March 26, 2019
what are the
Is Medium the Message?
Content is King.
Always was, always will be.
Are oil platforms a hidden global environmental disaster in slow motion?
A | Architecture | Art | B | Balance | Big Picture | Biotechnology | C | Cities | Climate Change | Communication | Co-Working | Critical Infrastructures | Cultures |D | Dance | Data | Drawing | E | Earth | Economic Development | Edge | Education | Elements of Technology | Entertainment | Entrepreneurship | Exploration | F | Family | G | Golf | H | Health | History | Human Behavior | Human Life | Human Rights | Human Society | I | Ideas | Immigration | Incubators | Innovation | J | Jobs | Journalism | K | Knowledge | L | Latin-America | Law | Leadership | Life on Earth | Literature | Location | M | Management | Manufacturing | Marketing | Matter | Mega-Cities | Methods of Business | Movies | My Ten Books | N | Neighborhoods | O | Optimized Self | P | Photography | Play | Politics | Poverty | Production | R | Racism | Religion | Research Parks | Robotics | S | Scott Pickard | Sculpture | Simplicity | Social Groups | Social Change | Sports | Stages of Life | Star on the Boulevard | T | Technology | Thought | Time | Todolist | Transportation | Trump | Truth | U | Unequivocals | United States | Untrustworthy | Utopia | V | Values | W | War | What If | World Since 1920 | Writing | Z | Zeitgeist
Is burglary an art form?
What's the biggest question facing artists today?
cultures: film: Cave of Forgotten Dreams Herzog | Arts of the Western tradition: Janson's History of Art: Western Tradition | Ai Weiwei: Ai Weiwei, Never Sorry | India: Kathputli Colony Delhi | Japan: The Kano School of Painting | Arts of the African peoples: African art | Arts of the Oceanic peoples: Oceanic art | Arts of the American Indian peoples: eiteljorg
architecture, landscape & urban design: protect: SaveWright | green: Frank Lloyd Wright Hess | architects: Frank Gehry, Peter Marino, Frank Lloyd Wright | architectural tours: viaggidiarchitettura | innovation portal: architizer | windows: cabin in the woods | education: Frederick Law Olmsted Society
drawing, painting, printmaking, collage: augmented: artopia | at auction: List of Most Expensive Paintings | jewel-like: Klimt Néret | impressionism: Monet or The Triumph of Impressionism Wildenstein | van gogh: Complete Works Metzger | building mural: BIG | digital pencil: 53 | in 3D: CreoPop | diagrams and patterns: venn, zentangle | learning: I Draw, sketch-based learning | chalk: Peter Han | coloring: Secret Gardens Basford | digital: Adobe Ink & Slide | masters: Rembrandt | landscapes: Heart of the Andes Church | murals: Detroit Industry Murals Rivera
movies: interviews: Broken Record Gladwell | tropes: Magical Negro | remake of a classic: A Star is Born| stop-motion: Isle of Dogs | independent & documentary: Hot Docs, flahertyseminar, sheffdocfest | the crowd speaks: Rotten Tomatoes | how to make/direct a movie: Ron Howard Master Class, The Godfather Notebook Coppola | Roger Ebert: Ebertfest, Life Itself | musicals: La La Land, Sound of Music | measuring: audience: rentrak | avante-garde: NotFilm | national parks: The First 70 | photography: terragalleria | on the edge: snagfilms, Werner Herzog | international: Karlovy Vary | sundance, tribecafilm
music: emerging artists: Slingshot | hip-hop: A Tribe Called Quest, Straight Outta Compton | birthplace internet: Poppy | baby boomers: The Bridge | the studio: Electric Lady Studios | neo soul: Mayer Hawthorne | dead: Prince | graham nash: This Path Tonight | carpool karaoke: J. Lo & J. Co | startup shakeout: The Music Startup Meltdown | jazz: The Complete Concert by the Sea Live Erroll Garner | the chairman: Frank Sinatra Has a Cold | Beatles: White Album | top grossing album: Thriller Jackson | Brian Wilson: Love & Mercy | 3 days of peace & music: Woodstock
photography: outdoor engagement: JR | tripod: Tenikle | magazines: aperture, tasjmagazine, Provoke | Can photography change the world? | visual archive of biodiversity: Photo Ark | image editing app: Meitu | digital: ALEXA | expositions: Paris Photo | rock-n-roll: Danny Clinch | Humans of New York Stanton | aerials: Aerial Images from a Hot Air Balloon video sp
sculpture: bigger than life: Seward Johnson Atelier | dynamic: suspended | mobiles: calder | steel: David Stromeyer | sand: sand in your eye | 3D-printed: Joshua Harker | underwater: underwatersculpture
big: Search for the Lost Sunsinger sp
writing: I write to discover what I know. O’Connor | plagiarism: Copyscape | keywords: SEO 101 | what makes a great story: The Hero with a Thousand Faces Campbell | freelancers: WriterAccess, Upwork | never give up: 20-year anniversary of Harry Potter | great American novel: Ernest Hemingway on Writing Phillips | writers’ history: American Writers Museum | word count: Word Counter | grammar tool: grammarly | plots: 37 Basic Plots | guide: The Sense of Style Pinker | A Moveable Feast Hemingway | Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. Doctorow
in general: collaboration: Faces Places JR & Varda | resilience & passion: Maudie | funding: d.rip | animated van gogh: Loving Vincent | marketplace for collectors: Paddle 8 | abstract: jazzberryblue | contemporary: culturehall | participatory: philinthecircle | art history texts: Getty Research Portal | curation: ArtStack | education: Sotheby's | news: Paris Review | simplicity: Art Is | restitution: Woman in Gold | immersive art: Rain Room | Performance Art: Lisa Park | Colossal | The Art Museum Phaidon
Is our compulsive use of digital devices out of balance? | Digital Minimalism Newport
After the most successful period (1945-89) of balanced social, political, and economic development of any country in the world, has the United States become seriously out of balance?
simplicity: Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose… Joplin | hand-powered centrifuge: paperfuge | imperfectness: wabi-sabi | tiny houses: Elevate | less is more: live within your means | If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. | Intersections: We are drawn to the intersections of our world at a place or a moment in time…more sp
in general: balance in an age of extremes: Faces of Moderation Craiutu | digital saturation: Digital Detox | Balance, the fundamental verity Smith | Simple Siegel | Unintended Consequences Conard | Walden Thoreau | Working Terkel | just get it done: Perfect is the enemy of the good.
freedom (of speech) < democracy > accountability (civility)
do unto others < golden rule > others do unto you
wants < government > needs
buy-america jobs < balance > lowest cost infrastructure
help the helpless < balance > spend within means
finite resources on earth < balance > growth to create jobs
internationalism < balance > isolationism
free trade < balance > climate policy
left trying to survive < balance > right protecting wealth
concentration of wealth < balance > redistribution of wealth
United States < Mutually-Assured Destruction > Russia
work < balance > life
Can we make real progress to reduce crime and incarceration? How? | #cut50
Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty?
How should we prepare for 75% of the world’s population living in cities by 2050?
How might drones and self-driving cars substantially change suburbia and the city?
economic development: Now that Amazon has pulled out of New York City, how will NYC wisely invest the $3B in retrieved subsidies to the best effect? | How can a small city compete against cities 10-30x their size and mitigate brain drain? | Do the benefits of a new company outweigh the costs of attraction; i.e., Amazon? Is a head tax or Amazon Tax a fair recompense to cities for the social and environmental impacts of an Amazon-scale company? | How do we balance the need to attract tourist dollars with the duty to first sustain local infrastructure, businesses and natural beauty?
inside the corporation,
i compete against you, you compete against me,
every person for themselves.
inside the co-working mashup,
you do not compete against me, I do not compete against you,
rather, it is the Cheers effect:
everybody knows your name,
you are happy to see me, I’m happy to see you,
you are interested in my ideas, I’m interested in yours,
you want to help me, I want to help you,
you learn from me, I learn from you,
together, we design and build cool things that make an impact on peoples’ lives.
Mayors Get it Done: When you consider that the majority of our population live in cities, clearly mayors are the ones that are out there with the people every day, close to the problems (Principle of Subsidiarity), get things done, and don’t wait for Washington to give them any help. sp
researchparks/incubators: in general: associations: Association of University Research Parks, International Association of Science Parks | video best practices: incubators, research parks sp | research park flyover: Prairie Flight sp
in general: personality & identity: sound of a city | public art: Toronto | public housing: High-Risers Austen | tall buildings: Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat | sustainable living: Worldchanging Steffen | historical layers: HyperCities
Star on the Boulevard: I had climbed on buildings and train bridges and water towers and up tall trees since I was five years old, so I had no problem with heights …..more sp
Is Fortnite TV’s biggest competition for eyeballs?
What’s the best way to start a conversation? answer: Tell me about yourself?
Is English becoming an unavoidable necessity for social acceptance worldwide? Is this trend driving indigenous languages to extinction?
Which book has had the biggest impact on your life? | The Great American Read
What is the future of the book and bookstores?
What do we want in our symbolic landscape, and who decides that (censorship)?
books: tiny: Mouse Book Club | feed the soul: The Book Thief Zusak | prioritize your reading: 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die Mustich | social movements: Bolerium Books | iUniverse: Author Learning Center | paperbacks: createspace, iuniverse | bookstores: My Bookstore Rice | printing press: The Printing Press as an Agent of Change Eisenstein | My Ten Books sp
e-mail: marketing: Emma | analytics: emaildatasource | Archival and Recovery: Symantec, sonian | campaign management: mailnetexpress | direct marketing and communications: clicktactics, constantcontact, echomail, icontact, powerinbox | Enterprise Rights Management (ERM): EMC | legal discovery and compliance: Symantec
language: translation & interpretation: Transperfect | real-time translating earphone: WT2 | mobile: Babbel | point & translate: Waygo | linguistic coding: Pronounce | word-by-word: FlipWord | bilingual: Kids’ Candor | news: News in Slow Spanish, French, Italian | words: FlipWord
mobile: weathertech: CupFone | The smartphone has decimated multiple products: cameras, MP3 players, navigation devices, camcorders | off-grid communication: Gotoky | say hello to the future: iphone X | walkie-talkie app: Zello | text neck: Mobile Indicator | free calls/texts: Viber | tracking: Stingray | contacts: Brewster | gesture control: Dual Aperture | anxiety: Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)
radio & podcast: stories: The Moth | podcast: The Compass, Radiotopia | inclusive kids: Circle Round | make love, not war: KPFA | humor: Prairie Home Companion | change in America: 1A | human rights: Radio Free Europe Brown | human behavior: Invisibilia | interviews: Terry Gross | StoryCorps: app | science & technology: RadioLab
TV: What are top 10 greatest episodes of all-time? | Apple: Apple TV+ | fantasy: Game of Thrones | game shows: Jeopardy Online Test | children’s TV: Sesame Street | audience analytics: Nielsen | You are what you watch.
visualization: power point: PresenterMedia | visualization architect: Alejandro Soriano | online chart building tool: chartblocks | enterprise data: tableau | flow charts: Lucidchart | production & wealth: Visual Capitalist | naturegemalde: The Invention of Nature Wulf | The Visual Display of Quantitative Information Tufte
in general: early days: Pony Express | digitized postal mail: earthclassmail | imagery: skyboximaging | The Medium is the Message McLuhan | relating to one another: If I Understood You Alda | body language: Janine Driver
Internet: Will the IoT be the world's biggest robot? Should the government regulate the IoT? Do IoT’s benefits exceed the risks? Will/should animals become part of the IoT? | Has the Internet killed more jobs than it has created? | Has the Internet spawned an epidemic of cognitive addiction?
Can sufficient clean power can be generated from the world's deserts to supply mankind with enough electricity on a sustainable basis?
