This year’s Goalkeepers Report focuses on youth population growth that will affect future world progress.
What is a Hero?
Some may say Colin Kaepernick got what he deserved. Some may say he is a hero. Time will tell and history (the people) will be the judge…more
This year I interviewed Arnie Cochran, the eccentric, controversial founder and billionaire CEO of Augmyntia …more
The Disruption of Being Lost
The more progress was made, the more a piece of our brains was going dark forever…more
Who Will Save Illinois?
The degree of political gridlock and dysfunction is so bad that it is surreal. Can it get worse?...more
CEOs Out of Bounds
They were chief executives of successful corporations that were NFL referees on Sundays…more
Is My Company Too Small for a Board?
No, because directors add significant value to management and the company in countless ways…more
On the Soul of Our Town
I have all always appreciated the fact that Champaign-Urbana’s social milieu embraces people from all walks of life…more
Even a man my age can still climb tall trees and do other whacky things…more
The BeachMap Game
How to create a map of the United States with rocks found on the beach…more
one better marble in, two lesser marbles out
The curation is designed to function in six ways:
1. As a browse engine for the wandering mind
2. As a cultural almanac (zeitguide)
3. As a synopsis of how the world works
4. As a social radar signaling where the world is going
6. As a blog within a book; i.e., a blook
Will this item still be relevant a year from now?
Will it make you think? Will it challenge you?
Does it address universal human concerns?
Is it a big idea?
Is it cool and reflecting the spirit of the times?
Is it a cog in the wheel that makes the world work?
The 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 Ideas/Questions/Decisions; good books authors; > cross-references to related topics; and a last post within each topic. sp
What's the biggest question facing artists today?
cultures: about: prehistoric art | film: Cave of Forgotten Dreams Herzog | Arts of the Western tradition: Janson's History of Art: Western Tradition | Ai Weiwei: artsy | 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 |
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 | P. Allen Smith | education: Frederick Law Olmsted Society | energy savings: shading | magazines: Dezeen
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 | crowd-sourced: sketchbookproject | digital: adonit, Adobe Ink & Slide | doodling: Buddha Board | masters: Rembrandt | landscapes: Heart of the Andes Church | portraiture: John Singer Sargent | murals: Detroit Industry Murals Rivera
movies: stop-motion: Isle of Dogs | independent & documentary: Hot Docs, flahertyseminar, sheffdocfest | the crowd speaks: Rotten Tomatoes | how to make a movie: 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 | cimmfest | kickstarter, sundance, tribecafilm | underground: Chicago Underground Film Festival | animation: Waking Sleeping Beauty Disney | IMAX: MacGillivray Freeman Films
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, International Jazz Day | streaming: The Beatles on Spotify | Kendrick Lamar: These Walls | the chairman: Frank Sinatra Has a Cold | Beatles: Eight Days a Week Howard | Springstein: Born to Run | top grossing album: Thriller Jackson | Brian Wilson: Love & Mercy | 3 days of peace & music: Woodstock
photography: tripod: Tenikle > Communication/Video | magazines: aperture, tasjmagazine, Provoke | Can photography change the world? | visual archive of biodiversity: Photo Ark | image editing app: Meitu | digital: ALEXA | polaroid: Snap | infinite depth-of-field: Lytro | time lapse + motion control: astro | expositions: Paris Photo | rock-n-roll: Danny Clinch | Humans of New York Stanton | a picture is worth a thousand words | 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 | what makes a great story: The Hero with a Thousand Faces Campbell | freelancers: 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 | online distribution: rant | grammar tool: grammarly | plots: 37 Basic Plots | resources: Writers Digest, Writers Market | guide: The Sense of Style Pinker | memoirs: The Outsider Forsyth | 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 | fairs: Art Miami | 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, Meow Wolf | Performance Art: Lisa Park | Marina Abramovic Institute | physical movement > drawings: Heather Hansen | Umbrella Project | Art DK | Colossal | Extreme Architectures Slavid | The Art Museum Phaidon | 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
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world
and forfeit his soul?
freedom (of speech) < politics/democracy > accountability (civility)
do unto others < golden rule > others do unto you
wants < Government > needs
no ss tax < $25K < taxes > increase ss income cap
buy-america jobs < balance > lowest cost infrastructure
help the helpless < balance > spend within means
love < family/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
concentration of wealth < balance > redistribution of wealth
United States < Mutually-Assured Destruction > Russia
work < balance > life
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?
