Just a year ago, February 2020, the team at Grid Forward was fresh off a rebrand and a successful event in Seattle, with a detailed plan to expand our impact across the western U.S. and Canada.

A month later, we threw that plan in the waste bin and started over.

Like so many other organizations, we went through the painful and uncertain process of figuring out how to engage our members and community during a pandemic. …


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They say “crisis” also means “opportunity.” That can be hard to appreciate when the crisis is overwhelming, and people’s lives and livelihoods are threatened. So first, we at Publitek hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and taking all appropriate measures to avoid the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, many of us in tech B2B marketing carry on: making the best of an improvised work space, adapting to online meetings, sharing internet bandwidth with family and…


My wife and I enjoyed a week in Cuba, exploring the music, food and sights of Havana. We were curious to see if what we had heard was true: every other car that passes you is an American classic from the 30s, 40s or 50s. It was! Some immaculately restored, others “Frankensteined” and looking like they would disintegrate under the beating of the omnipresent potholes.

The nicest taxi we got a ride in. Source: David Smith, smithwrites.com

As the week went by, I became aware that now and then a scooter would sneak by us. How did they do that…

David Smith

Creative director, writer and marketer for clean energy; husband, dad, skier, snowboarder, motorcyclist, runner, brewer, Portland fan

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