2017 Year In Review

Happy New Year! This artwork can be found at the Honolulu Art Museum. If you haven’t been there, make it part of your resolution. Plenty of inspiration.

Happy New Year!

I want to start off this blog with the top 5 blog posts I had in 2017:

  1. Seniors vs. Technology
  2. Hiking: Paved or the Unbeaten track
  3. Gaining Control: Keyboard Shortcuts
  4. Technology is Spoiling the Game
  5. Kaizen

It looks like I struck a chord with the challenge of our kūpuna (grandparents).  Check out the blog posts if you’re one of my new visitors.

2017 has been a year of growth for me. I got to connect with a lot of great, likeminded people in the community and continue to water these relationships. I went from working as an employee to shopping around for businesses to purchase to finally focusing on scoping my consulting business.  A lot of seeds I planted last year are now starting to grow. It’s awesome to see.

I got an opportunity to volunteer for a great event called Peace Day Hawaii and got to exercise my training skills by training how to navigate WordPress. Not only that but I was able to identify processes and provide an analysis of how the event was executed. All in all it was a great experience and I hope that I can help again this coming year.

Honolulu is not a bad place to have business and tech conferences. (Photo by D. Ramos)

I checked out quite a bit of conferences building up my toolbox and learning about the challenges local businesses are facing. One thing I realized is that a lot of people are operating in silos. I don’t think it’s anybody’s fault. It’s just a matter of prioritizing what we’re all facing day to day and that’s not a bad thing.

I was probably more excited about seeing how organized Hawaiian Airlines’ warehouse than most other people. (Photo by D. Ramos)

At the tail end of the year, I was able to tour Hawaiian Airlines with the Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals (YP) program. It was awesome to see their operations and I got even more excited when we met the inventory team. Learned a lot about how their facilities are organized so that they are running efficiently.

Join us every First Wednesday and bring your Excel headaches.

One of my biggest wins this year is establishing a meet up titled Spreadsheets n’ Brews. So far I’ve been able to help dozens of people with their challenges using Microsoft Excel. It might seem trivial but it’s part of my long term plans and it’s working. I really appreciate the good people at Village Bottleshop & Tasting Room for allowing my group to meet there since October.

Those are just some highlights from the top of my head. I’m pretty sure I’m missing a lot of other activities I’ve been involved. Got plenty of work to do. Wishing you the best for 2018.

The Shoreline

The Commissary by Charles Jean-Pierre + Keanu Sai, “an art installation that critiques the commodification of Pacific Islander land, culture, and identity” (Smithsonian), Photo credit: DeanAnthony Ramos

Hope everyone had a good 4th of July week. I was enjoying BBQing with friends and catching up with thank you cards for my wedding. Anyway, this past weekend was action packed thanks to Hands In Helping Out (HIHO), an organization who’s mission is to create positive volunteer experience. Their approach is awesome. You guys should check them out.

As a member of HIHO, I volunteered with a group of my peers for ʻAe Kai: A Culture Lab on ConvergenceThis event was organized by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and “Explores the meeting points of humanity and nature in Hawaiʻi” (Smithsonian). By luck I was assigned to an installation (The Comimissary) that was of great interest to me. Here are the three elements that struck a chord:

  1. Comparing societal perceptions with reality
  2. Narrative of Americanization & statehood
  3. Interpreting African American history (particularly the enslaved experience) through the eyes of someone who grew up in Hawaii

The biggest part of the installation was the “shopping area”. Charles Jean-Pierre broke down the idea by pointing out a key detail. The entire Commissary is filled with products made anywhere but Hawaii except a small section found at the bottom of one of the shelves.

To further explore the idea, Keanu Sai gave a short lecture going over the historical narratives of Hawaiʻi along with the narrative of Americanization & statehood. What I got from it was there’s a way to trace the roots of organizations here in Hawaii. It was really interesting and I plan to read more about it.

Finally, I had a great conversation about culture, language and assumptions with Nicole Moore. She grew up in Hawaii but is now a public historian, consultant, and educator in Atlanta. Her life experience really tied the installation together, for me. We had a nice chat about blending in where we each reside but once we start talking or people question where you’re from, assumptions are created.

So why am I blogging about all this? Well, it’s not everyday elements of your life come together to inspire you. There’s also the reminder that as a consultant I should be sensitive of the culture, history, and language of folks who have decided they want to work with me.

Were you able to attend the exhibit? Are you part of a volunteer group? There’s so much we can talk about so let’s talk story. Holler @ me.