he question at the center of my writing, speaking, and conference-organizing is this: how do innovations that matter get introduced to the world?
That question has led me to some interesting places, from the White House to the Sundance Film Festival, from the United Nations to the laboratories of dozens of biotech and medical device companies, from Google to Walt Disney World. (The food at Google is far better.)
I write the weekly "Innovation Economy" column and blog for the Boston Globe and Boston.com. I've served as a contributing writer for Fast Company and Wired, and my writing has appeared in other places, too, including the New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, Salon, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, the San Jose Mercury News, CIO Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
I am also involved in hosting, speaking at, and moderating panels at a number of other events...most of them related to that big question above, and also how established industries and organizations can be more hospitable to innovative thinking.
Some ancient history:
I grew up in Miami, where I attended the New World School of the Arts, studying jazz saxophone. At Boston University, I wrote about theater for the Daily Free Press, started a humor magazine called The Rumor, and earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Communication. After college, I worked for a management consulting firm called Lochridge & Company for two years, then was part of the team that helped the Globe launch its Web site, Boston.com.
A few organizations I am proud to support: the New England High School Journalism Collaborative; the Computer Clubhouse; the Media and Technology Charter School in Boston; and Youth Enrichment Services.