Ursula’s Tentacles

“Don’t shove me into your pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.” …We talked about the usefulness of whispering one’s writing aloud when revising, and how it somehow functioned better than reading at a normal volume, when trying to get the music […]

One I Watch: adrienne maree brown

adrienne maree brown is a futurist and science-fiction scholar, a doula (for actual human babies, not books!) and a facilitator. She’s also a prolific writer, with regular appearances at the feminist playground that is Bitch magazine–here’s one of my favorite essays there–while her social media streams are a riot and a joy. Once upon a […]

One I Watch: Alanna Krause Irving

I met Alanna at POC21 (Proof of Concept 21, about which I wrote here), where her clear, accessible and passionate way of talking about technology immediately set her apart. Alanna was presenting Loomio, a platform that enables collaboration and decision-making among large numbers of people who may or may not be in the same space.  […]

One I Watch: Tim Leberecht

What a great name, I thought when I met this fellow German-American at OuiShare Fest in May, and how he seems to be living up to it.  To live right. Tim’s doing an interesting tightrope walk. In written form and speaking live, he shows up in all kinds of business and tech spaces, like Fortune […]

One I Watch: Janine Benyus

I met Janine years ago at a Biomimicry fundraiser in San Francisco. She struck me as brilliant yet humble. Bloomberg just did this beautifully clear short video on her during their Design-focused Businessweek: Biomimicry: innovation inspired by nature. “Life creates conditions conducive to life. That’s becoming part of the design field.. It’s no longer green […]

One I Watch: Taiye Selasi

I got to meet this force of nature at a TED salon in Berlin last year. In a crowd–and a city–that clothes itself entirely in shades of black, she wore a yolk-yellow skirt. I promptly tracked down her novel Ghana Must Go–stunning–from which I saved you this morsel: And what happens to daughters whose mothers […]

One I Watch: Michel Bauwens

A mainstay in my OuiShare community, Michel Bauwens, peer-to-peer movement pioneer and founder of the P2P Foundation, remains virtually unknown to my people in the US, despite obvious potential synergy. I think that’s because his presentations are generally complex, more grey than black and white, and he sounds like, well, a French theoretician. Go figure. […]

One I Watch: Simran Sethi

I first met Simran, appropriately, at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, that glorious foodie haven. It was 2011, I think, and she was already in deep with book development, wrestling with all the subjects she, as an environmental journalist, knows so much about (seeds! wheat! waste! fertilizers! GMOs! ethanol! externalized costs! globalization! pollution!) The […]

One I Watch: Matthew Fox

(No, I am not talking about the actor. I was always more of a Sawyer girl.) The feature interview in the July 2015 issue of The Sun is with Father Matthew Fox, a former Dominican priest who was expelled from the Church in 1993 for his “radical” preachings that humans weren’t born into Original Sin, […]

One I Watch: Robin Chase

Already awesome when I met her at last year’s OuiShare Fest –as the founder of Zipcar, which revolutionized the way we conceive of and achieve mobility for city-dwellers, and then Veniam, the technology behind a massive ‘network of moving things’ that can connect any vehicle, like a city bus or a garbage truck, to the internet, […]