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March 14, 2017

Sunshine and Open Records

The weather forecast may not reflect it, but it’s national Sunshine Week. It’s an annual effort by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to urge open records and government transparency. It’s also a reminder that Massachusetts has a new open records law. The new statute went into effect January 1 - amending one of the weakest such laws in the country.

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March 01, 2017

Open Records + Free Press = Government Accountability

While Donald Trump and the media battle it out in Washington, remember that the fight for open records, a free press and government accountability is waged every day on much smaller stages.

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February 15, 2017

The Best Brainstorming Techniques

In 1942, advertising executive Alex Osborn laid the foundation for cooperative group-thinking when he coined the phrase “brainstorming.”  His work as a creative theorist was unprecedented in American enterprise, and landed him advertising work with some of the era’s biggest industries including General Electric, Du Pont, and Chrysler.  However, 21st-century psychologists have caught up to Osborn’s original technique, stating many shortcomings in his problem-solving strategy.  What they found was rather than triggering cooperation to “think up”, group-thinking can be restricted into converging on one idea rather than diverging into multiple ideas.  It took over half a century for scholars to agree that the outlines for brainstorming have changed, and executives everywhere are reinventing Osborn’s original design.  Here are five modernized practices for resourceful collaboration that go beyond brainstorming.

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