What Makes a Great Planner?

The Planning Institute of Australia—counterpart to our American Planning Association—is asking its members a simple question:  What Makes a Great Planner?  Kristy Kelly, PIA’s CEO, shared their inquiry on the LinkedIn APA discussion group recently.  As I’ve worked through my job search, I’ve asked myself the same question, and also how I might apply the […]

An Intervention in the Cult of Expertise: Noreena Hertz and Eyes Wide Open

This man, on one hand, believes that he knows something, while not knowing [anything]. On the other hand, I – equally ignorant – do not believe [that I know anything]. – Socrates, in Plato’s Apology The more I learn, the less I know.  This is the age of “Big Data”, with a priesthood of experts […]

No Depression’s Crowdsourced Top 2011

My Top Tunes of 2011 is still sorting itself out (it is still 2011 through the end of next week). [Edit: JC’s Top Tunes of 2011]  No Depression‘s community ning, however, is amazingly well organized for a self-organizing successor to the successful music magazine.  The wranglers there solicited and sorted thru about 200 different best-of […]

The Laborer’s Ends: Not a Hardship but a Pastime

Henry David Thoreau, comments in Walden, on the laborer’s ends: As I preferred some things to others, and especially valued my freedom, as I could fare hard and yet succeed well, I did not wish to spend my time in earning rich carpets or other fine furniture, or delicate cookery, or a house in the […]

Risk of Balance

Thinking about the nature of risk for a Staff Retreat this week.  I’m comfortable with the risk of leaving my comfort zone—the overused “thinking outside the box”.  And I’m comfortable with the risk of taking personal responsibility—challenging myself and other team members to focus on change and make it happen. I’m not so comfortable with […]

Lifetime Value of a College Degree

Urban Planning job prospects and other degree salary information by Online Degrees At my house we’re going thru that great American rite of passage, college admissions and financial aid applications (supplication).  I have some strong opinions (you never would have guessed from my blog, no?) but think I have been trying hard not to be […]

Seth's 15 Foundation Elements for Modern Biz

Seth Godin owns the web-o-sphere space between lengthy business/entrepreneur blogs (i.e. >200 words) and twitter (<140 characters).  Like the entry-a-day inspirational calendars, each business day a pithy point to ponder appears @thisissethsblog with periodic books published to satiate your self-help appetite.  It’s good stuff to provoke  a “yeah, why didn’t I think of that” or a “No […]