Sunday, May 31, 2015

June 11: The state of the American mind

The invitation to The state of the American mind: Anti-intellectualism in America more than 25 years after Allan Bloom:
Allan Bloom's 1987 book "The Closing of the American Mind" examined a shift in American culture that threatened the fundamental tenets of American society, individualism, liberty, and democracy. Nearly 30 years later, the intellectual habits of Americans seem to have only further deteriorated.

"The State of the American Mind" (Templeton Press, June 2015), edited by Mark Bauerlain and Adam Bellow and featuring contributions from 16 distinguished researchers, draws on extensive research and expertise to demonstrate how far Americans have slipped into disengagement from civic affairs, entitlement mentality, narcissistic personalities, and timidity in the face of political correctness.

Learn what the contributors have to say June 11 from Noon - 1:30 pm at AEI or online.   Details about this free event are online.

Learn more about collective impact

The Why and How of Working with Communities through Collective Impact takes place Monday, June 8 from Noon - 1:00 pm.   The Tamarack event features Tynesa Boyea-Robinson and Jeff Raderstrong from Living Cities.   The webinar is free but registration is required.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Who says DC gov is no fun?

Urban Institute forum on millennials

On Tuesday, June 16, Urban Institute will convene Millennials and the Remaking of US Cities.   The purpose of the event is to consider how millennials will act as they age.   Will they continue to live in urban areas?   What will the short- and long-term impact be on cities?

Emily Badger, Wonkblog reporter, and Rolf Pendall, Urban Institute Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center director, are the panelists.

Svetlana Legetic, co-founder of Brightest Young Things, will open the conversation with observations from one increasingly young, vibrant city: Washington, DC. Millennials helped DC increase its population for the first time in 50 years. BYT is helping them decide how and where to connect.

Register for the free event.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

June 2: Help celebrate journos recognized for outstanding reporting on homelessness and poverty

Street Sense will be celebrating the winners of the organization's Excellence in Journalism awards Tuesday, June 2 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.   Recognition is given to journalists reporting on homelessness and poverty in mainstream media.

2015 winners are Justin Jouvenal, Robert Samuels and DeNeen L. Brown in the Best Breaking News category; Theresa Vargas, Emma Brown, Lynh Bui and Peter Hermann in the Best Features/Investigative category; Aaron Weiner in the Opinion category; and a tie in the Best Photography category, Claire O'Neill and David Gilkey, and Bonnie Jo Mount.

The evening features a reception with open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres, the awards ceremony, and a panel with the honorees moderated by HuffPost reporter Arthur Delaney.

Tickets are still available for the event which is being held at WilmerHale.

ICYMI: Lanier on NewsTalk May 19

On May 19, MPD's Chief Cathy Lanier talked with NewsTalk's Bruce DePuyt.   From the website:
DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier talked about the quadruple homicide in Northwest, the latest ruling on concealed carry, the president's order regarding local police use of military surplus and much more.

Reminder: North Capitol Main Street is on Twitter

Bates Area Civic Association has reminded us that North Capitol Main Street (NCMS) is on Twitter, @NorthCapitolDC and Instagram.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How will this data and analysis prompt you to modify your volunteer program?

If you have not read The changing face of volunteerism in the District: kids are the big winners, take some time to read and process.   Yesim Sayin Taylor interprets CPS data about voluntarism in some helpful ways.   Taylor asks a number of questons―such as, "What do the non-traditional organizations do?" and "What do volunteers do for them?"―and prompted me to think about what I know and think about voluntarism

Some of thoughts I have:

  • Here's an obvious one: Are kids the big winner because parents are volunteering for activities and organizations which engage their children?   Did parents volunteer before they had children?
  • Is there a common pattern to voluntarism?   For example, does volunteering wane during early parenting years to pick up in elementary school to taper off in middle school and high school and regain steam again when the kids are out of the house

    Melinda Vance, former president of the Junior League of Hartford, at one time contemplated the need for the League to modify two of the three stages of membership.   Simply, Vance argued that many women were not as able to volunteer as actively when their kids were young (when women, as League members, would be Actives) as they would be when their children were older (when women would become Sustainers in League parlance).   Vance argued that the League, and other voluntary engagement opportunities, needed to be much more flexible so as to attract and retain volunteers through their volunteer life cycle.   This change was never made but I remain convinced the change is needed.