Internet (of Things) (IoT): computing at the nodes: Edge Computing | he da man: Tim Berners-Lee | networking aircraft: Airborne Wireless Network | cybersecurity: microsegmentation | the price for connectivity: Solitude Harris | history: Lo and Behold Herzog | dashboard of key indicators: Internet Monitor Dashboard | transcontinental fiber: Hibernia Networks | free exchange: The Idealist Peters | A network becomes as valuable as the square of the number of its nodes. Metcalfe
No Place To Hide jpg , No Turning Back: I fear there is an inevitable march towards the dystopian visions we have had as long as we’ve known Science Fiction. The Internet of Things (IoT) will grow at an accelerating pace that we cannot understand and it will covertly saturate our lives without us fully realizing the unintended consequences of these changes. We will adapt and acquiesce to this world in marginal steps that seem relatively harmless to us (look at what has happened with privacy in the Facebook era where we can no longer be forgotten, and in fact we may accept this as the inevitable advancement and trade-off of our technological society. IoT will bring more of everything to us but at a cost that we will not fully realize in terms of privacy, surveillance, critical thinking, and most importantly self-determination. We will be so reliant on IoT and its machines that there will be no turning back. sp
Are banks and corporations too big to fail? GM CEO Mary Barra took on the task of making a dent in the sprawling, dense and calcified GM cultural fabric which has deeply embedded within it, the familiar dysfunctional qualities of a massive bureaucratic organization. In this regard, human nature repeats itself with disappointing consistency. In very large corporations, universities, government units, and the military, this is what we face and deal with every day.
It confirms to me that GM was probably not too big to fail. Failure could have been the disruptive event necessary to purge the dysfunction and clear a path for renewal -- a corporate reboot if you will. Bankruptcy would have provided the platform and mandate for sweeping away all the dead wood, political toxicity, cronyism, greed, inbreeding and staleness that builds up over time inside society’s largest institutions.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all-in for capitalism with its many faults, but we all know the aggressive pursuit of profit in BIG BUSINESS (with power and greed lurking in the headquarters’ shadows) has its dark side. When it comes to too big to fail, we need to protect taxpayers, not shareholders who have to take their risk/reward chances in our capitalistic free market. sp
What are your data/privacy rights?
(a) consent or opt in when personal information is collected or shared with a third party abd to limit the use of personal information not necessary to provide the requested service
(b) obtain, correct or delete personal data held by a company
(c) be notified immediately when a security breach is discovered
(d) be able to move data in usable, machine-readable format
In this age of nonstop data collection, are we unwittingly losing our individual autonomy and the ability to make personal choices free of manipulation or coercion? | Exploding Data Chertoff
Does the data suggest things are better than we think? | Factfulness Rosling
in general: curated verticals: Bloomberg Industry Products | machine data to knowledge: splunk | at the intersection of: Data & Society | pervasive data intelligence: Teradata | crowd-power: Metaculus | predictive security: Lookout | consumer: Radius, TellApart, infer, inklingmarkets | baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks | app score: appbackr | cloud: predixionsoftware | gamification: kaggle | global events: The Good Judgement Project | health care: picwell |news: visualrevenue | online retailing: granify | prioritize sales leads: canopylabs | tools: RuleFit regression | music: scoreahit | baseball: Money Ball Lewis | data integration: CloverETL | earth: dataone | The Black Box Society Pasquale | Computer simulations are really just virtual time machines. Brown
You protect what you love. jpg
Are oil platforms a hidden global environmental disaster in slow motion?
Are citizens and scientists underestimating climate change’s potential existential threat?
From the very first time we become aware of the concept of surviving and playing to win, parents and mentors coach us to “never underestimate the competition,” and become seduced by overconfidence and complacency. As we gain experience, we learn (sometimes the hard way) this simple maxim is true. We know that:
- smart business professionals never underestimate their competition
- smart military leaders never underestimate their enemies
- smart coaches never underestimate the other team
- smart politicians never underestimate the other candidate
- and likewise, a smart scientist should never underestimate the randomness and power of planet earth and the existential threats that can arise, such as climate change.
We do so at our peril! sp
When is it time to retreat from climate change? If: (a) climate change is getting too big and complicated to reliably model and solve; and (b) climate change is going to create a cumulative disaster recovery bill jpg that we cannot realistically afford; and (c) only a few Americans believe nations can solve the problem together in time; and (d) most Americans are unwilling to change their behavior in any event; then, are we better off to focus our support, energies, and money on a long-term strategy to adapt to the inevitable warming of Planet Earth jpg , while not abandoning (completely) our efforts to stop it? sp
If the EPA is dismantled, who will protect our air and water?
Would injecting sulphur in the atmosphere cool the planet (geoengineering)?
Will water wars drive a (permanent) wedge between the haves and the have-nots?
Are we protecting enough of earth’s terrestrial and marine areas to secure the long-term health and sustainability of our planet?
atmosphere: air pollution: New Delhi | research: clouds | smell: petrichor | cold: polar vortex | organizations: Cloud Appreciation Society | global warming jpg : An Inconvenient Truth Gore | air quality: Smog Free Project
history: origin & development of earth: one-third the age of the universe | supercontinents: Pangaea | interpretation of geologic record: Paleontological interpretation | fossils: African Fossils | asteropid impact: Chicxulub Shonting
hydrosphere (water): toilets: World Toilet Day | water from air: Source | water grab: Great Lakes Compact | catastrophes: The Poisoned City Clark | scarcity: The End of Abundance Zetland | conservation: The Everglades: River of Grass Douglas, Pristine Seas | oceans: Blue Planet II Attenborough
surface features: time lapse imagery: Landsat Annual Timelapse 1984 - 2012 | geographical concentration: ring of fire | injection-induced seismicity: hydraulic fracturing | monitoring: Earthquake Track
weather, climate, climate change: kid power: Greta Thunberg | pope: Laudato Si | facts: Interactive Quiz, Vital Signs | researching/reporting science/impacts of climate change: Climate Central | hurricanes: nhc.noaa | united global initiatives: Paris Climate Agreement | what do you believe: This Spaceship Earth Houle | documentary: Before the Flood | extractive capitalism vs climate change: This Changes Everything Klein
in general: fight back: Environmental Integrity Project | Earth Luhr | Earth's Dynamic Systems Hamblin | A Sand County Almanac Leopold | total eclipse 2017: Eclipse Across America | earth from space: A Beautiful Planet
2018: What is the last question?
2017: What scientific term ought to be more widely known?
2016: What is the most recent/important scientific news?
2015: What do you think about machines that think?
2014: What scientific idea is ready for retirement?
2013: What should we be worried about?
2012: What is your favorite beautiful explanation?
2011: What would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?
2010: How is the Internet changing the way you think?
2009: What will change everything?
2008: What have you changed your mind about? Why?
2007: What are you optimistic about?
2006: What is your dangerous idea?
2005: What do you believe is true but cannot prove?
2004: What’s your law?
2003: What are the pressing scientific issues for the world?
2002: What is your question? Why?
2001: What now?
2001: What questions have disappeared?
2000: What is today’s most important unreported story?
1999: What is the most important invention in history?
1998: What questions are you asking yourself?
In the modern economy, there are few skills more important than the ability to keep learning.
Why do white school districts have so much more money?
Can HBCUs discover a sustainable formula for survival?
Do art and physical education (PE) correlate with success in school and life?
teachers: How do we stem the tide of teacher decline? Should we arm our teachers with guns?; or, or more paper, pencils, and books? Should professors and/or teachers get tenure? Why?
tuition & debt: cost: TuitionTracker | Should we let students/families with outstanding balances on their student loans off the hook? | Defaulting on student debt is akin to cheating. I’m sure there are many deserving hardship cases, but I’m also sure many defaulters have had a pattern of cheating and gaming every angle of the system they can find. A general release from student loans is a very slippery slope and we should think twice about a better philosophy of approach. It's also terribly disrespectful to all those students/families who worked hard, paid their debts, and followed through by the rules. Ditto for home mortgages. A general release from debt simply rewards the cheaters for successfully gaming the system(s) by simply slow-walking the lending institution. If and until our government makes college free for every student, we have to be the adults in the room and make students/families accountable. Sp | Are we spending too much on tuition? When it comes to the cost of college for your kid(s), what’s a parent supposed to do? In addition to saving for your kids’ college, start teaching them how to master the skills of the lifetime learner: (a) independent study and research; (b) computer, software, and mobile device skills; (c) building/leveraging professional networks; (d) balancing virtual and real worlds in a healthy way; (e) adapting to a continuously disrupting world by defining success for oneself, not by others sp | Is debt-free college for everyone a financially sustainable idea for America?
If we were to abolish the Department of Education, what might be the intended and unintended consequences? | subsidiarity: Authority over schools can best be exercised by those who are closest to the students.
lifetime learning: tax credit: Lifetime Learning Credit | test prep: TestInnovators | open campus: New School | learn on TV: CuriosityStream | prison: Education Justice Project | classics: The Great Courses | travel programs: roadscholar | videos: khanacademy
university: tax-advantaged saving for college: Coverdell ESA | getting unstuck from the past: The New Education Davidson | public: The Great Mistake Newfield | future of colleges/universities: Democracy's Education Boyte
Can we make things that make themselves?
When it comes to VR’s impact on kids, how long is too long? How young is too young?
automation: grocery supply chain: Ocado | folding clothes: FoldiMate | customer contact: soundbite | machine-to-machine (MSM): Connected World | manufacturing automation: automationmag, International Society of Automation | personal: ifttt | shopping: jeans store | test automation: spirent
electronics: managing all Apple devices as an ecosystem: jamf | expo: E3 2016 |design: Amazon Lab126 | flexible: displays: plasticlogic, microprocessors | learning kits: sparklelabs | trade shows: Consumer Electronics Show
mapping: cybersecurity: interference testing | radio-location: locatacorp | analytics: placed | data: momentfeed, placeIQ | geographic intelligence : www.metacarta.com | changing our brains: Pinpoint Milner | DIY museum map: Journey Maker | geography-as-a-service: FarmPlace | visually-impaired: Braille interface | physical model: Verdenskortet | 3D mapping: Trekker | buildings: IndoorAtlas | cities: Madison | coolhunting: MapLab | custom hand-made: alacartemaps | equal-area projection: futuremaps | measure online: distance | national parks: parks.mapquest | history: Prisoners of Geography Marshall | The Disruption of Being Lost: The unintended irony was that the more progress was made, the more a piece of our brains jpg was going dark forever...more sp | office: my map sp
measurement, observation, control: floor plans: roomscan | zoom in and out: scale of the universe | telescopes: Giant Magellan Telescope, Thirty Meter Telescope | Hubble | crowd-sourced: ARKYD | radio: ALMA
modeling, simulation, biomimicry: visualization power of AR/VR: flooding simulation | insect-scale micro-robots: RoboBees | genetically-engineerd spider silk: Kraig Biocraft | anti-bacterial: cicada wings | bullet train: kingfisher beak | collective behavior: ants | catalog: AskNature
solar: Solar required for new California homes starting in 2020 | payback: Solar Project Builder | world’s largest floating solar farm: Sungrow Power Supply Company | solar road: Wattway | industry software platforms: Sighten | net-zero homes: Solar Decathlon | oven: gosun| boats: planetsolar | crowd funding: joinmosaic | direct solar liquid fuel: jouleunlimited
virtual/augmented (VR/AR): optimized self: Augmented King | un-virtual: Going Outside | retail: Macy’s furniture experience | research: Virtual Human Interaction Lab | theory & practice: Experience on Demand Bailenson
wind energy: Could ocean wind farms diffuse hurricanes before landfall? | Does proximity to wind power (turbines) have an impact on residential property values? | two-bladed: Seawind | airborne: makanipower, windlift | direct drive: boulderwindpower
in general: steel: Modumetal, nanosteelco | coatings: nanomech, hzo.me | micromachining: picodrill | self-assembly: Self-Assembly Lab Tibbits | environmental impact: DamNation, Hetch Hetchy, Sensor Fish | heat energy: stove biolitestove | thermovoltaics gmzenergy
Will home delivery kill the restaurant?
