Intertwingled: The Book Tour

I'm writing the final chapter of Intertwingled (available September) and starting to plan talks at conferences. Here's a draft description.

The Architecture of Understanding
If we hope to move forward, the UX community must go deep. We've been seduced by surface at the expense of understanding. We think we're designing software, websites, and experiences. But we're not. We are agents of change.
Until we accept this mission, we will forever repeat our mistakes. How can we work together when we're divided by silos? How will we innovate while blinded by cultural illiteracy? The things we make are reflections of the language we use and the ways we organize ourselves. It's time to stop twittering about unicorns and start shaping strategy. It's time to be architects of understanding.
In this spirited tour of information architecture, organizational strategy, and systems thinking, Peter Morville draws from his new book, Intertwingled, to reveal how everything is connected from code to culture. It's a trip into the wilderness of cognition and complexity that delivers a simple message: the UX community can change the world, but only if we have the courage to go deep.

So, what do you think? And where should I give this talk? Thanks!

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Information Architecture Summit

I will remember IA Summit 2014 as my favorite conference ever. The content and conversations were brilliant. The activities (first-timer dinner, polar bear run, book signing, yoga) were a ton of fun. The setting in sunny San Diego was lovely. And I had the honor of delivering the closing plenary.

Grand Canyon

If you missed it, you can check out the slides, tweets, and photos. But the only way to understand what makes this community special is to be part of it. So, reach out to Abby to help build the IA Institute. And, reach out to next year's conference chairs (Veronica, Jessica, Mike) and volunteer to help make next year in Minneapolis awesome (April 22-26). Thanks for the wonderful memories. Now let's get back to work. I'll see you at the summit.

Strange Connections

Water Hill Music Fest is an awesome community-driven event in Ann Arbor.

I met Devaki at the IA Summit. She's an expert at connecting the dots.

Thanks to Lara Federoff for volunteering to organize the next World IA Day.

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The Inner Canyon

I have two goals for 2014. First, I hope to write and publish Intertwingled. If all goes well, both book and e-book should be on shelves by end of summer. For now, I slog through snow and solitude, with miles to go before I sleep.

Grand Canyon

Second, I plan to hike the Grand Canyon rim to rim twice: South to North, a day of rest, then back. It will be hard, but I look forward to it, immensely.

Strange Connections

World IA Day 2014 will take place in 23 cities, 14 countries, 6 continents.

Guess what else I look forward to immensely? IA Summit in San Diego.

You know who's really crazy? Ultrarunners who race rim to rim to rim.

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