Deborah Devedjian

Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer

New York

14 days ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
16 days ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Education is the foundation for a strong American democracy, civil society, and economy.

From whose or which budget do you propose to pay for the increased spending? Or, do you propose raising taxes? If so, whose taxes? Or do you propose making the current inefficient system more efficient? If the latter, how would you do it?
See more
17 days ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
One of the other ramifications of sexually-abused people not speaking up is that under-reported crimes aren't given as much attention as they warrant.

As a society, we need to provide a safe way for these individuals to speak up--without fear of recrimination--to get the help they need.
See more
5 months ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
How do fathers factor into this proposal? What is/could be their role? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
What % of income would you suggest withdrawing? Could you provide some scenarios of how this would affect a young professional's standard monthly budget? Maybe 2%, 5%, 10%, 15% and 20%? See more
a year ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
What areas for innovation at Cengage do you think are most important? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Innovation is grand! See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
How important is telecommuting for you? See more
2 years ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
The employment problem is one of the most critical, if not the most critical, in the country. We're working on a proposal to address long-term unemployment, underemployment, and the transitioning workforce and industry in America. Thanks for your comment! See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Just as we want our clients to breathe and have space to be themselves, how about reformatting the document with more space? Aesthetically, many of the pages are very dense with text and difficult to penetrable. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Do we want to include a section for selling follow-on work? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Could you please add "Origins of the Impact Equation" by UCLA's Dr. Alfred Mehrabian to the repository here either as a link or a pdf?

We might also want to create a repository of our best handouts for clients or internal use now that we won't have Lou's Library readily available!
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
As I evaluate this document, I'm thinking about a variety of ways in which my clients could benefit if I incorporated this tool from TheChisel to enhance the work I'm providing my clients. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
I took another look at our own assessment materials we use for clients--LEADERSHIP and COMMUNICATION document, this time with an eye toward self-assessment. We might wish to look at these updating the manual, so they have been added to the online repository below in the GO DEEPER section. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Shall we add a section on getting participant feedback on the sessions? Maybe even add in a copy of an evaluation form--and then use that information for our own continued learning and refining of the craft? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Great idea, Deb! And then, how about adding in the other citations from some of the other psychologists and experts referenced in the Manual? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Definitely the body politic! Ironically, and in general, constituents will say that their particular member of Congress performs far better than Congress as a whole. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Combining a low flat-fee with a progressive tax (% of value) address equitability in ways other measures haven't. I can certainly see how this approach balances out the discrepancy of the regressive tax of my grandmother selling her $100K apartment and paying $75 to record the transaction while someone else, selling a $5 million mansion, would incur the same $75 fee. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
What do you expect to be the multiplier effect of this new construction? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Similarly, is funding for land improvements anticipated in the budgets for new housing? See more
3 years ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Will school taxes be reduced as a result of this new economic development? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
We expect a total of 700 jobs to be created. Approximately 500 would be full-time, and 200 would be part-time.

- 100 managers and assistant managers
- 200 hospitality staff
- 100 kitchen staff
- 50 custodial staff
- 200 dealers
- 25 finance, accounting, and administration
- 25 marketing, sales, public relations
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
We are entertaining a number of fine dining establishment and would be eager to hear the community's suggestions. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Interesting idea, Richard. We've done so already with the 50 State Quarters Program enacted in 1997--with each of the 50 states having its own minted coin from 1999-2008. Then, beginning in 1999, the Treasury began minting coins for DC and the US territories. If moo dot com can do it for business cards, perhaps we can do it with our paper currency, too!

And, looking to the future when all payments go electronic, we could presumably pay tribute to a different individual each day or hour!
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Do energy start-ups require different skill sets than other tech start-ups? How experienced in regulatory matters should management be--or is a cadre of board and advisors adequate to start? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Any estimates on this figure in, say, 5 years? 10 years? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
The Alex Manoogian School, like the full-day Armenian Sisters Academy in Philadelphia (USA) which I attended, would greatly benefit from strengthening its core K-6 curriculum and ending at Grade 6 instead of Grade 8.

The Academy had a strong Montessori philosophy throughout the entire K-8 levels and was particularly strong up until Grade 6--so much so that children of non-Armenian university presidents and professors sent their children to the Academy.

Many parents pulled their children out after Grade 6. Once a student enters Grade 7 (generally 12 years old), expectations for science labs, sports teams, bands, and other extracurricular programming becomes more important. Such programs are difficult to scale in small schools, and they are readily available in competing junior high schools and high schools. These programs also require significant additional expenditures.

