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What is WorldBlu?

Who is the CEO of WorldBlue?

Who are the WorldBlu leaders?

What is their focus?

What are the WorldBlu core values?

What is the Blu100?

What is WorldBlue LIve and where is it being held?

What are the benefits of attending WorldBlu live?

Who will be speaking at WorldBlu Live?

What is a democratic workplace?

How can an organization become a member?

What is the benefit of a WorldBlu membership?

What are examples of democratic organizations?

What is organizational democracy?

What are the WorldBlu democratic principles?

How was founded?

Can my company become more democratic?

How can I become a freedom-centered and democratic leader?

Can these democratic organizations build a more democratic world?

Where is WorldBlu corporate headquarters located?

How do I contact WorldBlu?

organ democracy

WorldBlu is a global network of organizations committed to democracy and freedom in the workplace.

CEO:Traci Fenton

Leaders:
Traci Fenton
Founder + CEO
traci@worldblu.com
Miranda Ash
Global Director, Membership + Awards
miranda@worldblu.com
Sam Chaltain
Global Director, BluSchools
sam@worldblu.com
Lisa Kensler, Ed.D
BluSchools Team
lisa@worldblu.com

Focus:
How democracy be applied in the business world. Specifically how a new concept of organizational democracy and freedom-centered leadership, very different from political democracy, can help build a more democratic world.

WorldBlu core Values:
Do it democratically
Be leading-edgy
Great, not just good design
Style baby
Create a ripple effect
Inspire healing and transformation

The Blu100 is a select group of change-management and leadership development experts from around the world. Each is dedicated to supporting the development and growth of democratic and freedom-centered workplaces worldwide. Each Blu100 member is certified to measure freedom and democracy in the workplace.

WorldBlu Live:
Hyatt Regency Denver
650 15th St
Denver CO 80202
USA
WorldBlu Live 2013 is a premier gathering on freedom in the workplace. It is designed for individuals and organizations who recognize the power of freedom and democracy as a tool for increasing the bottom-line, promoting innovation, attracting top talent and inspiring engagement at all levels of the organization.

WorldBlu Live is more than just a conference, it is an experience for democratic innovation, a platform for rule-breakers, and an audience of revolutionaries. The program is taught by world-class leaders and guaranteed to leave all inspired.

Benefits of WorldBlu Live: Connect directly with more than 40 cutting edge speakers who are industry leaders and rule-breakers, rewriting the way we do business.

WorldBlu Live Speakers:
Garry Ridge
CEO of WD-40
Will McInnes
Co-founder + Managing Director of NixonMcInnes
Kent Thiry
Chairman + CEO, DaVita
Philip Rosedale
Founder + Chair, Second Life
Traci Fenton
Founder + CEO of WorldBlu
Bunker Roy
Founder, The Barefoot College
John Miles
CEO + Chief of What’s Next, Integritive
Ingrid Alongi
Principle + CEO, Quick Left
Alexander Kjerulf
Chief Happiness Officer, Wooho Inc.
Blake Jones
President + Co-Founder of Namaste Solar
Miranda Ash
Global Director of Membership + Community, WorldBlu
Kim Jordan
Co-Founder + CEO, New Belgium Brewing
Rich Sheridan
Founder + CEO of Menlo Innovations
Jennifer Colosimo
Vice President of Wisdom, DaVita
Phil Clothier
Chief Executive Officer, Barrett Values Centre
Vishen Lakhiani
Founder of MindValley
Dave Hoerman
Vice President, DaVita University School
John Engle
Co-Director, Haiti Partners
Sam Chaltain
Writer, educator and organizational change consultant
Sam Chaltain is Global Director, BluSchools at WorldBlu.

Democratic workplace is a system of organization that is based on freedom, instead of fear and control. It’s a way of designing organizations to amplify the possibilities of human potential — and the organization as a whole.
The concept of democracy comes from the Greek words “demos” and “kratein” which mean “the people rule”. The core of democracy is to allow people to self-govern and determine their own destiny.

Becoming a WorlBlu member:
Any organization may apply for membership as long as it has been in operation for at least one full year and has five or more full or part-time employees.
Applying for membership requires 4 steps:
Fill out the online application.
Select employees within the applying organization must take the WorldBlu assessment, which measures the level of freedom and democracy in your workplace.
Based on how your employees score the organization will be categorized as either “On the Path” member or a “Certified” member.
If your organization is a “Certified” member, it will also be recognized on the annual WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces™ announced the second Tuesday of April each year.

Benefits of WorldBlu membership: Your organization will be listed on the “most democratic list” and collaborate with other like leading organizations on democratic innovation.

Examples of democratic organizations:
DaVita – Denver, CO
Explore Communications – Denver, CO
Glassdoor – Sausalito, CA
Great Harvest Bread Company – Dillon, MT
Greenleaf Book Group – Austin, TX
HCL Technologies – Noida, India
Innovation Partners International – Washington, DC
Integritive – Asheville, NC
Menlo Innovations – Ann Arbor, MI
MindValley – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Namaste Solar – Boulder, CO
WD-40 Company – San Diego, CA
Woo-hoo! – Copenhagen, Denmark
Zappos.com – Las Vegas, NV

Organizational democracy: Organizational democracy is a system of organization that is based on freedom, instead of fear and control. It’s a way of designing organizations to amplify the possibilities of human potential — and the organization as a whole.

The 10 Principles of Organizational Democracy were put into practice on both the individual and leadership levels, and be supported by democratic systems and processes to have a successful democratic organization.
Purpose and Vision
Transparency
Dialogue + Listening
Fairness + Dignity
Accountability
Individual + Collective
Choice
Integrity
Decentralization
Reflection + Evaluation

Founded: In 1997, the WorldBlu Foundation (originally the World Dynamics Foundation) was founded by Traci Fenton as a non-profit think-tank, dedicated to original research in organizational democracy.