Will our world eventually become irreversibly complex beyond our understanding?
engineering + medicine = Engineering-Based Medicine
simplicity: Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose… Joplin | hand-powered centrifuge: paperfuge | imperfectness: wabi-sabi | camping: teardrop trailers | low-stress cultures: kakonomics | art: Bedroom in Arles Van Gogh | tiny houses: Elevate | less is more: He who is contented is rich. Lao, live within your means, moderation | wilderness: Happy People | If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. | instinct: We are drawn to the intersections of our world at a place or a moment in time. sp
in general: 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 | just get it done: Perfect is the enemy of the good.
As technology accelerates, so do the big
Ideas, Questions, Decisions.
Art | Balance | Cities | Communication | Crime | Critical Infrastructures | Data | Decisions | Earth | Edge.org | Education | Elements of Technology | Energy | Entertainment | Entrepreneurship | Exploration | Family | Health & Disease | Human Behavior | Human Rights | Ideas | Immigration | Innovation | Jobs | Journalism | Knowledge | Latin America | Law | Leadership | Life on Earth | Location | Management | Methods of Business Organization | Morality | Optimized Self | Politics | Poverty | Production & Wealth | Religion in General | Research & Development | Robotics | Social Change | Social Groups | Sports | Stages of Human Development | Technology | Thought | Transportation | Trump | Truth/Trust | Unequivocals | United States | Universities | Utopia/Dystopia | Values | War | World since 1920 | Zeitgeist
What is the soul of your town? I have all always appreciated the fact that Champaign-Urbana’s (CU) social milieu embraces people from all walks of life. And it just so happens that the town enjoys a lucky balance between being not too small and not too big in both population and physical size, such that we bump into each other daily at the grocery store, the workplace, the football stadium, the park, the church, the mall, the pool, the movie theater, the outdoor restaurant, and all the places we go. We work and play together in a friendly and mutually respectful way that inspires productivity, creativity, and innovation. This, for me, is the soul of CU that makes it such a special community…more.sp
think (really) big: Hudson Yards, NYC
Is a head tax or Amazon Tax a fair recompense to cities for the social and environmental impacts of an Amazon-scale company?
Does Detroit’s restructuring offer hope and a path for other financially troubled cities?
How should we prepare for 75% of the world’s population living in cities by 2050? What are the cultural and political implications of megacities?
How might drones and self-driving cars substantially change suburbia and the city?
Do the benefits of a new company outweigh the costs of attraction? Or would it be better to invest in building skills and companies from within?
co-working: 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
economic development: american renewal: Our Towns Fallows | Site Selection | grow from within: Economic Gardening | Pacific Rim: Trans-Pacific Partnership | financing social impact: Social Success Note | brain drain: stay, work, play
megacities: people movement: MULTI | gaming: cities XL | forums: The Future of Urban Development Initiative | Masdar City | movies: Slumdog Millionaire | pop-ups: burning man | simulation: urbansim | Planning the Megacity: Jakarta in the Twentieth Century Silver | The Endless City Burdett
neighborhoods: Walking is man's best medicine. Hippocrates | a podcast for people somewhere on the woke spectrum: We Live Here | private social networks: Nextdoor | cities: Social Streets | apps: SeeClickFix | walkable: americawalks | The Abundant Community McKnight | Walkable City Speck | star on the boulevard video : 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…..more sp
researchparks/incubators: in general: funding: Rita Allen Foundation | associations: International Association of Science Parks, United Kingdom Science Park Association | business plans: LivePlan, Business Model Canvas, Sequoia Capital
in general: public art: Toronto | public housing: High-Risers Austen | greeningunused spaces: Pocket Parks | tall buildings: Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat | sustainable living: Worldchanging Steffen | historical layers: HyperCities
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.
