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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ericast 200 - Happy Birthday, Chad!

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WE MADE IT!  Episode 200!  Which, I guess, doesn't mean a whole lot (isn't it 100 episodes that's the milestone for syndication of a television show?) but, hey, you gotta celebrate what you can while you can, right?

Birthday greetings to Chad this week.  Why?  Because he's a person.  And people are special.  And it was his birthday.

If you want to know more of the context to that, listen to this week's (short) episode.  And if you want to share your own thoughts, call in at 206-339-3742 a.k.a. 203-339-ERIC or email me (eric) at (which people rarely do, so I wonder if that forwarding actually works across all clients and domains; if you've sent me a note and haven't gotten a response, let me know through some other venue so I can troubleshoot that).

Chad already set next week's topic for me.  Do you have any?  Let me know!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ericast 199 - The Denver Experience!

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Continuing last week's discussion of EDUCAUSE-related experiences, this time focusing on Denver itself.  The basic thesis, not to spoil the entire episode, is that Denver seems to be a lot like Minneapolis.

I also branch off into all sorts of interesting tangents on diversity, which I think could turn into a fascinating series on culture and leadership and... it's up to you.  Let me know if you've got any topic ideas on that front.  (Sure, the topic is a bit risky... but what's a podcast without some edgy discussion, right?)

Do you have your own exciting (or not-so-exciting) travel experiences to share?  Opinions of the "fly to a conference" routine?  Share!  Call 206-339-3742 (a.k.a. 206-339-ERIC) or email me (eric) at

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ericast 198 - Recapping EDUCAUSE 2012

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I'm back from EDUCAUSE in Denver and trying to explain the experience.  That's quite a challenge.  So, I just randomly talk about some related things and ideas.  Would you expect any less from me?  If nothing else, and if you're not motivated enough to Google deeply for the speech I was talking about, be sure to check out the link to Clay Shirky's EDUCAUSE 2012 keynote.

Note that the opening call from Matt in this week's episode might just be the thing that keeps the Ericast going into 2013.  Intrigued yet?

Share your own comments, ideas, objections, etc.  Call 206-339-ERIC (a.k.a. 206-339-3742 for the alphabetically challenged phones out there), or email me (eric) at

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Ericast 197 - The First Follower

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I know I've talked about this topic before.  I have.  But I don't think I've done a full-blown episode on it.  If I have... sorry.  Consider it a "clip show" without any of the advantages of saving work by throwing old clips together.

The up-shot?

We're told we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective.

The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow.

Full details are at the creator's site of (for Derek Sivers' "Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy") and here's an embed of the original video:


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Still counting down to episode 200...