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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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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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What Big Tech Doesn’t Know [Act I]

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Strangers in a Strange Land.

Abby Alton and Ed Kowalski, the leaders of the Internet Giant Talking & Shopping, have come to Washington like castaways on a distant shore.  

They know that they have to build better relationships with the National Government.  

They have no idea how to do it.  None at all. 

And so they have hired consultants, the boutique group How We Manage Stuff, to help them in their perilous task.  Along the way they meet bureaucrats in love with their own voice, Congressional Aides in with political gossip, and interns in love with the mere image of leadership.  

So begins our tale.  The first seven episodes of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie – Rachel D’Fino, aide to Senator Stassen; Senator Christine Stassen; Evelyne of T&S
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Faith of Beva’s Place; Waiter; Female Aide
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of T&S
  • Ron Bianchi – The Ancient One; Waiter; Bashir, the Uber Driver
  • Geoffrey Grier – Fitz Morris of NTIA; Vinny of HWMS
  • Kit Kusenok – Ed Kowalski, CTO of T&S
  • Josh LaForce – Sulley Bowman, Director HWMS Washington Office
  • Noah Masur – Buckley Williams of Federation for Digital Future; Male Aide
  • Jake Minevich – Victor Numerov of T&S; Chad Dockerly of Technica Publica
  • Skippy – Maggy, the Fury
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf – Anna, once an Intern

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Today’s Special

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Swapping Gossip.  

A pair of old friends meeting for lunch.

What is Talking and Shopping trying to do in DC?  Is Big Tech vulnerable?  Is there some agenda that they don’t see?

And then there is the reporter.  Did I mention the reporter?

What they do see is a little meeting between congressional aides, aides sho are in love, just not with each other.  

The senior leadership of the  Internet firm Talking and Shopping starts to encounter the politics of Washington DC.   

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

Cast:

  • Waiter – Ron Bianchi
  • Morris Fitz, Department of Commercial Official – Geoffrey Grier
  • Rachel D’Fino, Chief of Staff to Senator Stassen – Margaux Ami
  • Chad Dockerly, Publisher/Reporter Technica PublicaJake Minevich
  • Young Female Aide – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Young Male Aide – Noah Masur
  • Maggie, the Fury – Skippy

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Squirrel Dog

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You’d think they’d be on the same side.

Wouldn’t that be obvious?

But the CTO has arrived in Washington and things that he should be the center, the center of attention.  

But that was never the plan.

And not only will he have to convince his boss, he’s going to have to convince her Wolfhound, Maggy the Fury.

And you’d think they’d be on the same side.  

 

The senior leadership of the  Internet firm Talking and Shopping starts to encounter the politics of Washington DC.   

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

 

Cast:

  • Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor – Sahara Ale
  • Ed Kowalski, CTO of Talking and Shopping – Kit Kuksenok
  • Victor, Assistant to Abby Alton – Jake Minevich
  • Abbe Alton, CEO of T&S – Debbon Ayer
  • Maggie, the Fury – Skippy

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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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