Monthly Archives: March 2008

Attention is Power

Cartoon by Frank Cotham in The New Yorker. Buy his artwork here.In a recent conversation Jon Husband commented that, in the face of information overload, knowledge is no longer power. Today, attention is power: With the indifference and ignorance of … Continue reading

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Saturday Links of the Week — March 29, 2008

Photo copyright Norbert Rosing. This German photographer’s books of photographs of polar bears are astonishing. This photo is one of a series depicting spontaneous play between a bear, who wandered into a camp in Northern Canada, and a sled dog … Continue reading

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Friday Flashback: Living Outside Ourselves

From February 2004: Our sensory exploration and learning is interrupted, from a very young age, for abstract lessons of language. We are taught definitions, that what a thing is, is its word — kitten, puppy, Mommy. Bizarre learning that has … Continue reading

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Words

Much of my day, and evening, is spent looking at words. It is a constant search for meaning, for the conveyance of an important understanding, feeling, imagining, insight. Something memorable. Something worth retelling, talking about, and thinking about. When I … Continue reading

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Imagine Being a Part

A significant aspect of my job is increasing business’ and the public’s awareness of the issues and opportunities to become more environmentally sustainable. As I mentioned last week, with businesspeople I try to do this by portraying irresponsible, unsustainable behaviour … Continue reading

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The Secret Pulse of Time

Image: Dali’s Persistence of Memory Stefan Klein’s book The Secret Pulse of Time is a fascinating, scientific explanation of how we ‘make sense’ of life’s scarcest commodity. Alas, while it is long on exposition, it is short on resolution. Readers … Continue reading

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Saturday Links for the Week — March 22, 2008

Photo of seedling by Pohangina Pete. He has a great explanation of practices to preserve image quality in digital photographs here. Unbearable Grief for Gaia: Vancouver blogger Sanjay Khanna writes about what I have called Unbearable Grief for Gaia, which … Continue reading

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Friday Flashback: …and where will we hide when it comes from inside?

I‘m sure just about every reader of this blog has either experienced first hand, or known and loved someone who has experienced, that feeling of powerlessness and anxiety that comes when the Noonday Demon exerts an influence over everything you/they … Continue reading

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Does (or Should) Business Have Social and Environmental Responsibility?

Cartoon by Michael Leunig (thanks to Mia for the link)A week ago I wrote an article linking business risk, business sustainability and business resilience, arguing that the best way to get companies to pay attention to their social and environmental … Continue reading

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The Proust Questionnaire

Each month Vanity Fair asks a celebrity the answer to a series of questions that Marcel Proust initially answered, twice, seven years apart, to measure how he had changed in the interim. After seeing several bloggers do so, I thought … Continue reading

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