Six years later, in 2003, WorldBlu, Inc. (formerly called World Dynamics) was launched as a for-profit leadership and business design studio. WorldBlu specializes in designing, building and transforming companies into highly successful democratic organizations and teaching the art of freedom-centered leadership. The WorldBlu Foundation is now the philanthropic arm of the WorldBlu Corporation.

Becoming a democratic company:
It’s a way of thinking
It’s personal
It starts with principles, not practices
The whole is greater than the parts
It begins at the top (usually)
It’s built on authenticity
It’s a continual evolution
Timing is key
The numbers provide the discipline

Freedom-centered leadership is grounded in a fundamentally new understanding of how the world works and how to lead living, dynamic, and self-organizing systems. Freedom-centered leaders work with the principles of democracy on three levels: personally, in their own daily practice; interpersonally, with others; and organizationally, designing environments in which individuals are free to uncover and express their unique leadership capabilities.

Building a democratic world: Currently two-thirds of the world continues to evolve towards political democracy and it is important to consider the net effect of using organizational democracy as a key component democratic development. Consider the potential benefits an organization operating democratically could have on furthering development in its country: Economic development benefit, anti-corruption and ethical benefit, and individual empowerment and civil society benefit, and foreign direct investment benefit.

Corporate Headquarters:
info@worldblu.com
OUR MAILING ADDRESS IS:
WorldBlu, Inc.
6607 Brodie Lane
Suite 738
Austin, TX 78745 USA

Contact information:
Traci Fenton
+ 1 202 251 8099
traci@worldblu.com

US
+1 202 251 8099
US@worldblu.com
UK
+ 44 7813 798083
UK@worldblu.com

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FAQ WorldBlu

What is WorldBlu?

Who is the CEO of WorldBlu?

Who are the WorldBlu leaders?

What is their focus?

What are the WorldBlu values?

What is the WordBlu 100?

What is WorldBlu Live and where is it being held?

What are the benefits of attending WorldBlu live?

Who will be speaking at WorldBlu Live?

What is a democratic workplace?

Can an individual or organization become a member?

What is the benefit of a WorldBlu membership?

What are examples of democratic organizations?

What is organizational democracy?

What are the WorldBlu democratic principles?

How was it founded?

Can my company become more democratic?

What is a WorldBlu member?

How can I become a democratic leader?

Can these democratic organizations build more a more democratic world?

Where is WorldBlu corporate headquarters located?

How do I contact WorldBlu?

Shaped by a City

Audience:  Civic leaders at an Urban Development Conference.
Abstract:  How a community can shape the values of an individual, more specifically, the essential influence that philanthropic and civic leaders can have on a specific community.
Key Words:  Civic minded communities, Kansas City values, hard working, attributes of a philanthropic city, and urban redevelopment.

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Someone asked me the other day, if who I am today was influenced by where I was raised?  At first, it seemed like a fairly straightforward answer, my parents. What about the influential roles a community might contribute to one’s development?  In my case, those specific influences were mid-western values, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

When I tell people I am from Kansas City, many ask if I grew up on a farm, have seen a twister or make some reference to the Wizard of Oz.  I did not grow up on a farm, have no idea how to milk a cow, and wouldn’t know the difference between one tractor and another.

 

In contrast, those whom have traveled to or lived in Kansas City have a much different view, one representative of a major metropolitan city with vibrant downtown, rich history and eclectic culture.  For those unfamiliar, Kansas City is know as the City of Fountains; trickling, dancing, colorful showpieces.  Complimenting the fountains is the Country Club Plaza, a jewel of Spanish architecture and a regional shopping mecca.

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All these strengths aside, Kansas City is best known for its’ foot-tapping Jazz, tasty BBQ and Hallmark Cards.  Hallmark Cards, has a strong focus of corporate citizenship, community connectedness, and encouraging outdoor social gathering.  All of these contribute to some of Kansas City’s unique strengths.

 

There is also a strong entrepreneurial community, characteristic of a Boston or San Francisco, entrepreneurial hotbed, lead by the world renowned Kauffmann Foundation.  The foundation is integral in helping companies, as well as local governments, link their corporate citizenship to the community by providing entrepreneurial funding and promoting corporate social responsibility. These strengths set a foundation, which hasn’t changed in over 50 years, a result of perseverance, hard work, philanthropy and proud citizens.

It wasn’t until I moved to a different region of the country, that I discovered how people and communities can and do differ.  In the last ten years, I have had the opportunity to live and work in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and recently North Carolina.  Before living in other areas of the United States, I might have believed my parents were paramount regarding who I am today.

In hindsight, I realized my parents had some influence, but it was also the individual communities that influenced who I am today.
Living in Michigan, there was a strong union presence, a “right of entitlement” and an “us versus them” attitude, contrasting with Kansas City, a place that is very pro-business.  What I once knew as sense of community, philanthropy, and hard work, was soon replaced by a “work less” mentality.

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It wasn’t until I came to understand unions that I discovered how vastly different work culture and work ethic can be between two places.  These two contrasting places demonstrated how people can be and probably are, a result of the communities they grow up in, as was the case from my upbringing in Kansas City.

In Kansas City, people are hardworking, caring, mindful, intelligent, entrepreneurial and civic-minded.  Corporate leaders from Kansas City, as well as their organizations, have been recognized for their integrity, work ethic, philanthropy and entrepreneurial spirit.  Last year, Kansas City ranked number two in top cities for young entrepreneurs under 30.  This ranking included notable entrepreneurial cities such as San Francisco, Austin and Boston.

