Submitted by brad on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 05:00
Submitted by brad on Wed, 09/03/2008 - 17:00
One of the reasons that Kiva seems to be wildly popular is that, in some way, it restores social capital (or the illusion of social capital) to the development industry. Disillusioned by the inefficiencies and ineffectiveness of monolithic organizations, ranging from the World Bank to UNICEF, middle class American philanthropists seem thrilled by Kiva's application of social networking to micro-lending.
Submitted by brad on Fri, 08/22/2008 - 13:37
Over at 43Folders, Merlin Mann has twice been critical of the concept of multitasking.
In general, I take his perspective to heart, in the sense that what we call multitasking is often just a cluttered use of time, which creates the illusion of efficiency at the expense of... well... efficiency.
Submitted by brad on Tue, 08/19/2008 - 18:21
Just a quick plug to promote the publication of a new issue at gnovis, where I am entering my second year as Managing Editor.
Submitted by brad on Mon, 08/11/2008 - 23:10
I won't get into the political reasons, but I've been trying to take a very small personal stand and boycott the Olympics (*cough* *Free Tibet* *cough*). However, for a sports junkie like me this is extremely difficult. My main strategy has been to go MLB.com instead of ESPN.com for my daily fix. However, technology has conspired against me... but it has also saved me.
First, how technology conspired to make me watch the olympics...
Submitted by brad on Fri, 08/08/2008 - 01:08
Over the last year, as I've mulled over various thesis topics, I've often returned to two imprecise concepts, "commons-based approaches" and "open culture", which I am now faced with sorting through in order to focus my research. In particular, now that I'm locking into "open culture" as my central topic, I need to decide whether to incorporate "the commons" or discard it altogether.
Submitted by brad on Fri, 08/01/2008 - 05:00
Submitted by brad on Thu, 07/31/2008 - 14:52
I'm very excited to have settled on a thesis topic. It still needs to be ironed out quite a bit, and I'm not sure if I'll discuss it publicly for quite a few months, but it relates to Karl Marx, Linus Torvalds and David Korten... and it will be beautiful.
Submitted by brad on Wed, 07/30/2008 - 18:13
I just took a quick coffee break to read Wading in the Deep: Supporting Emergent Anarchies, a short article by Naeem Inayatullah at Ithaca College, which was given to me last week by a close friend of mine and a former student of Naeem's. Quite frankly, I was blown away... it has been at least three years since I read such a provocative piece on pedagogy in higher ed.
Submitted by brad on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 15:51