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 name)@epri.com