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Gregory Esau has been at 22 events

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Social Media Today144,943*Does Social Business Make Sense?* _Not just for people but for the organizations as well?_ *Social Business is the focus of every business owner and CEO.* As we transition to a world of people, connections and relationships where advertising and traditional marketing do not work like they used to, the trend is to reposition a business to work harder for its employees, better with its customers and for its community. When the traditional model of a business gives us some very strong, clearly defined guidelines, driven by the irrefutable logic of the balance sheet, *does it make much sense to really talk about social business?* Is it a distraction? *And if not, can there be a workable path that can transition a legacy business to a modern, social one?* Discussing some of the key questions will be TEDx speaker and author @105103058358743760661. *A former Microsoft executive and a thought leader in the field of technology, people and organizations,* Gideon will be sharing some of his insights with us. Hosting the discussion will be @115620878851836664537  with @102000982871890720967  and at the controller's helm, making sure that everything runs smoothly will be @100470926227322431614 with @115000108263064481690. *Don't forget to join the conversation!* We want your questions, highlights, and feedback prior to, during, and after the event so make sure to tweet @socialmedia2day using the hashtag #SMTPowerTalk  or leave us comments on the Google+ or YouTube event pages! Let's get this conversation started!Does Social Business Make Sense?2015-01-22 18:00:00206  
Peter H. Diamandis342,988Exponential Medicine2014-10-27 19:00:0043  
ISOOSI Research Engine3,513*Roles and Stories in Effective Marketing* with Dr. Mani Saint-Victor ( @118176779352783168766 ) and @107656088609554509650  In our last show we discussed how words shape brands, both to those within, and without the company.  Building from that understanding of words, tone, voice, this week we go to the *Customer's story* and how we find and play our role in that story. Its fine to define ourselves to ourselves, in a fixed context of simply describing who we are, what our mission is, and similar things... But how does that matter to the potential customer who is wrapped up in their own problems right now?  How do we present ourselves in relation to a specific issue and mindset without losing any of that true definition of ourselves. In this episode we'll revise the importance of 'story', but from the perspective of the customer's story rather than our own.  We'll discuss how we fit ourselves into a vital and needed role in that story, and how to play that role effectively, powerfully, believable, and above all, truthfully. *Links* G+ Hangout Event: http://isoo.si/Ab23D Watch on YouTube: http://isoo.si/t3B2S Main Comment stream: http://isoo.si/Ab23D Related recommended reading: http://isoo.si/q5FWn Join our wonderful guests @118176779352783168766 and @107656088609554509650, the   #isoosichat   regulars @113426828273677356184, @106515636986325493284 and @116843668885160648294 for this discussion.Roles and Stories in Effective Marketing2014-07-01 21:00:0074  
SEOWiSE958*The Paradigm Shift* _The Business of Communicating in a Semantic Web_ *New:* We're trying to track activity so if you share this event anywhere else please add #paradigmshift ! I am thrilled to announce my newest show with @115620878851836664537. Through our interactions on his brilliant @110793088683846123648, David and I have developed clear connections between communication concepts I regularly use in Communication Studies and the new Semantic Web that businesses are learning to function in. *The show break down* _In a half hour David and I will..._ I will briefly explain a communication concept. For our first show we are starting really basic. *I will explain the two-step flow of communication:* Its history, the basic model and components within that model, and how we generally study it within communication. David will then take the concept of the two-step flow of communication and apply it to his expertise: Business today. *David will explain how the two-step flow of communication functions within the semantic web and why its important for businesses to consider.* Finally, we will address any questions that you all raise for us, so bring your thinking caps! A big thank you to @115091224082668507135 for the banner!The Paradigm Shift - The Business of Communicating in a Semantic Web2014-06-19 18:00:0088  
Wade Harman19,641Relationship Marketing Community HOA Join @111552522175915203592 of @108827198716965466311 as we talk to some prominent members in the relationship marketing community!  If you're not in the community, come and join us here http://goo.gl/4O0V8v If you are in the community and would like to come hangout live on air, let me know in the comment section and we'll invite you in and see what you've been up to!The Relationship Marketing Community HOA2014-05-23 20:00:0026  
David F “SmallBizDavid” Leopold3,297Using the Google+ Hangout on Air tool, David discusses his new book, *"Google+ Hangouts for Business"*  with "SmallBizDavid".  Details are being finalized for a "virtual book signing".    The Event's official sponsor is *"PlusMyReach"*, a new Google+ Event  analytical tool.                                                      *PlusMyReach*                                                http://plusmyreach.net          Our "Engagement Metric" is the only Google+ tool that measures total Engagement of your HOA Event (before, during, and after)---and tells you what the "Reach"  of the active engagers is.  The tool is essential to help you make critical Marketing decisions. Event Hashtag:  #PlusMyReach ABOUT *"Google+ Hangouts for Business":* Author: David Amerland Google+ Hangouts™ can help you build brands, shorten sales cycles, improve customer  service, train staff, align employees behind strategy, and a whole lot more. You name it,  someone’s doing it successfully with Hangouts. You can, too—and Google+ Hangouts  for Business will show you how. David Amerland completely demystifies Hangouts:  the hands-on tools, best-practice techniques, opportunities, even the etiquette. Amerland  reveals exactly how to profit from Hangouts, even if you have absolutely no video or  business social networking experience. You’ll discover why Hangouts isn't “just another”  video or conferencing technology—and why the difference makes it so valuable to your  business.  Then, Amerland shows you how to:  • Master the unique dynamics of real-time marketing (and avoid the pitfalls) • Confidently run a smooth, professional Hangout, stay in control, and handle the  unexpected • Rebroadcast your Hangouts to everyone (or just the people you choose) • Use Hangouts even if you don't use the Google+ social network • Plan Hangouts that build trust, consumer engagement, and brand equity • Connect at a deeper personal level, and establish an online identity that reflects  who you really are • Do it all at low cost—or maybe no cost at all Whatever your business, this quick and easy guide will help you build powerful new  connections within your company, with your best customers and prospects—with  everyone you need to reach."Google+ Hangouts for Business"---David Amerland releases his new book2014-04-04 16:00:00123  
Yifat Cohen78,534*If you've ever wondered...* What is Google+ and why you can ignore it no more... How online life became exactly the same as offline life & what it means to your biz... The one word that will change everything you do now Online Exposure is a given, this is what you should really worry about  DIVING IN... What are Hangouts and how they can: Give you back your time.. Free you from business travel (give you back those special family moments)... Increase collaboration... Level the Media play field - you can do better than famous TV stars... Do it professionally - just like the TV stars.... Make you money from the things you LOVE to do... Then join @114482686646572776469  as she interviews me about Google+ and Hangouts... *Leave your questions in the comments so I can get them answered* PS. If you haven't heard my talk at Eben Pagen's event a few weeks ago and you didn't receive my 3 strategies for increasing visibility and positioning, but you want to - then RSVP and show up. *Oh, and invite your friends - because great things are better shared* ;) ------------ #howtohangout   #howtogoogleplus   #newbie   #hangoutsonair   #gplusgotogal   #gplustraining   #googleplustips   #hangoutstrategies  How Google+ Hangouts Allow You to Monetize Your Passion2014-04-02 21:00:00191  
Meloney Hall3,723Teacher Says, “ Okay, class --  you better take notes for this lesson.” Fifteen students take notes vigorously as they try to keep up with writing cursive on their lined notebook paper. Eight Students do not take any notes at all.  They might ask for someone’s notes later. One Student draws doodles as a form of note-taking.  She gets laughed at and told to “grow-up” and take notes the right way.  I’m kind of embarrassed I listened to those peers; I need to gain those skills again!  So much easier to retain the information when you can draw pictures with your written notes (printed, not cursive).  How about the Digital Way of taking notes today?  That’s what +113865527017476906160  will be showing us during the HOA broadcast with me.  I will be interviewing Sacha Chua on Wednesday, March 12th at 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT about how she uses SketchNotes for taking notes in a digital format.  Free-flow handwriting and techy all at the same time!  She’s a woman in science and technology, so she really loves gadgets!    She uses SketchNotes, and it’s really very fascinating!  Watching her do them LIVE is really the best!  I know Sacha as a fellow HelpOuts Provider, and I have seen her do this for many HOA’s.  This is why I wanted to interview her --  you’ll say WOW like I did when I first learned about her and what she does.    This is a link to give you the basic idea of what the system is and why it is so handy for students, business people, and anyone else who needs to retain information.  And if you’re into saving paper, then this is a true match for you!  I like to think of SketchNotes as a digital white board.  http://www.core77.com/blog/sketchnotes/sketchnotes_101_the_basics_of_visual_note-taking_19678.asp Select YES or MAYBE to get a reminder on your calendar.  It will also help mark the spot if you can’t watch live, but will want to watch the replay.  You’re in for a techy-treat!  Hope you’ll be watching! Visual Note-Taking with Sacha Chua2014-03-12 23:00:0034  
Social Media Hangout5,416Join the owners and moderators of the Social Media communities on Google+ (Strategy, Professionals, Creative, and Discussions) as they introduce you to this brand new HOA series: Social Media Hangout! as well as the Social Media communities. 3:00 PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time - NEW YORK TIME ZONE) This means: 7:00 PM GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) http://smhangout.com Featuring the likes of: @103008963082975341976  @107665939201638457855  @107022061436866576067  @113690073826160821557  @102572320061138442096  @117547081660023231214  @115516333681138986628  and more to come, keep an eye out for announcements this week! We just may sneak in a few surprises and gifts for viewers, so this is one HOA you definitely don't want to miss. Brought to you by @109836237376101025302, as well as our wonderful partners: @102987204232298235213 @115515796589038584989 @118277786822373935125 @102577254872201879750 @110898358562182430662 and @116266498226740184904 Social Media Hangout: Greetings and Salutations2014-03-09 20:00:00168  
Ronnie Bincer111,327*Learn How to Start a HOA (Hangout on Air) best practices mid-Feb '14* _It is no secret that things change a lot here on Google Plus... come learn the latest suggested way to start up a Live HOA Broadcast._ This live training event will take you step-by-step through the process for setting up and starting your own Hangout on Air (HOA) using Google Plus and the Hangouts Menu. There are other ways as well, but this one is the way that Google is wanting us to use, so I'll treat it as the 'best way' to start things up for now. Things have recently changed to make this method better than it was before for marketing your HOA Event. This training event will go through the steps you'll need to take to get going and after the slides have been shown there will be some time for Q&A. *Invite your friends* and leave questions in the comments for us to address... _we'll get to them if they relate to the Hangouts menu method we'll be covering here._ Find out much more about Hangouts and HOA by becoming a part of the *Hangout Mastery* membership group. Details here www.bit.ly/HangoutMastery === === #HOAtips   #HangoutsOnAir   #ScheduledHOAEvents   #HOAevents   #EventsTips   #HangoutMastery   #TheHangoutHelper  How do I start a Hangout on Air? Best practices mid Feb 20142014-02-13 19:00:00259  
Jess + Scott + You386We are just people, and just mere mortals at that. So, how can “we” [in this case meaning you and I] change the world?  Peek at Google. Ya, you heard right. Google!  They research and develop (R&D) innovations online and off, in the medical field, in commerce, in transportation, robotics, learning, life’s longevity and more. Much more. They [in this case meaning Googlers or employees] feel the risk is worth the reward and the falling down means learning up. For them, *learning is what helps fuel opportunity which in turn leads to growth and sustainability.* So how different are We-from-They or Us-from-Them? On this Jess and Scott agree: *It’s not the scale that counts so much as how you feel about it and then act on how you feel.*  Here’s the kicker. In descending order: technology, the internet, social media and Google/G+ can now easily and effortless transfer into our hands the ability to explore our curiosity along with all the innovation and opportunity inherent in the technology. Now, how cool is that? *So, do you see that going forward it’s YOU? We decide next steps and decide Is the risk worth the reward, and are we willing to fall and learn to grow?* This week’s JSY! show serves up case studies drawn from a courageous group demanding change to make our point: Even though our R&D budgets are a smidge smaller than say, Google’s, it’s the culture we set in motion for ourselves and our family, work and country that can make an impact. Might even save the world. In the end, it is the *you and I* that chooses to jump (or not), expand (or not) and grow (or not). For small businesses and entrepreneurs this means providing new and different value for our customers. Join @110746124112827812577 @109237790792840071389  and @106867567997804136918    as we explore innovation to create opportunity which can lead to real change. Mere mortals? We think not. *YOU* (the Y in JSY) take action that matters. Come explore this topic with us live or when you can (Yes, we are an evening show - so responding Yes or Maybe will set a reminder so you can catch the replay.) Hashtag: #JSY   *Like the topic?* Invite friends to watch too - just look for Invite More button right below this description.Culture of Innovation (Psst...Like Google)2014-01-29 04:15:0041  
