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Meeting the Entrepreneurs and Hazards of a Busy Life

Before the collapse of my immune system I had managed to do at least some useful things.

As I mentioned at the end of my video (if anyone was patient enough to reach the end) I was asked to write a blog about an event called Meet The Entrepreneur.

Here they are, the wonderful men with the big brains

And here is the blog for the event. As a firm believer in the power of the digital word above the printed word, I was more than happy to write it pro bono.So thanks to the good people of the UNSW Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Actually I had turned up at the event for a completely different purpose. I was writing an article about entrepreneurship education in Australia for uni, and it seemed relevant  (it wasn’t). I remember turning up and  thinking “what the fuck?” when I saw that every person there was casually sporting corporate attire (I was sporting a baby blue sweater and ever so slightly ripped jeans). In other words I stood out like a (blue) beacon.

Anyway I did have fun as the token misfit because that’s the reason I got noticed and asked to contribute. Oh and I got to interview Valerie Khoo who happens to own the Sydney Writers Centre (where, incidentally, I had done a writing course years back).

Did I get anything out of the event for myself? You may ask. Why yes. Yes I did.

I realised that I never want a job that forces me to wear corporate/business clothes. Ever.

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University – the digital playground

As I was walking down the billion sets of stairs of UNSW it became blatantly clear to me that this place is a viral gold mine.In the nearly empty evening time campus people are scattered randomly along sides of buildings, benches and even toilets surfing the net, sending emails or skyping family members from india, russia and china. And that’s freakin awesome.

SO I had to stop and blog about it before the revelation flew out of my mind. The fact that I am now sitting down on random uni lawns, yet still effortlessly connected to the web kinda reinforces my point. I can almost feel myself entering a bizzare invisible digital air as soon as I step on campus. I can do my work anywhere, sitting or lying down, standing up or in a lecture. As a very impatient high strung, twitchy person I get really bored really fast during class. So now I can do my assessments, looking up academic articles or read the news. And I don’t feel guilty because if anything I am being more proactive and learning more than I would from the bloody lecture.

The amazing thing is I have seen incredible change, a drift to digital technology in universities that is far above what I expected. In 2006 the thought of having constant internet access in uni was highly improbable and the deficit of power plugs for lap tops killed any desire to drag one with me. Now I have an iPad which is not only light as a feather in comparison but I can also charge it practically anywhere on campus.

I just spent 3 hours engorged in a PR report at the library which has created a study space designed almost specifically for free agent internet users. Comfy chairs and long wide benches that you can climb like stairs and stretch out on. And of course power plugs galore, everywhere.

To summarise: I am just so happy that my short attention span in lectures now has a cure and always will from now on. And that I can blog my thoughts while lying down on grass.

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