NCR Chapter Networking Meeting – 2014-09-17

Location: NCR – Le Salon, National Arts Centre

Subject:  “The Shifting Sands of Excellence – knowing when good, is good enough

Presentation: Click here to view.

Registrants and “walk-ins”: 36

Speaker: Thom Kearney, Co-Founder of GCpedia.

Known as a provocateur, change agent and team problem solver, Thom has more than 25 years of industry experience in the advertising, communications, education, and consulting realms. As a pioneer of social media, Thom was the executive in charge of bringing the government of Canada’s internal wiki, GCpedia to life.  Under Thom’s strategic direction, GCpedia and its companion GCconnex, enabled sharing and new collaborative behaviours for thousands of public servants. The GCpedia experience convinced him that open really is better, and today he is leading the public consultations on Canada’s Second Action Plan on Open Government. 


Thom provided a mini-workshop, inviting attendees to work with him to review three questions he shared with those present and to offer suggested answers. The questions will be found in his presentation and the results of the workshop can be found by clicking here. He also spent some time providing examples where industry had demonstrated it is often good enough to produce equipment systems that are then updated to reflect added experience in the marketplace. One example is a Mitel product that is included in Thom’s presentation.

The feedback from attendees indicated strong interest in the subject and the feeling that Thom had made a good presentation that allowed everyone to leave with a better sense of how to know when good is good enough.

(Photo by Don Wilson)