How Pop Culture Puts Public Sector Work in Context

This past Sunday, January 13th, was a huge day of American television. From two NFL playoff games (both of them fairly close ones), the Golden Globe awards, and the season premieres of popular shows Girls, Californication, and House of Lies on Showtime, and Downton Abbey on PBS. Twitter was on overload. According to the official…

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True Blood Star Janina Gavankar On Being A Geek Girl In Hollywood

You may recognize actress Janina Gavankar from her role on the popular HBO series True Blood. But she’s also recognizable for her activities online, using Twitter and other social media and apps to interact with her friends and fans and promote her professional activities. She also attends events you might not expect to see her…

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Dr. Mehmet Oz Has A Health IT Startup: Enforcer eCoaching

This is a guest post by Brandon Glenn, the Ohio Bureau Chief for MedCity News, where this article originally appeared. Reprinted with permission. A health coaching startup founded by Cleveland Clinic wellness chief Dr. Michael Roizen and TV star Dr. Mehmet Oz has raised $1.6 million, according to a regulatory document. MedCity News reported in…

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Microsoft's Geek 2 Chic: LA Makes Silicon Beach The Center Of the Geeky Fundraiser Universe

On Thursday, May 10th, Microsoft and Bloomingdale’s brought their popular “Geek 2 Chic” charity fashion show series to the west coast’s Silicon Beach. A mix of local entrepreneurs and tech-savvy professionals served as models, and between ticket sales and 10% of Bloomingdale’s purchases, thousands of dollars were raised for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, or…

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Six Ways Evangelists Can Promote Like Sports Illustrated Supermodel Kate Upton

  Recently, I wrote an essay about how the open government movement could do a better job of engaging mainstream media, and more specifically how the simultanous Transparency Camp and White House Correspondents Dinner weekend could make better connections. One criticism of this is that the WHCD is too focused on celebrities, and trivialities like…

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White House Correspondents Dinner: Why Do Geeks Hate Nerdprom?

Recently, the White House Correspondents Dinner (AKA “Nerd Prom”) and its bevy of pre-parties, after-parties, and brunches hit Washington, DC by storm as it does every spring. But across the Potomac in Arlington, VA, a simultaneous gathering of government enthusiasts known as “Transparency Camp” occurred, sequestered from networking with influential media, political, and business titans….

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Philadelphia's School Of The Future Hosts A Screening Of The Matt Damon-Narrated Film 'American Teacher'

Guest post by Andrew Ko, the senior director of innovation for Microsoft’s U.S. education business. Continue the conversation with him on Twitter at @AndrewKo888. American Teacher is a documentary that chronicles the stories of four teachers living and working in disparate urban and rural areas of the country. Narrated by Matt Damon, the teacher’s stories…

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Five Cultural Trends Shaping Public Service

When I was coming into my new role at Microsoft, I took on the task of reading more widely about business, communications, and other topics. I was very influenced by the new book Chief Culture Officer, written by Grant McCracken of MIT. It’s not about pop culture, and not about “cool hunting,” but rather about…

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How Eva Longoria Overnetworked A Nonprofit

Beth Kanter, CEO of Zoetica and long-time writer about nonprofit organizations, described the “networked nonprofit” as, …nonprofits [that] can unleash the power of social good BY On Saturday the 25th, in a flood of tweets, it dramatically concluded. But was it worth the effort? Can a Nonprofit Be Overnetworked? This auction to raise funds for…

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Four Lessons Public Affairs Professionals Can Learn From Real Estate Mogul And Entrepreneur Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump is a master of public branding and marketing for himself and his eponymous business interests. While government doesn’t usually consider itself in the business of “marketing” itself, in reality, the Open Government movement is to some degree about publicizing data and information in order to get it to people who can find it…

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