Monthly Archives: January 2009

biochar

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I lack all relevant scientific expertise, but biochar sounds very promising to me. Basically, the idea is that you burn “biomass” (crops, trees, used paper, kitchen waste, etc.) with minimal oxygen. You can accomplish this by getting … Continue reading

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micro-politics in a committee room

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I spent two days of this week with a federal advisory committee, deciding what questions to ask on certain official surveys. I was struck (as I sat with my colleagues in an underground hotel room), that various … Continue reading

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bringing a Maine mill town back together

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Washington, DC) Jesse Ellison has a good story in Newsweek about how Somali immigrants are helping to revive the decayed mill town of Lewiston, Maine. At first, there was severe conflict between the older residents and the … Continue reading

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measuring what matters

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Washington, DC) I am here for a meeting of a federal committee–one of dozens–that helps to decide which statistics to gather from public school students. We are especially focused on socio-economic “background variables” that may influence kids’ … Continue reading

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collaborative problem-solving: the fake corporate version

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I am back in DC (for the third trip in two weeks), and this time I am greeted by hundreds of Chevron ads asking Metro riders to “join” the company in saving energy by making various personal … Continue reading

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Jahrzeit

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0My father, Joseph M. Levine, died last year on this date. This is my obituary or appreciation of him. On the advice of a reader, I also put a photo of him on this blog for one … Continue reading

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the executive order on transparency, participation, and collaboration

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0President Obama signed this order on his first full day in office. It looks promising. I am particularly pleased that the Administration sees transparency, participation, and collaboration as related. There is a broad and strong movement for … Continue reading

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people power (notes from the Inauguration)

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Monday morning: the Delta shuttle to DC is disappointing. It’s only two-thirds full, and some of the passengers (to judge from their cell-phone conversations) are not going to the Inauguration. I meet the rest of my family … Continue reading

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for I will consider my dog Barkley

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0For I will consider my dog Barkley.For he has no inkling of things metaphysical.For he never meets a creature who is not his friend.For if he worships, it is done his way.For first he sniffs incessantly in … Continue reading

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on the Inauguration of Barack Obama

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We are in Washington, DC, for the Inauguration–attending some parties and trying to catch a glimpse of the actual event. This blog is carefully nonpartisan, because I believe there is an important nonpartisan agenda for civic renewal, … Continue reading

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