What is this "Connecting the dots" thing?
The coming of competition in traditionally regulated
industries, convergence in the electronics, computer and media
industries, and Smart Grid development is bringing together a
number of different businesses and disciplines that historically
didn't interact. Those are the "dots".
Connecting those dots (getting the right people communicating)
can be a challenge. Particularly since for many of the companies
involved, this is the first time they have dealt with Regulated
Utilities, Utilities Regulators or the often contentious issues
that surround them.
Note that I didn't say "getting the right people in the
same room" or "getting the right people talking", I
said "getting the right people communicating,"
which can be a whole new problem. Different disciplines don't use
the same terminology, or even if they do use the same words, they
often use them differently, which can be even worse. On top of
those issues, you often have passionate advocates, somtimes
opposing change, sometimes promoting a different kind of change.
But, things change…
For the past 3 years I have been happily doing my “connect
the dots between people and ideas” thing with the Electric
Power Research Institute. A not-for-profit research entity
headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with offices scattered
across the globe.
I may be back, but right now, this
is where I do my thing.
If you want to reach out, you can snag me at (this domain