Personal issues made last night’s buffer building evening a fiasco. I am more likely to consume buffer than create it for the next period. Blogging will be quick and light with an eye just to maintain the discipline. The work goes on.
I skipped Seth Sunday and Dataset Monday this week but they’ll be back. They’re needed for an important part of this blog, building out a buffer so that I can take a month vacation for writers block and still hit my goal of a blog post per day. Daily or periodic production runs of an artistic exercise (and blogging is art) practically require a buffer because some days simply are not good days. You spent too much of the day in the ER, busy with something else, or just simply staring at the screen yelling at yourself to go do that writing thing and nothing comes out that is remotely usable. That’s when the buffer comes in. It’s a discipline and a building block for corporate culture.
Today’s goal is to schedule publishing tomorrow’s post and to work out next week’s Dataset Monday which would bring the buffer temporarily to 3 (Seth Sunday for next week is already in the buffer). That would be 10% of the ultimate goal of a 30 day buffer.
This blog is the business blog for Citizen Intelligence. Citizen Intelligence’s task in the world is to make your civics experience 1st class and to empower people to be first class citizens in your polities. At present this is a US venture but the principles are global. The business started from an observation, we don’t treat citizens as CEOs. Even though we often pay lip service that they are the ultimate source of authority, we don’t act like it as a society.
The phenomenon has a number of names. Europe has the charming term “democracy deficit” which sums it up about right. In the US we have plenty of democracy but not enough time to exercise it properly and are lacking modern tools to make democratic oversight meaningful. CEOs and other high managers of large and even medium sized business have these tools for their own operations and most of them have open source variants. Technically nothing actually stops us from crafting a 1st class civics experience but there are currently no organizations that adopt modern business tools to the task of creating a user experience to holistically manage the entire job, what Steve Jobs used to talk about when he said Apple made “the whole widget”. Every group out there working on the problem is stovepiped into specialties, an approach that went out of style in the corporate world in the 1980s.
Citizen Intelligence is not a deep pocketed venture, but a lean startup that is working on its first minimum viable product, parts of which will be published on this blog. The blog goal for 2014 is to generate a minimum of one post per day of new content.