September 17, 2010 § 1 Comment
As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows I don’t generally post about politics. When I really think about it this post isn’t about politics either. It is about “The Big Picture” and all of us being connected.
Carne Ross is the founder of Independent Diplomat, a nonprofit that offers freelance diplomatic representation to small, developing and yet-unrecognized nations in the complex world of international negotiations. His TED Talk from October 2009 reminds all of us not only how interconnected we are, but falling off a cliff can be a good thing.
We are living in a more complicated and fragmented world. If governments are less able to affect the problems that affect us in the world, then that means, who is left to deal with them, who has to take greater responsibility to deal with them? Us. If they can’t do it, who’s left to deal with it? We have no choice but to embrace that reality. What this means is it’s no longer good enough to say that international relations, or global affairs, or chaos in Somalia, or what’s going on in Burma is none of your business, and that you can leave it to governments to get on with. I can connect any one of you by six degrees of separation to the Al-Shabaab militia in Somalia. Ask me how later, but if you eat fish, interestingly enough, but that connection is there. We are all intimately connected.
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Featured in a new “roll call” of life from 25 key ocean regions, marine oddities oscillate, swim, and skitter to an ocean “chorus.” The animals are all on the Census of Marine Life’s newly released species inventory of 25 key areas of the world’s oceans. Each area averages more than 10,000 known forms of life, including jellyfish, octopus, sharks, and crustaceans.© 2010 National Geographic, Census of Marine Life
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July 16, 2010 § 2 Comments
Sure, the web connects the globe, but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. Blogger and technologist Ethan Zuckerman wants to help share the stories of the whole wide world. He talks about clever strategies to open up your Twitter world and read the news in languages you don’t even know.
July 10, 2010 § Leave a comment
Adam Savage delivered a wonderfully insightful speech at TAM8. Although I was not there, @hemantmehta aka Friendly Atheist was kind enough to Liveblog the event. To read the full speech, which I highly recommend, click the link below.
I think one of the defining moments of adulthood is the realization that nobody’s going to take care of you. That you have to do the heavy lifting while you’re here. And when you don’t, well, you suffer the consequences. At least I have. (And in the empirical study I’m performing about interacting with the universe, I am unfortunately the only test subject I have complete access to, so my data is, as they say, self-selected.) While nobody’s going to take care of us, it’s incumbent upon us to take care of those around us. That’s community.