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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

2016 217

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

2016 219

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

2016 215

The Inner Dimension

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The impenetrability of the interior dimension, its secrecy, is what makes it so very precious and so very sacred. Featured Soul

2017 152

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

2016 180

The Arch

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An Arch of Light, stretched o’er head, Ever growing with each new ache, Through Acts of Love, Creation in Its Wake. Nestled deep within, so black, so old, A Void, rising up through Space, Experience Herself reflects upon Her Own Loving, Lovely Face. Light sparks within Us When this Marriage we do see, Our very Core.

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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

2016 159

The Man, the Cry, and the Seeds

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Once there was a man who knew exactly what the Human species most needed, for he was the great seller, the mighty teller of secrets and of lies. He is a necessary evil in this sense. For he is what steals us from Heaven at all times on this plane, aside from when we are. Modern Myth

2016 130

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

2013 207

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.

2012 197

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 206

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 206

Netflix Explodes Its Customer Goodwill

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A few months ago, pioneering movie rental company, Netflix announced some new price changes that really ticked off its customers.

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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.

2011 197

Ignore this post.

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Sorry. Ignore this one too. Just fixing some site bugs. Engagement & Collaboration

2014 141

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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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.

2011 206

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.

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.

2011 201

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 204

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.

2011 207

Who to Focus On

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How do you best invest your time and energy? This is a question that’s become really important to me since leaving the structure and routine of working in an organization. It’s a question that all of us struggle with, of course, in both our professional and personal lives.

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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.

2011 191

How People Define Smart Organizations: The Biology of Great Organizations Part II

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We can learn a lot about organizations from biology. In my last post, I wrote about how the membrane of the cell provides a new perspective on the way organizations connect with the world around them.

2011 199

Cooperation is Never Perfect

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I love it when a scientist comes along and proves something that, on an intuitive level, I just knew had to be true. That’s what just happened for me while watching Martin Nowark talk about his work on cooperation. Just as I suspected: cooperation isn’t all fluffy white bunnies.

2011 197

If Companies are People, Where’s Their Soul?

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The U.S. Constitution is the foundation of our political system, but to find its spirit, we must look to the Declaration of Independence. When our nation struggles with difficult questions, it is this document that serves as a North Star to keep us on course with our founding vision.

2011 204

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.

“Square” Pegs Mobile Payments – Round Hole Still Not Filled

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The latest issue of Wired has an interview with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey on his latest venture – Square. If you’re not familiar with Square, it’s a simple way for merchants to accept credit card payments through a little device that plugs into their phone.

2011 195

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

Twitter is Not a Social Network

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A “real-time information network” – that's how the people at Twitter describe their own service. Yes, it's “powered by people” but note that they're not using the term “social network” and they've become increasingly deliberate about

Why Our Software Needs Social Context

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We live in a time when we do a much of our work with others in an online environment, which is why I’ve argued recently that we need our software to get much more emotionally intelligent. Recognizing Social Context.

2011 184

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

Fairness

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Let's call this the

2010 201

Climate Skeptic Monument

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Here’s an idea that’s sure to please both sides of the climate “debate.&# Let’s build a giant monument to all those who oppose taking action to prevent climate change. We can call it the Climate Skeptic Monument. Here’s a very rough plan for how it might work.

2010 201

The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing

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I just finished reading Lisa Gansky’s The Mesh and there’s much to like about the book.

2011 184

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.

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In Connection We Trust

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I just got back from a few days down at The Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) in San Jose, thanks to some coaxing from my friend, Kaliya Hamlin. In this post, I thought I’d share some observations from the trip on the future of the web – and the future of society.

How ‘Engagement Roles’ Blur Organizational Boundaries

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Effective customer and constituent engagement starts with a clear picture of desired outcomes. When organizations lack this clarity, they’re missing a critical bridge between their mission and their day-to-day interactions with the people who bring that mission to life.

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Wikipedia Now Crowd-Sourcing Article Ratings

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The Wikipedia community is well aware of the criticisms of its reliability. So that’s why I was so interested today to stumble on a relatively new article rating system within Wikipedia.

2011 179

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 173