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I do .. often. Every day, in fact. ;-)
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Yes .. hard to imagine 10 more years of (just) beating the drums. That said, there are more and more people banging them all the time. the drumming just keeps getting louder. Is it becoming all-caps writing on the wall (so to speak) ?
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heh. I saw this morning an interesting-ish piece in the HBR, from Roger Martin (yes, the well-known Roger Martin). Titled "Re-Thinking the Decision facroty" Love the metaphor. At least there's growing awareness in 'official' circles of what's going on. Reform ? Hmmm .. I doubt more than I believe, not unlike you.
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We can only wish, I fear.
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Tender hearted is offensive to men. But I can overlook that. No biggie .. The Atlantic is predicting "The End of Men - How Women Are Taking Control of Everything". A bit enthusiastic, I think .. but if this is happening, will womens' hearts begin to harden as a result ?
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Fascinating progress, Rob. Good on all of you.
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I think your average 50-something person (like me) remembers and still operates in a world where authorities are to be trusted, bank savings accounts pay interest that compounds and eventually grows over a lifetime to something called a "nest egg". Unfortunately, along the road from teenhood to 50-something, a world of easy credit and financial phony-baloney has been manufactured. In that world the authorities are NOT to be trusted unless they lie, smile, say they are necessary to an economy's functioning or else, etc., etc. You and your readers know the story as well or better than me. Is there anything left to trust .. other than, as Phil reminds us often and so well, the ancient lessons left to us by those who had the time and the inclination to think and observe the play of human foibles in society (market-driven or otherwise).
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Mr. Burns might buy a controlling interest in WB, giving Candy some liquidity on her investment in you. I think he built an ark once.
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Welcome back. There's alwaysroom for more in both the cubicle and the Dumpster.
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Yes, I have ... I do not say things like "it's pretty interesting" without having read the source.
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Brilliant ! Re: "WB does not exist" .. or is it just tied up and tied down for the time being ?
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Hedges' recent book "Empire of Illusion" is pretty interesting.
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It looks incredibly useful, and very well thought out in terms of gestures and what work activities people do a lot of together. The privacy permissions enabling outsiders as well as insiders, and ways to keep that separate, is also very clear and practical.
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I think stewardship IS a good business philosophy.
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No doubt they are right. I am not well informed, only opinionated.
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Disruptive Philanthropic Idol - Dan Duncan or Judith Anderson ? Online voting coming soon ...
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while acknowledging that the technology, connectivity, informality, rapidity, and transparency of online ways may still seem disruptive to some We still have to look hard (often) and think critically in the massive flows of information. What I am eternally curious about is whether there will become a tipping point or tipping points where a critical mass of people come to have real expectations about transparency, facts and reasoned attitudes due to the connectivity, informality and rapidity of online ways. One can hope. That said, my sense is that there has been a lot of evolution (though not yet revolution) in what is quite a short period of time. The assumption I am working with is that the Internet / Web will remain in place, and that at least an usable part of it will not be totally polluted by commercialism.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2010 on Disrupting Philanthropy at Gift Hub
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I read a piece by Nouriel Roubini yesterday saying that holding interest rates at near-zero around the world is effectively just a dangerous as letting (or making ) the rise .. as it is relatively quickly setting the stage for more bubble .. and then more need for bail-out. I think there's no way around it ... a fundamental (and deep) adjustment to the ways we live, and our expectations, is the only way to confront this irresolvable dilemma. And that means lots of pain and psychological (and maybe physical) trauma. I don't see any easy or non-traumatic way out of all this. No doubt I am just a cranky Eeyore, but I think there's big trouble ahead.
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"Hope is not a method." So very true. Things are not getting better, are they ?
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""The great work of our time will be to restore Trust and legitimacy to how we organize. The Dark Tower that has to fall is the Monarchic structure of our institutions. We have to bring real democracy to how we organize organizations."" I am willing to bet you know what I think ;-) Nicely written post, Rob .. it reminds me of images I had in my head, swirling up out of the past .. dungeons, castles, wee writing desks with quill pens, divine right of Kings, Magna Carta, castles, fortress walls and moats, Inquisitions, the arrival of science, smokestacks, companies and org charts, CEO's a s kings and VP's as cardinals and bishops .. etc. etc. And I guess you know where my POV as ended up ;-)
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"We need a new institution. I think that pub media and libraries have the trust that can help us use that as the glue to come together and to work things out directly. This will be the most democratic step yet." Great point, Rob. And along with those two, if "we" were ever to do something serious about making public education grades 1-12 more effective (rather than forcing more and more people to home-school) that'd help democracy (maybe) return.
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WOW !! What a phenomenally great picture !
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2010 on Too Cute for Words at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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The first prize entry must have been quite impressive, then.
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Well, you've got to give the French their props for knowing what to do with wine and wine bottles. I'm willing to bet the technique demonstrated has been perfected over a period of very many years.
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