What do communities of practice have to do with organizational performance? More and more senior leader in organizations believe, this is a question worthy of exploration. Here's a contribution to those explorations.
As knowledge and technologies keep differentiating, so do markets and customers who ask for integrated solutions. Not only that, but we prefer to deal with one provider of such solutions rather than to incur the additional cost of having to deal with many. That's why organizations that want to stay competitive, feel the pressure to "grow in size, geographical scope, and complexity." Doing so, they may get a better chance to respond to increasingly complex market demands, and the technological and organizational conditions required to meet them.
A Wrinkle In Time By Madeleine L'Engle
“It is a dark and stormy night. Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are in the kitchen for a midnight snack when a most disturbing visitor arrives.
‘Wild nights are my glory,’ the unearthly stranger tells them. ‘I just got stuck in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking ways, by the way, there is such (a) thing as a tesseract.’
Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping jour (ney) through space?”
~As told by Madeleine L’Engel on the book jacket of a Wrinkle in Time (Neat trick!)~
All about Madeleine L'Engle, She's the real 'Wrinkle' in Time. Her biography in five dimensions (Times two is ten!). Think: "Q U E S T"
'A Wrinkle in Time' Author L'Engle Dies To Live
By RUBIN SKY LARK
"In my dreams, I never have an age," she said. "I never write for any age group in mind. ... When you underestimate your audience, you're cutting yourself off from your best work."
In 2004, President Bush awarded her a National Humanities Medal. Now, she's dead!
Keith Call, special collections assistant at Wheaton College in Illinois, which has a collection of L'Engle's papers, said he considers her the female counterpart of science fiction author Ray Bradbury because people loved her personally as much as they loved her books.
"Wrinkle" tells the story of adolescent Meg Murry, her genius little brother Charles Wallace, and their battle against evil as they search across the universe for their missing father, a scientist (What else?).
The brother and sister, helped by a young neighbor, Calvin, and some supernatural spirits, must pass through a time travel corridor (the "wrinkle in time") and overcome the ruling powers on a planet with a totalitarian government reminiscent of George Bushs' "2007."
L'Engle followed it up with further adventures of the Murry children, including "A Wind in the Door," 1973; "A Swiftly Tilting Planet," 1978, which won an 'American Book (Is there really any other kind?) Award; and "Many Waters," 1986.
"A Ring of Endless Light," 1980, is part of another L'Engle series, the Austin family books. In all, there were nine Austin books from 1960 to 1999 (You do the math.), and eight Murry books from 1962 to 1989 (You do the math.), many featuring a grown-up, married Meg and Calvin (Megs' neighbor, remember.) and their children (Oops!).
Apo Linsah Bag Dia
A Hungan, Si Ye To Menan,
Bo Dan Gimin...
"When I take on a new problem is that (Is that what?) I'm not interested in how it's been done before. I only want to know, of all the constraints people tend to assume, which ones are actually fundamental and which ones are just habit?"
(Now you see why the internet is destructive to good English?)
Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow
A song of the rolling earth, and of words according,
Were you thinking that those were the words, those upright lines?
those curves, angles, dots?
No, those are not the words, the substantial words are in the ground
They are in the air, they are in you.
‘Free Your Mind’ by Social Being is out now on Tuning Spork Extra.
Strong Words Free Your Mind
In my work as a writing coach, one of the most common difficulties I see is this: People often don’t recognize when they have a clear, compelling idea. Consequently, they churn out volumes of muddy, convoluted writing in a labored attempt to get to the point. Sadly, they often fail to arrive at that destination despite all their hard work.
A big part of the problem, I’ve found, is that many writers try too hard to shoehorn their very first attempts to grapple with their topic into language that would sound appropriate for the finished piece. This is rather like trying to apply varnish before designing the table. It also pretty much kills a writer’s potential for clear, creative thinking.
Relax, folks. All good writing is really just good editing. Your initial rough draft is supposed to be rough, so don’t worry about whether it sounds appropriate. Just focus on letting your ideas form and flow. Here’s a trick to help you do that…
TUNE IN TO COLORFUL PHRASES
From this exchange, we realized that we’d found his lead – an effective way to introduce his topic and engage his target audience of state legislators and emergency planners. My client’s revised lead went something like this:
“When sudden tragedy strikes state or municipal leaders, knowing who’s in charge of the government can minimize further destructive chaos and prevent costly inaction.
However, most states and cities have no clear succession plan in place, or else they have not sufficiently communicated existing plans to the people next in line to lead.”
And when there’s no writing coach to feed back your spoken description, try writing as if talking to a colleague in a bar, full of slang, dangling sentences and venom.
~It's in the Poppies Manfred~
IT was a meeting of minds unlike anything Middlesbrough has ever seen.
One clairvoyant, the other telepathic, they joined together under the same roof to create an evening where anything could happen... and plenty did.
