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58. Technology Talk: Keys to Communicating Without Speaking

Debra Dinnocenzo Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF



101 Tips for Telecommuters

Technology Talk: Keys to

Communicating Without Speaking

Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds our ability to effectively communicate without a “live” interaction. Many experienced telecommuters have even come to realize (and enjoy) the advantages in efficiency derived from eliminating real-time communication whenever possible. Notwithstanding the disadvantages of virtual (remote) communication, the successful telecommuter effectively determines the types of communication that can occur without a “live” interaction (Tip 59), effectively utilizes appropriate virtual interaction skills (Tip 57) and effectively uses the technology available to:

• Save time.

• Broaden the scope of information conveyed.

• Expand the number of people included in the communication loop.

• Improve communication clarity.

Of course, all of these advantages can become disadvantages if the technology is misapplied or overused. To avoid having people hit the

DELETE button the moment they hear you on voice mail or having your name on the DELETE ALL list in their unread e-mail message box, remember these few critical rules and points of etiquette in the world of “technology talk:”

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7: Fifth Step: Act to Transform the System

Adam Kahane Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

IN THE FIFTH AND FINAL STEP of a transformative scenario planning project, the members of the team act, with one another and with others from across the system, to transform their problematic situation. These actions can take any number of forms: campaigns, meetings, movements, publications, projects, policies, initiatives, institutions, or legislation; private or public; short-term or long-term. The activities of this step, more than those of the previous steps, will therefore generally not be able to be foreseen or planned in advance. These activities will furthermore not necessarily be organized by or seen as part of the scenario project as such.

The understandings, relationships, intentions, and actions that the scenario process produced are seeds. Sometimes they fail to germinate, and sometimes they fall on hard or barren soil. Even when they do sprout, they don’t necessarily grow in ways that can be predicted or controlled. So this fifth step, even more than the previous ones, is emergent. The team needs to pay attention to where and how its work is taking root and to cultivate these new possibilities.

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7. The Debate on Islamism and Secularism: The Case of Palestinian Women’s Movements

Rochelle Davis Indiana University Press ePub


The Case of Palestinian Women’s Movements


Conflict over the construction of gender and the ideal woman is not a neutral or primarily religious concern. Nationalists and Islamists alike seek to establish an ideal society that depends on a particular conception of womanhood.1 The difference between the two conceptions is that religious or Islamist groups seek to restore a mythical age in which women were guardians of tradition,2 whereas the nationalists tout the fertile, modest peasant as their epitome of the feminine. In both cases, the ideal woman embodies a past when “traditional family and moral values [built] ‘our nation.’”3

Despite the similarities between them, the Islamist ideal woman is opposed to the “modern” ideal woman constructed by the secular nationalist discourse.4 While nationalists consider the society Islamists strive to build as reactionary and antimodern,5 Islamists view secularism as an unwanted colonial imposition, a worldview that gives precedence to the material over the spiritual, to a modern culture of alienation and unrestrained hedonism. The nationalists counter that secularism is central to universal humanism, a rational principle that calls for the suppression or restraint of religious passion so that intolerance and delusion can be controlled, and political unity, peace, and progress secured.6

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5 The new ecologies of capital

Zaid Hassan Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

My experiences with the Food Lab and Bhavishya bracketed my work at Generon. One of the fallouts from Bhavishya was that Adam had started questioning the process. One of my mentors, Myrna Lewis, observed that this was undiscussable within Generon. The process, in other words, was sacrosanct in our culture and could not be doubted.

By late January 2007, it was clear that the two founding partners, Adam and Joseph, had irreconcilable differences on this issue. Joseph’s point, to some extent, was simple but unmoving. He believed that the “interior conditions” were the core of the work and that if a small group of people held an intention strongly enough, it would happen. This “strange attractor” of intention would then attract others until there was a critical mass of people.

