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Small Change… Re-inventing Small Business on a Global Scale

I have an Etsy shop!  It has become a goal to be able to work without schedule, to be able to study, create, get enough sleep, and pay my bills without have to time my morning coffee to the public transit schedule….

With this in mind, I began to go through some articles that I have here.  Some are printed out, some are online, some have a partially finished precis.  They are all interesting and in putting this post together I have read parts of all them although, not all of them have made it here.

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Article:  Embroidery as Participation?  Women in the Calakmul Model Forest, Campeche, Mexico.  pdf

Author:  Julia E. Murphy.  Professor of Anthropology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Published in:  2003

Journal:  Canadian Woman Studies, les cahiers de la femme, Vol. 23, No. 1, pages 159-167.

My copy was downloaded in November, 2014.  I found it here http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/cws/article/view/6376

Why this article interested me:  I love embroidery!  I learned to do embroidery from my grandmother.  When my daughter was small, my ability to knit helped to pay the bills.  Small ventures in a cooperative atmosphere can make life easier.

 

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Article:  Village Development Groups:  Model Based on Participation in Achieving Rural Development.  pdf

Authors:  Mahmoud Falsolaiman, Hojat Sadeghi, and Mohammad Hajipur.

Published in:  2014

Journal:  Journal of Geography and Regional Planning, Vol. 7, No. 4, June 2014, pages 78-85.

My copy was downloaded in November, 2014.  I found it here http://www.academicjournals.org/article/article1403017553_Mahmoud%20et%20al.pdf

Why this article interested me:  After finding the article by Julia Murphy, I went looking for more.  One of the keyword groups I used was “micro credit.”  Developing small businesses with very small amounts of venture capital has worked and is working.  I wanted to know more!

 

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Article:  New Venture Teams:  A Review of the Literature and Roadmap for Future Research.  pdf

Authors:  Anthony C. Klotz, Keith M. Hmieleski, Bret H. Bradley, and Lowell W. Busenitz.

Publisher:  Journal of Management, Vol. 40, No. 1.

DOI:  10.1177/0149206313493325

Publication Date:  January 2014.

My copy was downloaded in November, 2014.  I found it here http://jom.sagepub.com/content/40/1/226.full.pdf+html

Find more of Anthony Klotz’s writing here  –  Publications List

Find more of Keith Hmieleski’s writing here  –  Publications List

Find more of Bret Bradley’s writing here  –  Publications List

Find more of Lowell Busenitz’s writing here  –  Publications List

Why this article interested me:  So, starting a business…  Venture capital…  Taking a chance…  Is there still a climate in North America for the small partnership to succeed?  I found this article.  It has a lot about studies, research, benefits.  But, cooperation between individuals was my question.

 

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Article:  Does Studying Economics Inhibit Cooperation?.  pdf

Authors:  Robert H. Frank, Thomas Gilovich and Dennis T. Regan.

Publisher:  American Economic Association, Vol. 7, No. 2, pages 159-171.

Publication Date:  Spring, 1993.

My copy was downloaded in November, 2014.  I found it here

http://karlan.yale.edu/fieldexperiments/papers/00242.pdf

Find more of Robert Frank’s writing here  –  Publications List

Find more of Thomas Gilovich’s writing here  –  Publications List

Find more of Dennis Regan’s writing here  –  Publications List

Why this article?  Because the title caught my attention!  To find out more about the differences between economics majors and non-economics majors and how self-interest might play a role in business decisions, this is a lighter than average and, an interesting read!

 

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Book:  A Handbook of Fist Puppets.  By Bessie Alexander Ficklen:  With eight reproductions from photographs and numerous line drawings by Julie Brown

Published in:  1935.

Publisher:  Frederick A. Stocks Company.  New York.

Library Holdings:  One copy (1963) is available in the reference section at the Toronto Public Library.  Link

There are also many copies of this book for sale, online…

Why this book?  The title of Chapter XIV is “Money-Making with Fist Puppets.”  This book was a $1 find at a library book sale many years ago.  I have enjoyed browsing the pages and it holds a special place on my bookshelf.  Even though I will probably never venture to sell handmade fist puppets or write or stage my own fist puppet play, the author of this book encourages this as a means of creativity and possible income.  There is also a short, annotated, bibliography!

