Of Serpents, Myths & Margins

The Dark Mountain Project is always worth another visit, like for these reflections on the state we’re in and the role of we who write and we who are not quite in the thick of things, from this post by Paul Kingsnorth, excerpted here: Anyone who has tried to talk to someone with different opinions […]

The Great Splintering Sound of November 9, 2016

From the Emergent Thinking of Jordan Greenhall, here in full: During liminal periods of all kinds, social hierarchies may be reversed or temporarily dissolved, continuity of tradition may become uncertain, and future outcomes once taken for granted may be thrown into doubt. The dissolution of order during liminality creates a fluid, malleable situation that enables […]

False Idols

Alongside the church of the “start-up”–a term I recall used only in connection with lawnmowers, once upon a time not so long ago– another sect I’m totally over are the acolytes of “productivity,” with their tomato timer rituals and delusions of control. Productivity is not the measure of our self-worth, people. Meanwhile, by Living like […]

A new baby: Free to Make

I met Dale Dougherty at the very first OuiShare Fest back in May 2013, where his heartfelt way of talking about the human aspects of making moved me to tears. Fast forward three years, when this baby arrives on the scene. The book is packed with stories of the quirky, playful world of makers. It’s […]

One I Watch: Alanna Krause Irving

I met Alanna at POC21 (Proof of Concept 21, about which I wrote here), where her clear, accessible and passionate way of talking about technology immediately set her apart. Alanna was presenting Loomio, a platform that enables collaboration and decision-making among large numbers of people who may or may not be in the same space.  […]

Literary Peace Prize Nominee

How lovely to hear that this Book Doula-assisted baby has been nominated for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, honoring the power of the written word to promote peace. In their words: “Find Me Unafraid is a protest anthem cloaked in a love song.” It was nominated alongside Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates! […]

One I Watch: Tim Leberecht

What a great name, I thought when I met this fellow German-American at OuiShare Fest in May, and how he seems to be living up to it.  To live right. Tim’s doing an interesting tightrope walk. In written form and speaking live, he shows up in all kinds of business and tech spaces, like Fortune […]

Laloux on Integrity

“In most organizations, we have too much conflict sparked by the ego and too little conflict sparked by the soul. The soul’s claims can be demanding: if we choose to listen, we often find that it asks us to speak a truth that others might not like to hear. Deep inside, something in us hurts […]

Reinventing Organizations

In advance of OuiShare Fest in May I finally got around to reading Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux, the book everyone had been talking about since the 2015 edition of OuiShare Fest, where Laloux was also a featured presenter. It was back in 2009 that I discovered Integral Theory and Ken Wilber‘s work, which builds […]

The Long Game: Reflections on OuiShare Fest 2016

I’m just back from this year’s OuiShare Fest, the annual gathering focused on social and economic innovations that are collaborative, decentralized, and open-source. This year’s theme was After the Gold Rush, reflecting the post-euphoric, sobered-up state many of us found ourselves in, as the reality of exploitative business-as-usual stomped on our idealistic Sharing Economy. Several […]