 

Kansas City is also philanthropic leader, for which other cities have modeled their efforts.  A reputable philanthropic ranking, Charity Navigator, listed Kansas City as the second most philanthropic city in the country.  This is part of what gives Kansas City so much of its character, as it is truly representative of the American dream.

If we are influenced and byproducts of companies and communities, then all individuals, communities, governments and civic leaders should be involved in helping to shape their own communities.  Many major metropolitan cities have seen urban sprawl, as a result of inner city neglect, resulting in a loss of community and culture.  In Kansas City, Hallmark Cards used its corporate citizenship to influence the surrounding communities.

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Hallmark Cards has a corporate culture rooted in family, integrity, connectedness and fun, which they were able to integrate into the surrounding communities of Kansas City.  Hallmark’s corporate headquarters was developed on a site in midtown that was once a vast hillside covered in gaudy billboards, a blight on the City.  The resulting development is Crown Center, home to Hallmark Cards, as well as a popular place for families to spend time shopping, ice-skating and playing in the interactive fountain.

 

It was these strengths (philanthropy, entrepreneurship, family, integrity, fun, hard work) of Kansas City, which shaped the character of communities and ultimately the city.  By extension, it was the City as a whole, which influenced and shaped much of who I am today.  Therefore, if communities can shape an individual, as Kansas City shaped me, then maybe a paradigm shift in thinking for a community is a logical place to start for all of us.

WorldBlu- FAQ

What is WorldBlu?

Who is the CEO of WorldBlue?

Who are the WorldBlu leaders?

What is their focus?

What are the WorldBlu core values?

What is the Blu100?

What is WorldBlue LIve and where is it being held?

What are the benefits of attending WorldBlu live?

Who will be speaking at WorldBlu Live?

What is a democratic workplace?

How can an organization become a member?

What is the benefit of a WorldBlu membership?

What are examples of democratic organizations?

What is organizational democracy?

What are the WorldBlu democratic principles?

How was founded?

Can my company become more democratic?

How can I become a freedom-centered and democratic leader?

Can these democratic organizations build a more democratic world?

Where is WorldBlu corporate headquarters located?

How do I contact WorldBlu?

organ democracy

WorldBlu is a global network of organizations committed to democracy and freedom in the workplace.

CEO:Traci Fenton

Leaders:
Traci Fenton
Founder + CEO
traci@worldblu.com
Miranda Ash
Global Director, Membership + Awards
miranda@worldblu.com
Sam Chaltain
Global Director, BluSchools
sam@worldblu.com
Lisa Kensler, Ed.D
BluSchools Team
lisa@worldblu.com

Focus:
How democracy be applied in the business world. Specifically how a new concept of organizational democracy and freedom-centered leadership, very different from political democracy, can help build a more democratic world.

WorldBlu core Values:
Do it democratically
Be leading-edgy
Great, not just good design
Style baby
Create a ripple effect
Inspire healing and transformation

The Blu100 is a select group of change-management and leadership development experts from around the world. Each is dedicated to supporting the development and growth of democratic and freedom-centered workplaces worldwide. Each Blu100 member is certified to measure freedom and democracy in the workplace.

WorldBlu Live:
Hyatt Regency Denver
650 15th St
Denver CO 80202
USA
WorldBlu Live 2013 is a premier gathering on freedom in the workplace. It is designed for individuals and organizations who recognize the power of freedom and democracy as a tool for increasing the bottom-line, promoting innovation, attracting top talent and inspiring engagement at all levels of the organization.

WorldBlu Live is more than just a conference, it is an experience for democratic innovation, a platform for rule-breakers, and an audience of revolutionaries. The program is taught by world-class leaders and guaranteed to leave all inspired.

Benefits of WorldBlu Live: Connect directly with more than 40 cutting edge speakers who are industry leaders and rule-breakers, rewriting the way we do business.

WorldBlu Live Speakers:
Garry Ridge
CEO of WD-40
Will McInnes
Co-founder + Managing Director of NixonMcInnes
Kent Thiry
Chairman + CEO, DaVita
Philip Rosedale
Founder + Chair, Second Life
Traci Fenton
Founder + CEO of WorldBlu
Bunker Roy
Founder, The Barefoot College
John Miles
CEO + Chief of What’s Next, Integritive
Ingrid Alongi
Principle + CEO, Quick Left
Alexander Kjerulf
Chief Happiness Officer, Wooho Inc.
Blake Jones
President + Co-Founder of Namaste Solar
Miranda Ash
Global Director of Membership + Community, WorldBlu
Kim Jordan
Co-Founder + CEO, New Belgium Brewing
Rich Sheridan
Founder + CEO of Menlo Innovations
Jennifer Colosimo
Vice President of Wisdom, DaVita
Phil Clothier
Chief Executive Officer, Barrett Values Centre
Vishen Lakhiani
Founder of MindValley
Dave Hoerman
Vice President, DaVita University School
John Engle
Co-Director, Haiti Partners
Sam Chaltain
Writer, educator and organizational change consultant
Sam Chaltain is Global Director, BluSchools at WorldBlu.

Democratic workplace is a system of organization that is based on freedom, instead of fear and control. It’s a way of designing organizations to amplify the possibilities of human potential — and the organization as a whole.
The concept of democracy comes from the Greek words “demos” and “kratein” which mean “the people rule”. The core of democracy is to allow people to self-govern and determine their own destiny.

Becoming a WorlBlu member:
Any organization may apply for membership as long as it has been in operation for at least one full year and has five or more full or part-time employees.
Applying for membership requires 4 steps:
Fill out the online application.
Select employees within the applying organization must take the WorldBlu assessment, which measures the level of freedom and democracy in your workplace.
Based on how your employees score the organization will be categorized as either “On the Path” member or a “Certified” member.
If your organization is a “Certified” member, it will also be recognized on the annual WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces™ announced the second Tuesday of April each year.

