Municipal identification as a platform

Bill de Blasio introduced New York City’s new IDNYC municipal ID card program this week. The concept of a municipal ID looks like it’s still relatively new, with the idea generally beingthat these programs can provide access to services that aren’t normally accessible for people on the margins of society. I read a few weeks ago about Nordic…

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College football playoff system

Spent last night enjoying the first college football national championship under the College Football Playoff system. Urban Meyer coached Cardale Jones and the Buckeyes to an historic, physically impressive victory. Even when the Ducks nearly tied things up early in the second half they didn’t really seem to be there. Urban Meyer claims his third national…

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Avoiding talent depreciation

Something else I came across yesterday through Ashoka is Encore.org, a really compelling nonprofit with an unusual mission: Encore.org is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world. And their vision: While many see our aging society as a problem, we view…

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Identifying talent

We learned to “BOLO” (Be On the Look Out) for rockstars. The right people do not always appear when you need them. It is exceedingly important to practice recruiting, interviewing, engaging, inspiring, and managing people. We are now trained to seek out and expect excellence and to reassign mediocre performers, even if they are an…

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Snowball’s chance

It’s fascinating how so many of the most memorable moments in history turn on a chance moment. And those moments, those cultural signposts and turning points, seem to usually involve only a few people but come to define the character of a time, a people, a place, etc. That’s definitely the case with Philadelphia’s legendary reputation…

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Clio

A few weeks ago during Christmastime I bought a few Apple episodes of Ken Burns documentaries including The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, and Ken Burns: America. It was my grandmother who introduced me to the Roosevelt series. I like Ken Burns, because his approach is more appreciative than critical. I…

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Branding public transit

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dennis Crowley (@dens) I think I had read about this in Straphanger a few years ago, so it was fascinating to see this on Instagram. Public transit tends to be a somewhat politicized issue, I’d guess mostly because areas that need large investment are usually already suburban and…

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Code switching

I first came across the term code switching from Brian Watson’s post on it last winter. I’ve thought about it a lot since then. Code switching “explains how many of us subtly, reflexively change how we express ourselves in different contexts.” This graphic of President Obama illustrates code switching really well, and NPR has an entire blog on code-switching.…

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Writing in public

We live in an extraordinary time of rising global wealth and the things that greater wealth buys access to—like communications, health, and travel. Our nature being what it is, “nobody’s happy.” Or more to my point here, it seems like most of us aren’t generally taking advantages of access to communications. In the course of human history,…

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Starting fresh

Hi, I’m Tom Shakely. I connect mission-driven people and groups to the constituencies that will be stakeholders in their work. In practice, that’s reflected through my work in brand identity, communications, development, etc. I like to stay active with civic and nonprofit causes, and serve on several boards. I’m a recent arrival to New York…

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