The sense of community, camaraderie, and friendship--as well as serious academic preparation--is instilled by Grade 6 (11 years old), and students can then jump into their choice of private or public schools with a much wider range of academic and extracurricular offerings. Until this day, some of my best friends are those I met in Grade 4 at the Armenian Sisters Academy--these people are part of my extended family. Attending the Academy in Grades 7 and 8 was not only unnecessary in building ties to the Armenian community but also detrimental from a social perspective as a student integrates into high school.
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Sebastien, I was referencing the IB program at the secondary level. Still, I would not be concerned about IB's rigor for ÉAM's students. It's funny how adults rarely give kids enough credit; they're wildly smarter than we tend to think. As the video demonstrated, they will rise to and surpass the expectations we set for them. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Could we stipulate that Congress establishes a list of 5 priorities per session which must be addressed and voted on? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
This is indeed a great topic. Maybe you can also address the risk/return profile in those markets, especially in light of cultural differences. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
What is the purpose of philanthropy? As families, why are we pursuing philanthropy? To creating family legacies? To make sustainable changes in society? To address our own personal needs? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Would the proposal be strengthened with a timeline for the rollout and how, if, at all, corporations would be affected and then how shareholders would be affected by this new measure?

Would we need to cover short-term revenue shortfalls?
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Would offering Chinese and Arabic fall within the rubric of the IB program? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
This is a very important consideration. From a marketing perspective, even though it will take 2-3 years to secure the accreditation, EAM can gain significant community support and create a solid marketing message by announcing that IB (or some such globally-esteemed) curriculum is being adopted.

Additionally, announcing and demonstrating progress toward the IB program can be a great fundraising call to action.
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Haig, yes, you make a good point about overload for the students. However, young children's brains are little sponges. They are best adept at learning new languages when young. We might wish to think about offering a few world languages a 2-3 hours/week to give the children some additional perspectives.

Offering such a program would serve as interesting enrichment and could be a valuable, easy, and very tangible marketing tool to attract new families--while the other components of the enrichments are taking place.

Merely having this conversation among board members suggests an extension of the great work you've all established. Let the trajectory flourish!
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
The school EAM itself sets the admissions criteria for students. To the extent you think the IB curriculum is too rigorous for all the students, you may wish to consider offering it only to students wishing to take the curriculum--as in an honors curriculum for many high schools.

My firm belief--and study after study has proven this--is that students will grow to the level to which they are challenged. The lower our expectations for them, the lower will be their achievement.

This is a fascinating video which we/Copernicus presented in November 2014 to the AGBU Board and others in Miami. It's just 3 minutes long; the chronicle of Professor Sugata Mitra's research will blow you away. This is from his TedTalk:

Start at 6:42 – end at 8:08
http://youtu.be/dk60sYrU2RU?t=6m42s

Start at 9:08 end at 9:54
http://youtu.be/dk60sYrU2RU?t=9m8s
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Should we create a very ornate lobby or just go for a simple but elegant look? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Felice, interesting analogy to the lifetime commitment of a Supreme Court Justice!

Just to clarify, we're suggesting that we keep Hamilton on the $10 bill as he's such a significant contributor to our country and that we drop Andrew Jackson for Harriet Tubman from the $20 bill as he's a considerably lesser contributor.
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
It would seem that a major reason members of Congress are often absent from Washington and their duties at the Capitol is that they're elsewhere raising money to keep their jobs in DC! Couldn't we mandate that they show up to work at least 80% of the time. Would you use FedEx if it delivered only 50% on time? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Just as kids not having a good K-12 education COSTS our society so much in the way of lost opportunities and social ills (e.g., unemployment and homelessness), the same applies to Congress and its impact on our society!! See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Harry, yes, exactly. This would be a great next step. The IB program is the core academic program around which a multitude of ancillary programs can be added to the specific school. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Does EAM administer the CTBS? The Canadian Test for Basic Skills is a comprehensive normed assessment system (for levels of kindergarten through Grade 12) created in Canada starting with a base of 50,000 Canadian students; CTBS is also widely used in the US. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Sebastien, your comments alluding to EAM's having begun the revitalization process 4 years ago have been added to the Problem Defined section.

Thank you for pointing this out and for the foundation you and your team have lain in preparing the way for EAM to boast a more rigorous, internationally- competitive curriculum!
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Very interesting observation. Thanks for the update! But they could have killed two birds with one stone!

While the the Senators' measure addresses one aspect of the challenge, this determination is typical of Congress' short-term, in-the-box thinking. Congress needs to look at problems more holistically and out of the box. Part of its problem is that it does not define our problems well enough and comprehensively enough. Otherwise, we'd have a "richer" democracy -- in all the areas that are important to us -- basic freedoms, equal opportunities, economic, health, education, and national security.
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
I love office space with yellow walls, because it makes me real happy. Can we do it? See more

Deborah hasn't commented yet.

14 days ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
16 days ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Education is the foundation for a strong American democracy, civil society, and economy.

