Accelerating Change is a Runaway Train
Was GM Too Big to Fail?
Cash is King: forecasting cashflow with integrated spreadsheet
The Co-Working Manifesto
Change in My Lifetime
The Squeaky Wheel (still) Gets the Grease
Artists are big risk takers
Should Flag Burners Burn?
Is there a drone market that could be dominated?
how to get help with a patent if you’re a first-time inventor
Confidence is the Prime Mover
my ten books
The Penguin Launcher on a Cereal Box
DIY: logo cluster
DIY: vacuum blast
Copyright © 2017 Scott S. Pickard
one marble in, two marbles out
think by scott pickard is a dynamic curation of content that is like a collection of marbles (content) in a full jar: to put one better marble in, two lesser ones must come out.
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think’s topic format has been designed for the wandering mind of the lifetime learner to enable easy browsing. It is composed of valuable content components: hierarchical position within a big picture context; in-a-nutshell quotes; Big Questions; Big Ideas; good books authors; > cross-references to related topics; and a last post within each topic.
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If you can’t beat them, join them.
Why was Staples/Office Depot merger called off?
What strategic objectives will this acquisition/merger accomplish?
Are there deferred inter-company gains or nondeductible write-offs that may result in additional taxes?
in general: content+distribution: AT&T-Time Warner > Entertainment | self-driving: Uber acquired Otto | ChemChina acquires: Syngenta | Walmart acquires: Jet | Uber: Didi Chuxing | Verizon: Yahoo! | mega-mergers: Microsoft-Linked, Monsanto-Syngenta | news: firstlist, themiddlemarket | hostile takeovers: Fools Rush In Munk
The power, invincibility, joys and tragedies of adolescence stay with us for life. sp
in general: kids of the smartphone age: iGen Twenge > Parenting | pack of (young) wolves: Bike Life | inner-city youth programs: Mignight Basketball | music: Quadrophenia Who | poor rich kid: affluenza | kids, teach your parents well: The Way, Way Back | wimpy: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Kinney | A Separate Peace Knowles | Boyhood Linklater | Dazed and Confused | teachers: Dead Poet’s Society Kleinbaum | defiance: Ferris Bueller | Juno | guilt: Ordinary People Guest | Risky Business | Schools Out for Summer | Stand By Me | The Catcher in the Rye Salinger | The Perks of a Wallflower Chbosky
The new word-of-mouth like us on Facebook is 100X more powerful.
in general: schools: Chicago Portfolio School > Jobs | measure impact: TrendKite, origamilogic | automated: outboundengine | business cards: vistaprint, moo | campaign types: eloqua | card decks: printfinity |coolhunting: Honda | embedded in video & tv: mirriad | in-call media: voodoovox | interactive out-of-home: reactrix | mobile: millennialmedia | multi-channel (screen) platforms & campaign management: collective-media, impactradius | podcasts: Serial | publicity: Ben Angel, halo | simulation & planning: thinkvine | stadiums: instadium | target IT professionals: techtarget | local: singleplatform | yodle | classifieds: backpage, oodle | digital billboards: supponor | viral: Unleashing the Ideavirus Godin
in general: Libya: is a lawless country harboring terrorists and smugglers | Liberia: news: Front Page Africa | Kenya | Nigerian novelist: Chinua Achebe | Somalia | South Africa: Long Walk to Freedom Mandela | music: Hugh Masekela | more
Can edible insects provide a sustainable alternative to meat?
What does the consolidation in BIG AG mean for the consumer? [Dupont+Dow, Syngenta+China Ntl. Seed Co., Bayer+Monsanto]
Is rice the most important food crop in the world?
in general: agricultural credit: Farmer Mac > Small Business | AI + Robotics = Ag Analytics | land valuation: AcreValue | family farm advocacy: Farm Aid | farm management: ADM farmerview | pest control: insectaries | software: Granular, farmeron | climate data: Climate Pro | frost protection: wind machines | rice: International Rice Research Institute | ocean column: Green Wave | the farmer: So God Made a Farmer Harvey | precision agriculture: Precision Agriculture Technology for Crop Farming Zhang
How valuable is Amazon’s 1-click patent?
in general: home delivery: Amazon Key > E-Commerce | bezos: The Everything Store Stone | order pickup: Amazon Go | digital butler: Echo | reorder: Dash Button | art: Amazon Art |seed funding: Catalyst | bookstore: Seattle | audio books: Audible | advertising: pay-per-click
The right to alter or abolish government is the ultimate expression of the people’s sovereignty.
Is Anonymous the enemy of our enemy?
in general: nothing last forever: Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold yeats | nazism: The Making of an American Nazi > Racism | terror within our borders: A Most American Terrorist Ghansah | seccession: The Country of California? | sniper: Tower | anti-radicalization: Defusing The Lure Of Militant Islam | coup: Turkey | black power: Black Panther Party | Arab Spring: Emel Mathlouthi was voice of Tunisian revolution, timeline | coup: Coup d'état, Egypt | Al-Qaeda: Inspire 10 | Lord’s Resistance Army | Nigeria: Boko Haram | Latin America: Che Guevera | change is coming: Long Time Gone | Arab Spring: Once Upon A Revolution Cambanis | dictators have weaknesses: From Dictatorship to Democracy Sharp | whistleblowers: CitizenFour Poitras | the pen is mightier than the sword: Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution Cassel | Fight Club Palahniuk | Les Miserables | The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories Hemingway | Time for Outrage: Indignez-vous! Hessel | idealism: You say you want a revolution, Well, you know, We all want to change the world Beatles
in general: SW Asia, Egypt, the Aegean, and North Africa: essential-humanities | Ancient Europe & Mediterranean to AD 395: allempires | tools: flint knapping stone tools > Earth | World Heritage List | ancient history sourcebook | Cartographies of Time Grafton | The History of the Ancient World Bauer
in general: best of breed: Bixby > Mobile | schedule meetings: x.ai | free global messaging: LINE | TV series: the app economy | emergencies: Red Cross | airline info: worldmate | backend-as-a-service: Kii | beer: untappd | best sellers: top 25 | bill pay: Mint Bills | cabs: taximagic | Europe: amobee | health care: app-a-day | inflight internet: gogoinflight | journal: path | location-based: deCarta, scvngr | markets: App Annie, Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age | medical info: airstriptech | meetings: charlie | monetization: localytics, 3 Ways To Monetize Your App That Every Startup Should Consider Sarath | parking: parkmobile | payment systems: monitise, roamdata
in general: green: Frank Lloyd Wright Hess | architects: Frank Gehry, Peter Marino, Frank Lloyd Wright > Design | architectural tours: viaggidiarchitettura | innovation portal: architizer | windows: cabin in the woods | P. Allen Smith | education: Frederick Law Olmsted Society | energy savings: shading | public interest design: ArcheWorks | experimental: archigram | Belgrade: industrial spaces and unused barges | magazines: Dezeen | public interest design: Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook
What's the biggest question facing artists today?
