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Gregory Esau has been at 22 events

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Social Media Today144,868*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 18:00:00207  
Peter H. Diamandis338,014Exponential Medicine2014-10-27 19:00:0043  
ISOOSI Research Engine3,497*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  
SEOWiSE962*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 Harman19,173Relationship 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” Leopold3,193Using 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 Cohen77,658*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 Hall3,627Teacher 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 Hangout5,360Join 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 Bincer109,965*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 + You372We 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 Shankle1,729It'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 Blossom125,795*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 Blossom125,795I 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” Chamberlin79,908*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 Bincer109,965*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 shervington1,114,291Ronnie 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 18:00:0069  
United Nations Human Rights1,127,258In 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 Cohen77,658*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 Fealty14,076All 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 Cohen77,658*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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Unemployed?
Or Retired

A sort of interesting look at being structurally unemployed, and reframing it as retired. It's an existence, and it is possible to be happy at it. 
What happens when this is the majority? This possibility that now exists as non human lifeforms take our jobs? 

I don't know. 
What I do know, is we live in a consumer driven economy. No consumers, or say radically fewer consumers, who buys the stuff the non-human production workers produce? 

A consuming supported wage for everyone? Can Watson deduce a household income that suits both household and economy? 

But humans are, as we say in the business, human. You know, our nature. Idle minds is the devil's playground, and all that. Many of us like to be gainfully occupied. If whip-smart AI machines get to do most of the stuff, do we all become artists?Play... more »

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2015-06-30 02:46:46 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Austerity is Suicide
Why Grexit Is The Right Choice

Appeasing to the Eurozone Mafia troika is suicide for Greece. This piece does a nice job of explaining why divorce is better than staying in the European Union. 
Bravo to Tsipras for calling their bluff, and walking away from the table. 
Via +Giorgio Bertini 

My colleague Martin Sandbu calculated how an adjustment of such scale would affect the Greek growth rate. I have now extended that calculation to incorporate the entire four-year fiscal adjustment programme, as demanded by the creditors. Based on the same assumptions he makes about how fiscal policy and GDP interact, a two-way process, I come to a figure of a cumulative hit on the level of GDP of 12.6 per cent over four years. The Greek debt-to-GDP ratio would start approaching 200 per cent. My conclusion is that the acceptance of the troika’s programmew... more »

Most plusones: 22

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2015-06-29 16:44:45 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Maybe, Just Maybe
We Can Use This To Become Better Stewards of the Planet

My favourite? Using this along with drones to track and hunt poachers, and put them out of existence. 

“What I’m looking forward to is combining Google Earth with the kind of dynamic data coming out of Earth Engine—data on deforestation, floods, temperatures,” Moore says. “If you render that kind of information on Google Earth, it becomes a living, breathing dashboard of the planet. You can put in everyone’s hands, not just charts and graphs of what’s going on, but high-resolution information that’s sitting, almost literally, on the surface of the earth.” It’s like Askay’s work at the James Reserve. But on much larger scale.

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2015-06-30 02:46:46 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Austerity is Suicide
Why Grexit Is The Right Choice

Appeasing to the Eurozone Mafia troika is suicide for Greece. This piece does a nice job of explaining why divorce is better than staying in the European Union. 
Bravo to Tsipras for calling their bluff, and walking away from the table. 
Via +Giorgio Bertini 

My colleague Martin Sandbu calculated how an adjustment of such scale would affect the Greek growth rate. I have now extended that calculation to incorporate the entire four-year fiscal adjustment programme, as demanded by the creditors. Based on the same assumptions he makes about how fiscal policy and GDP interact, a two-way process, I come to a figure of a cumulative hit on the level of GDP of 12.6 per cent over four years. The Greek debt-to-GDP ratio would start approaching 200 per cent. My conclusion is that the acceptance of the troika’s programmew... more »

Austerity is Suicide
Why Grexit Is The Right Choice

Appeasing to the Eurozone Mafia troika is suicide for Greece. This piece does a nice job of explaining why divorce is better than staying in the European Union. 
Bravo to Tsipras for calling their bluff, and walking away from the table. 
Via +Giorgio Bertini 

My colleague Martin Sandbu calculated how an adjustment of such scale would affect the Greek growth rate. I have now extended that calculation to incorporate the entire four-year fiscal adjustment programme, as demanded by the creditors. Based on the same assumptions he makes about how fiscal policy and GDP interact, a two-way process, I come to a figure of a cumulative hit on the level of GDP of 12.6 per cent over four years. The Greek debt-to-GDP ratio would start approaching 200 per cent. My conclusion is that the acceptance of the troika’s programme would constitute a dual suicide — for the Greek economy, and for the political career of the Greek prime minister.___

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2015-06-30 02:32:35 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Schadenfreude
One of Life's Small Pleasures

Okay, call me petty, small minded, maybe even spiteful, but admittedly I get a nice tinge of delight whenever I read yet another poor performance by the world's most expensive platypus. Even GM's bureaucratic python couldn't produce something this bad, this expensive, this ill-performing. 
But, you know, this is what you get when a jet has to meet the design specs of the Navy, Airforce, Marines, the Pentagon, and maybe the state of Texas. You get a family sedan, that does a lot of things sort of well, but nothing (nothing!!) really well. Like dog-fighting fer instance. You know, that Top Gun stuff. 

Never mind that we up here in Canada had the good sense to sign up for these pig...dogs...um, jet 'fighters', that meet exactly zero of our own requirements. 
I'll still delight in hearing thatth... more »

The F-35 was flying “clean,” with no weapons in its bomb bay or under its wings and fuselage. The F-16, by contrast, was hauling two bulky underwing drop tanks, putting the older jet at an aerodynamic disadvantage.

But the JSF’s advantage didn’t actually help in the end. The stealth fighter proved too sluggish to reliably defeat the F-16, even with the F-16 lugging extra fuel tanks. “Even with the limited F-16 target configuration, the F-35A remained at a distinct energy disadvantage for every engagement,” the pilot reported.___Schadenfreude
One of Life's Small Pleasures

Okay, call me petty, small minded, maybe even spiteful, but admittedly I get a nice tinge of delight whenever I read yet another poor performance by the world's most expensive platypus. Even GM's bureaucratic python couldn't produce something this bad, this expensive, this ill-performing. 
But, you know, this is what you get when a jet has to meet the design specs of the Navy, Airforce, Marines, the Pentagon, and maybe the state of Texas. You get a family sedan, that does a lot of things sort of well, but nothing (nothing!!) really well. Like dog-fighting fer instance. You know, that Top Gun stuff. 

Never mind that we up here in Canada had the good sense to sign up for these pig...dogs...um, jet 'fighters', that meet exactly zero of our own requirements. 
I'll still delight in hearing that the absolute worst way to design anything continues to prove why you don't design it that way. 

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2015-06-29 20:09:05 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Musical Chairs
Eurozone Style

If you don't know who Yanis Varoufakis is, this will give you at least some idea. And idea of grace under the pressure of the rock, and the hard place. If nothing else, I applaud him for returning to help captain a sinking ship. 

Varoufakis has been Greece’s finance minister for only four months, but the story of how he has thrown Europe into turmoil is one many years in the making. After Greece joined the European Union’s monetary union in 2001, the tiny country of 10 million was flooded with money from elsewhere on the Continent. Over the course of the next decade, Greek leaders, whose sclerotic and corrupt economy had long been rife with patronage and tax evasion, borrowed billions from imprudent European banks and then lied to E.U. officials about its mounting debts. When the financial crisis finally rolled into Greece in2009... more »

Musical Chairs
Eurozone Style

If you don't know who Yanis Varoufakis is, this will give you at least some idea. And idea of grace under the pressure of the rock, and the hard place. If nothing else, I applaud him for returning to help captain a sinking ship. 

