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Tim Rayner
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Facebook video and the hacker way. The story is a few years old, but the culture comes from the future. We need to roll out a culture of hands-on hacking across our organisations and society. Let's start now!
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From egoboo to exit: startups launch on gifts.

The first post in a two-part series on startups and gift economics. With pulp novel covers as pics!

Part two is on its way shortly.
Startups are sexy. There is something vital and heroic about quitting your job, finding your North Star, and taking a risk. For many people working in the corporate world, startups look like freedo...
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Everyone has their genius. Find that rare and special thing that you do extraordinarily well and make it central to your life. Here’s how.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will grow up believing it is stupid. -- Albert Einstein 'What is your genius?' Try reflecting on this question for ...
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Two new posts in a week! Hope you enjoy reading this one as much as I enjoyed writing it.
One hundred years ago, Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was a famous philosopher, oft-quoted, well-respected, and notorious for his relationship with the religious authorities of his time. It is unclear ...
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Heidegger in Silicon Valley: 'If you want to positively rewire the social and economic fabric, take a deep dive into the world and engage its complexity. Go into local communities and ‘let being be’. Find out what makes local economies tick. Identify their pain points and design social solutions for them'.
'Software is eating the world!' US tech luminary Marc Andreessen declared in 2009, on the eve of launching his venture capital firm, Andreessen-Horowitz. This extraordinary claim has become the man...
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#CollaborativeEconomy  
A nice summary of the services that are out there
http://bit.ly/1dUEFws

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"According to the study, there are three kinds of people in the collaborative economy: non-sharers, re-sharers, and neo-sharers. Non-sharers haven't yet engaged in the new economy, but think they'll try it out in the next year. This is 60% of the survey population in the U.S. and Canada, and 48% of U.K. residents. Re-sharers use established services like eBay and Craigslist to buy and sell goods. This is 16% of the U.S. and Canada population, and 29% in the U.K. Finally, there are the neo-sharers, who use newer services like Uber, Airbnb, Kickstarter, and Taskrabbit. This is actually a considerable portion of people surveyed: about 25% in all three countries."


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Culture hackers experiment with the limits of urban possibility. By opening up cracks in contemporary culture, they show us how to create a more engaged, participatory, and innovative society.
It is Thursday night and you are heading home after a busy day at work. You catch the train at Central Station and stare out the window as it slides under the Sydney CBD like a giant worm with its ...
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On September 6th, 2006, Facebook became a gift culture. G+ is the same. We engage for 'egoboo' and peer reputation. 
Facebook became a gift economy on September 6th, 2006. Its 12 million users got a shock that morning to find a News Feed in the place of their personal Walls, which is what they’d previously seen i...
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I read the post with a rising sense of discomfort, peaking when they talk about potlatch and pull in mauss' The Gift. Newsfeed was like wall and forum combined, and to call Facebook a gift culture is to shame thousands of years of cultural evolution that we have eradicated. I understand some of the motivation of the writer, and I think the a little of the purpose of the post -- both well intended, but my impression is this post is like a dolphin caught in a net, and my comment in danger of being caught up in the layers of confusion. So, to simplify -- this is wrong on more levels than it is right, and indicates how sick we are to even consider it given the state of the world and the potential that the internet offered us at the beginning of the millennium.
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Just got back from an incredible holiday! Here are five thrings I learned about teamwork from tracking lions in Africa.
My partner and I just returned from a month in Zambia. We spent most of our time in bush camps in North Luangwa and Kafue National Parks, where we had the opportunity to track lions on foot. This w...
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How to find yourself, figure out what it is you really love, and develop personal discipline and self-mastery. These are skills for the flourishing life. 
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will grow up believing it is stupid. -- Albert Einstein 'What is your genius?' I'd like you to think about this for...
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The religion-atheism debate deflated: a Wittgensteinian approach to the debate begins by pointing out ‘God’ is a word that has different meanings in different linguistic communities. 
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951) was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. He made a major contribution to discussions on language, logic and metaphysics, but also ethic...
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This reminds me of a quote by Abraham Lincoln :

I do the very best I can, I mean to keep going.  If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me won't matter. If I'm wrong, ten angels swearing I was right won't make a difference. ”
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Imagine if we devoted one day each week to collaboratively redesigning our social institutions, concepting, refining, and prototyping radical alternatives? 
It is Maker Day. You catch the ziptrain into the city. As the conburbs flash by, you browse the Maker Day app on your phone. Maker Day has only been around a couple of years. The Democrats got it s...
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