Monthly Archives: April 2004

A PRESCRIPTION FOR BUSINESS INNOVATION -PART TWO

Four years ago I wrote a well-received paper entitled A Prescription for Business Innovation: Creating Technologies that Solve Basic Human Needs. I’ve updated it, broken it into three manageable pieces, and present the second part below. The first part, which … Continue reading

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A STORY IS LIKE A GIFT

I‘m currently working on several projects that each require a good story. So I spent most of today researching, and thinking about, what makes a story good. At first I had this chart with two branches, one for ‘information value’ … Continue reading

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WONDER

In reading The Spell of the Sensuous, I am re-learning wonder. Our back yard has become a wonderland, a menagerie. I sit cross-legged on the floor of our Great Room with its larger-than-life picture windows, drinking tea, a foot from … Continue reading

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THE NYT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

As much as I value the reporting of the New York Times on political matters, I find their environmental reporting to be…well…strange. Perhaps it’s the result of living in the overwhelmingly man-made environment of the Big Apple, but when they … Continue reading

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GOC SICS LAWYERS ON BLOGSCANADA

Jim Elve over at BlogsCanada, the site that selflessly promotes the best Canadian blogs, and contains the definitive directory of Canadian blogs, has been set upon by the lawyers of the Government of Canada for his parody of the Government … Continue reading

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ROBIN GOOD ON VIDEOCONFERENCING

One of the kind people who have been helping me test desktop video software this week is Robin Good, a veritable alchemist of videoconferencing. I was blown away both by Robin’s deep knowledge of the video tools currently in the … Continue reading

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WE SHARE THIS LAND

Nothing cuts through to the core of the debate between those that believe all property should be private (notably the current US Presnit) and those that believe some, or even most, property should be held in common, as public property … Continue reading

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THE SPELL OF THE SENSUOUS

I am working my way through David Abram‘s enthralling book The Spell of the Sensuous. I will have more to say about it when I’ve finished, but it has already affected me so much that I feel the need to … Continue reading

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A PRESCRIPTION FOR BUSINESS INNOVATION – PART ONE

Four years ago I wrote a well-received paper entitled A Prescription for Business Innovation: Creating Technologies that Solve Basic Human Needs. I’ve updated it, broken it into three manageable pieces, and present the first part below. The remaining parts will … Continue reading

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DEJA VU

Last summer I reviewed Charles Derber’s book People Before Profit, and commended him on teaching us an important lesson from history — that when corporations wield too much power, the consequences are disastrous for all but a tiny elite. Derber … Continue reading

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