Monthly Archives: August 2007

Sunday Open Thread — August 19, 2007

What I’m thinking about, and planning on writing (and podcasting) about soon:Open Space: Ever since I began learning about Open Space, I’ve been trying to ‘improve’ it (especially, trying to impose a ‘framework’ on the process and Open Space competency … Continue reading

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Saturday Links for the Week — August 18, 2007

People search for the bodies of loved ones in Pisco, south of Lima. Photo: REUTERS/Mariana Bazo Help the People of Peru: 30,000 families whose lives have been shattered by the recent earthquake need our help. Here’s how to do so: … Continue reading

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Non-Advice for Chronic Sufferers

Image: Suicide by Scandinavian artist Joakim Back. The most moving character in Nick Hornby’s amazing novel A Long Way Down, about four would-be suicides who end up in a kind of crazy self-managed support group, is Maureen, the woman stuck … Continue reading

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Collective Emergence

A collaborative drawing by Claudia and Sergio Olivos I‘ve told a few stories about great collaborations on this blog. Here are a couple of them: A few years ago one of our neighbours sent out invitations to a ‘work bee’, … Continue reading

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Grateful

Dali, The Persistence of Memory Stress can, if we are not careful, be our undoing. Modern stress, unlike that faced by prehistoric people, is often chronic (recurring, or never going away) and ‘unmanageable’ (there is no obvious, immediate action we … Continue reading

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Living Lightly on the Land

A few readers have questioned how I can claim to be an environmentalist when I live in a large house with a pool on a large lot. Surely, they say, this is about as far from radical simplicity as you … Continue reading

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Sunday Open Thread – August 12, 2007

What I’m thinking about, and planning on writing (and podcasting) about soon:Radical Simplicity: Much of what we need to do to create sustainable models of better ways of living and making a living requires us to simplify how we live: … Continue reading

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Saturday Links for the Week — August 11, 2007

Amazing Visualizations Blog: Kudos to my colleague Greg Turko for finding Strange Maps, a blog of unusual and sometimes brilliant visualizations that add meaning to and make sense of information. The top one reproduced above is a picture, from Japan, … Continue reading

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Garbage Politics

You have to give it to conservatives — they know how to manipulate people. Economic “laissez-faire” elitist conservatives, the scions of the old robber barons, have learned to play the social conservatives, the fearful and resentful anti-city farmers, and the … Continue reading

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Waiting to Free the Crowd

Dan O’Neill cartoon from the Jefferson Airplane CD Volunteers We all want to believe everything is going to be OK. So when things are going badly, the hucksters of phony miracle cures and reassurances come out in droves like worms … Continue reading

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