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“Going on Mission,” Per Diem, and Other Cardinal Sins

Last night I Tweeted that describing work-related travel as “going on mission…was lame. Just lame.” This quip engendered some interesting responses out in the Twitterverse, by which I mean that people who are much smarter than me with many more Twitter followers (Todd Moss, Chris Blattman) retweeted it. Naturally, and because I needed another excuse…

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Moneyball and the Art of Transparency and Accountability

On a quick three-day work trip to Prague this week (to help run a Global Integrity Dialogue workshop with the Czech Ministry of Interior and US Embassy), I finally had a chance to read Michael Lewis’ classic Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. Moneyball tells the story of how the Oakland Athletics baseball…

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Internship Opportunity for Communications Graduate Student

Global Integrity, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting transparency and accountability reforms, has a communications or public relations internship position available from November 2011-March 2012.  The chosen candidate will be responsible for: -Tracking and analyzing international audiences for the Global Integrity Report; -Researching global communication strategies and contributing to the Global Integrity Report 2011 launch; -Writing and…

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Outputs versus Outcomes in Open Government

Al Kags posted a really thoughtful analysis of why focusing on quick hit tech projects in the context of open government should be a priority for those engaged in the open government movement. The same day I read Al Kags’ piece, I stumbled across another useful post from the always-smart Matt Andrews at Harvard, who…

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