Is English becoming an unavoidable necessity for social acceptance worldwide? Is this trend driving indigenous languages to extinction?
machine-generated content is king: Heliograf
Can you talk to someone who hates you? Conversations with People Who Hate Me
Which novel has had the biggest impact on your life? The Great American Read
What is the future of the book and bookstores?
books: iUniverse: Author Learning Center | paperbacks: createspace, iuniverse | picture books: Blurb | Once you learn to read, you will be free forever. Douglass | trending: Amazon Charts | bookstores: My Bookstore Rice | share: Goodreads | first: Gutenberg Bible 1455 | printing press: The Printing Press as an Agent of Change Eisenstein
digital content: from the web: Printwhatyoulike | digital magazines: newsstand, zinio | digital rights management: FileOpen, iManuscript | distribution: Velocix, overdrive | end-to-end system: vantrix | enterprise platforms: ceros, acquia
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, proofpoint | live content: movableink | mobile: seven | Outlook plug-in: xobni | outsource outbound: sendgrid
language: 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 | kids: Muzzy | radio: World in Words | words: FlipWord | on-demand: livemocha, google
mobile: 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 | analytics: mixpanel, flurry | anxiety: Fear of Missing Out | applications limelife.com | browsers: skyfire.com | file access soonr.com
radio & podcast: curated podcast: Radiotopia | inclusive kids: Circle Round | make love, not war: KPFA | humor: Prairie Home Companion | change in America: 1A | human rights: Radio Free Europe Brown | rock-n-roll: Pirate Radio | human behavior: Invisibilia | interviews: Terry Gross | StoryCorps: app, history | science & technology: RadioLab, science360 | studio electronics: Broadcast Electronics | archives: radioarchives | debates: Intelligence Squared
TV: What’s your story? Fusion | What are top 10 greatest episodes of all-time? | Apple: Amazing Stories | fantasy: Game of Thrones | game shows: Jeopardy Online Test | american muslims: The Secret Life of Muslims Seftel | millenials: Search Party | children’s TV: Sesame Street | audience analytics: Nielsen | You are what you watch.
video: square is good: increased views/engagement | stock video elements: Rocketstock | web cam green screen: Personify | understanding through video: Epipheo | video-sharing sunglasses: Snap | teleportation: Personify | background music: Shutterstock, Premium Beat
visualization: visualization architect: Alejandro Soriano > Art | online chart building tool: chartblocks | enterprise data: tableau | flow charts: Lucidchart | production & wealth: Visual Capitalist | evidence mapping: gaps | awards: information is beautiful | big displays: Advanced Visualization Instrumentation SAGE | naturegemalde: The Invention of Nature Wulf | The Visual Display of Quantitative Information Tufte | If what you do is beautiful, it will turn out to be useful.
in general: early days: Pony Express | digitized postal mail: earthclassmail, outboxmail | imagery: skyboximaging | The Medium is the Message McLuhan | relating to one another: If I Understood You Alda | messages/info | body language: Janine Driver | facial: the not face | symbols: Patterns That Connect: Social Symbolism in Ancient & Tribal Art Schuster | censorship: What do we want in our symbolic landscape, and who decides that? | radio: The Moth
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 | fanaticism: The True Believer Hoffer | on simplicity: Walden Thoreau | quality and meaning: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Pirsig
Who is incentivized the most to profit from intentionally starting mega forest fires? Banks? Developers? The Government?
Does predictive policing move us ever closer to the dystopian vision of an oppressive surveillance state?
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
If you protect a criminal, you are a criminal.
gun violence: gun violence: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence > Human Behavior/Mental Disorders | kids fight back: You Can’t Take My Youth Away | It tends to be people who are hurting that do most of the hurting.
in general: biggest corporate fraud since Enron: Bad Blood (Theranos) Carreyrou | sci-fi: Minority Report | how power works in our hyperconnected world: New Power Heimans | truth, lies, leadership: A Higher Loyalty Comey | 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.
