Friday, April 22, 2011

Equity & Opportunity on Citizens' Minds in King County

How do you feel about the state of equity and economic opportunity in King County? What do those terms mean to you? And what, if anything, should county government do to help address disparities -- along ethnic and economic lines, as well as between urban and rural areas? That's the topic of discussion in the latest round of Countywide Community Forums launched this week in King County, Washington.

Twice a year, this innovative citizen-engagement program invites the public to weigh in on a topic the King County government is wrestling with. At CCF's Zanby-powered website, anyone who lives or works in King County can register as a volunteer Citizen Councilor, watch a brief video overview of the current topic, discuss the topic in a face-to-face meeting or online forum, and take a survey to register your opinion. Survey results are then compiled and presented to county leaders to help them make better decisions about how to shape policy and use the county's scarce resources more effectively.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bombing in Belarus

By now you have probably heard that a bomb exploded yesterday on the Metro in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on Monday, April 11, killing 12 and injuring 200.

We wanted to let you know that the Zanby/Warecorp engineering staff and their families are all OK. This event happened several miles away from our offices, and our operations were not disrupted.

Our thoughts go out to those who were caught in this incident.

For the latest news on this unfolding event, see Wikipedia's article "2011 Minsk Metro bombing."

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Videos from the Coworking Unconference

On March 10, 2011, Chris and Leif were in Austin, Texas, where Global Contribution, Zanby and The UpTake sponsored the livestream of the first-ever U.S. Coworking Unconference, an inspiring gathering of entrepreneurs and community organizers who are reinventing the way we work. Thanks to Anna Thomas and the LooseCubes crew for organizing such a great gathering.

Here are archived videos of some of the sessions. Unfortunately, there was a problem with the archiving of the livestream, and we didn't get everything on tape. These are all the sessions we were able to retrieve and upload from tape. To embed them on your own blog, just click "Share" at the bottom right of the video player to copy the embed code.

Keynote: Coworking And The Future of Everything (16:22)
Tony Bacigalupo, cofounder of New Work City

Watch live streaming video from theuptake2 at

Note: Our tape ran out about a minute before the end of Tony's talk. He's planning to record a dramatic reenactment of his grand finale, which we'll post here and on the Livestream channel.

Breakout: Space Owner Success Stories, Or... Things I Wish I Knew
Moderated by Susan Evans of Office Nomads and Andy Stoll

Part 1 (42:50)

Part 2 (12:47)

Closing Panel: George Jetson is My Coworker - The Roles of Coworking Beyond Tomorrow
Alex Hillman (mod), Julian Nachtigal, Angel Kwiatkowski, Jacob Sayles, Neal Gorenflo, Steve King

Part 1 (34:43)

Part 2 (12:35)

Again, all these videos are all embeddable, should you want to post them to your own blogs. Just click "Share" at bottom right on any of the above video players.

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