#cdnpoli week in review
By July 6, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

#cdnpoli week in review

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed and/or my free Digital Public Affairs Newsletter. Thanks for visiting.The following is an excerpt from today’s edition of the Digital Public Affairs newsletter, issued this morning. Subscribe for free to receive additional insight into digital public affairs, and a look at the role digital […]

Effective diplomacy in the age of social media
By July 6, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Effective diplomacy in the age of social media

The following is an excerpt from today’s edition of the Digital Public Affairs newsletter, issued this morning. Subscribe for free to receive additional insight into digital public affairs, and a look at the role digital is playing in the Canadian political and public affairs landscape. A little over a year ago, a group of digitally engaged folks […]

Is your organization experienced?
By July 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Is your organization experienced?

It started with what most people would dismiss as trivial — an at bat. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it’s baseball-speak for a player’s turn to face a pitcher. This wasn’t just any at bat. It turned out to be the final at bat in a 16-inning ball game. Blue Jay catcher J.P. Arencibia […]

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Inspiration from south of the Mason-Dixon line
By July 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Inspiration from south of the Mason-Dixon line

We often go to Kingston (Ontario) to get away from our surroundings. I could carry on about the many reasons that make Kingston the great escape. During one of our getaway weekends last September, we saw a performance by Sheesham and Lotus. They seem to live the period of history when the railway was the […]

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Movements and trends
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Movements and trends

When Prime Minister Harper last prorogued Parliament in December 2009, many Canadians went online to express their displeasure. They created Facebook Groups and Fan Pages where most participants could click their mouse once to join the community. Some organized themselves into a national day of protest. The media covered rallies which took place in cities […]

The #DenounceHarper online rally was a small and vocal group
By July 2, 2012 3 Comments Read More →

The #DenounceHarper online rally was a small and vocal group

Postmedia ran an article titled ‘Denounce Harper’ Twitter-trending on Canada Day. The piece by Teresa Smith got me thinking about Canadian protests and how poorly attended they can be even when they get news coverage. Plus, I’ve been studying the role of digital in Canadian politics and public affairs, and the role tools like Twitter play […]

Farewell, Orit. We miss you.
By July 1, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Farewell, Orit. We miss you.

We’ll be burying a friend today. Cancer took her life Thursday night. She was diagnosed in August. It was fast; faster than we were prepared for. One of two things has happened as a result of  being in a family that has experienced the cancer treatment process through the diagnosis of one of our own; we’ve […]

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Conference Saturdays: Turning problems into relationship-building opportunities
By June 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Conference Saturdays: Turning problems into relationship-building opportunities

Mistakes happen. Computer failures happen. We can acknowledge them the standard way with an apology (or self-retracting apologies as in “I want to apologize” or “I’m sorry but…”) or error message. Or, we can surprise others by doing something extraordinary; something that could build relationships with the person or people affected.

Dusting off the Digital Public Affairs newsletter
By June 29, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Dusting off the Digital Public Affairs newsletter

My Digital Public Affairs newsletter has been dormant for some time. Today, I am reinventing it as a weekly newsletter which (among other things) will highlight interesting third-party content on communications and public affairs, and a weekly look at the digital landscape in Canadian politics. The newsletter is free. You can subscribe by completing the […]

Life is a highway
By June 28, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

Life is a highway

Markers are a way of measuring progress. In my 20s when I would drive to and from Toronto regularly, I would feel a sense of urgency and accomplishment when I turned from one highway to the next and passed certain landmarks like the Brockville city marker on the side of a hill, the city of […]

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Analysis of the Brazeau-Ditchburn Twitter firestorm
By June 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Analysis of the Brazeau-Ditchburn Twitter firestorm

I received a request to publish some statistics on the firestorm ignited by Senator Patrick Brazeau’s now famous tweet. Let’s start by noting a typical day involves only about 30 tweets from and referencing Senator Brazeau’s Twitter account, @TheBrazman. Yesterday was not a typical day. Yesterday, there were 5,074 tweets, including the 12 issued by […]

It’s not Twitter. It’s you.
By June 27, 2012 3 Comments Read More →

It’s not Twitter. It’s you.

PROLOGUE Conservative MP Larry Miller doesn’t tweet. I met him a few years ago at an event on The Hill. I was among a group of MPs including Mr. Miller, James Bezan, Rodger Cuzner and Wayne Easter. It was the day before the long gun registry vote and Mr. Bezan joked Mr. Cuzner was looking a […]