Friday, April 20, 2007

PBWiki deserves a round of applause

You've heard of the wiki page, but have you heard of PBWIKI?

Their tagline is: “Make a PBwiki as easily as a peanut butter sandwich”.
That's because setting up a PBwiki is free and takes only 10 seconds, literally :-)

We have been using the service for a year now and it has recently gone ad free for educational pbwiki(s) like ours. Have you seen it yet? If not, feel free to learn more here AFTER you take the Pbwiki tour.

What we have enjoyed most is the ease of use. There has been virtually no learning curve...and when the time came to learn how to do more there are wonderful tutorials. To say that I've found the pbwiki as a tool to be inspiring is an understatement. It represents one example of how "bootstrap" technology can help transform the world....for the better.
Our project grew from the question, "what can i do?" with regard to achieving the UN led Millenium Development Goals. However what has emerged has been the concept and product beginnings for automating global social responsibility.

Check out the PBwiki tour!

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Monday, January 15, 2007

The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - Message for Community and Commerce

NewsMax reporting on the first public address from the eldest daughter since her mother's death: "We must keep reaching across the table and, in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, feed each other," Yolanda King said Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church during a presentation that was part motivational speech, part drama." The performance included scenes sharing experiences from the oral histories of America including "a girl's first ride on a desegregated bus" and an experience during the 1963 desegregation of Birmingham, Ala.

Her speech both touched on the need for healing and the call to remember there is still work to be done. This work begins with acknowledging the value of the individual, the need for love inspired dialogues, and continued seeking of peaceful resolutions to unite individuals and communities.

Even as recently as November of 2006 disturbing historial events were brought to light which cast shadows on the past and illuminated the present because as the editor of the Charlotte Observer discusses in his comments which refer to an event that happened in Wilmington North Carolina, there is a direct relationship to the present. In reference to this the editor replied, "We apologize to the black citizens and their descendants whose rights and interests we disregarded," the editorial noted," and to all North Carolinians, whose trust we betrayed by our failure to fairly report the news and stand firm against injustice." In an E&P interview Ed Williams, editorial page editor of the Charlotte paper, said he ordinarily is against "people who didn't commit a wrong apologizing to those who were wronged and are long dead." But he said this case was special given that the racist actions impact today's residents. "I thought we just needed to get on the right side of history on that".

Since the holiday was established by the 1994 Congress there has been considerable discussion about what it means to communities throughout the nation. We don't have to look far to know we've not yet reached the promise land that Dr. King envisioned, however we must not take for granted the progress that has been accomplished NOR that which lies ahead awaiting our attention and peaceful action. What action can you take today that promotes the ideals that this holiday is intended to celebrate?

There is much to be done and the recent buzz about GSR (global social responsibility) and CSR (corporate social responsibility) may give reasons for optimism. However, I feel there are some core issues that have to be interjected into such a dialogue, namely Attention, Love and Social capital in economic development/commerce/community building. Instead of repeating them here I will post this link to the article....

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."-- Albert Einstein

It is this understanding that stands at the heart of the concepts being developed in my current work. The abstract concepts that are revealed in the Cultural Fusion series have very practical applications for businesses and communities.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Thank YOU for Your Time

A friend shared this with me and although most of us rarely pass these things forward when they arrive in our email boxes, I thought this one needed to be shared because it did give me a moment to pause, consider, and then smile about how I've chosen to use my time. I hope it speaks to you...reminding you to take a few moment to share what's most important to you with others . . . Thank you for your time :-)

We forget sometimes because we get caught up in our busy world.

A young man learns what's most important in life from the guy next door.

It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him.

Over the phone, his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday." Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.

"Jack, did you hear me?"

"Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said.

"Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were doing. He'd reminisce about the many days you spent over 'his side of the fence' as he put it," Mom told him.

"I loved that old house he lived in," Jack said.

"You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man's influence in your life," she said

"He's the one who taught me carpentry," he said. "I wouldn't be in this business if it weren't for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important...Mom, I'll be there for the funeral," Jack said.

As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser's funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.

Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture....Jack stopped suddenly.

"What's wrong, Jack?" his Mom asked.

"The box is gone," he said

"What box?" Mom asked.

"What box?" Mom asked.

"There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he'd ever tell me was 'the thing I value most,'" Jack said.

It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.

"Now I'll never know what was so valuable to him," Jack said. "I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom."

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. "Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days," the note read.

Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention. "Mr. Harold Belser" it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope Jack's hands shook as he read the note inside.

"Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It's the thing I valued most in my life." A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.

Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved:

"Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser."

"The thing he valued most time"

Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. "Why?" Janet, his assistant asked.

"I need some time to spend with my son," he said.

"Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!"

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away,"

Think about this. You may not realize it, but it's 100% true.

1. At least 2 people in this world love you so much they would die for you.

2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.

3. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.

4. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.

5. You mean the world to someone.

6. If not for you, someone may not be living.

7. You are special and unique.

8. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won't get it, but if you trust God to do what's best, and wait on His time, sooner or later, you will get it or something better.

9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good can still come from it.

10. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.

11. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.

12. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.

13 Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know and you'll both be happy .

14. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.

Take a few minutes to share this with all the people you care about, if you do so, you can certainly brighten someone's day and might alter their perspective on life...for the better.

Thanks to Bob Gallo for taking the time to share this with me.

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"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. " -William James

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." -- Helen Keller

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Endangered Democracy AND Social Capital?

After watching this issue go from public outcry to non-existent this documentary begs the question:

Is our Democracy and the Social Capital needed to secure it endangered?