Varoufakis has been Greece’s finance minister for only four months, but the story of how he has thrown Europe into turmoil is one many years in the making. After Greece joined the European Union’s monetary union in 2001, the tiny country of 10 million was flooded with money from elsewhere on the Continent. Over the course of the next decade, Greek leaders, whose sclerotic and corrupt economy had long been rife with patronage and tax evasion, borrowed billions from imprudent European banks and then lied to E.U. officials about its mounting debts. When the financial crisis finally rolled into Greece in 2009 and 2010, the country was an estimated $430 billion in debt, a staggering figure that imperiled the economic health of its near and distant neighbors — indeed, all of Europe. The European Commission, International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank (often referred to as the troika) agreed to bail out the sinking economy by loaning it $146 billion. In return, as Athenians rioted in the streets in protest, the government promised the troika it would reduce state spending by slashing pensions and wages, eliminating jobs and raising taxes, an approach to debt reduction known as “austerity.

Again, I ask: Who did the European creditors think they were lending money to, and on what (?!?!?!?) basis did they think they would get it back???___

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2015-06-29 19:38:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Macro Edition

As organizational change expert +Torben Rick well knows, culture eats strategy for breakfast, and other meals. If that is true for organizations, it is more so for the nation state. 

For a currency to work, it needs a certain cultural understanding, a buy in to what having a currency entails. More so for credit. Credit is based on the simple premise that the borrower is optimistic about its future, and ability to grow, so it borrows from that future confident that its growth will more than off-set the interest. The creditor should be equally confident. If you produce something of quality that is in demand, this generally works very well. 
Bubble economies mask who is selling quality, and who is selling smoke. (it shouldn't be, but that's for another post) I don't know what Greecepr... more »

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Macro Edition

As organizational change expert +Torben Rick well knows, culture eats strategy for breakfast, and other meals. If that is true for organizations, it is more so for the nation state. 

For a currency to work, it needs a certain cultural understanding, a buy in to what having a currency entails. More so for credit. Credit is based on the simple premise that the borrower is optimistic about its future, and ability to grow, so it borrows from that future confident that its growth will more than off-set the interest. The creditor should be equally confident. If you produce something of quality that is in demand, this generally works very well. 
Bubble economies mask who is selling quality, and who is selling smoke. (it shouldn't be, but that's for another post) I don't know what Greece produces. Europe, evidently, didn't know what Greece produces. Greece probably doesn't know what it produces. That for millennia it is in default of debt half the time suggests it isn't stuff of quality and high demand.

Now, starting a union with such vastly different cultures, using the same currency, and...what? Expectations that across the union that the cultures would buy into the premises necessary for a (sort of) stable currency regime  existed? 

Throughout history, the arc of democratization and political development has been marked by conflict and strife. Austerity and financial orthodoxy cannot patch over the fundamental political differences generated by the deep integration that started with a single European market and now encompasses almost all aspects of everyday European life. In the long run, the euro crisis has the potential to create a stronger footing for open contestation and democratic debate, along with broader institutions to support the euro. However, Greece’s sad experience as a member of the euro zone now places that future in serious doubt.

What we see here is a great example of a culture eating a strategy. ___

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2015-06-29 18:22:27 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Bad Dog! Bad Dog!!
Can You Say Untenable? Sure You Can

Where to start. 
First, let's be clear--there is very very little about Greece's economy that isn't an unmitigated disaster. For most all intents and purposes, it's a black market that had no business (no business!!) being in the Eurozone. Somebody as uncharitable as me (for example) would simply tell the bureaucrats with the European Union that "you got what you bought, you got what you deserved." What the EU thought it was getting into when it accepted (welcomed?) Greece into the club is beyond me. 
What we do know is what Greece knew what it was getting--a credibility it neither earned, nor deserved. (for more, read here: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2010/10/greeks-bearing-bonds-201010 As Wall Street hangs on the question “Will Greece default?,” the author heads forriot-s... more »

Bad Dog! Bad Dog!!
Can You Say Untenable? Sure You Can

Where to start. 
First, let's be clear--there is very very little about Greece's economy that isn't an unmitigated disaster. For most all intents and purposes, it's a black market that had no business (no business!!) being in the Eurozone. Somebody as uncharitable as me (for example) would simply tell the bureaucrats with the European Union that "you got what you bought, you got what you deserved." What the EU thought it was getting into when it accepted (welcomed?) Greece into the club is beyond me. 
What we do know is what Greece knew what it was getting--a credibility it neither earned, nor deserved. (for more, read here: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2010/10/greeks-bearing-bonds-201010 As Wall Street hangs on the question “Will Greece default?,” the author heads for riot-stricken Athens, and for the mysterious Vatopaidi monastery, which brought down the last government, laying bare the country’s economic insanity. But beyond a $1.2 trillion debt (roughly a quarter-million dollars for each working adult), there is a more frightening deficit. After systematically looting their own treasury, in a breathtaking binge of tax evasion, bribery, and creative accounting spurred on by Goldman Sachs, Greeks are sure of one thing: they can’t trust their fellow Greeks. This was in 2010!)

Austerity is a form a punishment. It is the rolled up newspaper on the snout of the Bad Dog, imploring it not to do what bad dogs do. And it doesn't work. 
For one, much like poor Rex the dog, few of anybody actually understand what they are being punished for. The basic culture that has underpinned the Greek economy hasn't changed much over the millennia, and forcing them into some kind of Max Weber, Protestant work ethic and discipline isn't going to change anything.

For the Euro's part (read Germany and Merkel), punishment must be served, and there is a certain logic to that. If just anyone can default on their debts, then the whole financial world falls apart. That's true. Sorta. But, otoh, the spectre of no longer being able to get credit usually keeps most on the payment path.   

If the goal is, however, to reform an economy, austerity is a piss poor way to get there. If you want to crush an economy, go for it. Reform it? Then you need to understand the patient. 
The current path only kicks the can down the road. Greece won't recover, will be further weakened, and will still have to default down the road. Alexis Tsipras knows this. Which is why it is worth it to him and his government to stall in hopes of a different game plan. 

While we can be sympathetic to (a degree) that the Eurozone creditors needs to save face here, we also cannot ignore that was an incredibly poor decision to bring Greece into the Eurozone, and their own lack of due diligence needs to be accountable here as well.

While not 'right', Tsipras and his government need a clean slate to see if they can even remotely turn their ship around. It's a slim shot, but the alternatives are much much worse.  ___

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2015-06-29 16:44:45 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Maybe, Just Maybe
We Can Use This To Become Better Stewards of the Planet

My favourite? Using this along with drones to track and hunt poachers, and put them out of existence. 

“What I’m looking forward to is combining Google Earth with the kind of dynamic data coming out of Earth Engine—data on deforestation, floods, temperatures,” Moore says. “If you render that kind of information on Google Earth, it becomes a living, breathing dashboard of the planet. You can put in everyone’s hands, not just charts and graphs of what’s going on, but high-resolution information that’s sitting, almost literally, on the surface of the earth.” It’s like Askay’s work at the James Reserve. But on much larger scale.

Maybe, Just Maybe
We Can Use This To Become Better Stewards of the Planet

My favourite? Using this along with drones to track and hunt poachers, and put them out of existence. 

“What I’m looking forward to is combining Google Earth with the kind of dynamic data coming out of Earth Engine—data on deforestation, floods, temperatures,” Moore says. “If you render that kind of information on Google Earth, it becomes a living, breathing dashboard of the planet. You can put in everyone’s hands, not just charts and graphs of what’s going on, but high-resolution information that’s sitting, almost literally, on the surface of the earth.” It’s like Askay’s work at the James Reserve. But on much larger scale.___

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2015-06-29 16:20:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Moral of the Story
Don't Believe Your Own Press

A neat bit of work reveals that it can be all too easy getting caught up in your own hype, at the expense of seeing what's really needed to keep the business moving forward.v

The Moral of the Story
Don't Believe Your Own Press

A neat bit of work reveals that it can be all too easy getting caught up in your own hype, at the expense of seeing what's really needed to keep the business moving forward.v___

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2015-06-28 17:50:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The Hidden Value
Of EcoSystems

A nice job (as always) by +John Hagel, covering the different ways that ecosystems create value, how they differ from the more traditional business approaches, and cultured correctly, how they can be powerful low risk, high reward environments. 

