Conference Saturdays: When in doubt have cultists attack
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Conference Saturdays: When in doubt have cultists attack

What can communicators, community-builders and campaign organizers learn from Dungeons and Dragons? Julien Smith explains.

Keep your digital ecosystem and all of your content relevant
By January 14, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

Keep your digital ecosystem and all of your content relevant

One theory regarding the rapid expansion of the universe is eventually all galaxies will move further apart from each other and the universe will become cold and dark.

Posted in: Social Media, Tools
Microsites: Think focused, not small.
By January 7, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Microsites: Think focused, not small.

Public Affairs and politics suffer from very similar communication challenges. Among them is clarity of message, clarity of audience and clarity of outcome.

Secret sauce: How Twitter helped a client in a crisis
By September 14, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Secret sauce: How Twitter helped a client in a crisis

I was part of a team hired to help an organization that was dealing with a crisis – a series of cascading reputation issues. Twitter was key to our success.

Using a single system to capture and curate content
By September 11, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Using a single system to capture and curate content

I’ve used many tools over the years to capture and curate content I’ve found meaningful to my work and personal interests. Here’s one system that works.

Posted in: Tools
Give everyone a reason to have both
By August 6, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Give everyone a reason to have both

Robert Farrell and I get together every Sunday to write and record songs. Our influences come largely from the pop and blues/rock genres. However, in the last year we’ve explored a variety of music styles and experimented with different song structures, production techniques and instrumentation. Part of that is for the challenge, and part because […]

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PAB2012, the last PAB, is one week from today
By June 1, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

PAB2012, the last PAB, is one week from today

We’re just seven days away from the seventh and final edition of PAB, the conference formerly known as Podcasters Across Borders (imagine an audio recorder with a squiggle through it). Despite its strong roots in podcasting, the conference hasn’t been specifically about the audio arts since 2007. PAB has evolved into a conference about content creation, audience […]

Centralized vs. de-centralized information management
By November 2, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Centralized vs. de-centralized information management

About a year ago we took our daughters to a wave pool. It was a Friday night. Andrea (my wife) had gone to the City of Ottawa website that afternoon and found that only one wave pool was open in the area (in the far reaches of the east end of the city) while others […]

Digital makeover: Thomas Mulcair
By November 1, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Digital makeover: Thomas Mulcair

Prior to announcing his candidacy for the NDP leadership, he didn’t have a Twitter account. That was something of lore among political observers. In fact, Evan Solomon pursued the issue during his appearance on CBC’s Power and Politics. That’s all changed now. I’m talking about Thomas Mulcair. And today, after performing a digital makeover of […]

Digital makeover: Jim Karygiannis
By October 25, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Digital makeover: Jim Karygiannis

Jim Karygiannis was in the news a few weeks ago, promoting the need for speed limiters following a horrific car crash in Toronto believed to be street-racing related. Part of the online attention included a powerful video produced by The Toronto Star which he posted to his YouTube channel. And so, Mr. Karygiannis becomes the subject of […]

Digital makeover: Lisa Raitt
By October 19, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

Digital makeover: Lisa Raitt

I wasn’t planning on doing a second digital makeover in the same week. However, this MP has been in the media lately and I figured there was relevance in doing a makeover of this MP now. I’m talking about Labour Minister Lisa Raitt. Ms. Raitt is the MP who had to publicly apologize for referring […]

Digital makeover: Paul Dewar
By October 17, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Digital makeover: Paul Dewar

This is the first in a new series of posts I’m going to publish. In each, I’ll do an assessment of one politician’s web presence. To be clear, each of these posts will examine and make recommendations for the MP to have a greater impact online. I am not going to redesign their websites. In […]