Monthly Archives: September 2005

It’s Far Too Late and Things are Far Too Bad for Pessimism

When Jon Husband quoted these* words: “It’s far too late and things are far too bad for pessimism” at the recent conference we both attended, I immediately recognized it as the essence of my internal conflict over whether there is … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Information, or Why We Don’t Share Stuff

Lately I’ve come to the realization that the problem of under-use and misuse of information has little to do with technology or ‘knowledge management’ and a great deal to do with human nature and culture. I use the definitions of … Continue reading

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Saturday Links – September 17/05: The Protection Edition

Protecting Migratory Birds: The 10,000 Birds Blog is part of an important new campaign to prevent the killing of wild, migratory birds out of ignorance and fear. Although the WHO asserts there is no evidence these birds are responsible for … Continue reading

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The Organization of the Future?

I spent the day at an interesting symposium on the Organization of the Future put on by the Boyden Institute and hosted by Steelcase Canada. Attendees included Jon Husband, Bruce Mau and Barbara Moses. The objective of the session was … Continue reading

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There Is No Superpower

What if we progressives got our way? Suppose Bush was impeached or forced to resign for his wrongdoings, or suppose he so discredited the Republicans that they lost the presidency and both houses in 2008. Suppose the new leaders immediately … Continue reading

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two poems by romana

romana is my perceptive and very talented fifteen-year-old grand-daughter BoysThey say it’s funny how they always noticeThat after we rip out their heart, stick it down their throatAnd still want to be friends, we always act like there’s nothing even … Continue reading

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moonstruck

in the moonlight, with the new-fallen snowthe temperate forest is magic, a place of wonder.it shows a different forest persona from that you seeon moonless nights when the dark green trees and black soil mergeinto conspiratorial silence, a black hole … Continue reading

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Open Source Business, Part One

There is as yet no consistent definition of Open Source Business. I’ve used the criteria for ‘Open Source’ from wikipedia to come up with this definition: A radically transparent organization which (a) operates through open collaborative partnerships with customers, employees, suppliers, … Continue reading

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The Bird Feeder and the Tragedy of the Commons

The gist of the Tragedy of the Commons, for those who haven’t read my blatherings about it before, is that when people own something personally they take care of it, but when no one owns it, when it’s a shared … Continue reading

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Reforming Health Care

Confession time. The reason for my late and sporadic postings over the last week or so is that I pinched a nerve in my neck, and I’ve been doped up since then. The choice of the Resilience topic for the … Continue reading

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