Artists are big risk takers. Entrepreneurs are celebrated for their risk-taking abilities while presumably creating something that consumers want. But the artist is inspired to create something entirely new in the world from the ether with no regard or guarantee for what others will think or buy. sp
in general: funding: d.rip > Crowd | animated van gogh: Loving Vincent | marketplace for collectors: Paddle 8 | abstract: jazzberryblue | contemporary: culturehall | fairs: Art Miami | participatory: philinthecircle | art history texts: Getty Research Portal | curation: ArtStack, The Mirror Cube | education: Sotheby's | news: artfixdaily, Paris Review | stolen or missing: artloss | news: artnet news | simplicity: Art Is | Art/Work Bhandari | biographies: Mr. Turner | Indivisible by Four Steinhardt | restitution: Woman in Gold | The Art Book Phaidon
The decline of the nuclear industry was that it downplayed the risks. If we do not tackle the uncertainties of the AI now and get to grips soon, we can only lose. Tallinn
How will AI affect our very sense of being human?
Will AI become a likely cause of World War III?
As machine intelligence accelerates, is our organic thinking declining?
Can we build a super-AI that won't kill us?
in general: Asilomar AI Principles big ideas | enterprise: IBM Watson | benefit humanity: OpenAI | impact on humans/society: Future of Life Institute, Stanford’s AI100 One Hundred Year Study | algorithm development: Deep Mind, Machine Intelligence Research Institute | human downloads: Transcendence | rise of machines, decline of humans: What to Think About Machines That Think Brockman | ethics: Machines of Loving Grace Markoff | cyborgs: Ex Machina | risks: Superintelligence Bostrom | singularity: The Singularity Is Near Kurzweil
in general: about: prehistoric art | film: Cave of Forgotten Dreams Herzog | Arts of the Western tradition: Janson's History of Art: Western Tradition | Ai Weiwei: artsy > Social Change | documentary 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 | China: toys: Temari balls | Mexico: Huichol disc | Nordic: Nordic Cool
in general: simple view | structure: dense region of protons/neutrons | isotopes: different # neutrons | radioactive nuclei: unstable atom | neutron: subatomic particle n | reactions of atomic nuclei: nuclear reaction | fission: atom splits into smaller parts | fusion: about | magnetized target fusion: generalfusion big ideas | pulsed power: Z-machine | subatomic elementary particles: about | Higgs boson | research: Hadron Collider | kids learn: ABC’s of Particle Physics > Visualization | An Introduction to Nuclear Physics Cottingham | The Ghost in the Atom Davies
“I’m a machine, and I’m faster than you.”
How much automation can be implemented in manufacturing operations? What would be the effects on production? Jobs?
To what extent are finished products and components standardized?
in general: folding clothes: FoldiMate > Home | customer contact: soundbite | machine-to-machine (MSM): Connected World | manufacturing automation: automationmag, International Society of Automation | personal: ifttt | shopping: jeans store | test automation: spirent | workflow automation: skelta | silent genius: Hugo
Does all the new dashboard technology distract you even more?
Are electric cars truly green?
in general: all-electric: Tesla Trucks, BYD > Energy | self-driving: Cruise Automation, Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead Lipson | tires: TireRack | flying cars big idea: Flying Cars, In The Clouds: 6 Startups Chasing The Flying Car Dream CB | insurance: Compare | hydrogen fuel cell: Mirai | google: Waymo | automatic mileage tracking: MileIQ | parking: JustPark, MobileMeter | alternative: mobiusmotors | gas: gasbuddy | pricing: edmunds, truecar
Balance | Behavior of Organisms | Bicycles | Big Data | Big Ideas | Big Picture | Big Questions/Decisions | Biosphere | Biotechnology | Board of Directors | Books | Brain | Brand | Browse | Budgeting | Buildings | Business Intelligence | Buying Decisions
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36
do unto others < golden rule > others do unto you
wants < Government > needs
magnetic repulsion < MagLev > gravitational pulling
buy-america jobs < balance > lowest cost infrastructure
help the helpless < balance > spend within means
love < parenting > leadership
finite resources on earth < balance > growth to create jobs
internationalism < balance > isolationism
free trade < balance > climate policy
left trying to survive < balance > protecting wealth right
data-driven policy < balance > privacy, freedom, liberty
progress < sustainability > biodiversity
concentration of wealth < balance > redistribution of wealth
United States < Mutually-Assured Destruction > Russia
civil liberties < balance > law and order
freedom of speech < democracy > civility of speech
work < balance > life
Perfect is the enemy of the good.
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? > United States big questions
in general: the art of balance in an age of extremes: Faces of Moderation Craiutu | digital saturation: Digital Detox | Balance, the fundamental verity Smith | Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity Siegel | Unintended Consequences Conard | Walden Thoreau | Working Terkel
in general: emotions: Spy in the Wild | consciousness: The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness big idea | apes: musical perception | dogs: dognition | training: Cesar's Way | groups: coordinated behavior | evolution: natural selection | birds: The Genius of Birds Ackerman, One Wild Bird at a Time Heinrich | The Behavior of Organisms Skinner | The Horse Whisperer Evans
Make your bike electric in under 60 seconds.
Is bicycling good for the brain?
Bicycling is healthy for people and the economy.
in general: movies for cyclists: Breaking Away, The Flying Scotsman > Simplicity | electric assist: Pedego | connecting the city: Atlanta Beltline | virtual training: CycleOps | bike to work: Bike-to-Work Day | electric: GeoOrbital Wheel | spinning: Peloton | rides: Bike the Bay, ragbrai, Ride the Hiawatha, Tahoe-to-Pyramid | advocacy: National Bike Challenge | bike machines: bicimaquina | bike sharing: citibikenyc, divvybikes | body geometry: roll-online | buy/sell: bikepedia, bikesdirect | competitions: Tour de France | coolhunting: horsecycles | electric: electric, Karmic | design competitions: oregonmanifest | film festival: bicyclefilmfestival | fixed-gear: purefixcycles, tokyobike | guarantee: lifetime | history: Wright Brothers | hybrids: bicycle-tricycle, Copenhagen Wheel | learn: Performance Bicycle | museums: Marin Museum of Bicycling | Bicycle Portraits Engelbrecht | Cinelli: The Art and Design of the Bicycle Morano
Is it conceivable to use big data in such a way that both people and their economy get healthier? big questions
If computers do all the deep thinking, what do we do?
Whoever has the best (meaningful, curated) data, wins.
Is the company ready for the deluge of unstructured data coming in from transactions, social media, sensors and machines (IoT)?
