Monthly Archives: November 2004

POLLARD TRIES ‘GETTING THINGS DONE’

Last week I wrote about Personal Productivity Improvement (PPI) and the fact that the methodology I’d developed assumed people were good at managing their workflow, and just needed help using the knowledge, technology and learning resources at their disposal to … Continue reading

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WHY AND HOW TO GET THE MEDIA TO STOP REPORTING GDP

I‘ve written several articles on these pages about Environmental & Social Economics, explaining a number of measures of well-being that would be much better measures of a country’s economic health than GDP. But governments continue to compute, and announce with … Continue reading

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THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS

A couple of weeks ago, the Ontario provincial government put its money where its mouth is. After designating the Oak Ridges Moraine, the long strip of forest and marshland that runs across the top of Toronto shown in green and … Continue reading

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THREE VISUAL TREATS

Three new subversive treats for the eyes and the creative mind: The Take: Occupy. Resist. Produce. There have been several movies made about the anti-corporatism movement, but The Take, a new documentary from Naomi Klein (nologo) and Avi Lewis (son … Continue reading

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CRUNCHWORD: CHRISTMAS IS FOR THE BIRDS

by Dave Pollard, Nov./04 A Crunchword is a crossword with a difference: Each square can contain anywhere from 1 to 6 letters, but otherwise it works just like any other crossword. Because of the extra wrinkle, Iíve made it a … Continue reading

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PERSONAL UNPRODUCTIVITY – BLAME THE TOOLS, THE TRAINING OR POOR WORK HABITS?

I‘ve written a lot already about Personal Productivity Improvement (I’ve also called it Work Effectiveness Improvement), a bottom-up, face-to-face, one-on-one approach to helping front-line workers make better use of the knowledge, technology and learning resources at their disposal. It’s received … Continue reading

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TAKING ACTION NOT RESPONSIBILITY

Population Stress Index, ranging from purple (extremely high) to white (moderate) One of the hallmarks of the recent US election campaign was the way in which the two parties defined ‘strength’, which to most people seemed to mean protecting Americans … Continue reading

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RESIGNING FROM CORPORATION AMERICA

I‘ve been re-reading Joel Bakan’s book The Corporation, and it suddenly occurred to me that the US is behaving less and less like a nation of democratic citizens and more and more like a hierarchical corporation. The House elections were … Continue reading

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SPORTS GETS BACK TO ITS BLUE-COLLAR ROOTS — THE WISDOM OF CROWDS COULD HELP TOO

When I was young, going to the theatre or to a sporting event was affordable to everyone. Now, between outrageous salaries and corporate gouging, the best seats are reserved for those with big expense accounts, and the working class watch … Continue reading

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HOW WE CAN IMPROVE COLLABORATION

In a recent article We Did That!, I made a number of points about the lost art of collaboration: Although we often have the preconditions for good collaboration (shared goal, sense of urgency and commitment, productive participation process, sense of … Continue reading

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