Tuesday, June 13, 2006

My BlogRoll

My Feeds - 5/04/2006

  • Strategy

  • Future Brief
    ?ic @TomorrowToday.biz
    Adventure of Strategy
    David Maister's Passion, People and Principles
    Edge Perspectives with John Hagel
    Future Tense
    IFTF's Future Now
    Leading Questions
    Peter Sheahan’s Research Blog
    Strategic Thinking and Planning Blog
    strategy+business - All Updates
    Thinking Managers

  • Business

  • 800-CEO-READ Excerpts
    A Day in the Life of a Persuasion Architect
    bBlog: The sales, marketing and business weblog
    beyond bullets
    Bona tempora volvantur--by Guy Kawasaki
    Eric Mack On-Line
    ktoddstorch @ business thoughts
    Management Blog
    Right Reality (David Batstone)
    The Business Innovation Insider

  • Marketing

  • A little bit of Mark...
    Brand Autopsy
    Generations in Conversation
    MIT Advertising Lab: future of advertising and advertising technology
    The Hidden Persuader
    This Blog Sits at the
    What's Your Brand Mantra?

  • Faith/Life

  • ANewKindofConversation.com
    (e)mergent Voyageurs
    .: the journey :.
    AKMA’s Random Thoughts
    ALLELON Featured Articles Content
    Backyard Missionary
    digitalorthodoxy blog
    Dying Church
    e~mergent kiwi
    Eclectic Itchings
    emerging church research
    Emerging Evangelism
    Established and Emerging
    It Takes A Church...
    jason clark
    Jesus Creed
    kairos : kisses
    LivingRoom >> A space for Life
    Monday Morning Insight Weblog
    nextwave News
    No Guarantees
    One for the road...
    Open Loops
    Outside The Box Ministry
    planet telex
    Prodigal Kiwi(s) Blog
    Resonate Soapbox
    Sam Metcalf's Blog » Under The Iceberg
    Spiritual Conversations
    Spiritual Formation Blog
    Steve Addison's blog » World Changers
    Stories For The Journey
    Strengthened By Grace
    Subversive Influence
    The Blind Beggar
    the great giveaway
    the junction Online - Recent Posts
    the pagittBlog
    the vine
    Theological Thought
    This is Jordon Cooper's weblog
    VanguardChurch (the blog)
    Wes Roberts
    Wittenberg Gate

  • Others

  • achievable ends
    Church Marketing Sucks
    Communication Nation
    Ellen's Knowledge blog
    McGee's Musings
    Presentation Zen
    Springwise: Promising new business ideas for entrepreneurial minds
    Visual Being
    xBlog: The visual thinking weblog | XPLANE

  • Personal Development

  • 43 Folders
    800-CEO-READ Blog
    achievable leadership
    Ian's Messy Desk
    Jason Womack
    Marshall Goldsmith's Blog
    never eat alone blog
    Slacker Manager
    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog
    The Practice of Leadership
    What's the next action
    Working Smart

  • The Daily Psalm
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2006

    Geo-centric Church | Network Church

    Following on from my post last September...

    One of the other aspects of definition that keeps my mind bubbling over is the use of the word 'community'. But does the Bible really advocate the tying of people to the local community (small c) or keeping them linked to the whole Community of Faith (Big C). Personally I say the latter.

    If so, then can the local community function without a geographical centre - ie, what about a network community? Why is that not valid (and each time I've raised it at various forums I have been firmly "put in my place" by "those who know"!!!


    Thursday, March 16, 2006

    Test of Performancing

    This is a test post using Performancing in FireFox

    This is a quote
    ??How do you get out of a quote????

    This is more text

    Yes ... it works AOK

    Thursday, December 29, 2005

    Extracting Brands from Languishing Ideas

    Leading Questions: Extracting Brands from Languishing Ideas
    Grant McCracken who writes the This Blog Sits at the blog has offered an intriguing thought about how to find ideas in organizations.

    Let's be honest. The corporation has many great ideas that it never manages to harvest. These are notions sitting in reports from consultants, buried in internal committee work, neglected on the lab bench, ideas taken up and then let slip.

    The culprits are clear enough. Some ideas are murdered in committee. Some are destroyed by the roller derby punishments of politics. Some drop between stools as personnel come and go. And some merely get lost in the very considerable shuffle of corporate life.

    The corporation is now so good at mobilizing to address the present opportunity that it sometimes has a hard time keeping an eye on the alternative ones. What doesn't get operationalized straight away tends to disappear from view.