Benefits of WorldBlu membership: Your organization will be listed on the “most democratic list” and collaborate with other like leading organizations on democratic innovation.

Examples of democratic organizations:
DaVita – Denver, CO
Explore Communications – Denver, CO
Glassdoor – Sausalito, CA
Great Harvest Bread Company – Dillon, MT
Greenleaf Book Group – Austin, TX
HCL Technologies – Noida, India
Innovation Partners International – Washington, DC
Integritive – Asheville, NC
Menlo Innovations – Ann Arbor, MI
MindValley – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Namaste Solar – Boulder, CO
WD-40 Company – San Diego, CA
Woo-hoo! – Copenhagen, Denmark
Zappos.com – Las Vegas, NV

Organizational democracy: Organizational democracy is a system of organization that is based on freedom, instead of fear and control. It’s a way of designing organizations to amplify the possibilities of human potential — and the organization as a whole.

The 10 Principles of Organizational Democracy were put into practice on both the individual and leadership levels, and be supported by democratic systems and processes to have a successful democratic organization.
Purpose and Vision
Transparency
Dialogue + Listening
Fairness + Dignity
Accountability
Individual + Collective
Choice
Integrity
Decentralization
Reflection + Evaluation

Founded: In 1997, the WorldBlu Foundation (originally the World Dynamics Foundation) was founded by Traci Fenton as a non-profit think-tank, dedicated to original research in organizational democracy.

Six years later, in 2003, WorldBlu, Inc. (formerly called World Dynamics) was launched as a for-profit leadership and business design studio. WorldBlu specializes in designing, building and transforming companies into highly successful democratic organizations and teaching the art of freedom-centered leadership. The WorldBlu Foundation is now the philanthropic arm of the WorldBlu Corporation.

Becoming a democratic company:
It’s a way of thinking
It’s personal
It starts with principles, not practices
The whole is greater than the parts
It begins at the top (usually)
It’s built on authenticity
It’s a continual evolution
Timing is key
The numbers provide the discipline

Freedom-centered leadership is grounded in a fundamentally new understanding of how the world works and how to lead living, dynamic, and self-organizing systems. Freedom-centered leaders work with the principles of democracy on three levels: personally, in their own daily practice; interpersonally, with others; and organizationally, designing environments in which individuals are free to uncover and express their unique leadership capabilities.

Building a democratic world: Currently two-thirds of the world continues to evolve towards political democracy and it is important to consider the net effect of using organizational democracy as a key component democratic development. Consider the potential benefits an organization operating democratically could have on furthering development in its country: Economic development benefit, anti-corruption and ethical benefit, and individual empowerment and civil society benefit, and foreign direct investment benefit.

Corporate Headquarters:
info@worldblu.com
OUR MAILING ADDRESS IS:
WorldBlu, Inc.
6607 Brodie Lane
Suite 738
Austin, TX 78745 USA

Contact information:
Traci Fenton
+ 1 202 251 8099
traci@worldblu.com

US
+1 202 251 8099
US@worldblu.com
UK
+ 44 7813 798083
UK@worldblu.com

Children are in Imminent Danger on our Streets

Questions:

What are the biggest problems preventing children in your school from walking and biking?

What can administrators and teachers do to help?

What can parents, who transport their children by carpool, do to help?  What about parents with children living within 1 1/2 miles of school?

Is there support from the federal, state and local government (municipality and police) that would help in your efforts?

How long have you been involved or when did you become interested?

What do you hope to accomplish at your school?

What are some of the short and long term goals for these initiatives?

What are your biggest concerns and obstacles in getting this accomplished?

Facts Checked:

West Cary Middle School- Eye witness account by Leigh Williams

Carnage Middle School- Reported by WRAL

Preston Village- Reported by WRAL

Dillard Drive-Eye witness account by Chris Widmar

Sources:       

Leigh William-PTA Board Member

Sarah Martin:  PTA Board Member and Action for Healthy Kids

Christine Martin-Penny Road Teacher

Michele McKinley- Project Coordinator, Advocates for Health in Action, WakeMed

Laura Aiken- Director, Advocates for Health in Action

Natalie Best- WakeMed.org, Program Lead Healthy Kids Programs

Town of Cary

Parks and Recreation

Audience:

Citizens of Cary, North Carolina

Communities throughout America struggling with similar issues.

Additional Items for Publication Online:

Multimedia and interactive features: Interactive chat room for victims and eye-witness accounts of other unreported accidents.

Fact box: Including data from the federal Safe Routes to Schools initiative about likelihood of fatality or serious injury based on speed of vehicle, most frequent points of conflict between vehicles and bicycles, etc.

Fact box: Physical changes to roadways from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center that can increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists, including improvements such as road diets, roundabout traffic circles, flashing pedestrian warning signals, etc.

FAQ list: Details about the federal Safe Routes to School Initiative, as well as state implementation information to assist others parents and schools who wish to participate in the program.

Podcasts: Safety information videos for cyclists utilizing public streets, safe crossing practices for pedestrians at intersections, etc.

Interview notes:  Including Leigh Williams, Sarah Martin, Michele McKinley, Christine Martin and students from Dillard Drive and West Cary Middle Schools

Maps:  Google maps of each Cary elementary school identifying existing safe routes and needed improvements.

Online Story:

As a mother approaches her son’s school, a rush or horror fills her entire body.  She sees flashing lights and a child lying on the ground.  Her fears are confirmed, a child has been hit while walking home from school.

