January & February: Toronto, New York, Cancun and LOTS of writing
I know my updates have been a little on the light side lately, but for the last few months I’ve just been secreted way in my writing cave. Coming home from our New Zealand trip, I felt rejuvenated and eager to start 2013 off right. I headed to Toronto late January to continue working on Decoded. I had some interviews and of course tons of research but we made such great progress!
We flew to New York to meet with publishers and the experience made me completely giddy. It was pretty cool to get to go in and meet with some of the biggest names in business book publishing and to have them be as excited about Decoded as we were!
Unfortunately for me, that week in Toronto coincided with one of the coldest weeks in winter- the city even declared a cold weather alert warning people to stay indoors if they could. It was too cold to take Pixel for a walk and the salt hurt her paws. Luckily, because she has the best doggy life ever, I carried her to her doggie daycare where she could spend the entire day running around in a heated, indoor space. It worked out really well for both of us because by the end of the day were were both exhausted and happy to be low-key.
By the end of the week, I couldn’t deal with the cold so my sister, my mom, and I booked a last minute deal for a long weekend in Cancun. It was glorious. I spent four days on a gorgeous beach, swimming in turquoise waters. I had never been to Cancun proper before and I was pleasantly surprised by how private our resort was. The beach wasn’t crowded at all, so it felt like being at our own private paradise. It was the perfect way to recharge and get warm.
I was supposed to head back to Paris right after Mexico but decided to extend my stay in Toronto for a few more weeks, up until the last week of February! Jesse flew up from Paris to see me for the weekend before he had to go back on the road but I got so sick and was completely down for the count for the whole weekend. I was so sad to see him go! Fortunately, I had a lot to keep me busy, and little Pixel was great company.
A few quick notes:
During my New York trip, I managed to stop by the Enstitute house to have dinner with founders Kane and Shaila and meet the first class of fellows. I am so impressed by the quality of the fellows and the vision that the founders have for rebooting continuing education. If you’re not familiar with them, have a look at their website, they are doing great things in helping young entrepreneurs people connect with their passion. Basically, each fellow is paired up with an established entrepreneur at some of New York’s hottest start ups and gets to learn by doing – the apprenticeship updated for future entrepreneurs. This just reinforces my belief in ArchiTechs, as Kane and Shaila are the perfect examples of people who weren’t willing to wait around for universities to fix themselves. Instead, they used technology and created a new alternative, one that is offering an incredible experience for a group of young people who didn’t want to follow the traditional post-secondary education path. I am so proud to be an advisor for a company that has such an incredible vision of the future.
The Global Solutions Network:
I’ve delighted to be working with my mentor, Don Tapscott, again as he launches a really exciting program called the Global Solutions Network, in association with the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Business in Toronto. I’ll be contributing research and case studies on a variety of topics.
From the site:
The Martin Prosperity Institute is pleased to announce a new, landmark study of the potential of global web-based networks for cooperation, problem solving and governance. Through a series of major research projects led by global experts, we will identify and explain key issues, strategies and approaches that can help these new multi-stakeholder platforms thrive, scale and become material on the global scene. The program officially launches on January 29, 2013 at the Martin Prosperity Institute and on June 4, 2013 at the Summit on New Models of Global Problem Solving, Cooperation and Governance hosted by the U.S. State Department.
Social Media Week New York: Digital Diplomacy
I was invited to participate on a panel during New York’s Social Media Week. The topic was digital diplomacy, or how technology was changing the way that governments and individuals were communicating on a global scale. I was joined by Ross LaJeunesse, Head of Google’s Freedom of Expression division, and Katherine Mahr a researcher and policy analyst.
I finally headed home and am back in the writing cave. I won’t be there for long though, we’re in the final stretches and I can’t wait the manuscript to be finished. I’m so happy with how it’s turned out, I’ll be posting excerpts and content soon so stay tuned. As for March, I’ll be headed to Seattle to speak at a conference and trying to decide where I want to spend my birthday! 🙂
Toronto Picture, CC, Flickr, awhite
(all other pictures via my instagram account, Foushy)