The internet allows farmers to share resources and best practices so that newcomers can easily solve problems, such as how to stave off aphids or mitigate late-season frosts. It can also link farmers to lower-priced land and equipment. Customers are easier to find, too, especially given the rise of CSAs, which provide a reliable market and source of capital in advance of the growing season. And then there’s the new ubiquity of agriculture: it’s happening everywhere, including in cities and suburbs. All of this amounts to a web of relationships — an emerging connective tissue among farmers and consumers — allowing more small-scale goods to be sold.
"It’s been almost twelve months since I reviewed my professional network, so it was timely to look at it again. Once again I’ve used Mark McNeilly’s article Ask These Questions About Your Professional Network Before It’s Too Late to guide my review. I also used Twitter Analytics and the free network visualisation tools TweepsMap to look at my Twitter network and socilab to look at my LinkedIn network."
"One of the reasons the city can run on renewable energy is that it has also worked hard to help residents use less power overall. With an aggressive energy efficiency program, the city actually uses less energy now than it did in 1989.
But even though Burlington has some unique circumstances—and a very liberal population that strongly supported the push to 100% renewables—Nolan believes that it's a goal that other cities can easily reach. Some smaller communities (like Greensburg, Kansas, which rebuilt with green energy after the town was destroyed in a tornado) have already achieved the goal, though Burlington is the first larger city."
"There are many contributing factors that have led to our current economic system and continued acceptance of the 40-hour workweek, three major factors being consumerism, inflation, and debt"
"A network weaver closes a triangle by introducing two unconnected people. This is valuable when those two people gain mutual benefit from knowing one another. Skilled network weavers share the value of the introduction, and even name the small first step to take. "
"Vu Le, Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps and a self-proclaimed nonprofit humor writer, has a great piece up on his blog all about a concept he calls "Trickle-Down Community Engagement" (TDCE). What, pray tell, does he mean by that?
"This is when we bypass the people who are most affected by issues, engage and fund larger organizations to tackle these issues, and hope that miraculously the people most affected will help out in the effort, usually for free.""
"“Celebrity Freelancer” is my pet name for those internet-famous “gurus” who don’t seem to do much, besides spending 20 hours a day online, trying to get people to buy their e-books, speaking gigs or in my case, fine art.
For people stuck in office jobs they despise, being a “Celebrity Freelancer” sounds like a pretty sweet deal, until you actually have to do it. Having to be “interesting” every day and pimping all the time via your blog is actually a pretty demeaning and soul-destroying way to spend one’s life. After a couple of months you start hating yourself. Nein danke.
Some boring advice for young artistsIn "meta"
On cartooningIn "cartoons"
gapingvoid in IsraelIn "2014"
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[This is strictly my personal blog. My work blog is over at gapingvoid.com.]
Since 1997 I've been drawing cartoons on the back of business cards, just to give me something to do while sitting at the bar.
So far, I have drawn over 10,000 of them.
The mission of hughcartoons.com is to document and archive every single one of the ten-thousand-plus cards I've drawn since 1997, plus any other cartoons, ideas and writings I care to share with the world. Documenting the cards is a mammoth task, but it’ll to be an amazing body of work, once it’s done.
I've been regularly showing the cards individually over at the gapingvoid.com since 2001.
The vast majority of the cards are India ink on acid-free card stock (Strathmore 400 vellum bristol board), cut to standard business-card size.
The cards are generally not for sale, because I want to keep the collection as intact as impossible.
I like getting emails from y'all: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll be regualrly updating the site with new work, as events unfold etc.
Thanks for visiting,
- Hugh MacLeod
"My PKM practice doesn’t have to take hours, nor should it: As I am still working through and trying to refine by PKM practices, espcially with the use of twitter, I found the article Joke shared a great reminder of this.
#LrnToday is a way to add value to Twitter: Its fun to find and share articles but I really love placing it in this context. It’s also been fun seeing what everyone else is trying to learn. Here’s an example of how I have been using #LrnToday"
Several models on workplace learning collated by Charles Jennings
"The trouble is that the people who are supposed to train them worry that if they do a good job they might make themselves redundant.
But, says Boos administrators' attitudes change once they understand that they can have the machine do all the boring work, freeing up time for them to do strategic tasks.
The bottom line is that IT experts will increasingly be able to focus on engineering, while delegating routine operations to machines - as long as they embrace automation and its potential, the Forrester report says.
Boos's advice for IT workers is posted on his blog. "If you want to be in the best position to succeed in the IT world of tomorrow you should overcome your fear of change and actively embrace automation; as Forrester analyst Glenn O'Donnell puts it: 'Be the automator, not the automated.'""