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3: Consuming Opinion

Andrea Batista Schlesinger Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF AMERICAN MEDIA. BELLICOSE anchors opine about the state of world affairs, on cable news channels that don’t actually report the state of world affairs. Political blogs and Web sites are visited by millions each day—millions of people who already agree with the points of view expressed there, that is. The New York Times television critic is given front-page real estate to analyze political debates between presidential candidates as if they were the season finales of network dramas. Media consolidation has left 90 percent of the top fifty cable stations in the hands of the same parent companies that run the broadcast networks, and the major media conglomerates in control of 75 percent of all prime-time viewing.1 As Samuel Goldwyn once famously said, “When I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you.”

A culture shift is clear in the state of American journalism today. It is a transition that speaks to our changing wants and to the vested interest of concentrated, corporatized media in guiding those wants in the direction that best supports their bottom line. And it has led this organ of our democracy to stray further from its most important function: the asking of questions.

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100. So, Do you Really Need a Speakerphone in the Bathroom?

Debra Dinnocenzo Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF



101 Tips for Telecommuters

So, Do You Really Need a

Speakerphone in the Bathroom?

There was a cartoon published a few years ago that depicted the typical “wired” businessperson on vacation at the beach, completely tethered to all the equipment we thought would free us: telephone, computer, fax machine, printer, etc. Now, of course, cellular phones,

PDAs, and computers are wireless, so you can still be technologically tethered on vacation, in your car, during time with your family, on airplanes, in your home, at social events, on the weekend, or just about anywhere (if you’re not careful). How do you determine when technology threatens your work/life balance? For all the advantages we gain from the gizmology that makes telecommuting possible, there are some downsides you should be aware of and manage proactively.

What are the warning signs that you may be overdoing the use of technology in your work and your life? The key indicator is you.

Here are some warning flags to look for:

2 You’re in a restaurant or other public place and a cell phone or pager starts signaling. It’s not unusual for several people to begin checking their pockets or briefcases to see whether the signal is coming from their equipment. If you’re scrambling to determine which of your multiple pieces of wireless technology it is, you’re probably packing too much technology for one person.

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Six: The Colorado Klan and the Decline of Progressivism

R. Todd Laugen University Press of Colorado ePub

The year 1924 proved pivotal for Colorado Progressives. While most women’s club leaders sought to mobilize members along feminine rather than party lines, Colorado labor leaders hoped to sustain a national movement devoted to the economic problems of farmers and workers. The promise of Robert M. La Follette’s Progressive presidential campaign captivated unionists across the state. It inspired hope for a revival of the Progressive Party coalition of 1912.

Yet the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado shifted the political campaign season decisively. Beginning with an election to recall Denver mayor Ben Stapleton in August 1924, the Klan increasingly divided workers and came to briefly dominate state politics. The Klan too drew upon the legacy of Progressives, utilizing the direct primary to nominate its favored candidates and preaching moral reform. By the fall Klan crusades overwhelmed La Follette’s statewide campaign. Religious appeals trumped those based on class interest. Klan promoters and opponents battled over the meaning of male and female citizenship, recalling earlier struggles between moral reformers and Speer Democrats. Progressives defended their reforms against a new, aggressively masculine threat—the Klan party machine.

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5: The role of psychiatric assessment and diagnosis

Jenny Kenrick Karnac Books ePub

Caroline Lindsey

The work of a specialist multidisciplinary CAMHS team assessing and treating looked-after and adopted children necessitates in almost all cases consideration of whether a diagnosable mental health disorder is present, especially given present knowledge that suggests that this is so for almost 50% of looked-after children (Melt-zer et al., 2003). The well-known, strongly expressed antagonism to the making of diagnoses is based on a belief that damage is done to children by the process of labelling and a fear of the stigma associated with mental illness. However, the dangers of disadvantaging children and young people, their parents and carers, and the professional network by the failure to recognize a significant mental health problem outweighs these concerns. There is therefore a clear role for a child and adolescent psychiatrist in participating in the diagnostic assessment process undertaken by the multidisciplinary team. In addition to the significant level of mental health difficulties in this group of looked-after and adopted children, they also are more likely to have physical disorders, including epilepsy, speech and language disorders, developmental delays due to both organic and environmental factors, such as enuresis, conditions such as foetal alcohol syndrome, and other forms of learning difficulties (Meltzer et al., 2003). There is, therefore, an additional role for the psychiatrist in identifying physical health problems and referring young people, if needed, for investigation and further assessment by a paediatrician or, where appropriate, for a psychological assessment.