Jim Shankle1,761It's always a pleasure hearing +David Amerland discuss _*"The GSS/G+ Connection"*_ because it's a subject area with many facets. For mobile viewers click on this YouTube Link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S76tXQ5qZ30  The time for the Event is translated to your local time zone. As a reference, it starts at 7:30 PM ET. _Google Semantic Search_ and its direct connection to, and support by, Google+ (what I am starting to call _"The GSS/G+ Connection"_) is remarkably deep and important. Yet David explains it with such simplicity, ease, and freshness that it's very understandable and enjoyable no matter your level of experience. Unquestionably, there is a wealth of material in this subject matter which means David will never be over-exposed or fail to peel back yet another layer of this *very large* onion every time he appears in an HOA. Thursday night he is joining my _MBA Marketing Strategies_ class at John Brown University (Rogers Center in Northwest Arkansas) via Google Hangouts On Air. David will explain _The GSS/G+ Connection_ from an MBA's and marketer's perspective. He will also introduce some unique "life applications" that should be pursued as an extension of the emerging power of GSS and Google+. Our session will start at 6:30 PM CST for those interested in seeing Marketing Strategies examined from David's unique perspective. *Two facts backing my conclusion that David has struck a deep vein...* 1) He had 22,000 Followers when I started communicating with him 5-6 weeks ago. Today his Followers number over 150,000, and 2) His game-changing book _Google Semantic Search_ - 230 pages (including an extensive Bibliography for those who want to explore the subject even further) that mines (as David calls it) a "semantically dense" subject. Proof that GSS/G+ is a critically important subject for MBA students (everyone really) was on display last week. Friday for an enjoyable and fast-paced hour, David, +Mark Traphagen  +Ronnie Bincer   (aka "The Hangout Helper") and +martin shervington  discussed how Google+ is changing behavior on the internet - to the better - https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c0n7nndld5gebbjat1of0dhb124  Even after a full hour, there were many unaddressed questions - reflecting that the session could have continued for the rest of the day. Based on the enjoyable chemistry of these four professionals, most their large audience probably would not have left them had it continued. Come join us Thursday night to continue the discussion. #mktgmba  MBA Marketing Strategies - David Amerland Explores "The GSS/G+ Connection" at John Brown University2013-11-08 01:30:0064  
John Blossom126,223*Join Us for Chromecast Fridays! Episode 5* Hang on to your hats, it's yet another Friday on the horizon and another chance to join #Chromecastfridays , when we get together in an On-Air Hangout to talk about the new Google #Chromecast TV streaming device and all things streaming to your TV. Lots to talk about this week - new content partners for Chromecast, the @102139249949018843498 may be coming to @115229808208707341778 soon, Sony's baking up a TV bundle and launching its new PS4 soon, +TwitchTV is expanding its coverage of live computing gaming and more! I will be taking a break next week for the holiday weekend, so please come join us! Chromecast Fridays! Episode 52013-08-24 03:00:009  
John Blossom126,223I hope that you'll have some time to stop by Friday for Chromecast Fridays!, our weekly get-together in On-Air Hangouts. Much to discuss as the world of Chromecast continues to burst open with new sources of content - file streaming from Dropbox, Plex in the wings, a Raspberry Pi wannabe and more! Tell your friends about  #chromecastfridays ...Chromecast Fridays! Episode 32013-08-10 03:00:009  
Craig “The Tech Teacher” Chamberlin80,715*Tune In Monday Night on YouTube at 9 PM EST for PCM Tech Talk Live!* In today's LIVE broadcast, get ready to discuss these topics with Craig Chamberlin while on the air on YouTube! - Your Questions! Anything Goes! - YouTube Will Let Channels Charge Subscribers - Nintendo Trying To Get Developer Support for Wii-U - iPad Teaches Kids Programming - Windows 8 Updates With Your Permission - Brand New Fitbit Wearable Tech! - Playstation 2 Officially Going To Die - Apple Having Trouble Signing New Carriers? - Xbox May Not Require A Constant Internet Connection - Senate Voting To Tax The Internet... Again. - 3D Printed Handguns, As Many As You'd Like For $8000 - Adobe Moving Software to The Cloud *Read all of the articles for tonight's episode in the official flipboard PCM Tech Help Show Magazine: Episode 50* http://flip.it/ctGKE *Join the Community!* https://plus.google.com/communities/103552239261416834535 #googleplus   #googleplushangouts   #gplus   #gplushangouts   #livestream   #hangoutsonair   #hoa   #techhelp   #xbox720  #xbox360 #3dprinting #3dhandgun #3d #printing #technews #adobe #cloud #adobecloud #cloudcomputing #cloudsoftware #youtube #windows8 #ipad #programming #youtubevideo #tv #broadcasting #freebroadcasting #makemoneyonline #tvdying #nintendo #fitbit #wearabletechPCMTTL! 50: YouTube "Paid Subscriptions" Further Kill Traditional TV. Tech News! Live Q&A!2013-05-06 21:00:3812  
Ronnie Bincer111,327*Watch the 9th in the series about Google Plus Communities (GPC)* _Google Plus Community (GPC) "Managing LARGE Communities" focus_ Special Guest: @115980322864066690488 - owner/moderator of a *Large & Active* Public GPC on Google Plus (41k+ members inside *Google+ Updates* http://goo.gl/RPt17 ). Listen and watch as Clayton, @116024884086268367178 @116049412326685043114 & @108210288375340023376 discuss the latest developments for GPC and what goes on behind the scenes when building & managing a large Public Community. If you are on mobile you can watch here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZyKKb33ypQ *Feel Free to Share this Event with others to help them get up to speed!* Learn about what to do when your GPC grows and becomes a bigger part of your day. Learn how to best take advantage of Large GPCs. *_Scroll Down for more info..._* Find all the previous discussions in this YouTube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLh2TCfgo3UtvWhn9rV0qox1Vj2KHykLl1 or if you prefer check them out here... To get ready, you can *watch part 1 here:* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIvlKooab-c *watch part 2* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1PWWSrnzhA  *watch part 3* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ica-tWpmSnY *watch part 4* via this link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrQEgBE8Xcg *watch part 5* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEkKTx0KgIo *watch part 6* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUwocBZfs3o *watch part 7* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j86RsqZaw0w *watch part 8* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUAYbdelgfY *watch part 9* via this link here (this one): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZyKKb33ypQ Tell your friends, come join in the discussion as we will try to bring in some of the comments from the stream into the live show. *Feel free to share this event and invite others to join in!* - - -  #communitytips  #googlepluscommunities   #communities   #onairdiscussions   #community #GPC #GPCtips #GooglePlusTips  - - - Google+ Communities Overview after 5 months - Large Community Focus2013-05-02 21:00:0082  
martin shervington1,139,730Ronnie is my main go to guy for all questions about YouTube. As such, I thought I would grab some time and ask him things like: Why should people on Google+ be looking at YouTube now? Anything we should be avoiding doing when we get started? What does he think about monetizing videos? How can people use it for business? Are there ways to get better YouTube search results? What top tips does he have for people getting started? How does he approach doing analysis? How can we increase our subscribers and why is this useful to do? And many more to follow... Just click on 'YES' and we will see you then!Loads of YouTube hints and tips for Google Plussers, with Ronnie Bincer2013-04-01 18:00:0068  
United Nations Human Rights1,140,489In the lead up to the first Forum on Business and Human Rights, taking place from 3 to 5 December, we will host a Hangout on Google+ on Thursday, 22 November at 3pm CET: http://google.com/+unitednationshumanrights Take part in the conversation and make your voice count now! http://bit.ly/W9dn0FBusiness Forum Hangout Make your #VoiceCount Google+ Hangout Series (I)2012-11-22 15:00:00141  
Yifat Cohen78,534*Do you feel like a good parent when you give your child juice for lunch instead of french fries?* I would. *And I would be wrong.* If you're like me, you're probably going through the same parent's dilemma as I am - *how do I keep my child healthy while allowing him to enjoy all the goods out there?* This is such a big thing for me that my step son has named me a healthologist (there's more to it, join the Hangout to get the whole story - it's worth it). *Quality - Quantity - Timing* My daily struggle with what to put in my child's mouth so that he has a healthy diet is shared with many parents, I'm sure. What to put in his lunch box other than peanut butter and jelly? What's for dinner? (my daily nightmare) Did he have enough protein today? Did he eat fruits? He had a cup of juice, does that count as one serving? What about dessert - can he have some? Should it be home made? Sugar or not..? And why do I keep craving sweets after a meal? *Myth and Reality* Dr.@100118793214522675509 is the author of The Step Up Diet: From Scratch...The Quality, Quantity and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity. In the book, Dr. Katalenas breaks down myths that we use as a basis to our purchasing decisions, like - *Sugar-free or calorie-free drinks are a good option to reduce or maintain weight in children.* *A serving of fruit juice is equivalent to a serving of fruit.* *Some canned pasta dishes contain a whole serving of vegetables and are a good alternative for the busy family.* *As a children’s drink, chocolate milk is equivalent to regular milk.* And the one I'm most guilty of - *Toddlers should take a vitamin supplement every day.* *IF YOU'RE A PARENT CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR FAMILY'S MEALS, YOU SHOULD JOIN OUR HANGOUT* Bring your questions to Dr. Katalenas and get a step by step advice on how to get started on healthy meals that you can fit in your busy schedule. Grab Dr. Katalenas book here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0095M3RUY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0095M3RUY&linkCode=as2&tag=myubifone-20 *About Dr. Katalenas:* After growing up in Spain, Dr. Katalenas moved to the United States in 1984 to learn English and to become a pediatrician.  A Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Katalenas graduated from the University of Oviedo Medical School, located in Northern Spain, in 1982. She worked as a General Practitioner in her hometown of Oviedo, and also performed Clinical Medical Research Projects at the University Medical School. She has served as Chairman of Pediatrics at Round Rock Medical Center for three years, most recently in 2008. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for the University of Texas Medical Branch, a supervising physician for the Resident Program for UT Southwestern Medical School and a Clinical Instructor for the University of Texas School of Nursing.Yes, you CAN you give your kid french fries for dinner! If...2012-10-25 18:00:0034  
McDermott Media206Please join me (@108541235642523883716) and @107350354213838732087 specialist @100147094927476057991 for an interactive session on how your business can get the most out of LinkedIn. To learn more about Donna, check out here website www.donnaserdula.com. To learn more about McDermott Media and how we can help your business, visit www.mcdermottmedia.com  Here's a little snippet from Donna:  "I have been blogging for well over 10 years. Yes, it’s true! I built my first Web site in 1996 and in late-1998 I set up a blog. As the years passed, I utilized my knowledge of blogging and social networking as a sales professional. Just as I was trying to develop relationships with my prospects and customers on a personal level, I immediately recognized the potential of digital relationships as well."Small Business Workshop Series: Making Sure Your Business is LinkedIn2012-10-24 02:30:0013  
Mick Fealty14,268All across the world, systems are crashing. In banking we've seen debt slicing and long haul internal systems like that of RBS/NatWest/Ulster Bank literally falling apart. In Europe post war notions of solidarity are being stretched to bursting as sovereign nations argue over the degree to which fiscal sovereignty can be shared.   Further afield the Arab nations continue in popular tumult after several generations of acquiescence under varying degrees of autocracy. Yet like Greece, Spain and Portugal to the north - each just one or two generations ahead - the Arab world is finding that democracy does not come in a shiny, ready wrapped box. Even in more settled democracies, once venerable institutions are finding huge problems keeping up with the speed at which their citizens can communicate, not through them but around them.   Why not join our panel this Friday for #DigitalLunch  at the usual time, where we will attempt to serve starters about 1pm and finish before the hour is out? #DigitalLunch: Crashing systems2012-09-28 14:00:007  
Yifat Cohen78,534*WHAT IS THE PATH TO DISCOVERING WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU STAND FOR?* _I want to live, not merely survive_ _And I won't give up this dream_ _Of life that keeps me alive_ _I gotta be me, I gotta be me_ _The dream that I see makes me what I am_ ~Sammy Davis Jr *WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?* When you first start your *Google+ presence* you must decide *who you're going to be in public*.  How do you go about figuring it out?  @115633934578783827271 became a self stylized "unconventional consultant" because he couldn't imagine himself as anything else but. He is now dedicating his life to bringing this whole social business divide between us ("social") and business (capitalism) together in a unified and harmonious fashion. *LET'S EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES* Join us tomorrow to explore the ways Gregory found what he stands for, and how you can go about doing the same. *LIVE BRAINSTORMING*  We'll talk about life's journeys, about dreams, values and the masks we put on...about finding what really matters and going for it full force. Come share your passions with us!Making Your Life Count.2012-08-28 18:00:0032  

