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    I thought there were a lot of plot devices in the...

    I thought there were a lot of plot devices in the movie, like the scientists teaching the natives how to speak English, so audiences didn't get frustrated with sub-titles. University of Southern...
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    I don't want to add any spoilers for those who...

    I don't want to add any spoilers for those who haven't seen the movie yet. However, the "man of action," the former Marine Jake Sully, played a pivotal role in the work of the scientists when he...
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    I thought this issue of giving jail time to a...

    I thought this issue of giving jail time to a pregnant female Soldier or a male Soldier who can be found responsible for impregnating a female Soldier serving in Task Force Marne Area of Operations...
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    So does this support what Burr wrote in his...

    So does this support what Burr wrote in his Boston Globe review of Avatar, that it's insulting to the Armed Forces?

    If you have an opportunity to see it an IMAX theater, that would be the way to...
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    Cameron's "Avatar" Insulting to the Armed Forces?

    Any opinions from SWC about the film Avatar and the portrayal of the Armed Forces, for those of you who have seen James Cameron's latest 3D film?

    Ty Burr from The Boston Globe observed in his...
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    I am reading Stones into Schools. I like...

    I am reading Stones into Schools. I like Mortenson's first-person narrative style of writing in this book better than in Three Cups of Tea.

    I attended his presentation 12/17, last Thursday, in...
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    Mike: I hesitated to comment in the forum because...

    Mike: I hesitated to comment in the forum because I'm not sure what words are really best.

    I have a few questions.

    1. What is the correct leadership response? Isn't it possible that the...
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    Well, right now I'm very much enjoying that my...

    Well, right now I'm very much enjoying that my message posting in the "what are you currently reading?" thread was moved and deserved its own threaded discussion.

    As for my expert opinion on...
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    Not so obvious to me, so who is Mr. B?

    Not so obvious to me, so who is Mr. B?
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    The Men Who Stare at Goats

    Reading The Men Who Stare at Goats (2004) by Jon Ronson in anticipation of the film opening November 6, starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey. It's supposed to be...
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    Hi fellow Jayhawk (I also graduated from KU):...

    Hi fellow Jayhawk (I also graduated from KU): Have you tried the Army Research Lab? http://www.arl.army.mil/www/default.htm

    Have you ever watched the ABC tv show Shark Tank?
    ...
  12. Systemic Operational Design

    I just read an article in the September-October 2009 of Military Review by LTC (RET) Tim Challans, Ph.D., "Tipping Sacred Cows: Moral Potential Through Operational Art."
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  13. The reason Appreciative Inquiry is hard to grasp...

    The reason Appreciative Inquiry is hard to grasp is that most of us are used to taking a problem-solution approach to thinking about the future. It's not really that complicated, and I agree the...
  14. A focus on what works today isn't to be stagnant....

    A focus on what works today isn't to be stagnant. It's to ground the future propositions in examples of what has worked. The future propositions should innovate. The process involves envisioning what...
  15. Instead of asking in the capstone, "What problems...

    Instead of asking in the capstone, "What problems do we have, what problems are we likely to encounter in the future, and what are the solutions?" we can ask,

    "What is working around here, and...
  16. The purpose of the inquiry to a core group isn't...

    The purpose of the inquiry to a core group isn't to discover "best practices" but to articulate ideas about the future. Collison and Parcell (2004) in their knowledge management book, Learning to...
  17. In the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) mode, I would...

    In the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) mode, I would get a core group representative of the Army community from all ranks, and have them interview each other with questions like:

    "What makes us...
  18. Problem-Solution Framework

    In lines 427 through 436, the authors present three components to the framework analysis they used, which make up the military “problem” to be solved.

    In lines 454 through 482 “Iraq from...
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    Hi Mike: I just had a chance to read through your...

    Hi Mike: I just had a chance to read through your story, and I would encourage you to keep writing it and try to publish it.

    You might do a search for your local area to find a writer's group...
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    Yes, the hardcopy comes with a CD, which has a...

    Yes, the hardcopy comes with a CD, which has a Word format of the facilitator guide. The idea was for units to modify and use the guide to best meet their situation. I think the public can order a...
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    Hi Marc: That's great if you use it in your...

    Hi Marc: That's great if you use it in your courses. If you'd like an electronic copy of the guide, let me know.
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    P2P Training Facilitator's Guide

    I was the primary researcher for the Army Research Institute (ARI) on this Peer-to-Peer Training Facilitator's Guide., which I co-authored with ARI when I worked as a contractor for Northrop Grumman....
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