Links for the Week: April 19, 2009

BLOG Links for the Week: April 18-19, 2009

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Beach in Esperance, Westerm Australia, where I’m writing this blog post – thanks to Cheryl for the photo

Can Permaculture and Social Networks Save the World?: Rob asks “If we learned how to work with nature and if we learned about our own nature – what could we achieve?” And Eric Lilius points us to Maya Mountain Research Farm, which is showing us the way to permaculture.

You’re Not My Everything: Janene’s story makes a compelling argument for polyamory, on the basis that one person can never hope to be everything another person needs.

Why I’m an Unschooler: PS’s book on unschooling is out, and you can download it for only $5. I’ll have more to say on this subject soon.

Are Electric Cars Our Future?: Shai Agassi takes an entrepreneurial approach to transport and peak oil that follows my book’s advice exactly — find your sweet spot, find the right partners, do great research to find and understand an unmet need, and use an innovation process to evolve solutions to that need. Hope he sees it through to execution. (Thanks Geoff and Viv for the link)

… Or Maybe Bicycles are a Better Idea: I know some intrepid Toronto bike commuters, in a city where the few bike lanes are accidents waiting to happen. If biking to work can work in Toronto, it can work anywhere. Thanks to Graham Clark for the link.

The Aboriginal Weathermen: Tree points us to indigenous weather knowledge from Australia — where they’ve been tracking the weather and climate change, effectively, for twenty thousand years.

Making a Living Online: Seth Godin points us to a free downloadable book on how to make a living through your blog. Haven’t read it yet but it sounds interesting.

How to Deal with Complex Systems: Dave Snowden provides a comprehensive recap of managing in complex environments, in which he discounts the value of scenario planning and offers some other alternatives.

Thought for the Week: From  Colleen:


Everyone has her basket.

And in that basket
are all the things
a body gets
in a lifetime:

The long legs
the natural grace

The way with words
or people
or numbers
or animals

The force field that makes money
or love
or ideas
or children
come to them first

The gene soup
that makes eyes blue
stomachs sturdy
loins fruitful
brains prodigious

Even the luck—
the ponies
the Kojak parking
the pair of pants on sale
or the person of their dreams available
at the exact moment
where need and want meet—
even that
is in the basket.

There will be days
when you look down at your basket and marvel
at the wonderful
things inside

And there will be days
when you cannot bring yourself to look
at all
or rather
where the only place you can look
is at the basket next to you
and with longing.

But every day
someone is looking at your basket
with longing

Every day
someone would trade baskets with yours
sight unseen

I have been
in all of those places
and mostly
I am grateful
for the grace
that forgave my foolishness

This is my basket
to carry
and uncover
layer by layer
day by day
year by year

And sometimes
story by story.

May your basket overflow
with beautiful things
of incomparable joy
and wonder

And when it does not
may you be visited
by the same grace that sat down beside me
to show me the beauty
and the joy
and the wonder
I could not see

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5 Responses to Links for the Week: April 19, 2009

  1. Dave Riddell says:

    Hi Dave: Got a link to that “Aboriginal Weathermen” article? Thanks!

  2. vera says:

    Heh. Looking at that complex systems thing, it occurs to me there are two kinds of complex systems. Those that manage themselves, as a forest, and those that must be managed by humans, just a few steps away from falling apart.Human management brings into existence systems that must keep on being managed. Rarely well. Nature brings into existence systems that arise within self management, and therefore never need a manager.

  3. Free Cards says:

    On this Earth Day, you have pick up the right topic. Great work.

  4. Gerard Joyce says:

    “one person can never hope to be everything another person needs.”Does anyone really enter a relationship thinking they can be ?WOW what a strange thought. I would argue it does not make a case for polyamory but rather a serious does of reality. No one ever finds everything ,what a bore if we did. We look for “everything” everywhere to burden another human with providing everything is to doom the relationship from the outset.

  5. Chris Guillebeau’s PDF (the one Seth linked to) is outstanding. Transparent, generous, thorough and well-written, with ACTUAL HUMOR. Egads!I suspect the world will now collapse into itself.

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