The Hidden Value
Of EcoSystems

A nice job (as always) by +John Hagel, covering the different ways that ecosystems create value, how they differ from the more traditional business approaches, and cultured correctly, how they can be powerful low risk, high reward environments. ___

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2015-06-26 19:45:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Looking to the Past
To Help Create the Future

Sustaining a civilization is nothing new. Here's some great examples of managing water, and design and materials suited to local needs. 

Looking to the Past
To Help Create the Future

Sustaining a civilization is nothing new. Here's some great examples of managing water, and design and materials suited to local needs. ___

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2015-06-26 18:56:05 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Thank You Todd Hayward
GoPro Vancouver, FIFA Women's World Cup

This nearly four minute video montage of one Virginia's family's visit to Vancouver to see America take on Nigeria is really, really good!

"We have always told people how awesome Vancouver is, but photos have never really done it justice.  Now we show our friends that video and they are like ‘Oh my god, that looks insane.’ I think you are going to be seeing some of our friends out there now."

Thank You Todd Hayward
GoPro Vancouver, FIFA Women's World Cup

This nearly four minute video montage of one Virginia's family's visit to Vancouver to see America take on Nigeria is really, really good!

"We have always told people how awesome Vancouver is, but photos have never really done it justice.  Now we show our friends that video and they are like ‘Oh my god, that looks insane.’ I think you are going to be seeing some of our friends out there now."___

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2015-06-26 16:20:10 (19 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Unemployed?
Or Retired

A sort of interesting look at being structurally unemployed, and reframing it as retired. It's an existence, and it is possible to be happy at it. 
What happens when this is the majority? This possibility that now exists as non human lifeforms take our jobs? 

I don't know. 
What I do know, is we live in a consumer driven economy. No consumers, or say radically fewer consumers, who buys the stuff the non-human production workers produce? 

A consuming supported wage for everyone? Can Watson deduce a household income that suits both household and economy? 

But humans are, as we say in the business, human. You know, our nature. Idle minds is the devil's playground, and all that. Many of us like to be gainfully occupied. If whip-smart AI machines get to do most of the stuff, do we all become artists?Play... more »

Unemployed?
Or Retired

A sort of interesting look at being structurally unemployed, and reframing it as retired. It's an existence, and it is possible to be happy at it. 
What happens when this is the majority? This possibility that now exists as non human lifeforms take our jobs? 

I don't know. 
What I do know, is we live in a consumer driven economy. No consumers, or say radically fewer consumers, who buys the stuff the non-human production workers produce? 

A consuming supported wage for everyone? Can Watson deduce a household income that suits both household and economy? 

But humans are, as we say in the business, human. You know, our nature. Idle minds is the devil's playground, and all that. Many of us like to be gainfully occupied. If whip-smart AI machines get to do most of the stuff, do we all become artists? Play sports? VR immersive games? Shooting rampages? Race riots? 
does releasing us from trading our labour for wages free us? Imprison us? Do we go back to the farm? Write poetry, novels? 

I'm throwing spaghetti at the wall here, sans existentialism.  Or anxe. ___

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2015-06-26 15:43:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Sparing The Pets At Meal Times
And Other Issues of AI Ethics
#artificialintelligence  

A decent enough look at the ethics for artificial intelligence. I like the angle that in order to teach AI to be ethical, maybe we'll rediscover our own. 
"How will machines know what we value if we don’t know ourselves? That’s the question we need to answer today or else algorithms will continue to take decisions out of our hands, and we’ll have lost the chance to try."

Sparing The Pets At Meal Times
And Other Issues of AI Ethics
#artificialintelligence  

A decent enough look at the ethics for artificial intelligence. I like the angle that in order to teach AI to be ethical, maybe we'll rediscover our own. 
"How will machines know what we value if we don’t know ourselves? That’s the question we need to answer today or else algorithms will continue to take decisions out of our hands, and we’ll have lost the chance to try."___

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2015-06-26 15:29:30 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Have You Had Your Hug Today?

Via +Tamara Schenk 

and of course......when you need a hug.....♥ ♥ ♥___Have You Had Your Hug Today?

Via +Tamara Schenk 

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2015-06-26 00:30:56 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This Just May Have Legs!
Social Innovation

We live in magical times my friends. Just when you think it couldn't get any better, somebody comes out and one ups the competition. 
Blogger Nikki Hollis nails the essence of this new experience:

 “I love going to the pub because it’s so interactive and exciting. For example, my friend will say something about her life, and then I comment, and then she comments back, and then I comment, and so on.

“It’s an amazing platform for trumpeting my half-baked politics and making vague statements about being unhappy so my friends feel obliged to pay me some attention.

“Often I’ll say something and a total stranger will chime in with a comment like ‘Why don’t you crawl under a rock and die, you ugly bitch?’ So it’s not scarily different to the internet.”

However police havewarned about the potent... more »

This Just May Have Legs!
Social Innovation

We live in magical times my friends. Just when you think it couldn't get any better, somebody comes out and one ups the competition. 
Blogger Nikki Hollis nails the essence of this new experience:

 “I love going to the pub because it’s so interactive and exciting. For example, my friend will say something about her life, and then I comment, and then she comments back, and then I comment, and so on.

“It’s an amazing platform for trumpeting my half-baked politics and making vague statements about being unhappy so my friends feel obliged to pay me some attention.

“Often I’ll say something and a total stranger will chime in with a comment like ‘Why don’t you crawl under a rock and die, you ugly bitch?’ So it’s not scarily different to the internet.”

However police have warned about the potential dangers of ‘pub’: “People in the pub aren’t always who they seem to be. A middle-aged man could claim to be a small girl. Stay alert, use your eyes.”___

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2015-06-25 23:05:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I'm Glad To See
They Are Starting To Figure Me Out
#blackandwhite  

"Extroverts" and "introverts" are one of many (many!!) pigeon classifications that represent easy to pin labels. What this does, however, is take away from the nearly endless combinations of these traits that lie in the "space between". 

I'm Glad To See
They Are Starting To Figure Me Out
#blackandwhite  

"Extroverts" and "introverts" are one of many (many!!) pigeon classifications that represent easy to pin labels. What this does, however, is take away from the nearly endless combinations of these traits that lie in the "space between". ___

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2015-06-24 17:22:10 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Like
A Lot!

Or maybe that should be Plus A Lot!

There will be a day not long from now, where we will be asking, "Why wouldn't I get my next car custom built for me?"

Like
A Lot!

Or maybe that should be Plus A Lot!

There will be a day not long from now, where we will be asking, "Why wouldn't I get my next car custom built for me?"___

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2015-06-24 15:47:14 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

This is Surprisingly Good
It's All About the "Bids"

Generosity and kindness are key factors, but I found the section about "bids" to be very insightful, one that if partners understood this more, they would have a much more satisfying relationship. 

Message from The Love Lab: the deterioration of many relationships is often due to a breakdown of kindness___This is Surprisingly Good
It's All About the "Bids"

Generosity and kindness are key factors, but I found the section about "bids" to be very insightful, one that if partners understood this more, they would have a much more satisfying relationship. 

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2015-06-24 14:55:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This Was A Bullseye
To My Brain

Considering where I am at, this was a total bullseye. 

Helping Founders Close Potential Hires

We don’t care how senior or junior this person is. If you want to use us to close someone, do it. Don’t “save us” for execs only.

+Hunter Walk imparts a lot of great advice here about the most important part of any start-up: people.

#startups   #vc  ___This Was A Bullseye
To My Brain

Considering where I am at, this was a total bullseye. 

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2015-06-24 14:47:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
Experiences

One way to sort the wheat from the chaff acquaintance wise, is where they talk their experiences, or whether it's things they've acquired. 

"[travel addicts] almost always prefer experiences ahead of objects."___Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
Experiences

One way to sort the wheat from the chaff acquaintance wise, is where they talk their experiences, or whether it's things they've acquired. 

