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Rob Cottingham
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"We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves. We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better."
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I'm trying to handle my outrage over the Edward Snowden situation with a light touch. I hope I've hit the right balance (if a dark one).
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Thanks, Stephen!
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Sorry... but the world needs to know! (The full post, including my pitch for the movie adaptation, is at http://www.robcottingham.ca/cartoon/archive/itty-bitcoin/.)  #cartoon   #bitcoin  
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Submitted for your consideration: my red carpet #oscars2014 cartoon. http://www.robcottingham.ca/cartoon/archive/wearing-okay-version/
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"The hardest thing to predict is discontinuity — a break from the patterns of today. But I think America is in for discontinuity. Something is going to happen to change this awful game we are playing."

Here's hoping.
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Hope the media company's going gangbusters, Linus!
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"Sixty-five years ago, this vision was laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today, we can’t achieve it without an open, universal Web. That’s why the Web We Want campaign is demanding an internet bill of rights for every country."
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Interesting, I do some work with the Internet Society and they have very similar goals: http://www.internetsociety.org
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Hey,  #SXSW  amigas and amigos! How's that rain treating you? How are the lineups? Have a cartoon. http://www.robcottingham.ca/cartoon/archive/sxsw-w-stands-wait-line-get/
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"Years from now, as I enter my doddering years, I plan to go on at length about how you used to have to wait a week to find out what happened next, and what reruns were, and how you if you missed an episode of something with a long arc, boy, were you screwed. And how we couldn’t rewind or fast-forward. And how we all basically lived like bonobos, flinging feces at each other and picking fleas out of our fur while we watched Barney Miller." (From the full post, at http://www.robcottingham.ca/cartoon/archive/broadcasting-speak.)
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Just after Riker gave the command, "Fire."
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A while ago, I reached an impasse during a coaching session when it suddenly dawned on me that the advice I was getting - especially about setting doubts aside - might well have been great for me, but would have been catastrophic for, say, Hitler.

The latest +Dinosaur Comics installment makes that point about inspirational quotations, when Dromiceiomimus objects to "any inspirational quote that could apply perfectly well to oh I don't know ADOLF HITLER??"

I wrestle with this question, trying to balance the need for humility with the daily necessity of confidence. Yeats warned years ago that "The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity." It's pretty easy to cherry-pick the passionate "worst" from the smorgasbord of people who disagree with you, of course (hi, FOX News!), and it's hard to imagine any authoritarian monster's desk being littered with affirmations and kitten posters.

Openness to the possibility that you are wrong without letting it become debilitating self-doubt isn't an easy balance to strike, especially if there's a din of voices disagreeing with you. Affirmations and inspirational quotations don't usually lend themselves to the hard work of moving forward while embracing uncertainty, but it's the only way we can keep ourselves honest and effective.
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Ottawa, ON - Toronto, ON - Hamilton, ON - Thunder Bay, ON - Buffalo, NY - Lynden, ON - Jerseyville, ON - Victoria, BC - Burlington, ON
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Social media strategist, speechwriter, humorist and speaker. I draw cartoons you might enjoy.
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Rob Cottingham is the co-founder and a principal of Social Signal. He is a digital veteran, with more than 20 years experience helping organizations with communication, engagement and strategy in both the online and offline worlds.

Rob is Canada's leading progressive speechwriter. And he's also a pioneer in online campaigning and communication, creating one of the first youth-centered anti-tobacco web sites, Canada's first national party leadership campaign site and the first-ever online political game. His projects have ranged from Vancity's Webby-nominated ChangeEverything.ca to BC Hydro's Power the Games application on Facebook.

Rob is a frequent speaker and workshop leader on social media, for audiences ranging from the Canadian Marketing Association to the Conference Board of Canada to NetSquared. A standup comic, Rob also draws the popular Noise to Signal webcomic, which has appeared on such sites as ReadWriteWeb and the Huffington Post.
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  • Carleton University
  • University of Ottawa
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Full disclosure: I'm a friend of one of the owners. But now I'm also a fan. Madeline and her husband Scott have created 11 wonderfully decorated cabins, each with its own distinctive theme and all with an incredible eye for detail. With too many places, "funky" turns out to mean a jumble of random, mismatched kitsch. But here, it means the items in each cabin have been playfully but painstakingly sourced to create the perfect effect – from a cabin for crafters and creators, to another for explorers, birders and stargazers, and still another (the one we stayed in) that romantically celebrates the courtship of Madeline's parents, William and Mildred. And we didn't have to trade comfort for coolness. Between the jets of the soaker tub in our cabin, the kitchenette, the remote-controlled gas fireplaces in each room (one for us, one for the kids) and the west-facing barbecue-and-briquette-equipped deck perfect for watching the sun set over the Pacific, we were sorely tempted to forego the shops of Mendocino and the tidal pools on Glass Beach, and just hang out for our whole stay. That was doubly appealing to our kids, who were thrilled by the Andiron's two resident goats (Peanut Butter and Jelly), the extensive collection of vintage board games, the flocks of woodpeckers and other gorgeous birds that sweep through the property, and the morning all-you-can-spread toast bar. For their parents, the five o'clock happy hour on weekends, pairing delicious food (fondue one night, tamales and quesadillas the next) with local beer and wine – not to mention warm, welcoming conversation with Madeleine and Scott and the other guests – will remain one of the highlights of our holiday. There's no cell phone service along this stretch of Highway 1, but between free WiFi, in-room phones and a pay phone at the inn's office, we were easily able to keep in touch as much as we needed... and as little as we wanted. Oh, and there's a nice, big hot tub. And an extensive DVD library. And a geocaching kit. And a coffeemaker in our cabin with pre-ground coffee *and* beans and a grinder. We loved it.
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It was hard to imagine Vancouver's Best Coffee being replaced by something even better. Live and learn!
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