Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
John Murphy on Ode to the Annotation explains the (in hindsight obvious) reasons why annotating charts makes a lot of sense. Rather than burying the explanation of change in the narrative, the annotated run chart places "small text snippets that show when an intervention or event has taken place."
And if the simple, elegant graphic and explanation are not enough, Murphy provides links to others annotating charts.
Be sure to bookmark Murphy's post.
- Mission-Driven Volunteering, November 4
- Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers, November 6
- Legal Traps for the Unwary Fundraiser, November 19
- How to Captivate and Engage Your Constituents with Your Website, November 24
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The DC Council has accomplished a significant number of the recommendations. Outstanding from the NCSL report, for example, are:
- Presentation of a plain language analysis of all legislation prior to and with the introduction
- Adherence to roundtable and hearing scheduling
- Routinely update staff directory of CM and committee staff and office staff
- Publication of user-friendly documents explaining the legislative process and the institution generally
- Appropriately use emergency legislation
Since there's plenty left to do in these reports, I suggest the next council chair take another look at both reports and make changes. In addition, it's probably time for another assessment. DC Appleseed, are you interested?
Monday, October 27, 2014
Register to attend by calling (202) 581-9355.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Like the other recipes I share, this is on the Recipes page.
Friday, October 24, 2014
The program is so much more than the description:
A bank executive and a bank robber become business partners in buying uncollected debts for pennies on the dollar and collecting them on their own. According to Mr. Halpern, the collection industry is full of unregulated and questionable practices that can often compound the problems of working class citizens. He talks with author and former Wall Street executive Nomi Prins.
Halpern is a terrific storyteller. He makes the complex story easy to understand and the program is easy to watch and listen to (huge in my book). And as a bonus, Halpern provides usable advice to those who have debt and particularly debt in collection. So take an hour and watch the program. If you're interested in reading the book, local independent Politics & Prose has Halpern's book on their shelves now.