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John Kotter (@JohnPKotter) is one of the most respected thinkers on the topics of leadership and change. He is professor emeritus at the Harvard Business School, a widely-read author, and the founder of Kotter International, a management consulting firm. Many of you might know his book Leading Change, which is a classic on the topic and describes e…
 
Idaho’s Office of Performance Evaluations (OPE) was created in 1994 and is a nonpartisan, independent office that serves the Idaho legislature by conducting evaluations of state agencies and programs, as well as studies of key policy issues. With its staff of seven evaluators, plus its director, OPE’s mission is to promote confidence and accountabi…
 
A logic model is a detailed visual representation of an organization or program that expresses the organization’s theory of change. It’s useful for getting a clear and shared understanding of how an office, division, program or initiative works. But what important questions should an organization ask once its created a logic model? To find out, we’…
 
What leads decision makers to decide to implement or scale up a program? Research evidence may be one factor, but, as we know, lots of other factors can play in as well. Three of those factors are what are called cognitive biases, including: confirmation bias status quo bias bandwagon bias Understanding those biases — which have been well-researche…
 
Tennessee’s Office of Evidence and Impact was created in 2019 by Governor Bill Lee. The office works with the Governor’s office and with Tennessee’s executive agencies to use data and evidence to help decision makers invest in programs that work for Tennesseans. To learn more about the office’s work and what lessons it provides for other states, we…
 
A new policy brief examines the research evidence behind tutoring and what design principles for tutoring have shown to be important for boosting K-12 student achievement. The report is titled Accelerating Student Learning with High-Dosage Tutoring. It’s coauthored by Dr. Carly Robinson, Dr. Matthew Kraft and Dr. Susanna Loeb of the Annenberg Insti…
 
Governments at all levels are increasingly using research findings from behavioral economics and other behavioral sciences to improve program and agency outcomes. These interventions and program changes draw on how people process information and make decisions and can often be implemented quickly and at little cost. One way to help support the use …
 
What evidence-based strategies can you use to more effectively craft communications with practical purposes, so that busy people respond and take needed action? We get insights from Dr. Todd Rogers (@Todd_Rogers_), a behavioral scientist and professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. His work applies behavioral science insights and m…
 
The California Policy Lab (@CAPolicyLab) was launched in January 2017 with a mission to create partnerships between researchers at two of California’s leading universities — UCLA and UC Berkeley — and California’s state and local government agencies. The goal: to generate scientific evidence that solves California’s most urgent problems, including …
 
How can public agencies build credible evidence about what works to help move the needle on important social policy challenges? It’s often a multi-step, iterative process. A good example is the efforts across the past two administrations by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – in particular, their efforts to help support pub…
 
The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (Evidence Act) was enacted in early 2019 and has led a wide range of federal agencies to take new steps in building and using evidence, including developing learning agendas. The Act, however, didn’t come with new funding, so resources are likely a constraint in many agencies in doing this type of…
 
North Carolina’s Office of Strategic Partnerships was launched at the end of 2018 under Governor Roy Cooper with a mission to enhance partnerships between state government and North Carolina’s research and philanthropic sectors. As its website notes, “This includes elevating the State’s internal capacity to use and generate evidence in its policy a…
 
The State of Colorado under the previous Governor, John Hickenlooper, had a multifaceted performance-improvement strategy that included performance management, operational improvements and talent development, among other elements. That work continues today under current Governor Jared Polis. We look back at the previous administration to draw lesso…
 
In King County, Washington, under Executive Dow Constantine and the County Council, equity and social justice has been an important focus of the county’s work. That includes the launch in 2015 of an Office of Equity and Social Justice and the creation of its strategic plan, designed to help the county become a place where race and place are elimina…
 
The nonprofit Results for America has been an important advocate of — and catalyst for — evidence-based policy and decision making over the last decade. It recently released two new resources: The 2020 Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence (click to see the federal standard and the press release), as well as a similar What Works Stand…
 
Montgomery County, located just north of Washington D.C. is a leader in the use of performance management, including through its CountyStat initiative, drawing on the model of other PerformanceStat efforts. Its reputation for results-focused government continues today under County Executive Marc Elrich, who has been in that role since 2018. To lear…
 
Administrative data – in other words, big data produced by public agencies and programs – is a valuable tool for program evaluation, research and analysis that can help improve government performance and tackle our nation’s pressing challenges. How can we enable more qualified researchers and government program managers to security and more easily …
 
For Episode 2 of Our AMPLIFY Series (amplifying black voices, stories, and businesses in the cannabis industry) we interviewed Michael Brown the founder of Eternel Hemp. Michael started out as a computer programmer before getting into real estate. He saw an opportunity in vertical farming – and an even bigger opportunity for good in hemp. His goal …
 
