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Sep. 25 2010 — 9:59 am | 0 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

SECTOR: PUBLIC – A New Site About Technology For Public Good

Last week, during the Mashable / 92Y / UN Foundation "Social Good Summit" in New York, I launched a new website called SECTOR: PUBLIC.  The focus of this blog is on leading the conversation about innovative social change via technology’s influence on the public sector, public service, and public good.

Right now, three entities contributing to the public good – citizens, the public sector, and private businesses – are incredibly dependent on each other. Citizens need support from government and the broader public sector, and jobs from businesses.  The public sector needs the support of the private sector through products and services, and needs input, ideas, and other contributions from its citizens.  And private sector organizations increasingly seek to stand for something more than merely selling products – they seek to help the public sector and contribute to citizens’ well-being.

SECTOR: PUBLIC lives where these three entities meet.  If necessity is the mother of invention, there has been no period in our lifetimes during which technological innovation is able to have such a great impact on civic progress.  Every day at SECTOR: PUBLIC, we will discuss cutting-edge technology, share public sector stories, and provide thought leadership about how American progress and public good are being both disrupted and benefited by the rapid innovation era we are living through.

Check out a well-received initial post about "Open Government Entrepreneurship" and read our "Geek 2 Chic" interview with the innovative CEO of iStrategyLabs, Peter Corbett.
I hope that many of you find my new website about public sector and public service stories involving technology useful and interesting!
You can subscribe to SECTOR: PUBLIC by email or RSS, and follow the Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/sectorpublic.  Learn more about our goals for the site in this Federal News Radio interview.

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Aug. 16 2010 — 3:49 pm | 120 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

Education By The Numbers

Really interesting graphic about global education, by the numbers.

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Aug. 10 2010 — 12:57 pm | 23 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

In-line annotation on a personal blog as the new “correction” for the subject of a hit piece

Fast Company just ran an article about advertising guru Alex Bogusky called, "Alex Bogusky Tells All: He Left the World's Hottest Agency to Find His Soul."  He disagreed with some parts of it, and had comments to make on others.  Why lobby for a correction, or get into a tiff with the writer?  Just annotate it yourself.
And he did, on his personal blog, in two parts (Part 1, Part 2). Not only is it really interesting to read in-line comments from the subject of the original piece, his annotations are garneringon some level more interest than the original article – just the first part of his material has way more comments than the Fast Company piece.  The art of the personal.
Perhaps this is a good reason for famous people to have blogs.  Real blogs.  Not just Twitter feeds, and not fancy websites for retail stuff.  Blogs.  Now when someone writes about you, you can tell your side of the story, immediately, in your voice, and also host a discussion about the discussion.  In fact, pulling the discussion away from the publication that got it wrong to your own personal media property.  Innovative stuff.

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Aug. 2 2010 — 10:15 am | 27 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

Cured Meat: It’s What’s For Breakfast

What's the deal with cured meat? It only seems to be available after dark. All these lovely plates of salumi and other delicacies, served with mustard and wine and tiny cornichons… But why can't I get any for breakfast?  When I travel it's always the same hotel room service for breakfast – bacon, sausage, and ham.  And not even fancy versions of these.  How about scambling me up some eggs with some of those delicacies you're saving for your evening customers? Sadly, I have to check out by 11am.
Well, I took this up with Chef Richard at Charlie Palmer in the very lovely Joule Hotel (Starwood Hotels) in Dallas, TX.  He cures the meats himself and takes great pride in it.  And they're good – I ate a whole plate. But why can't I have more tomorrow morning before I leave, I asked.  Chef Richard was inspired by our conversation – and did himself proud with a special Pastrami Benedict with savory corncake and red pepper hollandaise sauce.  Delicious (see photo, next to my copy of Dallas Modern Luxury magazine).
A couple lessons here.
One, business travelers often consider breakfast the most important meal of the day while traveling. Basic hotel chains have figured this out, offering free buffet breakfast with a room or different variations on that theme. But frankly, a lot of high end hotels have fairly boring breakfasts. Think about adding cured meats to the in room breakfast dining repertoire!
Two, this is just great customer service. Chef Richard didn't have to do this; he could have just had a nice conversation and went about his way that night. But instead he was back the next morning writing a personal note to send up with my food. This is the kind of thing travelers remember when visiting a big city with many "good" hotels to choose from. I know where I'm staying – and eating – next time I'm in Dallas: Charlie Palmer and The Joule Hotel.

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Jul. 30 2010 — 8:44 am | 14 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

Best Of: Fake Wikileaks Leaks

Last night I tweeted some fake Wikileaks leaks. Here's a summary:
BREAKING: Wikileaks to leak bad advice during a Public Service Announcement.
BREAKING: Wikileaks to leak the truth behind Santa in a special "Children's Edition."
BREAKING: Wikileaks to leak the end of the infamous "Man from Nantucket" riddle.
BREAKING: Wikileaks to leak tomorrow's soup du jour.
BREAKING: Wikileaks to leak the Salahi's "off the grid" FourSquare check-ins.
BREAKING: Wikileaks to leak slowly, drop by drop, on your forehead while you sleep.
BREAKING: Wikileaks to leak real-time whereabouts of former SNL cast members.
BREAKING: Wikileaks to leak the results of the Nightingale School student body president election.
BREAKING: Wikileaks to leak after patiently waiting in line during the seventh-inning stretch.
BREAKING: Wikileaks to leak detailed Gym, Tanning, Laundry regimen of the Jersey Shore cast.
BREAKING: Wikileaks to leak every Twitter direct message.
BREAKING: Wikileaks to leak those night vision pictures you took last night.
BREAKING: Wikileaks to leak BP's oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

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    I'm a biological scientist by training with eclectic interests in politics, government, technology, and pop culture. My writing has appeared in diverse publications: PBS MediaShift, TechPresident, Mashable, Nature, Genetics, Genome Research, Defense and Technology Papers, Defense Horizons, The Washington Times, and The New York Times. Besides writing for True/Slant, conducting public policy research, and working on a book, I'm currently a regular columnist for O’Reilly Radar (social software and society), Federal Computer Week (emerging technology and government) and soon, DC Examiner. Because of all the above, I stare at books and computer screens too much, and at girls too little.

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