11.06.12 Your Morning Buzz

Pundit accountability: The official 2012 election prediction thread



20 cities make cut in NYC mayor’s $9M contest – In a big-city mayor’s bid to spur colleagues to think boldly around the country, 20 cities from Chicago to Springfield, Ore., are finalists in a $9 million urban-innovation contest created by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Power Outlets for the People  – Thanks to Sandy, New Yorkers have created an informal network of public phone-charging stations. But why did they have to?

Sean Robbins balances life, work, play – In August 2011, Sean Robbins became chief executive of Greater Portland Inc., a public-private partnership focused on increasing the vitality of the Portland-Vancouver region. Before moving to Portland, Robbins was the executive VP of Thrive, another public-private partnership in Madison, Wis.

Will Cities Be Ready for the Next Sandy? We’re not the only ones to notice that severe weather seems much more commonplace than it did decades ago. Droughts, floods and storms have always been with us, of course, but more intermittent and spotty then than now, or so it sure seems. Scientists say we had best get used to it.

The Most Popular Excuses Americans Give For Not Voting – There are many reasons not to vote, even though you totally should. Here are the most common (via Brad Plumer and Kay Steiger).

The Fiscal Cliff

Inside Portlandia

Outside Portlandia

Get Involved

ELGL Forum with Ken Allen, Oregon AFSCME Exec. Dir. – Please join us on November 14, 2012 for an ELGL brown bag lunch with Ken Allen, Executive Director of Oregon AFSCME Council 75. Mr. Allen will discuss the challenges facing local governments and their employees from the union perspective. Oregon AFSCME Council 75, represents 140 local unions throughout Oregon.

County invites public to view new Fanno Creek Bridge design – The open house, set for Wednesday, Nov. 7, is from 5 to 7 p.m. at Montclair Elementary School on a drop-in basis.

Join Opt In, Metro’s online opinion panel -Learn about Metro’s online opinion panel – a new way to share your views and help shape the future of the region.

The Workplace 

Study: Employees Want Employers to Talk Politics – Employers are increasingly talking about politics with their employees. In fact, since we began our outreach and monitoring, we have seen a fourfold increase in employer-to-employee political communications, from 5% of the private workforce hearing from their employer about politics in 2000 to over 20% in 2008.

10 easy ways to network in the real world – Linkedin, Facebook, and other social networking tools are fine, but they don’t do the work for you.

How to Fire Someone – Some ways to avoid making a bad situation even worse.

Marissa Mayer Will “Talk About Where She Is Taking Yahoo” in First Media Interview Since Becoming CEO – Marissa Mayer — the typically press-loving Silicon Valley exec who has avoided much media interaction since she took over as CEO of Yahoo — will be doing her first sit-down interview at the end of the month at a Fortune magazine event.

6 Secrets of How Successful Women Lead – Two authors look beyond the stereotypes to examine the research-based evidence about the leadership traits women possess. (Psst: They lead straight to success.)

Where You Sit Determines What You See – Depending on how you look at it, you’ll see the silhouette of two faces or a vase. It’s a classic illusion that psychologists use to demonstrate that all of us have biases that influence how we interpret events. To some extent we see what we unconsciously want to see.


The Social Network

How to Host a Twitter Town Hall – Getting attendees to your traditional public meeting is sometimes tough to do, so let’s take it up a notch and host a Twitter Town Hall.

Instagram Will Now Put Your Photos On The Web, Meaning A Little Less Privacy Through Obscurity – Up until now, Instagram has been a “mobile device-only” experience.

On social media, fakery muddies political discussion – Dawn Berkley appears to be a passionate, young female Mitt Romney supporter from La Crosse, Wis., a key battleground state.  Her Twitter and Facebook pages are jammed with anti-Democratic Party talking points like this: “The Democrats have a good cheat machine in Minnesota. Look how Al Franken “won.”

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