  • Has service learning in schools, after-school, and sororities and fraternities played any role in how younger DC residents think about volunteering?
  • The last thought I have is about the word civic and what it means to different people.   I tend to think about civics in the sense of the citizenry―civic or citizen groups, political parties, friends groups.   As Taylor noted,
    Here is what the newcomers to the District (read, millennials) do not care for: Political parties and advocacy organizations, cultural and arts organizations, sports and hobby groups, labor unions, professional organizations and health research and education groups. These kinds of organizations either lost volunteers or barely added any new ones.

    Pew, as summarized in Millennials are not Joiners, found last year that millennials are less likely to report a formal association with a political party and religion.

    I wonder how the generations will bridge the divide.

Finally, I'm curious about how consumers of this information will think about using it to modify their volunteer programs.   Please leave your thought in a comment.

Do you think CMs should share their daily work sked with the public?

I recently had a conversation on Twitter with the DC Council PIO.   I had asked why the May 26 media briefing was not on the council's schedule.   That conversation is below.

The issue of councilmember schedules comes up frequently in discussions with the public.   The recommendations I've seen always concern sharing schedules.   What do you think?   Should CM schedules be made public?   Take the survey and encourage others to do the same; responses are confidential.   The results will be shared on the blog soon after the poll closes on June 9.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Petworth News expands

Terrific news from Drew Schneider: He's recently launched the Petworth News blog.

According to his announcement, the new site is the main online home for all things Petworth news, neighbors, and community.   Schneider will continue to post on the Petworth News Facebook page.   The new site includes a weekly newsletter; Schneider says it will feature "the most interesting or important articles published that week."

Finally, plan to join Schneider and Petworth residents Monday, June 29 at 6:00 pm at Petworth Citizen to celebrate the new website and the 1,000th Like on the Petworth News Facebook page.

Mapping Segregation in Washington, DC

Mapping Segregation in Washington DC, a public history project, uses GIS to document segregation in DC―housing, schools, rec facilities, and other public venues.   The project’s first year has focused on racially restrictive housing covenants and legal challenges to them.

Prologue DC, LLC, project creator, is holding two events in June to share the first year findings.   According to the website,

How did restrictive housing covenants shape DC neighborhoods? Prologue DC historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld will present the latest findings in their ongoing research project, Mapping Segregation in Washington DC, on Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Park View Recreation Center, 693 Otis Place NW, and Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Public Library, 901 G Street NW.

More information about the project is on Prologue's Facebook page

Sunday, May 24, 2015

May 26: Media briefing by Mendo

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will brief the media Tuesday, May 26 at Noon about the council’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget actions to take place at the Additional Legislative Meeting which will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 10:00 am.   The briefing will take place at the John A. Wilson Building in Room 412.   Additional information is available by calling (202) 724‐8032.

Can't make the briefing?   Watch it live.

There's still space in Teach the Beat: Go-Go Goes to School

There is still room for teachers in Teach the Beat: Go-Go Goes to School.   The program is designed to
designed to ensure that students learn the rich history and the various stylistic elements related to the go-go music genre, drawing on the vast array of performers in D.C., scholars, and the experience of teachers who grew up with go-go.

The May 22 DC Register in Tweets

The reasons for Memorial Day

Who wrote your favorite childhood book?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

DC historical studies conference proposal deadline next week

The theme of the 42nd annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies is New Freedoms, New Lives.   The conference takes place November 12-15, 2015.

The conference theme explained:

Papers and presentations that reconsider the legacy of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the impact of waves of demographic changes on Washington and the nation are encouraged.

Conference planners are accepting proposals through Friday, May 29.   Here is the Call for Submissions guidelines (PDF).

CM Todd's constituent services staff

Friday, May 22, 2015

June 12: Beetlejuice Black & White Ball

City Blossoms' Beetlejuice Black & White Ball, a kid-friendly garden fiesta, is taking place Friday, June 12 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School (1100 Harvard St NW; use playground entrance on 11th St).

The deets:

TICKETS: $20 at the door and online at
ATTIRE: Black and white, mask a plus
CONTACT: City Blossoms, (443) 854-1669,,

Masked guests will mingle in a mash-up of playful glamour, creating a festive atmosphere to enjoy delicious food and drinks, exciting performances, awards and a raffle filled with tantalizing prizes. Featuring tasty treats courtesy of Chef Jeremiah Langhorne.

