Einstein's Dreams, 14 MAY 1905

"There is a place where time stands still. Raindrops hang motionless in
air. Pendulums of clocks float mid-swing. ...As a traveler approaches this place
from any direction, he moves more and more slowly. His heartbeats grow farther
apart, his breathing slackens, his temperature drops, his thoughts diminish,
until he reaches dead center and stops. For this is the center of time. From
this place, time travels outward in concentric circles-at rest at the center,
slowly picking up speed at greater diameters.

Getting Loose

We agree with sig and we firmly believe in Peter Drucker's dictum, "that there is only one valid purpose for any business: to create and satisfy a customer." Everything else, from value and service to profits and market share, follows from that premise. After all, it's customers who pay the bills. It's customers who keep us employed.

ideas so sexy you forget to breathe...

hey, it got my attention, that phrase.

I first read it on Jim Wilde's first website, now defunct.  He was in the process of developing Ideascape...he had some crazy ideas, some mindblowing concepts. When I met him for the first time, his hair standing on edge, cigarette dangling from his lips, hands waving wildly in the air as he discussed his ideas, what he was reading, where he thought he wanted to go, I thought he was probably half crazy, but my curiosity was piqued. Hey, I admit, I'm no techie, so some of the ideas and
things he showed me online blew me away...I've since gotten more up to
speed but the things he knows and the ideas and concepts he keeps bringing up just take my breath away.  This guy must have read every business book ever written! Smart as all hell but at first you're not sure if he's serious; he's got such a self-deprecating manner sometimes, such an unassuming way about himself that you almost think he's full of shit when he tells you about the businesses he's started up, his successes. His self-imposed hibernation from the business world. What really impacted me, though was his determination to
develop a new business that would somehow serve humanity.  Help
people. He knew in some way he wanted to contribute.  "Do the right thing almost every dog gone day of your life" - this hangs over his
desk. His concern for the earth, for everyman. This is a good guy, I thought. I want to work for him! What a great attitude! Something about him brings out the best in everyone around him. He sees possibility where most people see dead ends.  forget out of the box, there is no packaging that could contain him...

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Coordination Theory in a Flat World

Follow me here for my understanding of what this flat world business is about, and what we can do about it as individuals, employees, business founders, owners, stakeholders, and as managers.

Doc Searls has a provocative post, the "Long Tail" about his interview with Tom Friedman, author of The Flat World and the subsequent discussion with other bloggers about the ideas Mr. Friedman puts forth in his new book. Not many people can ignite such passion in people like Doc. Julie Leung, "Thanks to Doc Searls, I burned the soup..but it was worth it" Check it out:

"Later last night, while the pan was soaking and the kids were sleeping, I returned to read Getting Flat, Part 2 from Linux Journal. Doc's piece, with references to works by Thomas Friedman and John Taylor Gatto hit me with its truth immediately, in a way that soaks into the soul. Although I had other duties that needed to get done last night, I wanted to post on it ASAP. While I sorted through piles of papers and evaluated bills, Doc's words continued to cook in my mind..."

Ideas are exploding in the blogosphere around Friedman's, Doc's, Dan Gillmor's, Dave Pollard's, et al. Hugh, from gapingvoid has opened a pandora's box with his post on "Culture and Technology", which lead to this "new gapingvoid rule", and "What level of transparency can a company live with?" and now "more hamish". He is all over the place, but drives home several good points that jibe with the ideas in Friedman's book, Doc's discussion, as well as what we are trying to accomplish at Advancing Insights with Ideascape. 

Who says Blogs have to be about Egos?

In reference to Seth's discussion on ego, my partner Jim neglected to expand on our idea for using blogs as a communications/idea generating tool WITHIN companies.  I think the Blogs that Seth's referring to in his "ego" post are the ones that currently reside in the "Blogosphere" - the ones full of pontificating PR blow-hards, techy geeks and whining self analysing personal blogs among others.  What we see for Ideascape is bringing the blog INTERNAL, to the corporate atmosphere...creating int

NYC Geek Meet

I've been in hibernation for a decade (out of IT) and that was the first geek meet-up i've been to in so much time... The only expectations I had were to meet the cool folks that showed up. I got there early, so I hung out and people watched. Hey, there is nothing more amusing to me than imagining what other people's lives are as they run for their trains, grab a snack, leisurely walk about, look at the floor, read, use your imagination. I am so lame, the only face that I knew was Steve Rubles (micropersuasion).

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