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The Untamed Monad in the Happy World

But if the “root” and possibility of Declaration always goes back to the topology of Being itself, what fundamentally Declaration “sees” that authorizes its hazarding concrete steps toward the possibility field it originates and seeks to get underway, is in … Continue reading

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Open eyes and own the civic space

Term it the Observer Paradigm. It’s multiplying. Fathership: Lakewood Observer Lakewood, Ohio Progeny: The Heights Observer Cleveland & University Heights, ohio Parma Observer Parma, Ohio Collinwood Observer Collinwood in Cleveland, Ohio Euclid Observer Euclid, Ohio soon (?) University Circle Observer, … Continue reading

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God Loves Gunn High School

Fred Phelps, the hateful and hate-mongering ‘pastor’ of infamousWestboro Baptist Church, Topeka, brought his tiny insane mob to a sidewalk across the street of Gunn High School, Palo Alto, California. Phelps is well beyond the pale, and, for example, has … Continue reading

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OBSERVING THE OBSERVER – NOT!

On December 16, The Uncertain Future of News, (WCPN Stream,) joined host Dan Malthrop with Lauren Rich Fine ContentNext, Kent State University and Ted Gup Case Western Reserve University to discuss the imploding old print newspaper media. The discussion was … Continue reading

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LIT UP STORY

November 25th I sat at a table of participants I had just met, and then collaborated to create a vision for Cleveland’s sustainable future. In collaborating together and imagining together a middle ground where we fruitfully share our different interests, … Continue reading

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COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

Sat down with collaborative learning specialist George Por, and a group from E4S, over delicious Thai food, on Thursday. It was a great session, yet suprisingly it became oriented around my experiential tool, Playing the Opposites, rather than George’s groundbreaking … Continue reading

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PROCESS OF CIVIC LOVE

The Heights Observer, like the Lakewood paper, is written by citizens, who use AGS’s web-based program to upload stories and photographs onto a server. Volunteer editors read the content, post stories to the paper’s web site and design newspaper pages, … Continue reading

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COULD A COMMUNITY BE AN ART FORM?

Having intended to get a clear shot unencumbered by glare or rain, I still missed out clearly capturing this sign in the window of the library annex in Cleveland Heights. Could a community be an art form? I believe it … Continue reading

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DEBATING DEBATES

Another great thread unfolds on the Observation Deck:The First Mayoral Debate of the Lakewood Observer. (As always, the Lakewood Observer project in Lakewood, Ohio, is one of the truly innovative experiments in civic engagement, intelligence and journalism going on in … Continue reading

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OPEN EYE IN LAKEWOOD

I had occasion to contribute some thoughts to the Observation Deck of the Lakewood (Ohio) Observer, a all-volunteer, community newspaper. I was briefly and memorably involved in early efforts to develop civic intelligence there. Lakewood remains one of those special … Continue reading

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NUMERO UNO

The Lakewood Public Library has returned to the top ranking (pdf) of American libraries in its class. And, it scored #2 among all libraries in Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings for 2006. It is my favorite library. I like what … Continue reading

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CITY THAT KNEW ITSELF BETTER THAN ANY OTHER

Today. 4pm. The Lakewood Public Library Future Tools Series …presenting a galvanizing vision for the pursuit of transformative knowledge via the exploration of everyday urban life. Then, during the main course of the program, participants will offer their own ideas … Continue reading

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OBS, SNAKEDANCER & THE TEAM

Congressperson Sherrod Brown’s GrowOhio.org featuresThinker of the Week: Jim O’Bryan and Ken Warren, the dynamic duo spearheading The Lakewood Observer. Great article with good pictures that do both the project and these two fine guys justice. This is a “post-professional … Continue reading

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