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2015-07-10 15:37:21 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

People Who Are Messy Aren't Lazy, They're Imaginative And Bold

'... People who live in clutter are inherently spontaneous. They’d rather worry about the big picture than all of the minuscule details of day-to-day life. They go with the flow instead of swimming against the current.

Simply put, messy people are adventurous and adaptable. They’re pioneers who are more concerned with filling the limited amount of time allotted to them with meaningful tasks rather than tedious activities like cleaning.
...'

http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/messy-people-arent-lazy/1099578/

Most plusones: 49

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2015-07-11 22:52:21 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Omg Omg Omg
Cold War Era Super Spy Movie
#superspy   #coldwar  

Let's put me as totally so down with this. 

Latest 50 posts

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2015-07-31 18:27:27 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Whither Ye Performance Ranking
Yo Big Dawg, It's the 21st Century

Performance rankings and rating are....Killing your people's ability to perform. 
If you want a high-performance organization, you have to reverse the destructive effects of conventional PM.

As always, we must be aware of context and situational applications. 
That said, there's plenty to compare with performance metrics and public education. It's an assembly line approach that by and large squashes out a lot of nuance, and skilled practitioner's skill at either teaching or managing because of the need to conform to standardization of testing and performance. 

It's a huge challenge, in that companies find it hard to move on. While they may know their system isn't working, without knowing what to move on towards, inertia keeps the status quo inpl... more »

Whither Ye Performance Ranking
Yo Big Dawg, It's the 21st Century

Performance rankings and rating are....Killing your people's ability to perform. 
If you want a high-performance organization, you have to reverse the destructive effects of conventional PM.

As always, we must be aware of context and situational applications. 
That said, there's plenty to compare with performance metrics and public education. It's an assembly line approach that by and large squashes out a lot of nuance, and skilled practitioner's skill at either teaching or managing because of the need to conform to standardization of testing and performance. 

It's a huge challenge, in that companies find it hard to move on. While they may know their system isn't working, without knowing what to move on towards, inertia keeps the status quo in place. 

Yet both managers and employees find these systems dispiriting and exhausting. Kansas State University management professor Satoris Culbertson, who studied the response to more than 200 performance reviews, argues that the mere act of receiving a numerical rating can be perceived as negative feedback, and even people with a growth mind-set don’t react well to negative feedback. “You would think that having so many smart people try thousands of variations of a [ranking] scale over decades, someone would have found the right way to do this,” says Brian Kropp, who leads the CEB human resources practice. “But no one has.”___

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2015-07-29 00:58:16 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

How About We CrowdFund A Hit
On This Low Life Piece of S**T?

Like, WTF? Fucking game hunters and poachers. Fuck you you fucking fucktard. 
Oh, do I sound pissed? 

Meet one of the most low life scumbags on the planet.

This is not, by the way, "hunting". Deliberately luring an animal into a trap that becomes a shooting gallery in which any idiot could hit the target is not "hunting".

That this piece of scum "justifies" ruthlessly killing an animal such as lion as saying he did "nothing illegal" shows what ethics and brains this shit bag has.

I hope the hunter becomes the hunted and he is hunted out of business.

This is also an example what happens when too much money matches up with too little brains.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3177303/PICTURED-American-dentist-passion-hunting-killed-Cecil-Lion-bow-arrow-Zimbabwe.html___How About We CrowdFund A Hit
On This Low Life Piece of S**T?

Like, WTF? Fucking game hunters and poachers. Fuck you you fucking fucktard. 
Oh, do I sound pissed? 

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2015-07-29 00:42:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Many Cloaks
Several Daggers

I'll resist editorializing for now, other than perhaps to say (again) that Greece got screwed. 

Yanis Varoufakis, the former finance minister, told a group of investors in London that a five-man team under his control had been working for months on a contingency plan to create euro liquidity if the European Central Bank cut off emergency funding to the Greek financial system, as it in fact did after talks broke down and Syriza called a referendum.

The transcripts were leaked to the Greek newspaper Kathimerini. The telephone call took place a week after he stepped down as finance minister.

"The prime minister, before we won the election in January, had given me the green light to come up with a Plan B. And I assembled a very able team, a small team as it had to be because that had to be kept completely under wraps for obvious reasons," he said.

Mr Varoufakis recruited a technology specialist from Columbia University to help handle the logistics. Faced with a wall of obstacles, the expert broke into the software systems of the tax office - then under the control of the EU-IMF 'Troika' - in order to obtain the reserve accounts and file numbers of every taxpayer. "We decided to hack into my ministry’s own software programme," he said.

