Conference Call Update: International Dial-in Information

We’ve secured an international conference call dial-in bridge for this Wednesday’s PDEC Conference Call.  PDEC membership spans the globe, so we are considerate of time of day and your ease of access.  The numbers are for countries where we can offer local dial-in access.  Many members use Skype (or other similar services), but in some cases a local number is preferable.

PDEC members will receive an email with the dial-in information.

We’ll see you (hear you!) on the call this Wednesday.

Monthly PDEC Community Call: Next Wednesday

The PDEC Community Conference Call is next Wednesday, August 6th.  This is the first of what will become a First-Wednesday-of-Every-Month call.  PDEC membership spans the globe.  Here is the time of the call in various time zones:

  • California/US West Coast: 8AM
  • New York/US East Coast:   11AM
  • London/UK:   4PM
  • Paris/Barcelona: 5PM

Please make a note of it on your calendars, set alerts, be sure to call in a little early if possible. We’ll post the dial-in number and the access code very soon.

Please think about agenda items you would suggest for the call.  If you have questions you’d like to ask of the community or an announcement or topic of discussion, let us know.  You can do that in a few ways.  Post them here in the comments or send them to me via email: If you want to receive email notification or calendar invites, please also let us know.

More info coming soon.  The call is just a few days off, so your feedback is more important with each passing hour!

Changes at PDEC – New Communications Director

There are several changes happening at PDEC.

Kaliya has a new job! Yeah! She is co-CEO of the Leola Group with her partner William Dyson. She has more about the story on her blog. It is a continuation of the efemurl project that she has been working with him on since September.

We have created a 6 month long transition plan for the organization/community to new leadership. We are pleased to announce as part of this we have brought on Dean Landsman to serve as Communications Director and among other things host regular community calls and host a podcast. Dean will be presenting about his new role with PDEC at the Personal Data Meetup in NYC on Monday.

The first of what will become a monthly PDEC Community Call (for startup members of PDEC) will hosted by Dean on August 6th at 8am pacific, 11am eastern, 4pm UK, 5pm Continental Europe.  [If you want to be a startup member you can apply on this site under Join Us].

Dean and I did a little video to explain when we met up in NYC last weekend when I was presenting at HOPEX (Hackers on Planet Earth 10).

KaliyaDeanNYJuly14 from Kaliya IdentityWoman on Vimeo.

As part of taking on the Co-CEO role in the new company Kaliya has taken into account the time needed to properly transition out of her role as PDEC Executive Director.  Jean Russell, who is also the COO of the Leola Group and has worked on PDEC operations, will dedicate some of her time during the transition period to supporting Kaliya and the PDEC community with the transition.

We are in the process of forming a Governance Committee to develop a plan in that realm and the logical conclusion of that will be to hire a new Executive Director.  We welcome your comments and suggestions, and please let us know if you would like to participate in the Governance Committee.

FLIP Labs is coming to IIW

Theory of Change.  What’s that? We have to figure ours out. 

Theory of change is a buzz word from the philanthropic and social change worlds. It is how you explain how you think change happens and it impacts how you invest your time and money to create the change you seek in the world. 

I have had a Theory of Change crisis. In bringing small companies together to grow an ecosystem would help bring it about.  I thought we could publish a journal and track the industry as it evolved.  

Connecting the startups isn’t enough. We have to connect to potential funders, partners and more importantly proactively shape and make markets.  

Knowing this I went to a conference at the end of March called Leaders Shaping Markets. I met folks from around the country working on creating change by engaging the mechanics of markets.  I connected with Cheryle Dahle (Former writer for Fast Company) and Peter Battisti with the Future of Fish for the past 4 years they have been working on shaping transforming Fish Markets.  

FLIP Labs is having success transforming fish markets and are working to expand to other markets.

They are having success and are currently working expanding their efforts via FLIP Labs to other They have a three phases method

* Discovery. Re-framing a problem, approaching a challenge with new eyes, flipping the underlying assumptions

* Co-Design. The best solutions are designed by the “residents” of a system, newly armed with fresh insights.

* Pod Facilitation. Consultants often vanish after writing reports. The Flip Labs team embeds in a system and works with practitioners to hatch solutions, to stand alongside them in the messy process of execution.

Our collective community work is well into the Discovery phase.

 Gabriel is flying in from Seattle to share with us more about how their work and to meet with us to learn more about how we can work together to create Ethical Data Markets.