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8. December 2011


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Meaning Updated

It has almost been a year since I started blogging on the Economy of Meaning and in this article I will revisit questions that started this blog, summarizing and updating what I have written to this point. First, over the previous year, I have grappled with the definition of meaning.  In my approach, I have […]

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7. April 2013


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Meaning in Life and Why it Matters – Susan Wolf

Life is meaningful, Susan Wolf postulates, when “subjective attraction meets objective attractiveness.” Subjective attraction is “care(ing) deeply about some thing or things” and objective attractiveness is the measure of the worth of the thing or things for which an individual cares deeply.

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6. May 2012


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Sources of Meaning: Land

Land is a primary source of meaning, unlocking and enable construction of meaning.

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9. January 2012


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Mapping Towers of Meaning

Meaning, I have hypothesized, is constructed as tower like structures: structures that start from a wide base of meanings piled or assembled on top of one another to support higher meanings crowned at the pinnacle by a key meaning that, like a landmark, guides and influences entire aspects of our lives.  But these towers are […]

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17. November 2011


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Meaning in Modern Games

A recent NPR article on Farmville starts by describing Zynga, the company behind Farmville, as “a company that makes money by selling nothing.”  Instead, they sell virtual goods that do not exist, goods so valuable that Zynga rakes in a handsome $1 billion.  So what gives? The key to unlocking this apparent paradox is to analyse […]

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31. October 2011


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Reinterpreting Profit: Constraint not Goal

We all know that the primary goal of any company must be to maximize profits, right? Maybe not. James Allworth, in his recent article on the Harvard Business Review, describes how Steve Jobs, together with hundreds of other companies, took a giant step towards creating the company of the future by upending the assumption that […]

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31. October 2011


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Siri: The Midpoint of Knowledge Industry

When Apple released the iPhone 4S on October 14th, 2011, it was not really the iPhone that they released, but Siri, its Artificial Intelligence assistant, capable of listening and talking, basically the next step in human computer interaction.  And when I say Siri, I do not just mean the software that resides on the iPhone, […]

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13. October 2011


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Steve Jobs: Master of Digital Meaning

Apple’s success flows from deciphering and applying meaning to digital devices and it’s chief leader of meaning was Steve Jobs. Indeed, as discussed in a recent article, Apple is in fact the leader of meaning in not just in its own business, but in a host of businesses that either ape Apple or are forced to adapt to its reinterpretation of our digital lives.

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16. May 2011


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Meaning and The Wise Leader

In a recent article titled Wise Leader in the Harvard Business Review, Ikujiro Nonaka and Hirotaka Takeuchi, argue that despite a sea of knowledge CEOs are unable to “to ensure that their people adhere to values and ethics,” “reinvent their corporation,” or prevent catastrophes.  They argue, as per Bent Flyvbjerg, that social sciences should be […]

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3. May 2011


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Networks of Meaning

Fundamental to the growth of The Economy of Meaning is the creation of pathways over which meaning flows, what I call networks of meaning. Such networks are now, in the twenty first century, reaching a critical mass which will over time shift the center of the economy to one in which creation and production of meaning is the central activity.

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