Saturday Links – Dec. 24/05


Unconferencing: A Recursive Conversation: My friends Rob Paterson and Chris Corrigan have a podcast conversation with the UK’s Johnny Moore about ‘unconferencing’ — running a conference without speakers, using conversation facilitators instead. It’s an enlightening conversation, involving three very intelligent people, and if you haven’t listened to podcasts this is a great first listening experience and model (and Johnny’s ‘show notes’ of the highlights are excellent). But ironically, given the subject, I got frustrated just listening — I wanted to jump in and participate in the conversation, but because of the medium, I couldn’t.

Ray Ozzie on the Inflexibility of Large Corporations: Ray Ozzie, now bogged down in the bureaucracy of Microsoft, talks with Wendy Kellogg on a variety of subjects. Thanks to Innovation Weekly for the link. A teaser:

Sadly, I think [large corporations] have a lot of issues going on inside them that make it very difficult to embrace some of these innovations. Frankly, the path that weíre on leads one to believe that a lot of the benefits of these innovations are accruing to small businesses and individuals much more readily than [large corporations]. The reason: [large corporations] are really different from the public Internet in that they have fairly substantial compliance issues. They have control hierarchies related to technology acquisition and enablement of end users. They mandate the use of certain technologies and mandate that others not be used. They control the upgrade tempo. Iíve never seen the technology environment as divergent as it is right now between whatís going on outside and whatís going on inside [large corporations].

There are other issues as well. For example, the search technologies that work on the outside of [large corporations] are completely different from the ones that work on the inside because, at least in todayís Internet, people like to make things public. They tag things, they write things on blogs, and post pictures to Flickr, whereas within [large corporations], there are many well-entrenched things related to hoarding, hiding, and securing information that results in information being siloed. So some of the core ways that relevance is determined on the open Internet, such as references, donít work on the insideóyou donít have people writing in a public forum within a corporate network talking about and pointing at other things, because everything is in these little compartments.

Socially & Environmentally Responsible Housing in Three Days: Necessity Housing is creating inexpensive, well-made housing using local materials in a responsible manner, where it is most desperately needed, and putting them up in three days. Watch the time exposure video.

Bush Impeachment Timeline Still Tracking Nixon’s: Even conservative pundits now admit that Bush’s secret law permitting spying on Americans without warrants is against the law, and grounds for impeachment.
Thanks to Dale Asberry for the link.

Guide to Phishing: As a follow-up to my earlier article on phishing, here’s a complete paper on the subject, with examples of all the tricks. Thanks to Rudy Breda for the link.

GTD Procrastination Process: 43Folders has another way of Getting Things Done for procrastinators. Try it, and tell me if it works for you.

Great African Music Video: Malian musician Salif Keita’s wonderful song Yamore is now available online as a video. Watch it here.

Instead of a quote this week, here are the Hanover Principles, written by Bill McDonough and adopted for the 2000 World’s Fair, as a framework for a sustainable world (thanks to Kenny Ausubel for pointing these out):

  1. Insist on rights of humanity and nature to co-exist in a healthy, supportive, diverse and sustainable condition.
  2. Recognize interdependence. The elements of human design interact with and depend upon the natural world, with broad and diverse implications at every scale. Expand design considerations to recognizing even distant effects.
  3. Respect relationships between spirit and matter. Consider all aspects of human settlement including community, dwelling, industry and trade in terms of existing and evolving connections between spiritual and material consciousness.
  4. Accept responsibility for the consequences of design decisions upon human well-being, the viability of natural systems, and their right to co-exist.
  5. Create safe objects of long-term value. Do not burden future generations with requirements for maintenance of vigilant administration of potential danger due to the careless creation of products, processes or standards.
  6. Eliminate the concept of waste. Evaluate and optimize the full life cycle of products and processes, to approach the state of natural systems, in which there is no waste.
  7. Rely on natural energy flows. Human designs should, like the living world, derive their creative forces from perpetual solar income. Incorporate the energy efficiently and safely for responsible use.
  8. Understand the limitations of design. No human creation lasts forever and design does not solve all problems. Those who create and plan should practice humility in the face of nature. Treat nature as a model and mentor, not an inconvenience to be evaded or controlled.
  9. Seek constant improvement by the sharing of knowledge. Encourage direct and open communication between colleagues, patrons, manufacturers and users to link long-term sustainable considerations with ethical responsibility, and re-establish the integral relationship between natural processes and human activity.

Merry Christmas, everyone. No post tomorrow. Talk with you again on Boxing Day.

Image: The astonishing cover from last week’s New Yorker by Anita Kunz. The right-wing bloggers are up in arms about this cover.

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5 Responses to Saturday Links – Dec. 24/05

  1. brad says:

    About “Socially & Environmentally Responsible Housing in Three Days” I couldn’t get that site to work, seems it’s all in flash … but I recall reading something in the last week or so that seemed incredible. I don’t know if it fits into the concept of “Socially & Environmentally Responsible Housing” but it certainly seems a useful concept. See … one pre-fabs the building, and spray-on stuff sets in a few hours, stronger than concrete. I’m thinking another Katrina-sized event with lots of displaced people, and no shelter save tents, motor homes and other conventional things. This Grancrete thing seems to have potential, it’s at least worth a look. I cannot find the origional article I’d read, but that writing indicated one could build a house/building frame out of darn near anything, and spray this stuff on it. The website has some time-lapse photos, and a 105-meg movie (if you have the bandwidth). Any rate, thought this might fit in with the thinkings on creating short-build time housings. It seems local labor, and local materials could likely be used in this instance, as well.

  2. tiny says:

    Hi Dave- Thanks for the link to the Salif Keita video. I reccomend checking out Richard Bona – Salif was a guest his album, “Munia”. You can find out about Richard Bona and hear samples of his music at -Fabulous stuff!Take care!

  3. Dave, I worked in a very large corporation for 15 years and one thing that drove me a little crazy was that countless documents, reports, and plans were internally published and available online with no information about who the authors were.My experience is that large corporations often produce very weird and maladaptive individual and group interactions and behaviors.

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