The Cause of Our Disease

How to Save the World

The food you fed my children was the cause of their disease. ‘Cause your rules and regulations they don’t do nothing for me. He writes: The distinction between causes and agencies can have important effects on the actions that are taken to intervene in human affairs.

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Those little stress moments caused by technology hurdles.

Joitske Hulsebosch

Here you see a picture of reduced pavement edge that makes me happy every time I cycle to the train station. On the way to my station, I had to move my bike high up on the sidewalk here.

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16 Causes of Conflict in an Online Community | Social Media Today


While community conflict is sometimes highly complex, the following list of possible causes will help you pinpoint what type of problem you are facing and hopefully find a resolution. online_facilitation online_community conflict

Two inspiring stories by digital natives with a cause

Joitske Hulsebosch

I attended the HIVOS 'thinkaton' about digital natives with a cause and activism2.0. Everybody in the room already believed in the power of a click! But we need the stories. There were two very inspiring stories. The first by Juliana Rotich, the Program Director of Ushahidi (Kenya).

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The cause, and solution, to all our problems

Viv Mcwaters

It’s easier to blame ‘communications’, especially if someone else is responsible, than acknowledge an underlying cause. The cause, and solution, to all our problems is a post from: It’s inevitable.

Antisocial societies cause antisocial behaviour


There's been a surprising amount of recent commentary on the disturbances that took place in England a year ago. The fact that the social system is taking so long to heal illustrates clearly how sick it is. Meanwhile the government bumbles on, not just generating inequality as fast as it can but also celebrating it.

Confusing symptoms with cause

John Tropea - Delicious Community

The trust question is a classic confusion of symptoms with cause, just as creativity is a symptom of innovation not its cause, so trust is the symptom of interaction over time.

Will Yahoo's Changing Search Strategy Cause it to Pick Up Niche Services?

Portals and KM

With the alliance with Microsoft?s s Bing, Yahoo's focus is no longer on the technology that powers search and trying to beat the competition with it - the "megawatt war," as Sam Diez reports at ZDNet. Instead, it wants to ride the back of Microsoft technology and channel it so users will want to come back to Yahoo every time they have a query. They want value added user experiences. To accomplish this they need to offer value added niche content.

Does austerity cause increase in knowing neighbours' names?


Between 2008 and 2010 the proportion of American adults who say they ‘know all or most of their neighbours by name’ increased by some 11 per cent, to 51%. In 2008, 31 per cent said they did not know any of their neighbours by name: two years later, this had dropped to just 18 per cent.

More cause for skepticism in reading

Making Sense With Facilitated Systems

Agreeing to Disagree at Numbers Rule Your World paints a sad picture. If we had the time, we should all do the research or read the primary research. We don't. That's why we read or listen to the news or more popular books and articles. Do yourself—do society—a favor, and at least be careful, no matter whether you're reading or writing. statistics data decision making ethics thinking

Cause for optimism: women on the move

Making Sense With Facilitated Systems

Sometimes the news one sees about the environment and about energy can be a bit depressing, but Rodriguez's essay seemed like cause for optimism. I'm sometimes leary of people claiming that either women or men are better than the other in terms of what they contribute. Perhaps that's because I've heard too many uncredible claims about what men could do that women couldn't (fortunately, I hear those far less today than when I was younger).

Proud to be Participating: SXSW Cause Lab | WeCanEndThis

Online Community Strategy

On March 15, the CauseLab kicks-off a 30-day virtual brainstorm through a new digital co-creation platform called Goodzuma — all in an effort to develop the most powerful, effective, and impactful ideas to end hunger in America.

How to disrupt meetings

Chris Corrigan

Engaging in any of these behaviours will immediately cause all of us to be suspicious of your motives and employer. My friend Tim Merry found this gem, from a 1944 CIA manual on how to perfrom acts of simple sabotage.

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Collaborative Thinking: Scoble Was Wrong, But Data Portability Is A Valid Issue

Collaborative Thinking

Many people are using this event to draw attention to issues related to data portability and to further their own cause. A Facebook “cause” that rings hollow The Coming War Over Data On The Web What is Facebook’s stance on data portability?

Balancing Tasks & Relationships – The Art of Engagement

Alchemy of Change

If I understand this critique – and it’s one you voiced in an earlier post – it’s that sometimes my relationship to a cause is not to the people involved with the cause; it’s to the cause itself.

Mark Zuckerberg as POTUS? President of USA and Facebook?

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

There’s quite a shift at the moment with the heavy hitters in social media and peer communities making a play into politics.

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Collaborative Thinking: Economic Concerns Will Renew Interest In Web Conferencing

Collaborative Thinking

Collaborative Thinking Perceptions on collaboration and social software by Mike Gotta « Social Networks Seem To Travel Well | Main | Getting Started With Web Conferencing » February 26, 2008 Economic Concerns Will Renew Interest In Web Conferencing Every so often, economic downturns, health-related outbreaks or acts of terrorism cause organizations to prioritize alternatives for corporate travel.

Green Chameleon » CoP Leadership - A Lesson from the Flight of Pelicans

Green Chameleon

In the study, one of the causes that led to the dysfunctionality of the CoP was the lack of a leadership renewal process. The aerodynamics from flying in formation allows them to flap their wings less and causes their heart rate to slow down.


Chris Corrigan

One has to be very careful attributing causes to things, or even attributing causality to things. We can be, as Dave Snowden says “retrospectively coherent” but you can not know which causes will produce which effects going forward. Watts uses this fictional fella to illustrate the unfelt influence of perspective and the dangers inherent in our strong inclination to seek cause-and-effect relationships. “He

Social Influence and the Impact of Klout API

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

How much of a fuss you can cause, how connected you are. Klout is the social media measurement tool that measures influence – how many followers, how much interaction and the style of interaction that a person has in their personal or business social network.

