Monthly Archives: May 2003

WHAT’S NEXT: ALTERNATIVES TO GROUPWARE, PLURALITY VOTING AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA

Darwin Magazine talks about Social Software : Social software is likely to come to mean the opposite of what groupware and other project- or organization-oriented collaboration tools were intended to be. Social software is based on supporting the desire of … Continue reading

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THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY: POWER TO THE PEOPLE

Finally I understand how the energy system of the future, powered by hydrogen, will work. It took three readings of Jeremy Rifkin’s Hydrogen Economy and some home-made charts to figure it out. To my more scientifically savvy colleagues, I get … Continue reading

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in the dark that turns upon itself

(Photo: Freeman Patterson) in the dark that turns upon itself raindrops fall like melancholy, wrench the numb relief of disconnection, stir the recollections we can’t bear (whisp’ring: maybe if we huddle very still ) of what’s been lost (then they … Continue reading

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SOME PURPLE COWS IN KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

Last week I promised to follow up on my Purple Cow post by listing some of the ‘remarkable’ things that companies are doing (or at least talking about doing) in Knowledge Management. If you’re interested in knowing who’s leading the … Continue reading

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THE TIPPING POINT, AND HOW IT WORKS WITH BLOGS

Picked up Malcolm Galdwell’s The Tipping Point yesterday, and it quickly made its way from the bottom to the top of my sizeable unread stack. This is due in part to the fact some other bloggers are writing a lot … Continue reading

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WHAT’S YOUR SUPER POWER?

Great fun from wise and literate Vancouverite Caterina , whose story, My Super Power , was published in Fray magazine. Fray publishes true stories (not fiction or poetry) and welcomes submissions from readers, but only one story per month is … Continue reading

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BUSHIES ATTACK MONSIEUR KERRY

And more fun, this time from The New Yorker , where Christopher Buckley lampoons the Bush regime’s pre-emptive attacks on Democratic contenders with John Le Kerry. Excerpt: Bush media adviser Mark McKinnon unveiled a half-dozen thirty-second spots designed to emphasize … Continue reading

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WARNING: STORIES ARE SUBVERSIVE

Stories are increasingly being used in business to engage the audience and add context and interest to a business lesson or best practice. Some of these are even described as ‘war stories ‘. Stories have always been told to children … Continue reading

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LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE: LAKOFF’S TWO SOLITUDES

As I read and think more about Lakoff ‘s work, I’m beginning to discern a further schism between conservatives and liberals: Conservatives’ worldview is essentially morally-based , framing everything in terms of good & bad, right & wrong. Liberals’ worldview … Continue reading

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WORLDWIDE FISHERY STOCKS ON VERGE OF COLLAPSE

Here’s yet another example of the Tragedy of the Commons. Scientists report that, due to a combination of overfishing, environmental degradation and inability of nations to agree upon stewardship standards, worldwide fishery stocks sit on the verge of collapse. The … Continue reading

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