Do violent games contribute to youth violence?
gaming/gamification: OASIS: Ready Player One | game producer & arenas: Blizzard Entertainment | MMOBA: King of Glory | monetizing star players: Twitch | rise of the gamer culture jpg : Kill Screen | rent over 8,000 games & movies: Gamefly | students: National Association of Collegiate eSports | Ender’s Game Card
restaurants: see (AR) before you order: Menu3 | the best: Zagat, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants | farm-to-table: The Kitchen | uber-style delivery services: GO-JEK | pop-ups: Shake Shack | food trucks: Roaming Hunger | eliminate waste: zeropercent | chefs: Yes, Chef Samuelsson, The Hundred-Foot Journey
road trip: following our dreams: The Alchemist Coelho | 5 apps | che: The Motorcycle Diaries Che Guevara | outlaws: Thelma & Louise | motorcycles: The Roadery | car: On the Road Kerouac, Travels with Charlie Steinbeck |
travel: protect your employees: WorldAware | low-cost packages: Gate 1 Travel | water parks: Aquatica | points: The Points Guy | middle east: The Monk of Mokha Eggers | armchair travel for kids: Little Passports | utah canyons: The Mighty Five | 7 joys: The Joys of Travel Swick
in general: stories: Pop-Up Magazine | Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony: EGOT | cruise ships: Quantum of the Seas | horse racing: Kentucky Derby | nightlife: sociéteperrier | racing: The Gentleman’s Guide to Racing | gambling cash prizes: DraftKings
failure is inevitably a part of discovery: Deadpool
What are top 20 reasons why startups fail?
How do investors find the next big thing?
What is the market potential for your company's product or service, and how does that fit into the revenue potential for the industry and its growth rate? | Elevator Pitch: You’ve only got 3 minutes, so instead of doing a business plan brain dump that will leave an investor reeling, pitch a story as if it really happened, the way they do in the movie business. You can start the story like this: “In 201?, I finally left my job and started my own business. I was terrified but exhilarated at the same time. As it turned out, it was the greatest decision I ever made because my dream is now a reality and people love our product.” And go from there. sp
startups: pivot or die: 9 successful cases | invoicing: Bill.com | world’s biggest startup campus: Station F | how-to: Zero to One Thiel, a16z | stories of startups' early days: Founders at Work Livingston | Focus like the point of a pencil: One of the most dangerous traps an entrepreneur can fall into is to get unfocused and spread thin across too many things -- a mile wide and an inch deep. An entrepreneur friend once told me that the venture capitalist that funded him made him see the wisdom of “focusing like the point of a pencil” to get one product to market because entrepreneurs consistently underestimate how much energy and focus it takes to accomplish that feat. sp
in general: startup 101: Kauffman FastTrac | bootcamp: nxlevel | CEOs: Business Rock Stars | education: deshpandefoundation, edcorner.stanford.edu | social impact: Models of Impact | Risk and entrepreneurial resiliency: The best thing to do to stay calm and deal with the risk of starting a business is to think of the worst things that can happen to you (bankruptcy, being sued, going broke, getting divorced, havng a nervous breakdown, dieing….) and then figure out a plan to deal and recover from the worst-case scenario by breaking apart each problem and figuring out a solution. Once you go through this thought process and convince yourself that you can survive this adversity, then you can move forward with resolve and not constantly fret over the risk. This is entrepreneurial resiliency. sp
We shall not cease from exploration
At the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Is it our destiny to become a spacefaring species?
What is the most exclusive club in the world?
Why do we crave the road trip? Hitting the open road is really the impulse to explore that is hard-wired into our being from the first day we crawl from the living room to the kitchen; or run down to the creek in the woods; or bike across town without our parents knowing about it; and we never stop. It is on-demand exploration for all of us and the impulse is so strong that we return to satisfy that drive, year after year. So the question within the question is, why do we explore? sp
space: B.S. 20?? Space: Colorado School of Mines | Mars: Insight, The First, The Martian Weir | long-term spaceflight: Endurance Kelly | commercial ventures: Blue Origin, SpaceX, virgingalactic | light sail: The Planetary Society | U.S. Air Force: Space Command
in general: road trip: The Long Haul Murphy | early 20th-century discoveries in the Amazon: The Lost City of Z | antarctica southern ocean: Polar Pod | TV: National Geographic Explorer | Hubbard Medal | why: No Dream Is Too High Aldrin
look at my life,
I'm a lot like you were.
Is it a good idea for kids to be asking for answers to important questions from digital assistants? Is this practice interfering with the learning process?
How can the built environment help children cultivate self-reliance? The Design of Childhood Lange
Are overprotective parents raising a generation that can’t grow up? The Vanishing American Adult Sasse
At what age should a child be given a cell phone?
financial & investing: free stock trading: Robinhood | being smart about spending: Dollars and Sense Ariely | in-a-nutshell: Investing in the stock market is like riding a roller coaster: you only get hurt when you jump out because (long-term) history shows that stocks always go down faster than they go up, but they always (eventually) go up more than they go down.
homes: what’s next: Housing-as-a-Service | equity: Figure | struggling to afford the American Dream: Squeezed Quart | simplify: Tidying Up | low-income: mobile | modular: Katerra | portable: Coodo | compare movers: moveBuddha | insurance: Lemonade | find a contractor: BuildZoom | simple door/window insulator: Draft Guard | buy/sell local: Offerup | search/appraisal: trulia, zillow
parenting & grandparenting: parenting the fragile child: The Orchid and the Dandelion Boyce | digital addiction: Quiet dePaola, Truth About Tech | restore free-range/free-play kids: Let Grow | saving for college: Saving For College | jokes for kids: Little Book of Big Laughs Cadts | cell phones: Away for the Day (Screenagers) | TV: Honey, I Shot the TV! sp
in general: losing a friend: Bridge to Terabithia Paterson (Auth | estrangement: Stand Alone | family saga: The Son Meyer | learn together: Wow in the World | fathers: Dadland | final days: Checklist for My Family Hurmefather | A River Runs Through It Maclean | end of life: Rocket Gibraltar | weddings: 112 Weddings | family: videos sp
Love has many colors: Love over a lifetime has many colors. In the beginning, love is hot red and pink and black and white. Over the decades, love turns to green and brown and blue like a majestic tree with roots sunk deep and reaching for the sky. sp
When will you shoot your age?
in general: father/son: Final Rounds Dodson | golf as a metaphor for life: The Legend of Bagger Vance Pressfield | kids: Drive, Chip and Putt | stadium golf: Scottsdale TPC #16 | rules & etiquette: Rule Changes 2019
Golf is a declining sport, but why? It would make sense to me that there are more golf course failures in climates where you don’t have sunny weather year-round, versus the warmer climates in the west, south, and southeast. But the bigger driver of this trend is that the younger generation is not adopting golf the way it was with my generation. From their perspective it takes too much time; it’s too difficult a game to master; it costs too much; it’s low on the adrenaline meter (think Fortnite and extreme sports); and, it’s simply what they (parents) did, not what we do. That being the case, this trend will impact all regions eventually. sp
Laughter is (still) the best medicine.
Should Social Security and/or Medicare be privatized?
Why for two years in a row, has our (U.S.) life expectancy declined?
How do we stem the tide of obesity?
Is the vape boom a slow-motion train wreck?
healthcare: What can employers do to help address the high cost of healthcare in the U.S.? | Has the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) improved the cost-effectiveness of America’s healthcare system overall? Or is it a disaster in the making? | Should we want turn over all of American medicine (Universal Health Care; Medicare for All to those who have proved themselves incompetent to run large parts of it?
Bureaucratic Paradox: We look to the federal government for a global solution to a sustainable healthcare system that works for everybody, but history shows BIG GOVERNMENT is the most incompetent and wasteful and corrupt caretaker of our tax dollars. So, what are we to do?
First, we should require medical service providers to make their prices transparent so they can be compared. Competition will keep everybody honest and will immediately force excess charges out of the system.
Second, we should adopt the English Rule employed around the common law world, where the loser (in a malpractice lawsuit) pays the expenses of both sides.
Third, consumers of medical care need to “own” their care and shop for the lowest-cost. A balanced approach might include: (a) a major medical insurance plan for the big things; and (b) a Health Savings Account (HSA) to cover routine healthcare. The unused balance in the HSA would roll over into a retirement account. The consumer is incentivized to own and shop wisely for medical care, but they always keep their money in the HSA whether it is used for healthcare or for retirement.
Finally, there is no cure for old age, so when the body begins to wind down naturally, we all must accept the inevitability that we can’t live forever, and let nature take its course. sp
Why is there an increase in suicides (deaths of despair) and how should we respond? Should euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide be legal?
food: Can Planet Earth feed 10 billion people by 2050? | Is the global ecological impact of meat production sustainable? | Disrupting the $90B Global Meat Market | Is it a reasonable and feasible goal for our supermarkets and restaurants to become zero waste?
drugs, addiction, recovery: cannabis: Leafly | alcohol recovery: The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober Gray | opiods and corporate greed: Dopesick Macy, Pain Killer Meier | addiction: Heroine(e) | pharmacy: People’s Pharmacy
Corruption in Plain Sight: Are drug companies being honest about the opiod epidemic? Absolutely not! Corruption at the very top is killing people in order to make billions. McKesson knows full well that the more opiods they distribute, the more people that get addicted and the more billions they make. McKesson is the corporatization of illegal drug dealing and our politicians and Department of Justice are complicit. We cannot allow McKesson to become too big to prosecute; but we must make sure McKesson is too evil to survive. Credit the government insider whistleblowers and Sixty Minutes for sounding the alarm. sp
food: eat healthy: What to Eat When Roizen | snacks: Graze | diet: Flexitarian | food as an agent of change: World Central Kitchen | crowd-sourced recipes: Supercook | roadmap: Feeding the Future Heintzman | plant-based meats: Impossible Foods | Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization Brown
in general: solving medical mysteries through team science: Undiagnosed Diseases Network | disruption of the pill box: Pill Pack | ear wax: WaxRx | insurance: Oscar (google big data) | news: Stat | transplant ethics: Transplant Ethics | brain: Brain Food Mosconi
History informs the present and inspires the future.
Medieval Europe, Africa, Asia: immersive social history: The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England Mortimer
East, Central, South, SE Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa to 1885
Pre-Columbian America (1540)
Modern World to 1920
China: The Beautiful Country & Middle Kingdom Pomfret
France: post-French Revolution: Les Miserables Hugo
Russia: revolution: Dr. Zhivago Pasternak
in general: 13.8B years online: Big History
How can we beat loneliness?
Who do we believe when a woman accuses a man she knows of sexual assault behind closed doors, and the man denies it? What is and is not sexual misconduct? How effective is mandatory harassment training?
Is our increasing use of the internet harming our memory?
sleep & dreams: relax: Calm | analysis: Carl Jung | gallery: DreamBank | lucid dreaming: lucid dreaming | fantasy: Alice in Wonderland | believing: Safety Not Guaranteed | Your dream is the most valuable thing you’ll ever own. | Health
emotion: brain: How Emotions Are Made Barrett | hate: The Opposite of Hate Kohn | Age of Anger Mishra | happiness: Resisting Happiness Kelly | love: Love is the Answer Rundgren | ambition: The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald | revenge: The Count of Monte Cristo Dumas
learning & thinking: cognitive test: Alzheimer's | games: .x-cube | toys: paperpunk, skallops | talk to yourself (out loud): self-explaining | competitions: Memory Sports | memory: The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci | cognitive offloading: Augmented Human Papagiannis | boredom arises when you don’t have a plan. sp
mental disorders: anxiety: Turtles All the Way Down Green | dementia & alzheimer’s: In Pursuit of Memory Jebelli | suicide: Thirteen Reasons Why Asher | schizophrenia/homeless: The Soloist | bi-polar: Infinitely Polar Bear
perception, perspective, confidence, intuition: make it count: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. | you are who you are: Self-Consciousness Updike | sports: hot hand | mindfulness: The Confidence Gap Harris | | intuition: Blink Gladwell, theinvisiblegorilla | the view from 50,000 feet: Daily Overview | perception of space: Flatland Abbott | essay: Confidence is the Prime Mover sp
you are what you eat you are what you do you are what you think
you are what you believe
in general: the depths of depravity: The Stanford Experiment, Heart of Darkness Conrad | decisions: Nudge Thaler | nature vs nuture: The Other Wes Moore Moore | positive thinking: The Power of Positive Thinking Peale | alzheimers: Still Alice | The Blank Slate Pinker
Stages of Development
What everyday horrors of our world will our descendants look back on with disgust and wonder how we could have been so blind as to condone such transgressions against humanness and humanity? Dorfman
Is America's cold civil war (liberals vs conservatives) driving us towards a constitutional crisis?
