Author Archives: Thom Kearney

About Thom Kearney

Change agent, teacher, arts, science, open government, father, mentor, storyteller, husband, dog owner,collaborator, not necessarily in that order.

Becoming a free agent

After more than three years with the Open Government team, the time has come to try out a new path. Recently I was accepted into the Free Agent program in the Government of Canada. This program is intended to help government  deliver … Continue reading

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So today I put my best friend down

And I hope someone will do the same for me. This is probably the hardest thing I have done, and that includes taking my mother off of life support. Tomorrow at 3:00 an animal doctor and her assistant will come … Continue reading

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Perennially broken but OK for now?

As some of you know I share my current life with a couple of beautiful animals. The Golden Retrievers Otis and Saul.  They consume a fair amount of food and about a decade ago I purchased a large plastic bin … Continue reading

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The sausage and the salad

Traditional government policy results in sausages. Open policy making produces salads. Continue reading

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Have a story to tell?

Guest speakers wanted. As many of you know, I teach a course entitled Professional Practice,which is part of the Advertising and Marketing Communications Management Program at Algonquin College. This is a program that I graduated from when typewriters were the … Continue reading

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Finding free and legal images

This post is for marketing communications students and anyone looking to use free and legal images online. With Google’s advanced image search  you can filter by licence to find images tagged as free to share, use and modify. Flickr will … Continue reading

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No one cares about open government

Open government is one of those terms that has different meanings depending upon your perspective.You might feel it is mostly about open data, or making information freely available, or you might think it is about engaging with constituents. In 2014 … Continue reading

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