[...]

Mr Varoufakis claimed the cloak and dagger methods were necessary since the Troika had taken charge of the public revenue office within the finance ministry. "It’s like the Inland Revenue in the UK being controlled by Brussels. I am sure as you are hearing these words your hair is standing on end,” he said in the leaked transcripts.

Mr Varoufakis said any request for permission would have tipped off the Troika immediately that he was planning a counter-attack. He was ready to activate the mechanism the moment he received a "green light" from the prime minister, but the permission never came.

"I always told Tsipras that it will not be plain sailing but this is the price you have to pay for liberty," he told the Telegraph.

"But when the time came he realised that it was just too difficult. I don't know when he reached that decision. I only learned explicitly on the night of the referendum, and that is why I offered to resign," he said. Mr Varoufakis wanted to seize on the momentum of a landslide victory in the vote but was overruled.

[...]

"[German finance minister Wolfgang] Schauble believes that the eurozone is not sustainable as it is. He believes there has to be some fiscal transfers, some degree of political union. He believes that for that political union to work without federation, without the legitimacy that a properly elected federal parliament can render, can bestow upon an executive, it will have to be done in a very disciplinary way.

[...]

"And he said explicitly to me that a Grexit is going to equip him with sufficient terrorising power in order to impose upon the French that which Paris has been resisting: a degree of transfer of budget-making powers from Paris to Brussels."

Mr Varoufakis told the Telegraph that Mr Schauble had made up his mind that Greece must be ejected from the euro, and is merely biding his time, knowing that the latest bail-out plan is doomed to failure.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11764018/Varoufakis-reveals-cloak-and-dagger-Plan-B-for-Greece-awaits-treason-charges.html___Many Cloaks
Several Daggers

I'll resist editorializing for now, other than perhaps to say (again) that Greece got screwed. 

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2015-07-29 00:38:34 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I Just Hope They Don't Shutter The Doors
Sunk Cost Fallacy?

I have, along with many others I've grown fond of, invested a lot of time and effort into Google Plus. 
I don't want to walk away just yet, but give Google's history, it's sketchy as to how much more effort I invest in G+. 

___I Just Hope They Don't Shutter The Doors
Sunk Cost Fallacy?

I have, along with many others I've grown fond of, invested a lot of time and effort into Google Plus. 
I don't want to walk away just yet, but give Google's history, it's sketchy as to how much more effort I invest in G+. 

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2015-07-29 00:31:47 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The Three Big Shifts
In Thinking Like A Leader
#leadershipdevelopment  

This is so good, I pretty much agree with everything said, word for word. I especially like this passage:

As a leader, you come to understand that relationships between the system components are paramount, rather than the components themselves. Discerning these dynamics is essential to achieving your desired outcome, which means you think about connectivity, and the extent and robustness of those connections. You accept that these relationships contain some performance factors you control and some you don’t — you are part of the system, but likely not its gravitational center — and that effective influence can amplify your impact on those beyond your direct purview.

The Three Big Shifts
In Thinking Like A Leader
#leadershipdevelopment  

This is so good, I pretty much agree with everything said, word for word. I especially like this passage:

As a leader, you come to understand that relationships between the system components are paramount, rather than the components themselves. Discerning these dynamics is essential to achieving your desired outcome, which means you think about connectivity, and the extent and robustness of those connections. You accept that these relationships contain some performance factors you control and some you don’t — you are part of the system, but likely not its gravitational center — and that effective influence can amplify your impact on those beyond your direct purview.___

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2015-07-24 15:07:26 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I was asked today to leave my place of residence. 

Welcome to my world. 

#stigma   #mentalillness  

http://tamingthepolarbears.blogspot.ca/2015/07/welcome-to-my-world.html

I was asked today to leave my place of residence. 

Welcome to my world. 

#stigma   #mentalillness  

http://tamingthepolarbears.blogspot.ca/2015/07/welcome-to-my-world.html___

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2015-07-24 14:26:36 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I am So Down With This
Business Social

If you have read John Seely Brown's The Social Life of Information, or Christakes and Fowler's Connected, you would truly get the context of +Marie Wallace most excellent recent post. 
Information is social_, social is information. Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom. 

“fundamentally if we want to realize the potential of human networks to change how we work then we need analytics to transform information into insight otherwise we will be drowning in a sea of content and deafened by a cacophony of voices”

I am So Down With This
Business Social

If you have read John Seely Brown's The Social Life of Information, or Christakes and Fowler's Connected, you would truly get the context of +Marie Wallace most excellent recent post. 
Information is social_, social is information. Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom. 

“fundamentally if we want to realize the potential of human networks to change how we work then we need analytics to transform information into insight otherwise we will be drowning in a sea of content and deafened by a cacophony of voices”___

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2015-07-21 18:39:37 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Your Box
Is your Smart Room
#leadership  

That is, it can be. But you need to have a very good idea who should be there, who you should invest in to bring on board. 
In this latest from +Tanveer Naseer , he brings guest author Mike Figliuolo, whose talent matrix, in my opinion, is an excellent place to start in getting a fuller picture of who should inside your Smart Room, and who shouldn't be. 

Your Box
Is your Smart Room
#leadership  

That is, it can be. But you need to have a very good idea who should be there, who you should invest in to bring on board. 
In this latest from +Tanveer Naseer , he brings guest author Mike Figliuolo, whose talent matrix, in my opinion, is an excellent place to start in getting a fuller picture of who should inside your Smart Room, and who shouldn't be. ___

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2015-07-20 15:42:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Outside In
Inside Out
#innovation  

A term I came up with to simplify a more complex concept it is Outside In, and Inside Out. Inside Out describes the need for organizations to wider and more globally from the inside out to deepen their perspectives, and break out of the tendency of tunnel vision. Outside In describes the need for organizations to bring in from the outside broader, more diverse viewpoints to prevent insular self perceptions, self-congratulatory groupthink mindsets.

The two combined are necessary for healthy organizational culture, and for conditions necessary to prime innovation.
I happen to think both incremental innovation, and as the author states here,  _"Radical Innovation"_ are necessary, they both rely on the Inside Out, Outside In mindset. 

Successful innovation requires what the authors of Radical Innovation haveca... more »

Outside In
Inside Out
#innovation  

A term I came up with to simplify a more complex concept it is Outside In, and Inside Out. Inside Out describes the need for organizations to wider and more globally from the inside out to deepen their perspectives, and break out of the tendency of tunnel vision. Outside In describes the need for organizations to bring in from the outside broader, more diverse viewpoints to prevent insular self perceptions, self-congratulatory groupthink mindsets.

The two combined are necessary for healthy organizational culture, and for conditions necessary to prime innovation.
I happen to think both incremental innovation, and as the author states here,  _"Radical Innovation"_ are necessary, they both rely on the Inside Out, Outside In mindset. 

Successful innovation requires what the authors of Radical Innovation have called “exploration competencies”—the ability to harvest ideas and expertise from a wide array of sources.1 For a company, that means bringing in insights and know-how not just from outside parties but from other businesses. The need for external perspectives seems almost self-evident: If a company stays locked inside its own four walls, how will it be able to uncover and exploit opportunities outside its existing businesses or beyond its current technical or operational capabilities? Yet perhaps even more self-evident to many companies is the need to lock in their innovation initiatives to protect them from competitors.

This urge to keep innovation inside is reinforced by both traditional and current thinking on the subject. If you look at the examples of innovation cited in books and articles, you’ll find that almost all of them describe the exploits of a group of employees within a single company—how they stumble on a new opportunity, struggle to overcome company politics and other internal impediments, and ultimately either succeed or fail to commercialize their discovery. Most theories of innovation are similarly introspective. Gifford Pinchot III coined the term “intrapreneuring” in the 1970s; the very name implies an internal focus. Rensselaer Polytechnic’s Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship recommends building internal innovation hubs. Many management gurus suggest that innovation be thought of as a core competency—a distinctive capability that a company nurtures within itself and protects from outside competitors. Even the concept of “knowledge brokering,” which sounds like it should involve collaboration between companies and across industries, is most often described in terms of individuals and groups working within one company.

While the article is 2003, the premise rings as true today as it did then. What's changed is the deeper understanding of the processes to develop innovation proficiencies.
One concept that is universal, is the Inside Out, Outside In mindset.  ___

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2015-07-20 14:40:59 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I Especially Like Number Three

These are all pretty good frameworks for different scenarios. What's needed is more context for each one. 

The exception is number three. If you are charging by the hour, you are contract labour, which is fine, if that is what you are doing. If you are creating value, you should be negotiating a percentage of the value created. Charging by time spent is a lousy way to treat a client. And a lousy way to grow a business. Hours are finite. Creating value has much more upside. 

I Especially Like Number Three

These are all pretty good frameworks for different scenarios. What's needed is more context for each one. 

The exception is number three. If you are charging by the hour, you are contract labour, which is fine, if that is what you are doing. If you are creating value, you should be negotiating a percentage of the value created. Charging by time spent is a lousy way to treat a client. And a lousy way to grow a business. Hours are finite. Creating value has much more upside. ___

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2015-07-19 19:33:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The Ecosystem
Interdependecy
#businessecosystems  

Not all products are ecosystem dependent, but for many breakthrough innovations, ecosystem interdependency is an increasing part of the nature of success. 
Greatness on your part is not enough. You are no longer an autonomous innovator. You are now an actor within a broader innovation ecosystem. Success in a connected world requires that you manage your dependence. But before you can manage your dependence, you need to see it and understand it. Even the greatest companies can be blindsided by this shift. --Ron Adner The Wide Lens

The Ecosystem
Interdependecy
#businessecosystems  

Not all products are ecosystem dependent, but for many breakthrough innovations, ecosystem interdependency is an increasing part of the nature of success. 
Greatness on your part is not enough. You are no longer an autonomous innovator. You are now an actor within a broader innovation ecosystem. Success in a connected world requires that you manage your dependence. But before you can manage your dependence, you need to see it and understand it. Even the greatest companies can be blindsided by this shift. --Ron Adner The Wide Lens___

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2015-07-17 21:57:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Smart Networks
For Smart Swarms
#leadership   #smartnetworks   #smartswarms  

A great introduction by +Greg Satell into the employment of well crafted networks as part of implementing strategy, particularly in more complex environments.
Smart Networks and Smart Swarms are critical for innovation and collaboration, for engaging and inspiring passion in employees and free agent workforce, for giving the leadership a much more comprehensive look into capabilities of the organization beyond the numbers and performance reviews, and for a much more effective digital and social strategy. This is part and parcel for keeping the organization in a continual transformative state of mind. 