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, 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
Edge Computing enables connected devices to process data either within or much closer to devices themselves.
Prime Movers for Change: When things really start to change, certain prime movers are often involved: incentivization programs; corporations start transforming conservation (green) from an expensive nuisance to a profitable strategy; scientists are invited to assume advisory/policy positions in high government spots; star/brand power gets involved; something bad happens to our critical infrastructure…..more sp
networking aircraft: Airborne Wireless Network
Has the Internet killed more jobs than it has created?
When it comes to privatization of critical infrastructure, what are the lessons of history?
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): A network becomes as valuable as the square of the number of its nodes. Metcalfe | 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 | IoBT: Internet of Battlefield Things | enterprise platform: c3iot | aerial data collection: PrecisionHawk | motion sensors movea, qualtre | oceans: Sunburst | plant water level: plant link | radiation safecast | real-time sensor network: xively | 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
smart grid (electricity): apocalypse: Zero Days, Lights Out Koppel | smart metering pro-con: Take Back Your Power | renewables: REN21 | research: Siebel Energy Institute, tcipg | big data: auto-grid | privacy: futureofprivacy | hydroelectricity: Double-Curved Arch Dam for Denver sp | outdoor renewables demo site: Energy Park sp
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 > Utopia/Dystopia
How does the company prepare for the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
Does the data suggest things are better than we think? Factfulness Rosling
Data Lakes compared to Data Warehouse
tiny clues uncover huge trends: Small Data Lindstrom
predictive intelligence & modeling: 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
in general: data integration: CloverETL | cloud-based data warehouse: snowflake | machine data to knowledge: splunk | Platform as a Service (PaaS): C3IoT | truth & trust: The world is awash in bullshit. | 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 | The Black Box Society Pasquale
air > life > soil > water > rock
Did the downgrading of hurricane Florence from 4 to 3 to 2 accidently mislead residents in the hurricane’s path such that they let down their guard?
individual impact: The single biggest impact an individual can make on climate change is to switch to a more fuel-efficient car.
Is there any doubt that humans have always and continue to significantly impact the earth’s biosphere? HABITAT
If Trump dismantles the EPA, who will protect our air and water?
Would injecting sulphur in the atmosphere cool the planet (geoengineering)?
Will a lack of water threaten energy production?
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 | seeding: Charles Hatfield 1916 | rain: dust storms | smell: petrichor | cold: polar vortex | organizations: Cloud Appreciation Society | pictures: Cloud Atlas | global warming: 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 | Page Paleontology Science Center | asteropid impact: Chicxulub Shonting | Historical Geology Wicander | The Man Who Found Time Repcheck
hydrosphere (water): toilets: World Toilet Day | water from air: Source | water grab: Great Lakes Compact | desalination: Monterey Bay Regional Water Project | catastrophes: The Poisoned City Clark, Flint MI, West Virginia | scarcity: The End of Abundance Zetland | conservation: 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 | science-to-policy: Earthquakes Without Frontiers
weather, climate, climate change: hurricanes: nhc.noaa | perfect storm: book & film | superstorms: photos, supercell | united global initiatives: Paris Climate Agreement | Al Gore: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power | what do you believe: This Spaceship Earth Houle | documentary: Before the Flood | extractive capitalism vs climate change: This Changes Everything Klein
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.
Should we arm our teachers with guns; or, or more paper, pencils and books? > Crime/Gun Violence
Are we spending too much on education? When it comes to 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:
- independent study and research
- computer, software, and mobile device skills
- building/leveraging professional networks
- balancing virtual and real worlds in a healthy way
- adapting to a continuously disrupting world
- defining success for oneself, not by others sp
Will infusing more liberal arts into a highly technical curriculum (STEAM: science technology engineering arts math vs. STEM) build more well-rounded, richer lives for students?
Is debt-free college for everyone a financially sustainable idea for America?
Should professors and/or teachers get tenure?