Will the Constitution of the United States (1789) and its 27 Amendments effectively serve as the Supreme Law of the Land for the next 200 years in the face of extreme accelerating change in our world?
Do you believe in President Trump’s position that “torture works” such that it morally justifies its use by the United States during war?
Break the Chain: Is the United States (CIA) guilty of a massive violation of human rights by exploiting torture interrogation techniques (in the name of national security) at its black site (secret) prisons? If we rationalize torture in the name of war and saving American lives, then WE become the barbarians and in so doing we write a blank check to our enemies to reflect the same barbaric behavior. Much like child abuse which propagates from generation to generation, this vicious cycle of abuse and violence will only stop when someone has the courage and leadership to break the chain of torture, and that should be us. sp
in general: fighting hate where they find it: Southern Law Poverty Center (SLPC) | laws governing refugees and asylum: The 1951 Refugee Convention | interpretation: Originalism | amendments: Amendments 1-10 Bill of Rights, Amendments 11-27 | mass atrocities: The Enough Project | museums: US Holocaust Memorial Museum | concentration camps: One Long Night Pitzer | oppression & struggle: Human Acts Kang | United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights | human rights investigators: Citizen Lab, Human Rights Watch | modern trafficking: Human Trafficking Shelley
Civil War Slavery: There never was and there never will be anything noble to celebrate or memorialize about (Civil War) slavery. sp
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
creativity: rent professional cameras: Kitsplit | spontaneous humor: Improv Nation Wasson | NYC’s High Line: web site, book |walking > thinking > writing: Why Walking Helps Us Think | perfectionists: the 8 percent | manic-depression and creativity: Touched with Fire Jamison | kickstarter: Impact on the Creative Economy | humor: improv | festivals: SXSW | pencil: documentary | gaia: Biophilia Wilson
design: limited hand mobility: Liftware | designing for humans: Humanscale Manual | Paper (design) + Paste (present) | collaborative design platform: Canva | the master: Leonardo da Vinci Isaacson | interior desing: Houzz | education: Stanford D.School | studio-based education: Rhode Island School of Design | roadmap software: Aha! | bladeless-fans: Dyson | greeting cards: Lovepop | packaging: The Penguin Launcher sp
in general: keep learning: Skillshare | dangerous ideas: To the Best of Our Knowledge | forums: Aspen Ideas Festival, 99u | Blink Gladwell | Leonardo's Notebooks da Vinci | What Is Your Dangerous Idea? Brockman | persuasion: Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.
Is a balanced economic/family/refugee immigration policy modeled after Canada, make sense for the U.S.?
After World War I, did we ever think we would use barbed wire jpg again to trap humans?
Do walls dehumanize us? jpg | Walls SEPARATE Nations: Walls (physically) block people, but the far more destructive edge of this sword is that walls separate nations jpg. To spend billions of dollars to try and keep out a few bad actors but at the cost of separating us from an entire nation is a terrible trade-off and a fool's calculus. We put up walls in fear, hate, and war. We take down walls in confidence, love, and peace. What kind of society do we want to live in? sp | documentary: Hurdle | nothing good comes from: Walls Di Cintio
How worried should we be about alleged criminals crossing the U.S.-Mexico border? | Get a Grip!!: If you're worried about criminals crossing the border between Mexico and the United States, thousands of miles away, don’t bother, because you should be more worried about getting struck by lightning; or, getting broadsided in your car; or, being gunned down by a well-armed angry person; or, getting a heart attack, cancer, stroke, dementia; or, getting whacked by a tornado, hurricane, wildfire; or, the more common divorce, depression, alcoholism, suicide…..Get a grip, man!! Immigrants and refugees are the least of your problems. sp
Is separating immigrant and/or refugee children crossing our border from their families in effect weaponizing children for a political policy objective?
Are sanctuary cities overall good for America? Or do they erode the rule of law?
in general: unintended consequences: The Line Becomes a River Cantú | global refugee crisis: surviving vioilence, The Boy on the Beach Kurdi, Human Flow Weiwei | teaching kids our immigrant legacy: Her Right Foot Eggers | Of Mice and Men Steinbeck | Sin Nombre | Welcome to Shelbyville Snyder | Most Texans along the border don’t want Trump’s wall. jpg
It’s Not About You: There will always be native peoples that came before you, and there will always be new immigrants and refugees that will come after you. The belief that we were here first spanning the long arc of time, is selfish, misinformed, and a lie that discriminates and harms. sp
We Can Do Better: When the early pilgrims and pioneers came across the Atlantic to seek religious, political, and economic freedom in the United States, they came over as intact families and were not separated from each other when they arrived. As immigration increased throughout the decades from many corners of the world, there were occasional times when a father (or mother) came over first to find a job, but the children stayed with their mothers and grandparents and when they came later they were not surprised upon arrival that they would be separated from their parents. As we moved west to explore and settle this great United States, we did so as intact families. Separating kids from parents at such a critical moment in their lives is simply an abomination and a gross transgression of American values. No amount of political spin or religious pontification can change that fact. sp
Walls SEPARATE Nations: Walls (physically) block people, but the far more destructive edge of this sword is that walls separate nations jpg. To spend billions of dollars to try and keep out a few bad actors but at the cost of separating us from an entire nation is a terrible trade-off and a fool's calculus. We put up walls in fear, hate, and war. We take down walls in confidence, love, and peace. What kind of society do we want to live in? sp
Every innovation begins with the question.
fintech: Will the banking industry be disrupted by blockchain technology, or be revolutionized? Will digital banks (challenger banks) eventually obsolete physical branch banks?
Will autonomous cars destroy millions of jobs?
Is innovation predictable?
in general: silicon valley: Valley of the Boom | W.A.I.T. – W.hy A.m I. T.alking (in this meeting) | online collaboration platforms: Airtable | unified: Chime | free screen sharing: join me | the perfect team: Project Aristotle | teams: Slack, Atlassian | secure messaging: Symphony | whiteboards: groupboard, SMART kapp | academic: academicroom | art+science: Art at the Interface, CERN | finding innovation outside silicon valley: The Innovation Blind Spot Baird | blackberry: Losing the Signal McNish | The Innovator's Dilemma Christensen | Most big achievements are achievements of a team.
Blockbustered: Disruption (like bankruptcy) builds slowly and unnoticed (in denial) until it demolishes a company (industry) in an internet minute. sp
Adversity Drives Innovation: History shows that when companies face adversity head on, people rise to the occasion…more sp
Is your boss an algorithm jpg ? What have you learned from that experience? Careers will turn into jobs….. jobs will turn into tasks.
How are we going to find decent jobs for workers who lose their jobs to global competition, automation, robotics and artificial intelligence in general? | reskilling & upskilling: Towards a Reskilling Revolution
Is Universal Basic Income (U.B.I.) the answer to an automated future?
Are you continuously learning to fend off obsolescence? | reading: hours/day
in general: digital survival: Machine, Platform, Crowd McAfee | goals: S.M.A.R.T. | working smarter: Great at Work Hansen | classic: Think and Grow Rich Hill | preparation: Think Complex, Speak Simple. | cases: Outliers Gladwell | freelance: Upwork | teach english online: VIP Kid | household chores: Takl | get inspired at work: Start with Why Sinek | networking: 2-Hour Job Search Dalton
Find your way: Define success for yourself. sp | Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. Einstein
High road or low road: There are two kinds of people who are successful in this world: those who leave in their wake a pile of demolished relationships; and those who earn a lifetime legacy of trust and inspiration. Which road will you choose? sp
Has asking tough questions become a dangerous profession? | Committee to Protect Journalists
in general: native American: Indian Country Today | slow journalism: Out of Eden Walk | the fake news game: Internet Research Agency, Bad News | finding the truth in the age of Trump: The Fourth Estate jpg | deep throat: Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Felt | computer science & entrepreneurship: Hacker News | enough is enough: Network | investigative & commentary: Spotlight, ProPublica, On the Media | forums: frontlineclub | Journalism is the first rough draft of history. Goldfarb
Buyer Beware of Fake News: The cybersecurity profession learned early on that there is no way to protect every single computer and mobile device in the world against cyber attack by simply using policies and computer algorithms. Usually the weakest link is the individual that knowingly or not, clicks on a bogus phishing email or advertisement.
The same is true for protecting against fake news. We should not lay this off on the federal and state governments to solve this problem alone. Protection against cyber meddling starts with each individual being fully aware and educated about the role and responsibilities of citizenship, and having good common sense and judgment about the news they read and the sources they follow. At a minimum, we need to concentrate on education of the news consumer as much as we need to concentrate on the technology to filter and block fake news.
Besides, who should ultimately be the decider of what the truth is? I don't think we want the government to be the decider (or Google, Facebook, et al), but it must be up to each individual. We need to protect the media’s ability to collect and serve up factual news as best they can, but each individual should have an informed suspicion of what is fake or not. sp
The search engine is no longer a model for human knowledge, it is human knowledge. So, who (or what) is a the controls?
Do people have a right to be forgotten on Google and Social Media in general?
moonshot technologies: Google X
Could one genetic scientist who is a Christian work side-by-side in a lab with a genetic scientist who is an atheist? Lanier
brain: consciousness: The Quest for Consciousness Koch | online: IQ test | life’s unseen patterns: Hidden Brain | assessment: neurotrax | wearables: ybrain | research: sharpbrains | what your head is really up to: Idiot Brain Burnett | brain+machine: Beyond Boundaries Nicolelis | adolescence: The Teenage Brain Jensen
crowd: front page of the internet: Reddit | naming: Boaty McBoatface | singing together: Choir! Choir! Choir! | science: galaxyzoo, fish species id | cambrianhouse | animal classification: snapshotserengeti | bug bounty programs: bugcrowd
google: follow the money: Google Acquisition Tracker | the view inside: How Google Works Schmidt | news: Google News | race to the moon: Lunar Prize | lunar prizewhat’s hot: Google Trends | topic curation: Knowledge Graph | 3D motion & depth sensing: Project Tango | analysis: Think with Google | artificial intelligence: DeepMind
libraries: advocacy: EveryLibrary, Little Free Libraries jpg | censorship: A Birthday Cake for George Washington | Vonnegut Library | Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom | free: The Internet Archive | Let this be a holy place for the human spirit, consecrated to the forces which magnify the soul. James
logic: common sense | Benjamin Franklin | father of pragmatism: Charles Sanders Pierce | All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten Fulghum | Introduction to Logic Copi
mathematics: Principia Mathematica (Newton) Whitehead & Russell | love: love, mathematics of love | algorithmic art: verostko | computational knowledge engine: wolphramalpha | diminishing returns | equation editor | extraterrestrial life: Drake Equation | happiness: better than expected, likes minus dislikes | human-computer interaction: fitt’s law | two classics: The Thirteen Books of the Elements (Euclid) Heath | STEM education: Futures Channel | prizes: Fields Medal
museums & galleries: sps: KGB Spy Museum | homo sapiens: Neanderthal Museum | Christianity: Museum of the Bible | largest dinosaur exhibit: Sue T-Rex | general: British Museum, Tate.org | medicines: Pharmacy Museum | play-based learning: Children’s Museums | surrealism: The Dali Museum | mini: Mini Museum | science: Museum of Science and Industry | aviation: museumofflight | design: design-museum | digitized: Smithsonian | emerging artists: Miguel Abreu Gallery | immigrants: Tenement Museum
science: Human nature doesn't change much, but science does and it may be accelerating beyond our control. | passionate realist: Science in the Soul | engaging the public: World Science Festival | innovation: Science is the Great Giver Gates | What We Believe but Cannot Prove Brockman | confirmation bias: the tendency to look for and see only evidence that confirms what one already believes.
in general: Beginner's Guide to the Humanities Bishop | enterprise: palantirtech | native intelligence (institutional memory) | executive education: Apple University | survey & assessment: questionmark | questions & answers: bepl, quora | health: healthtap | legal: lawpivot | entrepreneurship: Co-Working Space in a Library sp
Mexico: geographic challenges
Central America and the Caribbean: Panama Canal: expansion
Venezuela: The same oil that made Venezuela rich has made them poor.
