I am Claude Whitmyer and this is my personal web site. I work as a free agent in the overlapping areas of the business, education and technology niches.
I connect to the core of my passion, the bliss I want to follow (grin), when I can work as a
- mentor and
- livelihood guide
. . . to those who want to . . .
- do what they love
- live their values
- make a meaningful contribution and
- still pay the bills.
You can learn more about the two primary forms this takes
- one focusing on small, micro and one-person businesses
- the other working with individuals pursuing meaningful work through the application of mindfulness.
Here are a few different forms of my life map:
- A Short Business Bio focusing on my virtual communications and collaboration at a distance work. (HTML)
- A Longer Version of that Bio (HTML)
- A Professional Résumé version of the same story. (164K-PDF)
- An Academic Style Curriculum Vitae version. (HTML)
I have written numerous articles and reviewsfor popular, professional and academic publications.
You can read my Author Bio at Smashwords.Com and find links to several volumes that are my latest work.
In addtion to numerous e-books I am an author of three print books so far:
- Mindfulness and Meaningful Work: Explorations in Right Livelihood, Parallax Press, 1994 (Foreword by Ernest Callenbach).
- In the Company of Others: Making Community in the Modern World, Tarcher/Putnam, 1993 (Foreword by Eric Utne).
- Running a One-Person Business, Tenspeed Press, 1989, Second Edition 1994 (Foreword by Tom Peters).
In 1997 I co-founded The University of the Future, LLC (aka FutureU™) with my wife Gail Terry Grimes. Together we help people meet, learn and work together no matter where they are.
Our specialty is to use the process of choosing distance communications tools as an incubator for birthing, growing and maintaining highly productive and deeply rewarding virtual teams, virtual networks and online communities.
More and more in today’s economy, successful small businesses are relying on the age old business model of vendors in a town market. They are identifying their own strengths, skills and know how and finding the niche markets those can best serve. This approach to focusing on service to their customers, helping them solve their problems and meet their needs feels almost tribal. Engaging them in conversations, listening carefully, finding the tribes that their knowledge and skill sets can best serve feels very much like the traditional way that village market functions.
And then there is the Internet—today’s great equalizer—it allows small businesses to compete with larger ones in ways not possible even 10 or 15 years ago. Now you can create niche businesses to serve an almost limitless number of niche markets.
It was this transition to niche-focused business models supported by an Internet platform that led me (and Gail) from our life-long consulting on traditional business matters to the inclusion of working, learning, and collaborating at a distance in our portfolio. As you might guess, we have naturally helped many small, micro and one-person businesses and non-profits to learn how to take advantage of the best advantage of the Internet. And, we are among those that have been doing this the longest.
Ironically, though, because of our expertise in this area, we have been sought out larger organizations in the corporate, government, healthcare, and higher education arenas. These bigger clients have varied widely in both sector and geography. Here’s a few examples, among many, of those we have worked with to develop online communities and use the Internet for meeting, working in teams and delivering training or educational content:
- American Hospital Association’s Healthcare Forum Fellowship programs
- NASA Astrobiology Institute
- Health Sciences Simulation Center at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California
- The Big Apple Green Business Virtual Network sponsored by the Consortium for Worker Education in New York City
- Open Learning Division of Thomson Rivers University in British Columbia
- Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Arecibo
- King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Our primary focus is still the smaller organizations, but we continue to serve larger ones as the come along.