Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Green Balcony Project

I’ve created a WordPress blog on my domain called “the green balcony project” in order to firstly encourage and challenge people to use their balcony/backyard in a more sustainable way and to investigate the act of creating a community around a particular niche (in this case domestic environmental concerns).

In particular interest to me is “how much community makes a community”? Green Balcony Project has been running for less than a month and so far it is hard to get the message out. I haven’t really gone hard on it – a few tweets here and there, but the lack of action is depressing.

So far WordPress has proven to be an really nice blogging platform but I have my doubts about it being able to facilitate a community style site. I have also set up the wordpress forum (bbPress) integration to add more community firepower.

Reflections after reading “The Lucifer Effect” by Philip Zimbardo

“Our sense of power is more vivid when we break a man’s spirit than when we win his heart” Eric Hoffer
I have been using innovation in the noble sense eg. A great idea will inspire and win people over. This has been a demonstratively false assertion. The only recourse is to use innovation to break people and as a threat or a device of tyranny.
Disruptive innovation is “we could have done this the nice way together, but we couldn’t compromise, so now in order for me to grow you must diminish”
The evil system is the one that only recognises the zero sum.