If we were to abolish the Department of Education, what might be the intended and unintended consequences?
Are smartphones detrimental to the learning process?
lifetime learning: test prep: TestInnovators, Magoosh | open campus: New School | learn on TV: CuriosityStream | prison: Education Justice Project | classics: The Great Courses | travel programs: roadscholar | videos: khanacademy | Manifesto for the Lifetime Learner: (a) Stop fearing not knowing. (b) Understand what you love and then you will seek that knowledge on your own. (c) If you don't know, just guess and then test/confirm your guess. (d) Whoever or whatever you pray to in the morning, make sure at the end of the day you say a prayer of faith in yourself. sp
teachers & teaching: cloud-based: top platforms | reading: Kumon, Lindamood-Bell| Navajo: wisdom keeper | recall: Testing Effect | projects: Think It Up | curriculum, assessment, tracking, reporting: Common Core Standards | subsidiarity: Authority over schools can best be exercised by those who are closest to the students. Arn
university: tax-advantaged saving for college: Coverdell ESA | getting unstuck from the past: The New Education Davidson | public: The Great Mistake Newfield | cost: Paying the Price Goldrick-Rab | future of colleges/universities: Democracy's Education Boyte | defaulting on student loans: Defaulting on student debt is cheating. I'm sure if you checked it out, many of these defaulters have had a pattern of cheating and gaming every angle of the system since they were kids.
Do we really want to reward (release) students that are defaulting on their debt? That's a very slippery slope and we should think twice about a better philosophy of approach. It's also terribly disrespectful of all of those students who worked hard, paid their debts, and followed through by the rules. Ditto for home mortgages.
If we start letting students off the hook in this way, then we shouldn’t complain when we they grow up to become CEOs and politicians and we put up with their cronyism and corruptness, much like our bully president.
Until our government makes college free for every student, we have to be the adults in the room and make students (and families) accountable. Otherwise, you might as well throw the rule of law out the window and make custom exemptions for every sad story that comes along. sp
in general: tuition free online public schools: K12 | ratings: GreatSchools | adaptive learning: knewton | learning theories: diagram | critical thinking: thinkCERCA | Asia & Africa: Room to Read | films: waitingforsuperman | best practices: edutopia | print-on-demand textbooks: studibit sp
Solar required for new California homes starting in 2020
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? Can VR preparation and training improve confidence?
optimized self: Augmented King
She could see that even though society pushed hard to innovate and make life more fulfilling through computers, the unintended irony was that the more progress was made, the more a piece of our brains was going dark forever...more
automation: 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 | workflow automation: skelta | silent genius: Hugo | Robotics
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 | gadgets: Startup Gift Guide | drawing: pencil
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 | crumpled | coolhunting: MapLab | custom hand-made: alacartemaps | equal-area projection: futuremaps | fiction: On Exactitude in Science Borges | globes: bellerbyandco | imaginary: Marauder’s Map, New Penzance Island | measure online: distance | national parks: naturevalleytrailview, parks.mapquest | history: Prisoners of Geography Marshall | 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 | cameras: lytro | pH meter: senovasystems | research ship Sikuliaq
modeling, simulation, biomimicry: insect-scale micro-robots: RoboBees | genetically-engineerd spider silk: Kraig Biocraft | anti-bacterial: cicada wings | bullet train: kingfisher beak | collective behavior: ants | electric organs: eel | fluid flow: butterfly wings | catalog: AskNature
solar: 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 | education: solar pavilion | test bed: Hydro Lab Rooftop Solar sp | R&D: Solar Research Test Bed sp
virtual/augmented (VR/AR): un-virtual: Going Outside > Balance/Simplicity | OASIS: Ready Player One | retail: Macy’s furniture experience | research: Virtual Human Interaction Lab | theory & practice: Experience on Demand Bailenson | Practical Augmented Reality Aukstakalnis | try before buy with AR/VR: VividWorks
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 | Department of Energy | direct drive: boulderwindpower | power plant: vestas
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 | multipurpose: leatherman | table saws: sawstop
conserve, recover, susbstitute
In time, can we efficiently, reliably, safely, sustainably, and economically get 100% of our energy from wind, water, and solar (WWS) power?
