Monthly Archives: March 2006

Find a Need & Fill It, Using Iteration & the Wisdom of Crowds

When I was responsible for developing new ‘knowledge products’ for a major professional services firm, we did it the old fashioned way. We identified all the content that was available and asked the practice leaders (the guys footing the bills) … Continue reading

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The End of Oil: Collapse vs Powerdown and the Choice of Economies

It’s good to see a few other blogs coming to grips with the coming social and economic collapse of our unsustainable civilization, and talking in practical, non-ideological terms about preparedness for it. One of the best is Adaptation, a ‘zine … Continue reading

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Innovating by Asking Why

Innovation & Creativity Model ©2006 Dave Pollard & Meeting of Minds(see explanation at end of this article) I like the way Umair Haque’s mind works. His paper on the economics of peer production is masterful. Now he’s thinking about innovation. … Continue reading

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in the falling dark (by bruce cockburn, 1976)

in the falling dark (by bruce cockburn, 1976) and the lights lie tumbled out like gemsthe moon is nothing but a toothless grinfloating out on the evening windthe smell of sweat and lube oil pervades the nightand the rush of … Continue reading

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Links for the Week – March 18/06

Midday sandstorm in Artux, China, this week. Photo from People’s Daily. Environment and Health: China Premieres the Next Form of Ecological Disaster: China is now being wracked by sandstorms, due to its negligent land, water and soil management. These storms … Continue reading

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Roger Harrison: A Consultant’s Parting Thoughts

Here’s an inspiring message from organizational development consultant Roger Harrison on the occasion of his retirement from practice. It comes from the desk of Jon Husband, who had the occasion to work with Roger. It really speaks to the importance … Continue reading

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Three Ways of Looking at Afghanistan

The new Canadian minority prime minister Stephen Harper recently made headlines (here, anyway) by visiting and overnighting with Canadian troops in Afghanistan. When he spoke to the troops, with the press lapping it up, he said some things that I … Continue reading

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Why We ‘Hit & Run’, and How to Prevent It

It’s been a long day, it’s dark out, and you’re in a hurry to get home. You’re driving along, paying attention to the road but also thinking about what you’re going to do later. Suddenly, out of nowhere, someone darts out … Continue reading

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Stars: A Short Play

Jorg Said: What Happened Next: Hanna Said: The outside deck of a country inn, with a huge green canopy tent, like the ones used in weddings, with stars painted un the underside. Wall murals and sculptures present the deck as … Continue reading

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Secret Messages

Things are the way they are for a reason. I know, I keep saying that, but it’s important. Politicians and economists don’t get it: They react to events, and rather than study why these events happened, they invent (for the … Continue reading

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