Don't petition the White House, Use

Don’t petition the White House, Use

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

Reviewing: Where Good Ideas Come From

Jan 21, 2011 Aaron Krager No Comments

It’s Friday and that means another book review.  Not to worry, this is not your standard five page grade school project.  My goal is to direct you towards books that are of interest to you.

We have all seen the classic cartoon moment when a thought bubble appears and the light bulb goes off.  We’ve seen the movie of the lone genius in a room along until the epiphany comes and creates the next big thing. 

Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From dispels those myths. Johnson uses the great inventions and theories as evidence of his own theory of how ideas truly develop. For the most part he capitalizes on Darwin’s theories as his own backdrop to juxtapose that ideas evolve just as much as nature.

Here is a way to think of a great idea. Chocolate chip cookies. Who doesn’t love some cookies? Imagine the cookies being the great idea. How do you get to that end result? You have to mix the ingredients together. Flour, sugar, butter, etc. The ingredients of a good idea are just other ideas or hunches that you already know. Facts, figures, and past ideas. The time it takes for the cookies to cook is the incubation period of a great idea.

The bigger point of the book, at least for me, was the communal aspect of ideas coming together. Discussion groups and open networks provide the greatest possibility of innovation. A couple centuries ago coffee houses used to be a place of open discussion and pushed multiple hunches together into a new idea. Today that is happening on the Internet. Websites, chat rooms, email listserves and others are the modern day coffee houses in which hunches from across the world are coming together. We are pushing innovation even faster than ever before.

Overall the book propelled me to take a long look at how my ideas develop. I found that I often try to take it all on myself instead of collaborating with others. Now I am taking better advantage of listserves and storing ideas into Evernote in order to come back to them later.

I encourage you to pick up the book if you work in a business where ideas matter. It will provide a great outline because “chance favors the connected mind.”

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