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How to explain the healthcare debate on a napkin

Dan Roam’s ability to communicate complex topics through pictures has always fascinated me.  The Back of the Napkin is one of my favorite books, and has been an invaluable help for me in communicating ideas and problem solving in our association.

Dan is now tackling the hardest part of health care/insurance reform:  How to explain it for America.  No small task – but I think his efforts are highly commendable.  No matter what your political affiliations or personal opinions may be, Dan’s illustrations are a great lesson in brevity and clarity.  His original post contains background information and guiding notes (make sure to read the comments for some great insight and differing opinions).  For convenience, his slideshare is embedded below.

What are your thoughts on the following?

  • How have the white house AND opposition groups not picked up on this concept to help their own PR efforts?
  • Instead of releasing an 1,100 page document for interpretation, wouldn’t a summary through visual keys and stats be easier and more effective?
  • What’s missing from Dan’s summary?

NAME THIS BLOG (no, really…)

help wanted

When I started our family blog, naming it was easy.  But trying to name this blog is much harder than I anticipated. (see the working titles on the poll below for verification.)  Figured it would easier to crowdsource the project, and see what becomes of it.  If Best Buy’s CMO can ask everyone to participate in writing a job description for them, surely we can create a decent name for this space, eh?


  • We are constantly trying to justify the use of twitter and other social media channels for our association – and a simple exercise/example like this would be some extra ammo to use.
  • This blog is kind of like my own experimental playground.  Why not have some fun with it?
  • Other people’s ideas are always frequently often usually better than my own.
  • It’s Friday, and hopefully a few of you out there are looking for a time-kill or distraction from the end of week wrap-up work!

Topics/Themes to be covered from time to time:

  • Association Management
  • Marketing
  • Why Will Ferrell is the Funniest Man on the Planet
  • Social Media Trends
  • Sports
  • “The Office”
  • Pop Culture Potpourri
  • Work/Life Balance (not my advice, just exploring this mythical concept…)

Thinking about the channels and entry points to this site, content shortened URLs, retweets and emails will be the primary vehicles for traffic.  At least a dozen people will see it… Then again, maybe there will be a surge in folks searching google for “random blog, topic undefined.”



5 Things About Me

  1. Journey is the greatest band ever. That has nothing to do with this blog, but still felt it necessary to state.JourneyRevelationCover
  2. I’m a social media junkie – love seeing the landscape change hourly, and all that it allows us to do collectively.  And its an awesome distraction/time-kill.

    *photo by The Despair, Inc.

    *photo by The Despair, Inc.

  3. I’m a young association professional, father, husband, soccer player, coach, and fanatic. Oddly, on some level  each one of these hats compliment the others.olympic circle
  4. Knowledge is power. The neverending quest for knowledge is wisdom. Is that a real quote?  Does it make sense? It sounds like something Dwight would say on “The Office.”  What I’m trying to say is I like to learn and reinvent constantly.


5.  I started this blog to contribute on some level. Felt bad about leaching off all the great posts, information, and discussions going on.  We’ll see how it goes.

photo by Abundance Highway

photo by Abundance Highway