What insights can public leaders gain from leading companies about building a culture of experimentation? To find out, we’re joined by Stefan Thomke, the author of the new book Experimentation Works: The Surprising Power of Business Experiments. Dr. Thomke is the William Barclay Harding Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business Schoo…
 
We were going to take a break in podcasting for the month of June - but after recent events we have decided to use our platform to amplify black voices and share black cannabusinesses. We are kicking off the new season with a Raffle for Last Prisoner Project, and organization dedicated to getting cannabis prisoners out and back into society. Enter …
 
Attracting a police force from diverse backgrounds is one important step in ensuring that citizens are well served by their police departments and have trust in the police. But what steps can police departments take that are effective in achieving that goal? The Behavioral Insights Team, in conjunction with the What Works Cities Initiative, set out…
 
Harry Sherwood, Founder of Consciously, takes us along on his journey through China living with monks and learning Tai Chi, to his time in meditation in an ashram in California. He walks us through the intense experience of an ayahuasca ceremony and what that felt like for him in over 15+ 'sits' with the medicine. He shares the connection of plant …
 
This week Casey Jones sat down with Dan Herrer, son of famed cannabis enthusiast and activist Jack Herer. Dan saw his father's voice growing silent after his passing, and decided to continue his message. Jack once said, “I'm not saying that hemp is going to save the world, but it's the only thing that can” - and his son Dan realized that this messa…
 
Curt Robbins is a technical cannabis writer It seems like every question we ever have about cannabis, Curt has an in-depth article on the subject. So we picked Curt's Brain about topics like Biohacking Using Cannabis, Cannabis For Athletic Recovery, Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and More! Learn more at https://maryjaneexperience.com/ Follow us on Social …
 
Its incredible how much has happened in the past one and half years. Not only have we reached episode 50 of The Mary Jane Experience, but we have written countless blogs, gone to loads of industry events, created our own event series, collaborated with many, and learned more than we could have ever expected. In our golden episode, we attempt to bri…
 
We ask everyone that comes on our podcast the same question, “What are your 1, 5, and 10-year cannabis industry predictions” and we often get interesting responses. Here are the predictions of three cannabis industry leaders: Charles McElroy, Founder of GoldLeaf Journals Ryan Brown, CEO of Native Roots Dispensary Dr. Michele Ross, Neuroscientist an…
 
Alia Volz grew up in San Francisco in the 70’s and 80’s with a mother famous for selling her pot brownies. Alia recounts her experiences and what she later learned about the political landscape in her new book Home Baked, My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco. She gave us a sneak peek into her life and what she wrote about in this new…
 
Dr. Lewis Jassey is a pediatrician who comes to us today, amidst this unprecedented health crisis in the world, with over 25 years of experience. He has run a practice of over 15,000 patients in the past, been on staff at 5 major hospitals, and has lectured nationally for pharmaceuticals and pharmacogenetics. He has appeared many times on national …
 
We sat down with fellow weed podcasters Mary Jane Gibson and Mike Glazer of Weed and Grub to talk about all things cannabis, food, comedy, quarantine names (The Spaghettio Warrior and The Toast Tucker), and more. Stay entertained while stuck inside with this completely different style of podcast episode! We would love to hear what you think! Learn …
 
Dr. Ellen Wiebe focuses her work on Abortions and Assisted Dying, procedures that she says are very similar in that they are basic human rights that people are denied access to. Through her work and research she has done some incredible work for women and is globally renowned for killing off sexual health myths with science. A lot of her research i…
 
Greg Landorf was addicted to oxycodone and eventually heroin. His life was a mess, getting arrested, selling drugs, and getting into dangerous situations. He recognized that he needed to get clean - and decided to try and use psychedelics to get off the harder drugs. Greg tells us his story from start to finish in this fascinating episode. Now that…
 
This week we interviewed Violet Cavendish of Marijuana Policy Project - a company that has been fighting for cannabis legalization in the US for 25 years. She shared her knowledge on where we are as a country with legalization and decriminalization, what the law changing process looks like, states most likely to legalize next, and how anyone (even …
 
For this Episode we interviewed Native Roots COO, Beth Kotarba to talk about sustainability in the cannabis industry today. We cover everything from regulations that make sustainability a challenge, best farming and cultivation practices, how to be a smart consumer, and more. Read the episode transcript here >>> Watch the live interview on Youtube …
 
In the first installment of our weekly update, we talk about the week in cannabis and what is happening out there in the time of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Also, we take a brief look at what people are doing to weather the storm and how that might affect the future of legal Cannabis in America.Strawberry Sequoia and Casey Jones による
 
