Monthly Archives: April 2007

An Open Source Legislative Process

I‘ve been a member of the Green Party for many years, but I’ve frequently duelled with them over their preoccupation with getting candidates elected rather than getting good legislation passed. In Canada, although ‘private members’ bills’ have an uphill battle to … Continue reading

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Sunday Open Thread – April 29, 2007

What I’m planning on writing about soon: Are We Violent By Nature?: Are we more like chimps or bonobos? [My research on this is taking longer than expected; I’d also like to thank the readers who have sent me articles … Continue reading

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Saturday Links for the Week — April 28, 2007

Painting, Lions Gate Studios, by my neighbour Laura Tomona What it all means this week: The Coming Geriatric Crisis: The New Yorker points out yet another looming crisis that we’re not prepared for: the explosion of geriatric patients that no … Continue reading

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Walking Away to the Next Human Culture

Last month I reported on the first part of Curtis White’s two-part article in Orion, lambasting self-righteous and passive environmentalists, called The Idols of Environmentalism. At that time I included these extracts: We can, however, look at ourselves and see … Continue reading

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A Methodology for Web 2.0 Collaboration Experiments (in Reluctant Organizations)

I‘ve been having a lot of conversations lately about how to help organizations become more effective at enabling collaboration. The people I know who have tried to do this keep running into three walls: What’s perceived as urgent in most … Continue reading

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present, tense

the end of winter this year is long and cold, but veek does not mind. his feathers, fluffed up for the night as he sleeps with his flockmates in their dense evergreen roost, keep him perfectly warm. as he awakens … Continue reading

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A Crooked Broker Society: The Mainstream Media as Pimps and Panderers

Reader caution: rant aheadA while ago I wrote an article about Bill Maher’s proclamation that the job of the media is to make what’s important interesting. The media are now so universally loathed that even lawyers and real estate speculators … Continue reading

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Sunday Open Thread – April 22, 2007

Cartoon from the New Yorker by Frank Cotham. Buy prints of his amazing cartoons here. What I’m planning on writing about soon: Are We Violent By Nature?: Are we more like chimps or bonobos? Temper Temper: Keeping it under control … Continue reading

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Saturday Links for the Week – April 21, 2007

What it all means this week: Imaginative Thinking to Address Complex Problems: A fascinating TED talk by 19-year-old biochemist Eva Vertes hypothesizes that cancer is not a disease but an attempt by the body to fight disease and injury. The … Continue reading

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Innovation in eHealth

 I attended a presentation last week put on by Paul Artiuch and Tim Warner of Don Tapscott’s group New Paradigm, talking about the most important trends in Web 2.0, and in eHealth in particular. Some of the content is proprietary … Continue reading

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