Why you should attend:

Each year City Blossoms, a non-profit organization dedicated to kid-driven, community engaging, and creative green spaces holds a big fundraising celebration, where community members come together to enjoy a magical evening in one of our gardens and raise funds for a year of FREE activities at our Community Green Spaces. Thanks to this fundraiser, City Blossoms will maintain and support over 20 gardens and break ground on its largest project yet, providing more than 1,000 hours of free and affordable activities, engaging over 8,000 children, youth and families. Our holistic approach empowers participants to care for their environment and community, celebrating visible, edible and personal rewards.

CM Todd's letter to constituents

Dear Neighbors:

It has been an exciting first week, and I am both humbled and honored that you have selected me to become your fifth elected Ward 4 Councilmember.

I have gone down to City Hall to work hard on the agenda that we've set together, a vision for our ward that focuses on helping seniors age in place, accelerating education reform, continuing sustainable economic development, and providing exceptional constituent services.

Our office has been fully operational from Day 1. If you have a constituent services request, please email my Director of Constituent Services, Jackson Carnes, at, or my Constituent Liaison, LaRoya Huff, at You can also reach us by phone by calling my office directly at (202) 724-8052. For all other requests, please reach out to the appropriate member of my staff, listed below:

Sherryl H. Newman
Chief of Staff
(202) 724-8052

Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff & Scheduler
(202) 654-6406

Matthew Santoro
Director, Communications
(202) 724-8191

Jackson Carnes
Director, Constituent Services
(202) 724-8793

LaRoya Huff
Liaison, Constituent Services
(202) 724-8052

Too keep up-to-date on the work we’re doing for Ward 4, you can follow us on Twitter @CMBrandonTodd, or on Facebook at You can also reach me directly by emailing me at or on my cell phone at (202) 316-6001.

For more information, please visit our official Council page at

Thank you once again for the trust that you’ve placed in me. My job is to serve you, and I look forward to breaking new ground on Ward 4’s future with your insight, your input, and your energy.

Volunteers needed at farmers markets across the city

Starting in June, farmers markets around the District will feature Produce Plus.   The program uses volunteers to distribute vouchers to lower-income shoppers so they can access the fresh, healthy food that markets offer.

Produce Plus needs volunteers to distribute vouchers.   Volunteers must attend a two-hour training and agree to volunteer at least five times between June and September.   Sign up to volunteer.

ICYMI: CM Silverman's office is on Twitter

In the event you missed it, At-large CM Elissa Silverman's office is using @CM_Silverman.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CM Brandon Todd online

BFC looking for advocacy and community organizing director

A message from Bread for the City:
Bread for the City seeks an experienced candidate to lead our advocacy and community organizing efforts. This Director-level position ensures BFC’s Advocacy Strategies are being implemented throughout each Department, Program, and Client Engagement activity. The Advocacy Campaign Director will work with staff and client stakeholders to plan the organization’s affordable housing campaign, as well as supervise multiple community organizing hires working on affordable housing and other social change projects. Please see the full job description here: The deadline to apply is June 4th.

I've been asked to blog another recipe, so...

Chicken and Artichoke Comfort Food

Get your music on for music ed in DCPS

Thought you might be interested Thursday: TED talks Maslow

Maslow's Human Needs on NPR's TED Radio Hour is not your typical consideration of the famed hierarchy.   Host Guy Raz interviews six TED Talks speakers and includes elements of their talks in this one-hour program.

Social worker, psychologist, other, this is a must-listen.   The speakers, starting with Margie Lachman, offer a modern look at this idea first widely discussed in the mid-1900s.   Here's what you get in this program:

  1. Margie Lachman: How Did Abraham Maslow Change Psychology?
  2. Russell Foster: Why Do We Need Sleep?
  3. Bruce Schneier: What Does It Take To Feel Secure?
  4. Sebastian Junger: How Does War Teach Soldiers About Love?
  5. Caroline Casey: What Defines A Person's Sense Of Self?
  6. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: What Makes A Life Worth Living?

Good, deliberate street design can have powerful outcomes

On Tuesday, May 26 from 12:45 - 2:00 pm (PST), the Prevention Institute is hosting "From Streetscapes to Thriving Communities" featuring "visionary thinkers Dinesh Mohan and Dick Jackson."   According to the announcement:
Streets are in many ways at the heart of our communities, and street design can shape health outcomes in powerful ways. Yet street design isn’t enough: Residents need safe places to play, great destinations, and a thriving local economy. Join Prevention Institute and its co-sponsors for a lively conversation, moderated by PI Managing Director Manal J. Aboelata, about designing community environments for health and safety.

