A Del.icio.us List

ecause I played hooky from last Saturday’s best links of the week, I have a bumper crop this week, a veritable del.icio.us list. So I’ll keep the commentary to a minimum:

Open Business Blog: A three-country collaboration writes about working models of Open Source Business around the world. Now a regular read for me. Thanks to Lavonne at Born Famous for the link.
Disruptive Innovation Blog: Colleagues of my favourite innovation writer Clay Christensen have a blog with interesting follow-up and cases stemming from the work in his books.
Living in Open Space: Chris Corrigan asks three important questions about finding business answers. Reply to his invitation.
Shifting from Push to Pull Businesses: Walter Derzko discusses the implications of the shift from a supplier-push and executive-push business model to a customer-pull, front-line-worker-pull model. See if you’re ready.
Wisdom of Crowds Proof of Concept: Sean Clauson and his team are using a blog to try to launch a new business that will provide effective, affordable management consulting to entrepreneurs, driven extensively by the Wisdom of Crowds instead of a management team. I’m watching this unfold with great interest.

Putting Women in their Place: Fund Forward supports women-led enterprises and community initiatives, using a very different measure of ‘ROI’. An important initiative.
The Global Market Economy as Criminal Enterprise: Michael Ventura in Austin Chronicles explains how the economy that siphons wealth from poor to rich (countries and people) is run just like a criminal enterprise, except with a much more effective PR program. Very provocative.
14 Characteristics of a Fascist State: A brief video by Eric Blumrich reviews the scholarly definition of fascism to see whether it applies to any country we know. Thank to reader Rob Nichols for the link.
Protecting the ANWR: Last chance to try to stem the greed of industry and the corrupt congress before the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, and its inhabitants, are lost forever.
Protecting the Environment in Nanaimo BC: A new site is trying to protect the city’s vulnerable areas, like the Jingle Pot Marsh, from a proposed insane new development program featuring an expensive and unneeded convention centre. It’s the same the world over, but the local community is the battleground where we can win.
Wal-Mart Spoof: Jib Jab takes shots at the Wal-Mart model of job destruction. Only works in IE browsers (irony, huh?)

elephant3New Media:
Independent World Television Network: A group with impressive credentials and the bold plan of creating a global TV network to rival CNN but with no advertising, and no corporate or government influence, is up and running, starting online. Thanks to Jeff Gold of the Green Party for the link.

Relearning the History of Humans and the Planet: Science writer Michael Balter keeps an archive of his recent writings on anthropology, archeology and paleontology. A treasure trove.

Techie Stuff:
Get a Blog URL You Can Give Others: Blogrolling now offers domain name registration coupled with a service that automatically forwards the name to your blog (no FTPing, site management or changes to how you blog required). So now I can tell people to find me at howtosavetheworld.ca instead of blogs.salon.com/0002007/ — a bit easier, eh?
Community-Based Wi-Fi: Fascinating story in Wired shows that community-wide Wi_Fi is easier to establish in rural areas the big wire players aren’t interested in. Could the country leapfrog the cities by offering better, cheaper communications infrastructure? Thanks to Dale Asberry for the link.

Just Astonishingly Good Writing:
On Grief: Fellow Salon blogger Birdie Jaworski at Beauty Dish writes about how she has handled the death of loved ones. Magnificient and heart-wrenching.
Blogging About Who We Are: Fellow Salon blogger Meaghan Fowler at Blogcabin writes about who she is, and does so in a dazzlingly imaginative, disarmingly candid, and fall-down funny style. And if you think I’m profilic, check out Meg. Awesome.
The Portable John Gray: For those who don’t have time to read John Gray’s brilliant book Straw Dogs, you can get a taste in this essay, Home Alone.

Lots more next Saturday.

The image at the top of this post is a poem called Swan and Shadow written 35 years ago by John Hollander. It is not only moving and inspiring in its own right, it is crafted in the shape of its subject. Absolutely brilliant, a new art form. Thanks to reader Ethan Timm for the link.

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9 Responses to A Del.icio.us List

  1. Dave Pollard says:

    You’re way too fast, Lavonne. It will take 24 hours for the new domain to be processed. When it is, probably tomorrow, that address will simply take you to this blog. It will be useful for me (and my readers) when someone asks for my blog URL, but otherwise nothing will change.

  2. Meg says:

    Thank you, Dave! I’m honoured (note the Canadian ‘u’)!

  3. The “14 characteristics” are, well, somewhat lacking, academically. See http://anthropik.com/2005/10/defining-fascism/

  4. I commented on the 14 Characteristics shortly after the election. It was picked up here: http://www.tullyvision.com/archives/2004/11/14_defining_cha.phpI believe the U.S. has added 1 more to the list, so it’s now 12 “Yeses” and 2 “Maybes.”Heartwarming it is not.Keep up the good work!

  5. Dick says:

    A superb poem whose swan-shape layout actually controls the flow of the language. Thanks to Ethan Timm first & Dave P. second.

  6. For the Wildlife Refuge, there’s a pretty good video explaning the economic reasons against drilling: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/10/treasure_americ_1.php

  7. Yule Heibel says:

    Hi Dave, Norm Jensen at One Good Move dot org linked to the JibJab video (via Jay Leno), and it’s a Quicktime link — works fine in Firefox & Mac etc. You can find it here.

  8. Dave Pollard says:

    Thanks, all, for the additional links and info. For the curious howtosavetheworld.ca now gets you to my blog.

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