It's not everyone who will literally throw down a gauntlet, but actively follow up on it, too. Jed Cawthorne would be one such person.
Whether it's laying down personal writing challenges or challenging a colleague's stance, Jed Cawthorne excels at creating dialogue on CMSWire and off. His sense of humor and his passion for using technology to improve our work lives comes through in every interaction.
What’s your proudest accomplishment of 2015 (personal or professional)?
Professionally I am proud of my team who have done great work over the year. We recently had two important people move on to new roles which is great for them, but I already recruited one very smart person and will be looking for another in January. This team has done great work managing and supporting our core technology platforms, and working to introduce new ones.
Personally I am very proud of my 12-year-old son who passed his Junior PADI open water divers course to become a fully qualified Scuba diver!
What excites you about your field today?
Change. There is always something new. The latest, hottest new thing might not actually live up to the hype, but it is up to us to figure it out, to decide if any given new technology or new implementation of old technology can add value to our work place. Which means things are very interesting right now, but also means that unlike in the past, there never seems to be a quiet period across the summer, or the approaching holiday season. Rather there is always something that needs to examined, or a vendor who needs to be booked for a demo.
What inspires you?
What we can do with technology for the good of the human race. People like Elon Musk and SpaceX is just one example of the many out there who can see a bigger picture. In fact if you read any articles at all you will probably know that for Musk, SpaceX and its current rockets are just a means to end, which is to colonize Mars. I agree with him that humanity needs to diversify it's "home" worlds to prevent a single catastrophe wiping us all out.
What personal or professional goal have you set for 2016?
Professional goals are of course aligned with those of the organization, and include deploying our new SharePoint 2013 based portal, and introducing some new technologies to help automate various processes and to add value to the business.
Personally, I hope to be able to contribute to the team at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto in a meaningful way as we rewrite many of our courses for the new year. Oh and of course, my goal is always to be a better fencer, to make all my parries and go home with less bruises ....
If I had a magic wand and could change one thing about my industry it would be ...
To drop the word social from being used in a product name, description or meaningful discourse ever again!