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How and why markets aren't rational. Navigational tips for charting the Bermuda Triangle of human economic behavior.




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Technical Difficulties, take 42 (more or less)
 
Any time I hear someone propounding the virtues of the Learning Organization, I want to shout: Learning is good; I endorse it. But let's not forget: learning is pain! This is learning theory 101.

(That's the meta message: now, here's the post.)

My current problem is that I want to put technorati tags on my stuff, but I can't seem to get the technorati blog claim fixed. If you click on the link to the left, you are taken to someone else's page. Note for anyone who might have done so: I am not the mother of 25 boys.

The current problem is that when I try to fix it, I get a message from technorati saying I have already claimed this blog. Fixing it is therefore redundant.

Argh.

The question for the day is: how much time will I spend on cracking this nut? I know that eventually I'll prevail, but I have a lot of other things to do that are in their own ways much more pressing.

I guess I'll persist, but in short time chunks. What a nuisance. Learning theory suggests this is a good approach. The chorus (see above): "Learning is good; I endorse it. But let's not forget: learning is pain!"

Go for the burn, but do it in doses that don't kill you (metaphorically speaking)................




Freedom to Connect (F2C)
 
A fabulous and important event. Much to say about it, but I must cut to the chase, my thoughts about David Weinberger's post on municipal wifi in Philadelphia.

A list:

1) I'm thrilled that David Isenberg decided to assemble this panel, and glad you decided to cover it.

2) Ahem, Dave, I believe there was a female questioner, too.

3) Philly's wifi network, as I heard it, is 135, not 45 square miles. Did I mis-hear? (Genuine question, no challenge implied.)

4) This is a fascinating case wherein the technology can go much farther than human institutions will let it.

5) Philly is not an unregulated, sparsely populated, loosely coupled system; au contraire. Philly is neither new nor small; nothing about this city is simple or straightforward.

This is a big, old (in-USA-terms), post-industrial city where it is hard to make anything like this--something progressive, something hopeful, something that may not be perfect but is a step in the right direction--happen. There are lots and lots of places like this, and lots of people live in them.

6) I applaud any municipality that makes massive, high-speed connectivity broadly available to its citizens. I fully reside in the camp of more, better, faster, cheaper--at least in this arena. Certainly I want that here in Philly.

7) To reiterate, technology is not the obstacle. If we over-focus on our critique of the technology, we have missed the lesson.

8) It strikes me that over the course of history, a vast array of social/political/economic knots, vortices, and other entanglements have been quite effective in derailing innovations that serve the greater good. (I'll spare you the examples; you know them already.)

9)If we want more good stuff to happen, it behooves us to consider this question: What are the social levers that allow innovation to live, even thrive? (F2c is an essential element, one of the themes skillfully woven through the conference).

10) This is why we should be applauding Philadelphia's achievement, and asking the question I asked: how can we help?

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