Career Advice from a Tech Women

Whether you are into tech or not, Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack provides the most honest and straightforward career advices, useful for many – not only for ‘Women in Tech’. I am sharing some of her tips I found most valuable when reading her book.

Moving the Middle

Instead of focusing on the few but loud voices on the extreme side, we should move our focus to the middle when designing a campaigns. Although we would like to win the most radical over on our side, we should ask if it in fact isn’t a bigger audience we would like to reach, those that can be ‘moved’ by our messages.

How to Get Things Done

Allen’s ‘Getting Things Done’ provides some useful insights about planning and prioritising what to do next, and creating a trustworthy organising system that gives relief, and replace an unreliable one causes stress. As long as we keep our activities in our head they will continue to haunt us when we least want to, such as when we sleep.

Tipping Point: How to Go Viral

‘The Tipping Point’ by Gladwell is about going viral, in real life. The simple recipe is valid even online, you need a few people, a sticky message and the right context and circumstances. The epidemics ends when we become immune, as with emails: the more we get the more selective we become and the shorter we reply.

The Width of the World Web

How wide is the world web? We rarely read more than 140 characters, and rather watch videos or photos. We use apps, with algorithms and advertisement that present us with tailored and biased feed. At the same time, we can connect and reconnect with people we otherwise would have left behind, or never interacted with in the first place.

Technology, Humanities and Apple

Ten years ago I got my first iBook. After reading ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ I decided to share why I am an Apple fan. Apple is not flawless and Steve Jobs was not born a great leader. On the contrary, he failed big time, but he learned from his mistakes. Apple embrace diversity and equality, because ‘inclusion inspires innovation’.

Taking Fear Seriously

In the aftermaths of the terrorist attack in Paris and the security threats in Brussels, reading Kahneman has struck me as timely insightful to further comprehend the way fear works; due to the attacks and threats as well as the disturbing spill-over effects it has had on immigration and racism.

How-to get @ttention on #HumanRights

This week I ended up in a discussion at work with interesting people from across Europe on how human rights advocates can use social media to raise awareness and change attitudes. Excited after our short talks I continued thinking about what is needed, and pinpointed a few preconditions that we tend to pay too little attention to.