Monthly Archives: September 2008

Saturday Links of the Week: September 13, 2008

A lie-filled Bush-style Conservative Party attack ad shows a bird shitting on opposition leader StÈphane Dion. Maybe it’s the time of year, but I’m afraid this week’s list is decidedly heavy on political items, most of them bad news: Is … Continue reading

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CCK08: Thoughts on Knowledge and Learning — Week One

Map of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Connectivism, by Matthias Melcher. Full size map you can actually read here.I‘m currently enrolled in an online course on Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (with 2000 other people) being put on by George … Continue reading

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Improv Wisdom

The way we act, and are seen to act, in this life is a function of two things: What we choose to do, and How we choose to do it. We can do the wrong things with style, or, as … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Things I Learned From Reading ‘Life Is a Verb’

Much of my copy of Patti Digh’s Life is a Verb is already dog-eared. Regular readers know I learn by writing, so here’s the result of my writing down what most resonated with me as I read it. I should … Continue reading

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Agents, Intermediaries and Collaborators

Much has been written about the role of agents, intermediaries and collaborators in our economy. They represent three different ways to partner with people to get things done: Agents do things for you, in return for money. Examples: investment brokers, … Continue reading

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Saturday Links of the Week: September 6, 2008

Socotra Island, “the most alien place on Earth”, photo by Jan Vandorpe. Photos on Dark Roasted Blend. Thanks to Our Descent  for the link. Having Too Much Stuff: Beyond Rivalry reprises a post from JD Roth about all the problems … Continue reading

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Friday Flashback: Nine Universal Values and Some Lessons from Nature

In January 2005 I posted the chart above, which listed what I believe to be nine universal values that we all share, regardless of our social, political or economic worldviews, or even what species we belong to. There are clear … Continue reading

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Belligerent Egalitarianism

Republican VP nominee Palin shows off her kill to one of her daughters If you watch people’s body language, you see a lot of power displays. Advertising is a form of bullying. Political conventions are orgies of power displays, as … Continue reading

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The Mainstream Media and the Information Divide

Are you watching, listening to and reading the news in the mainstream media and just finding it all inane, meaningless? Do the things they tell you are important mean nothing to you? Perhaps you’re too far ahead of them. This … Continue reading

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Creating Natural Communities

The chart above is the one from my book Finding the Sweet Spot that describes the process of deciding what you were meant to do for a living. The more I think about Natural (Intentional) Communities, and why they’re so … Continue reading

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