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Last Update: Thursday December 14, 2017

A data model emerged from the first pages in 1994

The key information question to answer :


"How does one organize all the information about life?"


Hardly trivial, this question and has been the priority
of leading thinkers in every major academic discipline throughout time.


So, of course, we are faced very similar issues. 
How do we organize the content of every episode
of the television show? 


For the television show the four key components were:  

1.   The transcript

People study words.  Hearing them spoken helps to validate their authenticity, yet a transcript gives us a basis to begin to focus and analyze. That data is now past.  It is a record and it is posted for posterity.

2.  The Episodic Summary with Contact Information

To do an episode, each person had to agree to be available to answer viewers questions.  There contact information would be public on the web.  Today's broadcasts, particularly the broadcast happening within a particular half-hour.  There are 316 half hours within a week so many times throughout the day, two or more episodes would be airing somewhere in the world.  Every broadcast will be simulcast during its half-hour of the week.  Priority will be given to those broadcast within prime time and within the largest measured, viewing market.  Most every broadcast will be simulcast at least once during a given month.

To do an episode, each person had to agree to be available to answer viewers questions.  There contact information would be public on the web.

3.  The broadcast schedule.

The show was clearing on over 4000 stations around the world every week!  Keeping track of the show was virtually impossible!  Most of the schedule is in the near future.  Also, with every episode there will be a global collaboration of the viewers. 

4.   The Case Study Guide

Key questions lead to a deeper analysis.  Every word in every episode was generated from a key question.  That question, plus the most cogent part of the answer, plus some analysis of it become a case study guide.  Here we ask, "What is true for me?"  Then we ask, "What is true for others?"  And finally, we ask, "Is there any comment or insight that is true for everyone and for all times?" 

To this date in 2011, there is no known human interface that has only used the simple quadrants of time to analyze data.

There are four quadrants. Each is a perception of time.  Each is a sense of time. Used to order data, each gives information a place within an integrated, learning database.

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THE Past: The Transcripts.

Most all of the transcripts are available at no charge for our visitors and viewers. For our fellows, students, and insiders, these transcripts are linked to video clips and the interactive study guides.  More about one's life transcript...

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The Present: Executive Summary / Overview / Profile.

The upper right-hand corner of any four-box presentation on this site will go to a thumbnail description of a business. Plus, learn how this owner was selected for a show, read about their contributions to their community (social capital) and their industry. There are also one-line summaries (and hotlinks) to each of the key teaching points, plus many hyperlinks for more information.

There are hundreds of profiles and thousands more to come.

Most state references go to small business resource pages within that state. These small business references shall become among the most comprehensive on the web (for every state and territory in the USA and eventually every country in the world). Plus, every show has been indexed by state.

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THE Future: Television broadcast schedules, collaboration events, chats, webcasts and more.

First, there is the immediate future -- what's happening later today. At one time a viewer could click on an option, Schedules, and go to a dynamic look up of those episodes of the show that would be airing later that day. Because the show is currently not clearing on enough stations, that has been disabled.  There was also a summary by state. The idea was to give people access if they missed a broadcast, they could watch the streaming video of that show (clip by video clip).  The entire stream, end-to-end,  is usually made available to professors, instructors, teachers,  sometimes students, all the members and insiders, and our fellows.

Collaboration is part of the future and changes the television model entirely.

Each week we build out the Streaming Video Library for every episode of the show, every segment, and every key point. As the show goes to the satellite for broadcast, it also goes to the lab to be digitized and streamed on the web. Every word is analyzed and contexted. Our knowledge management tools and natural language queries of the entire database are evolving.

Please note: The broadcast schedules do not include every station in the USA and Canada where the show airs. Several PBS-member stations that carry the show are rebroadcast on Dish Network and DirecTV and the show is re-aired on both. Several of our PBS-university licensees also distribute the show via cable and PubTV and TV Guide do not pick these up. The show is also dubbed in different languages and aired in China, Mongolia, Russia, Latin America (3500+ cable stations), Poland and the United Arab Emirates. These global schedules will someday be posted dynamically by those who broadcast the show.

Increasingly this lower right-hand part of a web page will have four active options:


Watch an episode: Look at the schedule of broadcasts, watch the episode as streaming video at the same time it is being broadcast somewhere in the world, then join their collaboration event after that episode has aired. Although the discussion will be about local issues (as related to the content of the show), it will be hosted by key thought leaders and small business advocates within that designated market area (DMA).

Join/Post. Join a discussion group about that content of a web page on this site, or post a time to host such an event. You'll be able to join a discussion group about the content of any page you find interesting, even if it is your own page! Essentially these are small collaboration events, very particularized by interests and participation.

Collaborate.  Come online within the weekly scheduled events with one of the hosts of the show, one of the stars of an episode of the show, or with a nationally recognized small business advocate.

Research.  Find a business owner or those business owners with whom you would like to transact business.

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THE EVERGREEN (Also referred to as "ALWAYS, EVERLASTING, ETERNAL, The Foundations)":   Within this website, these are the best practices that get written up as Case Study Guides and Transcripts within one very large  Questions & Answer Array.

We are always in search of concepts and behavior, and information - knowledge - insight - and - wisdom, which seems to be universally true, ethical, and makes the world a better place. (more about Foundations)

This evergreen content becomes our case study material and these case studies appear in many of today's best-selling college business textbooks. We began doing these case studies in 1994 as part of the curriculum circulated by PBS every week to every college and university in the USA.

Systems: Systems philosophy, how everything is connected to everything, guides the thinking about the architecture and design of this website.

Model: The four-box model which is our logo is a web design tool at several different levels (More...).  It is actually the four base units within an octahedron. It represents the first step to go inside that most basic structure where a basic one-to-many relation is defined. It is being used as a design architecture.(Tell Me More)

Database: Our biggest strength has become our weakness. We had virtually no control over the WebSphere DB2 database and even now with the little SQL database, we have very little control.  That is absurd in these days.. But, hopefully, that will be changing soon!

Today, there are four different indexes to take you to complete list of episodes of the show:

  1.  Episode title, often the business name
  2.  Location
  3.  Subject or Industry
  4.  Basic Questions about Business

There are basic documents about Small Business School:

   1. Open Letters: "Join your public television!"
   2. Our mission statement
   3. The Name: Small Business School
   4. Our Story


Thank you.

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