Archive for September, 2010

Insight Links for Sep 21, 10:19 pm

// September 21st, 2010 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Sep 21, 10:19 pm // Opinion

  • The "New" Economy: Who Thinks the ZeitGeist & Venus Project are Full of Misconceptions? Read All About It Here!, Robin Wood @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:

  • Quotes Uncovered: Memorable Movie Lines, Team @ Freakonomics:
    Two years ago, I asked for suggestions for the most memorable movie lines of recent years, to help with the next edition of The Yale Book of Quotations. Let me repeat my “bleg” from that time, and ask again for suggestions
  • Back to School #1, danariely @ Dan Ariely:
    The dark side of “Productivity Enhancing Tools” Email, Facebook, and Twitter have greatly enhanced the ways we communicate. These handy modes of communication allow us to stay in touch with people all over the world without the restrictions of snail mail (too slow) or the telephone (is it too late/early to call?). As great as […]
  • Super-Empowered Hopeful (vs Angry) Individuals- A Technological Perspective, Robin Wood @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:
    This is a column for the latest edition of Nanotechnology Now, written by Jamais Cascio. Feedback, as always, is more than welcome.


  • Green Collars–Where are the Jobs?, Robin Wood @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:
    An excellent insight into the intricate details of how we are creating a green economy job-by-job, from a US perspective. I wonder what the equivalent criteria are in the Euro countries?

    Two years into Obama’s presidency, nobody knows what qualifies as a green-collar job, including government agencies and environmental groups.

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  • The Magic That Is TED, Team @ Freakonomics:
    Anya Kamenetz of Fast Company writes about the TED phenomenon: “By combining the principles of ‘radical openness’ and of ‘leveraging the power of ideas to change the world,’ TED is in the process of creating something brand new. I would go so far as to…
  • The Gordon Cook Interview (3): from the commons to open and distributed manufacturing, Michel Bauwens @ P2P Foundation:
    On March 4 2010, Gordon Cook was able to interview me in Bangkok. This became the basis for the August-September special issue of the Cook Report, a newsletter that is distributed to telecommunication leaders. It’s the most in-depth profile of our work to date and the first 17 pages, which feature a detailed comparison of […]
  • Gold’s Magic Price, Daniel Hamermesh @ Freakonomics:
    We’ve had some old unwanted gold jewelry lying around for a long time. With gold at $1,237 per ounce, we figured it was time to sell it. We are a living movement up the supply curve of gold.
  • The Prisoner’s Dilemma Makes a Reality TV Appearance, Team @ Freakonomics:
    Once in a while, something happens in the real world that brings a flurry of e-mail to the Freakonomics office. If, for instance, the Prisoner’s Dilemma, or at least a version thereof, makes an appearance on a network TV show.
  • Humanitarian Design Projects and the Growth of Digital Fabrication, Team @ Worldchanging: Bright Green:
    WorldChanging TeamLooking back one, two and five years ago today (give or take!) on Worldchanging: 2009 Kenyas’ First “Net Positive” Basketball Court Christa Morris reports on…

Hindsight Links for Sep 17, 6:00 am

// September 17th, 2010 // Comments Off on Hindsight Links for Sep 17, 6:00 am // Digests, Hindsight

  • Rehearsing is for cowards, Seth Godin @ Seth’s Blog:
    Jackson Browne gave us that advice. He would rather have you explore. Exploring helps you figure out what you can do the next time you present or perform or interact. Rehearsing, on the hand, means figuring out exactly what you’re…
  • Melrose Market, Phuong-Cac Nguyen @ Cool Hunting:
    This past weekend marked the official grand opening party for Seattle’s new 21,000-square-foot gastronomy and retail mecca Melrose Market. Located in Capitol Hill, the destination steps in as a refreshingly modern version of the city’s tourist-heavy Pike Place market. Melrose Market focuses on locally sourced, independent and organic goods…
  • Beyond crowdsourcing, Seth Godin @ Seth’s Blog:
    Crowd accelerated innovation is the latest TED talk. It’s from TED boss Chris Anderson. The idea is one of those big ones, a simple one that will stick with you for a long time… Online video radically changes the reach…
  • Agenda and Edit, Jasmine Kounang @ Cool Hunting:
    Known the world over for their well-edited books on culture, Phaidon Press recently relaunched their site and with it new sections highlighting current movements in architecture, art, design, food and photography. The publisher organizes the news into two main sections—Agenda and Edit. Updated weekly, Agenda showcases the five categories…