For this episode we interviewed Eleanor Kuntz, PhD, the Chief Executive Officer of LeafWorks. She has a B.A. degree in Biology with a focus in Botany from Smith College and a PhD in Genetics from the University of Georgia. She is a trained herbalist, attending the Sage Mountain School of Herbal Studies under the mentorship of the "Godmother of mode…
 
The Coronavirus Pandemic has now seriously affected every industry - including cannabis. So on today’s episode today we went through everything that we know about Covoid-19 and its effect on the cannabis industry and cannabis users. Read the re-cap on our blog here >>>Strawberry Sequoia and Casey Jones による
 
We think it safe to say that every rock star has a unique and interesting relationship to cannabis- whether or not they use the plant themselves. This week, The Mary Jane Experience had the opportunity to interview Garrett Dutton - better known as G.Love - the lead singer of G.Love and Special Sauce. We have to admit, we fell in love with him a lit…
 
Dr. Ethan Russo is a well-known name in cannabis research. He has been studying the plant since around 1996 and coined the tern "Endocannabinoid Deficiency". We covered a TON in this episode, Some topics include: What is the Endocannabinoid System What is Endocannabinoid Deficiency How to Use Cannabis to Solve Endocannabinoid Deficiency Cannabis an…
 
Check out our interview with Tracey Mason, the CEO of House of SAKA about their new Infused Beverages that are meant to mimic the "sessionable" quality of a bottle of wine. Learn more here >>>Strawberry Sequoia and Casey Jones による
 
Yvette Stafford Jones’ Son Was suffering from severe Crohn’s Disease, they tried everything and cannabis was the most effective treatment. She is now on a mission to spread the word and honor others that are also trying to spread the word, so that no one else has to suffer the way her son did. We talk about her foundation as well as some different …
 
Ashley Elsner was able to find relief from her chronic pain condition (CRPS Type two) using cannabis. This plant medicine was the only thing that helped her, even after trying just about everything else. Being a patient led her to take interest in the cannabis industry and coming from a financial background, she immediately focused on the banking p…
 
The third episode in our series recorded in the CannaVan at The Women of Cannabis Conference. Nurse Heather and Cannabis Kenny are industry OG's! Nurse Heather has been the longest-serving medical director for a medical cannabis facility and she was the first certified cannabis nurse. She's one of the leading experts in the therapeutic aspects cann…
 
Kate Sullivan Broke both her neck and back multiple times. She was on 13 prescriptions taking 550 Pills a month: fentanyl, Dilaudid, Zanaflex, Valium, Ambien CR, Ativan, you name it, she was on it. Kate was bedridden, in a wheelchair, and gained so much weight she was unfunctional. When she found out about medical Marijuana she decided it couldn't …
 
We interviewed Shannon DeGrooms of This is Jane Project. This interview was done on-site at the Women of Cannabis Conference - hence the background noise. Read the Interview and Get Links, Pictures, and Videos Here >>> This is Jane Project documents Women healing from Trauma in beautiful black and white photographs. Often women are smoking cannabis…
 
Read the Full Transcript Here >> We wanted to learn more about what goes on in a Cannabis testing lab. What do they test for? How do they test it? What happens when a cannabis flower or product is tested and fails because it has too many pesticides? So we reached out to the first accredited Cannabis Lab in the world - CannaSafe - to learn more.…
 
Part 1: What Goes on in a Cannabis Testing Lab? Read the Full Transcript Here >> We wanted to learn more about what goes on in a Cannabis testing lab. What do they test for? How do they test it? What happens when a cannabis flower or product is tested and fails because it has too many pesticides? So we reached out to the first accredited Cannabis L…
 
Jeff started his professional life as a marketing executive in the fashion world – but like many who enter into the cannabis world – was searching for something more meaningful. He used his passion for cooking to make edibles for friends suffering from various illnesses. When they told him they couldn’t stand the taste of weed in the food, he went …
 
Jeff Lownfels uses deeply researched science to uncover the best practices in organic gardening. Jeff grows all sorts of things, one of them he is quite exceptional at growing is cannabis, "Cannabis is Just a Plant; They all grow the same way" states Jeff. Jeff goes over the underground network of fungi and how to attain and maintain it to grow the…
 
Last week we talked with Andrew Scheyer, a Neuroscientist that studies the effects of cannabis use during pregnancy. This week we continue to talk about CBD, Cannabis Research, Cannabis use during Pre-Pregnancy, and a look into the future of cannabis medicine. Read the episode and find links in the blog post here >>> To Recap Last Week: The studies…
 
It's time to look into the most recent research on cannabis and pregnancy. Not a Reddit forum or an Instagram comment thread. This episode is so packed full of information we had to split it into 2 parts. Part 2 will be coming out soon so make sure you subscribe to get updated! See full transcription and blog post here >>> This episode is brought t…
 
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