General Manager/Senior Consultant
I am a seasoned public-sector professional with exceptional communications, project management and business continuity skills.
My first career was as an intelligence officer with the US Air Force. I also have a background in journalism, working at various daily and community newspapers across Canada, and professional communications, building engagement at numerous public-sector organizations, including local governments, school boards and destination marketing organizations.
I own and operate several media companies, including StarNorth Public-Sector Services, through which I manage the delivery of communications, privacy and continuity planning support to local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations.
I live in Osoyoos, BC, with my wife Tracey and a very special seven-year-old boy.
Responsible Social Media and Networking
- Local Bubbles, Social Networking, Social Media
The building awareness and consensus that online social networking platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are not so much a means for users to freely engage with family, friends, neighbours and, indeed, anyone else but more so data-mining resources for large corporations and thought manipulation should give pause to local governments thinking of or currently using the platforms to engage their constituents.
The role of government is to coordinate resources, mobilize to achieve common interests and goals and otherwise provide for the collective good of constituents. Not listed among its responsibilities and obligations is offering up its citizenry as fodder for online marketing efforts.
In other words, government should do no harm.
Fortunately, there are other options available for local governments to construct online social networking resources that allow for dissemination of information and discussion among constituents in a user-friendly secure environment.
- #local bubbles
- #social networking
- #social media
Services I provide
Issues Management. Media Relations — Inspired navigation for your organization.
Continuity support to ensure your organization doesn’t falter amid adversity and disruption.
Web and Social Media
Connecting your organization responsibly and efficiently