Daily, children are put in harms way, as they make their way home from school, both walking and biking, taking enormous risks, as the paths they choose are entirely unsafe.  Sadly, situations such as the one described, occur more frequently than one might expect right here in Cary, North Carolina.  Many of these incidents go unreported, seemingly unknown to communities and parents.

On a sunny October day in 2012, a teenager, from West Cary Middle School is hit by a car crossing an intersection at NW Maynard Rd near his school.  As tragic as this seems, there was no media coverage and parents were not informed by the Wake County Public School System.

On a rainy March day in 2009, a Carnage Middle School sixth-grader was hit on Penny Road while trying to cross the street to get on his bus.  This was reported in the media, though the coverage was limited.  It is not only the paths to and from school that present a danger for young pedestrians, it is the lack of safe options or routes for all pedestrians and cyclists.

In March of 2010, an 11-year-old boy was hit by a car in the Preston Village area of Cary just after 5 p.m. while riding his bike. Shockingly, he was struck while on his way home, by a neighbor, crossing an intersection near his home. Lack of safe options may have caused this child to take unnecessary risks.

Finally, last year a teacher, Lorraine Potoczek, at Dillard Drive Middle School, was hit and injured, as a crossing guard, while helping a child cross Dillard Drive. How did this happen?  Why can’t pedestrians and drivers share the road?  Why are we not informed about these tragic accidents?  Safe pathways and greater awareness could have prevented any one of these events.

Sarah Martin, a state PTA Board Member, shared “it’s a chronic community problem for the town and residents.”  Sarah works intimately on the Action for Healthy Kids initiative, which encourages exercise, working closely with obesity issues in sedentary children.  “We are challenged with trying to provide options for children to be more active and yet the surrounding towns do not have adequate safe routes for kids.”

Leigh Williams, an active PTA member, shared “while living in Europe, I grew accustomed to walkable and bikeable communities. Upon my return to the United States I decided I wanted the same way of life for my family and our Cary community,” shared Leigh.  As a result, Leigh has become involved in the Safe Routes to School initiative.

Interestingly, amidst all these challenges, the Town of Cary is known as one of the top bike friendly communities in the country, due to its vast greenways and many bike trails.  However, this doesn’t necessarily equate to a safe walking and bike friendly community.

Leigh suggested, “the challenges in making Cary a safe place for cyclists are its lack of sidewalks, dangerous intersections, basic bike amenities (bike racks) and bike lanes that are so small they are dangerously inadequate, ultimately putting riders at great risk.”

Leigh shared “it starts with individual families, schools and neighborhoods.”  Programs like “Safe Routes to Schools” can help build momentum at the family and school level.  As Leigh Williams is doing for her own family, “ultimately this helps bring awareness to a serious problem”.

Another school that has taken a proactive approach is Penny Road Elementary School.  Christine Martin, a Penny Road gym teacher shared “we participated in the National Walk to School Day and would love to have a walk to school day each month.  Safety is our most important goal, so we need adequate safety equipment for crossing guards, as well as parent volunteers.” She suggested that the Safe Routes to School program can help educate teachers and parents about implementing safe routes for their own families.

So why is a town like Cary, North Carolina, with a reputation for being a bike friendly community having so many safety issues?  It is not isolated to Cary, it is a national epidemic, with roadways built to accommodate more and more vehicles, ultimately threatening the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.  The Town of Cary has achieved recognition as a bike friendly town, but still drivers and vehicles threaten the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

The fact remains, kids still can’t walk or bike to school without putting themselves in harms way.  Many of our schools don’t even have bike racks to accommodate the children that would like to ride.  Bicycle and pedestrian safety classes are also not provided to educate children on safe practices.

Without basic walking and biking amenities, such as sidewalks, bike racks and safe crosswalks, as well as safety education for children and drivers, a Safe Routes to School program is just another political slogan.

Ultimately, the responsibility falls upon individuals, parents, volunteers, teachers, school administrators and local governments to provide children with safe options, ultimately encouraging them to increase their activity.  Without a true commitment of resources, change is unlikely and our children will continue to take life-threatening risks when going to school.

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Policy Adjunct-Crowdsourcing  

Crowdsourcing:  Effective immediately, all forms of crowdsourcing will be approved and monitored by the public editor.  This includes contests, Facebook, Twitter, and other social medias, where input may be solicited, including live news sourcing (citizen journalism). When a reader inputs information on our site, it will be highlighted in green to minimize confusion between our sites news reporting an input from outside sources.

Crowdsource information:  All incoming crowdsourced content must be validated, monitored and amended if the information is deemed inappropriate or highly inaccurate.  Information published online, as part of a crowdsourcing initiative, must be quantified to determine if there is a potential lack of creditability.  Much like Wikipedia, which states “credibility is a goal Wikipedia has struggled to attain,” known for having inaccuracies and considered by many to be an unreliable source of information.

Our news site will strive to eliminate those potential issues by having a dedicated section for our audience to share information.   A specific section called “a Community Place,” will be dedicated to encourage crowdsourcing, ultimately allowing this process to flourish, without impeding on the news information reported on other sections of our site.

News crowdsourcing:  Crowdsourcing will also be allowed within our news stories to encourage an interactive and communicative news experience for our audiences.  However, all outside comments will be highlighted in a blue box and distinguished as separate comments from the actual news story itself.

Job posting – VP of Social Media

iHealth News

October 28th, 2012

iKidHealth News is a news outlet designed to education readers and provide support for children’s healthy eating. iKidHealth News will focus on helping parents understand the challenges, risks and provide healthy eating solutions for children.  It also works closely with advocacy groups to encourage governing bodies Washington, DC to take a more active roll in state and federally funded programs for schools. This position will be located in Raleigh, NC, though a remote location can be discussed since most of the work can be done online.  The position will report up to the Chief Digital Officer located in our national headquarters in San Francisco, CA.