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2015-06-22 15:01:57 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Until You Can Produce It
It Isn't Innovation
#innovation   #whereitcounts  

Every day we read in our social feeds some new breakthrough in the lab. Well, whoopty-frickin-doo. 
Where does real innovation happen? On the factory floor, where it counts. 
The headline may be about new batteries, which is awesome, but the whole story is much, much more fascinating than that. 
Via the high-value-linking-machine, +Jeffrey J Davis 

Until You Can Produce It
It Isn't Innovation
#innovation   #whereitcounts  

Every day we read in our social feeds some new breakthrough in the lab. Well, whoopty-frickin-doo. 
Where does real innovation happen? On the factory floor, where it counts. 
The headline may be about new batteries, which is awesome, but the whole story is much, much more fascinating than that. 
Via the high-value-linking-machine, +Jeffrey J Davis ___

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2015-06-22 14:23:36 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I never tire of waking up to this!
It's been a glorious spring here to date, with summer off to a fine start!
Taken around 4:37 this morning.

I never tire of waking up to this!
It's been a glorious spring here to date, with summer off to a fine start!
Taken around 4:37 this morning.___

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2015-06-21 18:48:28 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Constraining Artificial Intelligence
And Artificial Intelligence Constraining Us

Terrific talk that will be of definite interest to the community here. 

Constraining Artificial Intelligence

This one hour and twenty-four minute talk by +Steve Omohundro​ is well worth watching. The first thirty minutes is a nice overview of where we are today and what industries, and jobs, are most open to disruption from AI. 

The most interesting part, in my opinion, starts at minute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcR_sKM0txk&t=33m06s, where Steve begins digging into the problems associated with constraining these systems to ensure their alignment with human values and human survival. Of particular interest is minute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcR_sKM0txk&t=40m00s where he introduces the topic of AI scaffolding and minute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcR_sKM0txk&t=49m35s where he talks about various aspects of trusted infrastructure. 

This talk helps bring attention to the some of the potential solutions to the difficult problems posed by AI. The solutions he proposes are still in their early phases and not yet proven, and of course, the real question is whether the practitioners will actually consent to following these guidelines. But at least there are paths here. People like Steve are very important as we walk this path of figuring what our future looks like in a world of rapidly advancing AI. 

In the last part of the talk, Steve touches on some of the societal issues that are likely to come about with the rise of AI. Of particular note is its impact on wealth distribution, which is something I've written about in the past and is a very important question:

Technology and the Distribution of Wealth:
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/technology_and_the_distribution_of_wealth/


The slides for this talk are here:
http://www.slideshare.net/mobile/steveomohundro/ibm-distinguished-speaker-series-ai-robotics-and-smart-contracts


#ai   #artificialintelligence   #technologicalunemployment  ___Constraining Artificial Intelligence
And Artificial Intelligence Constraining Us

Terrific talk that will be of definite interest to the community here. 

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2015-06-17 20:18:36 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Next Network Layer
Blockchain Backbone
#blockchain   #Ethereum   #Synereo  

A tidy little piece that spreads the word on three pretty cool developments. 
Knowing to a degree some of the people behind +Synereo and +Ethereum , I am really pulling for both to backbone the next generation of web related services. 
With companies like Google, Apple, Facebook creating the wall gardens that most will come to know the internet as (Facebook is the internet to hundreds of millions who know no better!!), these organic, ground up technological movements become all the more important to innovation and trade. 

The 3 Platforms That Will Decentralize The Web #blockchain___The Next Network Layer
Blockchain Backbone
#blockchain   #Ethereum   #Synereo  

A tidy little piece that spreads the word on three pretty cool developments. 
Knowing to a degree some of the people behind +Synereo and +Ethereum , I am really pulling for both to backbone the next generation of web related services. 
With companies like Google, Apple, Facebook creating the wall gardens that most will come to know the internet as (Facebook is the internet to hundreds of millions who know no better!!), these organic, ground up technological movements become all the more important to innovation and trade. 

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2015-06-16 15:22:41 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Brilliant Factories
And Micro Factories

While it's likely the assembly line of Henry Ford will be with us for some time to come, I like better the vision of "brilliant factories" from General Electric, and better yet, the "100 micro-factories" for on demand, custom manufacturing. 

Brilliant Factories
And Micro Factories

While it's likely the assembly line of Henry Ford will be with us for some time to come, I like better the vision of "brilliant factories" from General Electric, and better yet, the "100 micro-factories" for on demand, custom manufacturing. ___

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2015-06-15 22:25:43 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Blah Blah Blah

Only click this if you have that morbid curiosity of wanting to read what could pass for auto-generated filler. 
It's, um, "helpful"? You'll be hard pressed to find a less helpful bit of drivel, that adds nothing to the obvious. 

With the explosion of market intelligence and its sources, it’s helpful to be able to anticipate what future user requests to prepare for. Ben Rossi shares three trends that will impact how information management systems are likely to develop in 2015. #InformationManagement___Blah Blah Blah

Only click this if you have that morbid curiosity of wanting to read what could pass for auto-generated filler. 
It's, um, "helpful"? You'll be hard pressed to find a less helpful bit of drivel, that adds nothing to the obvious. 

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2015-06-15 18:39:08 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Floud

With +Walter H Groth being one of the principles behind this, and the growing need for these kinds of services, this is one worthy of support.

We need your help
#THEFLOAD

Dear Followers,

last week I told you to watch out for today, June 15th 2015. Also, I mentioned that we decided to do something instead of just talking about an issue.

And here we are:

Unemployment is on the rise. Especially, when it comes to youth unemployment. Times have changed and this change is accelerating. Technology has a huge impact on the labor market. Recruiting, hiring is fundamentally flawed. While so many talented people cannot find the right job, companies worldwide have difficulties to fill their positions with the right talent.

Renowned companies like Deloitte, Gallup, McKinsey to name a few have thoroughly looked into the problems of the worldwide labor market. Institutions like, for instance, the EU, the ILO have also done their research. Their findings are dramatic. They call it one of the biggest problems to solve during the next years. And the up potential, the opportunities are immense if this problem is solved. Because the right talent matched with the right job is essential. Talented people are needed more than ever.

Hence, we, our team of four, are doing something about it. It was a chance encounter how we all met. Each one thinking about how to solve that problem since quite some time. Each one coming from a different direction with a different view of the issue. And suddenly when we met critical mass was reached. It became apparent to us what had to be done. And we put ourselves to work. We created THE FLOAD™.

We need your help with our endeavour. We need your help to build THE FLOAD™.

THE FLOAD™ is for you, the job seekers and employers.

Today we are starting a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Please spread the word and share this with your friends and followers.

And if you can contribute to our campaign.

Because only together with you we can make THE FLOAD™ a success story.

Thank you sincerely!

Walter & the Team of THE FLOAD™



http://igg.me/at/1oRol9ypksE/x/10896207___The Floud

With +Walter H Groth being one of the principles behind this, and the growing need for these kinds of services, this is one worthy of support.

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2015-06-15 18:22:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The Collaborative Robot
I Like

I can easily imagine two areas where this could gain traction. The homebuilding world, and the local custom 3D printing car manufacturing world. 
Both of these worlds could greatly benefit from combining the craftsperson with the abilities of robotics and augmented intelligence. 

The Collaborative Robot
I Like

I can easily imagine two areas where this could gain traction. The homebuilding world, and the local custom 3D printing car manufacturing world. 
Both of these worlds could greatly benefit from combining the craftsperson with the abilities of robotics and augmented intelligence. ___

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2015-06-15 17:37:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A Sensible Look
At The Future of Autonomous Vehicles
#autonomousvehicles  

Insurance companies I believe will play a significant role in wide spread adoption, as I think it will get increasingly more expensive to insure vehicles without full autonomy, of an "autopilot" option. 

On the consumer end of things, choice always seems to be left out of the equation. That is, for drivers who enjoy driving, there will need to be that choice of "autopilot", or human piloting.
I like a scenario where I own a car I can still drive if I want (it is one of life's great pleasures), or command it to go pick up the kids from soccer practice while I attend to more pressing matters. 
Or, if I've been out with friends, and have had too much to drink, it won't let me take the wheel, and will get me home safely. Or, alternatively, I cansu... more »

A Sensible Look
At The Future of Autonomous Vehicles
#autonomousvehicles  

Insurance companies I believe will play a significant role in wide spread adoption, as I think it will get increasingly more expensive to insure vehicles without full autonomy, of an "autopilot" option. 