While formal structure and traditional lines of authority stayed very much in place, operating principles changed markedly.  The transformation wasn’t immediate, but soon personalrelatio... more »

Smart Networks
For Smart Swarms
#leadership   #smartnetworks   #smartswarms  

A great introduction by +Greg Satell into the employment of well crafted networks as part of implementing strategy, particularly in more complex environments.
Smart Networks and Smart Swarms are critical for innovation and collaboration, for engaging and inspiring passion in employees and free agent workforce, for giving the leadership a much more comprehensive look into capabilities of the organization beyond the numbers and performance reviews, and for a much more effective digital and social strategy. This is part and parcel for keeping the organization in a continual transformative state of mind. 

While formal structure and traditional lines of authority stayed very much in place, operating principles changed markedly.  The transformation wasn’t immediate, but soon personal relationships and shared purpose replaced rules, procedures and internal rivalries.  Even those resistant to change found themselves outnumbered and began alter their views.

That allowed McChrystal to also change the way he led.  While in traditional organizations information is passed up through the chain of command and decisions are made at the top, McChrystal saw that model could be flipped.  Now, he helped information get to the right place and decisions could be made lower down.  As a result, operating efficiency increased by a factor of seventeen.

Successful movements don’t just convert, they connect and that’s what drives lasting change. It is never enough to gather together a small cadre of true believers, because to achieve anything of any significance, larger networks must be brought to bear.

And that, in the final analysis, is the difference between John Antioco and Stanley McChrystal.  Where Antioco had to overcome resistance to his plan for transformation, McCrystal networked his organization so that it could adapt to change.  Because he forged a shared purpose among various constituencies, he didn’t need to drive transformation, merely facilitate it.

McChrystal writes that “the role of the leader was no more that of controlling puppet master, but of an empathetic crafter of culture,” and there’s more than a little truth to that.  But it was his ability to shape networks that allowed that culture to spread and, in doing so, enhanced his ability to both manage and lead.___

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2015-07-17 17:33:47 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Sword
Both Edges
#machinelearning   #doubleedgedsword  

Most disruptive tech over the last 250 years has two edges to it. It creates, it destroys. It's messy. But that's life. That's not trite. Government, in theory, is supposed to smooth the edges out, but generally speaking, it's usually two decades behind before it's befuddled policy makers, handcuffed by politics and personal agendas, figure out enough of what's going. And whatever it proposes, is usually a platypus ode to corporate pimps over the elected whores. 
That bit of op-ed aside, bravo to Microsoft, and as always, we'll let life sort it out. 

The Sword
Both Edges
#machinelearning   #doubleedgedsword  

Most disruptive tech over the last 250 years has two edges to it. It creates, it destroys. It's messy. But that's life. That's not trite. Government, in theory, is supposed to smooth the edges out, but generally speaking, it's usually two decades behind before it's befuddled policy makers, handcuffed by politics and personal agendas, figure out enough of what's going. And whatever it proposes, is usually a platypus ode to corporate pimps over the elected whores. 
That bit of op-ed aside, bravo to Microsoft, and as always, we'll let life sort it out. ___

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2015-07-17 17:13:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

What It Takes to Be a Leader
Leadership Beyond the Chief Executive Office
#leadership  

While Rob Quinn looks for these qualities for CEO potential, they are qualities that can be valuable for leadership in other key points of the organization. I've posted this before, but it bears repeating. 

Rob Quinn says he can spot a future CEO before she has landed her first job. As a Toronto-based partner at Odgers Berndtson, an executive search firm, he has come to believe that leadership is less about expertise than curiosity; less about experience than vision; and less about relaying orders than relating to people.

“With a student, those skills are not going to be as well developed,” concedes Mr. Quinn. “But that potential, if honed, is going to deliver results — no question about it.”

What sorts of skills andtraits is O... more »

What It Takes to Be a Leader
Leadership Beyond the Chief Executive Office
#leadership  

While Rob Quinn looks for these qualities for CEO potential, they are qualities that can be valuable for leadership in other key points of the organization. I've posted this before, but it bears repeating. 

Rob Quinn says he can spot a future CEO before she has landed her first job. As a Toronto-based partner at Odgers Berndtson, an executive search firm, he has come to believe that leadership is less about expertise than curiosity; less about experience than vision; and less about relaying orders than relating to people.

“With a student, those skills are not going to be as well developed,” concedes Mr. Quinn. “But that potential, if honed, is going to deliver results — no question about it.”

What sorts of skills and traits is Odgers looking for? The long version: Superb written and verbal communication skills, curiosity, critical thinking, a worldly perspective, motivation, self-awareness and the ability to collaborate. The short version: “A lot of soft skills for connecting with others.”

Mr. Quinn is referring to the all-but-lost art of generalism. The generalist’s skill is rooted less in a particular discipline than in people. She is a quick study but frequently relies on the expertise of others. Her talent is connecting with people and connecting ideas, considering problems and solutions from every possible angle and cutting through the nuances that often entangle the specialist.

Critically, the generalist is born, not made. You cannot turn somebody who is not innately curious and empathetic into somebody who is. (Or, if you can, the window for that transformation appears to close for most people before university, let alone the workplace.) By the same token, however, possessing the makings of a leader is not enough: Those skills must be, to use Mr. Quinn’s word, honed.___

2015-07-16 16:52:30 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Developing New Business Models
Along With Collaboration

Very insightful survey from General Electric and StrategyOne.
Key findings:
"Incremental innovation has been and continues to be main performance engine, but business model innovation expected to play a bigger role moving forward"

"Partnership: Collaboration is perceived as the key to
increased business innovation success, with emerging
markets embracing the collaborative innovation trend
more strongly than western, developed economies.
Access to new technology and the possibility to enter
new markets are the biggest drivers of collaboration,
while IP theft, lack of trust and fear of talent poaching
are biggest deterrents. "

"To innovate successfully business needs to master customer and
market insights, talent and technology... more »

Developing New Business Models
Along With Collaboration

Very insightful survey from General Electric and StrategyOne.
Key findings:
"Incremental innovation has been and continues to be main performance engine, but business model innovation expected to play a bigger role moving forward"

"Partnership: Collaboration is perceived as the key to
increased business innovation success, with emerging
markets embracing the collaborative innovation trend
more strongly than western, developed economies.
Access to new technology and the possibility to enter
new markets are the biggest drivers of collaboration,
while IP theft, lack of trust and fear of talent poaching
are biggest deterrents. "

"To innovate successfully business needs to master customer and
market insights, talent and technology development "

"Policymakers are the stewards
of the environment that enables
modern innovation. A clear policy
framework is imperative to cultivate
collaboration, by safeguarding
corporate interests – talent,
knowledge, IP protection – and
removing barriers – bureaucracy,
overregulation, maintenance of the
status quo – that prevent innovation
from flourishing."

"Education, development and access to
talent a critical concern for innovation
leaders. The creativity and technical
prowess of the global workforce seen
as key to unlocking innovation
potential across companies and
countries. But concerns around the
preparedness of the workforce to
innovate for tomorrow’s economy
abound. And cross
-border talent
mobility is a high priority for
companies seeking to match the
right job with the right people. "___

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2015-07-16 01:22:13 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Our Biases
Are Bad for Business
#smartswarms  

Biases are at the roots of poor decision making, groupthink, conformity and rutted paths that kill innovative initiatives, just to name a few of the negative consequences.
When I began all those years ago to form the beneficial basis for what would become Smart Swarms, the evidence pointed to collective intelligence as a solid way to mitigate, if not eliminate the negative effects of our biases.

This article does a great job of underpinning that evidence.

 _Unfortunately, there is very little evidence that educating people about biases does anything to reduce their influence. Human biases occur outside conscious awareness, and thus people are literally unaware of them as they occur. As an individual, you cannot consciously “watch out for biases,” because there will never be anything to see.It wo... more »

Our Biases
Are Bad for Business
#smartswarms  

Biases are at the roots of poor decision making, groupthink, conformity and rutted paths that kill innovative initiatives, just to name a few of the negative consequences.
When I began all those years ago to form the beneficial basis for what would become Smart Swarms, the evidence pointed to collective intelligence as a solid way to mitigate, if not eliminate the negative effects of our biases.

This article does a great job of underpinning that evidence.

 _Unfortunately, there is very little evidence that educating people about biases does anything to reduce their influence. Human biases occur outside conscious awareness, and thus people are literally unaware of them as they occur. As an individual, you cannot consciously “watch out for biases,” because there will never be anything to see. It would be like trying to “watch out” for how much insulin you are producing._

How then can the negative effects of bias be overcome? Collectively. Organizations and teams can become aware of bias in ways that individuals cannot. Team-based practices can be redesigned to help identify biases as they emerge, and counteract them on the fly, thus mitigating their effect.

The first step is to identify the types of bias likely to be prevalent in organizations. To that end, we have grouped the 150 or so known common biases into five categories, based on their underlying cognitive nature: similarity, expedience, experience, distance, and safety. (Our research group has named this the SEEDSTM model.) Each category has defining features as well as mitigation strategies specific to that bias. Once you know which type of bias you are dealing with, you can put the strategies in place and make more effective decisions.___

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2015-07-16 00:49:51 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I've No Witty Analogy
Nor Clever Sub-Lede

When the IMF produces a "brutal assessment", you know that this deal has to be incredibly f**ked up. 