"The trend of urbanization has made many people (most of them young) ever more dependent on supply chains that are out of their control. They look to others for their water, food and energy, spending what little money they make on goods and services that they could produce for themselves (in community) with minimal commitments of time and capital.
There are agro-ecological design strategies for every climate that help bring people (quickly and affordably) to a position of food, water and even energy self-sufficiency. These design strategies are specifically optimized to take as little time and require as little maintenance as possible, and they radically increase community resilience in the process."
"Curated Knowledge at its Finest.
Have you ever wondered what someone else’s thought patterns and connections might look like? Would you like to navigate from theories of religion, to animal intelligence all the way to hot trends like the sharing economy?
If so, then you need to dive into Jerry’s Brain. This app features acclaimed tech analyst and futurist Jerry Michalski. See his thinking all connected in his digital Brain like you’ve never seen ideas woven together before!
For the first time ever, Jerry Michalski has released an app on his very popular internet Brain. Thousands of people have used Jerry’s Brain as a resource on the Internet for the latest and greatest business practices, social and economic theories as well as thousands of trending technology topics. Now it’s all rolled in one app for the iPhone and iPad (the larger the screen, the better it works)."
"Under normal circumstances, an accidental death would be investigated thoroughly and the person responsible could be charged and punished for the life that has been cut short. Somehow, it often doesn’t seem to be regarded similarly when it’s a driver who accidentally kills a cyclist, even though the end result is the same.
This dichotomy has been observed again and again. On the afternoon of July 22, 2011, a teenage driver hit an unsuspecting John Przychodzen on the shoulder of Juanita Drive in Kirkland, Wash. Przychodzen, 49, died at the scene. The motorist was given a $42 ticket for changing lanes unsafely. He served no jail time, no mandatory instructional classes on driving safely, and no community service.
Arguably, the driver will have to live with the fact that he has killed a man and that, therefore, his punishment is actually much greater than the ticket’s value. However, most parking infractions are about $40, which begs the question: is someone’s life equal to a mild parking infraction?
It is incredibly infuriating for many to penalize someone who has eradicated a life by charging them such a minimal amount. If the government can stamp a $40+ ticket on an individual for leaving a car in the wrong place, how can that same government decide that accidentally killing a cyclist deserves a similar level of punishment?"
"One of the activities for the Exploring Personal Learning Networks cMOOC was to pitch a presentation to the CEO on the value of Personal Learning Networks (PLN). This is a fictitious company and slide show that goes towards the pitch. "
"If we share only with those we already know within our organisations or personal networks, it is unlikely we will come across people with exactly the same issues as us. It’s quite possible that, across Government, there are loads of people beavering away inventing essentially the same wheels. It would be close-on criminal for there not to be a way for those people to find each other, share what they learn and just be more effective. Working out loud lets people find people and helps people to help people. (And it could also save a fortune on consultancy fees)."
"Have you ever wondered what a Twitter conversation looks like from 10,000 feet? A new report from the Pew Research Center, in association with the Social Media Research Foundation, provides an aerial view of the social media network. By analyzing many thousands of Twitter conversations, we identified six different conversational archetypes. Our infographic describes each type of conversation network and an explanation of how it is shaped by the topic being discussed and the people driving the conversation."
"Building one’s own toolkit | The variety of helpful tools and approaches available today is large and growing, and system leaders should be knowledgeable about what is available. In our work, tools we use regularly come from a variety of places, including a few mentioned here: the “five disciplines” approach to systems thinking and organizational learning, Theory U and Presencing, Appreciative Inquiry, Immunity to Change, Roca’s peacekeeping circles, and the Change Labs and scenario planning of Reos Partners.16 Recently, several of us have started a process of organizing these tools to provide an integrated tool kit for systemic change.17 But it is important to remember that building a tool kit is more than just putting arrows in your quiver. It is about learning, over time, through disciplined practice, how to become an archer."
"We know that getting out and taking a walk can boost creativity and a little mindfulness can help with all sorts of things. But neither of those is useful if you're still gazing at your navel. Being observant means watching people, situations, and events, then thinking critically about what you see. We miss a lot in the world while we're busy shuffling between here and there. While there's no way to quantify how that affects our well being, it's clear the more you pay attention, the more often you'll come up with new ideas. If nothing else, you'll expand your worldview. First, you have to train yourself to pay attention again"
"Literalism of metaphors is a path to collapse. Adapting metaphors based on the literal world is a path to survival."