Our One Year Anniversary

Happy Birthday to us! This month, we are proud to celebrate one year of  delving into the people, technologies and techniques that make outreach possible.

(Credit: GoodToKnow.co.uk)

(Credit: GoodToKnow.co.uk)

We’ve been excited to explore the art of storytelling through interviews with people as diverse as scientists, marketers and bargain hunting moms. We asked about the difference between green, clean, and plenty of other words when we focused on how word choice affects a message. We spoke with people who aren’t afraid to Think Big, looked into different points of view on getting voters to the polls, celebrated the holidays around the world, and learned about public participation from modern Utah to colonial Boston. Most recently, we watched the watchdog with our peek into the changing world of the 4th Estate.

In addition to celebrating our blog’s birthday we also want to celebrate and thank all of our contributors from the past year:

  • Rich Cherry, Executive Director of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative
  • Jon Franklin, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper reporter
  • Ashley Kingsley, Co-founder of Daily Deals for Moms in Denver
  • Nedra Kline Weinreich, Professor of social marketing at UCLA’s School of Public Health and Founder and President of Weinreich Communications
  • Kendall Haven, a Senior Research Scientist, Storyteller and Author of the book, Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story
  • Caren S. Neile, the Founder and Director of the South Florida Storytelling Project at Florida Atlantic University
  • Peter Sokolowski, Editor-At-Large for Merriam Webster
  • Grant Barrett, a lexicographer specializing in slang and new words, and who co-hosts the public radio program “A Way with Words,” which is heard by a quarter-million people each week
  • Dave Wilton, who runs a website, called WordOrigins.org
  • Hiram Soto, an online multicultural marketing expert and content strategist at Captura Group
  • Alan Perlman, Ph.D., a forensic linguist
  • John Chew, the co-president of the North American Scrabble Players Association
  • Kristin Hansen, Sustainability Analyst at the University of California, San Diego
  • Christina Milesi, PhD., Research Scientist at the Ecological Forecasting Lab at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field in Silicon Valley
  • Cara Pike, Director of Climate Access
  • Daniel Tynan, Technology Writer and Contributing Editor for PC World and InfoWorld who also recently launched a new geek humor website titled eSarcasm along with partner JR Raphael
  • Scott Murray, an organic farmer and president of San Diego Slow Food
  • Jay Porter, owner of The Linkery, a popular farm-to-table restaurant in North Park, San Diego
  • Gary Bradski, Senior Scientist at Willow Garage, a robotics application incubator in Menlo Park, who also contributed to the blog
  • Virginia “Ginny” Greiman, the Risk Manager and Deputy Chief Counsel for Boston’s Central Artery/Tunney Project, known to all as the Big Dig. She’s now an Assistant Professor at Boston University, focusing on Megaprojects and Planning.
  • M. David Lee, a Partner with Stull and Lee Inc., a Boston-based architectural and planning firm.
  • Gianni Longo, the founding Principal of ACP Visioning + Planning
  • Ken Morgan, Chairman and CMO of Venger Wind, the company that constructed the nation’s largest rooftop wind farm at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City
  • René Poché, a public affairs official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District
  • Heather Grondin Manager of Communications and Issues Management for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  • Robert Brumley, the Senior Managing Director of Pegasus Global Holdings, the firm behind the so-called, “Billion Dollar Ghost Town,” which is actually named the Center for Innovation, Testing And Evaluation
  • Chrissy Faessen, Vice President of Communications and Marketing for Rock the Vote, which has been encouraging young people to register and vote for 21 years now
  • Rebekah Hook, a Public Policy Assistant here at Collaborative Services who volunteered as a poll worker in the June primary election
  • Jonathan Louth, a Political Scientist and Lecturer at the University of Chester in England who spoke of the merits of compulsory voting in elections
  • Scott Tranchemontagne, a representative for the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch, NH who spoke about this community’s great American voting tradition of being the first in the nation to cast their ballots at midnight at the resort
  • Martin P. Wattenburg, a Professor of Political Science at the University of California Irvine
  • Debbie Petruzzelli, Public Relations Manager for Balboa Park, who plays an essential role in the planning and execution of the annual December Nights festival
  • Jenelle Eli, Communications and Development Officer for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
  • Robert Carr, a former State Department employee who shared with us his experiences celebrating winter holidays in the many foreign lands where he has lived.
  • Gordon Kovtun Principal of KCM Group,
  • Kevin Fayles, Community Relations Manager for Envision Utah
  • Emily Curran, Executive Director of Boston’s legendary Old South Meeting House, the spot of some of America’s most famous debates, including the debate that launched the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution.
  • Larry Schooler, President-Elect of IAP2 USA. Mr. Schooler wears many hats, he oversees community engagement, public input, and conflict resolution projects for the City of Austin  and has also worked as a mediator, author, teacher, and reporter.
  • Jonathan Thompson, media-relations manager for the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
  • Angela Greiling Keane, president of the National Press Club
  • Philip Meyer, author of The Vanishing Newspaper

We look forward to continuing our dialogue in the months to come. This blog has reached more than 100 followers, and we encourage your feedback, comments and interaction. The key to outreach is reaching out!

Collaborative Services, Inc. Blog Team

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