From whose or which budget do you propose to pay for the increased spending? Or, do you propose raising taxes? If so, whose taxes? Or do you propose making the current inefficient system more efficient? If the latter, how would you do it?
See more
5 months ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
How do fathers factor into this proposal? What is/could be their role? See more
a year ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
What areas for innovation at Cengage do you think are most important? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
How important is telecommuting for you? See more
2 years ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
The employment problem is one of the most critical, if not the most critical, in the country. We're working on a proposal to address long-term unemployment, underemployment, and the transitioning workforce and industry in America. Thanks for your comment! See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Do we want to include a section for selling follow-on work? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Definitely the body politic! Ironically, and in general, constituents will say that their particular member of Congress performs far better than Congress as a whole. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
What do you expect to be the multiplier effect of this new construction? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Similarly, is funding for land improvements anticipated in the budgets for new housing? See more
3 years ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Will school taxes be reduced as a result of this new economic development? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
We expect a total of 700 jobs to be created. Approximately 500 would be full-time, and 200 would be part-time.

- 100 managers and assistant managers
- 200 hospitality staff
- 100 kitchen staff
- 50 custodial staff
- 200 dealers
- 25 finance, accounting, and administration
- 25 marketing, sales, public relations
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Do energy start-ups require different skill sets than other tech start-ups? How experienced in regulatory matters should management be--or is a cadre of board and advisors adequate to start? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Any estimates on this figure in, say, 5 years? 10 years? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
This is indeed a great topic. Maybe you can also address the risk/return profile in those markets, especially in light of cultural differences. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
What is the purpose of philanthropy? As families, why are we pursuing philanthropy? To creating family legacies? To make sustainable changes in society? To address our own personal needs? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Would offering Chinese and Arabic fall within the rubric of the IB program? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Haig, yes, you make a good point about overload for the students. However, young children's brains are little sponges. They are best adept at learning new languages when young. We might wish to think about offering a few world languages a 2-3 hours/week to give the children some additional perspectives.

Offering such a program would serve as interesting enrichment and could be a valuable, easy, and very tangible marketing tool to attract new families--while the other components of the enrichments are taking place.

Merely having this conversation among board members suggests an extension of the great work you've all established. Let the trajectory flourish!
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Should we create a very ornate lobby or just go for a simple but elegant look? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Felice, interesting analogy to the lifetime commitment of a Supreme Court Justice!

Just to clarify, we're suggesting that we keep Hamilton on the $10 bill as he's such a significant contributor to our country and that we drop Andrew Jackson for Harriet Tubman from the $20 bill as he's a considerably lesser contributor.
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Just as kids not having a good K-12 education COSTS our society so much in the way of lost opportunities and social ills (e.g., unemployment and homelessness), the same applies to Congress and its impact on our society!! See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Does EAM administer the CTBS? The Canadian Test for Basic Skills is a comprehensive normed assessment system (for levels of kindergarten through Grade 12) created in Canada starting with a base of 50,000 Canadian students; CTBS is also widely used in the US. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Very interesting observation. Thanks for the update! But they could have killed two birds with one stone!

While the the Senators' measure addresses one aspect of the challenge, this determination is typical of Congress' short-term, in-the-box thinking. Congress needs to look at problems more holistically and out of the box. Part of its problem is that it does not define our problems well enough and comprehensively enough. Otherwise, we'd have a "richer" democracy -- in all the areas that are important to us -- basic freedoms, equal opportunities, economic, health, education, and national security.
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
I love office space with yellow walls, because it makes me real happy. Can we do it? See more

Deborah hasn't commented yet.

17 days ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
One of the other ramifications of sexually-abused people not speaking up is that under-reported crimes aren't given as much attention as they warrant.

As a society, we need to provide a safe way for these individuals to speak up--without fear of recrimination--to get the help they need.
See more
5 months ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
What % of income would you suggest withdrawing? Could you provide some scenarios of how this would affect a young professional's standard monthly budget? Maybe 2%, 5%, 10%, 15% and 20%? See more
2 years ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Just as we want our clients to breathe and have space to be themselves, how about reformatting the document with more space? Aesthetically, many of the pages are very dense with text and difficult to penetrable. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Could you please add "Origins of the Impact Equation" by UCLA's Dr. Alfred Mehrabian to the repository here either as a link or a pdf?