The IMF produced a brutal assessment of the 86-billion-euro ($95 billion) deal, which it can only join if it believes the plan would create a "sustainable" debt path for Greece. Instead, it said the country's debt is set to peak at a "highly unsustainable" 200 percent of gross domestic product, and that forecasts for growth and budget surpluses are unrealistic. ... The only way to fix this, said the IMF, would be to offer debt relief "far beyond what Europe has been willing to consider so far."___I've No Witty Analogy
Nor Clever Sub-Lede

When the IMF produces a "brutal assessment", you know that this deal has to be incredibly f**ked up. 

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2015-07-16 00:40:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

A Cautionary Tail
Be Safe, Kids

By far the most popular cartoon in my office.

#DeadCaturday  ___A Cautionary Tail
Be Safe, Kids

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2015-07-16 00:39:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Defending the Indefensible
Je déteste le Shark Tank
#entertainment  

Cube, dude, it's a TV show, entertainment. Granted, maybe your theatrics beat the VC's track record (fwiw, VCs do not beat average, meaning they are not particularly astute investors nor skilled in spotting the NEXT BIG THING, aka Unicorns). 
But you could invest in the safety of your own home (office), rather than go for the spectacle and humiliation of the Shark Tank. 

Mark Cuban Defends Shark Tank From VC’s Jabs___Defending the Indefensible
Je déteste le Shark Tank
#entertainment  

Cube, dude, it's a TV show, entertainment. Granted, maybe your theatrics beat the VC's track record (fwiw, VCs do not beat average, meaning they are not particularly astute investors nor skilled in spotting the NEXT BIG THING, aka Unicorns). 
But you could invest in the safety of your own home (office), rather than go for the spectacle and humiliation of the Shark Tank. 

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2015-07-16 00:25:42 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Get The F**k Out!!
Truth Sells
#whoknew  

This is very cool. Honestly portrayed women in ads brings consumers in "droves". 

Via +John Lewis 

How cool!!!___Get The F**k Out!!
Truth Sells
#whoknew  

This is very cool. Honestly portrayed women in ads brings consumers in "droves". 

Via +John Lewis 

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2015-07-16 00:21:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Aye

Spiegel, a centre-left magazine often critical of Ms Merkel, said in an online comment: “The German government destroyed seven decades of postwar diplomacy on a single weekend.” The liberal Süddeutsche newspaper headlined a report about Ms Merkel: “Europe’s new enemy.”
German media have also reported the extensive foreign criticism of Berlin, notably the Italian prime minister’s call for an end to humiliating Greece: “Germany I say to you: enough is enough.”___Aye

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2015-07-13 19:02:45 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Tony Stark
Meets Mobile
#cooltech  

I'm not sure about the guts of the Turing Phone, at least as yet, but it has got to be the sexiest, coolest looking mobile device I've seen in a while. 

Via +John Verdon and +WIRED 

Tony Stark
Meets Mobile
#cooltech  

I'm not sure about the guts of the Turing Phone, at least as yet, but it has got to be the sexiest, coolest looking mobile device I've seen in a while. 

Via +John Verdon and +WIRED ___

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2015-07-13 17:50:48 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

If You Gotta Cut
Do It From The Bottom Up
#employeeengagement  

I've long referenced workforce shedding operations as akin to a lobotomy. Either through case studies, or anecdotes from my own inquiries, far too often key people, and their knowledge and networks, are lost in the process, with debilitating effect. 
I've been a advocate of using social network analysis to gain a much more precise understanding of who is valuable to keep, and who would less painful to let go. 
The approach here takes the same basic principles by empowering those who are at the frontlines, who have a keen insight into the most valuable,  along with a cultural transition that can help ease the pain of cuts. 
I would still advocate SNA, in conjunction with the process described here, to help govern human biases and political tribes. 

But the impetus for changemust ... more »

If You Gotta Cut
Do It From The Bottom Up
#employeeengagement  

I've long referenced workforce shedding operations as akin to a lobotomy. Either through case studies, or anecdotes from my own inquiries, far too often key people, and their knowledge and networks, are lost in the process, with debilitating effect. 
I've been a advocate of using social network analysis to gain a much more precise understanding of who is valuable to keep, and who would less painful to let go. 
The approach here takes the same basic principles by empowering those who are at the frontlines, who have a keen insight into the most valuable,  along with a cultural transition that can help ease the pain of cuts. 
I would still advocate SNA, in conjunction with the process described here, to help govern human biases and political tribes. 

But the impetus for change must come from within, and ground-level employees are the most adept at driving the streamlining process. “We need to go from a push-based implementation to a pull-based implementation,” said one lean manager who overcame early hurdles, pointing out that improvements should be sought out from below rather than dictated from above. Accordingly, the bottom-up structure seems well-suited to enacting true top-down reform.

Pull, versus push. Amen to that! ___

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2015-07-13 14:52:55 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Blockchain Auditor
Blockchain Simplified
#blockchain  

Resharing from yesterday, as the original was from my phone and I couldn't dress it up as I normally do. 
This is an excellent piece that explains with pretty simple language why the blockchain can revolutionize accounting and auditing. 

...a blockchain solution provides “a globally distributed decentralized ledger that everyone has the exact same copy of”.

With the ability to compare accounting entries between two trading partners, while maintaining data privacy, this solution could significantly reduce the reliance on auditors for testing financial transactions. Once a match is posted to the blockchain, the transaction is time stamped and irreversibly recorded. “Everyone agrees on consensus that those transactions actually happened, and boom you have that verification.You h... more »

___The Blockchain Auditor
Blockchain Simplified
#blockchain  

Resharing from yesterday, as the original was from my phone and I couldn't dress it up as I normally do. 
This is an excellent piece that explains with pretty simple language why the blockchain can revolutionize accounting and auditing. 

...a blockchain solution provides “a globally distributed decentralized ledger that everyone has the exact same copy of”.

With the ability to compare accounting entries between two trading partners, while maintaining data privacy, this solution could significantly reduce the reliance on auditors for testing financial transactions. Once a match is posted to the blockchain, the transaction is time stamped and irreversibly recorded. “Everyone agrees on consensus that those transactions actually happened, and boom you have that verification. You have the debit, the credit, and the confirmation by the network.”

A blockchain solution could essentially allow for an automated third party verification by a distributed network to ensure that transactions are complete and accurate and unalterable.

As described, it is difficult to properly convey the size of this opportunity. The use of a blockchain for the purpose of audit is unique from other uses as audits impact all industries and are the fundamental basis by which global financial markets are trusted by investors.

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2015-07-13 14:22:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Fifteen Damaging Traits
Leadership, Management, People
#leadership   #management  

I am liking Pope Francis all the more! 
Last year, just before Christmas, the Pope addressed the leaders of the Roman Curia — the Cardinals and other officials who are charged with running the church’s byzantine network of administrative bodies. The Pope’s message to his colleagues was blunt. Leaders are susceptible to an array of debilitating maladies, including arrogance, intolerance, myopia, and pettiness. When those diseases go untreated, the organization itself is enfeebled. To have a healthy church, we need healthy leaders.

The message can equally be applied to all manners of businesses and organizations, from leadership to management and all through the ranks. The world itself would be a better place if these "diseases" were expunged as traitsall too ... more »

Fifteen Damaging Traits
Leadership, Management, People
#leadership   #management  

I am liking Pope Francis all the more! 
Last year, just before Christmas, the Pope addressed the leaders of the Roman Curia — the Cardinals and other officials who are charged with running the church’s byzantine network of administrative bodies. The Pope’s message to his colleagues was blunt. Leaders are susceptible to an array of debilitating maladies, including arrogance, intolerance, myopia, and pettiness. When those diseases go untreated, the organization itself is enfeebled. To have a healthy church, we need healthy leaders.

The message can equally be applied to all manners of businesses and organizations, from leadership to management and all through the ranks. The world itself would be a better place if these "diseases" were expunged as traits all too many are guilty of.  ___

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2015-07-12 23:29:04 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-12 18:01:01 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

This Is Gold
Writing To Communicate
#writingadvice   #communication  

The written word for communicating ideas is different than that of writing for entertainment and fiction. +Greg Satell  does a concise job of differentiating the two. 

The great philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein argued that, unless you can express an idea clearly, you don’t really understand it yourself.  His point was knowledge only has value if it’s explicit.  We may act on vague notions and gut impulses, but that doesn’t mean we’re really thinking things through.

Fareed Zakaria seems to agree.  As he noted in a recent article, “Thinking and writing are inextricably intertwined. When I begin to write, I realize that my ‘thoughts’ are usually a jumble of half-baked, incoherent impulses strung together with gaping logical holes between them”.

“Whetheryou’re a novelist, a bus... more »

This Is Gold
Writing To Communicate
#writingadvice   #communication  

The written word for communicating ideas is different than that of writing for entertainment and fiction. +Greg Satell  does a concise job of differentiating the two. 

The great philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein argued that, unless you can express an idea clearly, you don’t really understand it yourself.  His point was knowledge only has value if it’s explicit.  We may act on vague notions and gut impulses, but that doesn’t mean we’re really thinking things through.

Fareed Zakaria seems to agree.  As he noted in a recent article, “Thinking and writing are inextricably intertwined. When I begin to write, I realize that my ‘thoughts’ are usually a jumble of half-baked, incoherent impulses strung together with gaping logical holes between them”.

“Whether you’re a novelist, a businessman, a marketing consultant or a historian,” he continues, “writing forces you to make choices and it brings clarity and order to your ideas.” Zakaria also points to Jeff Bezos’ emphasis on memo writing as an example of how clarity of expression leads to innovation.  Here are four simple rules that will help you write better.___

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2015-07-11 22:58:52 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Holy Crap
This, as They Say, Looks Creepy Good!
#alternativehistory  

Can you say Philip K. Dick and Ridley Scott? And an "Amazon Original Series". 

I apologize for the Comic Con Trailer bombardment...

Holy Crap
This, as They Say, Looks Creepy Good!
#alternativehistory  

Can you say Philip K. Dick and Ridley Scott? And an "Amazon Original Series". 

