Windward Oahu Business Expo Presentation: Leveraging for Linchpins

My School, Le Jardin Academy, along with the Kailua Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2012 Windward Business Expo 

and asked me to present. I decided that the most applicable topic would be my Personal Branding presentation from Punahou Lab School (augmented to include a business leader perspective). I fashioned the title after Seth Godin’s marvelous book: Linchpin.

Here’s the overview:

Leveraging Tech for Linchpins

If you are an entrepreneur, or a creative leader in your field, you are more significant than your current situation. It’s time to leverage the web to show how indispensible you are.  In his best-seller Linchpin, author Seth Godin identifies linchpins a people who “stand out…invent, lead (regardless of their title), connect others, make things happen…delight and challenge their customers and peers…and turn each day into a kind of art”. How do you go about creating a personal brand that transcends your company? This workshop offers tips on clever and responsible use of social media, as well as elegant and innovative tools to augment your digital presence and networking. Please bring a device of your choice.

It was difficult to prepare for, as I had just returned from 3 separate presentations in Canada and the SOTF conference (my presentation on Data Viz in the classroom), AND I was nursing  a fever. All went well, however.

Here is a brief slide show intro I used to give my audience some perspective:

Leveraging4Linchpins (Keynote converted to PPT)

Slideshare: (fancy-schmancy transitions not working)

CLICK HERE FOR THE SITE: “Leveraging for Legacy”

The particular part of the site dedicated to professionals looks like this:

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Infographicmania! Schools of the Future Conference, 2012

The “Stained glass windows of our century”

I think I’ve always been a little obsessed with data visualization – perhaps it’s because I have a thing for mid-century minimalism and many “infographics” and other examples of data viz embody that.

Like this one:


In the past couple of years I’ve used data visualization in the high school classroom in the Theory of Knowledge course (as an exploratory theme addressing sense perception, the arts, the nature of data/information, etc.) and in World History (as a culminating unit project).

***scroll to bottom of post for links to these

Personally, I think analyzing, interpreting, critiquing, and even creating visualizations with data sets is an essential part of media literacy.

I’ve been a part of the Hawaii Association of Independent SchoolsSchools of the Future grant program (and a team member at my school) for the past 4 years. In 2011 I co-presented in a workshop about E-Portfolios (which led to some of my personal branding efforts later).

For this year’s SOTF Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center I was privileged to present


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Site link:

Once again, I found that creating an HTML website using Wix allowed me to embed and organize all the elements I wanted, set up a contact page for further queries, and offer the attendees something of a “digital goodie bag” to take home.


Links to some of my other Theory of Knowledge posts on Data Viz:

BCSSTA Conference and High School Presentations

this post is a work in progress…please check back later

In Spring of 2011 I was asked by Dale Martelli, an excellent B.C. teacher and fan of my YouTube work, to do a little meet-n-greet with his bevy of History students visiting Hawaii (because we have Pearl Harbor and all that jazz). We had a great time chatting it up about education at dinner, and he promptly asked if I would consider applying to speak at the British Columbia Social Studies Teachers‘ annual conference (BCSSTA)  in the Fall. I’ve always loved Vancouver, so I really couldn’t pass it up. In the end I met some wonderful people (both fellow educators and students), and received some excellent feedback.

I. Crofton House (students of Brenda Ball; teachers)

I was greeted at the YVR airport Wed., Oct. 17 by the energetic and stunning Brenda Ball (@misssball ).


She joined me later at my hotel (the Moda Hotel– highly recommend) for a bite to eat and a bit of a chat. What wonderful food and convo! It would be the first of many dinner dates.


The next day (rainy, go figure) I was dropped off by cab to the lovely Crofton House (an all girls’ school) where Brenda had scheduled some time for me to meet with her upperclassmen History students, and then do a brief P.D. session with a small group of teachers.


As one can see, the facilities were modern and exquisite – and there were Macs everywhere! And tea!

I decided that, for the students, I’d give what I’d hope would be a humorous but poignant look into the Creative Process and what I’ve learned from my experiences stemming from the History for Music Lovers Project.

I developed a Keynote presentation with lots of images, a simple font, and a sprinkling of embedded video. I encouraged students to tweet through the presentation, and a couple took me up on it (using the hashtag #cr8 )

It was broken into 4 parts:

1. Triumph Over Adversity

2. Creativity

3. Storytelling

4. Guides for Life

Here is the Keynote converted to PPT:


And the version as a film:

For the teachers, I gave an abbreviated version of my BCSSTA presentation – basically taking them through the web site resources and student exemplars I had curated (see below)

II. The British Columbia Social Studies Teachers’ Association (BCSSTA) Conference, Oct. 19 2012

Theme: Rights and Responsibilities: Thinking and Acting Globally and Locally

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III. Vancouver Tech Student presentation