    This is so true.

    For full post go here

    Wednesday, December 21, 2005

    Blogging to come after Christmas

    This is just a note to wish you all a Blessed Christmas and a great 2006. I will start blogging at this site in January.


    Monday, October 24, 2005

    The Net is anarchy: keep it that way

    Just came across this in The Age ... I would HATE to see the Internet controlled by the UN or any other government or inter-government organization.

    What about you?

    The Net is anarchy: keep it that way
    By Chris Berg
    THE AGE :: October 24, 2005

    The internet, long seen as a neutral realm free of government interference, is now hot political property. Not surprisingly, therefore, both the European Union and the United Nations are now trying to grab control of the internet. This has major consequences for business and for individuals.

    Since 1998, a non-profit organisation named ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has been responsible for managing and coordinating the internet's domain names. ICANN ensures that what is typed in the address bar matches the site trying to be accessed. Such an organisation is necessary to ensure the stability and growth of the internet.

    At the moment, the internet is an ungoverned, unregulated, anarchic medium — merely a mutual agreement between computer users all around the world to connect to each other in a certain way. Given this blank slate, business and innovation has thrived online. Business to business commerce has exploded over the past few years. In Australia, 31 per cent of businesses reported placing orders over the internet in 2004. This will grow as business uptake of broadband intensifies.

    Until now, ICANN's role has been merely to facilitate and smooth this explosion of internet activity.

    The European Union, as well as a motley collection of less-than-democratic nations such as Iran, Cuba and China, are forcefully trying to replace ICANN with an as-yet-unspecified UN department. Such a proposal will be under consideration at the United Nations Working Group on Internet Governance meeting next month in Tunis.

    Arguing that the internet is a global resource, the European Union insists that the private sector must share its responsibility of overseeing it with the UN.

    By ceding this power over to governments, every aspect of the anarchic freedom that the internet represents is under threat. The UN wants to use the internet's structure to pursue specific goals — to close the "digital divide" and to "harness the potential of information" for the world's impoverished.

    But the inequalities the UN claims it wants to overcome stem not from the internet itself, but from government policy. Syria has even advocated taxing domain names to subsidise an international universal service right.

    No matter how hard the new UN body will try to reverse the "digital divide" by reallocating domain names and shifting the location of servers, the only way that internet uptake can be increased internationally is through action within the countries themselves.

    That is, the same way any technological advance has filtered down to the poorer countries. By building stable institutions, maximising economic freedom, and ensuring prosperity, which creates consumer demand. No amount of political action by the UN can replace this process.

    The defining characteristic of the internet is not intelligence or its capacity to fulfil specific aims, but its simplicity. It is a "dumb" medium, which is only structurally suited to transmitting data from one computer to another. It can't conduct public policy.

    Businesses and individuals have come to rely on the internet to carry out their personal and commercial interactions. UN control threatens this.

    What this new bureaucracy would clearly be able to do is restrict and censor websites and addresses, as well as place heavy regulatory burdens on their authentication, maintenance and pricing structure. This is a prospect no doubt relished by European social democrats who would like to extend their national content and industry policies across national borders.

    Consider the countries most actively pushing for the UN takeover. Leading the charge is Iran, with Saudi Arabia, China, Cuba and Venezuela hot on its heels. None of these nations is known for their promotion of political, economic or social freedoms. Iran bans more than 10,000 websites on charges of immorality, and jails journalists and bloggers who disagree with the ruling elite. The "Great Firewall of China" has a similar effect.

    Should the internet be under the control of a network of regulators hammering out compromises about what is and isn't proper online activity? Member states in the UN run the gamut from the totalitarian to the democratic. Any attempt to assert control will result in an approach contrary to the liberal democratic ideals that dominate online activity.

    The internet needs the technicians of ICANN, not the policy committees of the UN.

    Chris Berg is the director of the media and telecommunications unit at the Institute of Public Affairs.

    Monday, September 05, 2005

    A NEw Way of Being Church

    Came across an interesting article today at http://www.simplechurch.co.uk/nwobc1.htm. It talks about the formation of a chouse church in Bath (UK).  I've compiled all the pages into a single PDF at A New Way of Being Church - Alexander Campbell.pdf
    One question that keeps coming to me is why do we always seem to have to have a physical place as the locus of 'church' - house church/ pub church / etc.  Surely the glue of church is (or at least should be) relationships not location.