A Baker’s Dozen of the best articles and sites discovered or brought to my attention this week.
Business & Innovation
The Key to Innovation is Overcoming Resistance: Michael Schrage in CIO Magazine says innovators need the political smarts and persuasive skill to get their good ideas sponsored, funded and implemented. Thanks to Mitch Ditkoff at IdeaChampions for the link.
When Business Knows Too Much About You: A hilarious but slightly spooky video spoof of how information-sharing gone haywire could imperil your privacy and dignity.
Canadian Businesses That Do Good: Both DownBound in Toronto and Ethiquette in Montreal allow Canadians (and others) to find and buy from socially and environmentally responsible companies. And Dale Asberry points out Etsy — a broker that proposes to connect such business around the world.
Yahoo Online Think Tank: Yahoo Australia is sponsoring a think tank that will allow those looking for ideas, and those that have them, to brainstorm together — 5 minutes per session. You can see the results on a live webcam.
Bill McKibben Waxes Optimistic About the End of Oil: Environmentalist McKibben (The End of Nature, Maybe One) says expensive oil will benefit local businesses over global ones, and contribute to community self-sufficiency — but only if we start working on improving community-based infrastructure to improve autonomy and introduce local currencies to enable the shift.
Science & Health
New Power Source That’s Too Good to Be True: The Guardian reports on a scientist’s claim to have invented a cheap, limitless, clean source of energy., that defies the rules of quantum mechanics. Pardon my skepticism. Thanks to Jeff Gold of the Green Party for the link.
Meditation is Good for Your Brain: Science Daily reports on a multi-university study that indicates that meditation improves your brain’s ability to process sensory inputs, ideas and emotions. Thanks to Kalanga Joffres for the link.
Tracking Business’ Charitable Giving: WhyCharity is an Open Source project to create a mechanism to monitor and report corporate charitable giving, giving consumers one more indication of corporate social responsibility.
Helping the Rich Loan Interest-Free to the Poor: Kiva provides a list of community business projects in struggling nations that need low-cost loans, and provides an ongoing log of how these businesses are doing, so you can see how your investment is doing. Thanks to Lavonne at BornFamous for the link.
Cartoon by Leo Cullum from The New Yorker — his framed cartoons can be bought here.
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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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