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  • Most consumers think haggling is only appropriate when buying tchotkes at a street fair or facing off against a used-car dealer. But why not negotiate the cost of medical procedures? Or a new Sub-Zero refrigerator? If you're not paying less than sticker price for these and other goods and services, you're leaving money — and often lots of it — on the table. "Everything is negotiable," says Stuart Diamond, adjunct professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and author of "Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World." "All you have to do is ask."
  • time for round two for Gov 2.0 LA. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Gov 2.0 LA, it is a hybrid conference that stimulates the brain and positions people to have actual time to talk to each other. bridging digital diplomacy, social media, entrepreneurship, mobile and mapping and reaching into the crossover into citizen engagement tools. Gov 2.0 LA founded by Alan Silberberg had an amazing first year with hundreds of people showing up throughout the 2 day weekend event. They brought in an amazing group of speakers some of which included people like, Bill Grundfest, the Golden Globe Winning Producer and Creator of “Mad About You”, Craig Newmark the founder of Craigslist, Cory Ondrejka Co-Founder of Second Life, and many more. And this year there is no shortage of awesome speakers that are going to be in attendance.

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