Another Year Over
And A New One Just Begun

… John Lennon

I don’t often do this kind of post …. but 2017, well – what a year it was … and sadly 2018 is not going to be much better. (Don’t let the New Year’s Eve’s Blue Moon fool you!)

This is not to regurgitate all of 2017 – plenty of people out there that will do that for you – but rather a time for reflection on the future.

For me it will be one word – FOCUS.

focus

 

I started that halfway through last year – but the culling continues.

My focus has – and will continue to be – driven by the ‘People, Passion, Platform’ trifecta. What hasn’t happened is the removal of all of the other crud that fills up what little time we all have.

People – will continue to be framed in my volunteer work for Defy and UC Davis – but is actually at the core of People First and the related projects such as Lost Identity – an initiative driven out of Mei Lin Fung’s People Centered Internet. We are also looking at developing an app in conjunction with one of our partners.

Passion – writing, connecting, sharing, talking, presenting … which will emerge in the three blogs below as well as white papers, presentations and books supported by sponsorship, patronage and good old contracts.

Platforms – Merchant23, Ada and RAL are just three of the platform companies I am working with there are others that need to be either embraced or removed.

… and that trifecta will be drawn through three web properties …

And Another Thing is one year old, launched last year in conjunction with my colleague Graham Watson as an experiment to see if we could write a joint blog. After 340 posts, I think we can safely say that yes – we can keep up the flow the challenge for this year is to work out how to broaden the readership.

Beyond Bridges, where you are now and the oldest of these three sites, will be used to offer point/counterpoint argument, observations that surround boundary conditions – such as posts like this which I promised to come back to … though I  wasn’t really expecting it to be a full blog transition.

Example topics that have emerged just in the past week include Border Towns, Poverty In California, The Salton Sea and Lake Havisu, Prisons, Beer  – these and others like them will roll in the next couple of weeks.

I think as these and similar posts emerge, it will become clear as to what the connections are.

People First which we launched in 2017 will continue in its current format and focus …. after all, we are only just getting started there.

On a final note, what of Social Media?

I pulled out of Facebook over three years ago. Not one regret. No action needed (unless I go back to develop a wider audience for the work described below. All the other social platforms where I have a presence with the exception of Twitter sit there like ghosts in the ocean. No time sink there. 

But in Twitter land, there is definitely room to cull. So, as of today only the following accounts will be monitored and grown.

And Another Thing@AndAn0therTh1ngwww.andanotherthing.co – a couple of chaps riffing on the peculiarities of the world.

Beyond Bridges@JGPhilpinwww.beyondbridges.net – this site has been up and around for a while. The first post came in September 2010 and since then has taken many different directions – both in topic and appearance. The content focus is changing again. Going forward, for now, the posts will be a celebration or commentary on ‘difference’, ‘commonality’ and ‘connections’ … you will get the drift.

In terms of appearance, nothing different for now, I recognize that some of the CSS is broken in places and as that gets discovered it gets fixed. The big change will likely happen when Matt Mullenweg pushes the button on WordPress 5 and specifically Gutenberg is released. – hopefully in the next 3 months (ever the optimist).

People First@TheBusEquation (it used to be @All_ElseFollows – but the business equation has emerged as the FOCUS of the initiative, so much so that a couple of books have emerged in my mind, with one already in progress.) – www.people-first.net

Fractals@Fractalswww.philpin.com Stuff just gets auto-posted into these spaces and curiously the following at @Fractals is 3 to 4 times that of my other twitter accounts!

I am suspending these :

The Taxi Chronicles – the anti-Uber thread – if people don’t understand why Uber is bad for them – why should I care? I just will never use them. Nor should you. But we live in a free society.

Just Good Music – self-explanatory

The 50th … an experiment that was centered on Hawaii … just seems that Hawaii wasn’t interested.

Comments on all three of these topics will occasionally be posted into one of the three core posts ( primarily @AndAn0therTh1ng )

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Three Minutes and Fifteen Seconds Of ‘WOW’


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My thanks to Adrian Gropper for the source that came to him via The Digital Collective – who are part of the People-First ecosystem ….. after a short back and forth in our discussion forum where I brought this article up ….

When pressed for an example of a misuse (of the iPhone), Ive confessed: “perhaps constant use.”

“I do think it’s just sometimes nice to have space,” he said.

“I think we fill space because we can—not because we should.”

Jonny Ive

You see – it is all connected. So much so that Moby and Jonny even have the same haircut!

Couldn’t Resist

“Mass customization, on-demand local manufacturing, and local sustainable power are trends that suggest that centralized hubs can, and hopefully will, disappear in the coming decades. It may be the second coming of the customer as king.”

John Wunderlich

Nailed. In a nutshell. If you will pardon the mixed metaphor.

I for one hope so – in fact – let me go further it may be the second coming of people assuming their rightful position in the world, pushing corporations that do not respect people back and deeply into the history books.1

John then went on to quote

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.2

W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming.

