Guest Speakers Wanted 2016

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As many of you know, in addition to working in Open Government, I teach a course entitled Professional Practice,which is part of the Advertising and Marketing Communications Management Program at Algonquin College. A program that I graduated from when typewriters were the norm, and which I eventually led in the nineties—until the internet lured me away.

The course is for graduating students and helps students transition from school to the workplace, the blurb from the program outline reads:

“Attitude, communication, and human relations are the key to surviving in the ever-changing world of advertising. This course helps you prepare for workplace success by providing practical expectations and useful tools to make a successful transition from school to workplace. The course discusses self-management, workplace politics and etiquette, building relationships, and tools for the future.”

A key part of the course is the speakers program where professionals just like you come in for an hour to share their wisdom and insights into the real world.

The main themes of the course are  personal brand, networking, and finance with an emphasis on the first two.  I try to bring in a variety of people, and not every speaker is from the communications industry. Some speakers dive deep into relevant topics while others simply tell their career story and engage in conversation.  Self awareness and career success are two common themes we explore, usually within a marketing context.

If you have some insight to share or an interesting (and motivating) story to tell, I would like to hear from you. This year there are potentially 16, 45 minute speaking spots available on Thursdays from January 14 to March 17.  The detailed schedule and other information is available in this google document.

Thanks, I hope the new year is good to you.
Thom

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Always do the best you can with what you’ve got

June 16 – Today is the anniversary of my father’s passing, his motto: “always do the best you can with what you’ve got” His name was Ted #rip

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Whatever I say, it won’t be enough…

In honour of mother’s day…

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Margaret (Mickey), Major KearneyToday is the 7th anniversary the death of my mother. In remembrance, this is the Eulogy I presented at her funeral. 

I am the youngest of three very fortunate boys.

We are fortunate because we had many years of love and caring from the remarkable woman that we are remembering today. Today is a sad day, but it is not a tragic day. Dying after 90 years filled with good friends and family, happy places, travel and of course the joy of raising three well behaved boys is not really a bad thing…its a natural thing.

Mom was many things;

  • Mom was a sister to Felix and Fran, and Mark and Philip, Paul and Peter and of course little David.
  • She was a teacher and mother to myself, Peter and Rob.
  • She was a friend of many…
  • And of course she was the better half of Ted and Mickey.

Ted and…

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Do something nice today.

nice to be nice smallDo something nice today. Help repair our friends’ home! via @gofundme http://ow.ly/KWvei

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Guest speakers wanted 2015

classroom_anon

As many of you know, in addition to consulting I often teach part-time. This winter I am doing a course entitled Professional Practice,which is part of the Advertising and Marketing Communications Management Program at Algonquin College. A program that I graduated from when typewriters were the norm, and which I eventually led in the nineties—until the internet lured me away.

The course is for graduating students and helps students transition from school to the workplace, the blurb from the program outline reads:

“Attitude, communication, and human relations are the key to surviving in the ever-changing world of advertising. This course helps you prepare for workplace success by providing practical expectations and useful tools to make a successful transition from school to workplace. The course discusses self-management, workplace politics and etiquette, building relationships, and tools for the future.”

A key part of the course is the speakers program where professionals just like you come in for an hour to share their wisdom and insights into the real world.

The main themes of the course are  personal brand, networking, and finance with an emphasis on the first two.  I try to bring in a variety of people, and not every speaker is from the communications industry. Some speakers dive deep into relevant topics while others simply tell their career story and engage in conversation.  Self awareness and career success are two common themes we explore, usually within a marketing context.

If you have some insight to share or an interesting story to tell, I would like to hear from you. This year there are potentially 16, 45 minute speaking spots available on Thursdays from January 8 to March 5.  The detailed schedule and other information is available in this google document.

Thanks, I hope the new year is good to you.
Thom

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#OGAP2 + Canada’s #OpenGov Portal launc

#OGAP2 + Canada’s #OpenGov Portal launch with @TonyClementCPC Nov 6, 9-10 AM uOttawa SocSci Bld Rm 4007 http://ow.ly/DPL2n #yow

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Why open government is important to me.

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This post is the second in a two part series about what motivates people to get involved in Open Government.It originally appeared in the GTEC2104 Blog.

Open Government impacts our economy, political system, social stability, quality of life, beliefs, and ultimately the heart of democracy. It’s big and that makes it important, but I think for something to motivate you, it needs to be personal, so this is my story.

If you know me, you may also know that I am part of a little pack that includes two golden retrievers. These dogs have webbed feet and love to swim. The image above was taken at an off leash dog park near my home. Several years ago I inadvertently became president of the dog walkers association and last year we formally adopted the park.

Because I love my dogs and enjoy being outside with them I care about water quality and development issues.

In this case the jurisdictions involved include the City who owns and operates the park, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority which maintains the coastline (the park is on an Island), Parks Canada who is responsible for the waterway itself (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the province of Ontario, and any number of Federal and Provincial regulatory bodies.

Truly Open Government (across all jurisdictions) would help me because I could get a holistic picture that would help me judge if and when it was safe to let the dogs swim in the river and, if I wanted to join them.

In my ideal world it would also make it easy for me to get timely notifications of changes to issues I care about, to learn about those changes and take part in the decision-making. For instance: zoning changes that allow new development in the area, or new regulations around pesticide use, or invasive species such as the Ash Borer (the park has at least 260 Ash trees).

This is just one example from my life, but it could just as easily be about caring for a loved one, getting across the border in a timely fashion, knowing if that person knocking on my door really is from a charity, or something as simple as when to fly the flag outside the legion at half mast.

What about you, why is Open Government important to you?

Thom
@ThomKearney

 

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