I apologize for the Comic Con Trailer bombardment...___

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2015-07-11 22:52:21 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Omg Omg Omg
Cold War Era Super Spy Movie
#superspy   #coldwar  

Let's put me as totally so down with this. 

Omg Omg Omg
Cold War Era Super Spy Movie
#superspy   #coldwar  

Let's put me as totally so down with this. ___

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2015-07-11 22:44:50 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Star Wars
Because
#theforceawakens  

Need I say more? 

Star Wars
Because
#theforceawakens  

Need I say more? ___

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2015-07-11 17:57:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Bang Your Head
Metacilla Department
#headbanging  

Put on your favourite Metacilla as you read this, so as to make the inevitable banging of your head more enjoyable. 

In the segment, Susan Landau, one of the experts who has explained why this whole idea is stupid and won't work, points out that there are no proposals being put forth because it's impossible to actually do this in a way that doesn't create massive problems:

SUSAN LANDAU: The issue is that the government is saying exceptional access, without explaining how they want this done, and all security matters in the details.

And, immediately, Baker shoots back the admission that no one else has been willing to make that, of course the government won't come up with a plan, because then all the experts can give details for why that plan would be a disaster:
more »

Bang Your Head
Metacilla Department
#headbanging  

Put on your favourite Metacilla as you read this, so as to make the inevitable banging of your head more enjoyable. 

In the segment, Susan Landau, one of the experts who has explained why this whole idea is stupid and won't work, points out that there are no proposals being put forth because it's impossible to actually do this in a way that doesn't create massive problems:

SUSAN LANDAU: The issue is that the government is saying exceptional access, without explaining how they want this done, and all security matters in the details.

And, immediately, Baker shoots back the admission that no one else has been willing to make that, of course the government won't come up with a plan, because then all the experts can give details for why that plan would be a disaster:

STEWART BAKER: So, I think one of the things that's clear is the government isn’t trying to say this is exactly how we want you to do it, because I’m sure that Susan Landau would be saying, well, that won’t work and we have got these objections to being told how to do it.

The amazing thing is that Baker doesn't even seem to realize what he's admitting, as he then immediately shifts to saying that the government just wants the industry to solve this problem. But the whole point is that there is no solution that doesn't make lots of other things much worse. ___

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2015-07-11 17:46:15 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Linus Laugh
The...Um...AI Apocalypse

This has more to do with fucked up human psyche than realistic possibilities. 
I've not much more to add here I haven't already said. Besides, I like Torvalds barbs better:

So I’d expect just more of (and much fancier) rather targeted AI, rather than anything human-like at all. Language recognition, pattern recognition, things like that. I just don’t see the situation where you suddenly have some existential crisis because your dishwasher is starting to discuss Sartre with you.

The whole ‘Singularity’ kind of event? Yeah, it’s science fiction, and not very good Sci-Fi at that, in my opinion. Unending exponential growth? What drugs are those people on? I mean, really.

The Linus Laugh
The...Um...AI Apocalypse

This has more to do with fucked up human psyche than realistic possibilities. 
I've not much more to add here I haven't already said. Besides, I like Torvalds barbs better:

So I’d expect just more of (and much fancier) rather targeted AI, rather than anything human-like at all. Language recognition, pattern recognition, things like that. I just don’t see the situation where you suddenly have some existential crisis because your dishwasher is starting to discuss Sartre with you.

The whole ‘Singularity’ kind of event? Yeah, it’s science fiction, and not very good Sci-Fi at that, in my opinion. Unending exponential growth? What drugs are those people on? I mean, really.___

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2015-07-10 23:36:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This Is Really Handy
Logical Fallacies Via Football Referee Memes

Arguing on the interwebs is an exercise in chasing rabbits down holes of endless depth and multitude, of course. With these, however, you can at least amuse yourself by calling the plays. 
If you're fair, you'll even call them on yourself. 
(appeal to authority may be the most frequent offense, but they all come in play at some point down the rabbit hole)

Via +Jordan Peacock 

FALLACY REF is the best collection of memed logical fallacies in the history of memed logical fallacy collections.

I did some quick Google sleuthing and could not find the original source, but to whomever it is...you have my sincerest thanks.

Now go. Share. Fill the internet with logic awareness. Future generations will thank you.

H/t to +Jane Skau for bringing this wonderfulness to my attention!

#logicalfallacies   #meme  ___This Is Really Handy
Logical Fallacies Via Football Referee Memes

Arguing on the interwebs is an exercise in chasing rabbits down holes of endless depth and multitude, of course. With these, however, you can at least amuse yourself by calling the plays. 
If you're fair, you'll even call them on yourself. 
(appeal to authority may be the most frequent offense, but they all come in play at some point down the rabbit hole)

Via +Jordan Peacock 

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2015-07-10 15:37:21 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Should You Ever Come to My Place...
Think Bold!

I hope my doing the dishes just now doesn't spoil your impression of me...

People Who Are Messy Aren't Lazy, They're Imaginative And Bold

'... People who live in clutter are inherently spontaneous. They’d rather worry about the big picture than all of the minuscule details of day-to-day life. They go with the flow instead of swimming against the current.

Simply put, messy people are adventurous and adaptable. They’re pioneers who are more concerned with filling the limited amount of time allotted to them with meaningful tasks rather than tedious activities like cleaning.
...'

http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/messy-people-arent-lazy/1099578/___Should You Ever Come to My Place...
Think Bold!

I hope my doing the dishes just now doesn't spoil your impression of me...

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2015-07-10 15:10:41 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

"Software Sucks"
And It's Eating the World

While not quite a chicken little piece, it does pull back the curtain on the buggy nature of the code that now runs our world. 

I’m actually more scared at this state of events than I would’ve been at a one-off hacking event that took down the NYSE. Software is eating the world, and the spread of networked devices through the “internet of things” is only going to accelerate this. Our dominant operating systems, our way of working, and our common approach to developing, auditing and debugging software, and spending (or not) money on its maintenance, has not yet reached the requirements of the 21st century. So, yes, NYSE going down is not a big deal, and United Airlines will probably have more ground halts if they don’t figure out how to change their infrastructure (not a cheap or easy undertaking). Butit’s not j... more »

"Software Sucks"
And It's Eating the World

While not quite a chicken little piece, it does pull back the curtain on the buggy nature of the code that now runs our world. 

I’m actually more scared at this state of events than I would’ve been at a one-off hacking event that took down the NYSE. Software is eating the world, and the spread of networked devices through the “internet of things” is only going to accelerate this. Our dominant operating systems, our way of working, and our common approach to developing, auditing and debugging software, and spending (or not) money on its maintenance, has not yet reached the requirements of the 21st century. So, yes, NYSE going down is not a big deal, and United Airlines will probably have more ground halts if they don’t figure out how to change their infrastructure (not a cheap or easy undertaking). But it’s not just them. From our infrastructure to our privacy, our software suffers from “software sucks” syndrome which doesn’t sound as important as a Big Mean Attack of Cyberterrorists. But it is probably worse in the danger it poses.

Via +John Hagel ___

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2015-07-10 01:30:27 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Foreign Affairs
Part Two
#financialcrisis   #hangover  


Is this about the strength of the union, or more about bailing out piss poor decisions on the parts of big banks that were are part in parcel of the 2008 Financial Crisis. 

The roots of the crisis lie far away from Greece; they lie in the architecture of European banking. Greece was given two bailouts.  Greece was a mere conduit for a bailout. It was not a recipient of funds in any significant way, despite what is constantly repeated in the media. As former Bundesbank Chief Karl Otto Pöhl admitted ... “was about protecting German banks, but especially the French banks, from debt write-offs.” To fix the problem, someone in core Europe is going to have to own up to all of the above and admit that their money wasn’t given to lazy Greeks but to already-bailed bankers who, despite a face-value haircut, ended up making a profit on the deal. Despite Germany being a serial defaulter that received debt relief four times in the twentieth century, Chancellor Angela Merkel is not about to cop to bailing out D-Bank and pinning it on the Greeks. We’ve never understood Greece because we have refused to see the crisis for what it was—a continuation of a series of bailouts for the financial sector that started in 2008 and that rumbles on today. It’s so much easier to blame the Greeks and then be surprised when they refuse to play along with the script.___Foreign Affairs
Part Two
#financialcrisis   #hangover  


Is this about the strength of the union, or more about bailing out piss poor decisions on the parts of big banks that were are part in parcel of the 2008 Financial Crisis. 

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2015-07-10 01:16:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Perspective
And Framing

A terrific find and commentary from +Leland LeCuyer  on what is a very deeply layered set of circumstances that may, or will define a Union of very diverse peoples and cultures. 
Via +David Amerland 

Nietzsche, Merkel, and the "Good European"
The fate of Europe, it seems, hinges upon Angela Merkel. The German Chancellor, alone, can decide whether Greece will be shoved out of the Euro zone. Or not. Moreover, whichever way Merkel leans seems all the more likely to decide whether Europe can exist as a unified political and economic entity or whether Europe will actually be nothing more than a sizable promontory on the vast eurasian land mass populated by various clans who often fail to get along.

The dream of a unified Europe has been, as the song refrains, "a long time coming." Soon we will learn whether it will also be "a long time gone." The linked article by +Emily Levine, a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, explores some of the history of that dream; citing Nietzsche's notion of the "good European," which he intended as a counterbalance and antidote to what he perceived (presciently as things turned out) as the danger of nationalism, militarism, and racism "his twin works published in 1896, Beyond Good and Evil and Human, All Too Human," Levine explains:

In both works, the philosopher bemoaned romantic nationalism, militarism, and anti-Semitism, and he promoted an ideal of the good European in opposition to these forces.

Thus when the German head of state chastises her Greek counterpart — "A good European is not one that seeks an agreement at any price" — little does she know that she is parroting one of the enigmatic notions of that most elusive and troubling of philosophers; nor that she is participating in a heritage that often flies in the face of, if not contradict, the inclinations of her own narrow partisan democratic base. For Merkel needs to decide whether she is enough of a "statesman" (with apologies for the implicit sexist implications of that gendered word) and "good European" to act in direct opposition to the narrow parochial — indeed nationalistic — impulses that steer the people who actually vote for her. Perhaps it is too much to ask of any politician to act against her political base — even if in the long run she may actually be acting in their own best interests.

