News of the Week:
Ten reasons Bill Moyers Should be President: Seriously. Scott Beckman explains why he’s the right choice for the Democrats in 2008.
US Comptroller Dares to Say What Greenspan Didn’t: US comptroller David Walker is now speaking out publicly warning that the US federal debt is a trainwreck, a “category 6 hurricane” that will destroy the US economy unless it is quickly remedied.
Cendant Dares Do What Other Conglomerates Don’t: The market continues to foolishly overvalue acquisitions and reward companies that make them, though consistently the vast majority of such combinations destroy value (the combined entity is ultimately shown to be worth less than the separate entities that create it). Cendant, realizing the value of agility in autonomy, announced it was splitting into four separate independent companies built around real estate (Century 21 & Caldwell banker), travel distribution (Orbitz), hospitality (Ramada, Super8, Days’ Inn) and vehicle rental (Avis & Budget) respectively. The market punished the company’s share value on the news. Some day they will learn. Or maybe not.
Update on the US as Fascist State Tally: Last month’s Harpers’ has an article by editor Lewis Lapham citing Eco’s definition of a fascist state and showing how quickly in the last five years the US has come to fit that definition. An acerbic, well-researched, articulate, and very troubling assessment.
Peggy Noonan Says US Elite is Resigned to Coming Catastrophe: In a truly bizarre column in the WSJ, Noonan cites instinct and anecdote to suggest that elites of all political and economic stripes know in their hearts that America is “off the tracks and off the rails”, out of control and headed for disaster, and that there are no political or economic answers in sight. Thanks to Dale Asberry for the link.
Great Creativity Sites:
Collaboration: A new wiki MetaCollab, uses collaboration to write about collaboration. A fascinating experiment.
Useful Technical Stuff:
Tagging your blog articles: I’m not a big fan of tagging, which seems to me a terribly hit-and-miss way of getting your articles read by people who are interested in the subjects you write about, but it is so popular now that it’s a mistake not to participate. Most blog software picks up your category name as a tag, but that’s pretty rudimentary. A better solution is to embed the tag(s) right into the body of each blog article using this syntax:
Subscribing to Blogs by E-mail: I like RMail because it lets people who want to read my blog every day but are intimidated by RSS subscribe to it by e-mail. Like most subscription services, however, sometimes your subscription can be interrupted by changes to your e-mail settings and even by security software. If you’d like to receive How to Save the World by e-mail, or if you were already doing so but have been unsubscribed, please enter your e-mail address in the RMail box in the right sidebar. And let me know of any problems you have with the service.
Using Mind Mapping Software: Innovation guru Chuck Frey has a new downloadable book out explaining how to use mind mapping software effectively. I still use FreeMind (the Open Source) mind mapping tool, and find it works just fine. We now use it to document all our meetings and brainstorming sessions. Chuck’s book outlines 16 other applications of such software, and compares the free and commercial tools.
Image from Bitter Fruit, photos by Paul Fusco of some of the American families grieving the loss of loved ones in the war on Iraq. Thanks to Slawek Rogulski for the link.
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My Bio, Contact Info, Signature PostsAbout the Author (2016)
--- My Best 100 Posts --
Preparing for Civilization's End:
What Would Net-Zero Emissions Look Like?
Why Economic Collapse Will Precede Climate Collapse
Being Adaptable: A Reminder List
A Culture of Fear
What Will It Take?
A Future Without Us
Dean Walker Interview (video)
The Mushroom at the End of the World
What Would It Take To Live Sustainably?
The New Political Map (Poster)
Complexity and Collapse
Save the World Reading List
What a Desolated Earth Looks Like
Giving Up on Environmentalism
The Dark & Gathering Sameness of the World
The End of Philosophy
The Boiling Frog
What to Believe Now?
Conversation & Silence
The Language of Our Eyes
Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care
Several Short Sentences About Learning
Why I Don't Want to Hear Your Story
A Harvest of Myths
The Qualities of a Great Story
The Trouble With Stories
A Model of Identity & Community
Not Ready to Do What's Needed
A Culture of Dependence
So What's Next
Ten Things to Do When You're Feeling Hopeless
No Use to the World Broken
Living in Another World
Does Language Restrict What We Can Think?
The Value of Conversation Manifesto Nobody Knows Anything
If I Only Had 37 Days
The Only Life We Know
A Long Way Down
No Noble Savages
Figments of Reality
Too Far Ahead
The Rogue Animal
How the World Really Works:
If You Wanted to Sabotage the Elections
Collective Intelligence & Complexity
Ten Things I Wish I'd Learned Earlier
The Problem With Systems
Against Hope (Video)
The Admission of Necessary Ignorance
Several Short Sentences About Jellyfish
A Synopsis of 'Finding the Sweet Spot'
Learning from Indigenous Cultures
The Gift Economy
The Job of the Media
The Wal-Mart Dilemma
The Illusion of the Separate Self:
Did Early Humans Have Selves?
Nothing On Offer Here
Even Simpler and More Hopeless Than That
What Happens in Vagus
We Have No Choice
Never Comfortable in the Skin of Self
Letting Go of the Story of Me
All There Is, Is This
A Theory of No Mind
The Ever-Stranger (Poem)
The Fortune Teller (Short Story)
Non-Duality Dude (Play)
Your Self: An Owner's Manual (Satire)
All the Things I Thought I Knew (Short Story)
On the Shoulders of Giants (Short Story)
Calling the Cage Freedom (Short Story)
Only This (Poem)
The Other Extinction (Short Story)
Disruption (Short Story)
A Thought-Less Experiment (Poem)
Speaking Grosbeak (Short Story)
The Only Way There (Short Story)
The Wild Man (Short Story)
Flywheel (Short Story)
The Opposite of Presence (Satire)
How to Make Love Last (Poem)
The Horses' Bodies (Poem)
Distracted (Short Story)
Worse, Still (Poem)
A Conversation (Short Story)
Farewell to Albion (Poem)
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