The VP of Social Media will oversee and lead the development of new social media strategies, implement the strategies, and managed all directors within the social media realm.  The VP will oversee efforts and employ processes, working closely with the IT director, to increase web traffic to the web site, and the respective social medias.

Primary Responsibility

  1. Work closely with all department heads, board members and lobbying officials, aligning with the current objectives and goals of the organization.
  2. Manage all social media campaigns, day-to-day activities, and work closely with the director of IT to make sure the website is active at all times.
  3. Promote a specific company image, aligned with the organizational goals, while managing the social networking sites, specifically, Facebook, Twitter, MySocialCloud, LinkedIn, Pinterest and the development of our own personal social site  (WackyWords).
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work cross-functionally with PR, finance and HR departments.
  5. Manage our company blog; making sure real-time updates are provided daily and the site is interactive among respective audiences.
  6. Demonstrate flexibility, creative ideas, and a willingness to take on additional projects, helping the organization expand its current audience.

Specific Skills and Knowledge Required

  1. MBA required.
  2. Self-motivated and results-oriented.
  3. At least 6 years experience working on social medias and Internet based strategies.
  4. Demonstrates an understanding of working closely with advocacy groups in Washington.
  5. Experience managing multiple projects within the social media arena.
  6. In-depth knowledge and understanding of social media platforms.
  7. Superior writing (blogging) and editing skills.
  8. Ability to meet challenging deadlines and a high-pressure environment.
  9. Basic knowledge of HTML and other like programming languages.
  10. Knowledge of basic nutrition a plus.

Liveblog: Vice President Biden debates Congressman Ryan

10:30 p.m.

Resources from event:

Entire transcript and full video of event.

Blogger insights:

So who won?  CBS news says it depends which poll you are referencing. An argument could be made from either camp about who won, Biden or Ryan.  Biden provided significant details about how the President can bring our economy back and save our healthcare system.  Ryan refuted much of Biden’s views and shared opposing perspectives, stating, “They’ve had their chance and failed.”  The Hill Blog quoted former Vice President Cheney and shared his perspective’s from the debate.

Some of the more memorable video highlights of the debate:

NBC had some interesting social media analysis, referenced in “love him or hate Him, It was all about Biden.”  Regardless of your political views, all agree this was a much more passionate and interactive debate than seen from Obama and Romney.  Biden demonstrated an edginess and lots of passion, while Ryan stayed calm and cool.   Only time will tell, but it should at least be entertaining and exciting as these debates continue to heat up.

Raddatz: Martha concludes debate and thanks both the Vice President and Congressman.  Congressman less than enthusiastically embrace, while both families join them on stage, hugging and shaking hands.

10:29 p.m.

Ryan:  Ryan gives closing remarks sharing, “it has been his honor to debate with him (Biden).”  He shares Obama had his chance, which was all about “spending and borrowing, higher taxes and government taking over healthcare.”   He shares “we have 23 million Americans looking for work and 15 million in poverty.”  He indicates America deserves better.  He and Mitt Romney are asking for America’s support (as he looks directly into the camera).  He shares Romney has the skills to get the job done (ideas, experience and solutions).  He also shares a job creator is needed and Romney should be that man.  Ryan closes with “ the choice is clear and rests with you, we ask for your vote.”

10:27 p.m.

Biden:  Biden gives closing remarks by saying, “we inherited really bad circumstances and people are in trouble.”  He adds, “Ryan says that 30% of the American people are takers and the American people are looking for a fair chance.”

10:26 p.m.

Closing statements

10:25 p.m.

Biden:  Biden shares he rests on his record and it should speak for itself.  Biden says he has always leveled the playing field for the American people.

10:25 p.m.

Ryan:  Ryan shares when people have problems they need solutions and they are not getting it.  He shared there is a plan for millions of jobs and the Democrats current plan isn’t working.

10:25 p.m.

Raddatz:  Martha interupts arguing and asks, “if elected what could you give to this country as a human being that no on else could?”

10:20 p.m.

Biden: Biden shares the budgets from congressman Ryan have disemboweled the middle class and it doesn’t do anything but increase taxes for the very wealthy.

Ryan:  He is sharing Biden talks about deficits, but he and the President but he put two wars on our country’s credit card.

10:25 p.m.

Ryan:  Ryan says the current administration says all we are getting are “speeches and no leadership.”

10:24 p.m.

Ryan:  Ryan is jabbing at the President, suggesting he indicated he had a plan but gave a speech instead.  Ryan shared Obama said he would cut the deficit and instead we have “four budgets with trillion dollar deficit.”

10:24 p.m.

Ryan:  Ryan resounds to her question simply that he would thank the soldiers, let them know we won’t cut the military, ultimately leaving them vulnerable and in harms way.  Ryan refers to Obama as “blame and defame.”

10:24 p.m.

Biden:  Biden says he would say to a soldier (his son) that the government has one objective, keep soldiers safe and bring them home.

10:24 p.m.

Biden:  Biden says things in many campaigns can be offensive.

Raddatz:  Martha changes the tempo, asking “if a soldier told me I am dismayed because the ads are so negative, tearing us down, are you as military leaders, embarrassed by the negative tone?”

Biden:  Biden is commenting on abortion and quoting Roe vs. Wade, “we were one vote away from changing Roe vs. Wade.”

10:22 p.m.

Ryan:  He states he believes life begins at conception, though references making exceptions for rape and incest.

10:21 p.m.

Blogger (Widmar):  The debate seems to have taken an interesting turn, from topics centered around economics and war, towards more emotional topics of women’s rights and religion.  This could be an interesting turning point in the election, if in fact, women’s rights become a topic of discussion.

10:20 p.m.

