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For us old farts…

More stuff to keeps us relevent with the “short attention span theater” generation.

From the Gov Exec newsletter:

Older workers can maintain their value in the workforce by staying relevant.

Learn, unlearn and relearn. The ever-shifting sands of technology pose a special challenge for older workers. Younger professionals not only grew up working and entertaining themselves with screens, they also learned to adapt to technological leaps. A program you learn today may not be relevant in a few years, so keep an open and flexible mind.

Be R-E-L-E-V-A-N-T. Take this mnemonic device to heart: Risk, Experiment, Listen and learn, Engage, Value, have an Attitude of gratitude, say No to negativity, and invest Time. This is an ongoing, evolving note to keep in your mind no matter your professional situation. I’ve been around a lot of charismatic and effervescent folks in their 70s and 80s who are still successful and growing, both on a personal and business level. The acronym encompasses the ideas that promote a proactive life.

Answer the question, “What resonates with you?” This is a deceptively deep question when you apply it to your life’s trajectory. If life hasn’t turned out to be what you expected it would 30 years ago, then it’s time to recalibrate how you see yourself, especially as a perpetual pre-retiree. If you’re not sure of how you see yourself in today’s setting, start with what the spiritual writer Joseph Campbell called the “moving power of your life,” which can be sensed by the things that resonate within you. The things that resonate within you, such as an unusual book, may just be the compass you need to find your way.



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Web hosting providers matters

With the increase in spam attacks– choosing the right hosting partner is crucial

Check out @JohnAguiar recent post as a good reminder;

How to Choose The Right Hosting

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iPad in the classroom

So sundays, once the dog and I have had our am walk – I usually try to spend an hour or so catching up and this am I found this post on I found a pretty interesting read for those of you exploring the role of iPads in the class room.

Especially well done was the Objectives list.

iPad As…..

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Research: How to Tell Stories with Data? – information aesthetics

Research: How to Tell Stories with Data? – information aesthetics.

While catching up on the blog I came across this guest post  by Enrico Bertini from Fell in Love with Data and have to say I was taken. As someone who has a struggle with data as a stand alone tool – often feeling that it’s too easy to miss some of the more qualitative stories that actually frame the data. The post was a useful and interesting way to see it. One I am sure will be useful in the classroom.

The following post describes not only one of my favorite papers from VisWeek this year, but I have the feeling it will be one of those papers which has the potential to lead to a big impact in the way we will use, and see, information visualization in the future.

Edward Segel and Jeffrey Heer decided to analyze the right thing at the right moment: How Do People Tell Stories through Interactive Visualization? (PDF,

For more details check out the full post HERE

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5 Ideas for Advocacy in the Summer Months

Dan Cohen is a one on my fav goto peeps with his blend of public health and social media.  This is a guest post of his and Edit Ruano worth reading


Posted by Guest_Blogger on July 24, 2012 at 11:22 am

Guest post by Dan Cohen & Edit Ruano, Full Court Press Communications


In the summertime, many organizations experience a lull in their advocacy work either because key organization staff is away or because the beautiful weather makes people less inclined to engage in direct advocacy.  Unless your organization is involved in nonpartisan electoral activity like voter registration or ballot measure advocacy you may not be very active this time of year.



Regardless of the reason, we have identified 5 simple ideas that you can adopt to help reinvigorate your organization during this time of year and help build momentum for fall and winter advocacy campaigns.

Some ideas for building your organization’s advocacy during the summer months include:

1.       Develop a Schedule of Pre-Programmed Social Media Content

There are some great online resources that can help your organization stay active on social media even when you are out of the office. Websites likeHootsuite allow you to load prepared tweets and Facebook posts and schedule them to go out whenever you like. We recommend that you schedule at least 1 Facebook post and 2-3 tweets a week.


2.       Program E-Blasts

As with social media posts, it is important to consistently distribute emails to those who signed up for your newsletters. The emails don’t have to be long or complex; they simply have to show your community that you want to stay actively engaged with them even in the summer months.  Some ideas for email content during the summer are previews of the advocacy work you will be doing in the fall or reflections on your organization’s accomplishments during the first 6 months of the year.

3.       Sow the Seeds of Advocacy on Editorial Pages

Do you have a few ideas for op-eds that you haven’t developed? Are there individuals in the community who are willing to write an op-ed in support of your organization’s advocacy efforts? Then take some time to coordinate or write these editorials before heading out on vacation! You can send these op-eds to a few media outlets and see if they are picked up in your absence. The bonus is if the editorials run, you can use them to inform your social media content and e-blasts. If they don’t run while you are away, then reach out to those media outlets when you return.

4.       Delegate the Advocacy Work to Others in Your Organization

Take the opportunity to let go by spending an hour with your staff to brainstorm new ideas about how to engage with your audience/community. Pick 2 or 3 of the most interesting ideas and delegate a staff person to oversee their implementation. Not only will this make your staff feel empowered and excited about being included in planning,  it will also help you tap into the creativity that surrounds you during a low-activity period. Who knows? These ideas could serve as a backbone for your advocacy work later in the year.

5.       Build and Strengthen Your Network for the Future

Summer is the time of year when people want to relax, so why not take advantage of this inclination and host a get-together with potential allies? Reach out to organizations and individuals who you’ve wanted to connect with and invite them to a relaxed gathering.  If the conversations prove fruitful, suggest having these new partners “cover” your issues by writing a blog post about your advocacy work. This effort will have the added benefit of bringing a fresh perspective to the work you do.

Again, these are just a few ideas that we identified as effective ways to continue your advocacy work during the summer. But we want to hear from you.

What are some of your ideas for continuing your advocacy in the summer months? Please share in the comment section below.


About the Authors

Dan Cohen is the Founder and Edit is a Communications Counselor at Full Court Press Communications (FCP). FCP is a full-service public relations, public affairs and crisis communications agency that helps companies, foundations and non-profit organizations who wish to use strategic communications to make social change. To learn more about Full Court Press Communications, visit

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New tools & posts

A nice tease out of whats out and available for edu. The key being accessable and flexible.

Tweeter via @web20classroom: New Blog Post: New Posted Resources 02/16/2012

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Top 5 iPad apps for journalists… and others.

While on vacation, I’ve been catching up on emails and links that I wanted to review. I came across this one posted by  Eli Milchman this week on the site International Journalists Website.

I took a moment to review his easy to ready suggestions on his thoughts on the top 5 apps useful in the writing and creating process and after checking several of them out – was in agreement on many of them

Top 5 iPad apps for journalists 







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