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Are you steering or in steerage? Part 2: Author interview

This post continues our exploration of Upgrade, both the book and the ideas behind it.  Part 2 is our recent interview between author Rana Florida and Praxis interviewers Kelly Okamura and Donald Officer. KO/DO  What were your main reasons for writing Upgrade? Why now?  RF I’ve interviewed an amazing cast of successful creatives for Your

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Are you steering or in steerage?

Upgrade: Taking your Work and Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary by Rana Florida McGraw-Hill 2013 review and author interview by Donald Officer and Kelly Okamura Part 1: The Review Although Upgrade is written in a readable, conversational style, author Rana Florida is pretty hard headed in what she prescribes for any individual seeking an upgraded

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Moral dissention

Published on August 7, 2013 by in Caught Thinking

Every generation somebody discovers a scientific framework to explain everything as far as one particular field or another is concerned. In The Moral Landscape we see neuroscientist Sam Harris devising a moral construct based on brain science. Reviewer William Sheridan suggests this might be a new ideology or belief system every bit as dogmatic as the

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I DON’T THINK SO!

In this era of relativity, quantum mechanics, climate change, genome mapping, neuroscience, cognitive studies, systems analysis and complexity theory etc. etc. any notions about an absolute basis for figuring out the world seem presumptuous. So when my colleague, William Sheridan, sent me this review I was amused, but provoked in a good way by the

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Is it good to be content?

Published on April 11, 2013 by in Caught Thinking

We do live in extraordinarily interesting times to over exaggerate the Chinese curse. On a day to day level life has never been more secure even in some of the most desperate parts of the earth. Longevity is increasing everywhere daily. Some of the worst banes of human history are fading into its dimmer annals.

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No such thing as an open mind?

Imposed change is almost reflexively viewed with suspicion, frequently alarm . Yet curiously even desirable change is difficult and often therefore unpleasant also, although stagnation has a bad air about itself as well. So we settle for a middle ground, what has been delicately described as “the collusion of mediocrity,” change lite. Let’s not be

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From handset to mindset

Networked: The New Social Operating System by Barry Wellman and Lee Rainie. MIT; Toronto, Ontario, 2012. You’d have to be under the spell that sent Rip Van Winkle into his enchanted slumber to miss the communications revolution of the last 20 years. Most of us can rhyme off the succession of new technological tools that

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Is the real deal imaginary?

Published on October 23, 2012 by in InSite Review

The Authenticity Hoax by Andrew Potter. McClelland & Stewart; Toronto, Ontario, 2010. (296 pages). Reviewed by Donald R. Officer. When I was a kid getting a haircut seemed to take a long time so I passed the minutes looking in the mirror before me which was in turn mirrored by another mirror on the opposite wall.

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Not such a straight line after all

Workarounds: How to Conquer Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work Russell Bishop. McGraw-Hill Ryerson. 2011. Computers and the systems thinking that goes with them have been effectively embedded in our culture for at least two whole generations. We began including them by looking at ways computers might imitate and enhance how we do

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When housekeeping becomes houseleaving

Published on June 13, 2011 by in Coaches' Cafe

The time has come. After almost 30 years at the same address we’re leaving the old house. There are no overwhelming reasons why we have to go now. None that apply to us materially anyway. The place has stood by us well. It’s been a haven when other parts of our lives were out of

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