Erin Griffith on the Sharing Economy Framing. Sharing is by definition free — how can it have its own economy if there’s money involved? Sharing for money is called renting. And in the case of Etsy or even old-school “sharing economy” marketplace eBay, there’s no sharing happening at all — it’s just straight-up commerce. I suppose the Renting Economy or the Selling Economy doesn’t sound as promising and magical to the media. It’s not quite “change the world” enough for the high-minded Valley elite, either... Further, they are all Venture Backed. These startups are creating a shadow economy, driven by first-time “entrepreneurs,” a bold choice of name for the many freelancers hawking their homes, cars, time, and expertise to strangers for extra cash. Some of them cobble together a solid living across several of the sites, operating as perma-lancers with no need for a corporate nine to five job. Justin Johnson of Late Labs recently pointed to several examples of the reasonable Middle Class salaries one could make from several of these services. I Commented (Mar05) on Johnson's piece to question the numbers, I think there's major BullShit here. (more)

Portfolio life was a term coined by the business guru Charles Handy in his book The Age Of Unreason in 1989. Mr Handy explained the concept as "a portfolio of activities - some we do for money, some for interest, some for pleasure, some for a cause... the different bits fit together to form a balanced whole greater than the parts". cf Area-Balanced Living (more)

collection of (more)

Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the Newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case (Murray Gell-Mann), physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the Journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them. In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know. Michael Crichton in "Why Speculate?" speech (more)

Dave Winer meme for the importance of WebLogging for Journalism. (more)

Daemons are good or malevolent "supernatural beings between mortals and gods, such as inferior divinities and ghosts of dead heroes" (see Plato's Symposium). (more)

Amazon will buy Whole Foods for more than $13 billion, Bloomberg News and others reported Friday morning. (more)

Master narrative, metanarrative, metadis-course, and grand narrative, as expounded by the French philosopher Jean-Francois Lyotard (1924–98), are broadly synonymous terms which refer to totalizing social theories or philosophies of history which, appealing to notions of transcendental and universal truth, purport to offer a comprehensive account of knowledge and experience. “Meta” means beyond or about, and therefore here refers to all-encompassing Narratives which explain other, smaller narratives. Lyotard's account of metanarratives and their demise is a founding element of PostModernism. (more)

Stuff you (think you) know. See DIKW. (more)

Knowledge Management. Whatever the heck that is. (more)

The concept of tacit knowing comes from scientist and philosopher Michael Polanyi. It is important to note that he wrote about a process (hence Tacit Knowing) and not a form of knowledge. However, his phrase has been taken up to name a form of knowledge that is apparently wholly or partly inexplicable. (more)

A medium of Communication (more)

Famous family therapist. Author of PeopleMaking. "Mother of family systems therapy" (more)

Robert Horn's perspectives... (though his essays don't seem to follow his own guidelines...) This seems particular appropriate to Wiki and OutLining, plus other forms of HyperText. But note that his focus/Context is on relatively "stable" information, as opposed to the process of Writing/thinking collaboratively. (more)

A Manifesto for Less-BullShit-Living (more)

Sanders Kleinfeld says: I’m currently most excited about Revolution #3, which just started to take hold in early 2012, when folks deeply invested in the implications of Revolutions #1 and #2 started asking, “How do you create these postmodern EBook-s that contain more than just text and pictures, which people will read on eInk ereaders, tablets, and smartphones?”... Revolution #3 isn’t really defined by a new piece of hardware, software product, or platform. Instead, it’s really marked by a dramatic paradigm change among authors and publishers, who are shifting their toolsets away from legacy word processing (Word Processor) and Desktop Publishing suites, and toward HTML-5 and tools built on the OpenWeb Platform... Anyone who truly wants to engage with the challenge posed by Revolution #2 and be a part of evolving the medium of the “book” needs to take seriously the notion of Digital First content development. (more)


This is the publicly-readable WikiLog Thinking Space of Bill Seitz (a Product Manager and CTO) (also a Wiki-Junkie).

My Calling: to accelerate Evolution by increasing Freedom, Agency, and Leverage of Free Agents and smaller groups (SmallWorld) via D And D of Thinking Tools (software and Games To Play).

See Intro Page for space-related goals, status, etc.; or Wiki Node for more terse summary info.

Beware the War On The Net!


Seeking: CTO/Chief Product Officer-type position in funded organization with entrepreneurial culture, in Chicago area. My value: accelerating business-changing product development.