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The Way We Speak About Law Enforcement

Overture Police Nomenclature Survey:    We put this survey together in June 2020 to understand how people across the creative and communications industries perceive public and personal security in relation to the language that surrounds law enforcement. Survey results and a free infographic are below.   Download the free infographic here.

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A Better Mousetrap

“Living at home.” It might conjure some image of sleeping on the couch where you spent childhood holidays. For those of us long past college, the Spring of 2020 may be the first time we are actually living at home. Not our parents’ place but our own. Not living in the dark—literally—where we leave for […]

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A Falling Democracy: One Pole at a Time

The erosion of democracy begins quietly. Often by means that don’t violate the law, thumbing noses at process and subpoena power. Enabling power-consolidating legislation, and leaders with authoritarian impulses. Many democratic eroding strategies progress with the unspoken support of the people, activated in plain view through amendments or legislative process. These multiple small weakening steps […]

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The COVID-19 Streets of Seattle

A quick iPhone video shot early this morning (May1, 2020). Ballard Streets empty. Place of former morning coffee crowds and busy breakfast joints. All quiet now.   Everything changed. I notice it most when we take our morning walks. Only a few parked cars and an occasional walker.   At first, I enjoyed the quiet. […]

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MY BEST 5 TIPS FOR WRITING ONLINE

If you didn’t work online before Covid-19, you do now. Your writing should be targeted for those online audiences. Because so many of us scroll through websites, we tend to think people read faster online. But we actually read about 25% slower when we’re looking at a screen. We’re also more likely to skim rather […]

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People gone, nature returns, digital rules

The raccoons were already common when I moved into Madison Park. Then one night on a dog walk, I saw my first coyote. She wasn’t a big one, but she was followed by two pups. Wary of me and the dogs. Careful, yes, but she seemed not afraid of a man and two big sheepdogs. […]

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Five steps to take when your client base dries up

This post was inspired by a conversation I had with a client a few weeks ago just as Seattle began to get serious about Covid-19. We were having coffee and talking about the effects of the virus on freelance work. It dawned on me that an easy to use action plan would be a great […]

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Color your way to sanity!

One of my favorite aspirational brands is Bludot. They make modern furniture that sometimes has a mid-century feel. It is generally out of my budget, although I do own one of their coat racks. (Hey, big spender!) Point being, I haven’t furnished my space in their work, but I like to look. Recently, they released […]

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In a world reshaped by COVID-19…

We all find ourselves living in a giant will-it-blend world of new socio-economic factors spinning us into new experiences. Driven to a large degree by the world’s populations and economies being intertwined more than ever before, it’s the unintended consequence of a flat Earth/global economy. What do we do to get through this and emerge […]

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Finding work in a changing world

“Become a trusted resource to people. … I don’t think you can do wrong when your intent is being of service to others right now,” Don Young, Overture member. Overture members recently gathered with creatives from around the world to talk about ways to find work in this shifting economy. Here is a clip from […]

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