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The three biggest networking mistakes of advocacy groups

Net-Map Toolbox

Mapping links that are very different from advocacy might also help the group to become more creative in what they can do to further their cause – or what their coalition partners can do to further their cause. But often advocates also want to make others believers in their cause.

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Stop Runaway Software Development Projects - The BrainYard

Michael Sampson - Currents

Without an understanding of the root causes of runaway software development projects, and a well-defined strategy to deal with those causes, companies will make little real progress.

How to Make Changes to Your Community (without the Backlash)

Managing Communities

photo credit: music2fish2 (eric lanning) ren asked: “What [do you] do when upgrading to new software causes a downturn in user engagement? How [do you] get it back?&# Thanks for the question, ren. For me, it relates to the general issue of change on communities and what you can do to make your changes more [.]. Developing Your Community Interacting with Users

The five major theories of how people "learn": a synopsis

The Bumble Bee

Key behaviourist thinkers including Thorndike, Pavlov and Skinner have hypothesized that learning is a change in observable behaviour caused by external stimuli in the environment.

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Apple's Review of the iPad - One Year In

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last month I said it - it's causing a re-evaluation in my world too A fascinating look at the iPad and its use around the world. Yes, it's created by Apple, and yes, that means it is slanted in a particular way. it's still fascinating.

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Talk to the Emir to save new-born chilrden

Net-Map Toolbox

If you want to protect new-born babies from dying of preventable cause, who do you talk to? The Ministry of Health, right? Because it is their mandate. And their expertise. And they get the funding to do it. Well, do they?

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The Hazards of Groups and Group Work

Jenny Connected

Last week I came across this fun video, which caused me to reflect once again on the potential problems of groups and group work, both on and offline.

Banning Email at Cisco

Michael Sampson - Currents

It’s causing a lack of productivity. In an attempt to encourage staff to shift to new ways of communicating, Peter Hughes at Cisco has banned his staff from using email for broadcasting messages : “ Employees’ reliance on email as the primary mode of communication is hurting business productivity, according to an executive at one of the world’s biggest technology companies, Cisco.

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Pattern entrainment is one of our biggest problems

Chris Corrigan

In short, research and investigations show the chains of causes and effects. A tendency and romance of simple and well ordered solutions has resulted in Donald Trump getting away with identifying Muslims and Islam as the sole cause of terrorism.

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25m Swimming Pool in London; 35m Up

Michael Sampson - Currents

Sounds like … fun … although it won’t help my cause as it’s not linked with a hotel. In my many trips to London over the years I have been searching for a hotel with a 25-metre indoor swimming pool. I haven’t found one yet (so any pointers gratefully received), but apparently there is one coming to a new apartment building in Battersea. The twist is that it will be 35-metres above the ground, completely transparent, and will link two buildings.

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#openedMOOC Week 3: The 5Rs, CC, and open Licensing

Jenny Connected

David Wiley has pointed out that the cost of textbooks in the US prohibits access for many students or causes them to drop out. This image is a screenshot taken from a YouTube video – [link].

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Stress-Free Business Travel (well, reduced stress anyway)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Neoman Studios and CT Business Travel published an infographic on 24 life hacks for stress-free business travel.

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Id Rather Be A Hammer Than A Nail or Nails Come in Boxes

Evolving Web

That was their hypothesis and when the conclusion started to differ, it caused cognitive dissonance – the slow painful realization that the world is out of sync with your world-view. To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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100+ Tried & True Problem-Solving Tools

Partnering Resources

Simple problems have easily seen cause and effect relationships. Complicated problems have cause and effect relationships that are harder to discern than those in simple problems. Root Cause Analysis – Root cause analysis gets talked about a lot.

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The Heart of the Occupation

Alchemy of Change

The Occupy Movement frames these problems – and there are a wide range of them – by tying them to the same root cause: the increasing concentration of wealth in this country and the corruptive influence it has over our institutions of economic and political power.

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Social Media is Dead, Long Live Big Data

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

The crash, which killed 150 people, was deliberately caused by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who had hidden his mental illness from his employer, despite being declared unfit for work by a doctor. Shares Social Media has trained artificial intelligence and now Big Data is taking over.

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Cultivating Collaborative Behaviour

Michael Sampson - Currents

– slides 4-7: about the topic of collaboration, which is a word that be used to mean many different things (and thus cause confusion and misunderstandings). I gave the presentation above a couple of weeks back to a small group of wonderful people, and have finally had the time today to share it here.

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It’s not always easy

Chris Corrigan

Setting up the room in a circle might cause people to “lose their minds.” It will cause people to stop and reflect and engage with what you are doing, and it will make their acceptance of the invitation a more authentic yes. Today a client emailed me with a small anxiety about setting up a meeting room in a circle.

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Explaining Cynefin for strategy and decision making

Chris Corrigan

Ordered systems have a reliable causality, that is, causes and effects can be known, and usually display a clear finish line. Sometimes this causality is only obvious to experts, such as knowing what causes your car engine to start making strange noises.

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The 7 Habits of Effective Personal Fundraisers


Many of them want to raise funds for your nonprofit or cause, but don't know how to approach it. Making the campaign personal gives your cause credibility. Personal connections motivate people to give more than the cause in and of itself. Help other people connect with the cause and need by focusing on being human. Meet people face-to-face to help them understand your passion for and commitment to the cause. Your cause is worth the effort.