Insight Links for Sep 15, 6:00 am

// September 15th, 2010 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Sep 15, 6:00 am // Digests, Insight

  • How Apple Sets Prices, Team @ Freakonomics:
    An article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek breaks down Apple’s pricing strategy and identifies its key components.
  • Humanitarian Design Projects and the Growth of Digital Fabrication, Team @ Worldchanging:
    Looking back one, two and five years ago today (give or take!) on Worldchanging: 2009 Kenyas’ First “Net Positive” Basketball Court Christa Morris reports on…
  • The Verdict on Cash for Clunkers: a Clunker, Stephen J. Dubner @ Freakonomics:
    From a new working paper by Atif Mian and Amir Sufi: “We examine the ability of the government to increase consumption by evaluating the impact of the 2009 “Cash for Clunkers” program on short and medium run auto purchases.”
  • Our Car-Based Environments Are Making Us Sick, Team @ Worldchanging:
    by Angie Schmitt Behind some of America’s most pressing health problems — obesity, diabetes, depression — there’s an often ignored culprit: a built environment that…
  • Lumenhaus: Wins Solar Decathlon Europe, Amanda Reed @ Worldchanging:
    Lumenhaus, a super energy-efficient, ultra modern modular house designed by a team from Virginia Tech was recently announced the winner of the first Solar Decathlon…

Hindsight Links for Sep 10, 6:00 am

// September 10th, 2010 // Comments Off on Hindsight Links for Sep 10, 6:00 am // Opinion

Hindsight Links for Sep 10, 6:00 am

// September 10th, 2010 // Comments Off on Hindsight Links for Sep 10, 6:00 am // Digests, Hindsight

  • What Books Should Asian Leaders Read?, Team @ HBR.org:
    What are the must-read classical and contemporary books — Western or Asian — that do, or should, shape the personal…
  • Advice to the HP Board: Get Over It, Jeffrey Pfeffer @ HBR.org:
    In business school we teach students about game theory, which entails understanding payoff structures and making rational decisions in situations…
  • Bon Ami Redux, Ami Kealoha @ Cool Hunting:
    While I have my own obvious reasons for buying Bon Ami, the brand name wasn’t the only reason it was a staple in my household when I was growing up. Hippie moms like mine followed the lead of generations of housewives, choosing the chick that “hasn’t scratched yet” over…
  • The Power to Pull Prosperity, Umair Haque @ HBR.org:
    By now, you might be grudgingly inclined to agree: there’s no recovery because this isn’t just another humdrum recession. You…
  • The future of self-service banking, Nathan Yau @ FlowingData:Future of self-service banking

    Too many slots. Too many buttons. Spanish bank BBVA and design consultancy IDEO rethink the ATM: ATMs were first introduced over 40 years ago and since then many features have been incrementally added to the machines, in order to fulfill the dream of a truly “automated teller”. Modern ATMs offer …

Vatican as Rogue State

// September 9th, 2010 // Comments Off on Vatican as Rogue State // Opinion

There’s an increasingly open critical appreciation of the role, status and actions of “The Church” within Western society at least.  The latest story I’ve read:

THE Vatican should be treated as a kind of ”rogue state” by the rest of the world until it stops using statehood – and the ancient rules of the canon law – to protect paedophile priests, according to veteran human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, QC.

Mr Robertson, a UN judge, argues that the Catholic Church is the only religion permitted under international law to claim the privileges of statehood and its leaders immunity from civil or criminal action.

I couldn’t agree more.

Christchurch Quake Map

// September 8th, 2010 // Comments Off on Christchurch Quake Map // Insight

If you were wondering just what is going on with the earthquakes over in New Zealand at the moment, this up-to-date ‘Quake Map‘  is well worth viewing… you’ll need a few minutes to watch all the quakes occur in elapsed time… truly unnerving stuff: blessings to all in the region.