This was my first trip to Poland, so naturally I did some sightseeing in Krakow. And I spent a day traveling in the Polish countryside to Spie, where my grandfather came from. [Read more…] about Photos of Krakow & a startup conference
My side of the Lasica family — the American side — has had only fleeting contact with our cousins in Poland since my grandfather, Wojciech (George) Lasica, arrived on Ellis Island on Feb. 13, 1912. (For some perspective, that was a month before the Titanic sank.) My grandmother, Katarzyna Delenta Lasica, and my aunt Tory (Sophie) Lasica Stagg, sent items of clothing over in the 1950s, but since then, the connections have faded away.
So when I headed to Poland last week for the first time, as a speaker at the Bitspiration startup conference, I decided to mix business with family affairs by hiring a Krakow-based family researcher from Your Roots in Poland to accompany me to the former Lasica family homestead in Spie, about 2 1/2 hours northeast of Krakow.
Here are 34 photos of my trip to Spie and the surrounding countryside.
Kinga, Krzysztof and I spent June 27 tooling around Wilcza Wola, the district that encompasses Spie, with a local historian, Wojchiech Mroczka. We spent an hour going through records dating back to the early 1800s in the church parish’s offices with the help of Father Stanislaw. But the highlight came when we visited the now-abandoned house at 11 Spie and met the neighbors, Bronislaw and Zofia Sudol, who still maintain the land there for the property owner.
I won’t go into the backstory of how a determined family matriarch, Maria Lasica Bordon, cajoled family members to up and move to Toronto. But the Łasica family (pronounced wa-SHEET-sa) left an indelible mark.
Here’s a short video I took of Bronislaw when we arrived — he was quite excited to pass along his recollections of family members who once lived there, and it was quite touching to meet him and Zofia. For your hospitality, dziękuję bardzo!
Here’s the set of more than 220 photos I shot as a credentialed photographer (for seven years in a row now) of the Santa Clara Grand Prix, including a roll call of Olympians: the world’s greatest swimmer, Ryan Lochte (above), Missy Franklin, Nathan Adrian, Jessica Hardy, Elizabeth Pelton, Dana Vollmer, Caitlin Leverenz, Elizabeth Beisel, Laura Sogar, Matt Grevers, Tyler Clary, Maria Gonzalez Ramirez, Gillian Ryan, Kevin Cordes, Fernanda Gonzalez, Allison Schmidt and dozens of others.
A dozen volunteers showed up and we called people on the MoveOn list on Colorado and Connecticut, asking if they’d be willing to do door-to-door canvasing on Sunday, Monday or Election Day (Colorado is a swing state, Connecticut has a key Senate election with candidate Chris Murphy). Probably called 500 voters — many didn’t answer, three or four were Republicans, and one was a disenchanted member of the Green Party. But we contacted enough volunteer canvassers to make it worthwhile.
In case you were wondering how these things work, I captured the shot at top — we were spread out throughout the house and back yard, running down our sheets of 16 voters per state before turning them in to me, to phone in the results to MoveOn headquarters. We had a “chatty script” (though no one called it that), or a notes outline, to induce a conversation with the supporter or voter, instead of a robotic script where we just read something to them. Studies show that getting people to knock on your door to come out to vote is a much more effective way to get out the vote than just making calls.
Looking forward to Tuesday — polls are looking good for President Obama and Democratic Senate candidates.
Review of ‘The Intention Economy’ by Doc Searls
Review by J.D. Lasica
Title: “The Intention Economy″
Author: Doc Searls
My rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Release date: May 1, 2012
In “The Intention Economy” (Harvard Business Review Press), Doc Searls picks up where he left off as co-author of “The Cluetrain Manifesto,” the seminal 2000 book that coined the phrase “conversations are markets” and ushered in a new understanding of how the Internet has changed the power relationship between institutions and individuals.
In his new book, Searls takes things a step further, painting a picture of what happens “when customers take charge” of this often dysfunctional relationship. Searls describes the tiny buds and sprouts of an emerging Intention Economy driven by customer demand and customer intent, an economy he believes has the potential to supplement and perhaps displace the present-day Attention Economy, where companies mine for personal data about us — sometimes with comic ineptitude — so that they can match us with products we don’t want and don’t need. [Read more…] about Are you a self-actualized, empowered customer?
Here’s a short chat I had with Amy Blaschka, President and CEO of the Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, about the Tri-Valley region (where I live), located in the San Francisco East Bay. The Tri-Valley consists of Pleasanton, Livermore, Danville, San Ramon and Dublin, and it’s best known for the Livermore wine region, golf, an amazing array of parks and sports fields, and the historic downtowns of some of the cities, especially Pleasanton. [Read more…] about Highlights of Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley
If you know Mother Jones, you probably think of them as primarily a print magazine. “That’s not really true anymore,” says Steve Katz in this 10-minute interview. Katz talks about Mothers Jones’ embrace of Facebook and Twitter and use of those social media platforms to extend their reach and generate new stories. [Read more…] about How Mother Jones is embracing social media