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Rob Paterson
Looking beneath the surface
Interests: my dogs, history and science, blogging, my children, science fiction and fantasy
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We see that many traditional organizations are betting that Social Technology is the key agency for making the shift to being a network. Their hope is that if all the employees are socially connected that somehow everything will be different.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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In August 2014, I begun a "Real Time" story of my large extended Montreal family and their experiences in World War 1. It is now the end of October and the First Contingent are here on Salisbury Plain where they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is Grace, "Julia", Lady Drummond. In 1914, she was the widow of Sir George Drummond, who had been the President of the Bank of Montreal. Her son, Guy, had given up his Captaincy so that he could serve in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Chris Corrigan - Caitlin Frost and their two children Finn and Aine Septemeber 2006 Most people feel that school could be better. Many are behind actions to make school more efficient and accountable. But a significant minority are not sure... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This picture is of the Cloth Hall in Ypres in October 1914. Ypres would be the home of the Canadians for much of the war. By the time the Division arrived in this sector in February 1915, the Cloth Hall... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is the Franconia, a Cunard ship, that was filled with nurses. It was docked along side the Ivernia where Alec and the 2nd Brigade CFA were docked in Devonport. They had been at sea since October 4th and had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Change in a traditional organization - how does it happen? Most have placed their bet on the use of social technology. If we add lots of social links, we will be different. Others hope that somehow it will bubble up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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On October 3rd 1915, one day short of a month from the declaration of war, the First Contingent set sail. The loading of the convoy finally finished on Oct 2. Alec and the 2dn Brigade CFA had been on board... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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What do I mean by a Phase Jumper and what is the link to The Matrix? What might this mean to you? If Hugh's immortal cartoon makes you cringe and laugh, you are likely to be what I call a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
My Aunt Frances who is my source and who is in the picture with her mum and her brother died last week September 11. There is now no one left of that time in my family
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The last days of the assembly at Valcartier would end for the artillery and for Alec, my Grandfather this weekend. Here is a rare photo of gunners at the camp. On the 20th the artillery would ride the 30+ kilometres... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
If you are diagnosed with a chronic illness today such as Type 2 Diabetes, you have a choice. The medical system will offer you "Palliation". This means a sequence of treatments that do not cure you and that lead, over... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Why do most of us refuse to see what is happening? Why will people just not listen? What is denial all about? Earl Mardle has some insight. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
What our home is like is surely key to being free or not. Is your home a prison cell or is it the core of your freedom? In this post, I attach a conversation with Earl Mardle who, with his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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No one claims that smoking is good for us anymore. So why do so many still smoke? Why don't they just quit? It is the same with our larger lives. We have become addicted to work and to being busy.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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If you could change the culture at a traditional organization. If you could get everyone connected? Would that transform you into a networked organization that is able to compete with ones that started as Networks from the outset? Many think... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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(Apologies - I pushed "publish" on a draft when I should have just saved it) If your organization is a traditional top down and centralized organization then no matter what you do, you will not be able to change the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is Martha Allan in 1920. (Link to a short bio here) She looks like a typical society woman of the time. But the photo is an illusion. She, like many women, had been changed by the war. She had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is Hamilton Gault. (More about him here) Not a man to fool with and a born warrior. Look at his eyes! He is the uncle by marriage of my great aunt Frances whom we met a few posts ago.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is Uncle Jimmie. James Blackwood Paterson ran the insurance part of Paterson and Company. He was the largest agent for the London based Phoenix Assurance Company. Then the most important insurance company operating in Canada. The Patersons and the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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The men riding in this picture are called "Drivers". They would have to be excellent horsemen. They are guiding the 6 horses as they pull tons of steel. I mentioned earlier that many of the grooms of Montreal followed the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This picture is of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in 1915. As their men trained at Vacartier in August and September, many Montreal families in the Square Mile, prepared to follow their men to England. Here is Francis Chattan Stephens, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is the Allan "Cottage" in Cacouna. It is where the family spent the hot summer months away from Montreal. I would guess that as the men left for war, that the Allans had their last summer here. It was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Films such as Lord of the Rings or The Matrix have been very popular. They are based on a myth. The myth is of a person who starts to wake up to the reality that there is something badly wrong... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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The web is amazing. I have found an album of photos taken at Valcartier. This shot is of the artillery arriving at the camp on August 17th, 1914. The weather looks lovely. Unlike today when it is so cold that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog