(by Jonathan Grudin; http://interactions.
Sounds like you had a great vacation in stunning scenery and
in great company. However, I’m
not sure you experienced “how
life once was,” even if it perhaps felt like it then/feels like
it now. Rather, it seems like you
experienced the time offline
in that particular way because
it was marked by being different than what you normally
experience, and being marked
by not being like that forever.
I am reminded of an essay
criticizing Sherry Turkle’s “alone
together” idea, arguing that Turkle
is fundamentally wrong when she
so clearly separates that which
is connected/digital from that
which is not: http://bit.ly/180jOHd
I’m not calling you a digital
dualist; however, you also say that
one of the best parts of the trip
is that you now have three more
people in your online connections.
But even with an Internet connection you would perhaps have
gotten to know them anyway.
Lone K. Hansen
Blog: The UX
ownership war is
over … and we
(by Daniel Rosenberg; http://interactions.
What if the new CEO is the guy
with the purple hair and body
piercings? If you think that all
CEOs are suited mannequins, then
you are not getting around much.
I am motivated to respond to
[Rogov’s] comment, which I assume
was offered in jest. I know a few
CEOs here in Silicon Valley with
purple (or orange) hair and many
more with body piercings. Some of
them have MBAs, some don’t. The
point is they are the CEO. They
have the ultimate skin in the game.
My favorite is Quixey, where the
CEO is a childhood friend of my son
(and this is his second company). It
is a well-funded startup with some
big-name investors like Peter Thiel.
The important point is that while
running very leanly he prioritized
not only having UX designers but
also having a user research function in-house over many other
things. These are the next-gen
leaders, and while not designers they have strong opinions on
design. As CEOs they also hold
the gold and are their companies’ UX leaders through words,
actions, and investment choices.
Blog: The past,
present, and future
of women in STEM
(by Ashley Karr; http://interactions.
I think the small daily actions
here are great. It’s particularly
nice to read your examples of
what can happen if you change
your own behavior rather than
waiting for the world around
you to change. I think those personal, positive stories are important, so I’d like to share one.
I was recently invited to a
careers panel session at an event
for end-stage Ph.D. candidates. I
have a Ph.D. in computer science,
had a short but successful academ-
ic career, and now run a training
consultancy business. The panel
was entitled “What do employers
look for?” and having previously
been both a postdoctoral employee
and employer I had much to offer.
There were five people on the
panel and I was the only woman.
The first question was asked and
I had some thoughts to share, but
I waited for one of the others to
answer first. Then, probably for
the first time in my life, I noticed
myself doing this: stepping back
to give the guys a chance to speak
first. It was like being struck by
a bolt of lightning. For the next
question I had some experience
to share so I jumped straight in.
My response sparked a meaningful discussion and this gave
me confidence. For the rest of the
session if I had something to say I
didn’t wait for the others to have
their say first—I just spoke up. No
one was offended, no one reigned
me in, and on several occasions
I heard the other panel members
saying “I agree with Jen...” or “Jen’s
absolutely right...” and then giving their answers. At the end of
the session I was happy that I’d
made several important contributions and this was confirmed by
feedback from the participants
and my colleagues on the panel.
I can’t remember ever being
explicitly told to wait and let
boys speak first, but perhaps
I’ve picked up cues as I was
growing up that this is how I
should behave. Anyhow, now
I’ve called my subconscious out
on its sabotaging behavior and
I’m looking forward to the next
opportunity to speak over it.
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