Bud Caddell is a change-maker and a cultural curator.

I forget how I first came across Bud on Twitter, but I had already been following him by the time I had the opportunity to chat with him in person at Grant McCracken’s Chief Culture Officer Boot Camp. Bud’s a wicked-smart, culturally-aware, and downright talented man who authors one of my favorite reads on this here Internets – What Consumes Me. It’s an aptly named blog for the curiosity that drives Bud. That curiosity is what consumes me, too. I have flipped my life on its head because of that curiosity. And based on the number of people I’ve surrounded myself with lately who also seem to have caught this bug, I am incredibly bullish on supporting Bud’s new project: The Bucket Brigade.

The Bucket Brigade is the formal proposal for a new book Bud will pen with contributions and support through the micro-funding site, Kickstarter. My excitement over the work Fred Benenson (another of my connections) and the industrious crew at Kickstarter is an whole ‘nuther blog post.  Today, it’s about Mr. Bud Caddell.  The basic idea behind is project is this: Read the rest of this entry »


Like many out there, I didn’t have a Valentine this year.  Halfway through the day, I broadcast through various forms of interactive technologies that I had, in fact, killed Cupid.  This breaking news was met with much lauding from both my single and partnered friends.  I mean really, who actually likes Valentine’s Day?

My last Valentine was in 2008.  We broke up 2-weeks later; just as the beautiful parrot tulips he’d sent on the “big” day were dying.  The year before that was “crazy Brett.” A) February 14th was his birthday, so the day was kind of hijacked for that purpose. B) He was a big whig at the toy fair in NYC, which always lands during this week. And, C) He was certifiable.  I never expected much, and he didn’t disappoint.  LOL  He was also kind of liminal in being that first “boyfriend” after a significant and long term relationship. Last year, because of my dad’s illness, I wasn’t dating.  And this year, well…it takes two to tango.  Or to fire up a hot Salsa Cubana.

Earlier today, I was working on some research for a paper/presentation I must deliver in 50 days. Ralph Waldo Emerson was my de facto Monday Morning Boyfriend.  I thought I’d share one specific passage that punctured me pretty hard, as I am certain it will you:

I MUST BE MYSELF. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you.  If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should.  I will not hide my tastes or aversions.  I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and the moon whatever inly rejoices me, and the heart appoints.  If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not burt you and myself by hypocritical attentions.  If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own.  I do this not selfishly, but humbly and truly.

Cited: Emerson, Ralph and Richard Whelan. Self-Reliance. New York: B. Tower, 1991. p.81.

This is my first Saturday at home in a month.  Mid-January into usually mid-February is always back-to-back-to-back-to-back weekends of fencing – not that I’m complaining.  It just means that after the holidays, I hit the ground running.  In an ideal world, I have all of my ducks in a row and am prepared for it.  However, in my temporary world of higher education, it causes a bit of havoc because it happens at exactly the same time as the new semester.  So, no matter how well I plan and clean and prepare for the tsunami, a month later and I’m looking around my apartment and at my to-do list with shock and awe.  How do dust bunnies and laundry multiply like this?!?!  And suddenly, my once clean calendar is filled to the brim with readings and due dates. Oh, and then there are the bills. Yeah, those.  Egads!

As of the writing of this post, Read the rest of this entry »

My magic number seems to be around “350.” I’m not a “friend collector” in the social world of onlineness. If I don’t know you in person, chances are good that you’re not a friend on my Facebook. With Twitter, I’m a little more liberal. It’s open, but I’m not actively recruiting eyeballs for “my brand.” I engage with those who engage with me and will send the occasional “@” to those I follow who don’t reciprocate for whatever reason.  If you follow me (@nycredhead), you will see a lot of RT’s from those I respect in the branding/media worlds, as well as friendly banter with long time friends.  I throw out ideas and questions and comments to anyone willing to take note or to engage with me. Admittedly some days, I feel like I’m yapping into an abyss (like yesterday, for instance).  On those days, take a break and find something else to do. Work? Oh, perhaps.

Yesterday’s Tweet: “Nobody loves me. I’m talking to myself. *sigh* I’ll just be over here minding my own….licking my wounds…don’t mind me….” Read the rest of this entry »

Back to One…

January 24, 2010

I do senior-level digital influence and brand strategy. I know, I should have a blog.  The truth is, I’ve had several of them over the past few years — personal and professional.  As the landscape and purpose of social media has evolved — especially over the past 18-months — I have been less satisfied with the shape of my online presence.  And so, I yanked the blog-thing a few months to consider and meditate where I want to take the whole thing. Other life-lived experiences have taken precedence to manifesting something new into the blogosphere, but it’s been long enough. I’m here. I’m back. However you find me, let’s get on to building this thing together.

I’m currently writing a paper at NYU on something I refer to as Read the rest of this entry »