Sunday, January 31, 2016

February 1: Mendo's regular pre-leg meeting media briefing

COUNCIL CHAIRMAN MENDELSON TO HOLD LEGISLATIVE MEDIA BRIEFING

WHO/WHAT:
Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will hold a Media Briefing to preview the Council’s upcoming Legislative Meeting.

WHEN:
Monday February 1, 2016
10:30 a.m.

WHERE:
John A. Wilson Building, Room 412 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004

BACKGROUND:
hairman Mendelson will hold a media briefing to discuss major actions to be taken at the Council’s legislative meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 11:00 am or immediately following the Committee of the Whole.

Additional information is available by calling (202)724-8032.

Unable to make it to the Wilson Building?   Watch the briefing streaming live on the council website.


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Friday, January 29, 2016

Comment on the proposed DCPS 2016-2017 academic calendar

Sharona Robinson, community information-sharer and outstanding DCPS employee, has shared the following on Facebook.   Share with parents and other caregivers and encourage them to weigh in!
DCPS Stakeholders,

As you may have seen on the DCPS website, DCPS has proposed an initial draft of the School Year 16-17 academic calendar. DCPS is seeking input from our parents, students, staff, and community members. Visit http://dcps.dc.gov/node/1032662 to view the proposal and submit feedback. Feel free to share this survey with fellow DCPS staff, parents, and community members.

For more information or questions, please contact calendar.dcps@dc.gov.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

February 3: FY 2015 CAFR briefing

The council's Committee of the Whole's briefing on the FY 2015 audit, officially known as the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), will take place Wednesday, February 3 at 9:30 am in the Council Chamber (John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).

If you can't make it to the Wilson Building, you can watch the briefing on the council's website.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Free webinar, February 4: Finances of the poor and middle class

Stanford Social Innovation Review is holding the second of two free webinars under the umbrella The Hidden Financial Lives of America's Poor and Middle Class Thursday, February 4 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

According to the event webpage,

What are the implications of the U.S. Financial Diaries and other recent research and how can they provide insight to help families escape poverty, build stability, move up the ladder, and invest in the future? This webinar will look at innovative policies, products, and programs that seek to help households make ends meet, build security and stability, and invest for the future. We’ll consider innovative efforts in all sectors of society—from financial tech start-ups, to new policy approaches at all levels of government, and everything in between.

This webinar will:

  • Provide insight into how to redesign programs, policies, and products to better match the needs of low- and moderate-income Americans
  • Highlight examples of innovative products, programs, and policies that address income volatility and other challenges that households face now
  • Discuss the prospects for policy change at the federal, state and local level

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Stories of life by homeless and formerly homeless, Jan. 21

Pipe freezing prevention

Updated: 1/20 9:37a

Storm prep: Look out for older, less mobile, otherwise vulnerable neighbors

So the latest news for the end of the week is Snowmageddon II.   We can't impact what Mother Nature delivers but we can help our older, home-bound, less mobile, otherwise vulnerable neighbors.

Check on them to see if they have heat, food, and their meds so they have what they need during the storm.   If not, call family members to help.   If that doesn't work, contact the local nonprofits known as lead agencies or Aging and Disability Resource Centers.   Or, you can call the DC government's ADRC at (202) 724-5626.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

WAMU's programming changes

As mentioned in early December (Times they are a-changin' (at WAMU)), WAMU is making program changes.   Yes, Diane Rehm is retiring later this year and The Kojo Nnamdi Show is being scaled back to an hour.   But these are not the only changes.

WAMU has detailed the changes which begin January 25.   A sampling of changes:

  • Here & Now will air 1:00 - 3:00 pm Monday - Thursday and 1:00 - 2:00 pm Fridays
  • The Kojo Nnamdi Show will air Noon - 1:00 pm Monday - Friday
  • On The Media returns to the 7:00 am slot on Saturdays
  • Programming on Sundays is updated from beginning to end

Like the changes?   Don't like the changes?   Let WAMU know via email, feedback@wamu.org.

Monday, January 18, 2016

January 18: Cold Emergency activated to protect homeless from severe cold

DC government has activated the Cold Emergency Plan.   This means that special services are put in place to protect people who are experiencing homelessness from the extreme cold.   Order transport to a warming site by contacting the DC Shelter Hotline: uposh@upo.org, (202) 399-7093.

Friday, January 15, 2016

TA: What are challenges, crowdsourcing, citizen science?

So you hear the words, but what do they mean?   Challenges, Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science: What’s the Dif? does a good job of explaining each of the terms and providing real-world examples.   While the article is written from the perspective of a government agency, many of the lessons apply to nonprofits and community organizations.

Monday, January 11, 2016

January 11: @MayorBowser talks accountability

How would DC agencies score on a Plain Language scorecard?

Cynthia Baur writes in Good Content Needs Plain Language "plain language is also part of good user experience," extrapolated from Tyrus Manuel's assertion that "good content is essential to good user experience."

