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Jon Carson, the Executive Director of Organizing for Action, is credited with the strategy of focusing the Obama campaign on winning small caucus states around the country which won Obama the Democratic nomination for President over Hillary Clinton in 2008. According to Josh Gerstein Carson "is credited with executing the Obama campaign’s 'Feb. 5 plan' — a massive contingent of operatives and volunteers placed in 22 states while the press and top Obama aides focused on the four earliest contests."

Read our definitive biography of Jon Carson and the Tactics and Startegies of "Organizing for Action."

President Barack Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham (left), grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma attending first and second grade at Old Jefferson Elementary School and third grade at Roosevelt School. Obama's grandfather, Stanley Dunham, worked three years as a furniture salesman at Glenn Paris Furniture on Grand Avenue in Ponca City.Read our biography of Barack Obama's mother and her years in Ponca City with original research and interviews with people who still remember the Dunhams.
Phillips 66's Marland Refinery in Ponca City is the most profitable refinery of Phillips 66's fourteen worldwide refineries. Based on Phillips' third quarter earnings report for 2012 with a realized crack spread of $31.83 for mid-continent refineries and a capacity utilization of 102%, the Marland Refinery in Ponca City will contribute at an annualized rate of over $1 billion ($1.032 B) of net profits in 2012 to Phillips bottom line. Read our report on the business strategy of Phillips 66 that documents and analyzes the Phillips' plans and policies particularly with respect to its Refinery and Marketing Business Segment with a special emphasis on evaluating the impact of Phillips 66 business decisions on the refinery in Ponca City, Oklahoma.
Hugh Pickens

Research and Ideas is a personal Wiki belonging to Hugh Pickens that I use for some experiments in Knowledge Management and to expand some of my own articles from Wikipedia.


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Ponca City, Oklahoma

Barack Obama's Mother and Grandparents lived in Ponca City, Oklahoma for three years in the 1940's

Ponca City Essays

The Pioneer Woman Models Come Home

Friends and Family

About the Author

The Oil Industry and Ponca City

Phillips 66

Peace Corps

Peace Corps Online

Peace Corps People

  • Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams - 18th Director of the Peace Corps
  • Jon Carson - Field Director in 2008 Obama Campaign for the Presidency, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House's Office of Public Engagement

Works in Progress

  • Richard Holbrooke Former Morocco Peace Corps Country Director Richard Holbrooke - now Special Envoy for the President - in progress
  • Christopher Hill Cameroon Returned Peace Corps volunteer Christopher Hill - now Ambassador to Iraq - in progress
  • Tom Bissell - Writer and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan - in progress

Peace Corps Stories

In Progress

Peace Corps History

Peace Corps Afghanistan

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Peace Corps Georgia

Peace Corps Peru

Slashdot and Wikipedia Research

Writing for Slashdot

Writing for Wikipedia

Diff Files for Selected Submissions

Story Stream

Expanded Wikipedia Biographies

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Experimental Stories

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Other Work in Progress

Cognitive Computers

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