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I keep the previous entries, in chronological order rather than update and delete, so it reads like a diary in reverse order.
24th March 2018
Work Steady progress in most of the businesses I am involved in. I focus more on supporting companies I am already involved in rather than starting new ones. It’s not a hard and fast rule.
I’m looking into the way entrepreneurship is (or isn’t being) taught in Business Schools. I’ll be on a panel at the Krakow MBA Congress in May on this topic. It may be that to teach in a University in Poland you need a PhD which would rule out “entrepreneurs”. how many business schools have Centres for Entrepreneurship like The Rock Centre at Harvard. Towards the end of 2018 and first half of 2019 I’ll see what I can do at some business schools in this area.
I’ve recorded a couple of new podcasts for Project Kazimierz.
CAMentrepreneurs is becoming a legal entity. I’ll be attending a lunch in New York next month.
The biggest completely new project I am working on is a Pre Event before the TEDFest in New York in April. It’s in a brand new co-working space near Central Park in Manhattan, and I’m doing it with Aaron Sylvan the Curator of TEDxFulton Street.
Under three months until the TEDxKazimierz main event. This is a big commitment/so much work I could write a separate blog post about what this involves, but I feel too busy :-).
2nd January 2018
Happy New Year.
I’m behind on my 2018 yearly plan.
It’s a funny thought, given that my main goal is to be be more productive. I was inspired by Ivan Mazour’s blog post here . It contains lots of good advice.
I wrote to him telling him how I’ve removed Twitter Notifications and what some of my plans are for the year. A word of advice for anyone reading this. If you like something you read, see or hear, tell the person or people you did so. I wrote to Clare Dwyer Hogg about her BBC Radio drama “Have you seen this child” because it moved me so much. At the 2016 TED Summit Margaret Heffernan gave a compelling workshop on how important it is to appreciate what other people have done for you and *let them know about it*. I appreciated her workshop – (and yes, I did let her know 🙂 and will send her a link to this post later.
11th December 2017
As the year ends, I’m focussed on getting things ready for next year’s TEDxKazimierz activities in Poland and the USA, my family Christmases in Poland and the UK, the TEDxKazimierz Xmas Party, my New Year’s Eve party, getting my final Project Kazimierz podcast interviews of the year sorted, and writing a blog post about event organisation. I’m full of appreciation of my daughter Antonia’s TEDxYouth@Warsaw which took place in Campus Warsaw on Saturday 9th December. A few business decisions need to be taken – none life changing. I’m looking for the space to think about balancing longer term priorities too.
27th November 2017
The last 7 weeks have been very busy. Two foreign trips, hosting and speaking at about 7 events. After my experience at the PAMI conference I may have found a new career as an event advisor, as you will discover if you read the blog posts that follow up on this topic.
Some new podcast episodes. including Krysia Griffith-Jones and Russell Hicks. Opposite end of the spectrum. As I said in a talk in AGH – sometimes its the oddest things that give the most satisfaction.
Last events for this year are
Krakow Enterprise Mondays,
the TEDxKazimierz Xmas Party
two more Open Coffee Krakows,
preparing my 5 minutes for Krakow Standup Comedy Open Mic
visiting Warsaw for TEDxYouth@Warsaw.
Several company Christmas parties.
A few more podcast episodes to record.
5th October 2017
In the UK, going to TEDxShoreditch where I am going to hear Pippa Evans talking about Sunday Assembly. I interviewed the curator Katie Underwood on my Project Kaizmierz podcast here I was proud to have my father JR Lucas on the show. The interview was some time ago, the podcast went on line yesterday.
I’m coming towards the end of Piotr Nabielec’s productivity course. I wrote about this here and had Piotr on the podcast too.
Rebooting TEDxKazimierz, Krakow Enterprise Mondays, Open Coffee Kraków, possible new paid part time job, being a mentor, speaking engagements in Krakow and London.
October is going to be busy.
2nd September 2017
Very busy catching up after a month in Edinburgh staying with my daughter and putting on an event as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with Daniel Lucas, Helena Lucas and Michał Skubida. I need to work have an hour of material I believe in before I put on my own show. Target end of 2018.
In the run up to a major international TEDx organiser workshop 15-17th September. We will have TEDx Organisers and team members from many European Countries, and the Head of TEDx Licencing Will Davis from New York as a special guest.
5th July 2017
Right now, I’m in Cape Town, in my old University friend’s down town small apartment with two of my children. We make a second attempt to go up Table Mountain , go to Standup Comedy with the son(s?) of our charming Couchsurfing host Gill this evening, are planning to (try to) learn to Surf, go on Safari, make contact with TEDxCapeTown, possibly visit the seaside for “Whale watching”. So plenty of new experiences ahead.
Being on holiday is so different to day to day life… On the one hand a more relaxed pace, on the other hand,,, the feeling of things piling up back home in Poland…
My non holiday thoughts are to with closing out the TEDxKazimierz event, preparing for the TEDx Regional organisers meeting I am hosting, and the launch of Cambentrepreneurs in Warsaw in September.
I’m trying to read Sapiens a book recommended by a friend
I don’t discuss family, friends and specific business topics here (a policy decision I just made).
10th June 2017
Right now I am preparing for the summer holidays, which notably include first ever visits to South Africa, and first ever performance at the Edinburgh Free Fringe Festival.
I have to write my show.
Since my last update I’ve been granted Polish citizenship of which I am very proud. I feel secure no matter what happens with Brexit. I’m Polish, British, English, a bit Scottish, a European, a TEDx-er, a Krakowian, a Dad, and a Citizen of the World.
I’m quietly satisfied that the dreadful Theresa May and her ministers got a bloody nose in the UK general election.
I am running again, about 3 miles/5km most days of the week. Soon I will go on the “Ride for the Living” with my sister Helen, biking from Oświęcim (which is known to the world as Auschwitz) to the Jewish Community Centre in Krakow. See a talk about the Ride at TEDxKazimierz here
As usual business is a mix of challenges with some things going well, others less so.
The TEDxKazimierz main event on my birthday was very highly rated by the participants, team (and me). We had a successful Transcribe-a-thon last weekend.
A big challenge now is the regional meetup for TEDx Organisers from all over the region 15-17th September.
The second season of Krakow Enterprise Mondays closed successful, and restarts in October
Cambentrepreneurs launched in New York, had second meetings in London and Edinburgh, and will launch in Warsaw on 2nd September.
Krakow Standup Comedy is making progress.
Read “about me” here
10th March 2017*
Right now I am assembling documents to try to prove I am a worthy member of society, in preparation for my “citizenship” interview.
More generally I’m leading
TEDxKazimierz (main event 22nd April 2017) . It’s very demanding and very rewarding.
Krakow Enterprise Mondays bringing together alumni who have gone into business and students who are interested in going into business.
Cambentrepreneurs to support business and social entrepreneurship among alumni of Cambridge University and others Project Kazimierz My podcast on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Open Coffee Krakow successful well established efficient bi-weekly meeting for people who are trying to get things done.
I accept invitations to speak and judge at events from time to time, but not unconditionally. I often come back with a counter proposal. I’m always keen to make sure events I am bothering to go to work well, are fun and useful, and regard this post about how to make events better as one of the more important articles I have ever written.
I receive request to invest in businesses quite often and always steer people to my article Questions from a Potential Investor first.
My family, friends and businesses are on going long term commitments. I am always engaged with them and won’t update my “now” page about what I am doing with them.