There will be a Boyd and Beyond Symposium at Marine Corps Base Quantico Virginia on October 15th and 16th 2010. The symposium will have numerous esteemed speakers from varying disciplines, discussing how the theories of COL John Boyd are applied to the vast array of problems and threats we face.
This symposium goes beyondBoyd’s Work. His influence on other professions and individuals making efforts to more effective outcomes in their perspective fields will be the focus of the Boyd and Beyond symposium. Topics discussed will focus not only on important military issues but will, as well, take Boyd’s theories into the different professions and realms of conflict these professions deal with. How Boyd’s theories apply and what they have done to make all more effective at solving problems via the observation. orientation, decision and action cycles.
Understanding the OODA Loop, and the effects; Interaction, Insight, Imagination, and Initiative, Command and Influence (LEADERSHIP) have on the constant repetitive nature of the decision making cycle can when leveraged, lead to gaining the advantage or as COL John Boyd stated; the essence of winning and losing;
“The essence of winning and losing is in learning how to shape or influence events so that we not only magnify our spirit and strength but also influence potential adversaries as well as the uncommitted so that they are drawn toward our philosophy and are empathetic towards our success.”
Law Enforcement, Homeland Security Professionals, Colleges and University Safety and Security, Hospital Security, Hotel Security and private business looking to keep their workplace safe, will benefit from the lessons learned and applied at this symposium. Developing better strategies, tactics and methods and operational art to make your organization more effective in all that it does, is the type of learning that will take place at the Boyd and Beyond Symposium.
I have the honor of attending and speaking on Boyd's theories, translated and applied to street level decision making law enforcement and security must become more effective at . Adaptive Leadership, Recognizing the Signs and Signals of Crime and Danger and their relationship to Critical Decision Making Under Pressure and the training methodology necessary to reach this goal will be my focus.
Here is the list of committed speakers and their topic of discussion. You can clearly see that learning, unlearning and relearning will most definitely be taking place.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Van Riper
4GW and Border Security, Gangs, cartels
Boyd in Corporate R&D
Boyd on the Street: Law Enforcement and the Signals of Crime
Systems: Portfolio Complexity and Fog of war
Supply chain fast transients
Afghanistan and OODA
Captain Linton Wells USN
Maneuver in naval warfare
Soviets in Afghanistan: the slow transient
Applying John Boyd principles to business strategy and execution
When Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks – his reply was ‘That’s where the money is? So for universities that want to communicate with their students – Facebook might be the place to go - because that’s where the students are.
It seems obvious – but a quick look at several universities have reminded me how hard this is for many of them – they have to give up control of the channel.
I first went to my old alma mater Oxford - they have a large following with over 60,000 “Friends” but I noticed one big thing – the site is filled with spam. So I looked to see if my college Christ Church had a Facebook site – no. The Choir has a private site but there is nothing at the College level where real life at Oxford takes place.
The ideal Facebook site that I have found that shows a very good interaction – is at Dalhousie in Halifax Nova Scotia. They have 4,666 fans and the site is very healthy. I have noticed that as soon as a question is asked – the moderator is there with the best answer . They are topical and on time too – when Hurricane earl dropped by the other day – much of Halifax and Dal lost power – the Moderator had a real time response to the breaking news.
My sense is that the quality of the moderation is the secret to a healthy site . The Oxford site seems to have little or no moderation and makes announcements but does not reply to questions.
This is just a toe in the water post – please tell me more about what other universities are doing with Facebook.
Dispensing antibiotics to healthy animals is routine on the large, concentrated farms that now dominate American agriculture. But the practice is increasingly condemned by medical experts who say it contributes to a growing scourge of modern medicine: the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including dangerous E. coli strains that account for millions of bladder infections each year, as well as resistant types of salmonella and other microbes.
Now, after decades of debate, the Food and Drug Administration appears poised to issue its strongest guidelines on animal antibiotics yet, intended to reduce what it calls a clear risk to human health. They would end farm uses of the drugs simply to promote faster animal growth and call for tighter oversight by veterinarians.
The agency’s final version is expected within months, and comes at a time when animal confinement methods, safety monitoring and other aspects of so-called factory farming are also under sharp attack. The federal proposal has struck a nerve among major livestock producers, who argue that a direct link between farms and human illness has not been proved. The producers are vigorously opposing it even as many medical and health experts call it too timid.
It's coming I think - finally - the health risks of the over concentrated system are now visible and the public are pushing enough to force movement. It will be a long slow battle but like Tobacco - the trend is set.
“Is producing the cheapest food in the world our only goal?” asked Dr. Gail R. Hansen, a veterinarian and senior officer of the Pew Charitable Trusts, which has campaigned for new limits on farm antibiotics. “Those who say there is no evidence of risk are discounting 40 years of science. To wait until there’s nothing we can do about it doesn’t seem like the wisest course.”
Leading medical experts say the threat is real and growing. Proponents of strong controls note that the European Union barred most nontreatment uses of antibiotics in 2006 and that farmers there have adapted without major costs. Following a similar path in the United States, they argue, would have barely perceptible effects on consumer prices.
Resistance can evolve whenever drugs are used against bacteria or other microbes because substrains that are less susceptible to the treatment will survive and multiply.
Drug use in humans, including overuse and misapplication, clearly accounts for a large share of the surge in antibiotic resistant infections, a huge problem in hospitals in particular. Yet biologists and infectious disease specialists say there is also enormous circumstantial and genetic evidence that antibiotics in farming are adding to the threat.
