Bernie Mayer- I wanted to start with some thoughts about The Hunger Games. This publishing and cinematographic event may not quite be the new Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings phenomenon, but it is still pretty huge, particularly among pre teen and teenage girls. Almost despite my best intentions, I found myself swept up in this cultural epic, and so did Noam.
Noam saw the movie, but has not read the book (his 15 year old daughter took him). I have read the books, but have not seen the movie. The reason I read is that my 13 year old step-daughter told me I had to read the first book before she took me to the movie (I am waiting), and once I read this one, I couldn’t stop until I read all three.
Tom A. Kosakowski- In its latest issue, the peer-reviewed journal of the International Ombudsman Association takes up one of the central ethical standards for Organizational Ombuds: Informality. Journal Editor David Miller explains,
In my experience as an Organizational Ombudsman, Informality is the hardest [Standard of Practice] to grasp operationally, unless it is explicated as a contrast with related professions, or in terms of our non-engagement with formal processes. But, of course, there is so much more to Informality than that. And that is why this Volume of the JIOA focuses on it.
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