To make change happen…

We usually need several things to come together before we actually make a change. 1. See that the change is possible We learn what’s possible through exposure (seeing a thing happen or be done), experience (doing things ourselves that suggest similar things might be possible) and education (being taught, or self-teaching, about what has and can and could happen). 2.…

Externalities

We’re familiar with the externalities of industrial production and consumption. They’re fairly predictable, and often visible. Even air pollution, the silent killer, is usually visible when it happens, before the poison spreads. It’s a perfect example of a negative externality – something put into the world that everyonepays for, not just the producer or the consumer. What are the externalities…

Contact

Next time you read an article, listen to a podcast, watch a program that you like – why don’t you get in touch with whoever made it? Not just the person who was in it – the ones we normally notice – but the people who made it too. Drop them an email, or even that hand written note that you…

On making stuff: that Steve Jobs quote

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader…

Podcast: a few minutes to worldwide distribution

It turned out that when I got to 121 minutes I wasn’t too far off worldwide distribution and an audience (okay, potential audience) of billions. Not that I want an audience of billions, but it’s amazing to think about it. Pow – you have distribution that the biggest media companies in the world could only dream of a couple of…

Leadership: say the words

Boy: “Are we going to give something to help the people in Palu*?”Me: “Good idea – how much do you want to give from your pocket money?”Boy: “Hmm…”Me: “You choose an amount, and we’ll add ten times that amount.”**Boy: Names an amount a little over one week’s allowanceMe: “Done.” And so at 6.30 this morning my eldest son went to…

Making your own waves

With a backlog, you’re paddling hard for a wave that’s leaving you behind – you might just catch the wave, but it’s rarely what you were hoping for, and more often than not you end up exhausted from paddling, and still behind – like in the first few seconds of this clip: With a frontlog, you’re building an asset and making your own waves.…

Do it now, and start small

Here’s a great case study in doing it now and starting small from Fast Company founder Alan Webber. It’s about how Muhammad Yunus founded Grameen Bank, and ended up helping millions of families to a more prosperous future. Weber Concludes: Start small. Do what you can with something you care about so deeply that you simply can’t not do it.…

The meat is on the street

John Wimber, founder of the Vineyard movement of churches, wasn’t renowned as a systematic religious teacher. Apparently people would ask him “John, when are you going to teach us the deep and crucial stuff – where’s the meat?” And he’d answer: “The meat is on the street.” That is, “Go out into the world. You will learn the deep truths…

Intelligences

Imagine you are in charge of developing an artificial intelligence. Your AI has the ability to move into the world and mingle with human beings, all the while augmenting both its physical capability and its intelligence. In time, your AI will certainly be able to perform many tasks that would help the people around it. It will be smarter, stronger,…