Monthly Archives: June 2009

Four World-Changing Questions

BLOG World-Changing Questions 12 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE It’s been awhile since I updated my article on “What You Can Do (to Save the World)”. The revisions depicted in the chart above reflect … Continue reading

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2110: A Dispatch From the Future

BLOG 2110: A Dispatch From the Future conception of post-civilization all-weather wear by mary mattingly My regular readers know that I don’t expect we will be able to resolve the combination of cascading crises — led by climate change, the … Continue reading

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Links (and Best Tweets) of the Week: June 27, 2009

BLOG Links (and Best Tweets) of the Week: June 27, 2009 An example of snow sculpture and sand sculpture (from a competition on PEI) by Delayne Corbett. Here are more of the PEI entries (thanks to Tree for the link). … Continue reading

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What Canada Could Be

BLOG What Canada Could Be It’s not easy being Canadian. You get ignored by most of the world, and never taken seriously (Ambrose Bierce’s definition of humanity: “An animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is … Continue reading

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Google Wave: The Wikification of Conversation

BLOG Google Wave: The Wikification of Conversation At a meeting of Canadian IT leaders today, I was charged with explaining Google Wave to them. The objective was for them to appreciate how GWave will change the way people in business … Continue reading

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Break It Down and Build It Up: The Virtue of Making Things Community-Sized

BLOG Break It Down and Build It Up: The Virtue of Making Things the Right Size Nature tends to determine the right size for things. If they’re too big, then they can’t manoever, or they get stiff and break easily. … Continue reading

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Blocks That Prevent Us From Being Who We Mean Ourselves to Be

BLOG Blocks from Being Who We’re Meant to Be: Are They Real? Patti Digh and David Robinson recently offered an audioconference on the subject of “playing with blocks“, which was kind of a riff on the issues I’ve been talking … Continue reading

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Links (and Top Tweets) of the Week: June 20, 2009

BLOG Links (and Top Tweets) of the Week: June 20, 2009   Tweemap of my 700 Twitter ‘followers’: Special tweetout to the surprising number in Brussels, Raleigh-Durham and Portland. My guess is that a map of my blog readers would … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Twitter: Doubly Addictive

BLOG The Psychology of Twitter OK, let me start by saying I’m a Twitter user and fan. But something about it disturbs me. Like the near-defunct Usenet, the now-collapsing MySpace, and the soon to collapse under its own weight Facebook, … Continue reading

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Why Fiction Matters

BLOG The Purpose of Fiction One of the events at last weekend’s extraordinary Toronto arts festival, Luminato, was a panel discussion put on by Atlantic magazine on the subject of Why Fiction Matters. My friend Miranda and I checked it … Continue reading

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