in general: machine learning in business: Evolution of Analytics | agriculture: Agrible | twitter stream: Dataminr | analytical skills: Insight IQ | automated data collection/monitoring: connotate | automated analysis: WolframAlpha Pro | behavioral analytics: ginger.io | customer analytics: nuevora | democratization: contextrelevant | drag-n-drop: rapidminer | earth: dataone | energy management: hara | hadoop: hortonworks, karmasphere | health care: Visiquate | industrial: MANA | marine and buoy data: Planet OS | market research: keltonglobal | NoSQL: mongoDB | oil & gas: drillinginfo | oncology: flatiron | open source: Dataverse | tiny clues uncover huge trends: Small Data Lindstrom big idea | The Black Box Society Pasquale
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You protect what you love. Chouinard
in general: overview effect: earthrise, Overview: A New Perspective of Earth Grant > Sustainability | early warnings: Coral Reef Watch | animal sound archive: Macaulay Library | bees colony collapse: 2014 40% loss, pretreated seeds | habitat development: corridor | preserves: McDowell Sonoran Conservancy | sailing rocks: The Racetrack | estuary: Florida Bay Seagrass, Indian River Lagoon | self-regulating system: Gaia Hypothesis Lovelock | banning DDT: Silent Spring Carson | man’s impact: Man and Nature Marsh | The Earth's Biosphere Smil
in general: microalgae: solazyme | legislation: biosimilar substitution | biomarkers: rulesbasedmedicine | biomaterial storage: biostorage | certified refurbished instruments: biosurplus, cgenetool | entrepreneurial training: bioconsultants | high-performance computing: hpcbio.illinois | life science community: biospace | news: bioworld, genengnews | neutraceuticals: heliae | phylogenomics: plosgenetics | search: nextbio | tools: fluidigm | venture capital: burrillandco | waste(garbage)-to-fuel: enerkem, fulcrum-bioenergy | algae: sapphireenergy | biobutanol: gevo | biodiesel: endicottbiofuels | energy crops: ceres, nexsteppe, performanceplants | energy economics | ethanol: mascoma | general: coolplanetbiofuels, greenbiologics, virent | search: Knowledge Discovery Framework | yield optimization: targetedgrowth | research: gobalto | software: cytel, goBalto, y-prime | training: trifecta | gene editing: Rewriting the Code of Life Specter, CRISPR | catalog: 1000genomes.org | cloud-based: DNAnexus | germline gene transfer: about | supercomputer: knome | whole genome mapping: opgen
What criteria/objectives are set to establish the makeup of the board?
Is the size of the board appropriately scaled to the size and scope of the company’s operations?
What is the director’s job description?
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?
in general: online tools: boardevals, governancepro | on-demand board portal: Directorpoint, boarddocs, boardvantage, directorsdesk > Corporate Governance | Six Rules for Efficient Board Meetings | Board Self-Assessment Carver | Director-CEO Relationship sp
What is the future of the book?
Are bookstores an endangered species?
A room without books is like a body without a soul. Cicero
in general: bookstores: My Bookstore Rice > Location | share: Goodreads | kids: The Kerlan Collection, First Book | first: Gutenberg Bible 1455 | classics: Great Books Program | anti-digital: We are not only what we read, but how we read. | audio: audible | awards: National Book Award | printing press: The Printing Press as an Agent of Change Eisenstein
my ten books sp: 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 | sharing culture: The Circle Eggers big idea | on simplicity: Walden Thoreau | quality and meaning: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Pirsig
Can playing brain games really make you smarter?
How do you explain consciousness?
slowsloppybrilliant brain + fastaccuratestupid machine = Transhumanism
in general: online: IQ test > Thought | life’s unseen patterns: Hidden Brain | assessment: neurotrax | wearables: ybrain | research: sharpbrains, brain map | GPS: human cells | training: lumosity | research brain-map | reverse-engineer the brain | what your head is really up to: Idiot Brain Burnett | The Big Book of Brain Games Moscovich | brain+machine: Beyond Boundaries Nicolelis | adolescence: Beautiful Brains Dobbs, The Teenage Brain Jensen
I want something that’s always pretty good and never awful.
Why do we use jargon?
What is reputation?
What will the Oprah effect mean for Weight Watchers?
Is your brand culturally relevant?
What strategies are employed to lock-in brand loyalty?
What is required to persuade users of competitive products to switch?
in general: ranking: world’s most valuable brands > Software | branding through education: The School of The New York Times big idea | logos: 2016 Rio Olympics, cluster sp, logogarden, logoworks | conversion and retention: Loyalty Lab, webloyalty | political campaigns: Our Brand Is Crisis | BrandSimple Adamson | Buyology Lindstrom | Likeonomics Bhargava | Logobook Houplain | sonic branding: The Sonic Boom Beckerman
Live within your means.
A budget is a moral document that reflects the priorities of a nation. > Politics
How can we make governments accountable for their budgets?
How are corporate objectives integrated with the budgeting process?
Is the budgeting process an interactive one that allows for feedback and coordination between top management and line managers?
How has historical performance compared with past budgets?
What kind of accountability procedures does the company employ?
in general: property management: Buildium > Cloud | directory: openbuildings | passive energy management: Passive House Institute | benchmark, firstfuel, scienergy, seriousmaterials | urban (vertical) campus: The New Salesforce Tower big ideas | Emporis Skyscraper Awards, Porsche Design Tower | China: Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort | getting away: Hide and Seek Architecture Borges | pre-manufactured: Arched Cabins, Lodges on Vashon | forums: Vision London | architectural ethics: engaged architecture | disaster recovery: Rebuilding after disaster: Going green from the ground up | skyscrapers: Skyscrapers 2017 Dupré | Why Buildings Stand Up Salvadori
Is management capable of decision-making and reaction to market change based on accurate, real-time intelligence from multiple data points?
in general: about | hillsearch | logixml | tableausoftware | versata | business information: ceoexpress, cortera, thomsonreuters | cloud: birst | executive dashboard: birst > Visualization, qliktech | marketing analytics: openi, ebureau | on-demand: gooddata, indicee | open source: pentaho | real-time: FirstRain, strategyeye, streambase | enterprise information: business performance management: qliktech
What are the driving trends of the typical customer?
What is the demographic breakout of the company’s customer base?
What are the typical stages in the buying decision?
What is the typical length of a buying decision?
What are the driving criteria in the buying decision?
What is the customer’s sensitivity to price?
in general: behavior: How Customers Think Zaltman | comparison shop: become, findthebest, nerdwallet, power2switch, priceonomics, pricespotting, versusio | cell phone scanners: ScanLife | credit cards: creditcards | credit profile: experian | demographics: census
Calendar | Capital Expenditures | Capitalism | Cash Management | Catholicism | CEO | Change | Checklists | China since 1912 | Cities | Climate Change | Cloud Computing | Collaboration | Comics | Communication | Competition | Compliance | Computer Science | Computer Security | Confidence | Constitution | Construction | Content Management | Continuous Improvement | Coolhunting | Core Competency | Corporate Governance | Co-Working Space | Creativity | Crime, Corruption, Power, Violence, Cronyism | Crisis Management | Critical Infrastructures | CRM | Crowd | Currency | Customers | Cyber
in general: basic unit of computation in a calendar is the day | types of calendars: linear: The Linear Calendar | mobile: myndcalendar | ancient & religious calendars: starting month first sighting new moon | western Calendar: Gregorian | days left till end of year | productivity: Chain Productivity Calendar Seinfeld > Visualization
What is the ROI over the next 3-5 years for each major expenditure?
If the budget would allow, what equipment should be replaced to either maintain or improve production efficiency, or as protection against major production stoppages should this equipment fail?
Can we liquidate some of these assets?
Does the company have any assets that are undervalued?
in general: capital assets and depreciation: toolkit | depreciation calculator: bassets | people and asset tracking: airclic, inilex, sensorlogic | real-time location system (RTLS): awarepoint | remote monitoring: airsis | Balanced debt/equity capitalization | Physical Asset Management Handbook Mitchell | The Capital Structure Decision Bierman
Is the idea of a society not run for profit impossible? Or, is capitalism the best economic model for every culture?
