Monthly Archives: March 2004

A SACRED EARTH CULTURE

After reading Glenn Parton’s wonderful essay The Machine in Our Heads, which I would urge everyone to read, I was inspired to try again to articulate, in simple terms, the environmental philosophy that underlies much of what I have come … Continue reading

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THE TEN KEYS TO EFFECTIVE NETWORKING

There is a lot of nonsensical ‘conventional wisdom’ out there about networking. About the need to be aggressive. About the importance of exchanging business cards. About only networking with ‘key decision makers’. About the art of small talk. About exaggerated … Continue reading

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A MUSICIAN’S PRAYER

Donato Poveda, the wonderful Grammy-nominated Cuban expatriate musician-songwriter, has the following prayer in the liner notes of his new CD. He’s a Buddhist. I found the words quite moving and thought I’d share them, in both languages: Que todos los … Continue reading

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FRIDAY FIVE: IF YOU…

Every once in awhile I’m inspired to answer the Friday Five questions. Here are this week’s intriguing questions (courtesy of ‘Rayne’, but not Our Rayne) and my extremely unorthodox (you’re surprised?) answers, on the theme of “If you…”: If you… … Continue reading

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REMAINDERS

Remainders is the blog term for links and bookmarks that have come to the blogger’s attention, that s/he thinks are worth a read, but lacks the time or inclination to write a full article about them. Here are mine for … Continue reading

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THE COST OF NOT KNOWING

Once a month I get together for breakfast with the Knowledge Directors from several organizations in the Toronto area. We have wonderful, far-ranging discussions about knowledge management, social networking and business innovation. One of the topics that came up last … Continue reading

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GREENSPAN’S FOLLY, AND OUR DUAL ADDICTION TO CONSUMPTION AND DEBT

Alan Greenspan, long-time apologist for corporatist interests and recently reborn Bush neocon lackey, has had an epiphany: He’s now decided that staggering deficits and debts are a good thing in times of low interest rates. As long as ‘consumers’ can … Continue reading

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JOHN KERRY NEEDS AN ANTHEM

In the months and years leading up to the ouster of Nixon in ’74, the airwaves were filled with the music of protest and change. Now, thirty years later, with a comparable ultra-conservative, repressive, war-mongering corporatist in the White House, … Continue reading

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CANADA IN 10 MINUTES

I‘ve been asked why, as a Canadian, I don’t talk more about Canadian issues on this blog. My answer is that, in the global scheme of things, what happens in Canada has relatively little impact, and if we’re going to … Continue reading

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THE GREAT CANADIAN SONG CONTEST

A few years ago, the late, great Peter Gzowski of the CBC asked his listeners to nominate the best Canadian songs of all time. He played many of the nominations on his show, and had a small panel that whittled … Continue reading

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