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Joshua Chalifour
Works at Concordia University
Attends McGill University
Lives in Montréal, QC, Canada
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Information professional, analyst, writer, board game inventor, content strategist, student mastering library & information studies (archives focus)
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  • Concordia University
    WCM System Migration Project Team Member, 2013 - present
    I'm collaborating with Concordia University’s academic and administrative units to ensure that the university’s digital presence reflects its identity and strategic priorities. I develop, enhance, manage, and help others develop content suiting public and private Web sites, mobile and social media, and newsletters.
  • Adomoc International
    Founder, 2010 - present
    I'm making a global space for people to get information, discuss, purchase, and otherwise aggregate around the strategy board game, Adomoc.
  • Technology Evaluation Centers
    Director of Knowledge Services, 2002 - 2013
    I led and directed the content development and publishing strategies for advisory firm, Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC). As such, I was responsible for directing the bulk of the research analyst work, which centred around in-depth evaluation of enterprise software systems for end user clients. I developed many of the company's research and decision support models, reports, and services. I oversaw custom research projects (for both end users and software vendors), took the lead on its information management (ECM/WCM/collaboration) research and practices, as well as established its writing, editing, translation, and data management teams. I managed teams of up to 30 people.
  • Technology Evaluation Centers
    Content Manager & Open Source Analyst, 2002 - 2008
  • Intraware
    Content Manager, 1999
    I started a software analyst, moved into copyediting and content management, and took on marketing writing and PR roles.
  • John F. Kennedy University
    Lab/Network Technician, 1997
  • BASS
    WAN System Administrator & ACD Admin, 1993
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My epic will be a taxonomy of invisible rules that enable, starting with birth. 

My livelihood focuses on information management disciplines. I've analyzed large quantities of information for enterprise decision support services, synthesized competitive intelligence, and researched the systems to manage and present it all.

I'm especially interested in intellectual liberty, digital media, culture, information and content strategy, emerging technology currents, long-term thinking and archival problems, environmental symbiosis, and the issues intersecting these things.

I conceived and launched the Adomoc board game (abstract strategy), have written some novels (unpublished) and poems, and collaborated on musical scribble and a son. I enjoy exploring the deep crevices of grammar and sound. Everything else is improvised.
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I'm not dead yet.
Education
  • McGill University
    Library and Information Studies (MLIS), present
  • University of California Berkeley
    Philosophy (BA), 1999
  • UC Berkeley Extension
    Editing Courses, 2000
  • AT&T
    Certification in AT&T Definity PBX Administration, 1995
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How strange that seeds must be released under a license that allows freedom. This is the natural position. It's only because our weird society has allowed perverse practices to occur (companies engineering seeds for distribution under restrictive licenses) that we need open source seeds. In any case, I'm glad to see people counter-acting restrictive seed licensing through open source techniques!
Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
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This brings out the horror of solitary confinement. The author, Lisa Guenther, pulls in phenomenology explaining how "Meaning... emerges through an ever-changing relation between the act of thinking and the objects of thought." and then she makes everything more poignant, using Heidegger and examples of prisoners to show how solitary confinement annihilates you.
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Some old philosophical questions in demonstration. This article also describes a few behavioral things that are quite clear and yet I bet they're really easy to never consider.
The tactics are different from those used for encouraging achievement.
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We all distinguish between plants and animals. We understand that plants, in general, are immobile, rooted in the ground; they spread their green leaves to the heavens and feed on sunlight and soil. We understand that animals, in contrast, are mobile, moving from place to place, foraging or hunting for food; they have easily recognized behaviors of various sorts. Plants and animals have evolved along two profoundly different paths (fungi have yet...
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The U.S. is mad at Canada for storing data locally, away from prying NSA eyes. Does that seem fair to you? http://ow.ly/vMAkv
Recent U.S. criticism will increase the conflict between the U.S. and Europe over NSA spying. The office of the U.S.Trade Representative(USTR) claims that creating an EU-centric system to avoid NSA spying would violate international trade laws.
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Harper never comes close to answering things with anything resembling integrity. That consistent smirk on his lips and refusal to veer from numb speaking points makes him seem totally disingenuous. Mulcair on the other hand, clearly thinks on his feet and totally engages himself. He comes across in earnest.
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I'd add that reading (or listening to) poetry invokes a distinct manner of thinking in the reader, which is different and valuable in its own right from other forms of literature. 
 
'The point of reading a poem is not to try to “solve” it. Still, that quantifiable process of demystification is precisely what teachers are encouraged to teach students, often in lieu of curating a powerful experience through literature.' http://theatln.tc/1n0HsK8
The oft-neglected literary form can help students learn in ways that prose can't.
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