Free Money for Everyone
- "A wacky-sounding idea with surprisingly conservative roots may be our best hope for escaping endless, grinding economic stagnation." (via
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Sudbury Valley School
- "It upends your views about what school is for, why it has to cost as much as it does, and whether our current model makes any sense at all. But what's most amazing about the school, a claim the founders make which was backed up by my brief observations, my conversations with students, and the written recollections of alumni, is that the school has taken the angst out of education. Students like going there
, and they like their teachers. Because they are never made to take a class they don't like, they don't rue learning. They don't hate homework because they don't have homework. School causes no fights with their parents." (previously
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The current system of corporate governance is bunk. Capitalist corporations are on the way to certain extinction. Replete with hierarchies that are exceedingly wasteful of human talent and energies, intertwined with toxic finance, co-dependent with political structures that are losing democratic legitimacy fast, a form of post-capitalist, decentralised corporation will, sooner or later, emerge.
An analysis of the management and organizational style of Valve Software
Ernest Callenbach, author of the classic environmental novel Ecotopia
among other works, died of cancer at 83 on April 16th, leaving behind this document on his computer
Since its last*
appearance in the blue, yWriter
has been updated to version 5. Designed specifically for novels
, this freeware "contains no adverts, unwanted web toolbars, desktop search programs or other cruft".
"The Art of Clean Up"
is where OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Design. (More examples in the "bildergalerie" here
) From neat-freak Ursus Wehrli who previously gave us "Tidying Up Art"
Things Organized Neatly
is a photo blog of exactly what the title says.
This will be helpful
if crossing out to-do lists and calendars work for you when you want to get organized... [more inside]
, professor at ITP - NYU
, often linked to at MeFi, presents at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society
on the ideas in his new book on organizing without organizations. [more inside]
Brilliant bookshelves by color.
What's that? You can't find The Scarlet Letter
? Did you look under lipstick red? [more inside]
A Pile of Index Cards.
A somewhat byzantine way to organize your life using index cards.
Boss Science: The Psychopathology of the modern American corporate leader.
The personality which wins the promotion game has dubious overlap with characteristics of effective leadership. Many organizational psychologists argue that the "emergent" boss is often a narcissist
who, because he "manages to act like he already is the boss," is "socially skilled at adjusting his personality," and is charismatic, rises and entrenches himself to the detriment of the organization. Some
, though, "extol the virtues of the narcissist’s selfishness, ethical blindness, and lack of empathy as indispensable to being an agent of change in a large corporation—or the world."
To Write Love On Her Arms
is a story and the response to a story. I first saw the shirt on Switchfoot's Jon Foreman
and thought "Hey that's a cool shirt." Months later I saw an ad and went to look them up. That's when I found the story
. As their MySpace page
points out, they are not a 24-hour helpline, nor are they trained professionals, but they do "hope to serve as a bridge to help
." Its a small organization right now, using a unique method
of achieving recognition and exposure, but it is an important "movement of love, a commitment to begin answering these needs and offering hope to the many who struggle with depression, addiction, suicide, self injury." (from the FAQ
: Tired of all those pricey organizers
of dubious usefulness
being sold by overpriced
retailers? Why not roll your own with Douglas Johnson's DIY Planner
is based on the long standing idea of piles as a desktop use metaphor
, this seems to bring it to life at last. Will this sort out your desktop?
Design your life.
Design as a way to think about life.
A wiki-style personal organizer, perfect for the obsessively organized. (via lifehacker
How do you make a “trusted system”?
A planning and organisational system which can be relied upon to contain your events, tasks, projects and thoughts?... One of the biggest obstacles for many people is how to create a system that is always there, at the ready, and worthy of your trust
Recently we've all been thinking
about flat (or better, faceted
web apps that organize email
, and general knowledge
. The common threads are metadata
(tags, categories, labels) that enrich relationships within and hence searchability
of large collections. But besides marketroid hype
, snark) and a computer that plays Twenty Questions
can we do and study using faceted data structures: searchable culture references
in The Simpsons, library science
, computer filesystems
development, models for human memory and cognition
Unionized Clergy?! Some members of the clergy with the United Church of Canada are looking to unionize over four thousand pastors across the country. Their compliant, bad working conditions and sweatshop wages.
Bad working conditions? Give me a break. via
Rally the Real Grassroots?
Many Americans look to the Dean Campaign
as a new kind of grassroots politics, but is there model really that unique? The Chrsitian Coalition
has been organizing along similiar lines without the internet for years, and now the Bush Campaign is throwing their hat in the grassroots ring after sending out this e-mail: [text inside]
The National Organization to Shoot Bill O'Reilly Into the Sun.
Complete with mission statements, fundraising information (they've raised $145 so far out of two billion dollars,) and vital related links to pages about O'Reilly, Jesse Jackson, and Squirrel sex (not all at once, though.)
"The Web, left to its own devices, would be the exact opposite of that: It's like a giant city with no neighborhoods; it needs these kind of meta-filters
, these second-level kind of things, whether it is Yahoo or Google or Slashdot, to rein in that chaos and turn it to something more organized." From the second page
of an interview
with the author of Emergence
, Steven Johnson (also co-founder of Feed