Author: Rebecca Woodbury

The Future is Blockchain (and the Future Is Now)

Estonia is not only mostly female and the world’s least religious country, it’s also the most advanced digital society in the world. Today, almost all government services in Estonia are digital and can be accessed through secure digital identities. They’ve done this through X-Road–a secure, standardized and decentralized infrastructure that allows for multiple information systems … Continued

Blockchains and Bitcoins

If you don’t know what blockchain is, how it works, and its potential, you should start learning about it now. Many know it as the technology behind cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin. But it can also be applied to various other kinds of transactions and services through decentralized, distributed and secure ledgers used for continuous recordkeeping. … Continued

I Hate Email

About 6-7 years ago I was hanging out with my neighbor, talking about the future. He said that within a couple of years email was no longer going to be our primary way of communicating. I couldn’t imagine it. Right now I have 242 unread messages in my unruly inbox. It’s a good day when … Continued

Love, Hate, Fear and Your Career

I recently had my annual evaluation. I’m going on my ninth year at the City of San Rafael; in 2009 I started as an intern and have enjoyed a nice, steady career path. I’ve had the pleasure of learning from wonderful mentors and Im fortunate to have always felt supported by people who care about … Continued

Mutual Aid for Government Websites during a Disaster

By Rebecca Woodbury & Talia Smith, City of San Rafael When a major disaster strikes a region, they need help in more ways than one. After an unprecedented number of wildfires recently broke out in neighboring counties to the north, our jurisdiction, the City of San Rafael, immediately sent our first responders to help fight the fires and … Continued

Serving My Hometown During Unprecedented Times

One week ago I woke up to a 6 a.m. phone call from my parent’s landline. My brother told me the hillside up above our parents home was on fire. On Sunday, October 9, a series of wildfires broke out across the state of California, some of them starting in the dead of night. Fires … Continued

Serving My Hometown During Unprecedented Times

By Rebecca Woodbury, City of San Rafael, CA One week ago I woke up to a 6 a.m. phone call from my parent’s landline. My brother told me the hillside up above our parents home was on fire. On Sunday, October 9, a series of wildfires broke out across the state of California, some of … Continued

Top 10 Most Fun Cities – Scientifically Ranked

I’m always getting emails from companies about how San Rafael made some weird, cheesy list. In today’s Morning Buzz I’m going to breakdown WalletHub’s latest research on “fun” cities. First, their methodology. They were looking for fun, but cost-effective. They looked at America’s 150 largest cities and ranked them based on 58 metrics, such as … Continued

The Amazon HQ2 Buzz

Today’s Morning Buzz is about the buzz around Amazon HQ2. Earlier this month, Amazon released an RFP for establishing a second corporate headquarters. Economic Development directors across the country immediately started salivating. The RFP describes the project to include hiring up to 50,000 employees with an average annual total compensation exceeding one hundred thousand dollars … Continued

Things in Public Spaces that Make Me Smile

If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places. – Fred Kent Public space matters. We all know that. It’s our business! I’m heading on vacation to Stockholm and Prague, two of my favorite places for seeing “cool stuff … Continued

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