON: I spoke at the RTNA convention in freezing cold Edmonton, Alberta about the impacts of digital media on medical fields that rely on research and knowledge sharing. In particular, how were medical professionals dealing with issues of reliability of online information and information overload?
  • SAN FRANCISCO: I spent the rest of the week in rainy San Francisco meeting with some of our 2011 Technology Pioneers and briefing them for the Annual Meeting in Davos in January. We have such an amazing group of entrepreneurs and I had a wonderful time getting to know them. Nothing gets me more excited then speaking with people who are passionate about their ideas.
  • TORONTO: I flew home on American Thanksgiving to Toronto and our family celebrated belatedly, complete with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Every year we have dinner with family friends who we have known forever, and it was so great to have everyone together!
  • NEW YORK: The following week I headed over to New York to meet with some more Tech Pioneers and to get a feel for what was happening on the start up scene in the city. It was also a great opportunity to catch up with my colleagues in our New York office who I don’t get to see that often. Jesse accompanied me and one of the highlights of the trip was seeing the musical Wicked, which I completely loved.
  • PARIS: Finally, I rushed back home to Paris in order to attend Le Web. Unfortunately, it coincided with the great Europe snowpocalypse of 2010 and after one of the parties my friend Robyn and I were stranded at 2am! We walked two hours back to my apartment on the icy terrain as there were no cabs to be found. I hereby move to change the date of Le Web to the summer. Honestly.

On the personal front, I finally received my furniture and spent the last two weeks of the year setting up our teeny tiny new french pied-a-terre and exploring our new neighborhood. I moved from the 17th arrondisement to the 3rd and I can’t believe how close everything is! I’m right in the center of all the hustle and bustle of the city and I couldn’t be happier. I went on a leisurely run the other day and had the pleasure of running through Les Tuileries and the Louvre Museum.

I have to say, I was especially looking forward to just nesting in my apartment after having been on the road for so long. Jesse and I spent Christmas in Paris together and we celebrated by having an incredible five course meal at L’Auberge de Nicolas Flamel, one of the oldest buildings in Paris and the former residence of famed Alchemist Nicolas Flamel. (If you’re reaction was something along the lines of “wasn’t that guy mentioned in Harry Potter?” You’re not alone, I thought the same thing. And yes, yes he was.)

I want to thank all of you who visit the blog and keep up with my adventures. It has been an insane few months and I am excited to see what this new year brings. 2010 was definitely one of the most challenging years I’ve experience so far, I’m hoping the next few months will be filled with friends, family and fun. I wish you all the very best in 2011.



Flickr CC: Paris, By Walter Watzpatzkowski

Flickr CC: Map, bt Chuck “Caveman” Coker

Comments: 1

  • mango

    January 3, 2011

    Love the round-up – I’d have to say I read it with equal parts admiration & jealousy. All the best to you & Jesse in 2011 too and I’m adding you to my Google Reader feed!

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