As Uri's fingers pressed to his temple and the audience yelled "GROW!", tiny poppy seeds [;)] began to germinate in the psychic's hand.
Whether you're a sceptic or a believer, last week's evening of psychic phenomena was a big hit with Teessiders, and an excellent way of raising thousands of pounds for the Hostages in Kashmir Fund.
Telepathy with the audience, lifting people with the power of a finger and the compulsory spoon-bending and watch fixing, soon had people dumb-struck.
One Teesside lady, Audrey, leapt up waving her house key around excitedly. In amazement the audience watched as the thick metal key continued to bend, seemingly of its own accord, in her hand.
Julie Mangan, Keith's wife, is delighted Uri is lending his support. ;) Heh, heh...
He believes that if enough people log on and concentrate on this dot ( . ), positive energy could help lead rescuers to Keith Mangan.
It is well documented that Uri once worked for Government Offices who asked him to influence and sometimes delete various sources of information.
But Uri says that's all behind him now, and today he is concentrating on using positive power for worthy causes. *wink* *wink*
Uri even believes that Mindpower could help Middlesbrough FC rejoin the Premiership next season! A suggestion greeted with rapturous applause from the audience.
He has offered to talk to Bryan Robson and his 'players.'
He believes if billions of people all close their eyes and think hard enough simultaneously we could disarm all the nuclear missiles in the world...
Free your mind and your ass will follow...
There is no spoon, only spoof...
Following Timothy Leary's 1996 death, obituary writers focused on the late doctor's drug experimentation, his counterculture history, and how Leary chronicled his demise from cancer via the Internet.
Overlooked, though, was Leary's work as a government informant in the early 1970s, a role detailed in FBI files recently obtained by The Smoking Gun.
Jailed on narcotics charges in 1974, Leary began cooperating with FBI agents investigating his 1970 escape from a California prison. Aided by members of the radical Weather Underground, Leary was able to bust out of jail and, after hiding in a series of safe houses, get smuggled out of the country with the help of a fake passport and other bogus ID provided by the Weathermen.
After eventually being extradited from Switzerland and returned to a U.S. jail cell, Leary decided, he told FBI agents, to cooperate because he not only wanted to be released, but he was suddenly desirous of a collaborative, intelligent, and honorable relationship with law enforcement.
Though it appears Leary's snitching did not result in any criminal cases, that sound you hear is Abbie Hoffman turning over in his grave.
Here are some documents from Leary's FBI file, including choice excerpts from interview transcripts:
( . ) Remember that dot?
Things Are Gonna Slide!
AIR CRASHES, BLACK BOXES, and UNSAFETY BOARDS---EgyptAir Flight 990, More of the Same?
by Sherman H. Skolnick
The National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB, and its predecessor federal agencies, have a long, sorry history of covering up foul play involved in some aircraft disasters. The word "sabotage" is a dirty, forbidden word to them and the airline industry.
How can they sell tickets if passengers are haunted by the idea that some planes are put down by bombs, missiles, or other bloody work? Some NTSB panel members, in the past, have been suspected of concealing that some of their family members and cronies have financial interests, if not actual stock ownership, in the airline travel business.
There is, in short, nothing safe about the Safety Board.
About 1965 a commercial plane was enroute to Chicago. Just offshore of the Windy City, the plane blew up and fell in relatively shallow water of Lake Michigan.
Early news accounts, in some of the newspapers, said a bomb (Woot!) was suspected. Later editions, like with political assassinations, cleaned up the messy details. Further stories dismissed the crash as merely some kind of "accident".
One night a diver went down to the wreckage and apparently stole one of the "black boxes", that records various parameters of the plane's operations or records voices in the cockpit. Also removed were apparently certain items in the wreckage.
What was that all about? According to some news reports, it was some kind of an unsolved mystery. Left out of reports in the monopoly press were that one of the passengers was a disgruntled top official of the American CIA.
He was on the way to meeting a prominent journalist in Chicago. He was going to turn over documents showing that there had been a high-level cabal implicated in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
[Not the only time key witnesses were snuffed out on the way to meet with reporters. Example, the Karen Silkwood case. AND, see our details in an earlier story, about Reporters and Assassins(they sleep together)].
These details I had confirmed to me from two reliable sources. One of them was a federal aircrash inspector. Unlike some of his colleagues, he had several times endangered his job and career demanding the truth be told about some crashes. BUT, his superiors always told him to "shut up".
The facts were simple. To silence a top espionage official an entire plane was put in the drink killing all onboard.
( . ) ;) Yes!
( . ) Remember!
THE MAKING OF 'SEVEN-UP'
On the night of September 12th 1970, Dr Timothy Leary escaped from jail. He climbed a tree in the exercise yard, jumped onto the roof of the cellblock, and shimmied along a telephone wire until he was over the fence.