On the consumer end of things, choice always seems to be left out of the equation. That is, for drivers who enjoy driving, there will need to be that choice of "autopilot", or human piloting.
I like a scenario where I own a car I can still drive if I want (it is one of life's great pleasures), or command it to go pick up the kids from soccer practice while I attend to more pressing matters. 
Or, if I've been out with friends, and have had too much to drink, it won't let me take the wheel, and will get me home safely. Or, alternatively, I can summon it to come pick me up.
I also like the scenario where using +Ethereum type blockchains, I can turn it into an Autonomous Business Organization, where it looks after all it's own maintenance, taking itself to it's own service appointments, etc. and handling its own fees for such. ___

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2015-06-15 15:58:53 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The Future
Is Ecosystems

Great series by +David Kish on why ecosystems could be, and perhaps should be, the future for your business. 
While I think there is still very valid arguments for the vertical and/or stacked style companies and strategies, the key is understanding where your business is, where the environment that supports it is moving, and being able to clearly decipher which gives your business the best odds of surviving and thriving.  

The next installment on ecosystems via +David Kish ___The Future
Is Ecosystems

Great series by +David Kish on why ecosystems could be, and perhaps should be, the future for your business. 
While I think there is still very valid arguments for the vertical and/or stacked style companies and strategies, the key is understanding where your business is, where the environment that supports it is moving, and being able to clearly decipher which gives your business the best odds of surviving and thriving.  

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2015-06-13 17:30:58 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

This
Looks More Like Distopia
#tome  

I'm only beginning to wrap my head around this apparent trend by tech giants to kill the app ecosystem. My first impression is I hate it. Can you say vender lock in? Sure you can. 
No thanks. 

The Coming App Ecosystem

Steve Jobs once described Dropbox as a feature, not a product. He was more prescient than most realized at the time. We are moving into a world where more and more of our app usage is becoming mediated by other apps, Virtual Assistants and the operating systems themselves. 

To take a simple example, when Google Now tells me what the weather will be like in Seattle today, it's drawing on the http://weather.com service. Lots of other developers are integrating with Google Now as well; you can see a list of over a hundred of them here:
https://www.google.com/landing/now/integrations.html

It's not just about Google Now integrating third party apps into its user experience either. "Google Now on Tap" brings the power of Google Now to other apps. I'm already using (something like) it in mobile Chrome to click on a word and easily pull up definitions, Wikipedia entries and other related information.* Imagine being able to easily do the same with just a tap and a swipe in your EverNote, Twitter, feedly, Google+ and Facebook apps.

That's just the beginning too. Soon, we'll be seeing many more types of interesting integrations. Maps, cameras, messaging and many other features will increasingly be accessible from within apps that currently don't have that functionality. These app developers will find it increasingly easy to strengthen user experience by adding functionality that they don't have to build themselves. Also, by allowing their apps to be indexed by Google, the apps themselves become much more discoverable to users - not just in Google Play Store (or Apple Store), but also via different user contexts (see below). This is strategically quite important to Google, by the way, as it should help to stem some of Facebook's success in mobile app advertising. 

None of this is new, mind you. It's just accelerating. Today, we launch individual apps to extract their specific functionality. Tomorrow the functionality of various apps will be increasingly orchestrated for us, and I see two primary drivers accelerating this shift. 

The first is the rise of Virtual Assistants like Google Now, Siri and Cortana and the growing capabilities of voice recognition. Being able to have a spoken conversation with your phone is pretty natural and very flexible. I now frequently use "OK Google, open X" to open apps that are buried in my apps folder - it's just faster. I'm also getting used to saying things like "OK Google, email CJ" and it launches Gmail with a email ready to go to my wife. These are baby steps but you can see where they will go and why the Virtual Assistant is likely to be a big driver of the app ecosystem. 

The second driver is contextual computing. I see a huge opportunity for "context integrators" who build "context apps" designed specifically for helping us navigate through particular situations. A 'travel context app' might get triggered by Google Now when I wake up on the morning of a big trip. The app knows my routine, and walks me through early online check in at the airport (regardless of what airline I'm on), calling a cab, shutting off my paper while I'm away, turning my Out of Office message on in Gmail, launching a map of the Oakland airport to get me to the rental pick up, and so on. You could imagine many other context-specific symphonies of apps, integrated together by people who've really taken the time to understand what people need around various contexts in their lives. There's a huge opportunity here, I think. Although you can bet that Siri, Google Now and Cortana will be eyeing it too. 

A few years ago, I came up with an interesting mockup for something like this, with context being set by a combination of four variables: place, time, semantics, and relationships. Take a look at the part about the "app canvas" because it hints at what I'm talking about with the app ecosystem: 

"App Canvas is a completely different way of thinking about finding and interacting with apps than what we have today. When the app canvas is opened, we see just those apps that make the most sense of our particular context. Shopping in a grocery store, riding in a car, eating in a restaurant - each of these contexts will load different apps by default."

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GideonRosenblatt/posts/Z7vqRmcj91r

Technology marches on. These changes are going to result in some truly useful functionality. They also raise real questions. For example, today, each of us chooses which app we use for weather. But in a world where we just ask Google Now, does Google just make that choice of app provider for us, or will we have a choice?

HT +Matthew J Price​​​ 

#apps   #virtualassistant   #googlenow  


* Across a range of search-related fronts Google is adding convenience, utility and some gee-whiz features to make search more useful and engaging to smartphone owners. Now on Tap, in-app deep-linking and touch-to-search are all part of this multi-pronged initiative.
http://searchengineland.com/google-now-on-tap-finds-answers-navigates-between-apps-without-search-222780___This
Looks More Like Distopia
#tome  

I'm only beginning to wrap my head around this apparent trend by tech giants to kill the app ecosystem. My first impression is I hate it. Can you say vender lock in? Sure you can. 
No thanks. 

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2015-06-13 17:18:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The Revolution Won't Be Televised
Nor Will It Be Decentralized
#blockchain  

This is a very even minded look at the blockchain state of affairs. 
Via +Sakari Maaranen , cc +Rick Heil , +Peter Feltham , +Gideon Rosenblatt .

The Revolution Won't Be Televised
Nor Will It Be Decentralized
#blockchain  

This is a very even minded look at the blockchain state of affairs. 
Via +Sakari Maaranen , cc +Rick Heil , +Peter Feltham , +Gideon Rosenblatt .___

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2015-06-12 20:31:54 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Building The Great Car Company of This Century
That Future is Now
#buildinggreatthings  

I've always wanted to build that one great company. I've also been very particular as to what kind of company I've wanted to build. 
I wanted to combine craftsmanship and design, with emerging tech, and the culture of new business models.
I also wanted something that could grow at network scale.
The issue was timing. I've always been too far ahead of the times. And while concepts were always sound, my own preparedness to lead such ventures wasn't as sound as the concepts.   

Today, here in the midst of 2015, it is a much different story. The culture, technology and business models to build companies and products that were once the domain of industry giants has never been better. It is an amazing time to be alive. Cor... more »

Building The Great Car Company of This Century
That Future is Now
#buildinggreatthings  

I've always wanted to build that one great company. I've also been very particular as to what kind of company I've wanted to build. 
I wanted to combine craftsmanship and design, with emerging tech, and the culture of new business models.
I also wanted something that could grow at network scale.
The issue was timing. I've always been too far ahead of the times. And while concepts were always sound, my own preparedness to lead such ventures wasn't as sound as the concepts.   

Today, here in the midst of 2015, it is a much different story. The culture, technology and business models to build companies and products that were once the domain of industry giants has never been better. It is an amazing time to be alive. 
Correspondingly, by continually pushing myself and my ideas out there, relentlessly pursuing my dreams, and learning what it takes to realize them, I have grown in ways I couldn't imagine. 