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3 Rollback

Borhi, László Indiana University Press ePub

The year 1948 saw a basic shift in American policymakers’ attitudes toward Soviet control of European territory. The idea of peaceful cooperation, nurtured up to then by many British and American politicians and diplomats, was shattered. The last Eastern European democracy, Czechoslovakia, had been amalgamated into the Soviet camp and closed off, although, almost miraculously, Finland was released from Moscow’s grasp. Washington no longer saw Soviet control as a stabilizing factor in Eastern Europe. Instead, the restoration of independent states and the rollback of Soviet military power became the prerequisites of a secure and lasting continental peace. The goal thenceforth would be to destabilize the communist regimes of Eastern Europe in the hope of depriving the Soviets of reliable launching pads for a war against the West. The principles of national independence in Eastern Europe and Western security were now mutually reinforcing. This was a clear break with the policy London and Washington had pursued at least as far back as 1942, which was to divide the continent into Soviet and Western spheres of influence.1

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22 Seeds of a Commons Movement

Jonathan Rowe Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Every movement requires a story. To claim the future it must first explain the past.

The true story of the commons does this. It explains how we lost the capacity to see our own wealth. It debunks the myth that privatization is always progress. And it shows how growth has become a form of cannibalism in which the market devours the bases of its own existence.

Many of us know this story at some level, but usually it is a story without a name or solution. The commons provides both: it is the commons that is being devoured and the commons that must be restored. What’s more, it is the commons that opens the way to a politics outside the left/right divide.

Some on the right are starting to see that the market isn’t the answer to every problem. Many on the left are coming to the same conclusion about government. So what’s the alternative? An alternative potentially acceptable to both sides is the commons.

If one looks closely, one can see the seeds of a new commons movement germinating. They’re visible in many places, from local land trusts to your laptop to your tabletop. They’re seen in battles against Walmart, patented seeds, and advertising in schools, as well as in open source software, free wi-fi hot spots, farmers’ markets, time banks, and big ideas like the sky trust.

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1 Introduction: “Message” Is the Medium

Michael Lempert Indiana University Press ePub

“Message” Is the Medium

If the genius of the Clinton campaign was its disciplined focus on message—“The economy, stupid”—the Clinton transition stumbled slightly out of the gate.

Although it harnessed masterfully the new prestige of the president-elect with Clinton’s symbolic reaching out to common people during his walk on Georgia Avenue last week, it has also endured a torrent of stories about such “off message” matters as homosexuals in the military and the role of Hillary Clinton.

Washington Post, 22 November 1992

In their professional jargon, political insiders call it simply—and to many outsiders, misleadingly—“message.” It is the politician’s publicly imaginable ‘character’ presented to an electorate, with a biography and a moral profile crafted out of issues rendered of interest in the public sphere. In this book we examine the ways in which modern electoral politics in the United States revolves around contests over “message.”

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13. No Exit: Yemen’s Existential Crisis

David McMurray Indiana University Press ePub


A venal dictatorship three decades old, mutinous army officers, dissident tribal sheikhs, a parliamentary opposition coalition, youthful pro-democracy activists, gray-haired Socialists, gun-toting cowboys, veiled women protesters, northern carpetbaggers, Shi‘i insurgents, tear gas canisters, leaked State Department cables, foreign-born jihadis—Yemen’s demi-revolutionary spring had it all. The mass uprising in southern Arabia blended features of the peaceful popular revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia with elements of the state repression in Libya and Syria in a gaudy, fast-paced, multi-layered theater of revolt verging on the absurd.

