About John Black

Currently interested in art, computing, management, social media, games, science, politics, music, animation, internet, business, flow, dance, running, parenting - but it changes often.

Public Notes


Recent Activity

  • John shared from Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence by Erica Dhawan, Saj-nicole Joni
    What makes the Ushahidi.com platform so powerful is that it can integrate information sent by anyone connected by almost any means. Add to Ushahidi.com, the connectional intelligence of people like Patrick Meier, and we see how combining disparate individuals, groups and information can and does indeed save lives. Courage builds on courage. This way of combining and forging connections is becoming a go-to template for crisis management around the world.
    Note: "Courage builds on courage." #ushahidi
  • John shared from Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change by Shawn Achor
    Note: Realities: you have to be able to evaluate and choose among them.
  • John shared from Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland, Jj Sutherland
    In a very real way the very decision to not be average, but to be great, changes the way they view themselves, and what they’re capable of.
    Note: Teams:"...the..decision not to average, but to be great, changes...what they are capable of." #Scrum
  • John shared from A Question of Time: The Ultimate Paradox by Scientific American Editors
    The universe may be timeless, but if you imagine breaking it into pieces, some of the pieces can serve as clocks for the others.
    Note: The universe is timeless, but broken into pieces, some pieces can serve as clocks for the others.
  • John shared from Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland, Jj Sutherland
    Hesitation Is Death. Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. Know where you are, assess your options, make a decision, and act!
    Note: "Observe. Orient. Decide. Act. Know where you are, assess.. options, make decision, and act!"-Scrum
  • John shared from Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland, Jj Sutherland
    That’s what you want to get to with Scrum. That’s the state I want everyone to get to in their lives. Work doesn’t have to suck. It can flow; it can be an expression of joy, an alignment toward a higher purpose. We can be better. We can be great! We just have to practice.
    Note: "We can be better. We can be great! We just have to practice." -Scrum
  • John shared from A Question of Time: The Ultimate Paradox by Scientific American Editors
    An innocuous question such as “What is happening on Mars now?” has no definite answer. The key point is that Earth and Mars are a long way apart—up to about 20 light-minutes. Because information cannot travel faster than light, an Earth-based observer is unable to know the situation on Mars at the same instant. He must infer the answer after the event, when light has had a chance to pass between the planets. The inferred past event will be different depending on the observer’s velocity.
    Note: "...Earth and Mars are a long way apart - up to about 20 light-minutes." There is no knowable now.
  • John shared from A Question of Time: The Ultimate Paradox by Scientific American Editors
    Nothing in known physics corresponds to the passage of time.
    Note: "Nothing in known physics corresponds to the passage of time." Time just is, like space-no "passage"
  • John shared from Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland, Jj Sutherland
    You can imagine how upper management treated my guys. There was a lot of screaming and micromanaging and passive-aggressive behavior and demands for harder work and overtime. But no matter how much management pressed, the projects were still chronically late, still over budget, and not delivering what they were supposed to. I decided the best option was for us to change everything. The operation was too broken to fix piecemeal, so I decided to make a company within a company.
    Note: "I decided the best option was to change everything."
  • John shared from Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides) by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Arun Gandhi
    I have since identified a specific approach to communicating—both speaking and listening—that leads us to give from the heart, connecting us with ourselves and with each other in a way that allows our natural compassion to flourish. I call this approach Nonviolent Communication, using the term nonviolence as Gandhi used it—to refer to our natural state of compassion when violence has subsided from the heart.
    Note: "...the term nonviolence as Gandhi used it - to refer to our natural state of compassion..."
(Charlottesville, VA)
John Black
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