A month ago I blogged about some specific examples of what it would mean for local government and related organizations to be more transparent in their operations. I also sent a copy of my remarks to nine local elected officials asking for comment, and only two replied. But, there have been a couple of noteworthy … Continue reading Transparency redux, with progress
The idea that we need more transparency in conversations about the future of the city of Richmond, Indiana, especially from government entities and other influential community building organizations, seems to be gaining traction. That's a good thing! I wrote just a few months ago during Sunshine Week about how important this is. At the same … Continue reading Getting specific about local government transparency
Today's Palladium-Item editorial "Politics cheats citizens" calls out the ways in which local political maneuvering can do a disservice to voters, in this case with the less-than-transparent approach that was taken to handling the unfortunate health issues affecting Richmond City Council's District 5 representative, Bing Welch, during the recent election campaign: Whether it is the … Continue reading Political transparency and Bing Welch's health
You can't successfully operate in a distributed/remote work model unless your organization is built on trust. So many teams and companies are wrestling with questions around if and how to continue some version of distributed/remote work, now that public health concerns may not require it any longer. Unfortunately, these conversations often focus on the mechanics … Continue reading Trust is key to successful distributed work
After more than 5.5 years at Automattic, I recently decided that I am ready for something different, and today is my last day at the company. The things about Automattic that excited and impressed me when I first joined in 2014 still excite and impress me today. The mission to democratize publishing and help people … Continue reading Goodbye and thank you, Automattic
A month ago in a tweet related to my post about bringing people back to the open web, I casually proposed a resource that would score tools, services and other websites on their commitment to being a part of the open web. I'm back to flesh that idea out a little more. I'm imagining a simple … Continue reading Scoring sites on their commitment to the open web?
Much has been said in recent weeks about how the news media will need to transform itself if it is to keep up with continued deception from a President Trump, and with the proliferation of so-called fake news. I think it's true that journalists have an almost impossible-to-navigate obstacle course in front of them for the … Continue reading Without media literacy, is there hope for the media?
What do you do if you find yourself living in a world where facts no longer matter to most people? From the New York Times coverage of the historic British vote to leave the European Union: The British campaign featured assertions and allegations tossed around with little regard to the facts. Both sides played to … Continue reading Post Fact
It's only been about four months since I joined Automattic, but in that time I've had some great experiences working on amazing projects and websites with some delightful people. The past week took that adventure to new level as I joined my 270ish (and growing) co-workers for the annual company "grand meetup," held this year in Park City, … Continue reading Automattic Grand Meetup Gratitude
We're still some time away from the next Mayoral election here in Richmond, Indiana, but whoever is going to run and win to keep or take office in 2016 will have to begin their initial preparations this year. (A number of people have kindly suggested that I would be a good candidate for the job. I … Continue reading Richmond's next Mayor