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Fission team puppy joke

Every Friday for an hour, Fission’s team of about 18 strategists and developers meets via video conferencing to connect all our team members. Here everyone is looking happy because a puppy will join the DC team on Monday (a joke for April Fools?! Yes, it was).

Fission prioritizes using video for meetings because, as partner Cheryl Contee notes, a large percentage of our communication is body language. The more senses that are activated in communication, the better understanding and interaction can be. [click to continue…]

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Today when I went in search of what the Duarte folks (who bring you compelling visual presentations) are saying on their blog, Todd Cherches had this to say:

Among the many amazing features of Dr. King’s numerous classic speeches — including, of course, his iconic, “I Have a Dream” speech — was his use of “visual communication”… his talent and ability to paint pictures with words. While Dr. King drew on a variety of rhetorical techniques to “Educate, Engage, & Excite”  his audiences — e.g., alliteration, repetition, rhythm, allusion, and more — his ability to capture hearts and minds through the creative use of relevant, impactful, and emotionally moving metaphors was second to none. 

Here are some examples of how Dr. King painted visual pictures with his words: [click to continue…]

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Recipe: Mmmm…Caramel Filled Apples

by Ilena Pegan on January 17, 2013

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When a little snack is just the thing needed for a boost of energy to rally up yourself in the wintertime, we’ve got your back. Here’s our caramel filled apples recipe made just for that. [click to continue…]

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Social Media Marketing From A to Z

by admin on January 11, 2013

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Originally posted on New York Time’s blog by Melinda F. Emerson. Melinda Emerson is founder and chief executive of Quintessence Multimedia, a social media strategy and content development firm. You can follow her on Twitter.

As 2013 approaches, you may be developing your year-end to-do list. If you are like a lot of small-business owners, one of the items near the top of that list is something about finally taking the time to figure out social media marketing.
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A Guide to a Feng Shui Positive Desk

by Ilena Pegan on April 26, 2012

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Spring cleaning has settled upon us and it’s time to rearrange ourselves and sort through some things. Here is a guide to a Feng Shui Positive Desk at work.

As spring cleaning rounds the corner, we went out searching for some innovative ways to reorganize our workspace and stumbled upon an article by Jayme Barrett. [click to continue…]

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Civic Data Challenge launched at Data2.0 Conference

by Adriana Dakin on April 15, 2012

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At the Data 2.0 Summit in San Francisco on April 3rd, Fission’s client National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) launched the Civic Data Challenge (http://civicdatachallenge.org) with support from the Knight Foundation.

The aim of the challenge is to build a community of developers designers, and data analysts who can turn the raw data of “civic health” into beautiful, useful visualizations, enabling our communities to be better understood and made to thrive. Excellent, eh? Read on!

Kristen Cambell, Chief Program Officer of NCoC, and Jake Brewer (in photo above, speaking at Data2.0), Chief Strategy Officer of Fission, took the stage to announce launch, while remote audiences watched via livestream. [click to continue…]

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Baratunde on stage at SXSW 2012

Baratunde on stage at SXSW 2012. Photo from NY Times Wire.

@baratunde is a @jjpolitics colleague of my @FissionStrategy colleague @ch3ryl, but I hadn’t grasped the extent of how quick witted and awesome he is. Now I’ve got it.

Today to talk about the power of satire, he put into action his prowess in storytelling and visuals to share his beliefs and experiences about transforming the world … with as much use of Twitter-type communication as possible ;) such as hashtags and usernames. [click to continue…]

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Vic Gundotra and Guy Kawasaki in a SXSW fireside chat

Vic Gundotra and Guy Kawasaki engaged in a SXSW "fireside chat" about Google+ in front of a huge, packed auditorium at SXSW.

What was the coolest thing I heard today? Twas a a SXSW fireside chat between Vic Gundotra (Senior Vice-President of Social Business for Google) and Guy Kawasaki (Silicon Valley venture capitalist, author, Apple Fellow) to discuss the Google+ project.

Here are some highlights gathered for you from the conversation, in which Guy mischievously liked to point out problems he’s had with Google+. [click to continue…]

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Jendi Coursey is a mother and a small business owner. This is her story of starting Indigo Studios and following her passion of photography. Jendi has business advice up her sleeves to share with you — take a look & listen.

As the owner of Indigo Studios, she works with a talented team of creative professionals to help businesses grow. Also, as a photographer, she enjoys providing clients with FUN portrait sessions (seriously!) and beautiful event photos that they’ll enjoy for years to come.

We created the interview in a digital story format! You’ll see why she has a reputation for fun photo sessions and helping businesses grow.

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During the primary debate and election season, it’s great to have a new friend over at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center … FlackCheck.org just launched last month with a bang. It’s the video companion to FactCheck.org, which many people already know and trust.

The team there, headed by the well known political expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson (watch her recent interview with Bill Moyers), is creating a prolific array of videos. They would not be so prolific, though, if the need weren’t great. They’re fact checking candidates and super PAC ads, pointing out false and misleading statements that are getting aired on TV stations. As you can guess, there are many instances to flag as deceptive content.

A favorite among viewers are the series of spoof ads pretending to attack Abe Lincoln in 1864, begging the question: If Abe were running in today’s media environment, would he be elected? Probably not …

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