Monthly Archives: January 2010

… and miles to go before we sleep

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Words and Pictures (and Music)

Now that my amazing new home is basically furnished and functional, I’m getting down to my reconnection practices. I’ve been exploring the rainforest next door, resuming my regular 5k runs, and beginning my meditation and presencing practices, both outdoors in … Continue reading

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Living Alone

So here I am, suddenly living alone for the first time in thirty years, winding down to retirement in a matter of weeks after thirty-five years of full-time work, living in a new community for the first time in thirty … Continue reading

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Memorial

This is what I plan to read, next week, at my father’s memorial: A few years ago, a number of weblogging colleagues and I began a practice of maintaining, and updating once a year or so, the obituary for ourselves … Continue reading

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Links & Tweets of the Week: January 17, 2010

primate, from the mysterious and remarkable photographer xurrilla (from andorra?) PREPARING FOR CIVILIZATION’S COLLAPSE The Problem of Community: Most of us who’ve studied how the world really works agree that the answer lies in community — decentralizing, ending the vast … Continue reading

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Not So SMART: Replicating (Instead of Growing) Natural Small Organizations

drawing by hugh mcleod at gaping void Consulting ‘guru’ Peter Drucker introduced the concept of Management by Objectives in business and government affairs a half-century ago. The idea was that if you set objectives and measure ‘progress’ against them, more … Continue reading

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Bringing Down the Monster

When I was young and idealistic in the 1960s and 1970s, I blamed “the system” for the problems of the day. I didn’t give much thought to the connection between “the system” and the people who, presumably, ran it, directed … Continue reading

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Links and Tweets of the Week: January 9, 2010

photo taken on Bowen Island, my new home, by Marcela PREPARING FOR CIVILIZATION’S COLLAPSE Resilient Systems vs Efficient Systems: Ever since I read David Ehrenfeld’s Beginning Again I have been intrigued by the stark contrast between modern ‘efficient’ industrial processes … Continue reading

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My New Bio

In 2010, after 40 years trying to work within the industrial growth society, Dave walked away from it. During that 40 years he advised entrepreneurs about innovation, research, sustainability, coping with complexity, and the effective use of knowledge and social … Continue reading

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Civilization Disease

Image of homelessness from the now-defunct Italian blog Moving & Learning. Big Pharma loves to invent new ‘diseases’ so that they can then invent dubious new drugs to ‘cure’ them, give them an official-sounding acronym (“ED” for hawking Viagra to … Continue reading

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