Monthly Archives: September 2004

HIATUS AHEAD

I‘m off on my first vacation in four years. I will try to blog and keep up with e-mails while I’m away, but don’t know what the technology will offer, so I make no promises until I return on the … Continue reading

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WHY THE SIERRA CLUB IS DEAD, AND WHY WILDERNESS CONSERVATION WON’T HAPPEN

In yesterday’s post, I quoted Stan Goff as saying that conservation is the only solution to the coming energy crisis. The word ‘conservation’ is an ambiguous one, which is one reason why politicians can get away with saying they support … Continue reading

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A TIME TO WEEP

Red line: carrying capacity of Earth with wilderness and non-human life sacrificed; Green line: carrying capacity of Earth with some wilderness and non-human life retained, at historical and forecast average consumption and agricultural productivity levels. My friend Jon Husband has … Continue reading

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BLOG SUCCESS FORMULA: FILL AN UNMET NEED

Regular readers know that my mantra for entrepreneurial success is Fill an Unmet Need. A couple of readers have suggested that this might also be the formula for blogging success. I got some confirmation that this might be true from … Continue reading

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THE AESTHETICS OF MUSIC

I keep looking to nature for answers — about instinctive knowledge, communication, human behaviour, community, the learning process, and dozens of other subjects — and I nearly always find credible answers. That shouldn’t be surprising, but perhaps because I was … Continue reading

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USING THE WISDOM OF CROWDS IN BUSINESS

In his book The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki laments the fact that, despite compelling evidence that executives and experts are poor at making decisions, and that the collective wisdom of large numbers of people is very much better at … Continue reading

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THE POWER AND DANGER OF METAPHOR

“Science is all metaphor”, said Timothy Leary, philosopher and guru of psychedelics, in an interview in 1980. In the last few years we have been bombarded with metaphors, analogies, similes and personifications such as: Business is war, and politics is … Continue reading

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GOOD, NON-COMMERCIAL HEALTH INFORMATION

The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University has a site with useful information about ‘micronutrients’: vitamins, minerals, other nutrients (like Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Co-enzyme Q10), phytochemicals (trace chemicals in various plants), and the foods that contain all these … Continue reading

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THE REAL FACE OF GLOBALIZATION

The NYT has a substantial, and damning, indictment this week of Denver-based Newmont Mining, a company with a long history of heinous social and environmental irresponsibility. Armies of lawyers, denials and stalling tactics have allowed Newmont, like fellow mega-polluter ExxonMobil, … Continue reading

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Awfully Personal Question for September 11, 2004

Welcome to That’s Awfully Personal, an opportunity for blog writers and readers to reveal a little more about themselves than might normally happen during the daily blogging process, and hence get to know each other a bit better. It’s a … Continue reading

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