Environment, Online Privacy, and more – The Roundup 09-15-2015

Downtown Fort Myers from the rooftop bar at Hotel Indigo | © 2015 Erin White All Rights ReservedEnvironment, Online Privacy, and more – The Roundup 09-15-2015

This past week was focused primarily on environmental education and networking. I attended a few lectures and also led a “summit” – a kickoff meeting of sorts to establish priorities for Florida SEE, the environmental education non-profit where I am Board chair.  In addition to all of this, we in the freelance/entrepreneur community all had to get in touch with our inner accountant this week. That’s right, quarterly taxes!  Another very busy, very good week.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

ONLINE PRIVACY

This is disturbing. I don’t agree that having automatic updates turned on constitutes a valid rationalization for installing an entirely new operating system behind the user’s back. They think they’re getting patches, not a new operating system. Microsoft needs to be a little more transparent about their intentions, and a little less invasive of people’s privacy, and of their personal property. I believe that it’s reasonable to expect industry leaders to be a little more ethical and a little less weaselly about online privacy.  

ENVIRONMENT

 

This was my third year attending the CHNEP Conservation Lands Workshop in Punta Gorda. CHNEP events provide information and speakers on a wide variety of environmental conservation topics, plus the opportunity to mingle with like-minded professionals. My favorite presentation was “The Decline and Loss of Butterflies in Southern Florida” by Marc C. Minno. I think there might be some butterfly survey volunteer opportunities in my future.

NATURE GEEK

After the conservation lands workshop, I stopped briefly for a light dinner, then headed over to the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center at Alligator Creek to partake in a networking hour and see Mark Minno give a different kind of presentation on butterflies. Fat Point Brewing handed out beer in jars at the networking event. Again, an opportunity to mix and mingle with the nature geeks in Southwest Florida – gotta love it!

PSYCHOLOGY

 “Emotional strategy” – makes sense! | To Stop Procrastinating, Start by Understanding the Emotions Involved – WSJ http://t.co/MLrldKMfMl — Erin White (@WhiteErinM) September 13, 2015

Procrastination as an self-protective strategy makes total sense. No one wants to feel crummy about themselves and/or their line of work. Tasks that make one feel crummy are probably the ones that take a back seat to procrastination. Mostly, I power through the desire to procrastinate, and just get it done. However, on the rare occasion that I do procrastinate, it’s typically on a task that I’m dreading. Maybe it’s a boring task, or maybe it’s something I don’t quite know how to do (yet). Or maybe it’s simply uninspiring. Whatever the case, we’re now being told that a little bit of procrastination can be good for our heads. Who knew?

MaslowSocial   This one’s just plain funny 🙂

NETWORKING

 

One of my favorite networking opportunities is Ladies Night at the Twisted Vine Bistro in downtown Fort Myers. Food, wine, raffle prizes, conspire to create a fun community experience for the area’s professional women. Lately, a few of us have been taking to the rooftop bar at the Hotel Indigo afterward for a local Fort Myers Brewing Company beer and a look at the sunset. We got more sky drama than sunset last night, but it was still a spectacular way to cap off the evening.
That’s a sample of what I’ve been up to this week. Check my about.me landing page for links to where you can find me on the web.