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
It's been about four months since I became owner and publisher of my community's local print newspaper. In the spirit of transparency and working out in the open, we recently shared our first report to the community about our operations, health and future plans. I also geeked out a bit with a blog post on … Continue reading On the first 4 months of owning a newspaper
I’m excited to share the news that I’m diving fully into the world of community newspaper publishing. As of October 1, I’m the owner and publisher of the Western Wayne News here in Wayne County, Indiana. If you’re not familiar with it, WWN is a weekly print newspaper that covers news, events, sports, government meetings, … Continue reading So, I bought a newspaper
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