Monthly Archives: March 2009

Links of the Week: March 28, 2009

BLOG Links of the Week: March 28, 2009 The US Behaves Like An Emerging-Market Corporate-Crony Nation: From a former IMF Chief Economist, in the Atlantic, a familiar story, except that, unlike Russia and Argentina and other emerging nations, the US … Continue reading

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Friday Flashback: Chris Lott’s Information Fluency and Social Fluency

BLOG Friday Flashback: Chris Lott’s Information Fluency and Social Fluency A repost of an article from one year ago After Nancy White pointed me to Chris Lott’s articles on Northern Voice, and on love, and Chris replied to my Tuesday … Continue reading

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How to Save the World? Ask the Right Questions

BLOG How to Save the World? Ask the Right Questions At a conference last year of some of the world’s most renowned and experienced researchers, I asked the question: “What is the defining characteristic of great research?” The most impressive … Continue reading

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Energy Descent, and A World Without Property

BLOG A World Without Property Pre-civilization and gatherer-hunter cultures have operated successfully for millennia without the concept of property — or what the Bushies hawked for the past eight years as “The Ownership Society”. The objective of such a society … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t Unanswered E-mail, To Dos, and Calendar Entries Be a Single ‘Application’?

BLOG Shouldn’t Unanswered E-mail, To Dos, and Calendar Entries Be a Single ‘Application’? I gave up on Getting Things Done methodologies when I realized that, by saying no to urgent but ultimately unimportant tasks, I could keep all my “to … Continue reading

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Links of the Week: March 21, 2009

BLOG Links of the Week: March 21, 2009 ecards, from the folks who brought you The Onion (marketing slogan: “when you care enough to press ‘send’”); thanks to Ross Mayfield for the link Bye, Sweet Dog: Astonishing, heart-wrenching description of … Continue reading

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Friday Flashback: Ten Parameters for 21st Century Innovation

BLOG Friday Flashback: Ten New Parameters for Innovation This is a repost of part of an article I published in the newsletter of the World Innovation Foundation, and later on my blog, two years ago.   Innovation has addressed basic … Continue reading

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Power Laws and Power Dynamics

BLOG Power Laws and Power Dynamics Christopher Allen has his article on social networks and power laws up today, and it’s worth a read. He makes the point that the size of a group or network is only one part … Continue reading

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The Optimal Size of Groups

BLOG The Optimal Size of Groups Christopher Allen of the Life With Alacrity blog has expanded his articles on group size, with an article on community sizes and another on personal circle sizes. The latter are our own self-centred circles … Continue reading

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Places to Intervene in a System (Restated for Bernanke and Geithner)

BLOG Places to Intervene in a System (Restated for Bernanke and Geithner) System diagram of the vicious cycle Industrial Economy (red, top) and the virtuous cycle Natural Economy (green, bottom) Dana Meadows published what is probably her most famous work, … Continue reading

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