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Carole Guevin

The Three "C's"
Communication, Collaboration, Carole

About you

What did you do before the Web?

I raised 3 kids while freelancing as a communication designer.

How did you find the web?

One of the studio I was working with told me that they were looking for *convivial* authors on the net!!! That intrigue me. A customer which was a huge telecom corporation had made their 5 years plan and I read where they were heading :)) and I got a copy of an unpublished essay by an engineer on *Cyber Business opportunities*.

I was sick and tired of working for traditional communication agencies - these 3 events made me do the plunge. I encountered the internet about 25 years ago while working with scientific research groups at the University of Montreal where I was hooked to the U. mainframe with a 760 baud terminal...working from home! It was like the preparation for the <big> *jump* and it shaped my vision of what I was expecting the net to become. My associate and I were just about ready to cut our first album - we sold our <instruments> and studio, everything, to make ends meet and started our *web* ad(ventures).

Why are you here?

I wrote my life manifesto at 14. Something around wanting to change the world - you know - doing something to better it. I intuitively new that I needed a *platform* - a tool to communicate with the world. When the *net* became it was instant proof that it was *it* - what I had been waiting for.

I am a visionary and a great believer that communication can educate everyone around the world to live and build a better life for themselves. So 65% of my time has been devoted to research - model building (economic) - and promoting talent in our industry. It is an absolute passion, determination.

Methods of production

What do you use to create your sites?

Photoshop - DW. I build the interfaces and I have a backend wizzard that makes sure the code is... ok! He understands very well the *design* portion and his the one who sets limitations as to what can or cannot be done. We make a great team!

About the Web

What do you see as the greatest strengths of the web?

It's unifying factor: the *community* is composed from new media professionals from around the world. Fascinating.

What do you see as the greatest dangers?

To be honest - I haven't got a clue. Some will say big corps wanting to dominate it - I say NO WAY - they can't cause they can't control *individuals*... I think that even the recent dotbombing ripple is generating a good shake out whereas the real players are rooting themselves and finding ample place to grow. Evil doers - you know - will always find a way to do evil...

What would you say to folks who want to work the web?

NEVER give up no matter what the adversities! This is a fabulous moment to be alive and pioneering the future is the sum of everyone contributing at its level of understanding and expertise. The web is yet to come!

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