relativistic mechanics: Space Doctor’s Big Idea Munroe
energy management: decentralized, decarbonized, digitized network: The Future of Energy > Critical/Smart Grid | 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 | climate-neutral and net-zero: definitions | conferences: worldfutureenergysummit| conservation | demand response services: enernoc, poweritsolutions | Department of Energy: energy.gov | electricity marketplace: ChooseEnergy | energy flow: graphic | energy storage: ice-energy, PowerThru, terrajoule | high ceilings: zoofans | lighting management: lumenergi
waves: sounds of life/nature: Soundscapes | wave energy: 5 types, nsf, www.orecon.com, pelamiswave sea snake | fans: uekus, verdantpower | pumps: aquamarinepower | tidal: scotrenewables | man-made: Kelly Slater Wave Company
Will home delivery kill the restaurant?
Do violent games contribute to youth violence?
gaming/gamification: MMOBA: King of Glory | monetizing star players: Twitch | rise of the gamer culture: Kill Screen | video arcade: Galloping Ghost | rent over 8,000 games & movies: Gamefly | students: National Association of Collegiate eSports | multiplayer online battle arena video game: League of Legends | Ender’s Game Card
restaurants: the best: Zagat, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants | farm-to-table: The Kitchen | uber-style delivery services: GO-JEK | pop-ups: Shake Shack | McWhopper | food trucks: Roaming Hunger | delivery: grubhub | discounts: groupon | eliminate waste: zeropercent | roca: El Celler De Can Roca Rocas | chefs: Yes, Chef Samuelsson, The Hundred-Foot Journey
road trip: following our dreams: The Alchemist Coelho > Religion/Spirituality | 5 apps | che: The Motorcycle Diaries Che Guevara | outlaws: Thelma & Louise | motorcycles: The Roadery | iconic roads & trails: Beartooth Highway | Camino de Santiago | car: On the Road Kerouac, Travels with Charlie Steinbeck | road trip: Texas Road Trip sp
travel: low-cost packages: Gate 1 Travel | wayer parks: Aquatica | points: The Points Guy | taxi: Curb, Arro | middle east: The Monk of Mokha Eggers | U.K.: Lonon Eye | armchair travel for kids: Little Passports | utah canyons: The Mighty Five | 7 joys: The Joys of Travel Swick | barge through france: Paris-to-Barge-to-Paris sp
in general: stories: Pop-Up Magazine | Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony: EGOT | cruise ships: Quantum of the Seas | horse racing: Kentucky Derby | nightlife: sociéteperrier | parties: getspeakeasy | performing arts: shenyunperformingarts | racing: The Gentleman’s Guide to Racing | tours: getyourguide | with friends: weotta | gambling cash prizes: draftday, DraftKings
failure is inevitably a part of discovery: Deadpool
world’s biggest startup campus: Station F
climate change: Breakthrough Energy Ventures Gates
Can we really apply the lessons of the past to the present and the future, in order to get what we want out of business and life? A16z
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: federal support: Startup Act 3.0 | how-to: a16z | stories of startups' early days: Founders at Work Livingston | startup predictive intelligence: MOSAIC | validate your idea: 6 steps, calculator | accelerators: differential, Global Accelerator Network, StartupRunner | 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 | small scale: gig economy | bootcamp: nxlevel | CEOs: Business Rock Stars | education: deshpandefoundation, edcorner.stanford.edu | handmade: etsy | kids: lemonadeday | microloans to entrepreneurs: kiva | 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 thing(s) that can happen to you (bankruptcy, being sued, going broke, getting divorced, havng a nervous breakdown….) 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?
race for the moon: Moon Shot
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: Mars: The First (Hulu), HI-SEAS, The Martian Weir > Technology | long-term spaceflight: Endurance Kelly | first American to orbit Earth: John Glenn | images of earth: International Space Station | commercial ventures: Blue Origin, SpaceX, virgingalactic | light sail: The Planetary Society | research: International Space Station | 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 | surface: mobile robots | antarctica southern ocean: Polar Pod | TV: The Wonder List, National Geographic Explorer | Hubbard Medal | why: No Dream Is Too High Aldrin
Old man, look at my life, I'm a lot like you were.
