The practice of “poking around” places few restrictions on one with a propensity to poke and tell. Every story, neighborhood, artifice or artifact is grist for one who pokes for sport. Readers of this blog will not be surprised, then, to learn that this poker’s poking purview is expanding.
As of November 15 I have taken a position of “outreach coordinator” at OpenTheGovernment.org, a vibrant coalition of nonprofit organizations who hold to the principle of “constant vigilance” as the price paid to preserve a democratic people’s right to know. The coalition includes a broad range of organizations, each with a different slant on the common challenge. Specifically, OTG partners join forces to hold government accountable, ensure and improve access to Information, reform national security secrecy, protect civil liberties, and open state and local government. Just the sort of messages for which I am proud to “outreach” –particularly now, when all of the open government balls seem to be hovering in mid air!
So, I will be reaching out from the G Street offices of OTG for several days each month, NE Minneapolis for much of the time, and commuting between the two with iPad in lap and phone in hand.
Though there is some adjustment underway just now, I’ll will continue to poke around, henceforth with energy that comes from the sure knowledge that poking around is the true path to learning – and that sharing the pokes with intrepid readers makes the facts and stories come alive for all concerned.