RSVP (space is limited) and then sign up for the webcast online.

Follow @preventioninst and use #streetscapes.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Got kids? Follow @_SummerDC!

Get ready for Empowering Women in Political Participation and Leadership, May 25-29

Next week, New Tactics in Human Rights is holding a chat on the topic "Empowering Women in Political Participation and Leadership."   The chat will "seek to uncover the tools, tactics and resources used by individuals and organizations to empower women to overcome the obstacles preventing them from political equity and equality."

Learn how to participate.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Updated contact list on Council of DC website

Staff have updated the contact list for members and committees of the Council of the District of Columbia.   Yay!

Ward 3's new MOCR

@SafeDC is back, kind of

Deputy City Administrator and acting public safety DM Kevin Donahue has taken over the Public Safety in DC, @SafeDC Twitter handle though he's not active.

June 20: Collaborating for a Healthier Community 2015 unconference

Collaborating for a Healthier Community: An Unconference for Health and Information Professionals, sponsored by DC Public Library and NAACP DC Branch, takes place Saturday, June 20 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St NW).

This free event will bring together reps in the fields public health, medicine, libraries, and community outreach and organizing to discuss resources and strategies to improve community health outreach.   Participants, in unconference fashion, will select the discussion topics and contribute to the sessions.   Submit discussion ideas when you register.

Email questions,

Event flyer (PDF).

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Connect with DCPS

DC Public Schools has four community engagement specialists, known in DCPS-speak as the Community Action Team (CAT).   Virtually meet the team members; their contact info (email and phone) are in the flyer on the CAT web page.

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#iteachphysics chat on social justice Storified

New kid on the Twitter block

Live or work in Ward 7?   Have a stake in this community?   Follow @Ward7Outreach.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The May 15 DCR Tweeted

June 3: Arts as healing, free event

Understanding open data

If you're interested in open data, good government, and the citizenry, watch Tim Davies on Unpacking Open Data: Power, Politics and the Influence of Infrastructures.   Berkman summarizes the talk this way:
Countries, states & cities across the globe are embracing the idea of 'open data': establishing platforms, portals and projects to share government managed data online for re-use. Yet, right now, the anticipated civic impacts of open data rarely materialize, and the gap between the promise and the reality of open data remains wide.

In this talk, Tim Davies -- Berkman affiliate and a social researcher focussing on the development of the open government data landscape around the world -- questions the ways in which changing regimes around data can reconfigure power and politics, and considers opportunities to re-imagine the open data project, not merely as one of placing datasets online, but as one that can positively reshape the knowledge infrastructures of civic life.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Young people, social media and libraries

Health and Housing: Implications for Childhood Asthma Control and Prevention

Breathe DC's Health and Housing: Implications for Childhood Asthma Control and Prevention panel discussion takes place Tuesday, May 19 from 9:30 am - Noon at One Judiciary Square (441 4th St NW, Room 1107).   Empower DC staff members Parisa Norouzi and Schyla Pondexter-Moore will participate.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Must-read: What Is Community Anyway?

Thought you might be interested Thursday

The Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy, part of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, has announced the release of important research:

For more public policy-related research, and media coverage of the papers, visit the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy website.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Online social change: easy to organize, hard to win

Are you an organizer?   A part-time, full-time or some-time advocate?   An activist?   Do you use technology?   Rely on technology?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I encourage you to watch sociologist Zeynep Tufekci's TED Talk, below.

If you feel so inclined, leave your thoughts about her views in a comment.

One explanation I have about why online advocacy and activism is so popular is that the barrier to entry is low.   So low that anyone can create a hashtag, petition, website.

May 14: Talk transpo equity

Staff change at Elevation DC

Elevation DC's Allyson Jacob announced May 11 that she is leaving the online magazine.   In fact, that column was her last.

Jacob turns the reigns over to Christina Sturdivant.

Stay in touch with Jacob on Twitter, @ffxwriter.

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Sherwood and Segraves interview AG Karl Racine

TA: Turning social media followers into volunteers

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CM-elect Todd's new Twitter handle

May 21: Forum on the New DC Archives

The Bowser administration and Friends of the DC Archives are hosting the Public Forum on the New DC Archives Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St NW; Washingtoniana Division, 3rd Floor).

