A Baker’s Dozen of the best articles and sites discovered or brought to my attention this week.
Business & Innovation
The Key to Innovation is Overcoming Resistance: Michael Schrage in CIO Magazine says innovators need the political smarts and persuasive skill to get their good ideas sponsored, funded and implemented. Thanks to Mitch Ditkoff at IdeaChampions for the link.
When Business Knows Too Much About You: A hilarious but slightly spooky video spoof of how information-sharing gone haywire could imperil your privacy and dignity.
Canadian Businesses That Do Good: Both DownBound in Toronto and Ethiquette in Montreal allow Canadians (and others) to find and buy from socially and environmentally responsible companies. And Dale Asberry points out Etsy — a broker that proposes to connect such business around the world.
Yahoo Online Think Tank: Yahoo Australia is sponsoring a think tank that will allow those looking for ideas, and those that have them, to brainstorm together — 5 minutes per session. You can see the results on a live webcam.
Bill McKibben Waxes Optimistic About the End of Oil: Environmentalist McKibben (The End of Nature, Maybe One) says expensive oil will benefit local businesses over global ones, and contribute to community self-sufficiency — but only if we start working on improving community-based infrastructure to improve autonomy and introduce local currencies to enable the shift.
Science & Health
New Power Source That’s Too Good to Be True: The Guardian reports on a scientist’s claim to have invented a cheap, limitless, clean source of energy., that defies the rules of quantum mechanics. Pardon my skepticism. Thanks to Jeff Gold of the Green Party for the link.
Meditation is Good for Your Brain: Science Daily reports on a multi-university study that indicates that meditation improves your brain’s ability to process sensory inputs, ideas and emotions. Thanks to Kalanga Joffres for the link.
Tracking Business’ Charitable Giving: WhyCharity is an Open Source project to create a mechanism to monitor and report corporate charitable giving, giving consumers one more indication of corporate social responsibility.
Helping the Rich Loan Interest-Free to the Poor: Kiva provides a list of community business projects in struggling nations that need low-cost loans, and provides an ongoing log of how these businesses are doing, so you can see how your investment is doing. Thanks to Lavonne at BornFamous for the link.
Cartoon by Leo Cullum from The New Yorker — his framed cartoons can be bought here.