Biden: Biden shares his religion defines who he is and has been a practicing Catholic his whole life. He accepts his churches position that life begins at conception.  He states he won’t impose abortion or his own religious views on other faiths (Muslim and Jews).  Biden doesn’t believe we can tell women who controls their body .

Ryan:  Ryan shares he doesn’t see how a person can separate personal and public life, from faith.  He shares an example of why he is pro-life, aside from his catholic beliefs.  He says, “ten years ago he and his wife saw the heart beat of that little baby…who was the size of a bean and to this day we call her bean.”

10:14 p.m.

Raddatz:  She asks if “abortion would be at risk if you are elected?”

Ryan: Again a similar answer, she moves on to another question.

10:14 p.m.

Raddatz: She asks, to Ryan, “what is your interest of the American people?”

Ryan: Ryan shares it is the National interest of the American people.

10:14 p.m.

Raddatz: Another question from Raddatz, asking “What’s your criteria for intervention across the world?

Ryan: Ryan shares more vague answers, indicating they (Obama/Biden) should have worked sooner.

10:13 p.m.

Raddatz: What would you do?

10:13 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan answers her question stating we will lose credibility and Iran keeps their most valuable allies.

10:13 p.m.

Raddatz: Another question from Martha, “What happens if Assad doesn’t fall?”

10:12 p.m.

Ryan:  Ryan jabs at Biden and suggesting they can’t go through the UN and Biden responds “we are not.”

10:12 p.m.

Biden: Addressing Ryan, Biden shares his friend Ryan is not answering the questions.

10:11 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan suggests Obama needed a better plan with allies and then they could have been done something sooner.

10:11 p.m.

Ryan: Sharing that he/Romney we are not proposing to send more troops.

10:08 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan is explaining what the surge actually means, referencing snowfall in mountains, blocked passages and keeping the Taliban/terrorists from attacking the US in Pakistan. Ryan We need to pull the soldiers out before the fighting season.

Biden: He is talking about there being lots of discussion around  the “surge” and what this actually means.

10:04 p.m.

Raddatz: Another question from Martha, “Why bring the surge troops home?”

10:02 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan shares “we want our troops home” and brings up a point that we don’t want to advertise when we are leaving.  He references the Obama foreign policy as “unraveling before our eyes.”

10:01 p.m.

Biden: Biden shares America will be out by 2014, saving $800 billion and that it is no longer America’s responsibility to protect them.

10:00 p.m.

Biden: Biden shares America was in Middle East for one reason and that was to get AL Qaeda, which they did.

9:58 p.m.

Ryan: He agrees with the plan of Obama to be out of Middle East by 2014.  Ryan shares he visited with soldier and was “in awe by what they go through daily.”

9:57 p.m.

Raddatz: Martha asks, “Why not leave Afghanistan?”

9:56 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan getting into issues about downsizing military and shares our Navy will be smallest ever with the proposed cuts.

9:53 p.m.

Blogger (Widmar):  Both the crowd and Ryan laugh at Biden’s jab on Ryan about his comment around Jack kennedy.

9:53 p.m.

Biden: Biden has a great line; “oh now you’re Jack Kennedy.”

Ryan: Ryan makes a reference to Kennedy.

9:53 p.m.

Ryan: He suggests it does add up and references on several occasions six independent studies support his mathematically calculations.

9:53 p.m.

Biden: “His plan is not mathematically possible,” Biden fires at Ryan.

9:52 pm

Biden: Is now referencing loopholes and how this is taking taxes from middle class.  Biden says Ryan’s plan doesn’t add up mathematically.

9:50 p.m.

Raddatz: She asks Ryan to be more specific, for which he randomly references past administrations, such as Reagan.

Ryan: He is talking about how there are not enough rich people and small businesses to tax to truly impact the deficit, suggesting it will only improve our country’s situation by 10%. Best line of the debate for Ryan; “look out middle class, the bill is coming to you.”

9:47 p.m.

Biden: Biden says “they’re holding middle class tax cuts hostage,” referring to the very wealthy.  Biden is showing sympathy to the middle class pains, stating they are “tired of being knocked down and crushed by recessions.”

9:46 p.m.

Biden: Biden quickly says, “the middle class will pay less and those over a million will pay higher taxes.”

9:45 p.m.

Raddatz: Martha interupts Ryan, to control the tempo, asking “If you’re elected who will pay more taxes?”

9:43 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan denies vouchers are issues and says young Americans should be allowed to make their money work for them by putting in the market, not social security.  No reference to the aging populations. The social security comment seems to contradict his initial comments about how important social security is as a program.

9:42 p.m.

Raddatz: Martha asks, “Why not raise the age for Medicare?”

9:41 p.m.

Blogger (Widmar):  Debate continues to heat up, lots of “back and forth debating.”  You can feel the excitement and passion from both candidates, as well as the crowd.

9:39 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan shares Obama “got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.”  He is referring to the Obamacare and Medicare issues, and money being taken from the Medicare program to fund Obama’s healthcare programs.

9:39 p.m.

Biden: Referring to Romney and Ryan, he states, “their ideas are old and bad.”

9:38 p.m.

Biden: He indicates Ryan’s program will cost Americans $6,000 more, not save them as the Republicans are suggesting.

9:37 p.m.

Ryan: Brings up the “voucher issue” and how Biden is trying to scare people.

9:36 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan suggests Medicare and Social Security are going under and they are critical programs for Americans.  He uses his own mother as an example and how it helped her mom go back to college in her 50s.  He shares we need to honor this promise we have made to all Americans and protect it for future generations.

9:33 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan fires back, stating it was for grants, not really answering the question.

9:32 p.m.

