I recently spoke with Scott Hanselman for his Hanselminutes podcast. We had a great discussion about the culture promoting alcohol use in tech. Scott introduced a great analogy with experiences he's had as a diabetic. I've gotten a lot of great feedback from listeners. Please give the episode a listen and leave a comment if you'd like: http://bit.ly/2fxhAqV
I had a chance to speak with Joe Miller for his tech and policy focused podcast. We discussed addressing the culture of alcohol abuse in tech, as well as how to design more friendly resources for policy makers. Take a listen here.
I recently wrote this post on how we can shift the focus of our events away from alcohol consumption for Technical.ly Philly. I was happy it was posted coinciding with the start pf Philly's annual tech week.
I recently gave an abridged version of my presentation on addressing the culture of alcohol abuse in design and tech at Alterconf in Minneapolis. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/3upIHmGw74g
Also, support Alterconf by attending, speaking, or donating money. They are a great organization and excellent to work with.
I joined Bret Terpstra on his Systematic podcast to discuss UX research and the culture of alcohol use in design and tech. Please take a listen and let me know what you think. http://www.esn.fm/systematic/161
Conscious Magazine published my reflection on two years of sobriety. Check it out!
There are many different aspects to inclusive workplaces and fostering diversity. One that is not so much talked about is the use of alcohol, the abuse of alcohol, and what employers can do to create a safe environment for recovering alcoholics. We speak to a man who has good authority on this issue, listen to this episode in which Victor Yocco shares his personal journey and gives incredibly valuable advice to employers and co-workers.
We live in a society that touts the positive aspects of individualism. Work hard, pay your own way, and be proud of your individual achievements. There’s nothing wrong with that mindset, except it isn’t how people truly achieve success. Most of us give and receive a lot of support on our way to overcoming adversity and accomplishing goals. This is particularly true when it comes to the toughest challenges in our lives.
I spent an hour with Youngman Brown reliving some of the horrors of alcohol abuse, and the redemption I found in sobriety. I hope you will find this interview insightful and motivational.
How to create a more inclusive workplace for sober staff.
by Victor Yocco
As a child, my father’s employment at NASA caused me a great amount of self-inflicted embarrassment and internal conflict. I felt everyone employed by NASA should be an astronaut traveling to and from work in a space shuttle.