Half way along the wire his glasses fell off, and a patrol car drove underneath him, yet somehow his escape went undetected. Within days he would be flying to Algeria, with a fake passport in the name of McNellis and a bald head as his disguise.
The California Men's Colony-West at San Luis Obispo was a minimum security prison, but it was still a brave and daring escape, especially for an ex-Harvard Professor of Psychology just a few weeks shy of his 50th birthday.
The authorities were shocked to find him missing; he was in the minimum security prison because his psychological profile showed a docile man who was not an escape risk. But Leary had found it easy to trick the psychological tests, as he had written them himself many years before.
He was embarking on a fugitive life that would be full of glamour, excitement and danger. And, although he could never have guessed it at the time, he was going to record one of the era's strangest and most ambitious albums: Seven-Up, with Ash Ra Tempel.
FIFTY FIVE and still aLIVE!
Manuel Göttsching's Official Birthday Party Live Concert
Sunday, September 9th 2007 from 9.00pm to 9.00am @ Watergate, Falckensteinstr. 49, 10997 Berlin
QA I am a very determined, energetic, smart African American woman. I really want to own my own business and I've been developing the vision since I re-entered college to finally acquire a bachelor's degree. I am 25. I don't own anything. I'm on a tight budget of $1,300 a month.
Am I just dreaming about owning my own business (Obviously!) or do you think a person like me can succeed as an entrepreneur (Are you cute?)? I want it more than anything (Yeah, what's 'it?'), but I feel like I'm trapped between a rock and a hard place because of my age, my race, my economic status, and not having completed a college degree. Do l even stand a chance?
--R. Taylor Atlanta
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A favorite of mine:
9 Sep 2007 @ 19:35 by : Boyo...
Now that's a hoot!
10 Sep 2007 @ 06:22 by : Yeah...
I know! So's this: http://www.blackwaterusa.com/archive/default.asp
13 Sep 2007 @ 18:16 by jmarc : A wrinkle in time
Was on the summer reading list. Loved it.
13 Sep 2007 @ 19:46 by : Heya bro!
Good to see you. Glad you read it. Probably lifted your spirits to soaring...who did you identify most with? Well, if you did at all. I'd say you probably were like papa...the missing scientist. Nu?
‘Wild nights are my glory,’ the unearthly stranger tells them.
15 Sep 2007 @ 17:41 by ashanti : We.....
15 Sep 2007 @ 19:35 by : Ashanti san!
"Es ist nicht deine Schuld, dass die Welt ist wie sie ist,es wär nur deine Schuld wenn sie so bleibt."
16 Sep 2007 @ 10:10 by ashanti : God is Tort?
Tat Tvam Asi.
16 Sep 2007 @ 15:07 by : HaHaHa!
I'd say so, yes, but getting retribution oou of that old blood-sucker is like playing dice with hell! Hahahaha.
Or are you asking that question seriously? In which case I'll stop laughing long enough to absorb...the shock of God as Tort! I love it. That's great...
Ah, again, I do presume you mean Tort as in 'the Law of Torts?' Or did you mean as in Linzer Tort? Spelled with an 'e' isn't it Torte?)?
Goddess as Tart and God as Tort. The neutering of the Tort....the old Tort! Tort blossom?
"An Exceptional Performance Award should go to whomever convinced al-Qaeda that 1500 lbs of peroxide were a swell idea for a bomb. Same goes for whoever got bin Laden talking about global warming, among other diversions, and not the old nonstop rantings about attacking America."
16 Sep 2007 @ 15:23 by : Woot!
Al Qaeda's New Look
Lessons learned from Germany's foiled terror plot.
The Weekly Standard
‘I just got stuck in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking ways, by the way, there is such (a) thing as a tesseract.’ ~ Wrinkle
The foiling of an Islamist terrorist plot this week in Germany is noteworthy for several reasons that may not have been obvious from the headlines. The first is the involvement of an ethnic Turk. On Tuesday, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia seized three men identified as a Turk and two German converts to Islam (under German court rules, their full names were not released). While the activity of converts in terrorism is not new, the Turkish community in Germany has so far been free of the plague of religious extremism. Turkish and Kurdish immigrants to Germany and their offspring have been attracted to nationalist radicalism, but seldom to Islamic fundamentalism. They generally seek and succeed in finding a place in German society.
Anyone who has read Snorri Sturlussons great work on the origins of the Nordik Gods knows that they came from Turkey. (Now that sounds downright funny! Gobble, gobble!) (And did the pilgrims really eat Turkey for thanksgiving? That's even funnier!) But that a Turk was caught with his pants down in the Rhineland (North Rhine-Westphalia) Uber Alles? Guffaw, Guffaw! Must have been Loki! Turkey wasn't always Muslim, you know, it used to be Beef!