 

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Article:  Willow Smoke and Dogs’ Tails:  Hunter-Gatherer Settlement Systems and Archaeological Site Formation.  pdf

Author:  Lewis R. Binford

Publisher:  American Antiquity, Vol. 45, No. 1, pages 4-20.

Publication Date:  January 1980.

My copy was downloaded in 2014.  I found it here

http://arkeobotanika.pbworks.com/f/Binford%2080%20American%20Antiquity%20Willow%20smoke.pdf

Find more of Lewis Binford’s writing here  –  Publications List

Why this paper?  Lewis Binford’s description of the Nunamiut, “logistically organized.”  Hunter-gatherer’s used their knowledge of the world around them to survive.  They had to know when to move, when to stay, who to trade with.  I love reading about ancient civilizations.  We have discovered a lot about many civilizations, peoples, cultures but, we can only guess at what they knew and how they knew it.

Biology is about survival and there are only two outcomes to business, success and failure.  Life is about much more.  It is about cooperation, successes and failures, personal growth and continuation despite the outcomes.  We need to read!

 

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If any of these links do not work, please contact me and I will try to help you find the article or book that you are looking for.

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If you find any broken links on this blog, please leave a comment or send me a note so that it can be repaired.  Thank  you….

Ex-Situ: Archeaological Chaos Theory….

Chaos in the Classroom:

I actually received permission from my instructor to do this!

I have a tendency to freak out a bit, okay – a lot, when I have to do a class presentation and therefore, I neither enjoy either figuring what to do nor doing them so….  When the professor announced that everyone gets a good mark for their presentation “no matter what, you just have to do it!”  All of a sudden this enormous weight was taken off of my shoulders and I thought, “why not have fun?”

…and I did!

I cut paper meant for the recycle bin into small pieces and turned each piece into an artifact.  There were pottery shards, broken bits of things, gold jewelry, jewels, and pieces of cloth.  A small assortment of these artifacts went to each of the sixteen tables in the classroom.  The students immediately starting sorting the loot!

As I walked and distributed the artifacts I talked about Belzoni and the raiding of the temple of Abu Simbel in Egypt.  Then I asked, “What happened to it?  What happened to all of the artifacts that were taken from Abu Simbel?”

The class became quiet.  This really, really happened!  I asked, “Who has a nice piece of pottery?”  Several hands went up.  I walked over to one of the first and I said, “You just dropped that on floor and held out a garbage bag.”  She pouted and put the paper artifact into the garbage bag.  I asked, “Who has pottery shards?”  Several hands went up.  I walked around with the garbage bag and collected pottery shards and told one sentence stories about using the 6,000 shards at the bottom of plant pots.  I asked,”Who has gold?”  A hand went up near me – he really wanted to keep it.  It was shiny and perfect!  I asked, “Who has a piece of broken jewelry?”  Hands went up, some reluctantly….  My one story became, “you melted it down and had it made into a lovely necklace for your girlfriend.  She left you…”  And, I held out my bag.

I told a few very quick stories about owning an antique shop and some of the re-purposed treasures that have passed through my hands.  I talked about silk, its ultimate decay and what happens when it gets very old in an uncontrolled environment.

Back at the front of the classroom I did a Google search for Cycladic figures and talked about the loss of opportunity archaeologists are facing.

The other name for ex-situ artifacts are collectibles.  The shinier and prettier they are the more likely mainstream society will find the temptation to own one or a reproduction irresistible.

Studies have been done on ex-situ artifacts.  The book Dragons of Silk, Flowers of Gold: A Group of Liao-Dynasty Textiles at the Abegg-Stiftung edited by Regula Schorta is a good example.  These studies do put more knowledge out there, however, it is only knowledge about things, not about the people who made and used the things.

Archaeology isn’t just about things, nor is a museum.  Archaeology is about discovering our past.  Museums are about preserving it.

The final question in my paper, due next week, will need to deal with my thoughts on ex-situ artifacts and whether or not they should be purchased for preservation.  My opinion right now is that yes, they need to be purchased and preserved, however, doing so rewards those who are still looting, obtaining artifacts illegally.  Even though most people have a difficult time with the ethics of what Belzoni was doing in 1817, I do not believe that he was doing anything illegal.  Today, we know better.