Archive for December, 2009

What’s With the Serious Faces All the Time?

I was interviewing a candidate to join our Web team at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation several years back, and he asked me a question I didn’t get from any other candidates: “Do you have fun here?”

My answer? “We want to.” Read the rest of this entry »


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Doing Transparency the Right Way

Eric Brown photoA core principle behind social media is transparency, a genuine effort to share the details of your work and what you are learning. It is easy to give transparency lip service and no action, so I’m always on the look out for authentic efforts at openness in the foundation world. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation caught my attention recently. Not only did the organization post its tax return (Form 990) on its Web site, but it used its Twitter feed to invite people to take a look. Read the rest of this entry »

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