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Hello Nancy Khan on Forage v Farm Razib Khan on foragers vs. farmers: Cultures which are the most developed and least developed have the most equitable relations between the genders, while those in the middle are generally more conventionally male-dominated. … Plough farming societies tend to be more patriarchal [than hoe societies], all things equal. … Immigrants to the United States impart to their descendants the same values. … The majority of the world’s population are no longer primary producers, but most are recent descendants of primary producers. Ultimately this goes back to the foragers & farmers debate. The above is a rather materialist economic reading of power relations. One could create a narrative of moral evolution over time, and the expansion of the arc of humanity with the spread of universal religions. With mass affluence has come liberalism, post-materialism, and all sorts of ideas and movements predicated on self-actualization. We should not proliferate categories beyond what is needed.

Preserving knowledge. Jam tomorrow? « All of us are smarter than any of us… Have you ever been given a pot of homemade jam? (Jelly to my American readers!) Perhaps you won some as a prize on the tombola stall at a school fair, whilst secretly hoping for that champagne bottle? It usually comes in a recycled jar, carefully labelled by hand – often in the spidery handwriting of somebody else’s Aunt Agatha. If you’re anything like me, you’ll smile dutifully, and put it away in the dark corner of a kitchen cupboard for a few years. One day you’ll rediscover it, and put it straight into the bin (or if you’re unscrupulous, offer it to the tombola stall at the next school fair). The trouble is, I don’t know Aunt Agatha. Why the alarm? “Don’t worry – we’ll interview all your key members of staff, and give you a nicely packaged product on a memory stick which represents each person’s knowledge, experience, relationships, favourite references etc. In ‘Learning to Fly’, I described these kind of personal knowledge capture activities as “knowledge salvage”. Like this:

Design Thinking Starts At The Top The impact is undeniable when a company like Apple puts so much extra effort into making its products and marketing look “cool,” as well as ensuring that its look is unified and communicates the level of innovation that the organization prides itself on. And the business community clearly admires the company's dedication to overall design. That admiration, however, does not usually translate into action; meaning that few companies put that kind of “design thinking” at the top (or even near the top) of their corporate agendas, even though an overall organizational design implementation can provide incredible benefits. The late Bill Moggridge, director of Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, made an important point when he discussed how companies will readily employ business management consultants to study and suggest organizational change from a numbers standpoint, but then fail to follow through on that change with a visual representation of it. Roger L.

Ikujiro Nonaka | Hitotsubashi University ICS - MBA Japan Ikujiro Nonaka Professor Emeritus International Business Strategy Professor Nonaka was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2006, and First Distinguished Drucker Scholar in Residence at the Drucker School and Institute, Claremont Graduate University in 2007. He was the Dean of the Graduate School of Knowledge Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology from 1997 to 2000. He was also a Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, National Defense Academy, Japan from 1979 to 1982. Professor Nonaka was ranked number 20 in the Wall Street Journal’s “Most Influential Business Thinkers (May 5, 2008).” In Spring 2002, Professor Nonaka received double honors, conferred with a Purple Ribbon Medal by the Japanese government, and elected a member of the Fellows Group of the Academy of Management in the United States, becoming the first Asian scholar among the Group’s members. Education Selected Papers and Publications Current Research and Activities

Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion Color is an essential part of how we experience the world, both biologically and culturally. One of the earliest formal explorations of color theory came from an unlikely source — the German poet, artist, and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who in 1810 published Theory of Colors (public library; public domain), his treatise on the nature, function, and psychology of colors. Though the work was dismissed by a large portion of the scientific community, it remained of intense interest to a cohort of prominent philosophers and physicists, including Arthur Schopenhauer, Kurt Gödel, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. One of Goethe’s most radical points was a refutation of Newton’s ideas about the color spectrum, suggesting instead that darkness is an active ingredient rather than the mere passive absence of light. YELLOWThis is the color nearest the light. Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter.

The Pirate Wheel This is a first attempt to outline the Privacy spoke of The Pirate Wheel. It will certainly change over time, but this is a first stake in the ground. The Pirate Ideology is a new ideology that centers around the power over information, and gives it to the citizens, forcing a transparent government. This is one of the eight spokes. Privacy means that everybody has the right to have her life to herself. Privacy of Body: Your body is yours, and you have the right to do with it what you like. Privacy of Correspondence: What you discuss with other people, when, how, and from where is something between you and them, and only between you and them. Privacy of Data: The bit patterns on your computer, laptop, pad, phone, and other devices is a private matter for you. Privacy of Economy: Your assets, inflow of funds and outflow of funds are for you to know. Privacy of Identity: You have the right to be anonymous in all daily matters and as you go about your day.

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Google Reveals Its 9 Principles of Innovation Ever wonder what makes the Google the holy grail of productivity and creativity? There's no magic in the drinking water at the Mountain View, CA company. The tech giant draws from what Google's chief social evangelist, Gopi Kallayil, calls the nine core principles of innovation. Kallayil shared his insights at this week’s San Francisco Dreamforce summit. 1. It can come from the top down as well as bottom up, and in the places you least expect. 2. Worry about the money later, when you focus on the user, all else will follow. End result? 3. If you come into work thinking that you will improve things by ten percent, you will only see incremental change. Google co-founder Larry Page built his own book scanner, and the initial process required having someone manually turn its pages in rhythm, one at a time, according to the pace of a metronome. 4. Every organization has unique insights, and if you bet on it, it leads to major innovation. 5. 6. 7. Make your processes open to all users. 8. 9.