Updated: 9/11/06; 6:57:57 AM.
Gil Friend
Strategic Sustainability, and other worthy themes of our time

Monday, February 14, 2005

[Bucky's Dome] announced the passing of R. Buckminster Fuller's collaborator, Ed Applewhite last week, as 'Ed Applewhite, gone fishing in the cosmos.'

Ed passed quietly at his home on the morning of February 11, 2005. Ed was one of Bucky's dearest friends and his closest collaborator having the tenacity to compile and edit the whole of Bucky's thinking into the two-volume set titled Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking. Ed also compiled the Synergetic Dictionary from a collection of 80,000 hand typed index cards that catalogued Bucky's unique way of talking about the phenomena he experienced in Universe.

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[Seth Godin]: No, this is a post about how bad ideas stick around forever.

The reason is simple: in most organizations, you don't get in trouble for embracing the status quo.

More than a hundred years ago, Kaiser Wilhelm wanted to get rid of his enemies in the German government. He noticed that they were all over 65. So he decreed that this was the official retirement age, and it still is.

I read this just after talking with a colleague, business development director of a firm that provides brilliant financial analysis of sustainability-focused business initiatives, commiserating about how rarely business decisions seem to be made on the basis of rational analysis. Some would say that 'rationale analysis' is more commonly used to block inititatives and innovation, and that the best business decisions are made more by gut, with the analytics brought in after the fact, to justify decisions already made. Seth would probably agree.

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[43 Folders]: Our closing quote this time around comes from what purports to be a Chinese proverb, and I think it's just one of the most cunning things I've ever heard: 'If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.' Awesome.
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