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“Earth Week Lecture” | Joel Salatin | April 27, 2012 | Colorado College

Feeding grain to pigs and chickens, says @JoelSalatin, is ecologically wasteful. On homesteads, pigs foraged and chickens ate kitchen scraps. Herbivore-based cultures relied on nature rather than performing the work of tillage. [24:30] In the future, we will, of necessity,

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Why Architecture is needed even in Agile? (MP3 audio) | Jim Coplien | January 2011 | Business901

Scrum came out of lean and predates agile, says @jcoplien. [29:30] Everyone thinks that Scrum came out of Agile. Now wait a minute, let’s stop this for a second, because Scrum has been around since 1993 and the Agile manifesto was 2001.

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Interview with Pat Metheny | Bob Barker | April 24, 2013 | jazz.fm91

Risk taking in casual sessions with peers now lacks intimacy, says @PatMetheny, since observers can make every event a world premiere by recording anywhere at any time.  Private sessions are the exception rather than the rule.  In the JazzFM91 interview,

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Ronald Coase | On Externalities, the Firm, and the State of Economics (MP3 audio)| May 21, 2012 | EconTalk

In Ronald Coase interview, surprised to hear the “price system is a very expensive system”, agreeing that “firms act like socialists, because it’s cheaper”. On the recording, around 27:00: Roberts: How did you come to write that paper as an

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb “The Fragility Crisis is Just Begun” (MP3 audio) | June 3, 2010 | Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon

In 2010, @nntaleb said newspapers give over-causation about a system’s environment, @RadioOpenSource read as “newspapers make us stupid” with their explanations. In the interview by Christopher Lydon with Nassim Nicholas Taleb (starting about about 27:00): Taleb … In economic life,

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Jason Hwang | “The Innovators Prescription” (MP3 audio) | Jan. 18, 2012 | The Brad Brooks Show

Healthcare in the U.S. may be trapped in its own thinking, so a radical outside perspective could be an alternative approach. Jason Hwang, M.D., M.B.A. is an internal medicine physician and Executive Director of Healthcare at Innosight Institute, a non-profit

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Eric D. Beinhocker | “Beyond left and right: An evolutionary way of thinking about economics and public policy” (MP3 audio) | This View of Life on SoundCloud

Seeing the economy as a complex adaptive system may dissolve political positions of right and left, when approached from an evolutionary perspective. Eric D. Beinhocker is the author of The Origin of Wealth and a senior advisor to McKinsey &

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  • Classes of executive functions: homeostatic, mediative, proactive | Zaleznik (1964)
    The idea of managers being proactive only dates back to 1964, as classes of functions described by Abraham Zaleznik: homeostatic, mediative, and proactive. Predispositions may or may not be altered through educational development.
  • Inquiring systems and asking the right question | Mitroff and Linstone (1993)
    Fit the people around an organization; or an organization around the people? Working backwards, say @MitroffCrisis + #HaroldLinstone, from current concrete choices to uncertain futures, surfaces strategic assumptions in a collective decision, better than starting with an abstract scorecard to rank candidates.
  • Doing, not-doing; errors of commission, errors of omission
    Should we do, or not-do?  Russell Ackoff, over many years, wrote about (negative) potential consequences: There are two possible types of decision-making mistakes, which are not equally easy to identify. (1) Errors of commission: doing something that should not have been done. (2) Errors of omission: not doing something that should have been done. For […]
  • Systemic design agendas in education and design research
    The final publication of the October 2016 Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium workshop "Some Future Paths for Design Professionals: DesignX and Systemic Design" was published as “Systemic Design Agendas in Education and Design Research” in FormAkademisk, following 2 years of rewrites, reviews and revisions.
  • A federated wiki site on cPanel
    Federated wiki is deployed on a node.js server, an environment which has become available on some cPanel shared hosting providers. Here are some instructions written while restoring a wiki site originally installed in 2014-2015 on a cloud provider.
  • Artificial intelligence, natural stupidity
    Reading The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis, reminded me of a PhD course at UBC with Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, before they were recognized as Nobel prize candidates.
  • 2019/06 Moments June 2019
    Summer arrived in Toronto, with the month ending in travel to BC and Oregon.
  • 2019/05 Moments May 2019
    Family time, empty nest, short trip to conference nearby, friends at home.
  • 2019/04 Moments April 2019
    End of a 23-day visit in Shanghai, readjusting to Eastern Time with the many lecture, meetup, friends and family distractions of Toronto.
  • 2019/03 Moments March 2019
    Month of intensive lectures and research meetings, in Toronto and then in Shanghai, with social breaks on local excursions to clear minds.
  • 2019/02 Moments February 2019
    Reduced exercise outside with a cold and snowy February, with excursions out of the house to warm places with family, friends and colleagues.
  • 2019/01 Moments January 2019
    January in Toronto has lots of intellectual offerings and artistic exhibitions to attract the curious out of warm homes, through cold and snow.
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