Category Archives: Place and Meaning Journal

My Grandfather’s Chair

My grandfather had a chair that was his and his alone.  It was old and worn and it occupied the northwest corner of the living room. There was a window beside the chair where he could see the forest and … Continue reading

Posted in Place and Meaning Journal | Comments Off on My Grandfather’s Chair

From One Kind of “Place” to Another

Bali festival

The longing to visit and live in many places around the world, to know the world as a whole, began when I was very young – five or six years old.  It became my vision.  And once I was in … Continue reading

Posted in Place and Meaning Journal | Comments Off on From One Kind of “Place” to Another

Location + Meaning = Place

Any location that holds meaning becomes a place.  We need not have experienced a location directly in order to attribute meaning to it. Pluto is an example.  No one amongst us has physically been there.  Yet astrologers and astronomers have … Continue reading

Posted in Place and Meaning Journal | Comments Off on Location + Meaning = Place

Gifts of the Sea

Reef

The western Christmas / New Year holiday season was occurring during the middle of my stay in The Sudan. I had been spending my time in Khartoum and in refugee camps.  Life was hot, basic and challenging. So a colleague … Continue reading

Posted in Place and Meaning Journal, Sustainable Systems | Comments Off on Gifts of the Sea

Paved With Good Intentions

When we work to change systems for the better, we look for points of highest leverage, points where one “small” change, if made well, affects everything. Change made well is the key…  This includes having an understanding of the environment and … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership Vignettes, Place and Meaning Journal, Sustainable Systems, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Paved With Good Intentions

What and Where is Place in the Digital World? – Part 1 – Indigenous / Industrial / Digital Native

Michael 3rd eye

   Michael was born indigenous, and lives in both industrial and digital. FROM INDIGENOUS “PLACE” TO DIGITAL “PLACE” – LOTS OF QUESTIONS Globally, we live in the midst of an evolution (or change) in our individual and collective consciousness of “place”. … Continue reading

Posted in Leveraging the Virtual, Place and Meaning Journal | Comments Off on What and Where is Place in the Digital World? – Part 1 – Indigenous / Industrial / Digital Native

What and Where is Place in the Digital World? – Part 2 – From Indigenous to Digital

Michael as Pilot

My son, Michael, who is now 20, has vaulted from indigenous place to digital place while briefly passing through industrial place.  I adopted Michael when he was 10 weeks old.  His heritage is with a tribe of 50,000 people in … Continue reading

Posted in Leveraging the Virtual, Place and Meaning Journal | Comments Off on What and Where is Place in the Digital World? – Part 2 – From Indigenous to Digital

What and Where is Place in the Digital World? – Part 3 – Digital Nation

Michael Plugged In

Is it possible – or in fact, is it likely – that virtual experiences of place may be as real to Michael and others of his generation as are their physical experiences of place? On February 2, 2010, PBS Frontline … Continue reading

Posted in Leveraging the Virtual, Place and Meaning Journal | Comments Off on What and Where is Place in the Digital World? – Part 3 – Digital Nation

Sailing Safari

In 1988, I had the good fortune of sailing in Prince William Sound, Alaska – just months before the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Here are just a few photos.  View more at the Photo Cameo gallery. Making our way through … Continue reading

Posted in Place and Meaning Journal | Comments Off on Sailing Safari

Appreciating Magnificence

Mount Tupper

  We had been on a winter road trip and had just left Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where we spent Christmas 2001.  We even found a restaurant that served both rack of lamb and pizza for Christmas Eve dinner! Now we … Continue reading

Posted in Place and Meaning Journal | Comments Off on Appreciating Magnificence

Donkeys Offering Gifts of Laughter and Meaning

We would be driving along in Mogadishu and there one would be…a donkey. Standing right in the middle of the road! Never by the side of the road. Always in the middle. Just standing there. Maybe sleeping. Maybe staring straight … Continue reading

Posted in Place and Meaning Journal | Comments Off on Donkeys Offering Gifts of Laughter and Meaning

Intimate Strangers

airplane interior

What a place…a commercial airplane! We find ourselves so physically close to strangers.  We intimately share a bit of confined space that is six or seven miles above earth. I’ve logged hundreds of thousands of miles of forgettable air travel … Continue reading

Posted in Place and Meaning Journal | Comments Off on Intimate Strangers