Are families struggling to afford the American Dream? Squeezed Quart
Are overprotective parents raising a generation that can’t grow up? The Vanishing American Adult Sasse
Is it a good idea for kids to be asking important questions from digital assistants?
At what age should a child be given a cell phone?
Should kids play football?
financial & investing: debunking Wall Street’s pomposity: The Devil's Financial Dictionary Zweig | free stock trading: Robinhood | books: The Only Three Questions That Count Fisher | being smart about spending: Dollars and Sense Ariely | before-tax vs. Roth: Comparison Calculator | in-a-nutshell: Investing in the stock market is like riding a roller coaster: you only get hurt when you jump out because history shows that stocks always go down faster than they go up, but they always go up more than they go down.
homes: modular: Katerra | portable: Coodo compare movers: moveBuddha | insurance: Lemonade | find a contractor: BuildZoom | simple door/window insulator: Draft Guard | smartphone to smarthome: Level Up | can i help you? HomePod, Echo | buy/sell local: Offerup | market value: Homesnap | search/appraisal: trulia, zillow
parenting & grandparenting: digital addiction: Truth About Tech | bitter & sweet: The River Runs Through Us | restore free-range/free-play kids: Let Grow | saving for college: Saving For College | jokes for kids: Little Book of Big Laughs Cadts | helicopter parents: risk-averse | cell phones: Away for the Day (Screenagers)
in general: family saga: The Son Meyer | learn together: Wow in the World | fathers: Dadland | relatives: Let’em in | on death bed: Love begins and ends with family | final days & wishes: Checklist for My Family Hurmefather | A River Runs Through It Maclean | resilience: A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me Schmidt | end of life: Rocket Gibraltar | weddings: 112 Weddings | 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
scott pickard sp : grandma & grandpa camp: 2018 | my dad: obituary, eulogy | Grandpa’s Saturday Video Surprise: i can fly, danger in the trees, hide-n-seek, goose island, bicycle stories | TV: No TV for 40 days and 40 nights | friendships: Friends for Life |short story: brushstroke’s song | traditions: Turkey Bowl 1976 | backyards: extreme sparkler | seasons: Autumn Day, Fog on the Boulevard, Magnolia Season | DIY: Extreme Swing, My Garage, Screens & Storms
When will you shoot your age?
in general: comeback: Tiger Woods Benedict > Jobs/Success | 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: USGA
Three Kings at the Masters: I was 14 years old in 1963 when I followed them walking down the middle of the fairway (no ropes in those days): Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus. I really did not understand the significance of who and what I was watching and that these three men were the reigning kings of golf on our planet….more sp
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 is not a good match to their attention span; it’s low on the “adrenaline meter” (think Grand Theft Auto and extreme sports); and, it’s simply what “they (parents)” did, not what “we (millenials)” do. That being the case, this trend will impact all regions eventually. sp
laughter is (still) the best medicine
Is the vape boom a slow-motion train wreck?
What do the Hadza know that we have forgotten?
What is the status of the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? Has it improved the cost-effectiveness of America’s healthcare system overall? Or, is it a disaster in the making?
Why is there an increase in suicides and how should we respond?
food as an agent of change: World Central Kitchen
Should euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide be legal?
Will doctors be replaced by algorithms?
Can Planet Earth feed 10 billion people by 2050?
Is it reasonable and feasible goal for our supermarkets and restaurants to become zero waste?
