Monthly Archives: April 2004

APRIL 2004: U.S. NO LONGER FREE, NOR A DEMOCRACY

Fareed Zacharia describes two distinct qualities, constitutional liberalism (“the rule of law and basic human rights”), and democracy (“selection of government through free and fair, competitive, multiparty elections”) as the cornerstones of a healthy, peaceful and sustainable state. He laments … Continue reading

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REPORT FROM BAGHDAD

I‘m out of town all day teaching new and prospective entrepreneurs about Community Based Enterprises (what I’ve called NCEs), and specifically about Innnovation & Entrepreneurship. I’ll be back tomorrow. In the meantime, here is an extraordinary telephone conversation (requires Flash … Continue reading

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THAT’S NOT WHAT I MEANT

My last important learning before I left Ernst & Young was the astonishing discovery that almost none of what business presenters say gets ‘correctly’ understood, internalized, or learned by their audience. By ‘correctly’ I mean what the audience thought the … Continue reading

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A PRESCRIPTION FOR BUSINESS INNOVATION – PART THREE

Four years ago I wrote a well-received paper entitled A Prescription for Business Innovation: Creating Technologies that Solve Basic Human Needs. I’ve updated it, broken it into three manageable pieces, and present the third part below. The first part, which … Continue reading

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LOVE POLITICS, BY GLENN PARTON

All great ideas are dangerous, wrote Oscar Wilde. And someone else said that every great idea is initially ridiculed as absurd or reviled as heresy. Philosopher Glenn Parton, whose essay The Machine In Our Heads I recommended recently, has a … Continue reading

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FOR THE BIRDS

I had the chance to see Winged Migration last night on cable, and ended up sitting about two feet away from a 60 inch screen absolutely entranced. This stunningly creative and lavishly photographed film, made by a talented European film … Continue reading

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FLUFF

Three diversions for your weekend relaxation: Vegetarian alligators, music with spoons, and pirate talk. The Artistic Wizardry of Nina Paley Thanks to Philip at Just Playing for pointing me to the hilarious and politically astute cartoonist Nina Paley. While she’s … Continue reading

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THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL: PETER SINGER’S ONE WORLD

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you probably know that I’m opposed to unregulated ‘free’ trade, very worried about the extraterritoriality of the WTO, NAFTA, Davos and other corporatist captives, strongly opposed to domestic corporations ‘offshoring’ jobs, using … Continue reading

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THE CHALLENGE OF NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

I‘ve been taking digital photos now for about a year, and what I’ve learned more than anything else is awe for those that really know the art — the combination of aesthetic sense and technological know-how that together produce a … Continue reading

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MORE ON ‘THE SPELL OF THE SENSUOUS’

Last week I wrote rhapsodically about David Abram’s wonderful book The Spell of the Sensuous, though at that time I had only worked one third the way through its pages. I’ve now completed the book, and confess to a certain … Continue reading

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