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Everyone Agrees about That, So…

February 6th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Take great care when everyone agrees about something. Once the world was plagued with the longitude problem. Long-distance sea travel was dangerous and fraught with the great unknown, “where are we?!?!?!?” Everyone agreed on the solution to the longitude problem. Everyone, that is, except the carpenter who solved the problem. For background, […]

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Tags: Engineering · General Systems Thinking · Ideas · Observation · Science


November 28th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes, all that is needed is to explain the other people. This may be the most difficult task in the world. Some people just don’t understand some other people. Why not? Because those are other people who are somewhere else. The two groups of people need someone who lives with one group […]

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Tags: Clarity · Communication · Differences · Group · Ideas

Top Workplace!

October 27th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The heartlessness of the common job advertisement. If you issue such ads, please consider your audience—the unemployed. Join us! …reads the job listing title. The listing continues with… As we create wonderful wonderfulness in a wonderful workplace! GREAT! When do you want me to arrive? When do I receive my first paycheck? […]

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Tags: Communication · Ideas · Work

An Idea Person

June 27th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips There is the great idea, then there is the great execution that brings the idea to fruition. In my experience, the idea is greatly over valued. I worked 28 years inside government. I was bombarded with examples of, “Oh, so-and-so is a great idea person. We need you to work all the […]

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Tags: Government · Ideas

Looking for New Ideas

August 20th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Here is one technique for finding ideas. It is based on four archaic tools: a flat surface, a book, a pencil, and a piece of paper. Looking for ideas? Here is a technique. sit a flat surface (desk, dining room table, McDonald’s, bar (yes a bar)) put a blank sheet of paper […]

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Tags: Ideas

Self-Applying Information

March 19th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Mankind is searching for that self-applying information so we can life the good life. Perhaps this is a silly fantasy, perhaps it is a dystopian future. Is this the singularity? Is this beyond the singularity? Consider this future. The computer mines information and doesn’t present it to a person, but uses it […]

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Tags: Computing · Ideas · Magic

People-Augmented Applications

February 26th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Every now and then we remember that we can allow a person to help another person and that we have the technology to enable that. Be My Eyes is a combined application and service that helps sight-impaired people see things clearly. The impaired person points their smartphone at a thing and is […]

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Tags: Communication · Consulting · Ideas · People

Us as the User Guide

February 16th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Don’t look to the provider’s user manual; look to the rest of us. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to write about this topic. Almost everyone already knows this, but for the record… I ran into this situation again this week. I was learning how to use a […]

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Tags: Communication · Consulting · Education · Ideas · Internet · Knowledge · Learning

Kids do the Strangest Things—So Watch

December 29th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips People with no experience in a situation do the unthinkable. Often, the unthinkable leads to the impossible, and we want to know about the impossible. Kids do things that are just, well, I struggle to describe them as they are out of the ordinary. Here are a few examples: My oldest son […]

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Tags: General Systems Thinking · Ideas · Knowledge · Learning

The Sweet Spot

December 18th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Go to the optimum, then back off a quarter turn on the knob. There you are. One principle of technology and systems in general is not to operate at the extreme. Go to the extreme, but move back just a bit towards the ordinary. Odd things occur at the extremes. This behavior […]

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Tags: Design · General Systems Thinking · Ideas · Systems