Monthly Archives: May 2007

Dangerous Little Memes

Swans photo by Kevin Cameron “You’re very quiet these days, Dave.” Three times I’ve heard this recently, from three different friends. It got me thinking about Flemming Funch’s recent comment: The more in balance we ourselves are, the less we feel … Continue reading

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How to Make a Living

Several readers have asked me for a five-minute summary of the iterative, lifelong process of learning what we’re meant to do for a living, and making that living through Natural Enterprise. I thought this was a reasonable request, so I’ve illustrated it … Continue reading

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Communication Tools: Make Them Simple and Ubiquitous or They Won’t Be Used

As part of my current work contract, and in some of my blog posts, I’ve grappled with the ineffective and inappropriate use of the various communication tools that are available in the workplace. I’ve developed a variety of ‘tool choosers’ … Continue reading

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A Note to Writers: Choose Your Voice and Your Media Carefully

 Photos: From richardpreston.net : Top: Author Richard Preston in the forest canopy 310 feet up a redwood called Poseidon.  Bottom: Botanist Marie Antoine 310 feet up in a redwood called Adventure. Richard Preston’s new book contains some important lessons for … Continue reading

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Sunday Open Thread – May 27, 2007

Photo: My own, taken last night while sitting out on the patio. What I’m thinking about, and planning on writing (and podcasting) about soon: Vignettes: Did two this past week, and I have more to come. Improv: What are the … Continue reading

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Saturday Links for the Week — May 26, 2007

Ducklings — photo by my friend & colleague Karen’s twin sisterWhat’s Important This Week:AprËs Nous Les Dragons: The experts on Extinction believe that, when we are gone from the planet, Earth will be dominated by insects and birds, two very … Continue reading

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Vignette #2 – Breathe

Of all the contributions to my recent article on “great advice in 7 words or less“, my favourite was this one word from Siona: Breathe.   I was thinking about this as I drove to work, and home again, one … Continue reading

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What a Dying Person Wants

A recent Medscape health bulletin contains a remarkable personal story by sociologist Margaret Nelson called Listening to Anna, about the difficulties that family members, those given ‘durable power of attorney’, and executors of ‘living wills’ face trying to decide what is ‘best’ for … Continue reading

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Yet More Fun With Numbers: $7/Gallon Gasoline

Chart by Stuart at Random Useless Info.For the previous 30 years, 1950-1979, price was steady at about $0.30 – 0.40/gallon before spiking near the end of the 1970s.In the last five years, the price of gasoline in North America has … Continue reading

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Making Short Unconferences Work

Dear Conference Participant: Based on your expressions of interest for topics at the Knowledge Innovation Unconference session October 22nd at the Old Town Conference Center, we have matched you with others with similar interests and complementary competencies and developed your … Continue reading

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