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Knowing When to Keep Your Mouth Shut

December 29, 2014

Back in '77, I had recently taken a job at IBM Boca Raton, in the "advanced technology" department. It was beginning to dawn on me that I needed to be somewhat less nerdy in behavior, if not core, attitudes. A few folks visited what was then Bell Labs, which had been responsible for a lot… Read more »

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What "New Power" Means for #GivingTuesday

November 25, 2014

History keeps getting itself made, and now and then, regular people get a chance at sharing power. Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms articulated this much more eloquently in Understanding “New Power”. I'm pretty passionately committed to this for at least the next twenty years, have already been practicing it daily for the last twenty years. Here's… Read more »

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Getting Real About Ethics and Trust in News Media

October 17, 2014

Let’s Fix It: Why Is It So Hard to Find Ethics and Trust in the Media? Coupla years ago, I blurted out that "the press is the immune system of democracy." That's what I learned from my high school history teacher, Anton Schulzki. That's not working so well. We've had major press scandals recently, including… Read more »

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"Saving the World" DIY Style

September 24, 2014

People ask me how I go about figuring out what causes I really believe in and what's the most effective way to support those efforts. You can find a list of what I support specifically here. My general philosophy is to do some real good in the short run, while learning how to scale that up… Read more »

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5 Voter Rights Orgs You Should Follow

September 16, 2014

Hey, the Founders of the US tell us that everyone's equal in the eyes of the law, meaning that citizens have the right to vote. However, there are politicians who don't like that, and they're attacking the integrity of the election by making it hard for people to vote. Fortunately, there are some organizations doing really good work… Read more »

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Bearing witness: Shinseki does right for vets

December 19, 2013

Sometimes people in Washington do a really good job, but take a lot of crap unfairly. Sometimes it takes a "nerd-in-residence" to start to set the record straight. This is the short version; every topic below deserves longer treatment. In 2009, Eric Shinseki took over the Department of Veterans Affairs, with the mission of doing… Read more »

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