Anna Popova on Networked Knowledge

Creativity is combinatorial, that nothing is entirely original, that everything builds on what came before, and that we create by taking existing pieces of inspiration, knowledge, skill and insight that we gather over the course of our lives and recombining them into incredible new creations.

DIY: From Whole Earth Review to This Old House

"In the 1970s, DIY spread through the North American population of college- and recent-college-graduate age groups. In part, this movement involved the renovation of affordable, rundown older homes. But it also related to various projects expressing the social and environmental vision of the 1960s and early 1970s. The young visionary Stewart Brand, working with friends... Continue Reading →

Discovering the Warriors series of children’s novels

My 7-year-old daughter has discovered, and become enamored by, a series of novels called Warriors. The observations of animal behavior, human archetypes, and themes of integrating opposites have caught my interest, too. A definite improvement over fairies and princesses. "Warriors ... follows the adventures of four Clans of wild cats in their forest homes.... The... Continue Reading →

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