The Great Differentiators

1) Mass Customization
2) 3D Printing
3) Localized Manufacturing
4) Distributed Collaborative Organizations (enabled with blockchain protocols)
5) Business as ecosystems
6) Social technologies and media
7) Platforms

This list constitutes areas where the traditional organization, and the industry incumbents will find difficulty adjusting to. Combining these seven can give a start up a significant advantage that the incumbents will find hard to match. 
Lets take a closer look as to why, and the advantages, while keeping mind it is how they are combined that really creates the difference.

I can tell you unequivocally that custom building is difficult. Mainly because of the client becomes part of the decision making process. I spent the better part of thirty years in custom home building, and I could write a book on the challenges and rewards of custom building. For our purpose here, due to its very nature, the traditional organizational structure is, for all intents and purposes, incapable of doing custom building. Mass customization promises both the challenges and rewards at scale. Those that currently do mass production will find the shift to custom nearly impossible. Those that currently do custom will find the shift to 'mass' nearly impossible. Neither have the mindset, nor culture, to make that shift.
This makes for a pretty interesting and open playing field to be had.  

To clarify what "custom" is, it means the client pre-buys the unit, the client has a role in the design.  For the 'builder', it means no carrying inventory--what you make, you sell. For the client, they get what they want, rather than what is already available. 

Personalizing your ride is very well established business. I don't have the numbers, although it's not hard to guess it's north of a billion dollar industry.

3D printing, and the technology ecosystem that is rapidly forming around it, promises to radically shift the concept of the customized personal transport in ways most people can't yet imagine. The image on the right, below, is an excellent example of what printing and design is capable of. 

What 3D printing also promises to do, is bring manufacturing back to where the client is. Localized manufacturing, in other words. 

Making this all work requires very different business and organizational models than what were developed for industrial era mass manufacturing. Cultural shifts in the nature of work, and emerging technology have given rise to what is now called the "Distributed Collaborative Organization". 
In essence, this is a distributed ownership model, where those who contribute to the design, the parts, and assembly of the product have an ownership stake in the company as a whole. It is the beginning of creating a new class of 'worker'. One that is the future of work. 
What this means is much less management, and much more rewards going directly to those who make the creative contribution to the end product. 

What this type of model holds together, is also the ecosystem of businesses that go into the making of today's, and the future's auto. 
As cars and trucks become increasingly a combination of hardware and software, and tailored to the one driving them, it is an ecosystem of companies that goes into the nature of the auto. (this might help you imagine this: https://www.cbinsights.com/blog/startups-drive-auto-industry-disruption/?utm_term=0_9dc0513989-7d1b612bb4-86282545&utm_content=bufferd7ca7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer) That is, the "Unbundled Auto". Which is to say the manufacturing is becoming less stacked, and more of an ecosystem than ever before. 

Social technologies and media allow collaboration as never before. Culturally, this has been very difficult for the traditional structured organization to adapt to, but for the emergent organizations, this is much more natural. What this allows for is rapid learning, and rapid assembly of teams that can design and bring to market products much more quickly. 

Finally, platforms. What the office tower and assembly line were to the 20th century business model, the platform is the 21st century business model. Simply put, this is where combinations of people come together to perform a service. To say it happens in the cloud is too simplistic, other than to differentiate that things do not happen in the same manner as office and assembly line. Mobile technology and adoption, along with cloud services has radically reshaped the landscape for how business can and will function from now on. 

The type of company that can bring network scale to create the custom cars of the future for clients will not self-assemble like magic. This company will require leadership and talent like none that have preceded it.
I am at the very beginning of bringing that talent, and the type of client, together to build this type of company.
It is an incredibly tall challenge. The rewards, for all of us involved, throughout our ecosystem, for all our clients, will be worth it.  ___

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2015-06-11 14:55:10 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The Path To Real Comprehension
Verses Rote Learning

"Despite all my rage, I'm still just a rat in a cage" --Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins

Listening to lectures so you can learn to tab A into the right Slot B  is the fast track to rat cagedom. This also describes 90% of current work, meaning your spot in the cage will someday be replaced by a machine. Make of that what you will.

Peer to peer learning, that is where it's at for true comprehension so you can design and build the cage. (so to speak, do not take it as a literal metaphor kids. )

Peer Instruction and the Curse of Knowledge

This is a great explanation of peer instruction by Harvard physics professor, Eric Mazur. He tells the story of what a great lecturer he was early on in his career, and how, one day after reading about some research, his world came crashing down. What he learned from that research was that students in the southwest U.S. tended not to remember anything from their physics classes. 

Mazur then explains how, by accident, he stumbled onto a new approach to teaching, something that he and others call peer instruction. One of the key insights was that students were simply memorizing 'recipes' that were useful on tests, but never really seep into the level of deeper understanding.

The problem, he notes, centers on what Steven Pinker calls "the curse of knowledge" - the tendency for those who've long mastered a topic to forget what is actually hard to understand the topic when approaching it for the first time. It's much easier for someone who's just recently learned the topic to explain it to someone else who's just learning it for the first time. 

Mazur is a good storyteller, and by listening to this 13-minute video, you'll come away with a solid understanding of peer instruction and the concrete steps that Mazur uses in his classroom at Harvard to put it to work. Great stuff. 

#learning   #knowledge   #understanding   #teaching  

cc: +George Station +Laura Gibbs ___The Path To Real Comprehension
Verses Rote Learning

"Despite all my rage, I'm still just a rat in a cage" --Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins

Listening to lectures so you can learn to tab A into the right Slot B  is the fast track to rat cagedom. This also describes 90% of current work, meaning your spot in the cage will someday be replaced by a machine. Make of that what you will.

Peer to peer learning, that is where it's at for true comprehension so you can design and build the cage. (so to speak, do not take it as a literal metaphor kids. )

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2015-06-11 14:50:12 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The Future
A Compilation

A really nice compilation from my long time friend in the trenches of future building, +John Kellden .

21C Platforms: Scarcities

"In a network, the four scarcities are will, imagination, behavior and attention."
@johnkellden

Will, Imagination, Behavior, Attention
A scarcity of will is often the result of network agents following a package-deal of some sort, eg an overarching narrative. The scarcity of imagination can happen in many different ways, one of them a basic human insecurity, multiplied by the realization there could be millions of people noticing your idiosyncracies on the world wild web. Scarcity of behavior is partially due to a holdover from old monolith worldviews and monoculture practices. Scarcity of attention is the simplest to explain - there just isn't enough hours in the year to make any kind of justice to all the inspiring people and their sharing of interestingness, to go around.


"...Truth is not born nor is it to be found inside the head of an individual person, it is born between people collectively searching for truth, in the process of their dialogic interaction."
-- Mikhail Mikhailovich Bakhtin    https://goo.gl/B1ZxYp


Generativity    https://goo.gl/mbxi52
A quality of a complex adaptive living system from which its participants draws an independent/interdependent ability to create, generate or produce new content, contexts, intentionality, meaning, impact and value unique to that system.
-- +John Kellden  riffing on Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generativity


+Kevin Kelly :
New Rules for the New Economy
1) Embrace the Swarm. As power flows away from the center, the competitive advantage belongs to those who learn how to embrace decentralized points of control.
2) Increasing Returns. As the number of connections between people and things add up, the consequences of those connections multiply out even faster, so that initial successes aren’t self-limiting, but self-feeding.
3) Plentitude, Not Scarcity. As manufacturing techniques perfect the art of making copies plentiful, value is carried by abundance, rather than scarcity, inverting traditional business propositions.
4) Follow the Free. As resource scarcity gives way to abundance, generosity begets wealth. Following the free rehearses the inevitable fall of prices, and takes advantage of the only true scarcity: human attention.
5) Feed the Web First. As networks entangle all commerce, a firm’s primary focus shifts from maximizing the firm’s value to maximizing the network’s value. Unless the net survives, the firm perishes.
6) Let Go at the Top. As innovation accelerates, abandoning the highly successful in order to escape from its eventual obsolescence becomes the most difficult and yet most essential task.
7) From Places to Spaces. As physical proximity (place) is replaced by multiple interactions with anything, anytime, anywhere (space), the opportunities for intermediaries, middlemen, and mid-size niches expand greatly.
8) No Harmony, All Flux. As turbulence and instability become the norm in business, the most effective survival stance is a constant but highly selective disruption that we call innovation.
9) Relationship Tech. As the soft trumps the hard, the most powerful technologies are those that enhance, amplify, extend, augment, distill, recall, expand, and develop soft relationships of all types.
10) Opportunities Before Efficiencies. As fortunes are made by training machines to be ever more efficient, there is yet far greater wealth to be had by unleashing the inefficient discovery and creation of new opportunities.
http://kk.org/newrules/


Image:  Schlaraffenland     https://goo.gl/kR6kh8___The Future
A Compilation

A really nice compilation from my long time friend in the trenches of future building, +John Kellden .

