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Conceptual Resource Digestion Process
(an abbreviated view)

Radar system ::: Calendarization ::: Conceptual resource digestion ::: Concepts to daily action

The secret office

The following "components" are parts of a conceptual erector set—concepts to daily action in a world moving toward new and different futureS.

What are the new and different futures for: Kodak? The people whose work is associated with Kodak? People who take and use photographic images? Is there no additional history to unfold?

Questions, Questions, about using Questions as exploratory tools




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challenge thinking

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A starting point: a source document (The World Is Full Of Options)

Sentences converted to paragraphs and commented

Collecting text fragments to keep them on one's radar and annual review.

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Text fragments from full article capture database clipped to OmniOutliner

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Organizing notes (rows) in OmniOutliner

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Something similar can be done in Scrivener


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System view

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• Investigate conceptual resources (books) to purchase or acquire

• Add conceptual resouce to my Conceptual Resource database (Bookpedia)

• Use a scanner to create images of document pages and OCR (optical character recognition) them

• Import OCR text output into Scrivener and break output text into "bite sized" sub documents

• Create a table of contents document that can be reviewed for areas of future time investment. Add this document to the TLN site along with links to other related documents, Google and Amazon.
book outline action identification

• Review each Scrivener sub-document. Add keywords, document notes, references to external documents, and highlight key phrases. Clip key ideas (using Mac OS X services) to an outliner application (Circus Ponies NoteBook, NoteTaker, and sometimes OmniOutliner). These smaller bite sized notes are similar to mind map phrasing and are structured accordingly. This structure makes integration with other resources easier and can be the jumping off point for calendarization. This calendarization can be integrated with David Allen's Getting Things Done or OmniFocus.

Scrivener setup:
scrivener key words

• Export finalized Scrivener document to DEVONthink Pro. This provides a searchable (DEVONagent) database with related documents. DTP Version 2 is on the way

DEVONthink Pro:
DEVONthink Pro

• Write an review

Implementation process

The purpose of the foregoing work is to provide an informed launching pad to implement something valuable in the outside world—directly or through some contribution to others.

The digestion process outlined above introduced the idea of calendarization. Part of this calendarization process involves harvesting action ideas from conceptual resources and working them into specific action steps.

This workflow may involve several types of tools:

Thinking canvases



situation see explore judge

• Project planning

• David Allen's project planning guide

natural planning technique

• Tom Peter's Project 50

Thinking resources for attention shifting

Thinking broad and thinking detailed

Six Thinking Hats

• TO/LOPOSO/GO (Teach Yourself To Think)

simple thinking structure

• TEC-PISCO (The Happiness Purpose)



• Thinking documentation software: outlining; mind mapping and other thinking canvas software; project planning software (Gantt chart); day-to-day task management software (see OmniFocus above).

mind map

gantt chart

Conceptual resources in other topic and skill areas

conceptual resource worksheet

• Harvesting and implementing


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Career and Life Guidance from Peter Drucker

A core tool is needed that lists all work areas with their supporting work modules.

The ideas on this page are a mechanical expression of an attention-directing system. This tool kit part of a life-TIME investment system

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“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic”. — Peter Drucker

The shift from manual workers who do as they are being told — either by the task or by the boss — to knowledge workers who have to manage themselves ↓ profoundly challenges social structure

Managing Oneself is a REVOLUTION in human affairs.” … “It also requires an almost 180-degree change in the knowledge workers’ thoughts and actions from what most of us—even of the younger generation—still take for granted as the way to think and the way to act.” …

… “Managing Oneself is based on the very opposite realities: Workers are likely to outlive organizations (and therefore, employers can’t be depended on for designing your life), and the knowledge worker has mobility.” ← in a context




These pages are attention directing tools for navigating a world moving toward unimagined futures.

It’s up to you to figure out what to harvest and calendarize
working something out in time (1915, 1940, 1970 … 2040 … the outer limit of your concern)nobody is going to do it for you.

It may be a step forward to actively reject something (rather than just passively ignoring) and then figure out a coping plan for what you’ve rejected.

Your future is between your ears and our future is between our collective ears — it can’t be otherwise. A site exploration starting point



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