Showing posts from June, 2010

Witnessing Effectively from "Heaven and Home"

I finally got around to tracking down that clip from the little radio show I heard earlier this month, in the "How to Witness Effectively" series from Dr. James Christensen ( if (FlashDetect.installed) { $('flash_embed-kzqspCywxa').show(); $('quicktime_embed-kzqspCywxa').hide(); } else { $('quicktime_embed-kzqspCywxa').show(); $('flash_embed-kzqspCywxa').hide(); } Starting at about 7:00 into the recording there's a great take on John 4. Christensen summarizes that we should be "active, going out, looking, and then being moved with compassion and then taking action" 1. Jesus made contact with the woman at the well 2. Find a common interest; "preludes" aren't a waste of time 3

Clay Shirky on "the logic of collective action"

I found a recording of that AllVoices webinar I keep talking about! At 2 minutes and 40 seconds into the recording, Clay Shirky is talking about ??and their Valentine's Day threat; those fighting against it wanted to defy the warning??in response but faced a challenge because, Shirky says: "...the logic of collective action has historically been that people opt out because they don't know if they're going to be coordinated enough to act as a group" Can anyone give me some information on "the logic of collective action" and what experience/studies/papers/books/writings would indicate this "opt out" tendency?

Taking a break. (No, not really)

I have to read up on this one...

Living the Lightbulb?

Some people are "adrenaline junkies" and do bungee jumping or rock climbing for the thrill of it. I'm not one of those people. In fact, I'm WAY not one of those people. I'm an anti-adrenaline junkie; I like things peaceful and quiet. But... I think I get the same feeling as those "junkies" from "learning new things" or "exploring new ideas," and by helping others to do the same. For me, there's a tingling emotional rush when "the lightbulb goes on" -- when you're pondering or struggling with a concept and you "get it." I see it in myself, and in my daughter, and in my clients... I guess this is why teachers like teaching, right? So, if I'm right about myself and that's true... how can I structure my life to experience more of that? Conversely, how can I structure my life so I'm not just "living for a high" -- that I maintain a healthy and realistic balance?

Player/Coach Syndrome? Heard this mentioned in a podcast - rang a bell from a reading somewhere else?

Our Children's Hospital Minneapolis billing experience

While everyone who asks me has then turned around and shared a horror story that's equally bad (some much, much worse), I'm getting tired of explaining this over and over... so I'm going to write up the state-of-the-state and point folks here when anyone wants details of our billing limbo at Children's Hospital. Here's the personal backstory as to why I get ticked off in the midst of receiving the world's best health care: I'm a customer service guy at heart. Anyone in customer service has plenty of opportunities to be stuck with (or to even perpetrate) some major screw-ups. So I usually give people a lot of latitude. But when something that ought to be trivial becomes impossible to solve, I get frustrated . And when that something is grounded in a power differential that has the capacity to really victimize an innocent citizen (typically found in cases of police misconduct, but also in unethical billing practices that corrupt credit ratings and land people

Clay Shirky on content creation

I really love Clay Shirky and I need to listen to the full 20 minute interview Podcast Title: APM: Future Tense Episode: Clay Shirky and Cognitive Surplus Media URL: if (FlashDetect.installed) { $('flash_embed-ksnhGjFEcf').show(); $('quicktime_embed-ksnhGjFEcf').hide(); } else { $('quicktime_embed-ksnhGjFEcf').show(); $('flash_embed-ksnhGjFEcf').hide(); } Podcast feed URL:

Technology in the church?

If I got my episodes right, there's an interview in techtherapy_2010-05-11 that emphasizes the need to really integrate technology throughout an organization as championed by the CIO at the board level, rather than saying it's so common that it should be treated as a utility. Hmmm...

Abundance Management?

In a Tech Therapy episode from the Chronicle, Warren mentions that he's fleshing out the concept of "abundance management" techtherapy_2010-06-09 e.g. We don't have the paperless office; we have paper plus computers. VHS tapes didn't replace movie theatres -- not even DVDs did. My question is how do discern between things that were a necessary evil (e.g. Manual typewriters?) and things that have value and will remain (e.g. print books)... and things that remain merely for sentimental reasons (e.g. horse-drawn carriages)

Tonight's morbid topic: Body Temperature

[wpvideo S3A1kEv2] Candela decided to ponder fevers and hypothermia. Hmmm.

Baylor_NMS_S10 - Dr. C.'s WikiCentral Susan Simon Tweeted this; didn't know the author but if it's Gardner, it'll be good.

Evangelism series from "heaven and home" on kkms - Google Search I've got to look this one up -- the end of "part four" had a seven step process based on Jesus' conversation with the woman at the well. The best part was the explicit statement that Jesus didn't condemn the woman (even though, of all people, He could have). That point is lost on a lot of today's evangelicals.