By Callie Oettinger | Published: September 3, 2010
Chris Guillebeau travels and writes for a small army of remarkable people at chrisguillebeau.com and twitter.com/chrisguillebeau. When you visit his blog, check out his 279 Days to Overnight Success and his Brief Guide to World Domination. Good stuff! His book, The Art of Non-Conformity, will be available online and in bookstores starting Sept. 7, 2010.
In The Art of Non-Conformity you talk about your one-time job “slinging boxes” at FedEx at 3 AM in the morning. How did you go from there to developing a business and then being a volunteer working with refugees, warlords and presidents in West Africa? (more…)
By Steven Pressfield | Published: May 12, 2010
We’ve changed the name to Agora (the Greek word for marketplace and, in ancient Athens, the central gathering place for talking and brawling over the day’s events). Agora is meant to signify a communal meeting site—a forum for the exchange of political, cultural and military ideas.
Everything that was on ”It’s the Tribes, Stupid” in the past will be available on Agora in the future—with the exception of “Writing Wednesdays” and “The Creative Process.” These two series will be featured as stand-alone elements on our new site, Steven Pressfield Online. To access them, click on “Series” in the menu bar above.
Our agora-master will be William “Mac” McCallister. Mac’s is one of the many serendipitous friendships that have come out of my experience on Tribes. (more…)
By Steven Pressfield | Published: March 15, 2010
[Part Four of Four]
COIN doctrine, counter-insurgency theory, says “protect the people” comes before “kill the enemy.” In meeting after meeting we heard all the right things from officers and civilian leaders who were earnest, brave, well-intentioned, smart, sincere, hard-working and absolutely decent and ethical. We heard about construction projects and rules of engagement and mitigating civilian casualties, about liaising with tribal elders and managing escalation of force and irrigation and extracting resources and using local people, defeating the corruption of the Karzai regime, delivering good governance, etc. But I didn’t see any Afghans in the rooms. I didn’t see any in the PRT sessions (the meetings with the Provincial Reconstruction Teams.) (more…)