Tag: government

Coffeeneuring #5: A Tale of Two Cycletracks

Coffeeneuring 5: Starbucks Date: November 3, 2014 Distance: Ten miles Why do you go to Starbucks? You go because you know exactly what you’ll get. From the logo on the cups to the layout of the bathroom, a Starbucks in San Diego is just like a Starbucks in New York. You can travel across the…




Photographers Not Working as Photographers

I don’t like fall. To me, it means shorter days and colder temps, both of which I hate. But it’s diminishing daylight that really gets to me. As sunset creeps toward 5 PM, it’s like the whole world is coming to an end. The season has one redeeming feature: changing leaves. In the mid-Atlantic, the green…




The Cynic’s Guide to Government Contracting

There’s an interesting post by Ben Balter on why government doesn’t use open source. It’s a good read, in which Balter presents all the reasons why government doesn’t use open-source software for its web sites, from the demand for enterprise solutions to a desire to avoid transparency (really). Why is government so bad at building…




Matt Mullenweg Is a Very Dangerous Man

Matt Mullenweg is a very dangerous man. At the inaugural WordPress for Government and Enterprise meetup on May 6, the co-founder of WordPress & founder & CEO of Automattic, discussed the amazing journey of WordPress from a home-spun blogging tool to the world’s most successful enterprise content management platform. Mullenweg believes in democracy. He believes in competition….




The 21st Century is a Really Bad Time for Control Freaks

The 21st Century is a really bad time for control freaks. – Alec Ross, former Senior Advisor for Innovation to the U.S. Secretary of State The State Department trusts its employees to tweet – why doesn’t yours? The above quote was mentioned by Graham Lampa, State Department Office of Public Diplomacy, at the SocialGov Summit,…




Storytelling: The Most Powerful Communications Tool in History

We are storytelling animals. It’s what differentiates us from our primate cousins. We are literally Homo narrativus. We use stories to assign meaning to our lives, transmit vital information and communicate with future generations. Without our storytelling ability, we would never have evolved out of the jungles of Africa. Human history begins with stories, like The…




Friday Photo: Two Phones Edition

I had too much fun during the government shutdown, taking advantage of the unpaid break to drink in beer gardens, eat delicious jamon and go on coffeeneuring adventures. But now it’s back to work. While my bank account is thankful for this, the reintroduction to the absurdities of government can be a painful one. I…




Communicating Science: Make It Relevant

How do you communicate science to a general audience? That was the subject of a recent presentation I gave to the Federal Communicators Network. Based upon my experience as a science communicator for NOAA and The Nature Conservancy, I suggest that writers: Use common terms Avoid acronyms Get out of your organizational bubble Make it…




Steve Jobs for Govies

Steve Jobs and government bureaucrats – what could they have in common? A lot, as I write in Steve Jobs for Govies, recently published on GovLoop.




Don't Mess Up My Block – First Amazon Review

My novel Don’t Mess Up My Block has its first Amazon review! And it’s a good one: As someone who spent many years dealing with consultants, federal contractors, and federal employees …. this book rings all too true. The people, places, and situations are much too familiar … for me, it was a non-fiction “day…