Columbia: news: Columbia Reports
Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia since 1930
Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay
Brazil: visualizing the economy
Latin American culture: poetry: Canto General Neruda
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
policing: How do we solve the problem of a growing shortage of police? Is predictive policing part of the answer, but at what cost? Does predictive policing move us ever closer to the dystopian vision of an oppressive surveillance state?
How do we work with China without selling them the rope they will hang us with?
gun violence: Can (should) common sense gun control measures and the Second Amendment coexist? Why should Americans have unlimited mass access to so many guns, assault weapons, and ammunition? buy-back programs
Has the the principle of innocent until proven guilty been irreparably eroded in the Internet and Me-Too era?
crime, punishment, corruption, power, gun violence, policing: for the prosecution: Doing Justice Bharara | justice/injustice: Prisoner Rezaian | black lives matter: The Hate U Give Thomas | airbnb for reentering prisoners: The Homecoming Project | gun violence: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence | biggest corporate fraud since Enron: Bad Blood (Theranos) Carreyrou | how power works in our hyperconnected world: New Power Heimans | insider trading: Black Edge Kolhatkar | mafioso: The Godfather Puzo | sub-prime mortgages: The Big Short Lewis | inside the mind: Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky | Corruption thrives within complexity and centralization of power.
invention & intellectual property: free-range invention: MIT Media Lab | kids can invent: Calling All Minds Grandin | patent search engine & analytics: CB Insights | problem solving: TRIZ | How to get help with a patent if you’re a first-time inventor sp
in general: copyrights: creative commons licenses | accountability: Judicial Watch | wrongful convictions: Innocence Project | supreme court: Scalia Speaks Scalia, SCOTUSblog | pop-ups: Pop-Ups and Citizen-Sourcing sp
Lead by example.
What is a hero?
Can/should our President do better? | Leadership Goodwin
in general: shut up and play: The Heritage Bryant, tennis icon: Ashe ‘68 | power of vulnerability: Daring Greatly Brown | include/trust/share: Radical Inclusion Dempsey | heros: Tank Man | success: Outliers Gladwell | nature teaches: Leadership the Outward Bound Way | transparency: Maverick! Semler
CEOs also Superbowl referees: CEOs Out of Bounds sp
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Leadership: Like it or not, successful leaders can come in all stripes: good, bad, and ugly. Some teachers are cruel to their students, while some teachers change students’ lives. Some coaches are jerks, while some coaches inspire greatness in their athletes. Some CEOs are flat out assholes, while some CEOs are fair, honest, and visionary. Some presidents are philandering, bullying, big-mouth blowhard’s, while some presidents are soft-spoken, strong, inspirational leaders of a nation.
This is the way of the world. It is frustrating to the average civil person who plays by the rules when a CEO or a politician or any person in a position of leadership and power can be as successful as they are mean, conniving, unprincipled, and dysfunctional.
As to our newly-elected President Donald Trump, beware of false prophets. We have tried to give him the benefit of the doubt because that is what we do as Americans. But as to his character and performance going forward, time will tell, the ball is in his court. Sp
Anthropocene Human Impact =
extinction = de-extinction: Can and/or should we try to balance this equation? sp What are the unintended consequences? What ethics should guide those decisions? If it is too difficult and expensive to revive every extinct species, what are the criteria for deciding which ones to work on?
genetic manipulation: Do we understand what we are doing?
Does the company know how the parts, components, and materials are ultimately separated, processed, and disposed and the cost of end-of-life disposal?
extinction/de-extinction: human: Centre for the Study of Existential Risk | priority: keystone species | archive: Photo Ark | advocacy: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species | species: insects, bees | The Sixth Extinction Kolbert
nature & diversity of life: TV: Nature | nature’s most dangerous cocktail: Venom: Nature's Killer Bauer | wellness: Forest Therapy | phylogeny: SATé - Simultaneous Alignment and Tree Estimation | birds: BirdCast, The Big Year | sounds: birdsnap | cats: big cats extinction | butterfly: Butterfly Wonderland | medicalization of nature: wellness and healing | animal rights & activism: Blackfish | love of nature: My First Summer in the Sierra Muir | philosophy: Leaves of Grass Whitman | Humboldt, scientific traveler: The Invention of Nature Wulf
behavior: Do crows pass on knowledge to offspring? | emotions: Mama's Last Hug de Waal, Spy in the Wild | consciousness: The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness | apes: musical perception | dogs: Cesar's Way | birds: The Genius of Birds Ackerman | The Behavior of Organisms Skinner
biosphere: researching the Gaia hypothesis: EcoHealth Alliance | overview effect: Overview: A New Perspective of Earth Grant | early warnings: Coral Reef Watch | animal sound archive: Macaulay Library | banning DDT: Silent Spring Carson | man’s impact: Man and Nature Marsh
plants & trees: Photosynthesis hack to feed world by 2050 | the secret life of: The Overstory Powers | seed banking: Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Native American, Seeds on Ice Fowler | evolution and paleobotany: tree ring research | rainforests: transpiration | deforestation: Brazil | counting: from space | data visualization: The Book of Trees Lima | education: arborday | planting: Trees for the Future | connectedness: Essay on the Geography of Plants Humboldt | Ancient Trees Moon | magnolia: Magnolia Season sp
recycle: recycled packaging: Loop | stop ocean plastic by monetizing recycling: PlasticBank | one man’s junk is another man’s treasure: Junkyard Planet Minter | plastic bricks: homes for homeless | organizations: Bureau of International Recycling | books: discoverbooks | clothing: Mari Cla Ro | collection: BigBelly | competitions: recyclemania | fundraising: planetgreen, rrewards | glass: ecullett | incentive programs: erecyclingcorps | instruments from recycled trash: Lanfill Harmonics | plants: Preloved Roots | cradle-to-cradle: Where all industrial ouputs are inputs to a clean ecosystem.
sustainability & green: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle: Green New Deal | local strategies for the long run: Institute for Local Self-Reliance | a world in balance: Nurture Nature Foundation, A World of Three Zeros Yunus | colorado river sucked dry: Where the Water Goes Owen | overshoot: Limits to Growth Meadows | energy innovation: Breakthrough Energy Coalition | forums & institutes: Peace Engineering | Cradle to Cradle McDonough | finiteness of the biosphere: Every dollar generated takes a bite out of our planet. sp
Tragedy of the Commons: Our long-term survival depends on each of us and all of us conserving the commons. | There's enough for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed. Ghandi.
comics & graphic novels: most famous man in comics: Stan Lee jpg| iron girl: Riri Williams | geekish: xkcd | anime: crunchyroll | cartoons: Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Callahan | conventions: comic-con | graphic novels: The Sandman Overture Gaiman, Le Diable Vert Manini, Watchmen Moore
science fiction & fantasy: prelude to The Lord of the Rings: The Hobbit Tolkien | broken earth trilogy: The Fifth Season Jemisin | time travel: Time Travel: A History Gleick, Back to the Future II, Safety Not Guaranteed, Timecop, Dr. Who | kid power: The Supernaturalist Colfer | avatarmovie | syfy | classic: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Verne | children rule: Ender’s Game Card | Dune Herbert
kids: holiday: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Seuss | silliness: The Book With No Pictures Novak | fantasy: Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia) Lewis | The School for Good and Evil | ten best authors
poetry: kids: I'm Just No Good at Rhyming Harris | rap: battle rap | performance: Poetry Slam | Chicago audio poetry tour | cowboy poetry | illiustrated: popshotpopshot | magazines: poetryfoundation | I know Why the Caged Bird Sings Angelou
Is your city/state magnetic or sticky? What can planners do to make the first impression more vivid, unique, and memorable?
The Boulevard is a Special Place: I have lived on a classically beautiful boulevard block for thirty years, and it has turned out to be one of the best and luckiest decisions I have made in my life. The boulevard is a place made special by natural beauty and longtime, loyal neighbors that have enriched my life. Every night driving home when I turn on to the boulevard and see my house and the neighborhood, a smile comes across my face and the stress of the day just floats away. The boulevard is a source of well-being and inspiration that renews me each and every day. So when it came time to start my own business from home, the first idea that popped into my head was “Boulevard Projects.” The name is a constant reminder to me about what is so important in my life (family, friends, neighbors) and it has truly been the launch pad for everything good, creative, and valuable that I have produced for my family, colleagues, customers, and community. sp
Is our obsession with performance data killing performance and innovation?
Can it be said that 20% of our products are really responsible for about 80% of our profits? Eighty-Twenty Principle
CEOs make 300X more than workers, but are they doing 300X the work? | CEO/Worker pay ratio: SEC Rule
What are the metrics for the top performing CEOs?
What is the circular economy, and how is the company positioning itself?
project management: online, all sizes: 5PM, ProofHub | resource/portfolio management platform: Planview | collaboration & task management: basecamphq, LiquidPlanner | gantt charts: wrike, gantter, ganttify, tomsplanner, smartsheet
To-Do List: I came to the conclusion long ago that one's day is a blending and balancing of business and personal, so this to-do task spreadsheet is designed around that philosophy. It’s not for everyone, but it works for me. > Todolist sp
in general: presentation templates: YouExec | measure, monitor, manage: Measure What Matters Doerr | daily dashboard: CEOexpress | getting it done: Winning Welch | one of a kind: Steve Jobs Isaacson | succession: CEO Succession Carey | HOW TO: Using Prezi to build Simple Online Dashboards and Gantt Charts sp
old: take, make, waste
Has the U.S. supply chain been hacked?
migration of jobs: Manufacturing is (must be?) opportunistic and profit-seeking, so it moves from one country to another searching for the lowest cost labor.
How can we transition from a linear to a circular supply chain model?
Why is there an extreme shortage of truck drivers?
outsourcing: business process outsourcing: Accenture | factory sourcing: Maker’s Row | healthcare: noworldborders | HR services: Insperity, Aon Hewitt | on-demand: odesk | reshoring: The Reshoring Initiative | Spies for Hire Shorrock
supply chain: open decentralized supply chain network for pharmaceuticals: MediLedger
3D: dental implants: Oral Arts | scan-to-CAD: Canvas/Structure | trade show: rapid+TCT | 3D-printed parts in 48 hours: 3D Hubs | additive manufacturing machine: Carbon | drawing and sketching: JJKAirbrush | software: Microstation, geomagic, autodesk, sketchup
in general: digital manufacturing: Industry 4.0 Ustundag | Stop. Start. Continue. Change. | feedback: Goodsnitch | time & motion: deming | product cost management: aPriori | reverse logistics: channeladvisor, optoro | automated storage/retrieval: kivasystems | digital manufacturing: Digital Capability Center
I want something that’s always pretty good, and never awful.
Is customer service the new sales?
