All posts for “event”


I Have an Idea for SXSWedu

Posted by: leelefever on August 20, 2013- 11:46am

Topic: Speaking

Categories: education, event, presentation, SXSW, sxswedu


Actually, it's not just an idea, it's a whole session about how explanation skills (and technologies) can help educators be more awesome.   Here's the thing - it's not easy to become a speaker at SXSWedu. To do it, I need your VOTES.   You see, when the kind SXSWedu folks review all 700 proposals, they consider audience voting for 30% of their decision.  So, this is my shameless attempt to encourage you to vote for my presentation.  Here's the description of my talk: As an educator, you explain... Continue Reading
A few weeks ago we spoke at Amplify Festival in Australia and one of the most memorable events of the conference was called “BrightSparks”, produced by the indomitable conference organizer Annalie Killian.  A few hundred people crowded into a bar to watch 18 PhD students pitch their ideas for 2.5 minutes each.  Sachi was one of five judges who helped award $5,000 to the winner.   Leading up to this event, we led workshops and spoke about the need for explanation and the goal to increase... Continue Reading

Speaking at SXSW - Come Say Hello!

Posted by: leelefever on March 4, 2013- 10:28am

Topic: Speaking

Categories: event, Explanation, SXSW


Sachi and I are heading down to Austin, Texas for the SXSW Interactive Festival, March 7-12.  After taking a few years off, we're excited to be heading back. I'm going to be doing a short "Future 15" talk on Monday, March 11th at 4pm about the Art of Explanation in Room 616AB. I know a Monday afternoon time is tough, but I would be honored if you could attend. 

The Common Craft Story - A Presentation at Big Ideas Fest

Posted by: leelefever on May 22, 2012- 12:07pm

Topic: Speaking

Categories: business, education, event, presentation, strategy


Late last year I was invited to present at an event called Big Ideas Fest, which focuses on change and inspiration related to K-20 education.  My presentation, entitled "Viral to Valuable" was about 15 minutes long and appeared during a track of the conference called "Scale and Spread", which related to scaling and spreading an idea.  If you're interested in the Common Craft story and how we came to focus our business on video as a digital product, etc., I tell the story in this video: To find... Continue Reading

Speaking at the Training Magazine Conference

Posted by: leelefever on January 4, 2012- 4:27pm

Topic: Speaking

Categories: conference, event


I'm excited to be one of the keynote speakers at the Training Magazine Conference and Expo.  The event is in Atlanta, Georgia on February 13-14th.  The event is set up to have multiple, short keynotes over the course of the conference and my talk will focus on the "Art of Explanation". Here's the description:   While technology increases connectivity, connectivity increases complexity. The time between decisions is shrinking and the scale of information around each decision is exploding. How do... Continue Reading

Where Goldfish Come From

Posted by: leelefever on October 22, 2009- 5:00pm

Topic: Speaking

Categories: event, personal, presentation


A couple of months ago, I presented a 5 minute presentation at Ignite Seattle called "Where Goldfish Come From" that is based on my experience growing up as a son of a goldfish farmer in North Carolina.  The Ignite series happens around the globe and each presenter has 20 slides that display for 15 seconds each, and auto-advance.  It's a challenge to make it work, but I enjoy it. Here's the video: Learn more at

Art from the Unexpected, June 16th, Toronto

Posted by: leelefever on April 27, 2009- 5:00pm

Topic: art

Categories: event, shadowbox


A few months ago I was contacted by AdLounge, an organization in Toronto, about an event they are hosting on June 16th called "Art from the Unexpected." The idea is to have 20 leaders, not formally known as artists, create pieces to be auctioned for charity. In this case, the charity is SKETCH, an organization that works with homeless and street-involved youth to engage in the arts. The idea sounded fun and I was happy that I could contribute to a charity event. So, I began work on my "... Continue Reading

Going to SXSW? Come to Our Panel "Shift Happens"

Posted by: leelefever on February 15, 2009- 4:00pm


Categories: conference, event, Speaking, SXSW, visualthinking


Sachi and will be heading down to South-by-Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) March 13th-17th and I hope we'll see you there. We'll have plenty of stickers - just ask!  I'll also be speaking, along with an excellent group of folks from the visual thinking world, at a panel discussion called "Shift Happens - Moving From Word to Pictures." The panel is on Monday (3/16) at 5pm 10am. Other panelists include: Sunni Brown Owner, BrightSpot Info Design Tom Crawford CEO, VizThink Dave Gray... Continue Reading

Going to Seattle Mind Camp 5.0

Posted by: leelefever on November 18, 2008- 4:00pm


Categories: conference, event, seattle


After having been out of town for four Seattle MindCamps prior to this one, I'm excited to finally get to attend.  MindCamp, as it's described on the home page, is:  "The self-organizing, digitally minded, entrepreneur-driven, overnight Seattle confab." Essentially, geeks and entrepreneurs get together for 24 hours and learn from each other in a free-form format, like Bar Camp or Foo Camp.  This year it's hosted at the downtown office of Synapse, starting this Saturday morning,... Continue Reading

Going to Gnomedex and/or BlogWorld Expo?

Posted by: leelefever on August 13, 2008- 5:00pm


Categories: conference, event, travel


I'm heading to a couple of tech conferences this Fall and I'd love to meet you there.  Gnomedex - Seattle, August 21-23 Nerds of all types converge on Seattle for Chris Pirillo's annual conference. This will be my 3rd one and it rarely disappoints.   If you're headed to Seattle, or in Seattle and going to the conference, let me know.   Blog World Expo - Las Vegas, September 20-21 This appears to be a big event.  I'm fortunate to be particpating in a panel discussion called "... Continue Reading