Livestock and poultry have been identified as the most likely sources of drug-resistant strains of microbes like salmonella and campylobacter that have caused outbreaks of severe intestinal illness in people and of E. coli strains that cause serious bladder, blood and other infections. (Resistant strains have not been implicated in the recent outbreak of salmonella contamination in eggs.)
The question for farmers is what to do? God said to St Paul on the road to Damascus - "Saul Saul it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks" In other words don't work against the trend.
On PEI our pork sector is now very small - I suggest that we help each other go for the alternative to confinement and get into the new space early with a PEI "No Drug" brand.
There is a spot for the small again in this new world of healthy food.
This is Whisperwood Villa a seniors home on PEI where my mother lives and where she has been lovingly and professionally cared for for more than 10 years.
I am 60 now and a topic that comes up a lot between me and my contemporaries is what will we do when we are 80+. We all say that we hope we do not end up in an institution but the truth is after 80, we do become very frail. Until now we might expect to end up in a place like this.
But is this expectation realistic today?
In 20 years there are going to be a lot of us. More than there have ever been aged 80 or older. What is on the cards for us?
Money will be an issue. Few of us will have much of a pension. Many of us will hope to sell our homes - but if we are all selling? By 2020 it is likely that Peak Oil will have hit hard and it will be hard to look ahead and imagine that the world will be as it is today - there may not be any retirement homes? There may not be much of even social security. Our kids will be the ones who pay all the taxes and will still be paying off our debts. Can we rely on them?
20 years ago I could have no doubts that my mum could go to a place like Whisperwood and that her pension could pay the bills. She would have no doubts that I would be there and that so would her pension and the state. But when I look ahead 20 years for myself - I have no such confidence. I also know that at my age, 20 years goes by in a flash. So what to do?
Well first of all I think it is worth a lot of us talking about this. With enough debate - better ideas may emerge for we are talking about a future that is unknowable.
No answers yet for me but here are some initial thoughts:
Current expectation is to rely on medicine to extend our lives as far as possible. But, is hanging onto to life at all costs going to be such a great idea? Will it be good for me or my kids for me to hang on in challenging times? This opens up an "interesting choice". If I get pneumonia now I would not hesitate to get treated. But is this the best response? I don't know if I have the courage to make that choice today but it is an option.
Current expectation is that we are all very independent. My close family all live in our separate homes. We are all used to having a lot of control over our place. What about us planning to co-locate in our 70's? Reduce our direct costs - help each other - lighten the load. Sounds good on paper but would we all go crazy?
Some of our close friends are thinking of co-locating - same issues of our cultural norms getting in the way - will we resent each other about who did more or less - or who put in more or less - we don't know how to do this.
Like many people we live far away from our kids. Is this smart? Should we move closer to the critical mass of friends and close family - not in the same house but close enough to drop by and lend a hand? This might be a workable start and may teach us how to share better - less of a leap into a culture that we don't know much about
Like most of us I don't do enough to make my community more resilient. I don't think that this is a good thing. For no one person and no one family will be able to cope with the kind of changes that are coming outside of a larger more resilient community. It is in my best interests to work hard to help where I live be a more resilient place.
The worst option though seems to be to ignore all of the above and hope for the best
It seems that the window of opportunity is the next 5 years for us Boomers. We have to have a valid plan that has a reasonable chance of working. We may not get much done by then but we will have laid the ground work I think. By then how the next 15 years will really turn out may be more clear.
So what about you? How do you see 2020? Where do fit into your vision of 2020?
He takes you through what is really happening - the White native working class are becoming the bedrock support of the party. But the Social Mobility that is at the basis of accepting less social equality is not there anymore - so can the GOP only focus on the top 1% or look at helping their base do better?
So the question is, where does your concern about food safety really center? Is it your concern to regulate the nameless and invisible stops on the international food chain? Or should new regulations be made to equate your neighbors and individual local producers, with an international giant?
I am not one to rail against conventional farms. We need all of our farmers in North America to have healthy, successful businesses. I simply believe we have to be able to decide for ourselves what food choices we want. All of us have a human right, based on 10,000 years of human agriculture, to grow and consume natural food. But a recent FDA decision in the US declared that manufacturers using Genetically Modified Organisms would not be required to identify their contents. And now a company here in Canada is trying to market a genetically modified fish clone as food. That might be fine, but I want my community to have an open, organic choice. Policy that would make it legal to sell unlabeled clones as food, but illegal to sell heirloom tomatoes threatens more than the integrity of a single species.
It seems to me that the food safety issue and the proposed regulation as presented here is designed to provide safety for the industrial food marketer/manufacturers at the expense of independent farmers across North America. And before you suspect my motivations, please consider that I already pay more and produce more documentation for the organic certification of my farm than would be required of small producers under the proposed US law.
The time may come when the producers of synthetic food products will demand restrictions on the producers of natural food. Conventional growers need to see this for the threat it is and join in support of independent and organic farmers in opposition to this legislation. The time is now.
This video was made by Justin Watkins a student of KETC's Nine Academy - our Video Story telling School.
What is the immigration debate all about, and what are some possible solutions? These two questions are fundamental to our work on Homeland. Justin Watkins took a nineAcademy class in August and produced this video about the overall immigration debate. Justin included interviews from various people in the community who share their opinions about the debate.
He looks at immigration from a historical perspective; includes modern-day opinions and views; and also looks at some solutions from members in the community. For example, one woman believes that much would be clarified in the debate if we “got rid of the fear and rhetoric.”
Our hope is to help St Louisans develop the capability to make a contribution to how the City works - how do you think we are doing?