DC government no longer has a Plain Language requirement but that does not mean DC government agencies―or nonprofit organizations, for that matter―should not be making every effort to improve usability of the information on websites.   Baur provides two important links:

Saturday, January 9, 2016

January 8 DCR Tweeted, Storified

DC's history, available in person and via social media

Interested in genealogy? Writing a paper on Frederick Douglass' role as the first African American Recorder of Deeds in Washington, DC? Want to learn more about DC Emancipation Day? All this and much, much more is available at the District of Columbia Archives.

The District of Columbia Archives holds historical and permanently valuable records of the DC Government such as birth and death records, wills, land records and marriage records. Historic records on file include the original wills of Alexander Graham Bell, Francis Scott Key, James Madison, Dolly Madison, Woodrow Wilson, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Frederick Douglass, and the birth certificate for Duke Ellington.

The archives have recently launched their presence on the social media platforms Twitter (@DCArchivesOPR) and Instagram (@dcarchivesopr).   The office also has a blog, DC ARCHIVES AND THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC RECORDS.

Naturally, the office has a website: District of Columbia Archives.   There you will find the agency basics (address, hours of operation, phone, etc.), a list of the types of information available, and links to other local archives.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Historical images and documents now in the public domain


The New York Public Library's digital collection is vast... and just got better.   On January 5, NYPL announced the conversion of more than 180,000 high res images from copyrighted to the public domain (see Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse).

Wrote library staff,

Today we are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!

But the news is more than just the release of documents, old photographs, and illustrations.   The library has launched a visual browsing tool "to help patrons understand and explore what was contained in that release."   The tool is wicked cool and makes exploring fun.   Fair warning, though, it's easy to get lost in time and resurface hours later.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

DC's foster care crisis

Due to a mistaken decision by the Child and Family Services Agency, and total lack of oversight from legislators and advocates, the District lost a number of foster homes.   As a result, children taken into foster care have been sleeping in offices and hotels.   Social worker Marie Cohen saw this happening a year ago but couldn't get anybody to care.   See her column Poor Planning and Lack of Oversight Lead to Foster Care Crisis in District of Columbia.

Communications inspiration from @LBCollab

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

January 21, 2016: IT Security Threats To Nonprofits

Learn how to protect your nonprofit from IT security threats at the free Community IT webinar January 21, 2016 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm.   IT Security Threats To Nonprofits will consider recent research and strategies to protect nonprofits.   The event is free; register using the link above.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Is your org running a camp this summer?

Hypothermia season/cold weather emergency information

It's that time again... winter with cold weather, so make sure your mobile phones have all the necessary DC Shelter Hotline info so you can get help for people who are homeless in DC when a Hypothermia Alert or Cold Weather Emergency is called.
  • Email a report of a homeless person needing help: uposh@upo.org
  • DC Shelter Hotline, local number: (202) 399-7093
  • DC Shelter Hotline, toll-free number for use at payphones: (800) 535-7252
  • Status updates about hypothermia-related (and hyperthermia-related) alerts and news: @DChypothermia

Local media updates via @DCRTV


And then this news from December 31:

Lisa Baden Heads To Fresh - 12/31 - Morning traffic diva Lisa Baden (right) joins CBS Radio's WIAD, 94.7 Fresh FM. She had been heard on the company's all-newser, WNEW, 99.1, until it pink-slipped its air staff two weeks ago. Baden will now be heard on Tommy McFly's morning show at 0:10 and 0:40 during each hour. "Lisa's local knowledge, passion and quick wit are unparalleled in DC traffic reporting," says Steve Davis, program director for WIAD and vice president of programming for the CBS-DC cluster. "Her ability to relate to commuters with quick, concise and entertaining information makes her reports a perfect fit with the 'Tommy Show'." An employee of Total Traffic, Baden has been reporting DC area traffic for more than two decades. Over the years, she's been heard on WTOP, WMAL, and Channel 7/WJLA, among many other stations.....

Monday, January 4, 2016

TA: Hosting an effective Twitter town hall

Twitter Town Hall Tips from the VA describes the lessons learned from the perspective of public affairs and IT.   Topics covered:
  • What is a Twitter Town Hall?
  • Should You Do a Twitter Town Hall?
  • How Do You Advertise?
  • How Do You Prepare?
  • What about Follow-up?

Saturday, January 2, 2016

January 4: Leg meeting media briefing

COUNCIL CHAIRMAN MENDELSON TO HOLD LEGISLATIVE MEDIA BRIEFING

WHO/WHAT:
Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will hold a Media Briefing to preview the Council’s upcoming Legislative Meeting.

WHEN:
Monday, January 4, 2016
10:30 a.m.

WHERE:
John A. Wilson Building, Room 412 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004

BACKGROUND:
Chairman Mendelson will hold a media briefing to discuss major actions to be taken at the Council’s legislative meeting on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. or immediately following the Council Breakfast.

...For additional information, please call: (202) 724‐8032.

Unable to make it to the Wilson Building?   Watch the briefing streaming live on the council website.


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