Archive for January, 2001


January 20, 2001

The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner

Contents: The difference between managers and leaders, say the authors, is like night and day. Managers like stability, control through systems, and procedures. Passion and involvement don’t fit into their thinking. Leaders thrive on change, inspiration, passion, listening and equipping.

1. When Leaders Are at Their Best: Five Practices and Ten Commitments

2. What Followers Expect of Their Leaders: Knowing the Other Half of the Story

3. Search for Opportunities: Confronting and Changing the Status Quo

4. Experiment and Take Risks: Learning from Mistakes and Successes

5. Envision the Future: Imagining Ideal Scenarios

6. Enlist Others: Attracting People to Common Purposes

7. Foster Collaboration: Getting People to Work Together

8. Strengthen Others: Sharing Power and Information

9. Set the Example: Leading by Doing

10. Plan Small Wins: Building Commitment to Action

11. Recognize Contributions: Linking Rewards with Performance

12. Celebrate Accomplishments: Valuing the Victories

13. Become a Leader Who Cares and Makes a Difference

The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes & Barry Z. Posner
(San Francisco CA: Jossey-Bass, 1987) ISBN # 155542211X



January 19, 2001

The Third Culture

Beyond the Scientific Revolution — by John Brockman

An interesting series of chapters – discussed by interesting people.


January 18, 2001

Lingua Franca | Breakthrough Books

The History of Reading

We asked five scholars to recommend the best books about reading.

Interesting. For example:

Kathleen E. Welch, professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and author of (MIT, 1999).

“In Cyberliteracy: Navigating the Internet With Awareness (Yale, forthcoming), Laura J. Gurak analyzes the Internet’s four main functional components: speed, reach, anonymity, and interactivity. She uses examples from a number of Web sites to demonstrate how readers now step ‘through the screen.’ Another important book on the history of reading, Andrea Lunsford and Lisa Ede’s (Southern Illinois, 1990), predated—and in fact predicted—much of the collaborative reading and writing that now occurs in cyberspace.”


January 17, 2001

Thomas Moore “Soul Of Sex”


January 17, 2001

The Robot in the Garden: Telerobotics and Telepistemology in the Age of the Internet (Leonardo Books)

by Ken Goldberg (Editor)

“Editorial Reviews

It may be trite to say that new technology changes the way we see ourselves and the world, but it’s crucial that we explore those changes fully. In The Robot in the Garden, computer scientist Ken Goldberg curates a collection of essays on telerobotics by critics, philosophers, and engineers, addressing questions as fundamental as, “How does mediation affect the knowledge we acquire?”


January 8, 2001

Durlacher: Creating Community Online

The other one Aldon mentioned.


January 8, 2001 Bearing Gifts, They Come From Afar

“A gift economy is indeed an economy — you can rationally expect that if you tender a gift, sooner or later you will receive some kind of return.

“But the return is indirect. And expectation of a return can be idealistic, even mystical.”

One of the two articles mentioned by Aldon in Psyber-l