Where does Merkel's allegiance reside? In Europe? Or in Germany? We will learn the answer over the next two days.

#europe   #identity   #decision  ___Perspective
And Framing

A terrific find and commentary from +Leland LeCuyer  on what is a very deeply layered set of circumstances that may, or will define a Union of very diverse peoples and cultures. 
Via +David Amerland 

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2015-07-10 01:00:07 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Deconstruction
Of The Quick Fix
#wetblanket  

The Bro at his best, again. 

In response, and by request, to a news item that "came across my desk" today. 

#mooddisorders   #depression   #depressiontreatment   #mentalhealth   #mentalhealthawareness  

http://tamingthepolarbears.blogspot.ca/2015/07/deconstructring-quick-fixes-for.html___The Deconstruction
Of The Quick Fix
#wetblanket  

The Bro at his best, again. 

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2015-07-10 00:57:59 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This
Looks Like Fun

And it's my hood to boot. 

"As we met our tour guide outside the Holy Rosary Cathedral in downtown Vancouver, I knew this was going to be my kind of tour."

Calgary blogger Girl Tries Life recently visited Vancouver and checked out our signature walking tour, Prohibition City. See what she had to say about her experience.

#Vancouver   #Travel   #Blog   #ExploreBC   #ExploreCanada   #Tour  ___This
Looks Like Fun

And it's my hood to boot. 

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2015-07-10 00:46:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Now This Is Dedication To Trial Runs
Colour Me Impressed
#innovation  

Running experiments in real cities with real people runs into all kinds of political and litigation problems (among others). Solution?
Build your own freakin city!!

Bob Brumley, the managing director of Pegasus, told Wired magazine: “It will be a true laboratory without the complication and safety issues associated with residents. Here you can break things and run into things, and get used to how they work before taking them out into the market. If the human experience is a key part of the test, we can add people at any time.

Via +George Station and +Clay Forsberg 

Now This Is Dedication To Trial Runs
Colour Me Impressed
#innovation  

Running experiments in real cities with real people runs into all kinds of political and litigation problems (among others). Solution?
Build your own freakin city!!

Bob Brumley, the managing director of Pegasus, told Wired magazine: “It will be a true laboratory without the complication and safety issues associated with residents. Here you can break things and run into things, and get used to how they work before taking them out into the market. If the human experience is a key part of the test, we can add people at any time.

Via +George Station and +Clay Forsberg ___

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2015-07-10 00:13:11 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Crawl Over Hot Coals Naked
Well, Alrighty Then!

Admittedly, I don't know who Alan Grayson is, nor do I particularly care. I just thought it a fantastic lede to a share! 
Democrats, doesn't he just have that look, that certain je nais se qua, that you would crawl? Naked? Hot coals? No...no?

Alan Grayson: Democrats will ‘crawl over hot coals naked’ to vote me into the Senate___Crawl Over Hot Coals Naked
Well, Alrighty Then!

Admittedly, I don't know who Alan Grayson is, nor do I particularly care. I just thought it a fantastic lede to a share! 
Democrats, doesn't he just have that look, that certain je nais se qua, that you would crawl? Naked? Hot coals? No...no?

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2015-07-10 00:05:21 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Blanket
Urban Species
#urbanchill  

I may have just made up the "urban chill" genre tag. It's more chill than trip hop, say. It's a bit lounge, a bit jazz, and bit trip hop. Or urban chill, in other words.
In any case, this track from Urban Species' on the soundtrack to "Powder Blue" personifies urban chill. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

Blanket
Urban Species
#urbanchill  

I may have just made up the "urban chill" genre tag. It's more chill than trip hop, say. It's a bit lounge, a bit jazz, and bit trip hop. Or urban chill, in other words.
In any case, this track from Urban Species' on the soundtrack to "Powder Blue" personifies urban chill. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. ___

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2015-07-09 00:35:31 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A Must Read
In My Not So Humble Opinion
#criticalthinking  

The dualism of the anti-Christ. It makes for an easy narrative for the dim-witted who can only think in black and white, good and evil. The truth, as always, is a lot more complicated. 
And there is nothing quite like GMO to make what are often rational people completely lose their minds. 

The solution, as I see it, is for journalists to chuck their inkwells at Satan’s head. When confronted with the Evil One, we should remember that purity of vision usually reflects ignorance, not reality. We should challenge our own presuppositions, the better to challenge those of our audience.

And we should never make the conspiracist’s mistake, and fear that contact with the enemy can only end in corruption. Occasionally these efforts will confirm the existence of pure, naked evil. But in my ownexperi... more »

A Must Read
In My Not So Humble Opinion
#criticalthinking  

The dualism of the anti-Christ. It makes for an easy narrative for the dim-witted who can only think in black and white, good and evil. The truth, as always, is a lot more complicated. 
And there is nothing quite like GMO to make what are often rational people completely lose their minds. 

The solution, as I see it, is for journalists to chuck their inkwells at Satan’s head. When confronted with the Evil One, we should remember that purity of vision usually reflects ignorance, not reality. We should challenge our own presuppositions, the better to challenge those of our audience.

And we should never make the conspiracist’s mistake, and fear that contact with the enemy can only end in corruption. Occasionally these efforts will confirm the existence of pure, naked evil. But in my own experience, most often the story ends like Luther’s, and Satan simply vanishes—a happy ending for those who value knowledge, in all its chaos and messiness, over fairy tales.
Via +Mary Mangan ___

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2015-07-08 23:44:51 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The Curious Ape
Celebrating Curiousity

Needles to say, I like this a lot. Curiousity can overcome a lot of intellectual sins and omissions. Not to mention ego. 

A new blogging project by a brilliant husband and wife writing team that celebrates curiosity unfettered by dogma.

Highly recommended!___The Curious Ape
Celebrating Curiousity

Needles to say, I like this a lot. Curiousity can overcome a lot of intellectual sins and omissions. Not to mention ego. 

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2015-07-08 23:30:58 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Greek Exit
Rational Edition

The Emperor's Clothes are beginning to fall off. Combine this, along with this fabulous curation from +Alex Schleber -- https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AlexSchleber/posts/7cQZkXhnFTZ --and we start to see what a sham this all really is. 
Bottom line: Greece did the right thing by rejecting the terms of the bail-out package. 
Via +David Amerland 

Greek Exit
Rational Edition

The Emperor's Clothes are beginning to fall off. Combine this, along with this fabulous curation from +Alex Schleber -- https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AlexSchleber/posts/7cQZkXhnFTZ --and we start to see what a sham this all really is. 
Bottom line: Greece did the right thing by rejecting the terms of the bail-out package. 
Via +David Amerland ___

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2015-07-08 20:45:26 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

The CEO Hall of Shame
Seven Deadly Habits

I was actually doing some research on Larry Johnston, who came up through the superb leadership program of General Electric,  yet who failed spectacularly with Albertsons Grocery, and I came across this. It's pretty good. 

Habit # 1:  They see themselves and their companies as dominating their environment (The King Midas Syndrome)

Habit #2:  They identify so completely with the company that there is no clear boundary between their personal interests and their corporation’s interests (Ego Gratification)

Habit #3:  They think they have all the answers (God Complex)

Habit #4:  They ruthlessly eliminate anyone who isn’t completely behind them (Insecure Prima Dona)

Habit #5: They are consummate spokespersons, obsessed with the company image (Star Power Syndrome) (I posted aboutthis a fe... more »

The CEO Hall of Shame
Seven Deadly Habits

I was actually doing some research on Larry Johnston, who came up through the superb leadership program of General Electric,  yet who failed spectacularly with Albertsons Grocery, and I came across this. It's pretty good. 

Habit # 1:  They see themselves and their companies as dominating their environment (The King Midas Syndrome)

Habit #2:  They identify so completely with the company that there is no clear boundary between their personal interests and their corporation’s interests (Ego Gratification)

Habit #3:  They think they have all the answers (God Complex)

Habit #4:  They ruthlessly eliminate anyone who isn’t completely behind them (Insecure Prima Dona)

Habit #5: They are consummate spokespersons, obsessed with the company image (Star Power Syndrome) (I posted about this a few weeks back too)

Habit #6: They underestimate obstacles (Overconfidence, Hubris)

Habit #7: They stubbornly rely on what worked for them in the past
(Blind Spots, Unadaptive, Star Power Syndrome)___

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2015-07-07 18:40:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This!
Is Very Cool

Making a theatre screen release on iPhones and a donut shop.

This!
Is Very Cool

Making a theatre screen release on iPhones and a donut shop.___

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2015-07-07 18:34:38 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The P2P
Employment Platform

A feel good piece about P2P sharing platforms. There's still a fine line between opportunity and exploitation (but hasn't this been always?), but for those with a desire for autonomy and ability to craft their own slice of a pie, it can be the right opportunity.

That’s the difference between the startups that grow to provide a useful service to a lot of users, and the startups that go huge and grow very rapidly to quickly change the way an important part of how the world works.

_The difference is humans helping humans, directly. Replacing the old accepted norm of companies being the ones that provide services is what is happening with this new breed of startups._

The P2P
Employment Platform

A feel good piece about P2P sharing platforms. There's still a fine line between opportunity and exploitation (but hasn't this been always?), but for those with a desire for autonomy and ability to craft their own slice of a pie, it can be the right opportunity.

That’s the difference between the startups that grow to provide a useful service to a lot of users, and the startups that go huge and grow very rapidly to quickly change the way an important part of how the world works.

_The difference is humans helping humans, directly. Replacing the old accepted norm of companies being the ones that provide services is what is happening with this new breed of startups.____

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2015-07-07 18:17:42 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile
In the "God Doesn't Hit With a Stick" Department
#darwinawards  

I've nothing to add. 
Via +iPan Darius 

Selfie kills.
___Meanwhile
In the "God Doesn't Hit With a Stick" Department
#darwinawards  

I've nothing to add. 
Via +iPan Darius 

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