Monthly Archives: June 2006

Escaping the Prison

I recently acquired, as a birthday present from my children, a set of books written in the 1980s and 1990s, books that were too far ahead of their time to have achieved much success when they were published, and which … Continue reading

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That Aha! Moment

“Then suddenly it hit me…”  We use that kind of language to describe Aha! moments, realizations that seem to come out of nowhere, but immediately seem obvious. “How could I not have (a)realized, (b) considered or (c) thought of that … Continue reading

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Damaged

Before I get into this, yet another self-indulgent post, and drive most of my readers elsewhere, I wanted to tell you that, as poor as I am at responding to comments and e-mails, I read every single one, promptly and … Continue reading

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The Productivity Myth

If you read economists’ reports, you’ll find the word productivity mentioned a lot. It’s key to competitive advantage and a healthy economy, they say. Ours is dropping, compared to other countries where people work harder and/or work smarter, they say. … Continue reading

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Distance Running as Meditation

As those of you following my progress on the Shangri-La Diet are aware, I began a running program on May 2nd, a week before I started on the diet. My interest in the diet was not weight loss — I’m … Continue reading

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What Progressives Are Missing

There has to be more to the progressive movement than a set of shared beliefs. While worldwide we are around 25% of the human population, we are outnumbered by the combination of 25% conservatives, ideologically opposed to and determined to … Continue reading

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Links for the Week – June 24, 2006

Quorn, a non-animal protein made from fungus. Politics: The Parallels Between Baghdad and New Orleans: The NYT reports the decline into near-anarchy of New Orleans as the Bush Administration continues to leave it up to the ‘free market’ to rebuild … Continue reading

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Our Imperialist Heritage

Caveat: This is a rant. I had to get it out of my system. Nothing very constructive here, I’m afraid.Probably the biggest lie that we in the affluent nations tell ourselves is that those in the world’s struggling nations have … Continue reading

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taking caer

it was theatre night in clan comri, a biweekly event that caer never missed. she walked along the lane from the commonplace, the lovely cluster of stone thatched-roof huts where the clan’s shared property was housed, and which included the … Continue reading

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Doing Customer Anthropology When Your Customer is the Public

In a recent article, I provided an overview of Customer Anthropology, one of the hottest research and innovation tools in business today. The essence of this approach is that customers often don’t know what they need, so by spending time … Continue reading

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