2006 Archive

December 31, 2006 » Tom Clancy on War

I read Tom Clancy‘s Debt of Honor over the holidays. It was a guilty pleasure, although it wasn’t that pleasurable. I hadn’t read Clancy since high school, and Debt of Honor — the eighth of the Jack Ryan franchise — felt stale. It was 400 pages too long, there was too much exposition, there were […]

December 28, 2006 » Blue Oxen’s 4th Anniversary

A few weeks ago, about 50 friends and colleagues — including co-founder Chris Dent, visiting from Seattle — joined us at Chris Messina and Tara Hunt‘s gorgeous new office in San Francisco, Citizen Space, to help celebrate Blue Oxen Associates‘ 4th anniversary. Thanks to all who came and to all who sent well-wishes. Thanks especially […]

December 1, 2006 » Notable December Events

There are several notable events this month. Next week is Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) 2006B at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. I’ll be speaking on Monday afternoon about Identity Commons. There will also be an Untalent show on Tuesday night, which promises to be spectacular.    (LKV) Starting Wednesday, December 6, Lisa Heft […]

November 27, 2006 » Ggeh and Trust

Trust is such a critical component of collaboration, it’s easy to dismiss. Other than acknowledging its importance, I haven’t thought too deeply about the role of trust in collaboration. That started to change a few weeks ago, as the concept kept rearing its lovely head in all sorts of places.    (LKM) One of them […]

November 27, 2006 » Catalytic Communities’ Secret Sauce: Trust

A few weeks ago, I drove down to The Tech Museum in San Jose for the Tech Museum Awards exhibit. All 25 recipients were there showing off their projects, including Theresa Williamson, who was an Equality Award Laureate for her organization, Catalytic Communities.    (LKF) I’m a big fan of Theresa’s. She is a wonderful […]

November 21, 2006 » Implications of the Kintera Data Sharing Announcement

Andy Dale reported earlier this month that La Leche League will be using Kintera‘s software for member and donor management. More importantly, the two organizations will use open “standards” to share data between their respective systems. Andy’s company, ooTao, is implementing the data sharing using technology known as XDI.    (LK3) The data sharing problem […]

November 14, 2006 » Excellent Talks this Week

Three excellent talks are scheduled for the Peninsula this week. The first is tonight at Bay CH I: Fred Turner will talk about his new book, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: How the Whole Earth Catalog Brought Us Virtual Community. His talk is at PARC tonight at 7:30pm.    (LJQ) Tomorrow, Allison Fine will talk about […]

November 12, 2006 » Learning and Collaboration

On a warm summer evening in Virginia last July, I sat on Marcia Conner‘s porch and wondered aloud whether we were in the same business. Marcia cares about collaboration, but she’s nuts about learning. If she doesn’t hear the word “learning” in the context of projects she’s involved with, alarm bells go off in her […]

November 12, 2006 » Curriculum on Thinking and Learning

I’ve done a lot of volunteer teaching, and back in 1998, I had become fed up with the classes that I was helping with. In particular, I had spent six horrible weeks volunteering at a class to teach kids computers, which turned out to be a glorified typing class.    (LJ2) Afterwards, I asked the […]

November 7, 2006 » Quilting Patterns from Gee’s Bend

Last month, I went to see “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend” exhibition at the de Young Museum with my friend Betty Toole. To be honest, I found most of the quilts disappointing. The story is very compelling, even if most of the quilts are mediocre. I wish the quality of the collection wasn’t as hyped […]

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