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CircleThrice End of Year Wrap-up (Also Pimpin')

I wanted to do a bit of an wrap-up of a few things on the blog before I take a well-deserved end of year vacation.

First, I updated the Index page. If you want to follow any of my longer series, that's the place to look.

In recent months, I've written a lot on the Mind War and Sustain-ability series. But looking forward, I want to be more focused on directly helping people make changes in their lives. There is a lot of upset and panic out there. For me, the response that works best under those circumstances is to be organized and proactive and productive (that is, to get my shit together). This coming year, I want to refocus on helping other people with that as well. Here are some of my plans:
A revisit of the PMPM series, with additional content.Habit formation and habit change.Mental innoculation against harmful ideas. I also updated my Services page. This was a big year for me, with new readings and a new consulting offering.

If you're looking for a great experiential gi…

Mind War: Part Nine -- Memetic Reverse-Engineering and Self-Innoculation

This post ties directly to the very first post in this series (side note, if you want to catch up on any of my series, the Index is the place to go). I ended that article with only a brief mention of memetic engineering -- the act of deliberately crafting memes and releasing them into a culture. Since then I've learned more and believe that in our current climate understanding how memes are crafted is of even greater importance than ever before.

I'm of the opinion that memes exist naturally as a function of society and communication. These natural memes are the common ideas, beliefs, and assumptions that a society has. A meme is transferable (can be shared with others), has a certain lifespan, and has some kind of effect on the thinking and/or behavior of the parties sharing the meme.
Memes can clump up into more complex forms. These are known as meme-complexes (or memeplexes among those who study this topic and who seem to really like catchy terminology). So how we act, what …

Risk Mitigation Case Study -- President Trump Edition: Part Two, Resurrection

The last post was my Empire Strikes Back... this is Return of the Jedi (but no Ewoks).

Keep Calm (and Carry On)
Since the election happened there's been a lot of, well, flailing around. But just because some things are bad right now (lessons learned implies you have your eyes wide open) doesn't mean we have to get fatalistic. In fact, panic and fatalism are the worst responses to, well, pretty much anything. They are extremely unhelpful in every circumstance.

The most distraught people I've seen are suffering from major cognitive dissonance. Their idea of the world and their idea of what the world was going to be are way out of alignment with reality. If you can remain clear eyed and objective -- both about the things that actually impact you (note, different than things you may be concerned about or care about) and what changes are occurring -- you will be in better shape, practically and emotionally.

Remember that fear leads to anger... which explains pro-Trump voters as …

Risk Mitigation Case Study -- President Trump Edition: Part One, Post Mortem

I've been on a bit of a media blackout sabbatical. After major ancestor work on Halloween, I had a quick work trip to our Northern neighbors (yes, I came back). Then a pile of mundane day job work as well as some magical self care.

So, let's get to it. I'm going to skip both the Monday morning quarterbacking and recriminating and skip right to the practical (as is my habit).

Let's start with lessons learned. In the business world, this is called, charmingly enough, the post-mortem.

1. You can't plan for the worst case scenario if you aren't willing to acknowledge its possibility.

Some very smart people I trust were forecasting this outcome (one of them sleeps beside me in bed). But I admit that I had a hard time believing it. I was focused on the polling numbers at a site I trust (which turned out as wrong as everyone else who tracked the polls). So I was surprised, though not as shocked as some obviously were. I did learn a lesson from 2012 -- there were many,…