Reproduced here in full:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
THE SECOND COMING

Can Catch You Unawares


Just spent a fascinating hour on a call with T. Rob, Bruce Simons-Morton, Britt Blaser and Louis Rawlins – key learning …”politics is not government”.

After the call Britt shared these links … which I wanted to store away for posterity as I think. Ultimately, some of this might make its way over here, but not yet.



 

 


A blog post from Doc Searls writing about a lecture that was being given by Larry Lessig


At the end of which he referenced a post by Britt … in which he references Dave Winer and Doc Searls – who you know I reference a lot.


“Neo, no one’s ever done anything like this”
“That’s why it’s going to work.”

One of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting this past weekend.

I didn’t know him, he looks a nice guy. He was shot while dancing with his son.

So why am I writing about John specifically? Well, because I have now received two emails from people I know checking in with me, apparently confusing Phippen and Philpin. (Easily done … it’s an odd name.) Suffice to say, I am alive and well. Sadly John (who I did not know) is not.

“One minute he was dancing with his son, and the next minute, he was being carried to a car, fatally wounded.”

The following is extracted form Heavy.

There is a GoFundMe site to help his children. According to SignalCV, “John Phippen ran a home remodelling and repair company in Valencia called J P Specialities.”

According to The Los Angeles Times, “He was dancing next to his son, Travis, at the country music festival in Las Vegas when he was struck by a bullet in the lower back. Travis, an emergency medical technician, carried his father to a car” that rushed to the hospital, but it was too late.

“Today, we lost an amazing, wonderful, selfless, sweet soul of man to a senseless act of violence in the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting,” it reads.

“My name is Leah Nagyivanyi and I was a Santa Clarita neighbour and a friend of John’s for 17+ years. My husband Paul and John had become very close over the past three years. All of us spending time in the Sand Dunes, Havasu and doing lots of beach camping. We intertwined many of our friends and to say we are devastated by this loss is an understatement. If you didn’t know John you surely missed out. He had a heart that was larger than life and a personality to match. You felt like you knew him for years the first time you met him. He was a simple man who enjoyed the simple things in life and having fun doing them.”

Phippen was remembered as a man who “had your back from the moment he met you and by having your back that could mean, having a cold beer in your hand when yours was empty or if you needed help with your car or in our case, your sandrail, your house or you just needed to chill. Even if you were someone he had never met before but were in need, he was there for you.”

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It’s not just for taxis – it’s also needed for good grammar

Originally published over at Taxi Leaks, this provided a chuckle this morning and happens to sit at the intersection of two topics dear to my heart. Uber and Accurate Language. (Slightly edited for better flow and consistency with this blog’s style.)

“licence” is a noun

“license” is a verb

(in British English, the Americans use “license” for both )

Hard to remember UNLESS you think of ” advice ” and ” advise ” , which work exactly the same way but their respective pronunciations give them away.

FYI ” practice ” and ” practise ” also work the same way

SO to choose a random example :

Uber have lost their licence

Uber are no longer licensed

Uber were not deemed fit and proper to hold a licence

TfL’s licensing decision re Uber was the right one

Uber are appealing against the loss of their licence

We all hope that Uber are not relicensed

Hope that helps !

Vaughan Williams.

Who is Vaughan Williams? Producer of the stage play from the movie ‘The Knowledge’

They Need To Be Understood

But there is so much more.

For the longest time, my sentence description for what I do is ‘translate’

Tech Speak to Business Speak.

Sales Speak to Marketing Speak.

English Speak To American Speak.

Corporate Speak to Customer Speak.

I didn’t start that way … but when I look back at what I have done and attempt to explain what some would consider to be an eclectic career – that is the common thread. Back in 2012 I wrote this.

I was prompted to write this as I was thinking today about a dialogue I had with a good friend of mine around the People First initiative … dialogue modified  to make sense out of context …

ME: I am thinking that IF People First is focussing on the future present of work …. (since ALL language you read is really about impact on corporations and society – not really on the individual), then one aspect I want to be talked about is IF you are an individual – what is the language YOU should use?

For example …. I am not ‘talent’. You are not going to ‘acquire me’, so why does a corporation talk about ‘talent acquisition’. On the flip side – I have mobility and can move around and YOU dear corporation have to jump to this piper, who is playing my tune.

Make sense ?


Friend: Makes sense.

I don’t frame it as a ‘corporate and you’ thing.

I frame it as an understanding, sense making and modelling thing where the refreshed and healthier models can live in various contexts.


ME: I frame it as the interface / intersection where the translation occurs. That is where I hang out, always have done – which in turn plays to …

“ an understanding, sense making and modelling thing where the refreshed and healthier models can live in various contexts.”

Flagging and highlighting this now and will come back to it later.

… and the one that is …


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

This just in from ‘Today I Found Out

… a poem famous for being one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted poems ever written, and a testament to how twisted the meaning of something can be by taking a quote out of context.

I don’t care – it is still beautiful.