Monthly Archives: January 2006

The End of Civilization as a ‘Software Crash’

Four concepts have been spinning around in my mind lately. I instinctively feel that they go together somehow, but until today I wasn’t quite sure how. Now I think I know. The four concepts are: What has allowed human civilization … Continue reading

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Links for the Week – Jan. 21/06

Because of my back injury, I’ve been negligent in my reading this week. Thankfully others have not, and I owe almost all of this week’s links to the diligence of Dale Asberry (‘DA’ in the following paragraphs) and John & … Continue reading

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What Makes a People Commit Mass Atrocities?

Over my lifetime I have heard many explanations of why so many Germans were complicit in the atrocities committed during World War II. None of them is credible. Early accounts, during my youth, asserted that the Germans were either duped … Continue reading

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Customer-Driven Innovation for Public Sector Organizations

Last Sunday I presented my Innovation Opportunities Map, and described the process we have recently been using with an entrepreneurial client using this map to help them become a much more innovative company. Several readers have asked me how this process … Continue reading

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Who Needs Your Gift Now?

(I’ve had a recurrence of last fall’s back injury, and sitting at the computer brings on spasms — perhaps it is telling me something? — so until that improves this blog’s articles are likely to be short, and hopefully sweet. … Continue reading

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The Economics of Communication and Effective Learning

A couple of years ago I introduced a ‘decision tree’ on which communications medium to use for which purposes. Since then I’ve concluded that the decision is more complex, and more often than not involves some cost-benefit trade-offs. Also, I … Continue reading

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This Blog’s Readers May Be Liberal But Their Forecasts Are Conservative

A total of 25 responses were received by the deadline last Friday to my challenge to predict what will happen in 2006. There were only 8 responses to the supplementary questions about Canada, open only to Canadians. Here are the … Continue reading

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More on Customer-Driven Innovation

Last month I introduced the Innovation Opportunities Map, an improved version of which is shown above. We have recently been working with an entrepreneurial client using this approach to innovation, drawing on Clay Christensen’s work and also on the ideas … Continue reading

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Links for the Week – Jan.14/06

A long list this week, on four subjects, so I’ll try to keep the natter short: Poverty Photoblogger Opens the Lens on Tajikistan: A remarkable blog, Tajikistan Travels, presents an astonishing portrayal of life in the destitute former Soviet republic … Continue reading

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Think Twice Canadians: Harper Reasserts Plan to Renege on Kyoto and Sabotage Charter of Rights with Insidious Neocon ‘Property Rights’ Clause

Stephen Harper, the Canadian Conservative leader soaring in the polls due to the staggering ineptness of his three progressive opponents, reasserted Thursday that he would renege on Canada’s commitment to the Kyoto Accord, which he says is ‘unworkable’. He also … Continue reading

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