Joseph G. Buchman, PhD
30 October 2014 - latest update
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30 October 2014

DEER VALLEY -- spending a week here with Cindy, recovering from the last of the move, cleaning of our cabin, and its sale to a new owner -- amazingly, a high school classmate of Anna's. Yep, one of the guys who walked across the graduation field in June, about 20 seniors before Anna, is the new owner of our former home.

I'm working on two presentations; one for SLCC next week, and one for the starworks conference a week and a half later. Among the current distractions -- designing the home theater I first wanted to build out in Alpine back in 1998. It's a 20 by 24 foot unfinished space, with a 17 foot high ceiling. Not sure which wall I want to use for the screen, nor if I want to stay with 7.2 surround sound, or go with Dolby Atmos?!?

Meanwhile we're still trying to pick a carpet we like, the furniture is all still in the garage, the furnace zone system still needs work, drywall to be replaced, painting, landscaping . . . all good, but a bit more like camping out in the house than we'd like right now . . .

03 October 2014

Busy/Crazy late July through September. Drove to Indiana and back, visiting about 30 friends in 10 states with a week "back home again in Indiana" for my dad's 90th birthday party. Then a quick trip to Joshua Tree National Park, and home again just in time to pack for Burning Man, where I gave an hour-long talk at Planque Norte -- on the same stage Grover Norquist occupied 48 hours later. Then home just in time to pack up the house for a move from Park City to Alpine Utah, our former "dream home" that we've rented out for the past 16 years. New carpet, paint, landscaping, plumbing and new jobs for both Cindy and I have kept us busy, and away from here (online). More regular updates once I get the office fully set up in the new location, which will be after the carpet goes in, which is after the plumbing and painting repairs are complete, which may all be around Halloween. . .

15 July 2014

LOST ASIMOV tape FOUND! -- The 1981 Broadcast Promotion and Marketing Executives conference was held in New York City. I was a 23 year old "Creative Services Director" for WAGT-TV in Augusta Georgia. Issac was asked to speak on "The Future of Broadcast Trade Advertising in the year 2006" -- then twenty-five years away. I had a cassette recorder and earlier tonight managed to splice the broken tape back together sufficiently to produce this MP3 file of this 11 minute "lost" talk by Mr. Asimov.

14 July 2014

I've been working on the restoration of some 50+ year old audio tapes from the early 1960s. So far I've restored 11 of the 13 episodes of "The Shadow of the Lion" - a radio series about life in Great Britain in the late 1950s and early 1960s. My favorite is "Their Other World" -- a 13 part series about bioastronautics research at NASA during the Mercury missions. You can listen to them here: http://josephbuchman.com/TOW.html

Another project is transcribing, annotating and footnoting the transcript of last year's Citizen Hearing. I could use immediate help with the translation of the Mandarin and Spanish language testimony. See: http://josephbuchman.com/chaudio.html

If you can help with that, please let me know. In the meantime you can read both my brief biography and full CV at the "Bio" link above, friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, read updates about the Truth Embargo Documentary and Citizen Hearing (where I served as Moderator for six former members of the United States Congress at the National Press Club main ballroom in Washington DC in May 2013), listen to a recent radio interview (I'm on in the second and third hours), or an old one, check out my hobby websites -- Buchman(n) family genealogy, write an apology to the Universe, join Herb Jepko and the Nitecaps, see my BSA anti-inclusiveness protest page, my Atlas Shrugged census (each being updated soon), or the wayback machine's archive of my 2008 Run for Congress.

"It's about rich learning environment creation performance art;
there's no such thing as "teaching" and never was."

I have a passion for “rich learning environment creation,” entertaining/educational performance art and deep “education” (drawing out answers from within). That's me in the upper left, in costume, at the Burning Man TEDx conference held in Black Rock City last year (2013). I am opposed to "teaching," not that I believe it has ever occurred, not even once. This philosophy of “Not*Teaching” was derived to a large degree from Jerry Harvey's work at George Washington University, and especially his article titled “Learning to Not*Teach”.

Recent clients and trainees, as well as students in my college classes, generally report that they find themselves in an information rich environment, full of support materials including textbooks, videos, role playing scenarios, academic journals, the popular press, and the web.  They also find themselves confronted by powerful questions with few, if any, easy to find “answers.”  They are encouraged to work in teams, to support and to learn from each other.  “Cheating” is defined not so much as “stealing the answer from another student” as it is the “failure to share what you know freely and unconditionally with your peers.”  The degree to which educational institutions and corporations create an environment of individual competition measured against the relative failure of one’s peers, is the degree to which, in my experience, we disserve institutions of both commerce and public service whose success largely depends on the creation of a true team.  

Student grades and trainee performance evaluations are based not so much on what they are able to recite back to me that I have “taught them,” but rather on what I experience as having learned from them. 

In this environment, I find each consulting or class day exciting, am eager for the students to arrive, am generally thrilled by their work and very seldom find the need to resort to a “lecture” or any other didactic method, especially after the first two to three weeks of the semester. 

My goal in serving students is aimed at a target 30 years away, one inside their minds (and hearts) such that, as they look back on all they have learned through the prism of a lifetime’s professional career, their experience in my class or training session will have proved to be of the most lasting value.

I believe the only legitimate goal of any business, is to:

“So exceed the expectations of the consumer that they experience an emotional reaction of delight, and become, unpaid salespersons for the product or service.”

This is the goal I set for myself as well, to so exceed the expectations of my students that they are delighted, become evangelists for positive word-of-mouth for both my courses and the college.

Dr. Buchman, Rep. Hooley, Rep. Woolsey, Rep. Cook, Rep. Bartlett, Senator Gravel, Rep. Kilpatrick, Mr. Sheehan
on the dias

Mr. Callahan, Maj. Filer, Mr. Courant, Col. French, Mr. Steve Allen
witnesses

Main Ballroom, National Press Club, Washington, DC. 3 May 2013