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Remembering Ryan Suenaga pt. 2

Back in 2009 while I was on a mission to bring HMSA into the social media world, I had a chance to organize a panel for the Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Summit 2009. I thought to myself, who is in healthcare, active in social media and willing to share a panel with me. Without a doubt, Ryan Suenaga was top of mind. He worked at Kaiser Permanente, had his own blog, was active on Twitter but would he want to share the stage with an HMSA wonk. Conscientious as he is, Ryan got approval from his boss before giving me the green light. As it turned out Ryan was a terrific choice. Our presentation was called Social Media Outlets: What Works Well and What Could Work Better. He proceeded to tell a life story I had not heard before. He talked about how his father passed away due to diabetes which became an epiphany for Ryan. He shared about being 200+ pounds with pictures to prove it. He talked about improving his health and how the social media community provided the support and encouragement to help him succeed. It was truly a story of one man's struggle to come to grips with is own health and how the community around him helped. In his concluding slide, the one shown above, his final bullet says:
Network to teach, give and get support.
The community in which Ryan surrounded himself was one that he cultivated. It did not spring forth randomly. He nurtured it with not only the near 92,000 tweets but also by interacting directly with people, through runs, tweetups, pickup basketball and twikes. He'd come out to our Bytemarks Lunches whenever his work load permitted. He came to our March lunch and gave me some good job seeking advice. He even had a way of supporting events without going to them. I organized the Unconferenz and Ryan would be the first to order a t-shirt in support of the event. He intimated to me that he wanted to avoid seeing someone there so would be an unlikely attendee. But he still wanted to give his support. If you read his blogs you might say that he sometimes wore his heart on his sleeve. He gave so much of himself and his simple expectation was that people show some reciprocal kindness. He did not find that in all people but that did not lessen his capacity for compassion and his continued ability to nurture his community. As we mourn Ryan's passing, we all feel an emptiness in our heart. Yet I think Ryan lives on in all of us. We all felt his compassion, kindness and generosity. We all learned a lesson or two from him. He was basically paying us forward so that we can share it with others. If you really want to remember Ryan, it's simple. Just show a little kindness. Pay it forward. Ryan is right there.

Mobilizing Tech in Hawaii

As the legislature gears up for the 2010 session, the tech community is mobilizing to make the most out of what is to be one of the more difficult law-making years. In order to make up for the $1.2B deficit Gov Lingle is already looking at deferring tax returns, restricting spending and refinancing debt. It is highly unlikely lawmakers will support any tax-credits for the tech industry. Even back in October at the Rebuilding Tech workshop, Senators Fukunaga, Hanabusa and Representative McKelvey predict "programs are being cut, nobody will be giving away money in the form of credits." So what is the tech community going to do? Mobilize for one thing. Jay Fidell, Bill Spencer and a host of others are organizing Crucible 2010: Hammering out Tech Initiatives For the 2010 Legislative Session. For anyone in the tech industry interested in efforts to introduce new bills in this session should attend this workshop being held at the Plaza Club on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 starting at 4:00pm. The program agenda includes:
• WELCOME – JAY FIDELL • STATE OF TECH: JOBS AND SO MUCH MORE – BILL SPENCER (5 minutes) • HAWAII’S FUTURE IN TECHNOLOGY – KEIKI-PUA DANCIL (5 minutes) • THE COALITION WORKGROUP – CAROL FUKUNAGA & ANGUS MCKELVEY (5 minutes) • RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COALITION WORKGROUP (40 minutes) GENERAL FINANCE – DAVID WATUMULL & KARL FOOKS ENABLING ENVIRONMENT – MARK GILBERT & YUKA NAGASHIMA R&D CREDIT – JOHN CHOCK & IAN KITAJIMA RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGY – DARREN KIMURA & TED PECK CREATIVE MEDIA – RIC GALINDEZ & NANCY GREKIN • Q & A FROM LEGISLATORS AND INDUSTRY – BOB TOYOFUKU (20 minutes) • CLOSING REMARKS – JAY FIDELL & BILL SPENCER (10 minutes) • 5:30 p.m. LIBATION AND BONDING • 6:30 p.m. PAU
The event is free but you need to RSVP by calling the Hawaii Venture Capital Assoc. at 808-262-7329 or ThinkTech at 808-524-0544. You can also email Bill Spencer or Jay Fidell. In related news Lisa Gibson is stepping down from her post at the Hawaii Science and Technology Council as President/CEO. Keiki-Pua Dancil is replacing Gibson as the new President/CEO. Dancil will be presenting at Crucible 2010 and talk about Hawaii's Future in Technology. I spoke briefly with Gibson who told me "it's time for a change." She wasn't clear what she would be doing now but whatever it is it will be dynamic. We all wish Lisa the best in her future endeavors. For those interested in a primer on the legislative process you might want to check out the Legislative 101 Workshop on Jan. 28th. The program will feature experts from the legislature’s Public Access Room, elected officials, and experienced advocates who will explain the legislative process and share insights on how to participate effectively. Speakers include Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, Jeff Mikulina (Blue Planet Foundation), and Kapua Sproat. The program is free of charge and a good way to understand how to engage in a process that might otherwise look quite daunting. Reserve your seat here.