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Writing as Giving

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We make our writing a gift when it comes from the heart rather than from the ego. Featured Soul

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Medusa and the Evolution of Human Consciousness

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A horrifying nightmare leads to a new understanding of the story of Medusa, as metaphor for the evolution of human consciousness. Featured Soul

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Seeing Deeply Through the Medium of Technology

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As medium has become message, we must learn to see more deeply, beyond our distracted, glassy reflections. Featured Soul

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Klout, Influence, and the Future of Business

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Klout helps companies better understand the influence of employees and customers, and this opens the firm more fully to the outside world. Despite its many problems, Klout not only symbolizes the growing importance of influence in marketing, but the increasingly permeable nature of the firm.

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Trust and Networks

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Trust makes networks work. When trust is high among members of a network, there’s a wonderful cohesiveness and capacity to get work done.

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How “Membranes” Build Great Organizations

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In this article, you’ll learn about a new way of thinking about organizational boundaries; one that helps connect what’s inside the organization with what’s outside it.

2011 142

Google+ Hints at a Social Media Marketing Revolution

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I just accidentally stumbled on something in Google+ that suggests some revolutionary ideas about the way organizations need to think about marketing. In a way, you could think of it as an evolution of permission marketing , a term popularized by Seth Godin a while back.

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Alchemy of Change’s New Focus: the Soul

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I'm now resuscitating Alchemy of Change with a new focus on exploring the Soul. Announcements Featured Soul soul

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Radical Connectedness and the Evolution of Business

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This summer, my wife and I took our two boys to visit the famous Ford Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan. This Ford Motor Company factory was once the wonder of the industrial world, where Henry Ford pioneered America’s leadership in last-century manufacturing. Hub Controls the Spokes.

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Creative Inspiration in Design

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Our Magic, our Beauty, is our Ability to break through the bonds of habitual patterns in our minds and connect with this Greater Source of Creative Inspiration. Featured Soul

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Connections are Different than Relationships

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A connection, or point of contact, in a relationship can take many forms. It might be your voice in my ear, my words before you on screen, or a simple pat on the back from a Connection and Relationship loved one just when you need it

Balancing Tasks & Relationships – The Art of Engagement

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Getting work done with other people is tricky. It's tricky because it forces us to strike a subtle balance between our tasks and our relationships. Balancing Task and Relationship. Engagement is what brings tasks and relationships

We Are The Filter Bubble

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Computer algorithms aren't the only thing contributing to the "Internet Filter Bubble." Who we choose to connect with in our social networks deeply affects who is "curating" the content we consume. Here's why diversity in your social network matters. Emotionally Intelligent curation Facebook Google Information Networker Internet Filter Bubble social networks Twitter

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What is Google Plus? (really.)

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Some slides organizing my thoughts on why I believe Google+ is important: These are posted on Google+, but you’ll have no problem viewing them even if you don’t have an account there (yet). Connection Technologies Google

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Place-Based Networks: A New Kind of Social Network

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Place-Based Networks are mobile social networks that help you connect with other people based on your shared interest in a place. Contextual Computing Local Android Facebook Google iPad iPhone location mapping mobile place Place-Based Networks social networks

2012 114

Love Hurts – And That’s a Good Thing

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If you’ve ever felt true love, then you know that sometimes love hurts – a lot. Love and heartache come together as part of the same package that makes us human.

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Why I’m Fasting One Day a Week

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I'm now fasting one day a week and its teaching me about the Human Body and different modes of experience. Featured Soul Body soul

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The Truth Machine: The Lie Detector in Your Next Pair of Glasses

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Eulerian Video Magnification is a new video processing technology that could soon turn your phone - or even your glasses - into a lie detector. Humanity & Soulfulness augmented reality Google Glass lie detector truth video

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Software Will Replace You

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It doesn’t matter who you are – software is going to take over more and more of what you do. Every once in a while, someone writes something that gives voice to an idea you’ve struggled to articulate. Marc Andreessen just did that for me with Why Software is Eating the World.

2011 117

A Cure for Listless Tweeting: “Tweet to List”

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Like many of you, I use Twitter to help get the word out on things I’m writing about or things I find interesting. The problem is that I have lots of different interests and not everyone who follows me on Twitter cares about all those interests.

