No matter how much you think you want something, maybe you’re not being honest with yourself. Don’t be disappointed when the things you think you want don’t work out, you’re destined for greater things. That’s the thing about life, it’ll subtly guide you the way you really want to go, but you may take it as dismay. Everything happens for a reason, and just because a phone interview went badly doesn’t mean you’re completely incompetent. Maybe you’re not passionate enough about that specific job, and maybe your dream job is just around the corner. There is a reason for this, so I won’t beat myself up for it. Whatever happens will be meant to be. Sure you can take control and act to make changes, but sometimes, if you’re making the wrong changes, the miracle of life will nudge you along in the right direction.

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Please VOTE for this iSeeChange session at SXSWEco!

If your senses are tingling, good. Something big is coming. The combination of citizen sensor data and NASA satellite data presents an opportunity to cultivate a culture of experimentation and democratize earth observation information. As the digital landscape evolves, sensors are bridging the virtual online with the physical world and introducing a whole new kind of storytelling.

1. What is citizen sensor journalism, and who is doing/has done it?

2. What is satellite data, what can it tell us, and how can we access it?

3. How could open networked sensors and satellite data potentially provide new kinds of information for communities addressing climate change, food production, and coastal sea level rise?

4. What problems can we solve that we haven’t even thought of yet? What are some ways that we can approach the issue of data quality?

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A cadre of the nation’s leading technologists and scientists helped launch the Climate Data Initiative, an open data effort to help ignite the innovation and public-private partnerships we need to help communities visualize, measure, and cope with the impacts of climate change. Julia Kumari Drapkin, executive producer of iSeeChange and multimedia reporter and photographer for and the The Times-Picayune, were among those invited.