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Projects a la Seth

Seth Godin on tasks vs projects:

The way a project gets done is up to you. Your goal is to create an extraordinary outcome, not to perform the tasks. The work done is simply a means to an end. If you can figure out how to do less work or different work and still create project magic, that’s exactly what you should do.

The challenge is in owning the project. 

Food for thought, as always, and an approach I would support. Go for projects rather than tasks.

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How to talk to your kids about climate change

Six tips from NPR, including a script:

“Humans are burning lots and lots of fossil fuels for energy, in planes, in cars, to light our houses, and that’s putting greenhouse gases into the air. Those gases wrap around the planet like a blanket and make everything hotter.

A hotter planet means bigger storms, it melts ice at the poles so oceans will rise, it makes it harder for animals to find places to live.

And it’s a really, really big problem, and there are a lot of smart people working hard on it, and there’s also lots that we can do as a family to help.”

Via Kottke.

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Coffee in Addis

On our last day in Addis Ababa a colleague from the Mekane Yesus Seminary invited us for a cup at one of the local cafés. Strong coffee. Beautiful ambience. Good company. What more do you need?

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What is a walk-n-talk?

Craig Mod:

A walk-n-talk works like this: gather 5-10 curious, kind, generous, patient, inspiring people and set a walking course through the countryside for a week, plus or minus a day or two. A week works well because it may take a day or two or three for people to open up, for the so-called “situational extroverts” to fully emerge from their shells, for the nerves and discomfort of jet lag or the walk itself to be quelled by a solid night’s sleep or carrying the right amount of water or taping up hot spots on the feet just so.

Sounds like a good time.

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Make plans, feel free to ignore them

Derek Sivers on a day in London with his seven year old:

I don’t regret having plans, because sometimes following the plan is the best choice. So I guess the lesson is to make plans, but feel free to ignore them — to see them as an option, not a requirement.