The purpose of the forum is to hear from and inform the public about the value in preserving DC's valuable historical documents and artifacts.   According to the meeting notice,

The forum will feature a panel of experts including David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, regarding the preservation of government records (the new Archives building) followed by questions and discussion.

Topics will include:

  • History of the DC Archives
  • Statement of Need and Project Overview
  • Other DC Government Collections: Sumner School, Dunbar HS (DCPS), MPD, DDOT, Washingtoniana Division and Peabody Room (DCPL), Superior Court and Court of Appeals
  • Considerations for a multifunctioning facility: space type; size; research; records processing, storage, oral history, meetings and preservation digital laboratory
  • National standards, what’s best for DC?

For more information, please contact: Office of the Secretary, 202-727-6306.

Sharing another version of Do the Right Thing

Mayor Bowser's modifications to FYs 2015 and 2016 budgets

FY2015-16 Errata Letter

May 13: Sherwood and Jaffe talk Dream City

Tom Sherwood and Harry Jaffe will talk about their book Dream City at Upshur Street Books (827 Upshur St NW) Wednesday, May 13 at 7:30 pm.   The event is free and open to the public.

Actions speak louder than words on @TheHillisHome

Monday, May 11, 2015

Brandon Todd swearing in, May 14

An invitation from the CM-elect:
Join us for the Swearing-In Ceremony of Brandon Todd as the next Ward 4 Councilmember, with a Ward 4 Council Office Open House immediately to follow.

Thursday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m.
The John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Council Chamber - Room 500
Washington, D.C. 20004

Open House to Follow Immediately in Suite 105

TA: Adapting to the new tech challenge―mobile

You might have heard that Google has changed the way they index (prioritize) search results.   In February 2015, Google announced what the change means:
Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.

2 NetSquared's May 26 - Mobile & Nonprofits: Best Practices, Lessons Learned will help nonprofits adapt to the changing mobile and search landscape.   Meetup attendees will hear from experts talk about specific elements of nonprofits and mobile and they will have a chance to ask questions, too.

In the meantime, read Hootsuite's Everything You Need to Know About Marketing in a Post-Mobilegeddon World.

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TA: Benefiting from social media features

May 21: William Julius Wilson discusses race and economic class

According to this Library of Congress press release:
William Julius Wilson, a distinguished sociologist and the current Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Library of Congress, will present a lecture on the effects of race and class in determining the future life outcomes of men and women in America.

Wilson will speak at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 in Room 119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

The lecture will mark the conclusion to Wilson’s four-month residency at The John W. Kluge Center. During his residency, Wilson reexamined arguments laid forth in his 1978 book "The Declining Significance of Race," in which he argued economic class has gradually become more important than race in determining the future life outcomes of African Americans. In his lecture, Wilson will reflect on the themes articulated in this work and their application to more recent developments in American race and ethnic relations involving not only African Americans but also other groups, including whites and Latinos. He will also advance some thoughts on the future of race relations in the U.S.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Calling all Wards 7 and 8 residents and stakeholders

Hopefully, you've had the chance to use the new Wards 7 & 8 calendar on the East Bank DC Community Board.   The calendar includes civic organization meetings, farmers markets, public safety events, and more!

This calendar is by and for the community.   This means that community members can―and should―submit event information.   And, community members should look to the calendar for fun and educational things to do.

Please take a minute to take a very brief survey below and via this link.   All responses are anonymous.

Questions?   Email East Bank DC or email me.

ICYMI: Are we wrong about Alzheimer's?

Science Friday's Do we all have Alzheimer's completely wrong? This man says yes is an interesting and understandable read for those who are not science-savvy.   The summary:
Throughout his career, Duke University neurology professor Allen Roses has challenged what for decades has been the prevailing orthodoxy in Alzheimer’s research: Namely, the “amyloid hypothesis,” which suggests that a protein called beta-amyloid clogs up the brain, killing neurons and causing the dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Watch the President talk poverty at Georgetown May 12

President Obama will talk about how the United States can address poverty Tuesday, May 12 at 11:00 am.   Obama will be part of the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty.   Harvard professor Robert Putnam and AEI's Arthur Brooks will joing the president.   WaPo columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. will moderate.

Watch the webcast.

Friday, May 8, 2015

#dcfy16 sked changes again

June 6: Truck Touch

Truck Touch is back DC!!