What are the driving trends of the typical customer? What are the typical stages, length, and driving criteria in the buying decision?
brand: branding through education: The School of The New York Times | local SEO development: Podium | ranking: world’s most valuable brands | political campaigns: Our Brand Is Crisis | BrandSimple Adamson | Buyology Lindstrom | logos: logogarden, create logo cluster on prezi sp
business intelligence: about | hillsearch | logixml | versata | business information: ceoexpress, cortera, thomsonreuters | cloud: birst | executive dashboard: birst, qliktech | marketing analytics: openi, ebureau | on-demand: gooddata, indicee | open source: pentaho | real-time: FirstRain, strategyeye
competition: annual reports: The Public Register Online | book: Competitive Strategy Porter| competitor intelligence: attaain, Compass Monitor, scip, corporateinformation, hoovers | patent search: uspto | ratings: ambest, moodys, Standard & Poors
customers/CRM: trends: Index of Consumer Sentiment | e-mail campaigns: Campaign Monitor | keep it simple: freshworks | auto dealer service: xtime | appointment scheduling: timetrade | channel management: talisma, zymesolutions | conversation analytics: callminer | higher education: Hobsons | speech analytics: callminer, Genesys | advocate marketing: influitive | identify influencers: klout, peerindex, peoplebrowsr, traackr | mylikes | pursway | rate & review: YELP government | loyalty: Net Promoter
pricing/buying: What the market will bear. | behavior: How Customers Think Zaltman | cell phone scanners: ScanLife | credit cards: creditcards | credit profile: experian | demographics: census | rules-of-thumb: Oil prices rise like a rocket, but fall like a feather. | value-based: Dynamic Ticketing | graphic design: ConceptDrop
The Big Three:
1. How did it all begin?
2. Where do we come from?
3. Where are we going?
Are we alone?
Why is the universe expanding? What is beyond the observable universe?
In time, can we efficiently, reliably, safely, sustainably, and economically get 100% of our energy from wind, water, and solar (WWS) power?
energy, states, transformation of matter, mechancis, waves: conserve, recover, susbstitute | portable power off the grid: HANS | performance-based energy efficiency: National Association of Energy Service Companies | waste heat recovery: alphabetenergy | advocacy: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy | tapping the desert’s energy: The Power Tower sp | physics engine: PhysicsJS | quantum entanglement: The God Effect Clegg | sounds of life/nature: Soundscapes | wave energy: 5 types, pelamiswave sea snake
universe: uniformitarianism: The same natural laws and processes that operate in the universe now have always operated in the universe in the past and apply everywhere in the universe. | calculate the number of probable, communicating civilizations in the universe: Drake Equation | research: Breakthrough Initiatives | extraterrestrial life (aliens): Childhood's End Clarke, SETI | deepest, widest image of the universe: Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
in general: moon: supermoon | closest habitable planet: Proxima (b) Centauri | search for gravitational waves: LIGO | planets and their satellites nineplanets | creation: Eureka Poe | Mars: The Martian | Cosmos Sagan
boards: What criteria/objectives are set to establish the makeup of the board? | Do the board and management clearly understand and agree to those decisions and rights the board chooses to reserve to itself? | What are the board’s policies for director committee service? | What is the appropriate level of compensation for directors? | Do all directors meet the test for independence? | Does the board perform a self-evaluation on an annual basis?
Who will control the software that powers the next generation of the internet? jpg
Can (should?) the shopping mall be saved?
Is the Nobel Prize struggling to stay relevant?
There are no limits with the right software: Capterra
How did the Veterans Administration (VA) develop such a toxic leadership/employee culture? | Whistle Blowers of America
Can autistic people solve problems that others cannot? Microsoft Autism Hiring Program
How can we make governments accountable for their budgets? A budget is a moral document that reflects the priorities of a nation.
boards: gender balance: California Senate Bill No. 826 | conference-board | history: The Company-State Stern | annualreports | National Investors Relations Institute: niri | online tools: boardevals, governancepro, Directorpoint, boarddocs, boardvantage | Board Self-Assessment Carver
cash management: American Bankruptcy Institute: abiworld | Cash is king: The Integrated Spreadsheet is a tool that will give any CEO the positive direct control they must have over the financial rudder of the business….more | prezi how-to sp
ecommerce: cyber monday record: $8B | amazon, apple, facebook, google: The Four Galloway | small business platforms: Magento, Shopify | enterprise platforms: RevCascade, Orckestra, elasticpath, mozu | alibaba: Singles Day | sales tax automation: avalara | auctions: auctionzip, channeladvisor, dovebid, equipnet, truition | amazon prime day = alibaba singles day | bezos: The Everything Store Stone
employees & labor: tracl epenses: Expensify | workforce management: Kronos | co-working: WeWork | public unions: What Public Employee Unions Are Doing to Our Country McGurn | the authoritarian workplace: Private Government Anderson | cubicle: Evolution of the Office sp
engineering, research & development (R&D): contextual engineering: Diagnostic Tool | precision engineering: The Perfectionists Winchester | structural software: ASDIP | can do: Dream Big | education: cdio, Olin College | product analytics: Mixpanel | Every object tells a story if you know how to read it. | product design: londondesignfestival | china rising: Alibaba DAMO Academy | world-changing: Nobel Prize
executive: execution on goals: The 4 Disciplines of Execution McChesney Covey | benchmark executive salaries: rileyguide | enterprise management systems: workscape | online wizard: salary | say on pay | Promoting insiders is a strategy to maintain consistency, whereas hiring outsiders is a strategy for change. Sessions
human resources & recruiting: The business with the best people wins. oracle | association: SHRM | performance reviews: Reflektive | enterprise platform: Namely | management without managers: Holacracy | on bias: To be human is to be biased: we prioritize, filter, protect, survive.
products & services: discover what’s next: The Grommet | prioritization: A New Prioritization Framework for Product Managers London | checklist: new product checklist | the new minimum-wage gig?: Shiftgig | accounting: FreshBooks | booking: booker | chores: taskrabbit | cleaning: homejoy | laundry: washio | lifecycle management: servigistics | management software: getjobber, ServiceCEO | mobile platforms: prompt.ly | find a need and fill it
retail & comparative shop: another one bites the dust: Payless | small-town values: My Father's Business Turner | foot traffic analytics: dor | Walmart big bets: Store No. 8 | cheap and fast: jet, nomorerack | style: polyvore | catalogs: TrustedID, coffeetable | delivery: delivery | flash sales: gilt | furniture: Joss & Main | local: milo | member-only: ideeli, lockerz | store setup: shopify | research: Consumer Reports Buying Guide | findthebest, hukkster, Price Machine, TrueCar, become, findthebest
software/web development/open source: value stream management (VSM): Tasktop, Value Stream Kennaley | AI-generated software: bayou | software bootcamp, guaranteed job: Makers Academy, BLOC | essay: Why Software Is Eating The World Andreessen | blockchain platform: Blockchain for the Enterprise Gupta | development platform: GitHub | automobiles: Tesla patents | distributed computing: hadoop | hardware: Open Source Hardware Association
scott pickard: employed at-will: A Values Manifesto for the American Worker | employees tell the truth: Morale Audit | contractor: Planning for Success Brings Success to an Indiana Contractor | boards: Is My Company Too Small For a Board? | print-on-demand (POD): Monetizing MOOCs | Director-CEO Relationship
What are the top ten books that have changed your life?
my ten: entrepreneurship: Atlas Shrugged Rand | destiny: Dune Herbert | life in the full: Islands in the Stream Hemingway | utopia out of reach: Lost Horizon Hilton | power of the human will: Man's Search for Meaning Frankl | vision: Seven Pillars of Wisdom Lawrence | protect what you love: Silent Spring Carson | fanaticism: The True Believer Hoffer | on simplicity: Walden Thoreau | quality and meaning: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Pirsig
If we can’t beat them (robots), should we join them?
Optimized-Self: The quantified self will evolve to the optimized self, meaning humans will be supported by extreme wearable and embedded sensoring enabling real-time, on-demand guidance from a commercial cloud coach (Google?) for every step, move, and decision they make whether it’s at work or on the playing field; i.e., becoming more machine-like. The dark side is that humans’ born-with intelligence and cognitive skills and capacities will atrophy just like a broken leg in a cast. It will be the end of thinking. sp
Stay Human: When you feel yourself losing a skill or a simple pleasure in your day, resist the urge to acquiesce to new technology (algorithms) that is effectively transferring your money and self-determination to a server in the cloud. sp
Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing.
What happened to free play? | On Being Outside: Your best experts are anybody over 50 because we literally grew up being outside and have now lived through a transition period and observed the differences between our generation and today’s. There is nothing that replenishes and repairs the soul like being outside and connected with weather, nature’s green, earth’s blue sky, the sun’s warm glow, fresh air, randomness, and serendipity. Outside for us old-schoolers was a giant playground, stage, and whiteboard for creating and making up things as you go. We could hardly wait to run out the front door of school and be with our friends and be FREE! It was sad to have to go back inside. Unfortunately, the awareness of this special gift is slipping away with each internet minute. sp
in geneal: trivia: HQ | build stuff: K’Nex | surprise me: Blind Boxes | cards: Hanabi, funybonetoys | robot toys: Ozobot, play-i | paper airplanes: The Paper Airplane Guy | puzzles: PuzzleSocial, International Puzzle Party | reviews: National Toy Hall of Fame | free play: Waldorf School | movies: big | Last Child in the Woods Louv
sidewalk: hopscotchium sp
trees: tree swing sp
How did Illinois allow one man – Speaker Mike Madigan – to coalesce and control so much power over the legislative process of the State? How can the people break free of that political headlock? ANSWER: Term Limits
Can we not ban Government Shutdowns so they never happen again? | STUPIDITY: Stop Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The Coming Years Act
Could an Illinois bankruptcy trigger a U.S. (or even global) currency collapse? | Illinois Needs a Moon$hot jpg : Slowly but surely, the shit has hit the fan in Illinois. At what point does the burning platform collapse? Can we save Illinois?.....more sp
How do we monitor/control political content on social media, while also protecting freedom of speech?
Are voting restrictions imposing an injustice on many disenfranchised Americans and blocking the growth of our democracy? The Embattled Vote in America Lichtman
Is the rise of tribalism, populism, nationalism, and identity politics destroying american democracy? | Suicide of the West Goldberg
Are free societies at a disadvantage in national cybersecurity? Strengths Become Vulnerabilities
What is the greater risk to our democracy? That our adversaries lie to us, or that our own government, politicians, and corporations lie to us?
How did the VA develop such a toxic culture? Whistleblowers of America (WoA)
Can we do better, or at least improve, upon our two-party system? I believe in and vote for ideas, principles and character, not a party, because the two-party system -- fueld by tribalism and fake news -- has devolved into a poisoned institution that is like a badly divorced couple that demonize each other at every turn.
The campaigns backed by enormous capital have become killing machines that are not past doing anything to scuttle a candidate and the other party's ship. They mirror the overall problems we have with BIG BUREAUCRACY in general with too much unchecked wealth and power, and when and where that happens, waste, cronyism, corruption, and fraud fester and grow below the surface. We can solve this by migrating away from our system of plurality voting (vote for only one candidate) to a system of approval voting jpg (vote for one or more candidates) which provides open access to the political arena for all deserving parties and independent candidates. It becomes a check-and-balance against the cumulative abuses of the two-party system which is whipsawing our democracy in a destructive fashion. sp
anarchism, chaos, revolution, tyranny: The right to alter or abolish government is the ultimate expression of the people’s sovereignty. | most improved totalitarian leader: jpg | taking to the streets: Yellow Vests jpg | adjustment day is coming: Adjustment Day Palahniuk | nazism: The Making of an American Nazi | Arab Spring: Once Upon A Revolution Cambanis | dictators have weaknesses: From Dictatorship to Democracy Sharp | Time for Outrage: Indignez-vous! Hessel | Some men just want to watch the world burn: When the revolution comes, V will not burn down the buildings but simply shut down (hack) the grid. sp
You say you want a revolution,
Well, you know,
We all want to change the world.
democracy & social justice: using data to fo good: Data For Democracy | political advertising on google: Transparency Report | on the presidency: Shade Souza | concentrated wealth and power: Breaking Through Power Nader | rise & fall: The People vs. Democracy Mounk, How Democracies Die Levitsky | freedom of speech: The Free Speech Century Stone, The Tyranny of Silence Rose | We are the friends of liberty everywhere, custodians only of our own. Jefferson
subsidiarity: Nothing should be done by a larger and more complex organization which can be done as well by a smaller and simpler organization.
term limits: In a government by and for the people, there should be no permanent ruling class.
peace: Israel-Palestine: My Country, My Life Barak, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | UN Messenger of Peace: Malala Yousafzai | conscientious objector: Hacksaw Ridge | passivism: Speak Truth to Power AFSC
in general: news: Politico | corporate personhood: We the Corporations Winkler | fascism: Fascism Albright | On Tyranny Snyder | strategy: The Art Of War Sun Tzu | The Communist Manifesto Marx | socialism: The Road to Serfdom Hayek | The Prince Machiavelli
truth/trust: Politicians are Consummate Performers sp
free speech/right to protest: Should Flag Burners Burn? sp
Deficit Spending is the Scourge of Our Democracy: Rush Limbaugh recently railed against the liberal proposal for a Universal Basic Income to serve as a social safety net for the poor who are suffering from the ever-widening income gap and the looming disruption of jobs by artificial intelligence. Limbaugh rightly questions, "How can we afford it?"
