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May 3rd, 2012

Open business to change the world.

What do you mean open business?  I could tell you, or you could look here

Open business is a concept of doing business in a transparent way, intimately integrating an ecosystem of collaborating participants.  It is a holonic approach.

Objectives are multifaceted and recognise the interdependence of organisations and participants.  They recognise natural law.  For example, cooperation is preferred to competition, externally as well as internally.

Structures allow visibility of participants and the flows of value (physical, technical and emotional) so that self management occurs naturally – “organisational homestasis”.

If we fail to change the way we manage ourselves now, the choice to do so will evaporate tomorrow.

May 3rd, 2012

Online education – Khan Academy

Yes, it’s good (if you have a decent internet connection …). KhanAcademy.org

Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. With over 3,100 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

May 3rd, 2012

Life, humanity and school.

Rule 1: Life is fair.  Humans are not — get used to it!

Rule 2: People won’t care about your self-esteem. People will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping — they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. They are the nice ones and you might end up working for one.  Watch out for cocky jerks.

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