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Links 1 through 10 of 627 by tagged narrative

"I have had dramatically more success as I have moved all this processing over to paper, which has allowed the flexibility to narrate my intentions (To Do’s) in full sentences. The process of narration calls upon both the explicit (what I intend to do) and the implicit (why and how I intend to it). Tasks only move to a list format after they pass through this self-discussion and I determine that I am actually motivated to complete them.

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Swarms as aggressively social - locusts, zombies and vampire narratives...

"What’s really going on is that software-enabled human locust swarms are eating everything they can access. Which generally means small business front-end layers wrapped around larger platforms. The locust swarms cannot actually take on true Big Industry unaided, for the most part. When Big Industry owns its own last mile (think McDonald’s) it is rarely stupid enough to offer up lunch for locusts.

Those who believe that the Internet-enabled economy is going to replace “hierarchies with networks” everywhere (whatever that mathematically nonsensical phrase is supposed to mean) are perversely choosing to ignore the reality of what is happening. It isn’t the 1% fat cats who are becoming victims of the new economy. It is the little capitalist in the middle. The brave little Jeffersonian middle class capitalist who could.

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Jesse Drucker's 2010 piece - "“A company’s obligation to its shareholders is to try to minimize its taxes and all costs, but to do so legally" -- Irving Plotkin (PWC) on the Double-Irish strategy

"The Dublin subsidiary sells advertising globally and was credited by Google with 88 percent of its $12.5 billion in non-U.S. sales in 2009... The profits don’t stay with the Dublin subsidiary, which reported pretax income of less than 1 percent of sales in 2008, according to Irish records. That’s largely because it paid $5.4 billion in royalties to Google Ireland Holdings, which has its “effective centre of management” in Bermuda, according to company filings.

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"The dictate that one 'not speak ill of the dead' is (at best) appropriate for private individuals, not influential public figures

"the key point is this: those who admire the deceased public figure (and their politics) aren't silent at all. They are aggressively exploiting the emotions generated by the person's death to create hagiography.

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"First, narratives don’t have an end. They are open ended, and the resolution is yet to be determined. Secondly, narratives invite participation. The inherent message isn’t “Listen” — it’s “Join.”

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Non Universals (and learning from failure, Montesorri, not authority) - "This way of thinking and giving meaning to one's life and society in terms of stories and narratives is universal over all cultures, and is in our basic "wiring" as human beings. It is part of what we call "common sense." And it is the way most of the college students that NSF and I talked to had "learned science"--as isolated cases, stories that would be retrieved to deal with a similar situation, not as a system of inter related arguments about what we think we know and how well we think we know it. Story thinking won out. Claude Levi-Strauss and Seymour Papert have called this incremental isolated "natural" learning "bricolage"--which means making something by "tinkering around." This is one of the reasons that engineering predates science by thousands of years

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Challenging the collapse narrative - european genocide over self inflicted ecocide - sustainable until the outsiders arrived

Building statues to honor our ancestors memory

@1h:14 "evolution work only on what is available: what is in the environment today is what selection is going to act on in the future - and it's going to act on what's local in that environment - local constraints are going to shape the future based on the variability that's present at any point in time... Long term success - or sustainability - key in that is variability, the promotion of variability in the present is the only way in which we are gong to have stuff to cope with future uncertainty - the best thing we can possibly do is promote that variability because we don't know what's going to be successful" - strategies that maximise variability not returns

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Big companies are dying, topple rate, disengagement, turnover - not a record of success, the change will happen anyway, life under control is not a life

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It's BI and Blodget, with graphs "we've now developed a bigger problem in this country.

Namely, we've developed inequality so extreme that it is worse than any time since the late 1920s.

Contributing to this inequality is a new religion of shareholder value that has come to be defined only by "today's stock price" and not by many other less-visible attributes that build long-term economic value.

Like many religions, the "shareholder value" religion started well: In the 1980s, American companies were bloated and lethargic, and senior management pay was so detached from performance that shareholders were an afterthought.

But now the pendulum has swung too far the other way. Now, it's all about stock performance--to the point where even good companies are now quietly shafting other constituencies that should benefit from their existence.

Most notably: Rank and file employees.

Great companies in a healthy and balanced economy don't view employees as "inputs." They don't view them as "costs."

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"It is ideas that generate information, it is not information that generates ideas"

"the very idea that the mind is an information processing instrument is an idea" - education as working ideas, not all ideas are good ideas, the master narrative as toxic

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