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My TEDxRainier Talk on The Soulful Company

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I'm excited to share my TEDxRainier talk on "The Soulful Company." This talk will serve as a catalyst to shift my focus here at Alchemy of Change into a place for exploring some of the questions I hope to pique with this talk. The Soulful Company B Corporation corporations drive meaning mission soulful company

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The Great Unbundling and Collapse of Local Newspapers

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Part 2 of 5: This post builds on my summary of a recent report from the FCC entitled “The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age.&#

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Networks, Organizations and Movements

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When thinking about social change movements, networks teach us that it all comes down to the human connection. People Power Movement as Network networks nonprofits Occupy social change social movements Tea Party

2012 98

Twitter's Golden Egg

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Twitter is an example of a new breed of company; organized on a new kind of business model – one that's deliberately designed to tap the power of people outside its organization. A number of organizations take advantage of “User

Smarter Search

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A couple quick things to point out on Google’s search capabilities these days, that are also some interesting hints at where search is going. The first is a new “ sort by subject &# feature, which lets you organize your results on image searches based on categories.

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Why So Many Social Change Organizations Struggle

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When nonprofit organizations with issue-specific, niche missions organize themselves around individual donor fundraising, it creates waste, dysfunction and drains power away from real social change. Social Change attention donor engagement fundraising nonprofit philanthropy social change

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Google Tiers Search into the Global, Social and Personal

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By connecting Google+ to search, Google is tiering web search into three, very useful, layers: global search, social search and personal search. Connection Technologies Contextual Computing Google Google Search Plus Your World personal search search social search

The Heart of the Occupation

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The Occupy Movement means different things to different people. It’s far too early to know exactly what these protests will or won’t turn into; they are simply too new to predict.

2011 96

Place is a Tag: How Your Phone Should Work

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Get ready for the geo-tag - and a revolution in the way you use your phone to search the places around you! Contextual Computing Local Android crowd-source del.icio.us Diigo geo-tag geoloqi Google Google Maps GPS iPhone local meridian search semantic Wikipedia Windows Phone

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The Gift and Curse of Social Reading and What It Could Do to Books

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"Social reading" centers not so much on the joy of reading or pursuit of knowledge, but a desire to build social capital on social networks. And now, it's coming to books. Media Amazon books influence Kindle Fire media Pew publishing reading Shirky social books social reading

2012 89

How Come I Can’t Tune Klout?

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How come I can’t decide for myself what influence on the web means to me ? Who died and left Klout king? This isn’t just the sour grapes ramblings of someone with a Klout score of 48, but a serious question with serious societal implications.

2011 96

How Social CRM “Friend Discovery” will Revolutionize the Way Organizations Collaborate

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Every once in a while, technology comes along that helps us re-imagine the way organizations work. In this post, you’ll learn about a new branch of “Social CRM&# called &# Friend Discovery&# that will make it radically easier to find your friends inside the organizations you care about.

Four Ways to Improve Our Online Emotional Intelligence

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As human beings, we’re born with a built-in ability to make sense of very subtle social signals from other people. We effortlessly read their pheromones, their body language, their tone of voice and their facial expressions.

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Fixing the Google+ Engagement Problem

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Google has a real problem with Google+ engagement - especially with new users. Here are some ideas on how to address the situation. Network Strategies Facebook Google Google Plus social networks

Testing the Wisdom of Crowds

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When we make it possible for people to aggregate their wisdom in independent, diverse and decentralized ways, the resulting "wisdom of the crowds" can be uncannily accurate. I just tested that on Google+, and here are my results. Collaboration collaboration collective intelligence Google wisdom of crowds

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The Deep Science of Cooperation: Martin Nowak

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If you are interested in cooperative studies or just want to build a more collaborative culture in your place of work, watch the below 20 minute talk by Martin Nowak.

Change Happens Through People – Even at Walmart

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Part 1 of 4: Marc Gunther just reviewed Force of Change , the story of Walmart’s conversion to sustainable business practices. When the world’s largest public corporation makes any big change, it’s noteworthy. But this change could very well help save the world.

Crowd Sourcing Saves Lives

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When someone has a heart attack, every second counts. Speed treatment, and you save lives. That’s why the new iPhone app just released by the San Ramon Valley Fire Department is so interesting.

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Why Google Sparks Matters

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As with a new continent rising from the depths, the mountain tops of Google+ hint tantalizingly at an underlying terrain we cannot yet see. In this post, I speculate on the island of Google Sparks, and how it ultimately connects with the rest of the Google landmass.

The Divine Right of Capital – A Summary

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I just finished reading The Divine Right of Capital by Marjorie Kelly. It’s one of those mind-opening books that deserves to be read by a large audience.

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