This page is an index of the blog posts that have best reflected my writing and thinking on the themes and topics about which I feel most passionate. Of course, my thinking is always evolving, so I will try to update it regularly as new signature entries are posted, and the older entries here should be read with that evolution in mind.
Technology, Media and Marketing
- How I became a computer geek (March 7, 2014) - how I got started working in the world of computers and Internet technology
- My programmable world (June 24, 2013) - ways I'm using "the Internet of things"
- I have read and agree to the terms of service (June 18, 2013) - on user responsibility to understand how online tools collect and use their data
- The end* of website development as a profession (May 20, 2013) - how margins in the web dev. business are shrinking as DIY tools dominate
- A website is not a marketing strategy (March 19, 2013)
- Everything on the Internet is free! (September 10, 2012) - remembering all the hidden costs of free online tools
- For More Information, Visit Us On the Web (February 27, 2008) - on our increasing dependence on the Internet for basic survival
- What constitutes good local news coverage? (January 24, 2008) - what kind of media coverage is useful to local communities
- Dihydrogen Monoxide, available at a store near you (July 27, 2007) - on having a basic survival requirement packaged up and sold to us for a profit
Business and Economic Development
- How I learned to run a business (March 14, 2014) - the path that led me to the world of business ownership/management
- 10 things about my approach to business management (May 18, 2009) - for better or worse, how I approach collaborating with my co-workers
- 5 Business Values I Learned via Earlham College (March 10, 2009) - You can do good and still do well.
- Layers of the economic development conversation (February 21, 2014) - on how we think about investing in our local economies
- Search for more jobs requires driving vision (September 11, 2005) - how to decide what jobs are good jobs to bring to a community
- The Customer Can Always Write (June 13, 2005) - on the power and importance of telling companies when they suck
- Big box stores eating big box stores (November 7, 2004) - how big box stores are doing more harm than good across America
- Business incubation contributes to long-term health of community (March 14, 2004) - how communities can foster and support entrepreneurs
Sustainability, Communities and Self-Reliant Living
- Moving from Passive to Active (February 11, 2011) - on trying to be more intentional and clear about who we are, what we want, what gifts we have to bring, where we're stuck, and how to move forward
- Is Personal Lifestyle Change Effective? (January 5, 2010) - Must we become the change we wish to see in the world?
- Our fears around sustainable living (February 26, 2009) - What keeps us from jumping on the "go green" bandwagon?
- On Doing It Myself (April 14, 2008) - the power and benefits of relying on ourselves more than we're taught to
- Why do we leave the communities that love us? (January 22, 2008) - how our culture is changing as we scatter farther and wider from home
- Using real names in online communities (October 14, 2007) - why it's not as scary as you think, and the important benefits that can come of it
- Vacation and vocation (July 20, 2007) - on the joy that comes in moving away from the dichotomy of work life vs. home life
- The joy of nuanced relationships (June 30, 2006) - how living in smaller communities can lead to rich interpersonal connections
- Gas prices and New Minds (May 8, 2006) - why we're the only ones who can really deal with the problem of high energy prices
- When people driving cars kill people riding bikes (July 1, 2006) - the tragedy of the clash between car culture and bike culture
- What do we know without the Internet? (February 6, 2005) - how the Internet age has impacted knowledge transfer and learning
Dialog, Communication and Framing
- Elements of an effective editorial (November 24, 2013) - attributes of effective and engaging letters to the editor
- Beyond one hour chunks of time (July 13, 2009) - On balancing a full schedule with a desire to have serendipitous experiences and interactions
- 5 ways to maximize Q&A time at public lectures (August 25, 2008) - engaging speakers at public lectures
- To challenge and be challenged in conversation (January 11, 2008) - how to have useful conversations when we disagree strongly
- It makes me want to kill myself (September 16, 2006) - on how we sometimes forget about the power of words
- Why I Am Quiet (March 11, 2007) - on being an introvert
- The quality of public dialogue in Richmond (October 18, 2005) - on the places and spaces where one community conducts its public life
Politics and Governance
- 8 Ways for the Wayne County Democratic Party to be more effective (November 11, 2012)
- Getting specific about local government transparency (June 6, 2012) - People are using word "transparency" in a lot of different ways these days when it comes to local political leadership - but are we all talking about the same thing?
- Hero Worship (September 14, 2010) - on how to honor the service provided by police officers, fire fighters and members of the military while balancing other needs and risks facing communities today
- Progress in Overcoming a Fear of Change (July 7, 2010) - on moving past oversimplified framing for city governance
- Darfur Genocide, On Our Watch (November 25, 2007) - how can individuals respond in the face of tragic global events?
- No End in Sight to the Assault on Reason (September 2, 2007) - the invasion of Iraq, the framing of political issues
- Curfews as further erosion of a healthy public life (July 24, 2007) - why arbitrary laws limiting personal freedom by age are harmful
- For national security reasons (March 11, 2007) - on using fear and artificial complexity to govern
- Justifying war, values training for war makers (June 3, 2006) - the complexities of trying to make it okay to kill people
- The War on Terror is Over (July 27, 2005) - redefining the way we talk about terrorism
- To alleviate the hazards of old age (March 18, 2005) - on the Social Security system