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It is not the end of the world, it's not even the end of Google Plus, says +Jaana Nyström..  
 
Separating the chaff from the Google+ wheat

Splitting up Google+ seems to be the horror scenario. 

Google+ as we know it will not be torn apart, just because some parts of it will get more attention at the time being. I don't think for an average user there will be any big difference. 

Google Drive was split into Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms which can be used separately but it didn't kill or spoil the product, right? There's still the Google Drive for those who want the whole caboodle...


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http://www.gplusexpertise.com/2015/03/relax-google-is-just-evolving.html

#Googleplus     #Jaanatip     #Photos     #Stream     #Hangouts  
There is an almighty uproar about Google+ - again. The tech publications are having a field day collecting clicks as Google+ users and the great public try to separate the chaff from the wheat. This is where it started:  +...
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21C Governance - Participatory budgeting

+John Verdon via +John Kellden
 
Jay Colburn, from the International Budget Partnership:  “Public participation in budget decision making can occur in many different forms. Participatory budgeting (PB) is an increasingly popular process in which the public is involved directly in making budgetary decisions, most often at the local level. The involvement of community members usually includes identifying and prioritizing the […]
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Do teachers have a choice about whether to engage with technology?
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21C Affordances - Lessons on Conversational Etiquette from 1866

Politeness and etiquette form a sort of supplement to the law, which enables society to protect itself against offenses which the law cannot touch. For instance, the law cannot punish a man for habitually staring at people in an insolent and annoying manner, but etiquette can banish such an offender from the circles of good society, and fix upon him the brand of vulgarity.

[Politeness] must be cultivated, for the promptings of nature are eminently selfish, and courtesy and good-breeding are only attainable by effort and discipline. But even courtesy has limits where dignity should govern it, for when carried to excess, particularly in manner, it borders on sycophancy, which is almost as despicable as rudeness.

the object of conversation is pleasure and improvement, those subjects only which are of universal interest can be made legitimate topics of pleasantry or discussion. And it is the gift of expressing thoughts and fancies in a quick, brilliant, and graceful manner on such topics,—of striking out new ideas, eliciting the views and opinions of others, of attaching the interest of all to the subject discussed, giving it, however trifling in itself, weight and importance in the estimation of the hearers, that constitutes the great talent for conversation.

The power of preserving silence is the very first requisite to all who wish to shine, or even please in discourse; and those who cannot preserve it, have really no business to speak.

Never give short or sharp answers in ordinary conversation, unless you aspire to gain distinction by mere rudeness; for they have in fact no merit, and are only uncivil.

Leave quibbling of every kind to lawyers pleading at the bar for the life of a culprit; in society and conversation it is invariably out of place, unless when Laughter is going his merry round. At all other times it is a proof of bad breeding.

Courtesy of +Maria Popova and Martine’s Hand-book of Etiquette, and Guide to True Politeness
"In disputes upon moral or scientific points, ever let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at
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And then, there was just one...
 
Say hello to the gang for us #LeonardNimoy . We'll miss you!
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In an hour I'll be talking to +shane O'donnell, the first #CISTA candidate in the UK's upcoming election. Do join us, or give your questions for Shane on the event page below.

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Wow, this is just way beyond cool...

#Legenderry   #Derry   #Otters  
 
Otter on patrol on the Foyle.
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21C Governance - Friday Thread, the importance of encouraging dissent

"...freedom doesn't exist if you don't use it, and what whistleblowers do, and what people like Gayla Benefield do is they use the freedom that they have."

"And what they're very prepared to do is recognize that yes, this is going to be an argument, and yes I'm going to have a lot of rows with my neighbors and my colleagues and my friends, but I'm going to become very good at this conflict. I'm going to take on the naysayers, because they'll make my argument better and stronger."

"I can collaborate with my opponents to become better at what I do. These are people of immense persistence, incredible patience, and an absolute determination not to be blind and not to be silent."

Margaret Heffernan, http://goo.gl/uODj9e
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21C Affordances - Lessons on Conversational Etiquette from 1866

Politeness and etiquette form a sort of supplement to the law, which enables society to protect itself against offenses which the law cannot touch. For instance, the law cannot punish a man for habitually staring at people in an insolent and annoying manner, but etiquette can banish such an offender from the circles of good society, and fix upon him the brand of vulgarity.

[Politeness] must be cultivated, for the promptings of nature are eminently selfish, and courtesy and good-breeding are only attainable by effort and discipline. But even courtesy has limits where dignity should govern it, for when carried to excess, particularly in manner, it borders on sycophancy, which is almost as despicable as rudeness.

the object of conversation is pleasure and improvement, those subjects only which are of universal interest can be made legitimate topics of pleasantry or discussion. And it is the gift of expressing thoughts and fancies in a quick, brilliant, and graceful manner on such topics,—of striking out new ideas, eliciting the views and opinions of others, of attaching the interest of all to the subject discussed, giving it, however trifling in itself, weight and importance in the estimation of the hearers, that constitutes the great talent for conversation.

The power of preserving silence is the very first requisite to all who wish to shine, or even please in discourse; and those who cannot preserve it, have really no business to speak.

Never give short or sharp answers in ordinary conversation, unless you aspire to gain distinction by mere rudeness; for they have in fact no merit, and are only uncivil.

Leave quibbling of every kind to lawyers pleading at the bar for the life of a culprit; in society and conversation it is invariably out of place, unless when Laughter is going his merry round. At all other times it is a proof of bad breeding.

Courtesy of Maria Popova and Martine’s Hand-book of Etiquette, and Guide to True Politeness
"In disputes upon moral or scientific points, ever let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at
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+Mick Fealty​ I can't explain enough how much I enjoyed this post. Very informative for me. Communication with other individuals is a matter that means something so deep to me. I always want to improve in that area. Always on my mind when I do engage one into conversation. 
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21C Historiographies - How the past still lives
 
These 53 Colorized Photos Will Change The Way You Look At History... Forever

Since color photography was rare until the 1970s, most of our history up until then is recorded in black and white. Members of Reddit's Colorized History board offer a unique perspective by presenting history in its full color spectrum.

#photography   #reddit   #americanhistory   #bwphotography   #coloizedphotos   #artist   #moviestar   #OldHollywood  

via/ wimp.com/colorizedphotos/
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21C Finance - Co-operative banking models

Overview of German models of mutual banking from regular +Forbes blogger +Frances Coppola... 
 
Finance expert Frances Coppola looks at what lessons the #UK can learn from #Germany’s co-operative #banking sector.

'Co-operative banks are a very important part of the German economy. They are significant lenders to the “Mittelstand” of small and medium-size enterprises, many of them also co-ops, which are the bedrock of the German economy.'

Read more: http://a.s.coop/1JTOM9z #coops #finance
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