Hacking Democracy

This cautionary documentary exposes the vulnerability of computers - which count approximately 80% of America's votes in county, state and federal elections - suggesting that if our votes aren't safe, then our democracy isn't safe either.

Electronic voting machines count about 87% of the votes cast in America today. But are they reliable? Are they safe from tampering? From a current congressional hearing to persistent media reports that suggest misuse of data and even outright fraud, concerns over the integrity of electronic voting are growing by the day. And if the voting process is not secure, neither is America's democracy. The timely, cautionary documentary HACKING DEMOCRACY exposes gaping holes in the security of America's electronic voting system.

In the 2000 presidential election, an electronic voting machine recorded minus 16,022 votes for Al Gore in Volusia County, Fla. While fraud was never proven, the faulty tally alerted computer scientists, politicians and everyday citizens to the very real possibility of computer hacking during elections.

In 2002, Seattle grandmother and writer Bev Harris asked officials in her county why they had acquired electronic touch screen systems for their elections. Unsatisfied with their explanation, she set out to learn about electronic voting machines on her own. In the course of her research, which unearthed hundreds of reported incidents of mishandled voting information, Harris stumbled across an "online library" of the Diebold Corporation, discovering a treasure trove of information about the inner-workings of the company's voting system. (read more)

And while it lasts see the documentary at Google Video

Sunday, November 05, 2006

What about Demands and Emerging Needs?

When Alterian, a marketing software company, asked marketing service providers about their top challenges the results were no surprise. The primary five were analytics, data acquisition, database management, lead management and track ROI. Industry leaders seem to agree that the demand is for integrated-single serve solutions and this is leading providers to make strategic alliances.

Something I’ve not seen quite as much discussion about is the value of uniting marketing software and strategy to CRM strategy, because obviously CRM technology is the heart of sales solution software solutions. To refute this is in my opinion is to prevaricate the reality that failure to approach them holistically is nothing short of shortsighted, often denying consideration for the larger ecosystem in which the enterprise has to thrive.

Developing integrated answers to this jumble of defined challenges and needs points towards the need to identify the company’s core humanistic/social values. This in turn leads to expanding the idea of profitability to include social capital that can be leveraged for sustainability of the business and the context in which it has to operate/grow.

At the same time this means that new metrics and analytical tools must be developed to subsume this expanded understanding. It is clear that continuing to do business as usual is not the only alternative; in fact abiding short sided approaches to growth is guaranteed to create more problems simply because it is counterproductive it is destined not to be sustainable.

Now that Comfusion is firmly underway my attention is being drawn towards the need for companion tools for calculating and analyzing the ROI of this conceptual framework where the definition of profitability is expanded and represented systematically. I think that points to a clear next phase for this project.

Last week I was very excited about a very interesting application I ran across that I feel can work for this project to measure and standardize quality assurance. But I’m keeping quiet on that until my meeting with the company’s co-founder.

If the lessons learned thus far are any indicator (and they are) then the tools will emerge as the core concept evolves and garners support.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

In Formation, if not under construction

Last time you were invited to join me on a journey. And i've decided this is the time and place for exploring what the journey is about and why you need to come along. From a certain perspective this little adventure is like others that invite you to peek behind the curtain. Only in this case you see the wizard in control is you. Whatever you believe to be true, it is you who makes that decision so how can it be otherwise?

After you've gone down the rabbit hole, then what?

That's the dilemma that i faced that led me to take the dramatic step of moving my business to Comfusion

I know some people would say it's crazy to orchestrate the collision to jumpstart the formation of a new ring galaxy and I ask you this....

Have the solutions to the world's BIG problems ever come from what was being said by most people?

That being said, this isn't about some faceless mass of people. It is about you and me. I've invited you to join me on this journey accepting that we are discovering it as we go. And since i've started this blog it has been searching to find it's voice through me. Well, I believe Cultural Fusion was the magic connection that I'd been hoping for...

Now that i've found it i can't see saying no thanks, the risk is just to great. There's much more at risk IF i walk away and ignore the pull it has on me. i have willingly been swept up into the formation of new galaxy called comfusion. i'd like to actually invite you in to see what it looks like now, but i can't because the dust has yet to settle. What i mean is there's literally no place for you to step as of yet. Comfusion is in formation and that must be complete before construction can begin on Hotel Infinity, the luxurious accomodations being prepared for guests and members.

In the meantime what does that mean? For now what that means is that parts of the Cultural Fusion will be housed where they are expressed until a home is completed for them in Hotel Infinity. Right now it is Ron Wopereis who is allowing comfusion to grow in the same space that his Theory of Attention is evolving within.

For now that's the window into the formation of Comfusion. For me it's like watching a baby grow. And if you think i've gone too far, then ask yourself how far one needs to be willing to go to see an end to extreme poverty and slavery in this lifetime?

Friday, February 24, 2006

Americans Seeking News

Have you been wondering where you can get REAL News?

At the heart of democracy is the right to free flow of information as the basis of free society that "controls" it's government. Although our government is actually a republic,they share a core ideology. When guided by the intentions expressed by the words in our Constitution the potential exist to inspire each of us to be better by living up to the ideals of truth and respect for our fellow humans.

I've been actively comparing news coverage from Headline News, CNN, Fox News, CSPAN, MSNBC, NPR, and BBC World. It has left me wondering where most Americans are getting their news and if they are actively seeking or passively accepting it?

In the interest of empowering you with information I provide the following:


NPR (National Public Radio)