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Rob Cottingham
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Today's cartoon is the first in a series drawn for The Business of Podcasting — a new book by +Donna Papacosta and +Steve Lubetkin. (Check it out at http://thebusinessofpodcasting.com!)

So you can thank Donna and Steve for the next eight weeks of podcasting cartoons. :)
Here’s the first in a series of eight cartoons from the fab new podcasting book, The Business of Podcasting by Donna Papacosta and Steve Lubetkin. (You’ll find a new one here every Monday for the next eight weeks.) Whether you’re a podcasting veteran hoping to channel your passion into an income, or a newbie to… Continue reading The Business of Podcasting #1: Storytime
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There may be such a thing as too artisanal. #coffee
 
Powered by +Java. #coffee  
And I thought Vancouver was obsessed by coffee. This summer, my family spent two weeks in San Francisco, where java-worship has reached levels anthropologists might want to start examining. (So might cult researchers.) About the only thing poised to knock the mighty bean off its perch down there is kombucha, which seems to be what… Continue reading You must enable java to proceed
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When the UK Health Secretary accused NHS doctors of having a "Monday to Friday culture," they responded with the ‪#‎ImInWorkJeremy‬ selfie campaign. And 125,000+ tweets later, they made it abundantly clear: they're at work on the weekend, and they care about patients. Here are seven lessons you can use to be ready the next time you have an opportunity to mobilize your members.
Your members can help you make the most of your next social media communications opportunity - Accused of laziness by the Health Secretary, UK doctors responded with a Twitter tsunami. Their success offers seven key lessons from their success that you can put to work the next time an opportunity rears its head.
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My latest cartoon! It's all about Vancouver's somewhat dessicated future. #water #drought  
Locals who have the good sense to use their grey water or captured rain water to keep their gardens green and lush may have to post a sign explaining their environmentally savvy system to watering vigilantes.Green vegetation is not necessarily the result of treated drinking water from one of our depleted reservoirs; it could — and in many cases sho
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Happy 25th birthday, +Electronic Frontier Foundation! Here's to many more years of defending our rights online. https://supporters.eff.org/donate/thanks/25-years-strong-because-supporters-you
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I'm going to tl;dr my own blog post here: if you're writing a speech and having trouble getting started, it may be a sign you actually need to start at the end. What do you want your audience to do? What should they feel and believe to convince them to do that?

Think about how you get them from where they are now to where you want them to be, and what little shove can start them on that journey. That shove is the start of your speech. #speechwriting #publicspeaking  
So many speeches don’t (…dammit...) Whenever I find myself repeatedly writing, deleting and re-writing the first lines of s (…augh...) The Oxford English Dictionary defin (hell, no.) Ever find your...
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Sooo... if +IFTTT ran for president, who would be its running mate?
As long as algorithms are going to run our lives, we might as well have a chance to vote for the damn things. And if that sounds like hyperbole, consider how much time you spend on, say, Facebook. And the fact that what you can and can’t see in your newsfeed is governed by an… Continue reading IFTTT 2016!
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There were amazing applications for teams and cities to host the inaugural WordCamp US, a concept originally floated at the State of the Word last year. It was very hard to make a choice, but can now announce that the birthplace of the United States,…
There were amazing applications for teams and cities to host the inaugural WordCamp US, a concept originally floated at the State of the Word last year. It was very hard to make a choice, but can n...
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Wondering what #drought  restrictions will be next in #Vancouver ? My cartoon in  +The Vancouver Observer has the answers!
Locals who have the good sense to use their grey water or captured rain water to keep their gardens green and lush may have to post a sign explaining their environmentally savvy system to watering vigilantes.Green vegetation is not necessarily the result of treated drinking water from one of our depleted reservoirs; it could — and in many cases sho
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+Rob Cottingham Thanks. I'm just hoping winter will help this year.
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I've been excited at the sheer audacity of the New Horizons undertaking, and the abstract thought that we'd actually reached Pluto. But this photo made me stop to catch my breath: this really is going to change our understanding of that world, and probably in ways large or subtle, of the Solar System.
 
Frozen plains in the heart of Pluto’s ‘heart’ discovered by our New Horizons spacecraft! A new close-up image of Pluto reveals a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes. This frozen region is north of Pluto’s icy mountains, in the center-left of the heart feature. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1Lr6oID #PlutoFlyby
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Today's cartoon is about the difference between "personal" and "personalized." (Props to +Scott Stratten for inspiring this one!)
There’s a difference between “personal” and “personalized.” Those of us in communications have a habit of throwing around terms like “engagement,” “conversation” and “relationship” – when what we really mean is “clicks and Likes,” “getting bombarded with our bumpf” and “database record.”  We should stop, unless we’re willing to put the work into backing up… Continue reading %CARTOONFILENAME%
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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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  • 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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