Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

Links of the Month: September 2020

Oh won’t you come with me, where the Wood River flows? We’ll watch it meander slowly, as the sky turns from red to dark. And as that sun goes down, we’ll throw our arms around each other and tell the … Continue reading

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What If Trump Wins Again?

New Yorker illustration by David Hornsby “I remember a time when everybody knew their place. Time we got back to that.” — supporter of the incumbent American president the day after the 2016 election, cited in Caste Our universal propensity … Continue reading

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Give the Kids a Break

I wonder if there has ever been a generation that didn’t consider the generations that followed it to be spoiled, selfish and hopelessly foolish? With cases of CoVid-19 surging in many areas that thought they’d escaped or moved past the … Continue reading

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When the Aliens Come

photo by Mitchell Kaneshkevich When I was younger, I used to fantasize about our beleaguered planet being visited by aliens. Even as a child, I had a better-than-Hollywood imagination — my envisioned aliens never looked in any way humanoid, and … Continue reading

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What’s the Best Possible Outcome?

I’m a member of a Meetup group that is exploring various aspects of a non-hierarchical, self-organized approach to creating and operating business and other organizations, that is casually known as Teal, and is based on the book Reinventing Organizations. At … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: August 2020

Turn away from your animal kind, Try to leave your body just to live in your mind. Leave your cold cruel mother earth behind, Gaia. As if you were your own creation, As if you were the chosen nation. And … Continue reading

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The CoVid-19 Endurance Test: Will We Pass It?

brilliant illustration by Nan Lee in the New Yorker The global social distancing effort has been one of humanity’s greatest collective achievements. I don’t think any human endeavor has ever saved so many lives in such a short period of … Continue reading

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The Wonderful, Messy Process of Self-Organization

pedestal left after statue of slave trader was removed in Bristol, UK; image from NPR taken by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP We humans seem to like order, and there are several ways of achieving it. We are inclined to prefer simpler, easier-to-understand … Continue reading

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A Canadian Sorry

drawing by Elliot Keeler  Perhaps uniquely, Canadians say “sorry” almost automatically when something goes wrong; it does not (often) imply an admission of guilt, or of remorse. In fact, this is so Canadian that our lawyers had to craft (I … Continue reading

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Changing Things That Don’t Make Sense

I coined Pollard’s Law of Complexity nearly 20 years ago, to try to sum up what I thought was the most important practical learning from my years of study of complexity theory. Here’s how I worded it: POLLARD’S LAW OF … Continue reading

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