We might also want to create a repository of our best handouts for clients or internal use now that we won't have Lou's Library readily available!
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
I took another look at our own assessment materials we use for clients--LEADERSHIP and COMMUNICATION document, this time with an eye toward self-assessment. We might wish to look at these updating the manual, so they have been added to the online repository below in the GO DEEPER section. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Shall we add a section on getting participant feedback on the sessions? Maybe even add in a copy of an evaluation form--and then use that information for our own continued learning and refining of the craft? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Great idea, Deb! And then, how about adding in the other citations from some of the other psychologists and experts referenced in the Manual? See more
3 years ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
We are entertaining a number of fine dining establishment and would be eager to hear the community's suggestions. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Interesting idea, Richard. We've done so already with the 50 State Quarters Program enacted in 1997--with each of the 50 states having its own minted coin from 1999-2008. Then, beginning in 1999, the Treasury began minting coins for DC and the US territories. If moo dot com can do it for business cards, perhaps we can do it with our paper currency, too!

And, looking to the future when all payments go electronic, we could presumably pay tribute to a different individual each day or hour!
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
The Alex Manoogian School, like the full-day Armenian Sisters Academy in Philadelphia (USA) which I attended, would greatly benefit from strengthening its core K-6 curriculum and ending at Grade 6 instead of Grade 8.

The Academy had a strong Montessori philosophy throughout the entire K-8 levels and was particularly strong up until Grade 6--so much so that children of non-Armenian university presidents and professors sent their children to the Academy.

Many parents pulled their children out after Grade 6. Once a student enters Grade 7 (generally 12 years old), expectations for science labs, sports teams, bands, and other extracurricular programming becomes more important. Such programs are difficult to scale in small schools, and they are readily available in competing junior high schools and high schools. These programs also require significant additional expenditures.

The sense of community, camaraderie, and friendship--as well as serious academic preparation--is instilled by Grade 6 (11 years old), and students can then jump into their choice of private or public schools with a much wider range of academic and extracurricular offerings. Until this day, some of my best friends are those I met in Grade 4 at the Armenian Sisters Academy--these people are part of my extended family. Attending the Academy in Grades 7 and 8 was not only unnecessary in building ties to the Armenian community but also detrimental from a social perspective as a student integrates into high school.
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Sebastien, I was referencing the IB program at the secondary level. Still, I would not be concerned about IB's rigor for ÉAM's students. It's funny how adults rarely give kids enough credit; they're wildly smarter than we tend to think. As the video demonstrated, they will rise to and surpass the expectations we set for them. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Could we stipulate that Congress establishes a list of 5 priorities per session which must be addressed and voted on? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Would the proposal be strengthened with a timeline for the rollout and how, if, at all, corporations would be affected and then how shareholders would be affected by this new measure?

Would we need to cover short-term revenue shortfalls?
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
This is a very important consideration. From a marketing perspective, even though it will take 2-3 years to secure the accreditation, EAM can gain significant community support and create a solid marketing message by announcing that IB (or some such globally-esteemed) curriculum is being adopted.

Additionally, announcing and demonstrating progress toward the IB program can be a great fundraising call to action.
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
The school EAM itself sets the admissions criteria for students. To the extent you think the IB curriculum is too rigorous for all the students, you may wish to consider offering it only to students wishing to take the curriculum--as in an honors curriculum for many high schools.

My firm belief--and study after study has proven this--is that students will grow to the level to which they are challenged. The lower our expectations for them, the lower will be their achievement.

This is a fascinating video which we/Copernicus presented in November 2014 to the AGBU Board and others in Miami. It's just 3 minutes long; the chronicle of Professor Sugata Mitra's research will blow you away. This is from his TedTalk:

Start at 6:42 – end at 8:08
http://youtu.be/dk60sYrU2RU?t=6m42s

Start at 9:08 end at 9:54
http://youtu.be/dk60sYrU2RU?t=9m8s
See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
It would seem that a major reason members of Congress are often absent from Washington and their duties at the Capitol is that they're elsewhere raising money to keep their jobs in DC! Couldn't we mandate that they show up to work at least 80% of the time. Would you use FedEx if it delivered only 50% on time? See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Harry, yes, exactly. This would be a great next step. The IB program is the core academic program around which a multitude of ancillary programs can be added to the specific school. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Sebastien, your comments alluding to EAM's having begun the revitalization process 4 years ago have been added to the Problem Defined section.

Thank you for pointing this out and for the foundation you and your team have lain in preparing the way for EAM to boast a more rigorous, internationally- competitive curriculum!
See more

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a year ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Innovation is grand! See more
2 years ago
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
As I evaluate this document, I'm thinking about a variety of ways in which my clients could benefit if I incorporated this tool from TheChisel to enhance the work I'm providing my clients. See more
Deborah Devedjian
Founder & Chief Citizens' Officer
Combining a low flat-fee with a progressive tax (% of value) address equitability in ways other measures haven't. I can certainly see how this approach balances out the discrepancy of the regressive tax of my grandmother selling her $100K apartment and paying $75 to record the transaction while someone else, selling a $5 million mansion, would incur the same $75 fee. See more

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