That President Obama has appointed Edward Tufte “to the independent panel that advises the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (i.e., the team of inspectors general who track how stimulus funds are spent)” may not seem like a big deal. But if they listen to him, it could make a big difference in how organizations communicate in general. That may seem like hyperbole, but many companies and organizations looked at how Obama ran his election campaign in 2008 and the tools and technologies and approaches he used, and made that a model for how they themselves should use these things. With any luck, the work Tufte does could be another model for people to use. Here’s hoping!
For more on this, see this good post: How Legendary Information Designer Edward Tufte Can Help Obama Govern from The Gaggle Blog at Newsweek.com.