The free market doesn’t guarantee social outcomes, merely economic ones. Friedman
in general: a 400-year history: Americana Srinivasan > Growth | post-capitalism: Inventing the Future Srnicek | to serve stock price or not: The Shareholder Value Myth Stout big idea | collaborative economy: Peers Inc Chase | Atlas Shrugged Rand | The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America Stockman
Cash is king, as the old saying goes. It is the one resource a company cannot survive without for any length of time until the doors are closed, voluntarily or involuntarily, which is why the CEO must find or develop a method to reliably understand and predict the company’s current and future ability to generate the cash it needs to pay all of its bills. 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 sp
What are the long-term cash needs for the company for the purchase of property and equipment?
What effect does the variation in key assumptions (sensitivity analysis) have on the financial projections?
Has the company ever filed, or considered filing, for bankruptcy?
Are any of the company’s vendors in bankruptcy or near bankruptcy?
What is the minimum acceptable investment return on capital items?
How are lease vs. purchase decisions evaluated?
in general: shipping bankruptcy: Hanjin Shipping | cash flow statement: direct vs indirect | check fraud: anti-check fraud procedures | American Bankruptcy Institute: abiworld | appraisal of asset values: accuval | banks: bail-in, bank run |checklist: IRS | IR Internet Bankruptcy Library: bankrupt.com
in general: secret fraternal societies: code cracking | Illuminati | Holy Roman Empire | longest-reigning pope (31 years) | reigning until the age of 93 | war: Just War Theory | pedophile scandal: Spotlight | Mary: Miracle Hunter | Exploring the Miraculous O'Neill | Betrayal | Catechism of the Catholic Church | Angels & Demons Brown
What are the metrics for the top performing CEOs?
Is the CEO in touch with the employee rank and file?
Does the CEO have employees' respect?
Does the board require the CEO to complete a self-evaluation?
Has the board benchmarked the performance of CEOs at peer companies?
in general: daily dashboard: CEOexpress > Management | interviews: Conversations from the Corner Office | videos: CEOcast | getting it done: Winning Welch | Steve Jobs: book, movie | CEO Succession Carey | Effective Succession Planning Rothwell
in my lifetime:
we stopped carrying guns on our person.
we stopped littering our highways.
we stopped drinking martinis at lunch during the workday
we stopped smoking.
we stopped demonizing gay people.
we eliminated the death penalty.
we can and do change for the better, eventually.
in general: 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 > Men/Women | large-scale social change: Collective Impact | revolution: Occupy Wall Street | music is a voice for change: Aloe Blacc | the power of urgency: burning platform | managing: Leading Change Kotter, Big Change, Best Path Parry | generation gap: The Next America Taylor | The Rational Optimist Ridley | What Technology Wants Kelly | inertia: If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Ford
Accelerating Change is a Runaway Train: When I look back on it now, I see the bitter irony of our own efforts. Scientists and engineers and all of us were working so hard to innovate and make progress and make life easier and more fulfilling through machines and computers. But the irony was that the more we brought progress, the more we were causing a tiny piece of our brains to go dark forever. But in the beginning it was happening in slow motion so we didn't notice it and were not aware of it.
And then the acceleration of technology became a blur which our human eyes could not see or sense and it brought changes to our lives so fast that it was overwhelming.
I remember one day taking a walk with a friend and he said something that shook me up.
He said, "I was thinking about this the other day, and do you realize that for the first time in human history we will never be lost?"
I gave him a what? look and said, "What do you mean?"
I looked at his phone and then I looked down at mine and the MAPS icon on the face of my phone and said, "Wow, this really snuck up on mankind, didn't it?"
We stopped walking and stood facing each other contemplating the significance of it all.
"This is incredible!" I said. "There should've been a worldwide announcement, a tickertape parade on Fifth Avenue, massive midnight fireworks in every megacity on planet earth. But instead, we just barely noticed it in passing."
We walked over to a bench next to the running path and sat down and stared silently for a while watching the runners, dog walkers, and skateboarders pass us by.
"What the hell does this mean?" I said. "Is this not that big of a deal, or is it a very big deal? Or is it that we have become so used to a new innovation on our smart phones almost every day, that we have become desensitized to the importance of it all. Nobody seems to care. We are all so delighted in our devices and technology and apps and everything that is being done for us. Why are we not at least a little skeptical of this? Just because we can doesn't mean that we should!"
My friend nodded his head and said, "I know what you mean. Sometimes I wake up with a vague anxiety, not sure how to put my finger on the source. I'll sit there for 10 or 15 minutes on the side of my bed feeling paralyzed and not knowing how to start my day, even though I have so much to do."
"The speed and complexity of our days – I think it's getting to everybody," I said. "And what's scary is there's no way to slow it down."
My friend leaned over and picked up a twig on the ground and started to make two vertical and two crossing horizontal lines for tic-tac-toe. "You know what I can't do anymore? I can't compute change in my head when I'm ordering food at the counter."
And I returned, "I can't remember actors’ names even for my favorite movies!"
"I can't remember anybody's phone number anymore. I used to be able to remember everybody's phone number but I just can't do it anymore."
"My writing and particularly my spelling are terrible. Of course, that hasn't mattered for years. Nobody really writes anymore."
My friend stood up abruptly and said, "This is depressing! Can we change the subject?"
"Sure, what do you want to talk about?"
My friend sat down and said, "Jobs! I just can't seem to find anything. How about you?"
I looked at him and smiled, "I might be getting a job."
"Really! Tell me about it."
"Well, that's just the thing, I can't tell you anything about it. I signed a nondisclosure agreement."
"Have you taken a job with the CIA?" he asked jokingly.
"No, no, nothing like that. It's just, I can't talk about it right now, OK? Maybe later."
"I get it. If you do tell me anything, you'll have to kill me, right?"
"Something like that."
in general: complexity & options: NFL play card > Visualization | aviation: checkmateaviation | backup procedures | buying: house | camping | checklists | cybersecurity: CSET, Ntl. Checklist Program Repository | digital pens: adapx | due diligence list | education: project-based learning checklists | everyday: simplychecklists | new product | preflight | press release: pressreleasechecklist | printable | pads: Pack This! | productivity: Smarter Faster Better Duhigg | normalization of deviance: The Challenger Launch Decision Vaughan | hospital infection: The Checklist Manifesto Gawande
sneezes, the whole world gets a cold.
Beijing is the billionaire capital of the world.
in general: chinese students come home: turtles > Globalization | doing business: The One Hour China Book Towson | the app for everything: WeChat | grand economic strategy: China's One Belt, One Road Initiative Lim big idea | news: Global Times | economic reform: 60-point plan | social credit: Sesame Credit | e-Commerce: alibaba | search: Baidu | population: two-child policy | propaganda: Propaganda Bernays | fragile: Red Capitalism Walter
Chief Resilience Officer: When cities build-in a more integrated critical infrastructure in advance of a disaster, they are more resilient and recover faster.
growth: city lights tell the story of the spread of humans across Earth
in general: urban innovation: Sidewalk Labs big ideas > Innovation | sustainable living: Worldchanging Steffen | anatomy of an urban riot: Detroit | 100 top cities: Sustainability Index | historical layers: HyperCities | Detroit: detropiathefilm | attacking blight with citizen-driven data: Loveland | energy net zero: Feldheim, Germany | farming rooftop: brooklyngrangefarm | vertical: AeroFarms, plantagon | forestry: Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition | conferences: Next City, Re-Imagining Cities | short-term, community-based projects: Tactical Urbanism Lydon | pro-cities: Triumph of the City Glaeser
Do most Americans believe climate change is real?
individual impact: The single biggest impact an individual can make on climate change is to switch to a more fuel-efficient car.
