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Monday, November 23, 2009

Google Batman or Batman Google

Google in Gotham
I cut out T.V. commercials ( with the exception of the ads before the trailers/ads) a couple years ago. I had to share this clever Google video advert - enjoy.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

It's Good and Good for Ya"

Movement via microchip
I must admit there are times when I feel like minimizing the powerful role that emerging techologies play in changing the world for the best.  It can be Skoll Foundation, Kiva, Heafer,   Knowledge Works, Edutopia just to name a few Philinthropic outfits that are consistantly show casing new tools and amazing ideas.

I suspect that as an old Gen X'er with a passion for puttin vision into play I stay restless and impatient and the creative culture 2.0 is  a  frequent reminder that "IT" is possible.

Businessweek.com did a swell special report "The Do-good Imperative."

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Seeing and believing

Visualization Lab: A brief article from the NYT online Science Journal about an IBM Visualization tool
 ( data and information) called Many Eyes . They provide a link to the project and it is worth a look see.  

Monday, October 12, 2009

Got GAME (theory)? then take a bite out of crime

New York Times eArticle New Way to Fight Crime?
 I have come to enjoy particular theories  in their application or interpretation in the concrete world. Game theory is a common and longstanding example of  pulling out ideas from an abstract concept to do something in a new way.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Home Town Heroes

 A Brief Background


Home Town Heroes is (HH) the working title of a new book that features local everyday folk and even a few  household names. The book features a group of Columbus natives that meet our Hero criteria. (Many heroes are ordinary people who do extraordinarily actions) Each individual will receive a short list of questions followed by an interview about their life story.


The first decade of my role as a social worker I learned that the single most powerful intervention in an individual’s life was finding work that was deeply fulfilling and it paid “real money.” I was bored with acquiring stressful jobs with titles that all sounded the same.


That year I read a book by Daniel Pink called A Whole New Mind which described our new paradigm of working and life style. The combination of my past work, reading Dan Pinks’ book started to free me up to redefine my work acquiring  by first identifying a the portable job role that could capture all my skills and talents. Community Action Hero David Yorka emerged as a job role container that is just the right size for my Vocational Identity.Initially I resisted this title at first and then embraced it  under the professional guidance of local Brain-Stormer Don “The Idea Guy” Snyder.
Both Don and I saw a direct connection between the comic book superheroes superpowers and the skills, talents and fascinations that everyone has inside them. It is referred to by a small group of career professionals as one’s Internal Job Description our personal mission, calling or vocation that we can use to change the lives of others.


Superman fictional character, a comic book superhero widely considered to be an American cultural icon. Created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster in 1932 while both were living in ClevelandOhio. Sports superstars and show business figures are often cited as heroes however they do not feel as deeply rooted in our group mind as the classic comic superheroes; Superman (created in 1932) Batman (1939) Spiderman (1962) and this year’s surprise box office blockbuster Ironman (1963) who was conceived by comic book legend Stan Lee. The heroes that change the world are as we know; the real-life human heroes are parents, friends, family and others who have come to us in a time of need.


As the definition of work and career continue to expand and change at a rapid pace there are more and more young men and boys that are lost in a fog of confusion and fear for lack of the right tools and support. When a student comes to class "unable to learn" with  no dreams to pursue when they leave school there is a "brain drain"(down instead of out) of a different kind.


Today many movies, graphic novels and other superhero fare contain a more “adult” content with added complexity and have evolved as our larger culture has progressed. I believe that beneath the escapism our superheroes represent a truly American interpretation of the mythology of ancient Rome, Greece, Asia and other cultures that have used super-human characters in fantastic stories that provided basic human principals and tales to enrich or explain the true nature of mankind.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New Hero Machine

There are better things to do with your time and there are worse ways to spend your time. Please use your own discretion. Hero Machine 2.5

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Good Intentions - The Ethical pitfalls and road conditions of Leadershhip

Ethics and Nonprofit
Stanford Social Innovation provides the interested reader with a lengthy, comprehensive piece on taking your ethics to work and the forces that challenge leaders to resisit the tug to trade personal morals for a more comfortable ride at the helm of a powerful craft.

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation pt.1

Daniel Pink author off" A Whole New Mind "and" The Adventures of "Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need" This presentation is both a preview of his new book and the grand prize for an amazing contest utilizing the ideas and energy spawned by "Johnny Bunko"

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Batman?

Batman 3 Without Nolan? Joker Returns Without Ledger?
Fun and FanFacts from The Occasional SuperHeroine (you will have to visit her site to learn her secret identity) as the summer of 09 super heroe movie extravaganza fades away. The third install ment of Batman 2.0 -- is it in peril of the dreaded sequal syndrome? Click on, tune in and look for yourself --til the next episode.


