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The View From The Cheap Seat

Events unfolding about 60 miles south of me are mind blowing. Mid Saturday morning a hillside fell. A cubic mile of dirt rock and trees rolled like a freight train through a rural neighborhood in the enclave of Oso, in ...

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Donuts And Card Games

By now, most everyone has heard of the Chula Vista, California firefighter handcuffed and detained by a California Highway Patrol officer while working at a freeway vehicle collision.  Unfortunately for the officer, a news camera crew filmed the arrest, resulting ...

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And That’s The Way It Is

I recently sat in on a business webinar on crisis communications. The word “control” was used a lot. The presenters, experienced and well spoken media professionals, accurately described the light speed evolution of how news is being reported, driven by ...

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Never Be Comfortable

Social Media Assisted Career Suicide, a term coined by my friend Dave Statter, struck again yesterday.  A PR executive getting ready for a long flight to Africa tweeted; “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” ...

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Hey LAFD, IT’s Not A Vacation!

I’m sitting in a Houston airport waiting for my flight and my Twitter and Facebook feeds blow up with news the Los Angeles Fire Department social media sites had been shut down due to patient privacy concerns.  “Nah, that can’t ...

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Listening Isn’t Good Enough

I have to acknowledge my blog negligence lately.  Work and family obligations, compounded by an onset of “blogger block” made it tough.  I’ve been struggling to find fresh topics, and afraid of sounding like a broken record in preaching the ...

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Yippee Ki-Yay!

“Factors obstructing the adoption of crowdsourcing, social media, and digital volunteerism approaches often include uncertainty about accuracy, fear of liability, inability to translate research into operational decision-making, and policy limitations on gathering and managing data. Prior to the workshop, many ...

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You Are Already Behind

I’m sitting in my favorite easy chair at home, sippin’ a beer, surfin’ my tablet and swayin’ to the music of my favorite Pandora music channel.  A balloon pops up in the upper right corner of the screen showing a ...

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

I must say, this past week was unprecedented as social media news is concerned.  The terrorist bombings in Boston, the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion and the subsequent gun battle and manhunt of the marathon terrorists made for a target ...

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It’s Your Ship

I started preparing a speech for an upcoming luncheon sponsored by our state’s labor and industries (L&I) risk management folks.  The attendees will be CEO’s and owners of large construction and management companies in our region. I was going to ...

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