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Heroes: Randy Pausch

Recently, I have been very inspired by a video of “last lecture” given by a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Last Lectures typically involve a retiring professor who condenses his or her decades of accumulated wisdom and experience into one final blockbuster talk, but this one is different because the professor, Randy Pausch, is only […]

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"Countdown Clock" May be Scary, but It Can Also Keep You Focused

Wired magazine founder Kevin Kelly writes here about the "countdown clock" he created on his computer to remind him of how much (or, more to the point, how little) time he has left on the planet and that he shouldn't waste any. He's 55 years old, he says, so anticipates he's got about 8,500 days […]

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Salon.com reviews The Lifelong Activist

From Cary Tennis, Salon.com's advice columnist : "Anyway, that sort of reminds me about how hard it is to make social change when many of us feel unrepresented by the major political parties, do not belong to labor unions and must figure out for ourselves how to make activism a part of our complicated little […]

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NYT Publishes My Letter to the Editor on Balancing Work/Home Life

Written in response to this article about how women struggle to balance their spouse/parent/household manager/career roles. A lot of my students and coaching clients (and not just the women) are in this predicament. They blame themselves for being underachievers, when what they should be doing is congratulating themselves on their ability to multitask and meet […]

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Oh, So It's Called "Time Poverty"

The act of naming something is incredibly powerful, since naming not only defines a phenomenon but can render it visible. Think how hard it would be to fight for justice if we didn't have the words "racism" and "sexism" in our vocabulary, and the corresponding concepts as part of our world view. I just found […]

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Much More Thrilling High Tech News Than the iPhone

Forget about the iPhone - the news that Google is opening its first office in sub-Saharan Africa is truly thrilling. My foster kids are from Sudan, and I have many other personal and professional connections to the region: I have opined many times that the information revolution is going to spur a vast amount of […]

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Unfiltered and Unfettered Kindness at the Grassroots Radio Conference

Had a fabulous time, this weekend, at the Grassroots Radio Conference in (itself fabulous) Lowell, MA. I met dozens of radio producers and fellow progressive travellers from around the world - lifelong activists, most of them. The whole event totally psyched me up and recharged my batteries, and reminded me of the critical importance of […]

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Yes, You Can Change the System From Within...

From Daily Kos "The last few days saw advertisers like GM and American Express fleeing from Imus, but the head of NBC claims that's not what caused him to stop the simulcasts of Imus' show. It was the pressure from inside NBC. The pressure from staffers and reporters who were tired of being associated with […]

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Dog of the Year

Check out this year's Dog of the Year - or substitute your own dog!

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A 16-Year-Old + A Videocamera + the Web = A Better Future

Margaret Mead famously said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has," and legions of technology devotees (including moi) keep insisting that the Internet and digital technologies are ushering in nothing less than a new, global Renaissance. Both points by now […]

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