In The World is Flat (2007), Friedman described the ‘Triple Convergence,’ or a confluence of three systemic changes that created a new economic and technological environment. These changes, which generally included the emergence of new players in the world economy, the opening of new world markets, and the development of new processes and habits for collaboration, enabled companies and individuals to approach knowledge management and business processes from a horizontal perspective.
Having realised that the first chapter of Henri Bortoft's new work Taking Appearance Seriously - The Dynamic Way of Seeing in Goethe and European Thought is available to read on line via Floris Books, I thought I would take this opportunity to explain why I think this chapter alone is well worth reading.
This chapter is quite remarkable in that it introduces us to the major themes that would occupy Bortoft for the majority of his lifetime, and so I thought that I would summarise just part of the chapter here, while highlighting not only the book but some other interesting and related reading too.
"When 'race' appeared in human history, it brought about a subtle but powerful transformation in the world's perceptions of human differences. It imposed social meanings on physical variations among human groups that served as the basis for the structuring of the total society. Since that time many people in the West have continued to link human identity to external physical features.
Eight years ago, I wrote a blog article about failure-friendliness in nonprofit technology. It was very much inspired by my friend and colleague, Dan Scharfman. Since Dan died this week, and this is also a week when I have been thinking hard about the obstacles that nonprofit organizations face in tracking their outcomes, it seems appropriate to reprise the article here and now.
The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development , the only international, peer-reviewed journal focused on the emerging field of food and agriculture–based community development, has a call for papers on Cooperatives and Alternative Food Systems Initiatives
Cooperatives have historically been, and still are, important institutions in the global economic landscape, and have strong roots in food and agriculture. Conventional agriculture cooperatives work to increase the marketing power of farmers by pooling their products to achieve economies of scale.
Cognitive Science is the modern science of the mind. Cognition derives from the Latin verb cognoscere, which means “get to know”. This means that cognition focuses on knowledge, albeit not as a static substance or “thing”, but as a process. More generally, when we speak about cognition we are focusing on the mind as an…
For those who do not know, here are two basic Twitter principles: 1. If you only follow 10 people you will only see the general tweets of those 10 people. 2. If only 10 people follow you, only those 10 people will see your general tweets. Although some might argue that the right ten people might be enough, I would argue that ten educators is a very limited Professional Learning Network.
I've sat on this article for a few weeks. Will I publish? Won't I publish? Should I, shouldn't I, sort of carry on.
Anyone my age will recall that corporal punishment was still the norm when we were young. The norm for our parents and grandparents generation. I used to be smacked with a three foot carpenter's ruler or my father's razor strop.
I'm a big fan of Business Model Generation and the Business Model Canvas. I find it rather useful in many situations to explain the essence of CRM Strategy, Customer Experience and the importance of the other building blocks to the blocks in the upper-right part of the Business Model Canvas.
I also find it not to provide the depth sometimes needed to explain how Company's resources and capabilities need to be aligned with Customer's resources and the Customer's journey to result in a Customer's experience that creates value for both comp…
The quality of ecosystems is affected by the actions of different stakeholders who use them in a variety of ways. In order to understand this complex relationship between humans and nature, it is vital to understand the complexity of the interacting agents. The authors in this book attempt to do this by applying multi-agent systems to the problems of…