80/20 rule: Cities are responsible for about 70 percent of CO2 emissions worldwide.
in general: united global initiatives: Paris Climate Agreement > Globalization | Al Gore: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power | what do you believe: This Spaceship Earth Houle | restart the conversation: Climate of Hope Bloomberg/Pope | documentary: Before the Flood | thinker: Vaclav Smil | data: Climate Action Tracker, data.gov.climate, MERRA | hack the planet: Geoengineering big idea | extractive capitalism vs climate change: This Changes Everything Klein
in general: integration: The Azure Periodic Table > Enterprise | chargeback: cloudcruiser | consulting services: glasshouse | cyber threat management: seculert | decision-making: Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence thawte | desktop: cloudtop | development tools: cloudbees | encryption: vaultive | protection & availability storage (PAS): actifio | resources: cloud computing central | science helix-nebula big idea | accounting: intacct, xero | book: Grown Up Digital Tapscott | content delivery: aws.amazon
most big achievements are achievements of a team
in general: free screen sharing: join me > Project Management | the perfect team: Project Aristotle | teams: Slack, Atlassian | secure messaging: Symphony | whiteboards: groupboard, SMART kapp | academic: academicroom | art+science: Art at the Interface, CERN | cloud: centraldesktop, cx | conference calls: speek | enterprise: huddle | live discussions: crowdoptic | online real-time editor: five tools | physicians: sermo | portals: co.create | social community: thebackplane | spaces & places: Grind, superdesk, think[box] | brainstorming: Post-it Plus
in general: iron girl: Riri Williams > Women & Girls | geekish: xkcd | anime: crunchyroll | cartoons: STRIPPED: The Comics Documentary, The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote | conventions: comic-con | DIY: I Draw Comics Sketchbook & Reference Guide, Magnet Comic | free: Farrago | museums: Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art | publishers: Image | South Africa: Bitterkomix | time travel: Calvin & Hobbes | fantasy graphic novels: The Sandman Overture Gaiman | terrorism: Mike’s Place Baxter
Who is they?
in general: relating to one another: If I Understood You Alda > Values | messages/info | body language: Janine Driver | facial: the not face | signs: sign language for math and science | symbols: about, Patterns That Connect: Social Symbolism in Ancient & Tribal Art Schuster | censorship: What do we want in our symbolic landscape, and who decides that? | encyclopedia: symbols | flags: all nations | storytelling: orgs: Future of Storytelling | radio: The Moth | psychology of communication: persuasibility
What are the barriers to entry to our market?
Who are the company's five top competitors?
What does a competitor comparative analysis show about the company?
Will the power of the crowd in cyberspace obsolete the concept of a monopoly?
If the company is dominant in its market, are there any potential antitrust problems?
Does the company use intellectual property as a club to coerce customers and rivals?
in general: A great rival is like a mirror. Agassi > Sports | dark side: Google | antitrust: Department of Justice Antitrust Division | aerospace: avitas, g2globalsolutions | annual reports: The Public Register Online | book: Competitive Strategy Porter | citing sources: noodletools | competitor intelligence: attaain, Compass Monitor, hoovers, scip | corporate info: corporateinformation, hoovers | information asymmetry | patent search: uspto | ratings: ambest, moodys, Standard & Poors | Antitrust Hovenkamp | espionage: Trust but verify. Reagan | CIA: CIA, Inc: Espionage & the Craft of Business Intelligence Rustmann
Is there a trend towards more government regulation in this industry?
Does the company have in place an effective ethics and workplace compliance program to guide the actions of employees?
in general: lifecycle management: Fenergo > Enterprise Software, enviance, healthflash, lumigent | commodities: ekaplus | document management: nextdocs | Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Walmart | Long-Term Archive: permabit | RoHS compliance portable x-ray: innov-x-sys | apps: axsmap | law: usdoj, adata
You create your own little universe, and then it does what you tell it to do. Cerf
What happened to women in computer science?
supercomputing: research: National Center for Supercomputing Applications NCSA > Research | software development & optimization: allinea | An Introduction to Quantum Computing Kaye | The Fourth Paradigm Microsoft
Does IT have the capability to simulate attacks on the network to locate and fix vulnerabilities?
Who has been the source of a security breach or corporate (economic) espionage in the past year?
How much money has the company lost as a result of breaches or espionage in the past twelve months?
in general: automated auditing: Tripwire | book: Network Security Assessment McNab | Endpoint Compliance Enforcement (ECE) : lumension | enterprise monitoring: q1labs | organizations: issa, isaca, asisonline | plug-and-deploy appliance: quorumlabs | data protection: gazzang, Thales | electronic signature: docusign, signnow | embedded: PRESENT | enterprise systems: Symantec, venafi, voltage
Do. Or do not. There is no try. Yoda
You have to believe in yourself. Sun Tzu
What does it feel like to be you? Bill Murray
in general: you are who you are: Self-Consciousness Updike > Human Behavior | about | essay: Confidence is the Prime Mover sp | resiliency: amplifying effect of materialism | self-image: comfortable in your own skin | sports: hot hand, winningstate | mindfulness: The Confidence Gap Harris
I don’t agree with your opinion, but I would fight to the death for your right to express it.
Should burning the flag be a protected form of free speech?
Is refusing to stand for the National Anthem an appropriate protest?
Judicial Mandates: (a) Words and meaning of the law should be understood as they were understood by the people when the law was enacted. (b) Activist judges should not invent new law, but they should respect the constitutional prerogative of the people to pass laws through their representative legislatures.
Articles I - VII
Amendments I – XXVII
Amendment I: freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition
in general: interpretation: Originalism > Social Change | conservative: Center for Constitutional Studies & Citizenship | amendments: Amendments 1-10 Bill of Rights, Amendments 11-27 | freedom of the press: Rosewater Stewart | interpretation: America's Unwritten Constitution Amar
in general: mega-resort: Marsa Al Arab big idea > SW Asia since 1912 | wood: cross-laminated timber | self-cleaning concrete: photocatalytic pavements | concrete: Concrete International sp | solidiatech | bridges: highest | prefabrication and shop fabrication: quadror | measuring progress D4AR | big projects 2012 | BIM: vicosoftware | equipment rental: Yard Club | financial services: bluetarp | flight assembly | mobile systems: awarenessnetworks, AutoDesk | online collaboration: aconex | plans & specs: planexpress, plangrid | preconstruction management: isqft | structural bamboo: lamboo
in general: buy/sell content: Yahoo Voices, mochila, skyword, synacor | content monitoring: codegreennetworks, hisoftware | extract important parts of any web page: diffbot | load fast: yottaa | multi-screen: phunware | open source: plone | revenue-generation: OpenText, venetica | sharing: sharaholic | document management: cloud: digabit, , springcm | enterprise: archivesystems, falcondocumentmanagement, Perceptive Software | free documents: docstoc | online document production: mimeo | technical documents: latex-project | cross-channel platform: Amplience > Retail | forms & agreements: create: Adobe FormsCentral, formotus, goformz | documents: legalzoom | forms online: allbusiness, formdesk
Does the company have a regular process of scanning the entire company's inventory of equipment and processes for obsolescence?
Does the company have a quality manual?
What procedures does the company have for testing incoming raw materials and component parts?
What are the quality standards for each component and material?
What happens to parts or shipments that fail quality standards?
