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Bank Shot

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It’s just physics, right?

 Set the ball in motion, it bounces off the cushion, hits another, falls into the pocket, just as you’d expect.

Except it doesn’t

The leadership of Talking and Shopping is frustrated with Washington and Washington is tired of them.  There are problems on the horizon, balls on the table, and little strategy for how to bring the game to an end.  

And we choose a pool table in a bar to discuss what we might do.  

The twelfth episode of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”  Special Guest Christian Conn of NYC portrays Gar Simons, the advisor with only one word of advice: “Get Out Now!”  

Cast:

  • Christian Conn – Gar Simons, billiard player & business guy
  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie –  Evelyne, Operations Manager of HWMS
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of T & S
  • Geoffrey Grier –  Vinny of HWMS; 
  • Kit Kuksenok –  Sulley, Ed Kowalski, CTO of Talking & Shopping
  • Jake Minevich – Chad Dockerly of Technica Publica
  • Skippy – Himself

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By Any Other Name

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The questions are simple.

The answers?   We don’t know.

At best, we have a senatorial aide who doesn’t know how to type.

Or is incapable of being sociable.

Abby Alton of T&S is preparing for an appearance before the Senate.  Her consultants meeting with key staff members but don’t exactly leave satisfied.   

  The eleventh episode of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie –  Evelyne, Operations Manager of HWMS, Rachel D’Fino, aide to Senator Kristine Stassen
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Habi Zolah, Senatorial Aide
  • Ron Bianchi – Roger of Senator Stassen’s Office
  • Geoffrey Grier –  Vinny of HWMS; 
  • Josh LaForce – Sulley, Washington Director, HWMS 
  • Noah Masur – Buckley Williams, CEO of Foundation for a Digital Future
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf – Anna the Intern
  • Skippy – Himself

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Farming From San Francisco

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Every job is middle management.

Everyone is caught between someone above and someone below.  

And that hook that captures you is always tricky.  Sometimes that sharp little tine is friendship.  Sometimes, its money.  Sometimes it’s merely the image that we would like to claim for ourselves.

For a moment, we see the CTO Ed Kowalski, never the most sympathetic character, dangling between heaven and earth, between the boss above and the employee below.    

  The tenth episode of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie –  Evelyne, Operations Manager of HWMS
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of T&S
  • Geoffrey Grier –  Vinny of HWMS; Carl Langston
  • Kit Kuksenok – Ed Kowalski CTO of T&S
  • Josh LaForce – Sulley, Washington Director, HWMS 
  • Noah Masur – Ben “Bearner” Capardi, Server Director, T&S
  • Skippy – Himself

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The Dead Don’t Disrupt

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Not everyone presents themselves well.

Not everyone holds to the company policy.

Not everyone is good at working the room.

What skills do you need when your client presents themselves in the worst possible light?    

The Senior Management, Vinny and Evelyn, think that they need a more experienced member of the team.  

The team itself, is bent on proving otherwise.  

  The ninth episodes of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie –  Evelyne, Operations Manager of HWMS
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Faith, Mina
  • Ron Bianchi – Eric, The Ancient One
  • Geoffrey Grier –  Vinny of HWMS; Carl Langston
  • Kit Kuksenok – Ed Kowalski CTO of T&S
  • Josh LaForce – Sulley Bowman, Director HWMS Washington Office
  • Jake Minevich – Victor Numerov of T&S; 
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf – Anna the Intern
  • Skippy – Himself

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Mother Comes Home from the War

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Hardship means different things at different times.  

Abby Alton, the CEO of Talking and Shopping, finishes a long day of meeting members of Congress.  

In place of a moment of rest, she is faced with an obsequious assistant, an aide who has yet to understand the invasive nature of modern retail, and a consultant who has learned a story of political trouble.  

Birnham Wood may be starting to move to Dunsinane.   The leadership T&S is starting to grasp that success in the market is not the same thing as success in Washington.  

So starts the second act of our tale.  The eighth episodes of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie –  Evelyne, Operations Manager of HWMS
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of T&S
  • Geoffrey Grier – Fitz Morris of NTIA; Vinny of HWMS
  • Josh LaForce – Sulley Bowman, Director HWMS Washington Office
  • Jake Minevich – Victor Numerov of T&S; 
  • Skippy – Maggy, the Fury

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The Kind of Mess

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Does this happen to you?

Your Uber Driver knows more than you’re client?

It’s embarrassing, yes?

Big Tech spends millions, hundreds of millions, of dollars in Washington and what do they get for their money?  

A service.  

Nothing more.

A service.  That’s it.

Why is that a problem you ask?  

It’s the problem of the Gig Economy.  When you hire a contractor to do your bidding, key bits of information don’t flow across the contractual boarder.  Knowledge often fails to make the leap.  History certainly is left on the curb when the driver pulls away.  And wisdom?  Lonely wisdom?  Clutching her purse and hoping for the best?  

Fourth episode in the new series begins “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know” from the audio drama “How We Manage Stuff.”

 

Cast:

  • Sulley, HWMS Washington Director – Josh LaForce
  • Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor – Sahara Ale
  • Anna  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Ed Kowalski of T&S – Kit Kuksenok
  • Morris Fitz, of NTIA – Geoffrey Grier
  • Bashir the Uber Driver – Ron Bianchi

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A Tongue Lashing

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Speed.  Disruption.  Innovation.  

Not Duty.  Not Deliberation.   Not Honor. 

Tech let us reordered our virtues.  

Policy, if taken thoughtfully, makes us examine that reordering.  

It may not solve anything but it makes us wonder if we’re doing things the right way.  

Policy is never “Us” versus “The Government”.  It’s “Us” versus “Our Neighbors.”  And sometimes, those times when we don’t quite see all of our neighbors clearly, we can be vulnerable.  

Anna, and Yasmin and Sulley, start working to get their client, the Internet Giant  “Talking and Shopping” a better position in Washington.  It doesn’t start well.  We get a tongue lashing, some cryptic advice, and a cup of tea from a slightly batty business woman.  

Third episode in the new series begins “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know” from the audio drama “How We Manage Stuff.”

 

Cast:

  • Sulley, HWMS Washington Director – Josh LaForce
  • Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor – Sahara Ale
  • Waiter – Zoe Anastassiou  
  • Rachel D’Fino – Margaux Amie
  • Anna  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Newsperson – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Morris Fitz, of NTIA – Geoffrey Grier
  • Roger, the Congressional Aide – Ron Bianchi
  • Faith – Zoe Anastassiou

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A Busy Day

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Money isn’t everything 

Ideas are surprisingly important

But people carry the ideas.

And promote the ideas.

And analyze, and dispute, and contradict, and accep,t and reject, and all the rest of the things that you do with ideas.

In the process, the people find themselves carrying, promoting, analyzing, disputing, accepting and rejecting each other.  

The story continues with a meeting of of the HWMS staff in our slightly cramped conference room with its perpetual view of the Capitol Hill Power Plant.  Events start to unfold and they are the events of ideas, ideas that remind us what a busy day can actually be.  

 Second episode in the new series begins “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know” from the audio drama “How We Manage Stuff.”

Cast:

  • Sulley, HWMS Washington Director – Josh LaForce
  • Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor – Sahara Ale 
  • Anna  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Vinny – Geoffrey Grier
  • Buckley Williams of FDF – Noah Masur

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