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Humour Me - First Round

on Sun, 10/16/2011 - 21:30

Love at first glance conquers matter:

Three Tenors in training:

When I am rich I want.......Two blondes were sipping their Starbucks when a truck went past loaded up with pallets of sod.

                           "I'm going to do that when I win the lottery," announced Blonde #1.
                           "Do what?" asked Blonde #2.

                           “Send my lawn out to be cut.”

Dawg gone;  real gone:

Play Ball and eat ice cream; now! :  Two

A Venture into Medical Tourism: Why Our Health Care System Needs to Adapt

on Tue, 08/23/2011 - 01:01

by Lloyd Baron, Ph.D.

August 2011


Our medical delivery system is being challenged not only by long and growing queues as our population ages, but by an international market in which we refuse to engage. The consequences for our local delivery capacity are dire.


A treatise on the failings of the British Columbian health care system and the huge potential for improvement, innovation, and sustainability. How has globalization affected the medical industry and our capacity to provide universal health care? How can we transform these challenges into opportunities, while keeping our political ideals intact? Read my professional and personal account of the rise of medical tourism.

An Experiment in Persona Management: Clearly a Work in Progress (Part 1)

on Thu, 08/11/2011 - 22:53

by Lloyd Baron, Ph.D.

April 2011


 "In fertilizing this online media mind, we are, in essence, igniting the growth of ubiquitous marketing minds that are selling and being sold 24/7, continually convincing others while never quite convinced themselves. If I am always selling and being sold to, what are the rules of engagement? What is an appropriate model for social media governance where everyone gains from having no rules?"


Social media marketing has engulfed the internet; corporations and organizations battle for the attention of consumers on new and treacherous terrain. In two parts, I will try to demonstrate (through  Bill Wasik’s “Bill Shiller” false persona experiment) that the new era of social media marketing may be much more complicated and the consequences much more impactful than just drafting a few lines of appropriate and, most probably, unenforceable conduct code.


Is Building an Irrigation Dam in Afghanistan Total Folly?

on Wed, 07/27/2011 - 00:04

by Lloyd Baron, Ph.D.

March 2011


“While the ultimate effectiveness and impact of the invasion and occupation by our armed forces will still take time to determine, the consequence of the planned construction of a large-scale irrigation dam in Kandahar Province is a foregone conclusion. It will be an unmitigated disaster.”


Understanding the cultural landscape of a region is critical to the effective and responsible deployment of aid and development assistance. The feudalistic constitution of Afghan society and political sphere has not changed in centuries – why has it been ignored even by those trying to navigate treacherous terrain with the best of intentions?


Social Media Policy for a Non-Profit Society

on Fri, 07/08/2011 - 22:06

A changing world requires constantly shifting goals and guidelines. Social media is essential to the success of any organization, and non-profit societies are no different; in fact, the challenge posed by social media can be greater and the rewards more fruitful. How should it be implemented? How should it be maintained? What is the overarching goal or strategy? What problems and threats can arise?

With the aim of engaging discussion, this paper provides five sets of guidelines for non-profit organizations utilizing social media in its many forms.