Monthly Archives: August 2012

Making a killing in business – (book reviews)

The Axe by Donald Westlake 1997, 339 pages and Killer Instinct</strong by Joseph Finder 2006 466 pages The late Donald Westlake wrote under several pseudonyms (including as Richard Stark, when writing about his clever and charismatic criminal “Parker”). “The Axe” … Continue reading

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As a white m/c male, I am beginning to tire of race, class and gender-baiting

I have privilege, I have entitlement. I do not deny either. I used that privilege a few weekends ago when an avuncularitis-ing muppet chose not to have a co-facilitator in a room of 30 people, even though he is – … Continue reading

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Book Review: How to change your life in 7 steps

How to change your life in 7 steps John Bird and Lena Semaan Vermilion 84 pages This short book is by John Bird (the founder of the Big Issue) and a barely-credited ghost-writer. It’s quite good (better than it looked … Continue reading

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Film Review: Until the End of the World

Avoid this dreadful film. I saw it in San Francisco in February 1992*. I didn’t like it then. I thought it was muddled, pretentious, portentous and at least forty minutes too long (151 minutes? Really?)  UPDATE: HOLY FUCKING SHIT- there … Continue reading

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Book Review: Local Deities by Agnes Bushell

Local Deities by Agnes Bushell Williamantic, Connecticut: Curbstone Press 1990 Until a couple of weeks ago if you’d asked me about great and essential novels about activism, I’d have said that I knew of only two that convey the costs … Continue reading

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At my funeral – a couple of songs One Two

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Death to Hans Christian Anderson!! Of Emperors and Rosa Parks

That shitty story “The Emperor’s New Clothes” has a lot to answer for. You really think all the courtiers would just admit they had been muppets because some little kid yelled out the truth? Oh Puh-lease.  First the little brat … Continue reading

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Walking while black

I am white, male, clearly middle-class, no tattoos or piercings, very tall and wide (as in, people tend to leave me alone). Although I have been physically assaulted (Paris, 2001), and on the receiving end of verbal abuse, it’s been … Continue reading

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Motivating individuals and organisations…

So, how do you motivate individuals? And how do you get (social) innovation going? It’s something I have a live interest, at the moment at least. According to Dan Pink (“Drive”), motivation comes down to autonomy, mastery and purpose. According … Continue reading

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Twenty rules of activism

Darryl’s 20 Rules of Activism (a work in progress) by Darryl Cherney,   1. Never turn down help or money 2. Write it down 3. Trust the locals 4. Don’t believe your own bullshit 5. Speak in plain language … Continue reading

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