What happens to finished goods that do not pass quality tests?
What is the average failure rate for products in final test?
What has been the company's experience with each supplier of key components?
in general: alfa romeo: Giulia > Automobiles | at Caesar’s Palace : The Who | footware: inkkas | art+sports: Hamilton sings Go Cubs Go! | icons: Kings of Cool | confidence: Soy Yo | skate park: Kaos Temple | digerati: about, Nerdists rule. | racing: The Gentleman’s Guide to Racing | teens: The Merchants of Cool | videos: epipheostudios, vimeo awards, youtube | virtual clubbing: be-at.tv | young voter registration: Rock the Vote | Jewish culture: Le Mood | coolhunting | edge | formatmag | refinery29 | stuffwhitepeoplelike | blogs: boingboing | brands: the-collaboratory | startups: techcrunch | theinspirationroom | trendwatching | well | yatzer | Coolhunting for the World's Thought Leaders Frick big ideas | Pattern Recognition Gibson
What constitutes a core competency/technology?
Are the company's strategies tightly coupled to these core competencies/technologies?
How visible is the core competency/technology outside the corporation?
Can competitors easily replicate this core competency/technology?
Can the company protect against this?
Does management have a clear strategy for value development of its core technologies?
At what stage in the product life cycle is each of the company’s core products?
Has the company coasted too long in a technology comfort zone?
Is management evaluating the replacement of declining-margin products with higher-margin products?
What changes in core competency/technology does management foresee in the future?
Acquisitions | Antitrust | Articles of Incorporation | Associations | Audit Committee | Board Agenda | Board Audit Committee | Board Chairperson | Board Committees | Board Makeup | Board Nominating Committee | Board of Directors | Board Performance Evaluation | Board Prerogatives | Board Tenure | CEO | Compliance to Regulations | Constituencies | Cumulative Voting | Economic Development | Enron | Ethics | Executive Compensation | Growth | Key Indicators | Management and Best Practices | Methods of Business Organization | Philanthropy | Questions | Risk Management | Sarbanes-Oxley Act | Small Business | Stockholders | Strategic Planning | Sustainability | What If? | Women on the Board
in general: conference-board | history: The Company-State Stern > Capitalism | annualreports | book: Annual Reports 101 | National Investors Relations Institute: niri |public realtions: Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship | online PR systems: marketwire
The Co-Working Manifesto
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.
in general: multidisciplinary mashups: Geekdom | pay-it-forward: gangplank | revenue: $50/sf/year | hackerspaces: biocurious, genspace | Case Western: thinkbox | hackerdojo | history: L0pht | how-to: mindbites, eHow, wonderhowto | makezine | 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse Johnson | tinkering: about, Artisan & Fab Lab, tinkering school | incubators and accelerators: 1871 | China: innovation-works | corporations: When Big Companies Support Start-ups… | food & restaurant: lacocinaf | FREE!: commnexus
Does handwriting need to be saved?
Are you in the channel (flow)?
in general: NYC’s High Line: web site, book |walking > thinking > writing: Why Walking Helps Us Think > Mind Wandering | perfectionists: the 8 percent | manic-depression and creativity: Touched with Fire Jamison | kickstarter: Impact on the Creative Economy | humor: improv | festivals: SXSW | paper: How Life Unfolds | courses: MasterClass, crash course | pencil: documentary | cards: blank, intuiti | doodling: doodle4google, themonsterengine | gaia: Biophilia Wilson | inventiveness: The Art of Rube Goldberg George | portals: 99u | creativity tools: Building Your Creativity Gast
Corruption thrives within complexity and centralization of power.
Was GM 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, 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. sp
What is your country’s Corruption Perception Index?
in general: pro-con: GunsSaveLife > Popular Culture | deep throat: Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Felt | gun violence: Run Hide Fight, The Trace | trust your instincts: dragon tracks | federal prosecutors: Licensed to Lie Powell | policing in America: Embedded | incompetence: A Simple Plan | insider trading: Black Edge Kolhatkar | mafioso: The Godfather Puzo | criminal gangs: MS-13 | monetizing cronyism: The Clintons Hanson | NRA: Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA | sub-prime mortgages: The Big Short Lewis big idea | intimidation: The Intimidation Game Strassel | inside the mind: Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky
We find out where conditions are the worst – the places where others are not going – and that’s where we want to be. Doctors Without Borders
Has the company rehearsed its responses to various crises?
in general: | campus security: ravewireless | book: Damage Control Dezenhall | emergency kits: redcrossstore | flood control: AquaFence > Simplicity | incident lifecycle management (ILM): interact911 | on-demand systems: sendwordnow | prepare/train/recover: Disaster City, planning, restoreyoureconomy | wireless LAN: rajant | relief agencies: Action Against Hunger | American Red Cross | CARE | Direct Relief International
Could a solar eclipse cause an energy blackout?
The Squeaky Wheel (still) Gets the Grease: When things really start to change, these prime movers are often involved:
• incentivization programs emerge
• corporations start transforming conservation (green) from an expensive nuisance to a profitable strategic advantage
• scientists are invited to assume advisory/policy positions in high government spots
• star/brand power gets involved, e.g., Al Gore and “An Inconvenient Truth”
o best-selling book(s)
o high-impact visuals in the form of documentaries by credible producers such as National Geographic, 60 Minutes
• something bad happens to our critical infrastructure:
o 2001 9/11 > rise of Homeland Security & surveillance state
o 2003 blackout > Smart Grid
o 2005 Hurricane Katrina > flood preparedness
o 2011 tsunami & Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant > earthquake preparedness
o 2017 Houston Flood > land use planning and emergency preparedness
All of these scenarios motivate the public to put pressure on the politicians, administrators, CEOs, and policy makers to take action. The question is, what comes in between the science (labs) and real action (above)?
I think it’s messaging, i.e., how you get the word out so that the public and decision makers wake up and take notice and move an issue to the top of the priority/awareness list. Scientists are generally not so good at that and can’t understand why decision makers don’t beat a path to their published papers. There are professionals that are good at messaging and I think you have to engage them, which costs money.
Also, Decision Support System (DSS) can be an output of the research (or at least a design for a DSS). Many critical infrastructures are being driven by DSS software that helps leaders make complex and big-dollar investments among many competing choices, in effect giving them the roadmap for next steps each budget year. sp
in general: cities: Main Street Marshall Plan Urban League | too big to fail: Systemically important financial institution | run on the bank(s): Total Loss-Absorbing Capacity | telecommunications: electrical/electromagnetic | condition: ASCE Infrastructure Report Card | fracking: The Boom Gold
in general: 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 | testimonials: Post Kudos | on-demand platforms: Base | Batchbook | campaignerCRM | Capsule CRM | concursive | Google Spreadsheet | Highrise | HubSpot | InfusionSoft | InstantCustomer | Microsoft Dynamics > sales | Netsuite | Nutshell CRM | Onepage CRM | Pipedrive | Podio | Rightnow | Salesforce | Influence: Science and Practice Cialdini | The New Influencers Gillin
Is the crowd always wise? jury theorem
in general: naming: Boaty McBoatface > Brand | singing together: Choir! Choir! Choir! | science: galaxyzoo, fish species id | cambrianhouse | animal classification: snapshotserengeti | books: kindlescout | bug bounty programs: bugcrowd | bus routing: datero | creative design 99designs | dell: ideastorm | digitizing books: reCAPTCHA | drawings: Draw A Friend | enterprise social innovation: spigit | fashion: fabricly | gaming: fold.it, hivemind | grading homework: crowdgrader | medical: crowdmed | military intervention: KONY 2012 | mobile app testing: utest | ranking: ranker, top10 | sales: right90 | skills testing & ranking: smarterer | social media: ushahidi | travel planning: mygola | crowd-sourced: Cosmos Humboldt
Who invented bitcoin?
in general: mine cryptocurrencies: CoinHole > Payment Systems | buy/deliver foreign currency to your home: Travelex | transfer: TransferWise | calculators: x-rates | open source: opencoin | paper: fortresspaper | sending/receiving: stellar, TransferWise | trading: forex, fxall, oanda | Wolfson Economics Prize | bitcoin wallet: Blockchain | documentary: The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin | blockchain: Blockchain Revolution Tapscott big idea
95% of today’s consumers live outside the U.S.
