James Ginther

White Rock, Bc, Canada

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James Ginther
Posted almost 2 years ago
Eleanor Longden: The voices in my head
I was very moved by this woman's story. I love that she made peace with her voices and went from 'what's wrong with me?' to 'what's good about this?', to 'what is GREAT about this?' This mental condition is a very interesting variation of human intelligence. It reminds me a little of synethesia, a condition where one can taste colour, see sound, or many other variations of cross-over senses. It's not necessarily bad, its just different, and it presents an opportunity to challenge our assumptions, our perceptions and our paradigms. It can be a window into new insight. It also reminded me of a state of mind that some authors attempt to acheive, where the characters in their novel take over and decide what they are going to do next. The author is still the creator but feels like they are just taking notes and describing events as they happen. It no longer feels 'made up' instead feels 'witnessed.' This kind of flow is very powerful and liberating.
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James Ginther
Posted about 2 years ago
James B. Glattfelder: Who controls the world?
Thank you, Mr. Glattfelder, for your very interesting talk. That was a lot of data to codify. I am a layman, not a scientist or an economist, but your 'moonscape' level analysis of the ownership relationships was very informative. You made it seem as though the state of power, ownership and control world wide could be understood. It was also terrifying. I appreciate you saying that this was a self organizing structure and not the result of planning or conspiracy. I think by that you are saying that you don't NEED a conspiracy to see the process of fewer and fewer people owning the key nodes of power.which are in turn growing more connected and powerful. I feel this bodes poorly for humankind since high economic disparity has been strongly linked many escalating social problems. On the other hand you said a few simple rules might reverse this trend. Considering the high emotion expressed in some of the previous comments, it feels a little like lighting a match while standing in a pool of gasoline to ask this but, do you have any suggestions to what those simple rules might be? Or perhaps you could show by analogy the effects of simple rules on another similar system. Also, are you continuing to gather and expand your data set? It seems to me this information could be as useful as Googlemaps for those who were researching and investigating the effects of power on politics, the environment, and other aspects of public policy. Perhaps a Wiki version of it would allow it to be updated on an ongoing basis by other information gatherers.
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James Ginther
Posted about 2 years ago
Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders
I think our society benefits from more women leadership. Not because women strive to dominate, like we men do, but because women are better collaborators. Of course this is a generalization, but my observations suggest that men respond better to hierarchies and dominance based organizational structures and women tend to thrive in egaliarian, task based structures where communication and cooperation have more traction. Is it because I am a man that I hate to be told what to do and am always looking for a way to get on top? I can't generalize this tendancy, I didn't take a poll to see if other men felt the same way. This question, what is the difference in thinking of men and women has been a recurring one in my quest to understand women, the concrete differences between men and women, society and the nature of truth. (How can we know truth without knowing our own minds? Our mind is the lense through which we observe and understand.) In trying to understand my own mindset and comparing to the way women think the closest I have gotten are general tendancies. One thing that may help to understand WHY men prefer to work within hierarchies and women are better suited to talking it out as equals may be found in the structure of our brains. Women's brains have 7X more connections between left and right hemispheres. This makes a woman's brain more limber in going from logic to feelings and back again. For men, because we have fewer connections, we tend to stay in one hemisphere longer, working out ways create a cohesive and comprehensive paradigm that covers all the details and rules that reality demand of us. A limitation becomes a strength. We create more extensive adn comprehensive paradigms. If it works we are a genius. If it misses the mark, we are idiots. Once that paradigm has been worked out, it becomes a common language and a source of decision making factors. Men like this because instead of being dominated by Joe, we are instead dominated by an idea.
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Posted about 2 years ago
Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit
I am a big fan of Dr. Dweck's book 'Mindset'. I was a talented kid, people called me smart, but failed big time after school. It left me wondering what was wrong with me. I searched NLP, took self development courses, listened to self improvement audio tapes, but that key insight, the growth mindset, eluded me. It was an epiphany to learn about the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. I had a fixed mindset and was striving to learn how to change that. Other books have helped me a lot. The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle and the Enlightened Warrior Training Course put out by Peak Potentials stand out in helping me understand my mind and to develop grit and the growth mindset. I have learned to praise myself for hard work, diligence and persistence and I am slowly improving. My approach to hard work is more constructive. I chunk down learning tasks better. If I have an achilles heel it is my tendency to come up with a 100 new ideas to distract me from my current course. With the help of some of the practices gleaned from 'Getting Things Done' by David Allen I give myself permission to brainstorm these new ideas and then file them away in the 'someday maybe' file until the task in front of me is completed. I liked this talk. I am glad Ms. Duckworth referred to Dr. Dweck. As soon as she started talking about grit my little voice was screaming 'you have got to read Mindset!' I am glad she did.
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James Ginther
Posted over 2 years ago
Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools
I am not seeing epidemiology here. Statistics, maybe. Epidemiology is not the only science that uses statistics. Mr. Schleicher is comparing teacher salaries, classroom sizes, etc, and is looking for a correlation to successful education outcomes, reading levels, math skills, etc. Looks more like economics to me. Deming and Drucker, management experts, agree what gets measured improves. The work at PISA gets government, parents and teachers to challenge their assumptions, look beyond themselves to other models of success, and ask that important and fruitful question, "How can we do better?" Measurements like these allow those concerned to sift through the noise and see patterns that might be otherwise missed. I liked the talk. I found it enlightening.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Sanjay Pradhan: How open data is changing international aid
I agree that building teams, and being part of a team is important. Sharing knowledge, remaining open to change, engaging the community, and building a reputation for trustworthiness are all crucial to building a better future. I get nervous when people talk about the 'collective'. I wonder why. It reminds me of that book 'The Crysalids' with the mind control children for some reason. I think learning is done by individuals with help from those around them. In his book 'The Talent Code' Daniel Coyle talks about 'ignition', that is where the student becomes a passionate learner and works harder than any other person could possibly expect. I highly recommend it.
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James Ginther
Posted over 2 years ago
Sanjay Pradhan: How open data is changing international aid
It didn't become a sound bite in the US election which is focusing on the economy. This talk shows the Obama government is making strides in this area. http://www.ted.com/talks/beth_noveck_demand_a_more_open_source_government.html Also you can check out www.Whitehouse.gov. P.S. I am Canadian, and a big fan of Obama. I think he may be one of the US's best presidents. Most of the accomplishments of his administration are below the radar, long term, collaborative and, well, adult. They do not translate well into the language of instant gratification or sound bites.