NRC and the Wild Side: Greg Diggs Remembered

– Song By Greg Diggs –

 

Working for the City every day.

Miller thought he had another way.

Packed up all the skills he had;

Now papa’s got a brand new bag.

He said, “Hey ‘Shell, take a walk on the wild side.”

She said, “Hey Tom, take a walk on the wild side.”

 

And they both sang:

Doo, doo, doo. Doo de doo. Doo, doo, doo. Doo de doo, dooooo

 

NRC made cities take a look.

Citizen Surveys? They wrote the book.

A little weight there

And a little scale here:

Making public opinion clear.

They said, “Hey, babe! Take a walk on the wild side.”

They said, “Hey cities, take a walk on the wild side.”

 

And the cities sang:

Doo, doo, doo. Doo de doo. Doo, doo, doo. Doo de doo, dooooo

 

Been workin with Aspen for a while;

Servin up that Random Digit Dial.

Stressin out when response rates fall;

Here researchin all those calls.

We say, “Hey Hank! Take a walk on the wild side.”

We say, “Hey Trey!  Take a walk on the wild side.”

 

And they both sing:

Doo, doo, doo. Doo de doo. Doo, doo, doo. Doo de doo, dooooo

 

Measure what matters is how we keep the score.

Competence is the game we play for sure.

Needs Assessments, Evaluation

Resident Ratings and Appreciation,

We say, “Hey Ed! Take a walk on the wild side.”

We say, “Hey Soo! Take a walk on the wild side.”

 

And they both sing:

Doo, doo, doo. Doo de doo. Doo, doo, doo. Doo de doo, dooooo

 

And the staff sang:

Doo, doo, doo. Doo de doo. Doo, doo, doo. Doo de doo, dooooo

 

About Greg Diggs

– By Angelica Wedell

Dr. Gregory Diggs while at NRCDr. Gregory Diggs is remembered as a community leader, an advocate for racial justice, a trusted voice in podcasting, and a beloved friend and former colleague of National Research Center, Inc. (NRC).

Following his passing in February of 2018 at age 55, NRC staff say Diggs made a lasting impact during his time as a survey researcher from 2003 to 2005. “Always even, thoughtful, smart and easy, Greg was a colleague that everyone loved. He mentored younger staff on both work and life,” said NRC President Tom Miller. “He was a real voice of reason and empathy.”

“Greg was one of the kindest souls I knew and was always looking to do good for others,” said Senior Research Associate Laurie Urban.

“Greg was the person I would go to when I was stressed out about a work project,” said Vice President Michelle Kobayashi. “He would remind me to focus on the big picture. He was a true sage.”

Director of Research Erin Caldwell recalls the dedication Diggs showed his local government clients. “Greg brought a sense of joy to work, and a commitment to his clients and the people they served. He had a wonderful way of building connections,” she said.

Diggs has left a legacy, both at NRC and in the greater Colorado community. “Greg was not only a great teacher on issues of race, culture and inclusivity, he was a great teacher on life. He was kind, passionate, creative and diplomatic,” Kobayashi added.

Gregory Diggs is survived by his children, Langston and Clarke, and their mother Alyson Shupe (also a former NRC colleague). In this time of remembrance, our thoughts are with them.

 

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