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2010-09-28 We Are The Network: Can Real Food be Faster than Fast Food?

September 26th, 2010 No comments

Can Real Food be Faster than Fast Food?

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This Tuesday, Sept 28 at the Epoch Institute in Second Life

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This Week’s Topic

Can Real Food be Faster than Fast Food?

We eat fast food. We eat a lot of it. The amount is going up, and going up dramatically over the last couple of years. Why is this? Some people say it’s about speed and convenience. Some say it’s cost. Perhaps the answer is simpler.  People can’t figure out how to cook in a way that fits the reality of today’s lifestyle and so in the absence of a way to “make it work,” fast food becomes the only way to “get it all done in the small amount of time left” in a day.

We watch “chef battle” cooking shows, where people who have years of culinary training create gourmet meals in amazingly short times. Does this help? Maybe, in that it gets people thinking about cooking themselves. However, just as photoshop fakery of model pictures creates an image of people that is unattainable, these shows create an image of cooking that is similarly unattainable to many.

Whenever the topic of food and cooking appears in our We Are The Network discussions, the group gets totally energized, and it basically derails whatever else was going on, so I figured this week “let’s just go with it.”

Is it really possible, without any gaming of the numbers or process, to actually cook real food at home in the same or less time than it would take to take the fast food route. Before you leap up and say “of course it’s possible” – let’s talk about the full time investment, including preparation, cleanup, shopping for food – everything.

If you’ve already got this “all figured out,” let’s hear about your magic for choosing recipes, food shopping, when and for what, which kitchen skills you need to work on to make things flow quickly, techniques to get things done quicly, and how to not end up with a mountain of cleanup (a time sink that real people know about, but the recipe books so conveniently ignore when they say “simple, 30 minute prep”!)

Bring your ideas. Bring your recipes. Maybe don’t show up hungry (don’t say I didn’t warn you!), and let’s have a fun and very different session.

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon U.S. Pacific / 3pm U.S. Eastern time for an interactive discussion, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

If you do not have a Second Life account and would like a quick start to attend the session, please contact me for more information.

Best regards,

Joel

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2010-09-21 We Are The Network: The “I Have Proof!” Game

September 19th, 2010 No comments

The “I Have Proof!” Game

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This Tuesday, Sept 21 at the Epoch Institute in Second Life

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This Week’s Topic

The “I Have Proof!” Game

Let’s find out if it’s possible to “prove anything on the net!” This week we’ll play a serious game called “I Have Proof!” Here’s how the game works. We’ll all pick a “for” or “against” position, and then pick a topic. We’ll set a timer for five minutes, and try to find coherent persuasive proof on the Internet for our chosen position. Then we’ll compare proof and arguments to see what we have in hand. I suspect we can find reasonably persuasive proof in both directions on any topic we can think up – let’s see if it’s true, and what we learn in the process!

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Joel

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2010-09-14 We Are The Network: Is Today’s Pop-Psych Right… You Can’t Change Anyone Else?

September 12th, 2010 No comments

Is Today’s Pop-Psych Right… You Can’t Change Anyone Else?

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This Tuesday, Sept 14 at the Epoch Institute in Second Life

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This Week’s Topic

Is Today’s Pop-Psych Right… You Can’t Change Anyone Else?

Once upon a time, the focus of management, marketing and sales was spin, change people’s interests, views, and desires towards your goals. For the last few years, it seems that the pop-psych current thinking has flipped to a completely opposite position, that not only can you not change anyone else, the only thing you can do is hope to attract them to you, and to attract them to change.

Is one or the other of these positions more accurate? Are there ways to change another person? If not, then why is advertising and marketing still effective, and why does management focus on improving performance (which could be looked at as a direct attempt to change behavior towards corporate goals)? If we can change other people, why do so many attempts to do so result in failure, even to the point of destructive side effects? Does refusing the concept of changing others result in a self-focused, narcissistic society? Does one or the other position, by design, improve society over time?

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon U.S. Pacific / 3pm U.S. Eastern time for an interactive discussion, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

If you do not have a Second Life account and would like a quick start to attend the session, please contact me for more information.

Best regards,

Joel

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2010-09-07 We Are The Network: Which Secrets will we Find in the Social Web?

September 5th, 2010 No comments

Which Secrets will we Find in the Social Web?

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This Tuesday, Sept 7 at the Epoch Institute in Second Life

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This Week’s Topic

Which Secrets will we Find in the Social Web?

Personal information is now scattered throughout the web, stored in and exposed by thousands of social networks, millions of blogs, email lists and other collections. Systems like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter provide a mindbending amount of information about people and their relationships, and these are only the “big three” out of an ever growing number of “social” systems.

Marketers are, of course, digging in to this treasure trove of information to improve results, however we are likely at the very leading edge of understanding the impact of public social information. What will the social web expose about us on the personal, societal and species level? Will we learn things we never knew? Will we learn things we wished we never knew? Will it change the way public and corporate policy is developed and analyzed? How will it change the way we interact and relate to each other?

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon U.S. Pacific / 3pm U.S. Eastern time for an interactive discussion, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

If you do not have a Second Life account and would like a quick start to attend the session, please contact me for more information.

Best regards,

Joel

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