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Friday, May 22, 2009

"Heavy Metal"

Apocalyptic Sci-Fi/Fantasy is certainly popular T.V. & movie fare. For a good review of the "final installment" of this eighties cult classic check out Movie Review - Terminator Salvation - NYTimes.com 
and to probe deeper pay attention to the Heroes and Super Heroes now showing on a screen near you.                                              

Thursday, February 26, 2009

HeroTown II
Secret Origin
Susan Peaks came into the world seventy years ago in a rural town outside of Toledo. The middle child of Fred and Mabel ,her hardworking parents ,who worked a small farm. Mabel ran the modest home cooking, cleaning, canning the food, making pickles, jams and other edibles that supported the five family members. Fred worked at The Standard Oil company in addition to working the farm and caring for the bees that yielded caramel colored jars of comb honey for family and for selling at a small roadside stand along the gravel driveway.


Like her parents Susan was an avid reader and excelled in her studies with a natural talent for math, physical sciences and history. Susan attended an all female college not far from home and in the process rediscovered a childhood fascination with astronomy. While in graduate school she met Vincent a young chemistry professor who matched her passion for learning and desire to raise a family. A year later they relocated to Grandview Ohio , a small city suburb of Columbus where Vince had secured a position as an editor of scientific journals while Susan managed the apartment until locating a house in a nearby suburb that was more than fit to settle into and start a family. Vince and Susan adopted a baby boy in 1966 and then a girl in 1968 followed by a two year old child through a Catholic Adoption Program for babies living in an orphanage in Pusan, Korea.

The three children thrived in the quiet suburb while Susan slowly found herself sliding into the role of "single parent" with Vince away on business , working long hours and eventually disconnecting from the rest of the family. After several years of a chaotic and stressful marriage Susan returned to graduate school to pursue a masters degree and a doctorate in Physics with a specialization in Astrophysics. Susan sought higher education and in addition she received an elevated sense of self and the personal power to have a full life that included children, grandchildren and distinguished career, teaching at a nearby University, running a prestigious lecture series as well as operating a small observatory and planetarium for students and community groups.



Super Powers
Susan has had a long career as an activist; donating her time and resources to the education of several young students in Central America, providing support for prospective scientists (particularly young women --when she graduated in the late seventies women made up less than ten percent of the academics with an advanced degree in physics.) Susan traveled the world doing research and she made sure that her three children had opportunities to visit other countries even traveling with her to the mountainous regions that are home to the worlds most powerful telescopes.

Now in her fourth career she plays a very active role in the lives of her grandchildren, continues to work as a part-time teacher and is a technical writer and consultant for a educational services company. She recently lost her husband Vincent to a rare blood cancer after three grueling years of providing for his needs and well-being. Susan's parents lived into their nineties so it is not surprising she can still out work many thirty year olds and continues to create a legacy of generosity, selflessness, a never ending curiosity of the young girl who gazed up to the night sky and became a "star doctor"as her seven year old grand-daughter says it. Susan is a hero to many students, friends and family that still looks up to the night sky in her backyard --providing others with a wondrous view of the heavenly bodies she has shared with so many --humble, compassionate and brave she continues to bring us back to earth, back home.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

HeroTown
Secret Origin
A young couple driving from the East coast to California to start a family and anew life. The woman is in the third tri-mester of her pregnancy and after many hours on the road the car brakes down near Zanesville, Ohio. They use their last coins to fix the car and the man drops his pregnant girlfriend in Columbus to receive proper medical care and support while he sets up a home in California.

The women has a healthy red-haired son she names Christopher and moves in with family through Catholic Social Services. The women waits to be contacted by her betrothed and waits and waits...

With a heavy heart, the woman puts the infant for adoption because she feels that she does not have the means to provide for the child. After a short time in foster care the boy is adopted by a couple who live in Columbus, Ohio.

SuperPowers

The boy named Christopher grows up to be Community Action Hero David Yorka who attends school in Columbus at The Ohio State University. David spends the next two decades working in homeless shelters, housing projects, and developing a fascination with Career Formation and a passion for innovative solutions to eradicating poverty.

David unwraps his gift with the help of many wise mentors and associates. David utilizes his superpowers of vision, insight, compassion and creativity to work with others seeking to unwrap their gift. "SUPER POWERS ACTIVATE"
HeroTown is alive and well

Way back in March of 2006 I posted my first HeroTown story. I decided to hop in the get back machine and pick up the trail , it was the first day of Spring three years back and I will deliver an installment once a week until I stop.

I am re- posting the original story and include two more this week because as De La Soul says "three is a magic number, yes it is... it's a magic number."


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sample slides by Garr Reynolds

Check out this SlideShare Presentation: Change the World! --or take boredom out of the Board Room. (thanks for sharing Garr

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Can "Good Work" be both satisfying and lucrative?

Seth Godin drops a fine post in response to the question can I have a satisfying career and be a true professional that brings her integrity and honesty to the workplace.
Thanks for tippin me off Chuck Green