22 June 2011

What I'm Reading

Happy Take Back Your Lunch day. I ate at the small table in my office while reading some articles in Associations Now, but I did go for a 30 minute walk as part of picking up my lunch.

Anyway, lots of good stuff this week, as it's two weeks' worth of reading:
  • Think your brain doesn't develop any more past childhood? Think again.
  • Two weeks ago, Jeffrey Cufaude started a series of posts on creating a more sustainable self. So far, there have been two entries: one on learning appropriate limits on responsibility and one on learning to say no.
  • Can Apple and Twitter break Facebook's stranglehold on social sign on?
  • How can you tell if your online community is succeeding? FeverBee has some ideas.
  • "Disruptive hypotheses" are the keys to innovation. Here's how you create one.
  • Do you network within your organization as well as you do outside it?
  • Breaking news: substance still more important that flash.
  • Slashdot argues that not only should they not be penalized or prohibited, but Google has a responsibility to create dummy accounts to spider Facebook to help us all see the holes in our privacy settings.
  • Just in case you weren't already convinced, Maggie McGary (writing for the Social Fish) provides yet another reason why silos are harmful.
  • Deirdre Reid is doing a great series on writing for the web, with reminders and advice we could all use.
  • Shelly Alcorn has posted the final entry in her Words Make Worlds series: advocacy v. storytelling.
  • Having friends, fans, and followers is great, but do you know how to ask for the sale?
  • Getting more out of your "like" button.
  • Don't be afraid to apologize.
  • Philanthropic giving *appears* to be recovering, but what's below the surface?
  • The goal isn't to capture the email address - it's to continue the conversation.
  • A dear friend and fellow gardener gave me Gardening at the Dragon's Gate by Wendy Johnson as a birthday present this past spring, and I'm finally reading it. By the end of the introduction, it was clear how much the book has influenced my friend's approach to gardening, and so I'm enjoying the book on two levels, both for itself and also for providing insight into my friend. I think the book that's most profoundly affected my approach to gardening is probably Noah's Garden by Sara Stein. Both are excellent resources on working with your land and watershed.

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