Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Going 'On Tour'

Next Thursday I jet off to Texas to the annual South By South West Festival, along with 149,999 other people who head to this Interactive, Film, Music festival. I’m off to the ‘Interactive’ festival (only 10,000 go to this bit). This is the blurb:

‘The SXSW Interactive Festival features five days of exciting panel content and amazing parties. Attracting digital creatives as well as visionary technology entrepreneurs, the event celebrates the best minds and the brightest personalities of emerging technology. Whether you are a hard-core geek, a dedicated content creator, a new media entrepreneur, or just someone who likes being around an extremely creative community, SXSW Interactive is for you!’

I’ll be doing a few things at SXSW.

1) I’m very excited to be co-presenting a ‘Core Conversation’ with Chicago-based accidental film-maker and life coach Melissa Pierce, entitled ‘Is the Planned Life Even Worth Living Anymore?'. We’ll be in Room 5C in the Austin Convention Center on Saturday March 14th from 5 - 6 pm. Our session is all about the importance of a non-plan: With ever-changing technologies and globalization, having long term plans for lives, careers and business seems futile. Is your best plan not to have one?

2) Then on Sunday March 15th at 3.55 I’ll be signing copies of my books ‘Leap!’ and ‘Juggle!’ at the SXSW bookstore Barnes & Noble.

3) I am also going to be doing some video blogging from the event, here at planetjuggle.


Richard Harrison said...

I like the fact that you are living your own brand values by juggling a few activities while you're out there in Texas!

But which of SXSW's attendee descriptions fits you best? digital creative/entrepreneur/geek/
content creator or (in my words) bon viveur ...

Of course! It's not just one, but all of them!


Ian Sanders said...

Thanks Rich! I don't think I've ever been called a 'geek' before, but yes, tick the rest of the boxes...

dave wheeler said...


Enjoy Austin! The value in a plan isn't so much the document it produces. It is in the process one uses to define what needs done and how! Getting folks involved and engaged is a true performance multiplier.

Ian Sanders said...

Thanks Dave for your comments; yes you're right - a plan can certainly help focus a team and an organisation. We all need goals; it's just that sometimes those goals are reached by more of a non-plan than a rigid one!

dave wheeler said...

Absolutely...it's the input not the output that makes the difference!