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The Birds Take on San Francisco

December 22, 2014






Folks, many of you might know that I've got quite the community of birds right outside my office window. They've all got their own personalities and agendas (though, they all like to eat), but they really spruce up my home office. I kinda like to give 'em personalities based on their expressions and their demeanor…. Read more »

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When You Practice What You Preach…

December 19, 2014






I'm hearing, anecdotally, that cultural transformation at VA and elsewhere might have been nudged into motion by relentlessly handing out my business card and practicing what I preach. The big thing I've learned here is that for me, tech skills and money aren't what gets the job done. What works is bearing witness to the… Read more »

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Why We Need More Women In Tech

December 16, 2014






Women and girls still face a lot of obstacles in shaping technologies. The digital gender divide might be getting worse. Women and girls everywhere are missing, underrepresented, and dropping out from technology fields. As a result,  today's tech – and increasingly today's world – does not reflect the diversity of women's experiences or ingenuity. This isn't fair,… Read more »

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Big News: $2M+ Raised for Nonprofits in CrowdRise Holiday Challenge

December 11, 2014






Folks, I just got an update from Ed Norton, one of the co-founders of CrowdRise, about the #GivingTower Holiday Challenge I'm sponsoring with MacAndrews & Forbes, Fred & Joanne Wilson, and Isaac S. Gindi. This year I'm giving $50k to support nonprofits. A total of $250k is being given away in prize money, but an… Read more »

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How the Internet Creates Possibility

December 8, 2014






Folks, I support the Ekialo Kiona Center (EK Center) and the Organic Health Response, and they're creating real change. I get updates every so often, and I like to share the good work they're doing. They seek to activate information technology, social solidarity, and environmental sustainability to turn the tide against HIV/AIDS across Lake Victoria (in Kenya)…. Read more »

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How #GivingTuesday Raised Over $45million

December 5, 2014






Folks, I support #GivingTuesday each year because it's the real deal. I got an update from Henry Timms… More data and stories are still coming in, but here are the highlights as they stand right now (more soon!): Indiana University is estimating an overall 63% increase this year in online donations. Early results from Blackbaud… Read more »

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Developing Trust in 5 Minutes

December 3, 2014






Richard Gingras elaborates on Trust Project ideas about signals that may build credibility. Here's his 5-minute talk on trust, maybe indulge me and watch it: Like Richard says, we're trying to keep the focus on the community of editors, reporters, and publishers that is developing ideas to win trust. What do you think the best… Read more »

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Special Thanks to Vets

November 26, 2014






  During Fleet Week, I took a brief tour on the USS Kidd through the Golden Gate and back. They wanted to do something special for the President, so they made this hat for him. And, folks, I got a non-POTUS version of the hat so you can see what they look like up close:… 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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New, Free App Aids Military Families

November 24, 2014






Military families shouldn’t have to struggle to find information they need. MyMilitaryLife, an app by the National Military Family Association, eliminates the stressful search by connecting families with credible and tailored information. With the new Military Spouses Advice feature, spouses can recommend resources and share their expertise. Users have unique access to advice from fellow… Read more »

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