Interesting stuff from December 9th through December 14th

The periodic round up:

  • How to Beat Terrorism: Refuse to Be Terrorized – It's what some have termed “security theatre” – the fact that by far the most effective weapon that terrorists have used to date is our own governments …
  • The role of informal social networks in building organisational creativity and innovation – Creative businesses often find that who leads to effective innovation and collaboration is not found at the top of the organisation structure. Network analysis of how communication actually happens in the business can unearth your creative “leaders” regardless of their official position.
  • Sorting things – Shades of “be the change you want to see” and “to change the world, change yourself” … the way the world is comes from the accumulation of small, individual decisions we make every day. Improving the world will come from improving THOSE decisions.
  • 9 Reasons Why Failure Is Not Fatal – A collection of stories illustrating that failure is not something we should avoid in fear, but relish as an opportunity to learn. My favourite? “Failure doesn't suck” from the inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner …
  • Australian Exceptionalism | Pollytics – This data gives the lie to a number of furphies: that our economy is struggling, that labour needs to get cheaper for growth and profit, that this is the "worst government in Australian history" …
    It also goes some way to explaining why the “Occupy” movements didn't get so much traction here. It also gives a hint that if we follow too closely in the US' footsteps to austerity and neo-conservatism that won't always be the case. Signs already exist that the gap between richest and poorest Australians is widening.

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