Kristen Nicole Tells Artists to Dream in Digital | 30 Days Unchained: Day 28 Wednesday 06 February, 2013

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30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 28 2/6/13 | Inspiration: Kristen Nicole An influential voice on technology, social media and all things “Big Data,” Kristen Nicole wants women of color to see just how powerful the Internet can be in building your brand, network and dreams. In our interview, she also discusses why we are only […]

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30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 28 2/6/13 | Inspiration: Kristen Nicole

Kristen Nicole at Dell World Conference 2012

An influential voice on technology, social media and all things “Big Data,” Kristen Nicole wants women of color to see just how powerful the Internet can be in building your brand, network and dreams. In our interview, she also discusses why we are only beginning to see more people of color in the technology space and what “Net Neutrality” means to you and me. She tells Live Unchained: “I hope more black women realize the Internet’s potential to move them in whatever direction they set forth…Once we find a way to overcome our fears, we tend to be less constrained by the world around us.  We’re free to move forward, or side-to-side, grabbing hold of any dream we reach for.”

Kristen became a full-time blogger when hired as the first employee at Mashable, lead writer and field editor. Named by Forbes as a top influencer in Big Data, Kristen is now Senior Editor at SiliconANGLE.com and has contributed to several publications, including The New York Times, TIME and MSNBC. We are proud to say she supported Live Unchained early on and recently became our Chief Technology Officer. Kristen puts a lot of hard work into every project she takes on; what she dreams in digital, she manifests in reality. Her example motivates me everyday and is the inspiration for today’s challenge…

Challenge (Find, Create, or Remix an image that answers the question): What dream will technology help you build?

Share your image(s) on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained and use the hashtag #30unchained so we can shout you out! Be sure to follow us on FacebookPinterest and Twitter to keep up with the latest #30unchained news. 

LU: As a media analyst and writer, you know a lot about the cyber-world.  How do you see black women represented out there? Do you see us making the most of social media?

KN: I don’t see many black women in my field.  In fact, I don’t see many women in my field period.  Part of that has to do with American gender roles, and to whom access was granted for developing early systems leading up to the Web as we know it.

However, it’s exciting for me to be in my current position as it relates to social media. Covering trends objectively, while also being required to adopt these very same trends, allows me to get a taste of most industries out there. Since marketing is looking to social media as its future goldmine, I get to witness, and dabble in, the countless industries that are just now turning to social media for their own objectives.

It’s exciting to see my other interests, like fashion and food, find growth and success through social media. It makes me want to be a part of everything that’s going on!

What this has done for black females is allow them to engage in the tech scene, using it as a mechanism to spread knowledge and market themselves effectively. Just knowing that there are others in the world that support and share your beliefs is an empowering form of validation. I hope more black women realize the Internet’s potential to move them in whatever direction they set forth.

LU: Do you have any tips on how creatives can make the most of social media to get their projects out there?  Are there any resources, in addition to your book, you recommend they consult?

KN: The best advice I can give to creatives using social media is to stay true to themselves and follow through on their networking.  Just as in real life, social networks provide an opportunity to meet others, do business and raise awareness.  Following through is the biggest part of the execution process where people often fall short.

Finding like-minded individuals to engage with means regular correspondence, meeting at real-world events, sharing constructive thoughts…just be genuine!  Make social media a replication of what you’d like to see in your physical correspondence and transactions.

LU: You also write about important events on the web.  You recently covered the Google/Verizon Net Neutrality proposal.  Can you explain what net neutrality is and why it’s important?

KN: Net neutrality is a sticky topic—it covers a wide range of devices, corporate entities and legalities.  Most important for consumers, however; net neutrality is the principle that access to the Internet is not restricted in a biased manner.  No matter what site or platform you’re using, no matter what content you’re consuming, you get a non-prejudiced experience.  A wireless service provider would not be able to limit or constrain your Internet access whether you’re checking your email, streaming a movie, or downloading music.

When you get into the legalities of it, net neutrality is under the threat of being regulated by corporations and government bodies.  Should a wireless service provider begin charging more based on how the Internet is used and accessed, a great number of people would be priced out, alienated or unjustly restricted to the largest knowledge pool we’ve ever known.

When it comes to Google and Verizon, their particular proposal seems contradictory to the net-neutral ideals each company has already stated.  The concern is that a corporate-driven proposal affecting net neutrality not only fosters privatized objectives, but in doing so, incorporates government regulation.

LU: What does living unchained mean to you?

KN: Living unchained means living fearlessly.  We each create our own chains, or fears, through burdensome relationships, thoughts, etc.  Once we find a way to overcome our fears, we tend to be less constrained by the world around us.  We’re free to move forward, or side-to-side, grabbing hold of any dream we reach for.


This interview is excerpted from a full feature with the artist. View the original article here.

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained is an interactive creative countdown to the Live Unchained Anniversary Celebration . Everyday for 30 days, we’ll share some of our most popular interviews with Live Unchained featured artists. They include women creatives of various disciplines from across the African diaspora. Her creative journey will be the inspiration for your challenge. To participate simply respond to the challenge question with images (not words). Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained so we can shout you out – it’s that simple. Learn more about 30 Days Unchained, including rules and prizes hereGet your daily challenge from Thursday, January 10th through the day of the big bash on Friday, February 8th at www.liveunchained.com.

Written by Kathryn Buford

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