Is customer service the new sales?
What are the top service complaints? What have been the most costly complaints?
in general: rate & review: YELP government > Trust, reevoo, viewpoints, wize | surveys: inmoment | complaints: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau | corporate reputations: bbb, planetfeedback | local services: cityvoter | loyalty: Net Promoter |mobile: talkbin | real-time: NICE, ResponseTek | track what customers are saying: callminer, w2groupinc | user relationship management: user communities | The Ultimate Question Reichheld | automated: Nuance, web.interactions | book: The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service Excellence Spector | happiness guarantee: Tesla | mobile: desk, experticity | winner-take-all | automated virtual agents: spoken, Nina Web, 7 | on-demand: liveops | quality control: hyperquality | technical support: automated systems: nextnine | online: fixya, iyogi, plumchoice
Is the protector against a trojan horse attack (Kaspersky) a trojan horse itself?
Should the NSA be broken up? big ideas
Are we moving towards a surveillance state?
in general: NSA hacked: Shadow Brokers > Anarchy | cloud-based security: CrowdStrike | internet subculture: 4chan | anti-surveillance: Electronic Frontier Foundation | russian cyber espionage: Fancy Bear | ransomware: KeRanger | conferences & training: blackhat | critical infrastructure: carmaggedon | news & analysis: Schneier on Security | Cybersecurity and Cyberwar Singer | Cyber War Clarke
in general: book: Web Data Mining Liu | content optimization: ramp | data warehousing: infobright, kalido | forecasting large-scale human behavior big ideas | geointelligence: metacarta | open source tool for analyzing large data sets: cloudera | security: imperva, privatecore, McAfee | unstructured text analysis: clarabridge | who died: Social Security Death Master File > Population | online database apps: Caspio | non-centralized database: blockchain | audting: lumigent | data integration: expressor-software | geographically distributed relational SQL database server: TransLattice | hardware scalability: clustrix | open data platforms: factual, junar, safecast | security: Trustwave | virtualization: delphix | Bureau of Labor Statistics: bls | computing: revolution-computing | Fedstats: fedstats | Internet Statistics: clickz | popular culture: Harper’s Index | population: factfinder
What is the hardest decision you’ve made?
By the choices you make, you’re curating your life. Sato
When faced with risks that are hard to evaluate, we have a tendency to choose inaction.
in general: effective individual and organizational decision making: Principles: Life and Work Dalio > Management | financial crisis: The Courage to Act Bernanke | parents/kids/accountability: The Dinner Koch | choice overload | crowd-sourced: ahoona, small vs big | medicine: participatorymedicine | Star Trek: Theories of Decision Making | Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis Allison | How We Decide Lehrer | Thinking Fast and Slow Kahneman
We are the friends of liberty everywhere, custodians only of our own.
If you force people who are unwilling to do something, they will not do it very well, which is the encapsulation of human freedom. Arnn
Could approval voting give us a better election result than our current plurality voting?
The struggle for power and advantage is a constant of human society.
What is democracy for the internet era?
Is there a global attack on the freedom of expression?
Should Flag Burners Burn?: Should burning the flag be a protected form of free speech? Consider this:
• Was the flag burner trespassing?
• Did the flag burner hurt anyone?
• Did the flag burner catch anything else on fire?
• Did they burn a public flag that they did not own?
• Was it an act of treason, in and of itself?
If the answer is “no” for all five questions, then the flag burner is not a criminal. They were just someone that took their own flag onto public property where they are entitled to go, and they burned it (unfortunately they don’t have a flag anymore) but didn’t hurt anybody or anything in the process. If we’re going to send a person to jail for this, then we will have to reevaluate thousands of actions that people perform every day that should be equivalently considered obnoxious, disturbing, anti-patriotic, or criminal. There will be social accountability enough from family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues that the flag burner will have to face, and possibly realize that “I will never do that again!”
Come on, we’ve got to get a grip on ourselves, take a step back and get some perspective, and not be so mentally and spiritually brittle! This is America. We are tough, flexible, resilient, and open-minded, so we can absorb the actions of a flag burner. We can’t rule-make a person into being civil and/or patriotic – it’s either in their heart, or it’s not. sp
in general: rise & fall: Political Order and Political Decay Fukuyama > Politics | watchdog: Freedom House | dialogues: Democracy Dialogue | equality: Citizen Equality Act of 2017 | cinematographer: Haskell Wexler | approval voting: Approval Voting Brams big idea | leadership: Profiles in Courage Kennedy | America: Democracy in America De Tocqueville | freedom of speech: The Tyranny of Silence Rose
How can design can be used to create positive social change?
in general: 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 | shoes: ROOY | packaging: The Penguin Launcher sp | active design: Center for Active Design | appliances: delonghi, Dieter Rams | carpet: land carpet | cars: Toyota | digital: thingiverse | events: A Better World by Design, Maison-Objet, pechakucha, Reasons to be Creative | firms: peoplepeople, porsche-design, think2build | foods: labstoreparis | glass blowing: esquedesign | graphic design: In Search Of The Miraculous or One Thing Leads To Another Glaser | hotels: bellaskycomwell, designhotels | materials: Material Innovation Dent | mentoring: The Dinner Series | news: Apollo Muse | one size fits all: universal design
Is technological change destroying jobs faster than it is creating them?
in general: International Space Station: the most complex machine ever built big ideas | supplies: poppin | assembly line WW II: B-24 Liberator | tracking time: getklok, rescuetime | STEM to STEAM: Combining the mind of a technologist with that of an artist or designer. RISD > Design | conferences: D, SciFoo Camp | idea forum: ted | market research: hype cycle, luxresearchinc | news: xconomy | search: goorulearning | Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey? Oncken | Ruling the Waves Spar | Technology, Humans, and Society Dorf
Neon is organizing the world’s images and finding the ones you care about.
