There’s more to strategy than having a shelf full of binders labeled “Strategy [Insert Year].” That’s what this week’s guest, Matt Homann from Filament, tells us. Matt’s influence in the legal market goes back a couple of decades, and he’s been a voice in the blogging sphere for a number of years. At Filament, he works with legal, as well as other industries (like the St. Louis Cardinals) to help leaders better relate and guide their organizations. As he puts it, “we help smart people think together better.” Matt believes that the way we tell our stories will help people join in on the overall efforts and strategies of the organization. It’s easy to tell our stories to like-minded people, but we also have to tell (and sell) our story to those who are opposed to the strategies. More importantly, we have to reach those in the middle, who could go either way. If you convince that 50-80% of people willing to join you if you give them the right motivation, it can change the entire momentum of your organization’s efforts. (5:25 Mark)
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We flip this week’s episode and try something new. Our information inspirations segment will come after the interview. Let us know (@gebauerm or @glambert or call 713-487-7270) and let us know if you like or hate this new setup.
Why isn’t data privacy a bigger deal?
There’s a great episode of Make Me Smart which discusses Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. That section is responsible for the social media and overall Internet that we have today. What caught Greg’s ear on this show was that co-host, Molly Wood, went on an absolute rant about how private and government entities are still not taking our privacy data as seriously as they should. Just this week there was a breach at US Customs where facial recognition data was hacked. With things like DNA databases, and other personal data out there in unsecured databases, and with penalties being relatively light, Molly was not a happy camper. (36:32 Mark)
Are states stepping up for consumer information?
Marlene points out that while California’s Consumer Privacy Act starts in 2020, Nevada has leaped ahead with their own privacy laws. Even New York is looking to join the list of states requiring more protection of consumer data. Is the path to protection going to be through individual state laws? (38:26 Mark)
Marlene contributes to Casetext’s special report
Casetext has released a new special report called “Evaluating and Adopting Legal Technology in 2019.” Our very own Marlene Gebauer is a contributor to the report. You can download it for free. (39:30 Mark)
Follow your passions
While being a legal information professional might be Greg and Marlene’s professional passion, librarians might find that there are other ways to make a living that fits there own passions. Lynn Hickernell is such a person who left librarianship behind to become a singer/songwriter. She tours the country, has CDs and music videos, and even a podcast which focuses in on music for children. It’s great to talk with people who have found their passion and even may re-inspire you to remember why you love what you are doing as well. (40:37 Mark)