Monthly Archives: October 2008

CCK08: Connectivism and the Challenge of Making Connections in Vast and Complex Networks

We’re now 2/3 the way through the 12-week MOOC (online course) on Connectivism and Connective Knowledge. Next week we get into the role of the teacher and the future of education in an online, connected world, and I’ll have a … Continue reading

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The Careless Society

For most of our civilization’s 30,000-year history, most of us made our living in agriculture. Then, about a thousand years ago, we began making other goods in a more organized fashion, through guilds, apprenticeship systems etc. Later still, about 250 … Continue reading

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Making a Living Naturally: The Fifteen Qualities of Natural Enterprises

This is the fourth in a series of articles about my new book Finding the Sweet Spot. The book is available from most booksellers or online from the sites listed in the right sidebar. A synopsis of the book is here. … Continue reading

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Bioneers: Effective Activism

The annual Bioneers By the Bay conference this past weekend in New Bedford MA had a wide range of themes, but far and away the most valuable session was a “kitchen table” discussion with Bioneers founders Kenny Ausubel and Nina … Continue reading

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Links of the Week – Saturday/Sunday October 25-26, 2008: The Sacred Places Edition

Cartoonist Tom Toles shows us this year’s scariest Hallowe’en costume. Thanks to my daughter Tiffany for the link. The Power of Place: My friend Amy Lenzo is working on a four-woman project called The Power of Place with the Collective … Continue reading

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CCK08 Week 6-7: Complexity, Connection and Learning

I‘m a week behind in my weekly Friday writing about the connectivism MOOC, but last week’s subject was complexity, which is interesting, so I’ll post about it now and then skip a week.I’ve written a lot about complexity here, so … Continue reading

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This is Who I Am, Now

I confess that my rambling post on Monday was my way of thinking through what I wanted to say in this one. Over the past couple of years, after transforming the way I lived as a result of my serious … Continue reading

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Finding the Sweet Spot — In Your Community

This is the third in a series of articles about my new book Finding the Sweet Spot. The book is available from most booksellers or online from the sites listed in the right sidebar. A synopsis of the book is here. … Continue reading

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What Makes Us “Us”

Last year I wrote a 2-part article on The Chemistry of Love. It describes (a) the four self-reinforcing chemicals that make us “fall in love” emotionally (phenylethylamine, dopamine, norepinephrine* and oxytocin), (b) the chemicals that produce erotic feelings (testosterone and … Continue reading

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Saturday Links for the Week: October 18, 2008

Photo: Colleen’s dog, just because just looking at him makes me smile.What Moves the Artist: Most of my circles, and my readers, are artists in one way or another, so I was intrigued by Malcolm Gladwell’s portrait of two forms … Continue reading

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