Saturday, October 30, 2010

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Story Lab - Authoring your Story as Mission

Ken Janke co-founder of The Grove kicked off a 4-week lunch-time lecture series titled "Story Lab - Authoring your Story as Mission". See the slides below) Ken is interested in helping people author the story they want to live. He wants to help them create a vocation that is less about what people do and more about who they are. There was a good crowd that met in the Carriage House in the secret garden behind the Grove's main workspace. (What a great space right around the corner from my office that I never knew was there!)

Ken started the talk asking each of us to describe our passion. I talked about my passion to give back to society (such things as my work with Autism, Tanzanian Orphans, and Robots and of course as a father and husband to name a few :) ). I talked about my belief that "When you give, it comes back to you five-fold" and my other belief about community that "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts". The audience seemed to be made up by a majority of nonprofit and community organizer folks so as you would expect, their passions mostly revolved around community development and helping those less fortunate. I'm sure if more artists and business folks were there would have been a wider breadth off passions.

One woman in the audience asked if people believed that their career choice needed to one in the same with their passion. Many in the audience seemed to think this is the case. I however have a different opinion. I believe (and live) that my passion to help society can be separate from my career. I don't have a need to make a living off of my work with AIDS orphans or Autistic families or any of the other community initiatives I am involved in. In the age-old question: "Is your job a means to an end or the end itself?" I believe that your job provides that means to the end. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do and feel challenged and rewarded in my work, but it's only one aspect of my life. As I was reflecting on this on my walk back to the office I saw this tweet from Rich Digirolamo that I think sums it up perfectly:

"Your job title should not be your identity. Who you are, what you do and what you deliver should."

How about you what do you think? Let's keep the discussion going. I look forward to hearing what you have to say. I'd also love to see more folks join the discussion on Fridays. I want to hear the point of view from businessmen, entrepreneurs & artists!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Music In Motion 10/29 & 10/30

Music In Motion opens tomorrow night at 7:30pm in the Amity High School auditorium.  The show is outstanding!  Tickets are $10 and children 12 and under are free!  All tickets for children 12 and under must be obtained at the door.

Buy online or at the door!  Come see a performance unlike anything you have ever seen!  It’s a great night for the entire family!

Philip E. Dolan
Amity High School
Band Director
(203) 397-4830 ext. 3738

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My 10 Year Old's Latest Song "The Things I Did"

My son wrote this completely in his head while we were shopping in Stop & Shop yesterday after Podcamp. I heard him humming it and mumbling lyrics while we were walking through the isles. When we got home he immediately started playing the complete song. I heard him in the basement so I went down and asked him to play it again. I recorded this is with my phone:

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010



NEW HAVEN, CT – October 12, 2010. The first PodCamp CT will take place Saturday, October 16, 2010, from 8AM to 5PM, at the Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet School in downtown New Haven and will bring the nationally-known PodCamp event to the state for the first time. Tickets are open to anyone and are $25 for the one-day event and can be purchased online:

PodCamp CT is the one-day “unconference” that brings social media technology enthusiasts from all walks of life together to share ideas and make new connections. For the Connecticut event, the theme is “Connecting Where We Live, Learn, Work and Play.” The organizers are enticing those beyond the inner circle of social media to get fresh voices discussing the phenomenon.

"Podcamp is finally debuting in Connecticut and we’re looking to bring together leaders in business, politics, nonprofit, education,
technology, the arts, and more - all on equal footing. The goal is 100 percent focus on having progressive conversations and making new connections about all things CT and the social web,” said Andre Yap,
CFO and Founder, Ripple 100, and Co-Organizer of PodCamp CT.

“This event is not just for geeks. We need a mix of seasoned users and those just starting out. Boston, New York and the West coast may be considered the hot spots for social media but not anymore. Connecticut
is right on their tails,” said Joe Cascio, a self-employed software engineering consultant and PodCamp CT Co-Organizer.

The event is unusual because it takes an “unconference” approach, by not permitting sales pitches or speakers. The content of the conference is created by the attendees who share experience and expertise and raise questions for others to help solve.

The first PodCamp was held September 8-10, 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts and are now being held worldwide. More information on PodCamps can be found at:

PodCamp CT Event Details

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2010

Time: 8-5pm

Place: Cooperative Arts & Humanities Interdistrict Magnet (COOP) 177
College Street, New Haven CT 06510

Cost: $25

Parking: TBD (potentially at ProPark across street)

Audience: Those using social media and/or interested in conversations about improving how we live, work and play through Social Media


Twitter Hash tag: #pcct

Joe Cascio

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

A glimpse of City Wide Open Studios Alternate Spaces #cwos #swct

Watch us climb through a hole in the wall to then squish oranges on the floor while someone types on an old fashioned typewriter in the corner. Gotta see it to believe it!

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