in general: any device to any device: twistpair | digital magazines: newsstand, zinio | digital rights management: FileOpen, iManuscript > Cloud | distribution: Velocix, overdrive | end-to-end system: vantrix | enterprise platforms: acquia | entertainment: deca.tv, wwbiggies | fastmobile | Integrated customer management: amdocs | mobile phones: mig33 | multi-format print/electronic publishing: RR Donnelly | nature/wildlife field guides: greenmountaindigital | podcasting: NPR | photos: eye.fi | real-time compression: storewize | royalty tracking: royaltyshare
in general: tips & tricks: 1000 Life Hacks > Crowd | 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 | big data: clearstorydata | blocks: marble plans | cakes: fondant | crafts: craft production, craftsy | curation: articurate | digital designs: thingiverse | drones: Eedu |fold tee shirt | forums: diynetwork, instructables, makerfaire, White House Maker Faire | furniture: AtFAB, sketchchair | global village construction set: opensourceecology | go-kart: plywood kit | houses: WikiHouse | philosophy: Shop Class as Soulcraft Crawford | clean vacuum filter: Vacuum Blast sp
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1982 work Untitled sold for a record-breaking $110.5 million at auction, the highest sum ever paid for a U.S.-produced artwork.
in general: at auction: List of Most Expensive Paintings > Valuation | 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 | organic ink: Living Ink | diagrams and patterns: venn, zentangle | learning: I Draw, sketch-based learning about | buy what you love | chalk: Peter Han | coloring: Secret Gardens Basford | crowd-sourced: sketchbookproject | digital: adonit, Adobe Ink & Slide | doodling: Buddha Board, doodle, doodlersanonymous | Excel spreadsheet: Tatsuo Horiuchi | masters: Rembrandt | landscapes: Heart of the Andes Church | portraiture: John Singer Sargent | murals: Detroit Industry Murals Rivera, Pow Wow Hawaii | vermeer | Printmaking: Katsushika Hokusai | human form: body painting | collage: Romare Bearden | thedumpsterproject | dioramas: Anastassia Elias
Your dream is the most valuable thing you’ll ever own.
in general: analysis: Carl Jung | gallery: DreamBank | lucid dreaming: lucid dreaming | improving performance | organizations: lucidity | fantsy: Alice in Wonderland > Magic | believing: McFarland USA, Safety Not Guaranteed
Even though we can, should we be diverting eagles to hunt illegal drones?
Are there unintended consequences of animals vs. drones?
in general: self-flying drone for home: Aire > Robots | persistent aerial reconnaissance & communications: CyPhy | follow the money: leading edge | racing: The Drone Racing League | underwater: Fathom One | bat-like: RobotBat | agriculture: Raptor Maps | applications: construction monitoring | collision avoidance: skydio | journalism: news gathering | mapping: building envelope | selfie-drones: Selfly, nixie, zano | kill shot: Eye in the Sky | Sudden Justice Woods
In a perfect world, all drugs would be legal but no one would use them.
What is so powerful about the 12-step program?
in general: addiction: Heroine(e), Flight > Health | what we’re taking: Top Drugs | thrill/agony: Trainspotting | Surgeon General’s Report: Facing Addiction | overdosing: prescription painkillers | aging: resveratrol | forensics: swgdrug | pharmacy: People’s Pharmacy | trafficking: The Cartel Winslow
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CRITICAL ZONE: air > life > soil > water > rock
The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness. Muir
Are we protecting enough of earth’s terrestrial and marine areas to secure the long-term health and sustainability of our planet?
in general: citizen science: Eclipse Megamovie > Crowd | total eclipse 2017: Eclipse Across America | earth from space: A Beautiful Planet | organizations: Cloud Appreciation Society | pictures: Cloud Atlas | research: clouds | seeding: Charles Hatfield 1916 | fog: fog on the boulevard sp | rain: dust storms | smell: petrichor | cold: polar vortex | ocean temperatures: El Niño/La Niña | hurricanes: National Hurricane Center: nhc.noaa | perfect storm: book & film | Halloween Nor'easter of 1991 | Storm Sandy 2012 | superstorms: photos | supercell | advocacy: surfrider | local, regional, national info: Skye Explorer | weather becomes art | global warming: An Inconvenient Truth Gore | Boiling Point Gelbspan | Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes Emanuel | Quick-Change Planet: Do Global Climate Tipping Points Exist? Levitan | rainmaking: The Rainmaker 1956 | The Last Polar Bear Kazlowski | origin & development of earth: one-third the age of the universe | supercontinents: Pangaea | interpretation of geologic record: Paleontological interpretation | dinosaurs: about | digital recreation | fossils: African Fossils | Page Paleontology Science Center | eras & periods of geologic time: stratigraphy | asteropid impact: Chicxulub Shonting | scotese | time lapse imagery: Landsat Annual Timelapse 1984 - 2012 | Earth: Portrait of a Planet Marshak | Historical Geology Wicander | Paleoclimatology Bradley | The Man Who Found Time Repcheck | third planet from the Sun | Blue Planet | geographical concentration: ring of fire | injection-induced seismicity: hydraulic fracturing | monitoring: Earthquake Track | science-to-policy: Earthquakes Without Frontiers | earth’s crust: Project Mohole | building blocks | about | planet earth discovery | Earth Luhr | Earth's Dynamic Systems Hamblin | Foundations of Earth Science Tarbuck | waterfalls: Niagara Falls | films: MountainFilm | videos: Aerial America | A Sand County Almanac Leopold
What do the objects we keep say about us?
in general: art, design, visual culture: Colossal > Visualization | videos: SoulPancake | collecting: baseball cards | arts: e-flux, nortemaar, paintedlightphotoframing, thespace, Zina Nicole Lahr | travel: atlasobscura | news: OZY | about | activities: The Portlandia Activity Book | blogs: Brain Pickings, The Knowledge Effect | brand: shinola | cities: Marfa | coffee: bacon-flavored | conferences & festivals: fest300, ideacityonline, wanderlustfestival | crafts: Haystack | essays: Kaufmann Mercantile | field & stream: mollyjogger | games: fredericksandmae | literature: dalkeyarchive, McSweeney’s, ninthletter | machines: The Secret Life of Machines |magazines: Prospect Magazine, Verge
in general: amazon, apple, facebook, google: The Four Galloway | small business platforms: Shopify | enterprise platforms: RevCascade, Orckestra, elasticpath, mozu | alibaba: Singles Day | sales tax automation: avalara | auctions: auctionzip, channeladvisor, dovebid, equipnet, truition | barter: listia | design/develop: fluid | DIY: shoplocket, volusion | eLab: elab.vanderbilt
Every job can be traced back to an entrepreneur. sp
angry birds does not an economy make
Do the benefits of a new company outweigh the costs of attraction? Are administrators accountable for public funds used to lure relocations? Would it be better to invest in building skills and companies from within?
in general: Site Selection > Location/Place | get the land you need: Eminent domain | grow from within: Economic Gardening | Pacific Rim: Trans-Pacific Partnership | financing social impact: Social Success Note | American Planning Association: planning | brain drain: stay, work, play | broadband development: gigabitsquared big idea | brainbelts: The Smartest Places on Earth Agtmael | Boomtown USA Schultz
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 deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation?
2011: What concept 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 even though you cannot prove it?
2004: What’s your law?
2003: What are the pressing scientific issues for the nation and 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 the past 2,000 years?
1998: What questions are you asking yourself?
pro-con: If we abolish the Department of Education, what are the intended and unintended consequences?
Are smartphones detrimental to the learning process?
in general: adaptive learning: knewton | learning theories: diagram | critical thinking: thinkCERCA | Asia & Africa: Room to Read | helpsprogram | adaptive learing: Smart Sparrow | blended learning: edelements | Philadelphia: Unrelenting Poverty Leads To Desperation In Philly Schools Westervelt | advocacy: centerforcsri,