Just spent 36 hours with a group of hardcore journalists/innovators probing the future of the media. It was awesome.
Singing for the opening awards ceremony was a lot of fun (see article on my performance), but getting to speak to and hear from some great Asian American minds (entrepreneurs, journalists, activists...) was even more exciting to me.
Here's what I learned:
1. Embrace change. I don't deny it: I'm a poop at social media. The first time I got a Twitter account I was so anxious about being interesting in 140 characters I couldn't sleep so I got up at 3am to delete my account. (Only recently gave it a second go -- @marameasor.) But as one of the panels shared, the social landscape IS changing, like it or not, and you just have to either embrace it, or be that bitter old lady clutching her pen and paper with no idea there's a fire down the road.
2. You simply can't do anything alone. It's ineffective, depressing, and more or less plain stupid. You need people to come alongside you and join your cause. We need each other!
3. Know why you're doing what you're doing! What's the core of your work? Why is it important? If you don't know the answer yourself, don't be upset when other people don't find your work important.
Now, back to New York for some application.