Monthly Archives: January 2005

SEDUCED BY FALSE COMFORTS: LAKOFF AND LAPPE ON LIES, METAPHORS AND FRAMES

Just finished reading George Lakoff’s Moral Politics, his comprehensive study of the difference between liberal-progressive and conservative worldviews. I’ve written about him before, and the ICD has a great online summary of his views. But having now read a whole … Continue reading

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JARED’S DIAMOND’S COLLAPSE

For two years I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel. The book was due out well over a year ago and was supposed to be called Ecocide. Instead, … Continue reading

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DAVE POLLARD IN PRINT

I‘m delighted to report that two of my business articles have recently appeared in print in two very fine journals: My article, The Future of Knowledge has appeared in the January-February, 2005 edition of the US Conference Board’s illustrious and … Continue reading

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SELECTING YOUR ‘SECOND CAREER’

A couple of my readers have asked what I’m going to do ‘for a living’ next. They’re curious how a guy who’s written a book on how to start your own business could be mostly still looking for his next … Continue reading

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CREATIVE SOLUTIONS, CRITICAL SKILLS

People change slowly. They change because they have to, more often than because they want to. And they change their behaviours before they change their beliefs. Nowhere is this more manifest than in business. And most large organizations have a … Continue reading

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AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH? – MAYBE NOT

Twenty years ago, the late Neil Postman published the book Amusing Ourselves to Death, a kind of successor to Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media. This was in the Reagan era, before we found out what kind of atrocities were going on … Continue reading

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WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST

You can tell a lot about a society by the way in which it treats its women and children. The difficulty today is that it’s really impossible today to assess accurately how a society does treat women and children. The … Continue reading

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TWO IMPORTANT READINGS, TWO INTRIGUING TECHNOLOGIES, SOME FUNNY STUFF

Renaissance of the Commons Cyndy of MouseMusings points us to Renaissance of the Commons, by Harvard Law’s John Clippinger and David Bollier a very long paper that describes the ‘ghost dance’ of our intellectually and morally bankrupt culture, the desperate … Continue reading

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JOHN GEHL AND SUZANNE DOUGLAS ON DRUCKER ON GETTING THINGS DONE

John Gehl and Suzanne Douglas produce a wonderful weekly e-mail summary of the most important and interesting stories on innovation. Innovation Weekly includes sections on trends, strategies, and new products and services that reflect the world’s most innovative thinking. In … Continue reading

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THE BEST PART OF MY LIFE

I‘ve walked on all these streets, in victory and defeat, Gathering the fragments before the sky turned grey, But always in my mind you’re with me all the time And every winding road I take I feel you like the … Continue reading

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