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Spaces as Collaboration Enhancers

Spaces as Collaboration Enhancers

Space.  We occupy it, move through it, and have a really hard time understanding it.  While humans have debated what space is and our human relationship to it for at least as long as we have recorded history, we do know some important things about space.  There are spaces that make it much easier for […]

Two Views of Value Destruction, Extraction, Creation, and Regeneration

Two Views of Value Destruction, Extraction, Creation, and Regeneration

Value.  What something is worth to you.  I just finished reading the book The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy by professor of economics Mariana Mazzucato.  The book explores how the understanding of what value is and the implications for our daily lives of that understanding has evolved throughout history, how the […]

If You Had the Time, Could You? — Recommended Readings

If You Had the Time, Could You? — Recommended Readings

Barbour, Julian. The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. Carroll, Sean. From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time. New York: Dutton, 2016. Skow, Bradford. Objective Becoming. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2015. If I had the time, I would…  How would you […]

What Did We Know About What Is Real in 1929? — Recommended Reading

What Did We Know About What Is Real in 1929? — Recommended Reading

Eddington, Arthur Stanley. The Nature of the Physical World. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1929. In a set of lectures, given in 1927, astronomer Arthur Eddington described an emerging understanding of what was known, at the time, about what was real–the nature of the physical world.  Eddington’s journey to the west coast of Africa to observe […]

Is It A Mission or A Mess-ion?

Is It A Mission or A Mess-ion?

When most groups start up, they begin by defining what they intend to do in the world.  They use this defining exercise to bring others into their doing, whether these are people doing the work, people funding the work, or people impacted by the doing.  Many of these groups call this their mission. Is it […]

What Do We Mean When We Say Something Is Political? — Recommended Readings

What Do We Mean When We Say Something Is Political? — Recommended Readings

Berlin, Isaiah. Liberty. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. Cahoone, Lawrence. The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas. Chantilly, VA: The Great Courses, 2014. Fukuyama, Francis. State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004. Keltner, Dacher. The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. New York: Penguin […]

Clarity on Your Deeper Shared Purpose: A Matter of Life and Death — Really!

Clarity on Your Deeper Shared Purpose: A Matter of Life and Death — Really!

To paraphrase  the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, if you don’t know where you are going, it doesn’t matter what direction you go.  It seems obvious.  Knowing what you want to achieve with your efforts, where you want to go on the journey.  If you don’t know this, you probably won’t get there.  And, […]

How Influence Spreads Through Human Interactions — Recommended Readings

How Influence Spreads Through Human Interactions — Recommended Readings

Centola, Damon. How Behavior Spreads: The Science of Complex Contagions. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. Ferguson, Niall. The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook. New York: Penguin Press, 2018. How do networks work?  How does influence spread amongst people, through human interactions? Historian Niall Ferguson digs into the archives, exploring […]

Extreme Human-Weather Effects

Extreme Human-Weather Effects

Is it normal for you to be engaged or to be disengaged?  By normal we mean that this is what you expect, what you expect of your life.  Do you expect, in any given day, to be engaged in what you do, in who you are, in how you interact?  By extreme, we mean furthest […]

Resilience at Scale — Recommended Readings

Resilience at Scale — Recommended Readings

Coleman, Peter T. The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts. New York: Public Affairs, 2011. Homer-Dixon, Thomas. Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2006. Rose, Jonathan F.P. The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life. New York: […]

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