Again this year, the annual Truck Touch event is also celebrates the kickoff of summer in DC.   What this means: In addition to the trucks and such used to clear snow, fix traffic lights, collect trash, pick up sick and injured people, and clean streets, the event will feature social service agencies sharing info and engaging people of all ages in fun activities.

So mark your calendar: Saturday, June 6, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at RFK Stadium Lot 7 (Oklahoma Ave NE, off of Benning Rd NE).

More information about Truck Touch is here on the DPW website.

Learn the in's and out's of voter engagement

Nonprofit Vote is talking voter engagement in the free webinar Getting Started: Nonpartisan Voter Engagement for Nonprofits Thursday, May 14 at 2:00 pm.

What to expect:

This introduction to nonprofit voter engagement work covers the basics--voter registration, voter education, candidate engagement, ballot measure advocacy, get-out-the-vote efforts, and staying nonpartisan--while focusing on how to integrate these activities into services you already provide.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Staff changes at DC Public Schools

Mayor Bowser's May 8 schedule

The mayor's May 8 schedule includes the 10:00 am presser to announce cabinet appointments and to take questions from the media.   The press conference takes place at the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).

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Thought you might be interested Thursday

New from Wild Apricot: Podcasts

Wild Apricot has expanded their reach with podcasts filled with group and individual interviews, resource sharing, and expert advice.   And they're free!   To date, three podcasts have been produced.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

OCFO updates

Here's the latest from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer:

#BreakingTheSilence recap

Gates Foundation CEO on problem-solving

What I value so much about what Sue Desmond-Hellman says in To Solve The World's Biggest Problems, Work from the Inside Out, Says the CEO of the Gates Foundation is this:
And so I think Ebola, in many ways, showed our foundation at its finest. Flexible, moving quickly, but knowing how we could play a role together with others, and every step along the way we were focused on what can we do? How could we use our resources, our intellect, our human capital to help fix this problem?

I think those are the kinds of collaborative innovations, how we communicate, regularity, teamwork that sometimes involve high-tech. We might use video conferencing or we might use a smartphone, but often are how human beings interact together in novel ways to get things done. And that's at least as important a way that we use innovation here. (emphasis added)

Click the link above to watch the three-minute video, read the summary, and read the transcript of her comments.   What do you appreciate, if anything, about what she has to say about solving problems?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

One of my most favorite DC government tools

One of my most favorite DC government web tools is the MAR―the Master Address Repository.   Why?   When you type in an address, the MAR will report back one of two things.

If you type the address correctly, you will get information about the address.   Think ANC, PSA, voting precinct.   For a screenshot of these results, see the image immediately below.

If you make a mistake on the address, you will get information back that resembles the image below.   The MAR gives you some options about accurate addresses.

Learn more about the MAR.

TA: What is Meerkat and how do I use it or other video streaming apps?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

TA: The latest this and that from the web

Listed here are promising advocacy- and information-sharing-related online tools; all found on Journalist's Toolbox.   Leave a comment if you've tried any of them.

What will you do with the latest news about Facebook?

Contact info for Marcus Williams, @DCDHCD comms director

Friday, May 1, 2015

Parents, your input is needed

A small group of DC residents are working to start a K-8 school and need input from parents.   The short survey (13 questions and most are check boxes) asks questions on topics such as:
  • Your views about the educational options in your neighborhood.
  • The maximum commute time you are willing to commit to
  • Type of education you want for your children
  • The most important attributes when considering a school for your child

All responses are anonymous.

Leg meeting media briefing May 4

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will hold the regular Legislative Media Briefing to talk about the council's May 5 Legislative Meeting Monday, May 4 at 10:30 am.   The briefing will take place in the John A. Wilson Building, Room 412.

Solid advice for (parents this) prom season

May 5 Legislative Meeting emergencies

Let's celebrate Children's Book Week, starting with your favorite children's books

Children's Book Week takes place May 4 - 10, 2015.   The week celebrates children's books and reading.

Between now and May 3, you and your children can vote for your favorite new book in the categories K-2nd Grade, 3-4 Grade, 5-6 Grade, and Teen.   Winners will be announced May 4.

Starting Monday, May 4, I will be blogging my readers' favorite books of their childhood.   Email or Tweet (@susiecambria) the author and title; email the info if you want your fave to be listed without your name.   To get the party started, here's a post from 2011 listing one of my favorite books (Little Toot): This week is National Children's Book Week.

TA: SMS as part of nonprofit messaging