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Stick a Fork in 2011 and Call it DONE!

In my timezone I’ve got just a bit over one more day to go in 2011. Personally I always welcome the end of one year and the beginning of the next. It feels like a fresh start to me. It’s been a great year in many ways, but now that I have worked with people from over 50 different countries I tend to feel personally impacted by most of the disasters that occur around the world (Japan, Thailand, etc.), and I’m eager to put a few of this year’s catastrophe’s behind me. And I prefer looking to the future to thinking about the past. Before we bid farewell to 2011, however, let’s reflect on the significant events of the past year.

Below is a terrific list of resources (and my comments) for this end of the year reflection, which I got from Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence News, a free newsletter that I’ve found extremely worthwhile and fascinating to read this past year. If you love science and technology as much as I do you might enjoy receiving this intelligent compilation. Here’s what the newsletter promises: “The Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence newsletter concisely covers relevant major science and technology breakthroughs (daily or weekly) via e-mail. It also lists new blog posts, features, events, videos, and books.” You can sign up for it here.

My favorite of the lot, an impressive example of how to display a wide range of information “at a glance” in a compact form: 365 days: 2011 in reviewNature News

If you don’t have enough to worry about in your personal life, here’s a great list of how the planet’s going to hell in a handbasket: 2011 review: The year in environmentNew Scientist

For those of us working on seemingly impossible projects, these 12 pictures contain several examples of “impossibilities” humans have achieved: 2011 review: The year in spaceNew Scientist

Intelligent computers, 3D printing, and crowdsourcing to do what one person can’t are the most intriguing for me in this list: 2011 review: The year in technologyNew Scientist

If you’re a big Facebook fan, you’ll love this list. Well over half of B2B businesses have a Facebook page now. Me, I can’t wait until Google+ replaces it: 2011: The year Facebook came of ageThe Next Web

An unimaginative list repeating of much of what you’ve already seen if you visited all of the links above: 2011: A Year In ScienceScience2.0 Curious Cub

Some bright spots, but less progress than hoped for in energy-related fields last year. I sure wish I’d delayed getting solar power on my house until these 50% cost reductions occurred: The Year in EnergyTechnology Review

Quantum dots and conducting polymers are exciting, but my favorite here is for a material to prevent fingerprint smudges on my iPhone and iPad: The Year in MaterialsTechnology Review

My first encounter with the word “zettabyte” in standard usage. If 10^21 seems like a lot, consider that the yottabyte (10^24) is ready and waiting for it’s turn: The Year in NumbersTechnology Review

Social media is one big area of focus, but I’m more interested in the web companies that IPO’d, including my personal favorite, PandoraThe Year on the WebTechnology Review

Science and Technology Highlights:

If you have a subscription to TIME you can read this whole article: The 50 Best InventionsTIME  If not, just check out the top 5 here. Among them, of course, is Apple’s Siri. Haven’t heard of it? You must be joking!

Mostly tech gadgets, but a car and a bicycle are included. It’s also enjoyable to see items featured here that some of my friends contributed to designing and bringing to market. That’s one reason I love living in Silicon Valley, California, USA! Gear of the YearWired

Now that we’re through reflecting on the past, let’s get busy creating a better future for this community called Planet Earth. I’m doing my small part by working with global businesses. WHAT IS A GLOBAL BUSINESS? It is my sincere belief that global businesses, and the human beings who work together in those businesses, have an important role to play in the future of our world. I truly believe that the purpose of global businesses is to solve global problems profitably – and thus sustainably. And it’s my crazy dream that global businesses will bring people all around the world together in ways that are stronger than our differences, and stronger than the borders, boundaries and barriers that separate us.

Looking forward to connecting with you all in 2012!



About the Author

Kimberly Wiefling is the author of one of the top project management books in the US, "Scrappy Project Management - The 12 Predictable and Avoidable Pitfalls Every Project Faces", and the founder of Wiefling Consulting, LLC, a scrappy global consulting enterprise committed to enabling her clients to achieve highly unlikely or darn near impossible results, predictably and repeatedly. Her work focuses on keynote speaking and workshops on practical and sensible business leadership and project/program management scaled for the size of the company and the project. She has worked with companies of all sizes, including one-person ventures and those in the Fortune 500, and she has helped to launch and grow more than half a dozen startups, a few of which are reaping excellent profits at this very moment. She spends about half of her time working with Japan-based companies that are committed to developing truly global leaders. Kimberly holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Physics from Wright State University and a M.S. in Physics from Case Institute. She spent 10 years at HP working in product development project management and engineering leadership. She worked with several startups, including a Xerox Parc spinoff where she was the VP of Program Management. In 2001 she launched her consulting practice and never looked back. She holds a certificate in project management through UC Santa Cruz Extension, where she is an instructor in the Project and Program Management Certificate Program. Kimberly spends about half of her time facilitating leadership, communication and execution excellence workshops for leaders of Japanese companies committed to becoming truly global. Thousands of people have viewed the hysterical video documenting the final phase of completing her book at You can reach her via email at
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