To: John

An archive of the first few lines from Today’s Open Memo,
which appears on the right rail of our blog.

To: John Fahey, CEO of NGS
Fr: Your friends @ Society Matters
Date: 6-August-2009

Hi John:

What do you think we gain—and lose—by presenting those Lipton tea promotional videos as NG content? We’d love to hear your thoughts. … To see our growing list of new ideas…

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18-July-2009

Our Society spoke out loudly & forcefully about the execution of the Virunga gorillas. What do we plan to say about the execution of Natalia Estemirova? Put another way: What Would Bono Do? We’d love to hear your thoughts. … To see our growing list of new ideas…

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13-July-2009

Where would you rather live? In Gabon, where ten percent of the country was recently set aside as national parkland—thanks partly to our Society? Or in the United States, where less than four percent of the land is part of the national park system? We’d love to hear your thoughts. … To see our growing list of new ideas…

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10-July-2009

Something to get your weekend off to a running start—a new post featuring Bono, BB King, and the Lorax. (The three of them ought to tour together, don’t you think?) … To see our growing list of new ideas…

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5-July-2009

Hope you had a happy 4th of July. The holiday inspired our most recent posts—Remembering Who We Are and Our ‘Remarkable Story’. Do you think National Geographic has become a different sort of magazine as our Society has morphed into a global media company? …. To see our growing list of new ideas…

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1-July-2009

Just read a wonderful quote from the 2009 Personal Democracy Forum: “Transparency is the new objectivity.” Is transparency a goal for the Society?…. To see our growing list of new ideas…

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26-June-2009

Did I mention that I recently had lunch with Bob Garfield—AdAge columnist & co-host of NPR’s On The Media? He was interested in Society Matters, I was interested in his upcoming book (The Chaos Scenario), and we were both interested in eating. BTW: Bulk orders of his book get a discount. Might make good reading for the entire NGS staff. … To see our growing list of new ideas…

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25-June-2009

Did you see the quote from Sang Kim a few days ago? It’d make a good screen saver: “Yesterday, you were a magazine. Today, you’re a club.”…To see our growing list of new ideas…

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24-June-2009

A reader pointed out that the NGS online archive goes back to only 2005 (at left). Why such a thin offering when the available content runs so deep? … To see our growing list of new ideas…

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20-June-2009

Have you ever met Bill Garrett, former NGM editor? We finally did. Fascinating guy. A video greeting from Bill—coming soon. To see our growing list of new ideas…

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(I didn’t bother to make copies of my first few Open Memos to John. Missed just two or three of them.)

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