Have a unique view on ‘data for good’? I want to hear from you

I’m thrilled to share that I’m now managing editorial for the Digital Impact (DI) portfolio hosted by the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Liquidnet, and Knight Foundation, DI works to improve digital culture and infrastructure by helping professionals to handle data safely, ethically, and effectively.

Digital Impact is enriched with perspectives from every corner of the public sphere. Our community of experts, virtual roundtable series, and dynamic toolkit draw on the experiences of organizations working toward integrating appropriate data management and governance throughout their work.

Have a viewpoint on data you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you. Visit digitalimpact.org, submit your idea there, or pitch me directly here.

Finding My COMPASS, an Award-Winning Educational Resource

Dr. David Anderson, the director of COMPASS, developed its predecessor, Healthy Expectations, to help first-year students as they transition to college. First implemented in 2000, the program was based on seven life health principles designed to create healthy communities by fostering a positive and supportive culture for students on campus.

In 2005, as Senior Editor for George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Public Health, I led the editorial process for the multimedia version that earned a model program award from the US Department of Education. A product of hard work, this successful project unlocked a decade of achievements. It was my first taste of life as a digital nomad, and I’ve been working remotely ever since.

The project that grew around COMPASS (creating, optimizing, mapping, planning, achieving, steering and succeeding) was an intensive exercise in autonomy, mastery and purpose long before Daniel Pink brought “Motivation 3.0” to the mainstream. Developing the name, brand, UX and curriculum, and managing contributions from 30+ experts, each brought unique challenges that still inspire me today.

US Dept. of Ed assessment (PDF) http://bit.ly/us-dept-of-education-compass-excerpt
COMPASS website https://compass.gmu.edu/

Make Love, Not Flame War

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Image: “Circling Birdies,” Cheko

Is virtual reality (VR) the most disruptive platform yet? VR changes how we show, tell and use information. VR mirrors the real world. It has the power to disrupt the 2D humdrum of today’s social platforms, and offer a closer look at how we think, live and love. If we use VR openly and inclusively, it could build empathy, and change the nature and depth of connection across the board. Make love, not war.