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2015-06-10 17:17:55 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The Irony Here
Is I Really Should Not Be Sharing This

That said, nobody should seek validation. Nor require it. 

The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.___The Irony Here
Is I Really Should Not Be Sharing This

That said, nobody should seek validation. Nor require it. 

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2015-06-10 15:15:53 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Perfect Operating System
This Isn't a Bad Thing

At some point, sooner than later, we just want our stuff to work, and not constantly be adapting to some new hairbrain scheme to do. 

The Perfect Operating System
This Isn't a Bad Thing

At some point, sooner than later, we just want our stuff to work, and not constantly be adapting to some new hairbrain scheme to do. ___

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2015-06-10 14:38:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Demons
Fatboy Slim
#triphop   #chill  

This morning's deck and coffee pick. 
And because halfway between the gutter and the stars is where it's at. 

Demons
Fatboy Slim
#triphop   #chill  

This morning's deck and coffee pick. 
And because halfway between the gutter and the stars is where it's at. ___

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2015-06-10 14:32:43 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Training Your Successor
21st Century Style
#thefutureofwork  

Watching Isao and Yaskawa slice up fruit, a pea pod (most impressive), and some kind of bamboo stock thingies is pretty cool to watch. 
But that isn't the main take away here. 
Isao trained Yaskawa to do it. 

And that is a look into the future. Training your robot to do your job. At least it better be your robot. Or robots. 
How much robots and other auto-machinica will take over our duties is hard to say. I might prefer a real human sushi chef over a robotic one. Unless the robotic one is more charming, sauve, and debonair. Then it could be a toss up. 
But if you're not dealing with the public, the public's taste for where their particular good or service came from-- human? robot? -- might not matter to them. 
Maybe we'll need packaging that tells us who didwhat, ... more »

Training Your Successor
21st Century Style
#thefutureofwork  

Watching Isao and Yaskawa slice up fruit, a pea pod (most impressive), and some kind of bamboo stock thingies is pretty cool to watch. 
But that isn't the main take away here. 
Isao trained Yaskawa to do it. 

And that is a look into the future. Training your robot to do your job. At least it better be your robot. Or robots. 
How much robots and other auto-machinica will take over our duties is hard to say. I might prefer a real human sushi chef over a robotic one. Unless the robotic one is more charming, sauve, and debonair. Then it could be a toss up. 
But if you're not dealing with the public, the public's taste for where their particular good or service came from-- human? robot? -- might not matter to them. 
Maybe we'll need packaging that tells us who did what, to inform our consuming choices. ___

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2015-06-10 14:11:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Ummmmm
Yes
#transformation  

Putting lipstick on your pig won't help you win the beauty contest. Your organization needs to change too. 
The bad news is you are highly unlikely to be capable of doing that. You just won't be. 
The good news, for those that can pull this off, you'll get a pretty good 5-10 run out of the deal, before the next transformational wave requires another big change. And then...

Ummmmm
Yes
#transformation  

Putting lipstick on your pig won't help you win the beauty contest. Your organization needs to change too. 
The bad news is you are highly unlikely to be capable of doing that. You just won't be. 
The good news, for those that can pull this off, you'll get a pretty good 5-10 run out of the deal, before the next transformational wave requires another big change. And then...___

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2015-06-10 14:04:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Yes Please
To All Eight
#bitcoin  

It's time to prepare this technology to leave the garage, and become presentable to the rest of the world. 
This is a good list as to what it needs to get it there. 
Via +Gerd Moe-Behrens 

Good post +Jeremy Rubin.___Yes Please
To All Eight
#bitcoin  

It's time to prepare this technology to leave the garage, and become presentable to the rest of the world. 
This is a good list as to what it needs to get it there. 
Via +Gerd Moe-Behrens 

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2015-06-10 13:42:08 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A Crystal Ball
Into Crypto-Tech
#cryptocurrency   #blockchain  

This is a pretty decent over-lay as to how things might likely play out over the next 10-15 years as "crypto-tech" meshes, merges, transforms and disrupts the current status quo. 
I particularly like how William Mougayar separates "consensus protocols" out from cryptography and blockchains. 

Via +David Kish 

A Crystal Ball
Into Crypto-Tech
#cryptocurrency   #blockchain  

This is a pretty decent over-lay as to how things might likely play out over the next 10-15 years as "crypto-tech" meshes, merges, transforms and disrupts the current status quo. 
I particularly like how William Mougayar separates "consensus protocols" out from cryptography and blockchains. 

Via +David Kish ___

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2015-06-09 22:41:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The Exchange Economy
Trust and Culture
#economics  

This is another extraordinarily good article, on the economics of (relatively) anonymous exchange, and how these platforms enabled the trust to make them work. 
I do wish the "sharing" part could be dropped, as most of these are not about sharing at all, but rather a much different scale of "exchange" or transactions. 

What has underpinned, or undermined economies for eons is trust. That these platforms continue to build up the foundations that make these decentralized exchanges possible is truly remarkable. 

The treatise on trust and functional economies is Francis Fukuyama's Trust: The Social Virtues and The Creation of Prosperity (http://www.amazon.com/Trust-Social-Virtues-Creation-Prosperity/dp/0684825252). It's hard to over-state just how critical this isto ... more »

The Exchange Economy
Trust and Culture
#economics  

This is another extraordinarily good article, on the economics of (relatively) anonymous exchange, and how these platforms enabled the trust to make them work. 
I do wish the "sharing" part could be dropped, as most of these are not about sharing at all, but rather a much different scale of "exchange" or transactions. 

What has underpinned, or undermined economies for eons is trust. That these platforms continue to build up the foundations that make these decentralized exchanges possible is truly remarkable. 

The treatise on trust and functional economies is Francis Fukuyama's Trust: The Social Virtues and The Creation of Prosperity (http://www.amazon.com/Trust-Social-Virtues-Creation-Prosperity/dp/0684825252). It's hard to over-state just how critical this is to high functioning societies and the flow of exchange. This article does a nice job of synthesizing much of what Fukuyama had to say on the topic. 

With these social advances, along with the technology that underpins them, coupled with other decentralizing technologies like the blockchain, the future of a much more peer-to-peer driven economy, freed from the dictates of centralized authorities is looking brighter all the time. ___

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2015-06-09 20:57:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Of Finance
And Economies

This is good. Stupendously good. 
Because what gets revealed here, is that financials are not the stuff of sound economies.It is the illusion...nay...the delusion that given enough levers and pulleys, the Fed (and central banks in general) can...um...'manage' the economy. From which all kinds of mayhem and follies ensues. 
This insidious notion goes back to the 1960's, and coupled with the other insidious notion from that era, "shareholder value", the two have served to undermine the real economies, and basically funnel the proceeds into ever fewer hands.

Instead of real economic growth (which would be reflected in a strong, healthy, vibrant and confident middle class, we get bubbles and collapses. Yippee.  

Don't rebuild bubbles:  Stimulus often ends up stimulating the unintended economy, Fed Actions Boosted China

#ns___Of Finance
And Economies

This is good. Stupendously good. 
Because what gets revealed here, is that financials are not the stuff of sound economies.It is the illusion...nay...the delusion that given enough levers and pulleys, the Fed (and central banks in general) can...um...'manage' the economy. From which all kinds of mayhem and follies ensues. 
This insidious notion goes back to the 1960's, and coupled with the other insidious notion from that era, "shareholder value", the two have served to undermine the real economies, and basically funnel the proceeds into ever fewer hands.

