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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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William Weida, “Reclaiming American Agriculture” (MP3 audio), Colorado College, 2009/09/07

The industrial mode of agriculture isn’t necessarily the only way to farm. Dr. William (Bill) Weida is President of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (sraproject.org). He previously served for ten years as Director of the GRACE Factory Farm Project. He

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Joel Salatin, “Dancing with Dinner: The Dynamics of Healthy Food Chains”, Colorado College

Many of the stories about ecological approaches to agriculture come from the methods employed by Joel Salatin. Joel Salatin is on the forefront of what may be the most important global issue facing the world today: How to create a

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Michael Pollan, “Deep Agriculture” (MP3 audio), Longnow Foundation, 2009/05/05

Many of us living in the industrial world have had to be reminded of the centrality of agriculture at the foundation of our society. Farming has become an occupation and cultural force of the past. Michael Pollan’s talk promoted the

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    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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