Fair enough. But where was he with the same question for Republicans when they passed the recent massive tax cut. Republicans will say that in time it will pay for itself through economic development stimulus and job creation and growing personal and corporate income tax revenues, but we all know that is pure speculation. There is a better probability that this gift to the rich will become the final straw of debt piled on top of our current debt that will ultimately break the financial backs of our children, grandchildren, and future generations.
But the problem in these situations is always that the politicians making these decisions take absolutely no personal long-term risk for passing a deficit-spending tax bill and there will be no accountability for their bad decisions. There never is.
This dysfunctional, bankrupting behavior repeats, year after year, administration after administration, and we seem to be too dumb or too complacent or too powerless to change this recidivist cycle in our political institutions.
Lesser of Two Evils: What is the lesser of two evils? Socialism, with its potential to narrow our staggering worldwide economic inequality?; or, is Capitalism still the best hope to create jobs and lift people out of poverty? Or, is there a Hybrid that balances and blends the best of both political systems? sp
Is eviction an epidemic in the U.S.? Eviction Lab
Should the Federal Minimum Wage be increased to $15/hour?
in general: help where it is needed: warm socks | shelter for homeless: Volunteers of America | wealth & inequality: Economics for Inclusive Prosperity, Inequality.org, Tailspin Brill, Capital in the Twenty First Century Piketty | working poor: Hillbilly Elegy Vance, Living in Bootstrap America Tirado | food for homeless: Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
all-volunteer: Daily Bread Soup Kitchen: Interview with Miss Ellen sp
Our Social Hangover: A Few Big Winners & Millions of Losers: We live in and willingly accept a fixed social construct that has been fine-tuned for thousands of years. Collectively we have a huge set of industries organized around our most addictive impulses: liquor, sex, gambling, TV, social media, fast food, drugs, guns, online gaming, payday loans, and smoking. And then, we spend a huge percentage of the tax revenues generated by these industries to try and control, enforce, penalize, and rehabilitate our impulsive behaviors and social hangover which creates a massive negative social impact and cost, year after year, decade after decade. Only a few (percentage wise) are making big money from the transactions on both sides of this equation. Sp
With great power comes great responsibility!
How do the 0.001% invest their money?
Is blockchained-enabled bitcoin money? If it has utility, does it matter? Is this the end of cash?
Every tax/tariff plan creates a few big organizational winners and millions of small individual losers. So would it be true that the recently enacted tax cut benefits corporations, billionaires, and millionaires more (in the long term) than it does the middle class and poor?
Is growth the problem, or the solution? | growth’s catch-22: Survivng Progress | tougher times to come: The Rise and Fall of American Growth Gordon | hypergrowth: Inside the Tornado Moore | Between a Rock and a Hard Spot: When it comes to the conflict between growth’s relentless extractive attack on the biosphere vs. the imperative to feed and provide jobs for 9 billion people, are we truly caught between a rock and a hard spot? sp
Is there any proven evidence that tax cuts pay for themselves?
capitalism & economics: how central bankers rigged the world: Collusion Prins | a 400-year history: Americana Srinivasan | post-capitalism: Inventing the Future Srnicek | to serve stock price or not: The Shareholder Value Myth Stout | Atlas Shrugged Rand | The Great Deformation Stockman | world economic outlook: International Monetary Fund | The free market doesn’t guarantee social outcomes, merely economic ones. Friedman
taxes & tariffs: free tax preparation 50+: AARP | reform: A Fine Mess Reid | take on big government: Reviving America Forbes | spreadsheet: U.S. Federal Income Tax Form 1040 | Taxes are the price we pay for civilization. Holmes | Subsidiarity: Never forget that when you pass over money (via taxes) to an entity bigger than you are such as a state and/or federal government, you are passing over money to a bureaucracy that is slower, more inefficient, more wasteful, more removed, less informed, less caring, less competent, and likely more corrupt than you are. sp
For me, the different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden, or they are branches of the same majestic tree.
How do Catholics worldwide make the church, the pope, and all the priests accountable for what has happened -- and will continue to happen -- if the church does not change? Should Pope Francis resign? Is institutionalized celibacy an accident waiting to happen? | To Change the Church Douthat
If you believe in a benevolent God, why are some so blessed, and some left behind?
Is a life in which God plays a part, a happier and more comforting life?
Has religious faith proven to be the most powerful and enduring force in human history? Why do people kill in the name of religion? | religion’s grand paradox is that religion continues to be the greatest uniting, yet dividing force in our world. sp
Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today…..more
Christianity: evangelicalism: First Baptist Church (Dallas) | mobile bible: Mardel | Latter Day Saints: RLDS Church | intelligent design: New Apostolic Reformation | What Would My Dad (or Jesus) Do? sp
in general: come together: Parliament of the World’s Religions | sorcery: The Teachings of Don Juan Castaneda | buddhism: Siddhartha Gautama | east asia: Tao, the flow of the universe | China: Church of Almighty God | noetic sciences: The Untethered Soul Singer | scientology: Troublemaker Remini | anti-religion: Letter to a Christian Nation Harris, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science
Faith is a Double-Edged Sword: Faith gives a person a certain power and confidence; a comfortable and secure belonging to a group that one trusts; and the fellowship that arises from that association.
But the sharper edge of the sword is that faith can also drive a person down a narrow path that does not respect other points of view, with a purpose that is unshakable. In many contexts this kind of determination can manifest as a good thing and it will deliver successful, sometimes incredible results.
But in some cases, this blind faith can drive people to seriously harm others (even kill them) all in the name of their “mission from God,” to both non-believers outside their circle and also members inside for purposes of enforcement.
The disastrous irony of blind faith is that it motivates people to do harmful things that they believe are good, right, just, and necessary by the principles of the faith they follow. The whole thing abut faith is to believe things for which there is no empirical evidence. What can you say to a person like this to convince them otherwise?
I ask you, is there a more powerful and sharper double-edged sword in our world than blind faith? sp
When the cost to attack is vastly cheaper than (a) the damage caused by the attack (drones attack Gatwick airport), and (b) the cost to defend, can this phenomenon grow to become an existential threat to society?
Should we ban autonomous killer weapons? | An Open Letter to the United Nations urging a ban on autonomous killer weapons
Will/should humans merge with machines to overcome the “existential threat” of artificial intelligence? jpg
If the relationship of a software developer to his or her algorithm is like the relationship of a parent to a child jpg , what do we want them to be like as part of the earth, compared to us as a species, and compared to us as parents?
Do researchers need to simulate evil artificial intelligence (AI) to help develop defenses against evil AI?
Can international human rights help guide and govern artificial intelligence (AI)?
artificial intelligence (AI): where are we heading: AI Superpowers Lee, Life 3.0 Tegmark | benefit humanity: OpenAI | impact on humans/society: Future of Life Institute | rise of machines, decline of humans: What to Think About Machines That Think Brockman | shebot: Ex Machina | singularity: The Singularity Is Near Kurzweil | autonomy: Using AI to do AI to do AI ….. sp
drones: data collection/analytics: DroneDeploy | racing: 80 mph, The Drone Racing League | heavy lifting: Boeing | biomimicry: SmartBird | lifesaving deliveries by drone: Zipline | Sudden Justice Woods
in general: Robotic Process Automation (RPA): , PathBlue Prism | farming: TerraSentia | rise of the robots: Atlas | scrub floors: Walmart | hands: Shadow Robots | brain emulations: The Age of Em Hanson | How To Survive a Robot Uprising Wilson | robots and jobs: Rise of the Robots Ford
10. Blend in with a crowd
9. Pole dance
8. Give you the look
7. Do stand-up comedy
6. Share some bedside manner with a patient
5. Get in touch with its feelings
1. Do lunch
algorithms drive mobile drive people drive groups drive society drives cities drive countries drive…
More Bad Than Good: Are social media companies the new cigarette companies? Have they passed a dangerous tipping point where there is more bad than good in terms of the broad and deep negative impacts they are having on our society, and the way they delay, deny, deflect jpg any criticism?
anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and actions, and overall mental health and well-being
loss of privacy
manipulation of the truth and the erosion of trust
dismantling our democracy by dividing the united | Zucked McNamee
When you connect billions of people, hate speech and disinformation are inevitable, will spread like wildfire, and unfortunately generates more revenue for the social media billionaires.
So, if social media companies are too huge and sprawling to control left to their own devices, should we regulate them and/or break up their monopoly?
Will spikes in temperature and precipitation from global climate change increase the risk of personal violence and social upheaval?
How can population growth and resources be brought into balance?
DIY (do it yourself): model butterfly: DIY Kit | tips & tricks: 1000 Life Hacks | films: swedefest | clog-free plumbing: Sani Sticks | board game design: CUDO Plays | kids: Tinker Crate | let’s get crazy: Colin Furze | 60s classic: Whole Earth Catalog Brand | $5 computer: Raspberry Pi Zero | interior decorating: Havenly | apps: Mobile Makers Academy | autos: local motors | bicycles: sandwhichbikes | philosophy: Shop Class as Soulcraft Crawford | build your own digital wall of art: Wall of Art sp | clean vacuum filter: Vacuum Blast sp
population: voices for unity: Hands Across the Hills | black youth: GenForward Survey | average American dad is getting older Scutti | depopulaton: Cairo, IL | 18-34 year olds: Young Invincibles | sustainability: Human | visualization: LandScan | overpopulation: Inferno Brown
social media & networking: personalized web: The Filter Bubble Pariser | the weaponization of social media: LikeWar Singer | sharing culture: The Circle Eggers | hook the next generation: Messenger Kids | the road ahead: Building Global Community Zuckerberg | roadmap to the future: F8 | experiment: dislikes | The Social Network Fincher
survival, resiliency, courage, redemption: when the revolution comes: Costco Doomsday Kit | genocide: The Girl Who Smiled Beads Wamariya | depression era: The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck | resilience: Nowhere Boy Marsh, The Rider, Silverlining Playbook,, Educated Westover | in the wild: The Great Alone Hannah | holocaust: Man's Search for Meaning Frankl, Four Perfect Pebbles Perl | hope: Almost Everything Lamott, The Diary of Anne Frank | prison: Papillon Charriere | forest: Dersu the Trapper Arseniev | human behavior: Lord of the Flies Golding
in general: open source: Mastodon | leverage your/their network: Applecart | dating: Bumble, Tender | news: BuzzFeed | influencers: superspreaders | American subcultures: United Shades of America | languages: Vanishing Voices Nettle | slavery in U.S.: Roots Haley
Lost Their Way: Is it not the grand irony of our times that the very people who insist that Jesus and the Bible must be the ruling principles of our culture and nation in all affairs, are also accomplices to the spreading of hate and violence and racism by their affiliation and support of Donald Trump? They must not have asked themselves, “What would Jesus say?” Shame on them for their cowardice and hypocrisy in the face of the worst bully and liar we’ve ever experienced in the Whitehouse. sp
Should Social Security be privatized?
