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Springtime in Cole Valley

February 7, 2011






Townsend's Warbler, flowering tree already losing petals. (click for larger)

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Funding for public service media in trouble

February 7, 2011






It turns out that large and small stations alike along with NPR and PBS are in danger of losing the public support that they've received since 1967. There are already three bills before Congress to eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting entities. If you feel that's wrong, check out 170Million Americans for Public Broadcasting I… Read more »

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VA Blue Button moves ahead with vets health records

February 3, 2011






The Blue Button is a way for a vet to download their personal healthrecord, maybe to bring to a doctor or clinic. It's a moving target, abig step toward getting more info available and accessible. It's one of many efforts across government to provide better medical care at lowercost for everyone. Blue Button draws mostly… Read more »

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Smoke-Free Super Bowl help

February 2, 2011






Hey, the folks at American Legacy Foundation are the real deal, set up by lots of states as part of a settlement deal with the tobacco companies. They run the Truth campaign, trying to prevent addiction among the young. Here's a SuperBowl udpate: Hey, with Super Bowl XLV right around the corner, fans from coast… Read more »

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A new Greatest Generation via the Roosevelt Campus Network

February 2, 2011






Okay, the deal is the that the people of the Depression era changed the world, inspired by a President with a vision and who got stuff done. The Roosevelt Campus Network is trying to replicate that, and here's more: On FDR’s birthday, the Roosevelt Campus Network, is launching a youth-generated vision for thefuture– a New… Read more »

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The Heart & Soul grant program

February 1, 2011






It's easy for your organization to forget what it's about, particularly under the stress of raising funds sometimes even to just survive. Sometimes, you need to remind your staff, your constituents, your supporters, and yourself. The folks at Community TechKnowledge just announced this year's Heart & Soul grant program, put on by the CTK Foundation… Read more »

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Organic Health Response/Inveneo: using the Net to fight AIDS in Kenya

February 1, 2011






The folks at Organic Health Response are doing really good stuff, using IT and environmental sustainability on Mfangano Island in Western Kenya to work against HIV/AIDS across Lake Victoria.   They're working with Inveneo, their deal is to get IT, such as computers, telephony, and Internet access to those who need it most — people… Read more »

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Lung Cancer: The Bold and Beautiful Perspective

January 31, 2011






Hey, my dad died of lung cancer when he was very young, and I was only thirteen. Please consider watching The Bold and the Beautiful on February 7 on CBS to learn more about lung cancer. Lung Cancer is the biggest cancer killer, killing more than breast prostate, colon and ovarian combined. More than 50… Read more »

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Beth Noveck, a major contributor to Open Government, returns to teaching law

January 27, 2011






Hey, Open Government covers a lot of ground; it's about how a democratic government gets the job done increasingly well. That's been a big challenge in an environment where there had been no incentive for gov't workers to provide good customer/citizen service. Open government includes disclosure of what's going on inside government, where the money… Read more »

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VA Improves Services Through Employee Innovation

January 25, 2011






A principle of Open Government is that workers can build solutions to real problems and get the attention of top management. The Department of Veterans Affairs has been doing a lot of this recently, providing better customer service for Vets, and providing better return for the taxpayer dollar. We have a new example of that,… Read more »

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