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Sharing my experiences and provide recommendations on quality, access and innovation in education.
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Audience needs analysis

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 11:53am 0 Comments

Matthew Hodgson warns against the folly of inadequate needs analysis. He speaks of the hardship experienced by many evangelists and users of Web 2.0 tools - I know where he is coming from there - and against knee-jerk reactions to adding a blog or wiki just because everyone else is doing it in a corporate environment. If you are a decision maker in a large organisation, and you don’t have a solid business reason to put a public or even intranet-only information sharing system in place,…


What is the next great fundraising idea?

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 1:59am 0 Comments

Last night I attended a fundraiser for Homeless Children's Education Fund and Venture Outdoors. Both non-profit organizations that are supporting great causes and do amazing things for the city of Pittsburgh. I have been following HCEF for over a while now and have had the opportunity to attend many of their events.

Lately, however, it feels as though that each event is the same: good food, great location, expensive cover, and some sort of auction (silent, chinese, 50-50, etc).…


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