Is unlimited risk mitigation burying our society? How far should America go to keep us safe?
change: confederacy: In the Shadow of Statues Landrieu | persuasion: You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. Fuller | sexual anonymity: Gender X | the power of urgency: burning platform | Speak out you got to speak out against the madness: Long Time Gone Crosby Stills Nash
Persuasion and the Nudge: You don't easily change a person’s perspective, understanding, and long-held opinion of things. It is built up moment by moment, year by year, decade by decade over a lifetime like layers of brick in a house. Rather than try to completely change a person's opinion in one sitting, find a way for two views to coexist and cooperate by nudging each towards the other. Reference Paul McCartney's about nudging people to eat less meat by instituting Meatless Monday. sp
issues: forums: commonwealthclub, City Club | commentary: Last Week Tonight | social action: greenpeace | My Plan to Fix The World's Biggest Problems Gates | The Tipping Point Gladwell | What Have You Changed Your Mind About? Brockman | He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.; and, If you can’t make your opponent’s point for them, you don’t truly grasp the issue.
philanthropy/volunteerism: global goals for a sustainable world: GoalKeepers | mega-wealth redistribution: The Giving Pledge | elitism: Winners Take All Giridharadas | fundraising made easy: Dipjar | bill gates: GatesNotes | beyond donations: A Selfish Plan to Change the World Dillon
racism, ethnic & religious persecution: bubbles (tribes): Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior. | There is no nature vs nurture confusion about the fact that racism is learned. sp | jim crow laws: The Negro Motorist Green-Book Green | white nationalism: Evropa, Rising Out of Hatred Saslow | the dignity of all races: Cry, the Beloved Country Paton | KKK: Black Klansman Stallworth | anti-semitism: (((Semitism))) Weisman | white supremacist: Richard Spencer | anti-facism: Torch Network | documentary: I Am Not Your Negro Baldwin | south africa: Born a Crime Noah | the will to be free: The Underground Railroad Whitehead | america’s best-loved novel: To Kill a Mockingbird Lee | A significant minority seldom or never meet people from another race, and they prize sameness, not difference. Green
randomness, risk, unintended consequences, threats, crisis: randomness: The Black Swan Taleb | who survives when disaster strikes: The Unthinkable Ripley | response: International Rescue Committee, Action Against Hunger, American Red, Cross | mistakes: Fail Safe | UFOs: Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program | science gone wrong: Pandora's Lab Offit | The best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry. Burns | in perspective: By comparison, the greatest threat within our nation is not black-on-black violence, is not terrorism, is not illegal immigrants, but it is Americans killing Americans. sp
in general: 3Rs Project | Changing Lives Through Literature | impact on primitive cultures: Sailing a Sinking Sea | migration: centroid of population | volunteerism: Points of Light | films: Participant Media | social impact: Effective Altruism | Permanence is the illusion of every age.
The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat.
If Tony Romo has a 68% success rate at predicting the next play, can AI do better?
Can pushing kids to specialize in one sport too early lead to lifetime disabling injuries?
Does the blending of sports with the military weaken our democracy?
Is the death of the NFL inevitable? Should most colleges say goodbye to their football programs? | The Death of Football? This will be a major social change if indeed it happens. But what's next? Extreme Sports in general?
We are on a path to remove risk in our lives wherever we find it. If I'm a parent, it's not a bad thing to protect my kid; except, kids that don't risk become adults that don't risk which is not good for a society that needs explorers and entrepreneurs. We need to find the right balance to keep healthy (reasonable) risk in our lives.
One way is to defer contact. Think about it: kids don't race cars and yet many adults do when the time comes when they can take full accountability for their decisions (parents don’t decide). Football may go through a similar transition with kids starting out playing non-contact flag football and don't start having contact until they are of an age to decide whether or not they want to take the risk. There will always be a large pool of young athletes wanting to play the game despite the risk. sp
Are we selling our soul by legalizing sports betting and unleashing a pandemic of gambling addiction? Will we be turning every player into a roulette chip, and every smartphone into a slot machine? Can we trust winners to be real winners? | Greed is Not Good: Many cities, states, and our federal government are on the brink of financial breakdown and desperate for more revenue. Mega-billionaire gambling opportunists are ready to step in and take advantage of this desperation by promising a flowing tap of cash squeezed from the weakest impulses and addictions of human beings. Regardless of what Gordon Gekko said, "Greed will (not) be good" in the long term. sp
How do we handle the blurring lines between sex identity and sports?
fitness: no pain, no gain | force weighted shirt system: Titin | intensity: The One-Minute Workout Gibala | bodyweight exercise: TRX | dance: zumba | extreme: crossfit, An Interview with 2018 CrossFit Champion Tasia Percevecz sp
football: concussions: Concussion, NFL Settlement, BrainSentry, League of Denial | greatest catch: Odell Beckham | superbowl: Super Bowl XLIX (49) | college: Billion-Dollar Ball Gaul | high school: Friday Night Lights Bissinger | family: Thanksgiving Football sp
recreation: kayaking: Crystal Kayak | campers: Camping World | tents: Tepui Tents, tent/hammocks | magazines: Outside Magazine | picnicking: Coolest | summer olympics: 2016 Rio | winter olympics: Sochi 2014, 2018 Pyeongchang, South Korea | legends: Jessee Owens | two-sport athletes: Bo Jackson
running: running unites us: Sanjay Rawal | long distance: Born to Run McDougall | training plans: Hanson| father-son: Team Hoyt | kids: Marathon Kids, Girls on the Run | Running is a way I’ve been able to speak to God, and to listen to God speak back. Baliga
in general: sportsmanship: Golden State Warriors | surfing: man-made waves | greatness: In Search of Greatness | anti-depression: team play | news & commentary: The Players’ Tribune | rowing: The Boys in the Boat | free solo: Alex Honnold | ocean rowing: Alone Across the Pacific Ocean Bellini | mountain climbing: North Face | basketball: Heaven Is a Playground Telander | 2-day trek with friends: Flattop Mountain sp
How will you measure your life?
If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? | The Immortalists Benjamin
How do you choose to die and not hurt your loved ones?
Before you die: Are you letting yourself not work too hard? Are you staying in touch with your family and friends? Are you letting yourself be happier?
adolescence: freedom: Minding the Gap | by and for teenagers: Rookie | fighting against world suck: Nerd Fighters | kids of the smartphone age: iGen Twenge | the dark side of adolescence: A Separate Peace Knowles | coming of age: Stand By Me, Lady Bird | bullying: The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves Mattson | music: Quadrophenia Who | Boyhood Linklater | defiance: Ferris Bueller, Dazed and Confused | teachers: Dead Poet’s Society Kleinbaum | guilt: Ordinary People Guest | The power, invincibility, joys and tragedies of adolescence stay with us for life. sp
retirement (seniors): romance: Dating While Gray | working: Purpose and a Paycheck Farrell | personal investing: The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money Schlesinger | staying home: Visiting Angels | aging: Disrupt Aging Jenkins | end days: The Leisure Seeker | understanding the market: The Longevity Economy Coughlin | The secret to life is to live as long as you can as well as you can, and have a short and glorious ending.
end of life: closure: Thank you. I love you. Forgive me. I forgive you. | clarity to your life: beforeidie | terminally ill: Right to Try |last wishes: Conversation of a Lifetime | preparation: After I Go
Final Landing: Navigating your final days on earth is like trying to land a plane that has run out of fuel and you don't know how to fly: (a) You might stall and drop like a rock; (b) You might slam into a tree; (c) You might explode into flames upon impact; (d) But you might gently slide to a stop in an open field. One way or another you will make your final landing, so embrace it and make it as good as you can. sp
In 2002, I did something that I had never done before and have not done since, which is to take a full two weeks of vacation at the end of the year. It was a use it or lose it situation for me and I wasn’t about to waste those precious vacation days. The first week of this vacation my wife was still teaching and my kids were still in school and not yet out for holiday break, so I was home alone. I asked myself, what should I do?
We didn’t have HBO back in that day but my young-adult son (just graduated from college) had become a fan of the Sopranos, so he sent me a box set of the entire first season. On my first day of vacation right after my wife and kids had left for school, I settled in with the first DVD and as you might expect, I didn’t come up for air until I heard my wife driving up the driveway coming home from school. When she walked in the door I said, “I’ve done something very bad,” and informed her that I hadn’t gotten off the couch since she left that morning. Now that’s not the worst thing in the world but for me it was extremely slug-like and I don’t think I’ve ever done that since. But of course, binge-watching TV episodes is now the new normal, so I guess I was ahead of my time.
To atone for my extreme laziness, I decided I’d do something constructive the next day and I thought maybe I would get started on the outdoor Christmas lights. But then a thought popped into my head and I don’t know where this came from, but as I looked up at our big pine tree at the southwest corner of our house, I thought maybe I’d put a star on top of that tree. It was to be a big surprise for my wife and kids that evening.
I had climbed on buildings and train bridges and water towers and up tall trees since I was five years old, so I had no problem with heights. I just thought I’d start climbing the tree and if I ran into a problem such as an irritated squirrel, I’d abandon the idea. No big deal.
So I made the rounds of the big-box stores and found my first star at Lowe’s. I came home, laid out 200 feet of electrical extension cord, and set up a ladder so I could make it up to the first branch about 20 feet off the ground. I fashioned a harness so that I could carry the star around my neck and attached the electrical cord to my belt so I could pull it up with me as I climbed the tree. jpg
It was a very cold day and a little snowy as I started to climb the tree, branch by branch, very slowly and carefully, until I got as high as I could go (close to 80 feet), swaying in the breeze and afraid I might snap the top of the tree trunk. I secured the star to the trunk of the tree, plugged in the extension cord and slowly descended. I got down safely and ran the extension cord around the house and plugged it into an outlet in the garage. I walked around the house and looked up and saw the star glowing. It worked!
I unplugged the star and waited until my wife and kids came home and then when it got dark, I asked them to come outside so I could do the big reveal. They were flabbergasted! My wife looked at me and said, “How did you get that up there?” I said nothing but just looked at her and then she looked at me and said, “You climbed that tree, didn’t you?” I nodded and smiled and I have been smiling about that ever since.
So every year now since 2002, people have been asking me how I got that star up there. They all seemed to think I rented a cherry picker (boom lift). I would just say, “Oh, it’s a really easy tree to climb….. lots of limbs.” But most of them were skeptical that I actually climbed up the tree. The most recent skeptic asked, “Did you use a drone?” Nope, no drones in my air space, just me and the squirrels. I made a little video of me replacing the star one year called Star on the Boulevard.
I decided to keep the star on until January 6 (epiphany) which is when we would typically take down our Christmas tree. But I didn’t climb back up the tree to take the star down. I left it up there with the cord running down the trunk and then I tied it off to a limb about 20 feet in the air, ready to be plugged in the next year. But it didn’t quite work out that way. You see, squirrels will chew on anything from a gutter to a garbage can to an electrical cord to a star. So about every 3-4 years I’ve had to climb back up there and replace a squirrel-mangled star with a new star. But each time I got a better, bigger, brighter star!
The holiday star has become a much-loved feature of our neighborhood at holiday time for all these years, and gives me a great source of pleasure. Every year our neighbors look forward to seeing the star go on the first weekend after Thanksgiving, and they are sad to see it go off on January 6.
I appreciate that this is a very small accomplishment in the big scheme of things. I didn’t scale K2 or bring peace to the Middle East. But it is these simple traditions that make life so pleasurable and meaningful in a neighborhood such as we have on Elm Boulevard. We’ve been in our house for over three decades and plan on being here three more. I don’t know how long I will keep climbing up that tree for the inevitable star replacement. My kids remind me that I shouldn’t be doing this anymore. But how could I not?
This simple story has no best-practice takeaways for the busy professional except to say I hope you can follow your star during the holidays while enjoying the fellowship and love of your family and friends.