There is something about summer - and especially spending a few weeks on the coast of Maine - that makes me want to try new things. I guess it’s the "kid at camp" syndrome where you sign up for riflery even though you’re scared of guns, have never fired one before and probably (hopefully) won’t again.  This year it’s cooking a goose and taking a drawing lesson. And lots of freewriting to warm up for another book.

Listen to six Linchpins who stepped up at the July 21st *Midsummer Madness Sweets and Tweets for delicious pre-Seth Godin cupcakes and to riff for three minutes on how each has made him or herself indispensable at work. Linchpins (and the flip side, self-sabotaging Lizard Brains) are the core concept in Seth Godin‘s newest book, the bestselling LINCHPIN.

Here’s why: Seth Godin is coming to town for a rare live seminar in DC on July 22, 2010. And his army of local fans is rumbling and ready. I’m hosting a Midsummer Madness edition of Sweets and Tweets (only $5) on July 21st, the day before his seminar, from 8 - 9 PM. It’s at the very cool Baked and Wired in DC’s Georgetown. We’ll raise a cupcake to Seth.  And some attendees are stepping up to the mike to talk about Linchpins and Lizard

I spoke recently with Peter Corbett, CEO of iStrategy Labs and one of DC’s tech celebs. Corbett has been named one of the Most Influential Washingtonians Under 40 and one of 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers by Government Technology Magazine. DW: 1. Did you have any inkling how much effort and time would be required to pull off DC’s first Digital Capital Week? It seems like you and co-creators Frank Gruber  and Jen Consalvo of Shiny

I love the title of Clay Shirky‘s new book: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age. What a marvelous phrase, cognitive surplus. It suggests that there is a basic reservoir of cognitive ability in all of us. And now, in our hyperconnected age fueled by social media, there is a surplus. Interestingly, however, while the digerati prattle away on blogs, Twitter and Facebook, it turns out that more than half of

I’ve started blogging for the Huffington Post. Here’s how my first piece starts: The only thing bigger than the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the size of BP’s public relations disaster. Just as BP can’t control the oil spill as it seeps further and further, nor can they control what the public is saying. Just to be clear, control is the operative word. >> More

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