Pick your battles

There are many bad people and bad situations I come across each day.  It's like I am about to get out of home to go to Colombo, to find out two dogs are barking at me at the gate. What are my options ?  Take cover, ignore the beasts, carry on with my journeyBark at [...]

Fake People

I am in the creative process of designing a community project that will help people to identify fake news. For the last 3 weeks, I have plunged in to the vast ocean of social media in Sri Lanka in the light of constitutional crisis, among other things. What struck me most is, fake people are [...]

Growth Hacking

Last week, I did an interactive session on Growth Hacking at a startup workshop. First thing I mentioned was that growth is a relative term. It means different things to different people and organisations. Massive crowd pullers like Air BnB, facebook and instagram heroic stories are plenty on internet and I hear them thrown around [...]

First AI Summit in Sri Lanka

My life has changed 180 degrees, when I did the data science coursera course from Johns Hopkins University, . That new learning cannot be undone. My understanding of the new world has changed. I started conversations with few of my colleagues and mentors on how Data Science, Machine Learning and AI can make a real [...]

I loved and hated Pecha Kucha

I did my first talk in Pecha Kucha format at Facebook South Asia safety summit.  https://www.facebook.com/sarvodaya.fusion/videos/2205866019629433   I loved it.  Because I could use only 20 slides of 20 seconds each. Slides need to be mostly of pictures/diagrams and may be few words. Which means I have only 6 minutes and 40 seconds to tell [...]

What Yudhanjaya said

Dec 6 update: Talk in TEDx is alive. Watch it here.  I could not attend this year's TEDx Colombo. I was out of the country. When I asked my wife 'what was the takeaway of Yudhanjaya's talk?', she said 'He asked us to mingle with people outside our range.' I smiled because it is absolutely [...]

Brevity and clarity is hard work

I'll be speaking at Facebook South Asia safety summit in Delhi on Monday. Right now, I'm in Delhi and preping for my first talk in Pecha Kucha format. It's simply creating 20 slides of 20 seconds each. Total speaking time of 400 seconds or 6 minutes 40 seconds. Slides should preferrably have images and may [...]

There’s nothing original.

I was a participant at AK lit fest workshop by Dileepa Abeysekara. I went there primarily because I wanted to personally thank him for the fabulous Sinhala translation he did for 'chinaman'. Big Fan. That was a very rare occasion a speaker/moderator got my 120% attention for all 90 minutes he spent with us. I wanted [...]

Koombiyo – A Creative Dissonance.

Yesterday at the A&K literary festival, the ‘Koombiyo’ panel discussion was a revelation. The panel had the 2 creators ( Lakmal and Dhamitha), 2 actors ( Thumindu and Yureni) and the official from ITN (Wimal) who made sure Koombiyo got the air time. Wimal has played a major role, because Koombiyo was refused by many [...]

Uber Eats & Pickme Food : A new social dimension.

Yesterday I ordered my first Uber Eats. A vege fried rice got delivered in 35 minutes. Very impressive service. What uber and pickme have done to taxis, was not a thing until it was introduced. Now it is the new normal. Uber Eats and Pickme food will change food industry with in 2 years, that [...]

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