President ‘Ali ‘Abdallah Salih stalled and contrived to avoid signing a late April 2011 deal brokered by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) neighbors desperate to restore a semblance of stability in the most populous corner of the Arabian Peninsula. The GCC extracted a verbal promise from Salih to resign the presidency after a period of thirty days. But convincing him to make good on his pledge under conditions satisfactory to Yemeni elites, the pro-democracy movement and interested foreign parties was a gargantuan task, requiring more diplomatic legerdemain than had been brought to bear. On April 30, instead of signing onto the proposed agreement, Salih sent tanks firing live ammunition to clear some fifteen hundred campers from a central square in the Mansoura district of the southern port city of Aden. ‘Abd al-Latif al-Zayani, secretary-general of the six-nation GCC, who had flown to the Yemeni capital of Sanaa to meet with Salih, returned to Saudi Arabia red-faced and empty-handed.

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1 The China Miracle

Ann Lee Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Success usually comes to those who are too busy
to be looking for it. HENRY DAVID THOREAU

CHINAS STEADY AND SPECTACULAR RISE in the last twenty years has perplexed many experts in Western circles. It has generated much intellectual debate as well as a wide range of emotions among Western academics, policymakers, politicians, and the public at large as people struggle to understand the manifold causes for the shift in international, economic, and political power.

Once isolated from the world and threatened by the West, China learned to change its fortunes dramatically in these last three decades. China burst onto the world stage a little while after the diplomatic breakthrough between it and the United States in 1972. Particularly in the last decade, since its accession to the World Trade Organization, China astounded observers around the world with its speed of urbanization, its modernization, its reduction of the number of people in poverty, and the sheer volume of foreign-exchange reserves it holds. China has accomplished much just in the last 15 years including the following:

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14. The Economic Dimension of Yemeni Unity

David McMurray Indiana University Press ePub


To the outside world, the unification of the two Yemens in 1990 resembled the German experience in miniature. North Yemen (the Yemen Arab Republic, YAR) was considered a laissez faire market economy, whereas the South (the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen, PDRY) was “the communist one.” When, weeks ahead of Bonn and Berlin, Sanaa and Aden announced their union, Western commentary assumed that in Yemen, as in Germany, capitalist (Northern) firms would buy out the moribund (Southern) state sector and provide the basis for future economic growth.

In theory, and in Germany, capitalism and socialism are distinguished by patterns of private and public ownership of the means of production. In North and South Yemen, however, differences in ownership patterns were largely evened out by comparable access (and lack thereof) to investment capital. Disparities in the relative weight of private and public enterprise were far more subtle than the designations “capitalist” and “socialist” indicate. Indeed, available data on private and public participation revealed common patterns of spending. The North’s state sector invested more than did the private sector, while the South’s socialist policy statements belied the increasing role of domestic and foreign private firms.

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7 Empire, Nations, and Multinational Visions, 1907–1917

Charles R. Steinwedel Indiana University Press ePub




IN THE WINTER of 1915–1916, twenty-five-year-old Akhmed-Zeki Validov, a political activist and future leader of the Bashkir movement for autonomy, was summoned to St. Petersburg. The Muslim Fraction in the State Duma, which had been as large as thirty-three members in the Duma’s second convocation, had been cut to six due to imperial officials’ efforts to reduce non-Russian representation. Validov considered the head of the Muslim Fraction, Kutlu-Mukhammad Tevkelev—nephew of the late Orenburg mufti, wealthy noble landowner, and zemstvo activist—“a brave and knowledgeable man.” But Tevkelev recognized that members of the Muslim Fraction had mostly secular education and experience. They lacked detailed knowledge of Muslim affairs. So the fraction called on areas with substantial Muslim populations to send representatives to assist in its work. At the end of 1915, a meeting of Muslim society in Ufa decided to send Validov to St. Petersburg. Tevkelev graciously introduced Validov to the Duma leadership and ministers at various receptions and social events in the capital. Validov found meeting the “Petersburg aristocracy” through Tevkelev interesting. However, “these people had no clue: their principal activity was games of chance, which I hated. This class, doomed to extinction, lived only by reminiscences and dreams.”1

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