The end of the office… and the future of work

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So recently I’ve been taking a look at new forms of work including elance, odesk and of course well known micro-commerce sites like threadless, etsy, and those periodic sales on ebay… What is interesting is how this article shows these are all part of a larger shift in the way we work which encourages a more mobile, project based workforce.

What a collector loses (and gains) in the age of music downloading – The Boston Globe

An interesting take on the social science of digital music which uses Locke’s perspective on ownership of property to argue that companies will need to consider ways to add context to technologies which become increasingly untouchable.


Cambridge Innovation Center: Shared Space for Remote Workers and Startups

My friend Jay told me about this one. About $500/month per person for a shared office space desk in a premium area. Neighboring the MIT campus and steps away from the Red Line in the heart of Kendall Square, Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) is the largest flexible office facility for growing technology and life sciences companies in the Greater Boston area. The Cambridge Innovation Center offers start-up and emerging companies award-winning facilities and state-of-the-art business and technical services in a package which is designed to meet the needs of small and growing businesses. CIC is cost efficient and scales with the company’s growth. Currently, over 450 companies are located at CIC.

Office Space Solutions in Cambridge & Boston, Massachusetts –

The End of Alone: moving from real interaction to online lives

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Semiotics and Future Studies DMin Orientation Advance photos, cohort 9 (Photo credit: lorenkerns)

The End of Alone – The Boston Globe.

An article in Boston Glove magazine charts the curious trend away from real human interaction towards entirely digitally mediated ones and notes the importance of being un reachable at times which is becoming increasingly difficult

Through website, patients creating own drug studies

Elephant Creeper, Argyreia nervosa....Bạc Thau...
Elephant Creeper, Argyreia nervosa….Bạc Thau, Thảo Bạc tím …..#2 (Photo credit: Vietnam Plants & America plants)

Through website, patients creating own drug studies – The Boston Globe.

Online video based learning: a brief intro

ELearning Rooms at UC-BCF
ELearning Rooms at UC-BCF (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Want a free education? A brief guide to the burgeoning world of online video lectures. – The Boston Globe.

Academic you tube sites

From maverick to misguided renegade: Inside the McCain campaign

Left to right: Todd Palin, Sarah Palin, Cindy ...
Left to right: Todd Palin, Sarah Palin, Cindy McCain, and John McCain. Rally in Fairfax, Virginia on September 10, 2008. Photo by Rachael Dickson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From maverick to misguided renegade – The Boston Globe.

Interesting summary of the media tactics of the current McCain campaign.

E-mails suggest Pfizer tried to suppress study on drug

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Pfizer Expansion in Cambridge
Pfizer Expansion in Cambridge (Photo credit: Office of Governor Patrick)

E-mails suggest Pfizer tried to suppress study on drug – The Boston Globe.

Here we go again. Not just Vioxx and the ghost writing scare but now also Neurontin. Emails can get your company in a lot of trouble