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Big Tech: 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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Big Tech: A Pillar of Fire By Day

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There’s a reason. 

A senatorial aide who seems inept at social media?

There’s a reason. 

A trade association director who seems to be speaking in tongues?

There’s a reason.  

An administrative assistant who has a little too much data about you, about your roommate, and about the stain on the carpet floor?

There’s certain a reason for that.

The senior leadership of the  Internet firm Talking and Shopping arrives in Washington DC to see how much or how little they understand about national politics.  

There certainly is a reason for this.  

Fifth 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
  • Buckley Williams of FDF – Noah Masur
  • Rachel D’Fino, Assistant to Senator Stassen – Margaux Amie
  • Roger, Social Media Expert – Ron Bianchi
  • Victor, Assistant to Abby Alton – Jake Minevich
  • Abbe Alton, CEO of T&S – Debbon Ayer

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Big Tech: 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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Big Tech: 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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Big Tech: 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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We Read It: The Great Convergence

hwms.coverart  Globalization.  It seems to be a term  of another era.  Simpler.  Less chaotic.  Quieter, perhaps.  Civil, if that remains a relevant concept. In this episode, we return to that idea as part of our recurring series “We Read It So You Don’t Have To.”  Specifically, we look at the role of technology in linking national economies together.  Our intrepid reviewing team considers The Great Convergence by Richard Baldwin. Cast:
  • Penelope Othmar, Principle of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School of Disruptive Innovation   –  Debbon Ayer
  • Sulley from PR & Policy  – Josh LaForce
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Climbing the Corporate Ladder

hwms.coverart Boards. Why do you need them? Just they don’t get in the way? The podcast How We Manage Stuff will soon start a new series that deals with technology, organizations and governance in a effort to help you understand how to bring new ideas to market. Cast Member Zoe Anastassiou and Geoffrey Grier Cast:
  • Maddie the Entrepreneur / Herself – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny the CTO / Himself – Geoffrey Grier
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Managing for a Good Lunch

hwms.coverart What’s the best way to manage technology? Build a strong, highly structured organization? Or do you just build a market and let the laws of supply and demand decide? Our staff meets at a farmer’s market near the Washington Office to decide just such questions.  The answer, it turns out, involves Task Rabbits, a subway pass, and an order of Home-Made Potato Chips Featuring:
    • Debbon Ayer as Penelope Othmar, Principal of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School
    • Josh LaForce as Sullivan from Policy and PR
    • Ron Bianchi as Bix, the Master Scrum Master
    • Zoe Anastassiou as the impatient Customer
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