Monthly Archives: October 2006

Links for the Week – October 21, 2006

Hummingbirds flock to a hand-feeder, from Cute Overload. Peak Oil Video: A one-hour documentary by Ronan Doyle explains our civilization’s total dependence on oil and how reaching production capacity will inevitably precipitate catastrophe and decline. Thanks to Peter at Karavans … Continue reading

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Malcolm Gladwell on Neural Networks That ‘Solve’ Complex Problems

In last week’s New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell describes the neural network systems that have been designed, by two independent groups, to address two complex commercial problems: predicting the success of a new popular song, and predicting the success of a … Continue reading

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The Cause of Elephant Violence

One of the reasons a lot of readers like my blog is that I summarize, synthesize, compact and distill the essence of long books and articles into short, digestible posts. It’s not often that I ask readers to read something … Continue reading

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Two Legal Outrages

Property Title Theft The latest twist in identity theft is a variation called Property Title Theft. Here’s how it works: The criminal acquires some compelling evidence that they own your house or business property (corporations are not immune to this … Continue reading

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How Knowledge Drives Innovation

This article is a summary of a 45-minute presentation I’m now offering to various conference audiences. A couple of years ago, I shifted the focus of my consulting business from knowledge management (for which executive enthusiasm is definitely on the … Continue reading

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Ten Ways to Take Better Care of the Land

I attended a free seminar today on Stewardship: Caring for Your Land, put on by the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation and the local Conservation Area authorities. It wasn’t enough to overcome my discouragement at being able to stave off suburban … Continue reading

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How Do You Keep the Music Playing?

Maybe it’s the season, but a lot of the relationships of people in my social circles seem to be falling apart these days. Ever since I started reading Tom Robbins’ books, I have been struck by the enormous challenge that … Continue reading

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Links for the Week – October 14, 2006

This week, nine articles/videos that are hard to categorize, but very important in what they tell us about how the world works and what we can do to understand and cope with it better. Presenting Single Frames Onscreen: Idiagram produces … Continue reading

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Weblogs — Why They’re Still Not ‘Happening’

My blogging process. The Zahmoo blog, champion of a story-telling-based bottom-up change process called Most Significant Change, is asking bloggers to explain the Most Significant Change that has resulted from their blogging activity since they started blogging. But what I … Continue reading

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How to Cope With Bad Environmental (or Other) News

Yesterday I wrote about talking to children about death, and helping them cope with the news of the death of a loved one. A couple of readers said I should write about how adults can cope with bad news in … Continue reading

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