Biden: Biden shares, “he loves his friend (Ryan)” and strategically asks if the stimulus isn’t working, then why did Ryan ask him for two letter to get stimulus money to Wisconsin.

9:32 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan on the attack now talking about Obama’s stimulus plan  and borrowing to give to special interest groups, creating 12 million jobs, which Ryan suggests hasn’t happened.  Ryan references high unemployment than before Obama took office and no jobs have been created.  The overtone is the stimulus didn’t work.

9:31 p.m.

Biden:  Biden is being very passionate about Republicans getting out of the democrats way so a permanent tax cut for middle class can be implemented.  He is suggesting a lack of bipartisanship.

9:30 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan jabs at Biden indicating his words don’t come out the right way sometimes and the audience erupts in laughter.

9:28 p.m.

Ryan: Says “Mitt Romney is a car guy.”  Biden laughs.

Biden:  Biden is smiling and laughing extensively, seemingly forced.

9:27 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan aligns himself with Biden, sharing they come from similar towns. He asks Biden if he knows the unemployment rate of Biden’s hometown of Scranton.  Biden answers quickly and correctly.

Biden: Biden interupts and shouts about the 47%, “that’s not what’s happening across America.”

Ryan:  Shares stanton is 10% now and was 8% 4 years ago, “that’s what happening across America.”

9:25 p.m.

Biden: Biden getting upset and shouts “I’ve had it up to here with this notion of the 47%.”  He indicates the economic problems of the country were inherited by the administration.  Obama saved GM, cut middle class taxes,  while Romney said “let Detroit go bankrupt.”  He stated Obama provided foreclosure  assistance and suggests Romney did nothing.  Again Biden references the “47%” towards Romney and how Romney “disregarded 47% of Americans.”

9:25 p.m.

Raddatz: She fires back quickly, interrupting, and says, “level with the American people. Can you get unemployment to below 6% and how long will it take?”

9:24 p.m.

Biden: Good line by Biden, “We’ve made it clear the President doesn’t’ bluff.”  He is really standing his ground now against Ryan and trying to instill confidence around the middle east issues.

9:22 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan challenges, suggesting a nuclear-armed Iran in the Middle East is the biggest threat for terrorism and should not be taking lightly.  He is challenging Biden’s stance.

9:22 p.m.

Biden: About the nuclear weapons he states, “Facts matter and they need more than just uranium to have a weapon and we will have the world behind us.”

9:21 p.m.

Biden: Biden addresses nuclear weapons issue saying, “Iran can’t make nuclear weapons; they don’t have uranium to put in it.  We won’t let them make weapons and we all need to relax.”

9:20 p.m.

Biden: Biden fires back indicting the tension by other countries towards the US regarding how they see world economies tanking and world’s view against them.

Ryan: regarding the interrupting by Biden, Ryan suggests the debate would be more product if he would stop interrupting.

9:19 p.m.

Blogger (Widmar):
 Debate starting to heat, as Biden and Ryan are really starting to go at it.

9:18 p.m.

Blogger (Chris Widmar):  Biden is waving his arms around and just about to fly off the handle.

9:18 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan pushes back on the timeline and suggests it can be done but Spring may be unrealistic.

9:18 p.m.

Raddatz: She asks another question, “if you win (Romney/Ryan) can you fix all of this by Spring?”

9:12 p.m.

Ryan:  Ryan dodges the question from Raddatz about the Korans, “We should have apologized for urinating on corpses.”

9:11 p.m.

Biden: Answers that the administration didn’t know about the security needs.

9:11 p.m.

Raddatz: She is speaking (Biden) about challenges in Libya.

9:11 p.m.

Biden: He answers confidently that the “Intelligence community” had told them it was a protest and when the President had learned more they changed their assessment.

9:10 p.m.

Raddatz: Moderator asks another question, “What were you first told about the attack?”

9:10 p.m.

Blogger: The debate tone is changing from a friendly exchange towards a more aggressive interaction.

9:10 p.m.

BIDEN: Biden fires back, getting upset and shouting, “with all due respect that’s a bunch of malarkey.”

9:08 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan digs at Obama by stating, “what we are watching is the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy.”

9:08 p.m.

Ryan: Biden and Ryan agree on Afghanistan.

9:07 p.m.

Ryan: Ryan answers, sharing Obama blamed a YouTube video and it took him a week to act and call it an act of terror.

9:05 p.m.

Biden: Biden shares, Obama’s main goal was to find him and last thing the US needs is another war.

9:04 p.m.

Biden: He answers her question saying, “We will find the men and bring justice, our mistake won’t be repeated.”

9:04 p.m.

Raddatz: She starts the debate by asking a question about Libya, “one month ago Chris Stevens and three others were killed in Libya, was this a failure?”

9:04 p.m.

Blogger (Widmar): The debate is under way.  Both men have entered and exchange a friendly handshake. Interestingly, Ryan has a red tie, black suit, white shirt and a large American flag (pin) on his lapel.  Biden is wearing a blue tie, black suit, white shirt and  a smaller American flag on his lapel (both similar to Obama/Romney in the first debate). This is an interesting visual difference, red tie and big flag (power) versus blue tie and smaller flag (more casual).

8:59 p.m.

Blogger (Widmar): The debate is about to begin, in Danville, Kentucky, between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan.  Both parties have arrived at the venue, with wives and children in tow.  The debate will be moderated by Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent).

Danville, Kentucky: Centre College

Blogger (Widmar):  Crowds for both parties are sharing their support for both Biden or Ryan.  Click on the interactive link below to see the exact location of tonight’s debate:

INTERACTIVE MAP OF VP PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE at Centre College, Danville, KY

8:45 p.m.

Blogger (Widmar):  Excitement building as people arrive for the “showdown” between Biden and Ryan at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.