Mike Paduada talks about taking skills from one job and transferring them into an entirely new field (like space mining). Oh, he's also wearing a flight suit!
What is the connection between quantitative finance and media relations for a team of prototype space rovers? How does modeling anthrax, being on ESPN2, jumping down 272 flights of stairs, teleconferencing from a gondola in Whistler, and having dinner with a Kahuna fit in? In this talk, Mike Paduada shares career-hopping highlights, and discusses how he has solved problems by making connections between different jobs, disciplines and experiences. As well, he suggests how good communication and a healthy imagination can be an effective approach for getting people to solve other people’s problems.
Mike Paduada is a writer, co-founder of Modica Communications and principal consultant of Conceptuum Corporation. He holds a B.Math degree in Pure Mathematics and an M.Math degree in Statistics-Finance, both from the University of Waterloo. His work has included teaching math, swing dance performances, entertainment promotion, operations research, risk management, writing, asset valuation, writing, geostatistical modeling, public outreach and media relations. He welcomes interesting conversations on almost any topic that you’re excited about, but he may end up trying to start a project with you. As well, if you have any interest in exploring workplace democracy, promoting scientific literacy, encouraging broader civic engagement, developing social geolocation apps on mobile devices, he’d like to talk to you.
* The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works by Ricardo Semler. This book is a few years old now, and there are certainly more recent examples of democratic and alternative work practices, but this book still contains interesting and plausible examples for how we can re-invent the workplace. Look for this book in your local library or buy an e-book version.
* Democracy Now! Democracy Now! is a great source for independent, progressive news with good international coverage, though its focused mainly on the United States.
* Centre for Social Innovation. CSI is a highly successful co-working community with a social conscience. Check out one of the events hosted in their space at 215 Spadina (stopping by Dark Horse Espresso Bar on your way in or out), or inquire about their new building at 720 Bathurst.
* affectandeffect.com/tales. Time for some shameless self-promotion. I’ve been posting a new short story every day in 2010, each story being one word longer than the last. It all began with a one-word story on January 1, 2010.