Open Space, Alaska Style

Chris Corrigan

Things are different in Alaska

Chris Corrigan

I’m still trying to figure out Alaska. And I’m learning something about the state of Native life in Alaska too. Since 1971 when the Alaska Native Claims Settlement was reached, people have lived not so much as citizens of a community or members of a nation of Tribe, but as shareholders of a corporation. I have long been suspicious of the benefits of easy and steady money schemes in Native communities like casinos and, here in Alaska, the corporate structure.


Chris Corrigan

Hat tip to my friend Janie Leask in Alaska, who posted this on her facebook wall. A short poem from Edwin Markham , called “Outwitted&# : He drew a circle that shut me out —. Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in.

The biggest byte yet

Endless Knots

A single zettabyte is equivalent to 100 billion copies of all the books in the Library of Congress , or as the report says, seven layers of textbooks covering the continental United States and Alaska. I thought what was interesting about Nick Bilton's NY Times story was its headline: " Part of the Daily American Diet, 34 Gigabytes of Data." " OK, we're info hogs; we can quantify it; the number is soaring, etc.

Hanging out with walrus hunters in Oregon

Chris Corrigan

I’m at an Open Space conference in Grande Ronde, Oregon which is a summit of Tribal leaders and federal government agencies from around the Pacific Northwest of the USA, and Alaska. ” “Oh, I live near Nome Alaska and we were out hunting. The subject of the meeting is improving relations around environmental issues. As we were wrapping up our action planning session this morning, a young man walked into the room who I hadn’t yet met.

The week’s tweets

Chris Corrigan

Pacific Gray Whale, Highly Endangered, Making Good Time On Trek From Russia To Alaska [link] #. Heavy spring soaker flooding the forest with flow. #. Come On. Spurs! coys #. Calm after the storm. The sun shines a silvery light over a sea that is relaxed and flat. #. Well done Tottenham! Great first half against AC Milan in Italy. Keep it up! And great singing from you lot at the San Siro! coys #. Well that was a tidy piece if business dispatched. Well done you Spurs! coys #.

Making the Twitter Backbone Usable - CoTweet

Evolving Web

Technorati Tags: cotweet , twitter , microblogging , management Blogged in the Alaska Air Board Room, Sea-Tac Airport. People keep talking about making Twitter work for business, but for me it was missing any way to include it into a company’s workflow. At last, CoTweet allows people to form work groups (centered on a single account) and have permanence for tweets and actions. Here we see a Tweet where @Sprezzatura has retweeted a question I asked.

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The week’s tweets

Chris Corrigan

Off to Toronto today and thence to work in Alaska. #. Humid air full of cicada song, crickets and the slow drawl of tires on gravel roads. Ontario summer rural. #. Pink thunder heads full of lightning rising out of the twilight. Ringed by storms on an evening swim in the clear waters of Georgian Bay. #. Humidity broken, crisp clear Beaver Valley summer air. Now is the time the local apples take in their sweetness. #. COME ON YOU SPURS!!! that is all… # coys #.

BlogHer, Comic-Con, and the rethinking of a presidential candidate

Community Guy

I know soon-to-be-ex-Governor Sarah Palin is busy tweeting and taking one last swing around Alaska on the taxpayer’s dime. If you doubt the power of BlogHer, and the female (not mommy) blogging scene, consider this post by PunditMom.

Polar Obsession - Photos and Writing by Paul Nicklen – Another Great Photo Book from National Geographic

Portals and KM

Ever since my trips to Alaska, the Yukon, and Newfoundland in the early 70s I have been interested in the Arctic.   I was very excited about receiving a review copy of the Polar Obsession book by National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen.

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The week’s tweets

Chris Corrigan

Travel blows my mind: from a humid rainy early morning in Toronto to a calm afternoon by the glassy waters of Cook Inlet, Alaska. #. Pouring rain in Toronto this early morning. Was really heavy last night. Up at sparrow fart today to head all the way to Anchorage. #. Layers upon layers of stillness. The smooth grey of Cook Inlet beneath the smooth grey blanket of morning cloud. #. Art of Hosting on Bowen Island, BC, Canada Oct 3-6, 2010.

A mob of skips

Endless Knots

Which is largely what Australia with its handful of large cities (wherein 90% of the population resides) and land mass that exceeds that of the US minus Alaska comprises.

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The Divine Right of Capital: Emerging Property Rights

Alchemy of Change

As I mentioned in my original post , I just finished reading The Divine Right of Capital by Marjorie Kelly.

Know The Net

TNT - The Network Thinker

Representative Gail Phillips, a Republican and former speaker of the state House, said the widespread surprise in Alaska when Palin was named to the ticket made her wonder how intensively the McCain campaign had vetted her. "I Alaska is a very small community, we know people all over, but I haven't found anybody who was asked anything." When you know the net you can quickly get to the information or resources you need in your local community.

Summer turning over

Chris Corrigan

I’ve never been out there before, on a thin island between the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. My summer is drawing to a close, although the weather is still lovely and I’m only easing back into work. Coming off ten days in Ontario where I was at my sister’s wedding, enjoying some extended time with an extended family that lives all over the world. We only come together for weddings and funerals and this is the far better reason of the two.

Leaving Dutch Harbour

Chris Corrigan

I’m in the waiting area of the Dutch Harbor/Unalaska airport in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. I’ve been here for less than 24 hours accompanying some colleagues on some consultations with Alaskan fishing communities. This place is all about fish, and that is all: pollack, halibut, salmon, cod and of course the world famous crab fleet which plies its trade in the Bering Sea on the World’s Deadliest Catch.

Oldie but goodie: "CompuServe's Intranet Forum"

Endless Knots

I have exchanged many messages with folks around the world attempting to serve as a local liaison in Alaska  but no tangible work so far has developed. Jeff Stamps: on October 9 through PBS Business Network Jessica Lipnack: And having read the forum, I would remember that William is in Alaska with a secure server for ARC Alistair Bruce: Where can I find out about PBS Business Network?

eDirectree Brings Group Wiki Twist to Social Networking

John Tropea - Delicious Community

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How to Save the World

How to Save the World

Just for Fun: Beth Patterson has pictures of what a family in Alaska whos just built a playground for their children saw , to their astonishment, when they woke up the next morning. Dave Pollards environmental philosophy, creative works, business papers and essays. In search of a better way to live and make a living, and a better understanding of how the world really works.

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