Instead of real economic growth (which would be reflected in a strong, healthy, vibrant and confident middle class, we get bubbles and collapses. Yippee.  

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2015-06-09 20:17:13 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Of Blockstream
And Sidechains
#innovation   #decentralization  

There's a lot of wholesome goodness packed into this one little article. 
Via +John Verdon 

Of Blockstream
And Sidechains
#innovation   #decentralization  

There's a lot of wholesome goodness packed into this one little article. 
Via +John Verdon ___

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2015-06-09 17:09:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

If You Want To Remind Yourself What Good Journalistic Reporting Looks Like
Then Give This A Read
#reporting   #journalism  

Granted, this takes longer than seven seconds to scan, so it will be lost on 99.99 percent of people. 
Nonetheless, for the remaining .01 percent, who so happen to see this, and want to give it a go, War Nerd does a great job of giving you the tools so you can think for yourself whether the headline meant much of anything beyond clickbait. 

Via +Jordan Peacock 

If You Want To Remind Yourself What Good Journalistic Reporting Looks Like
Then Give This A Read
#reporting   #journalism  

Granted, this takes longer than seven seconds to scan, so it will be lost on 99.99 percent of people. 
Nonetheless, for the remaining .01 percent, who so happen to see this, and want to give it a go, War Nerd does a great job of giving you the tools so you can think for yourself whether the headline meant much of anything beyond clickbait. 

Via +Jordan Peacock ___

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2015-06-09 16:17:53 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This Just In
Loving Is Good For Your Health

Love may be a chaotic mess of joy and suffering, but loving, looks to have a lot of benefits. 

Massage-like stroking has a positive effect on the immune system of mice

Queen Mary University of London researchers have found the action lowers the stress hormone, noradrenaline, resulting in increased T-cell development which plays an important role in immunity.

The findings could help humans recover from immunosuppressive therapies, where the immune system's ability to fight disease is compromised, such as adults receiving chemotherapy or children with HIV.___This Just In
Loving Is Good For Your Health

Love may be a chaotic mess of joy and suffering, but loving, looks to have a lot of benefits. 

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2015-06-09 14:33:56 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

And Now
For a Bit of Controversy
#scienceeveryday  

How to put this nicely? Ignorance around GMO crops and foods isn't helping things. 
It may be you're against Monsanto, and their gestapo tactics around their products, and I'm all for that. Monsanto are ass-hats. Rage against them all you like. 
But don't conflate genetically modified organisms with Monsanto. This guilt by association. 

No, #GMO crops didn't kill any sheep. The lying has to stop. Look, if  you have to lie--you are on the wrong side of an issue.___And Now
For a Bit of Controversy
#scienceeveryday  

How to put this nicely? Ignorance around GMO crops and foods isn't helping things. 
It may be you're against Monsanto, and their gestapo tactics around their products, and I'm all for that. Monsanto are ass-hats. Rage against them all you like. 
But don't conflate genetically modified organisms with Monsanto. This guilt by association. 

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2015-06-09 14:26:29 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Currency
Explained

Nice job by +Yonatan Zunger in explaining some of the nuances of currencies, and that it is not as simple as just starting one. 

This article highlights a bit of common foolishness. Not in the making of a "village currency," but in reporting: "[t]here's also no inflation risk," the article tells us, "as the rate is fixed at five kolions for a bucket of potatoes."

Why is this nonsense? Say you're a chicken farmer, and you've been using kolions. Then a really good year comes for potatoes -- say, there's a long cool season -- and there are bushels of them everywhere. The potato farmers are still selling them at five kolions per bucket, so they make a killing, but there are suddenly a lot more kolions on the market, because they literally came out of the ground. But there aren't magically more chickens, so the price of chickens goes up through the roof. The potato farmers are OK with this; they've got plenty of kolions, and so they can bid up the price of chicken quickly. And the chicken farmers can bid up the prices of chicken wire in turn, and so on. And the value of the kolions you've got stashed under the mattress? Well, if all you want to buy is potatoes, it's the same as ever, five per bucket. But if you happen to ever want to eat protein or wear clothing, you're SOL.

And likewise, what happens when a potato blight hits? Suddenly there are far fewer potatoes, but all of those potatoes could be bought at five kolions per bucket from anyone fool enough to sell at official prices. If people really want potatoes, of course, they'll bid up the price of potatoes on the secondary market pretty fast, which means there'll be a whole business in illegal potato sales. If you could actually use kolions to buy potatoes at "official prices," anyone with kolions under their mattress would be in great shape, and any farmers forced to sell at those prices would be bankrupt within the week. 

Of course, there's a basic problem out there, because there are more kolions printed than there are actual potatoes out there. You can't actually let everyone by potatoes at the official rate. So if you want to keep the kolion tied to the potato, not only do you have to suppress the black market, you also have to institute potato rationing.

This is why it's generally not a good idea to try to tie a currency to a good whose production can vary widely from year to year. But more generally, you see these problems whenever you try to forcibly tie the price of two goods to each other, even if the goods are things like "dollar bills" and "kilos of gold." At any given instant, there's going to be a real supply and demand of each of those two goods. Tying two of them is basically a promise to continue to exchange them at some fixed rate, and whenever that fixed rate doesn't match the one that's in the market -- i.e., always -- people can make money buying one and selling the other, and that money basically comes at the expense of whoever is offering this rather unwise fixed-price market. To keep that market from bleeding you dry, you therefore have to force the price to stay the same -- generally, by legally forbidding anyone from transacting in one or both of those goods except through that market.

This works about as well as you would expect.

So while the kolion is a well-intentioned notion, and the bills do look fairly nice, I don't think anyone should be investing in them anytime soon. 

Unless they're ruthless potato speculators, that is.___Currency
Explained

Nice job by +Yonatan Zunger in explaining some of the nuances of currencies, and that it is not as simple as just starting one. 

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2015-06-09 14:10:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Death of Ringtones
Because Your Taylor Swift Is Worse Than My Bum Tornados
#applewatch   #review  

Shared mostly so I could include the Swift line in the sub-lede!
And this:
I am filing “receiving a phone call on my Apple Watch” in the same category as “stuffing pickles up my butt.” I have pickles. I have a butt. It’s something I can do, the opportunity is there, but it’s not something I’d ever want to do. The speaker is terrible and it forces you to broadcast your conversation publicly. And, much like the pickle party, it’s impractical to do in a restaurant or library.

Our  #taptic  Tomorrow? Let's hope. "Because your ringtone is worse than my farts," says The Oatmeal.

Best Apple Watch review I have read. More insightful. More humorous.___Death of Ringtones
Because Your Taylor Swift Is Worse Than My Bum Tornados
#applewatch   #review  

Shared mostly so I could include the Swift line in the sub-lede!
And this:
I am filing “receiving a phone call on my Apple Watch” in the same category as “stuffing pickles up my butt.” I have pickles. I have a butt. It’s something I can do, the opportunity is there, but it’s not something I’d ever want to do. The speaker is terrible and it forces you to broadcast your conversation publicly. And, much like the pickle party, it’s impractical to do in a restaurant or library.

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2015-06-08 20:41:29 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Afternoon Power Walk

One of the joys of urban Vancouver is our seawall the routes around pretty much the entire downtown core. Lots of great vistas that showcase why this is such a great city to live.
(I'll set aside criticisms for now, the poor attention to the arts and culture. We are a provincial backwater when it comes to those kinds of cosmopolitan amenities.) 

Afternoon Power Walk

One of the joys of urban Vancouver is our seawall the routes around pretty much the entire downtown core. Lots of great vistas that showcase why this is such a great city to live.
(I'll set aside criticisms for now, the poor attention to the arts and culture. We are a provincial backwater when it comes to those kinds of cosmopolitan amenities.) ___

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