Are workplace wellness programs worth it?
disease: ebola: Inferno Hatch, Time Person of the Year | movies: Contagion | measles: about | vaccination: pro-con |zika: containment: genetically-modified mosquitoes | Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy | aging: research: Human Longevity
drugs, addiction, recovery: database: Elsevier Gold Standard Drug Database | opiods and corporate greed: Pain Killer Meier | addiction: Heroine(e), Flight | what we’re taking: Top Drugs | pharmacy: People’s Pharmacy | corruption in plain sight: Are drug companies being honest about the? 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: The table offers sanctuary and a place to come together for unity and understanding. | crowd-sourced recipes: Supercook | all about food: The Splendid Table | roadmap: Feeding the Future Heintzman | plant-based meats: Impossible Foods | Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization Brown
wellness: sleep: gravity blanket | forest bathing: shinrin yoku | pain: stem cell therapy | alcohol recovery: The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober Gray | happiness: The Blue Zones of Happiness Buettner | get outside: The Nature Principle Louv
History informs the present and inspires the future.
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
World War I: All Quiet on the Western Front Remarque
in general: 13.8B years online: Big History
Is our increasing use of the internet harming our memory?
Goodhart’s Law: When a feature of the economy is picked as an indicator of the economy, then it inexorably ceases to function as that indicator because people start to game it.
the Rise of Woman = the Rise of Nation
How effective is mandatory harassment training?
Should fraternities be banned from college campuses?
What is and is not sexual misconduct?
How important is cursive (handwriting) to study and learning?
Are straight white males the newest victim group? Does the Straight White Male (SWM) protest too much by complaining about the intersectionality of victim groups? Doesn't that make the SWM a victim group also by virtue of its own complaining? Complaining is just complaining: it’s annoying, shrill, and weak, kinda like a victim! Now discussing, listening, and working together with people of all stripes to solve problems, that's the high road. sp
dreams: Your dream is the most valuable thing you’ll ever own. | analysis: Carl Jung | gallery: DreamBank | lucid dreaming: lucid dreaming | improving performance | fantasy: Alice in Wonderland | believing: McFarland USA, Safety Not Guaranteed
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 | anger: Enemies of the Heart Stanley | revenge: The Count of Monte Cristo Dumas
learning & thinking: cognitive test: Alzheimer's | games: .x-cube | toys: paperpunk, skallops | legos: Kinetic Sisyphus, home, sculpture | talk to yourself (out loud): self-explaining | competitions: Memory Sports | memory palace: The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci Spence | cognitive offloading: Augmented Human Papagiannis | boredom arises when you don’t have a plan. sp
mental disorders: With dementia, you forget where your keys are. With alzheimer’s, you forget what a key is for. | the big book: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders APA | dementia & alzheimer’s: In Pursuit of Memory Jebelli | suicide: Thirteen Reasons Why Asher | schizophrenia/homeless: The Soloist | bi-polar: Infinitely Polar Bear
women/girls: evangelical purity: Pure > Religion | courage: The Wind in My Hair Alinejad | she’s got (carpentry) skills: Hammerstone | me too: The Silence Breakers | enough is enough: 9 to 5| education: I Am Malala Yousafzai | sexual misconduct is finally being served the axe of accountability: This is a mess, but a necessary mess to force accountability and positive social change in our culture. If it has happened at Michigan State University (MSU), it has happened everywhere and this will ripple through every for-profit and non-profit organization that has had male (mostly) bosses reigning over students, athletes, and employees. sp
men/boys: men/women: Men Are From GM, Women Are From Ford Car Talk, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Gray | boy to man: The Many Ways Society Makes a Man | men & war: Dispatches Herr | A good marriage teaches you how to be a man. sp
in general: procrastination: Akrasia | 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
Good vs Evil: The priesthood, police force, and military force are massive, global communities that attract people who want to do good to make a difference in the world. But because they are so massive, they also attract a small percentage of imposters with bad intentions who infiltrate and hide within these professions to silently and secretly wreak havoc. Like parasites, they hide inside their host. Their leverage is magnified by many times because they operate in a environment of trust which enables them to ambush kids and adults they are sworn to serve and protect. This is a dark corner of human nature that will be very difficult to stamp out. So some priests will molest boys, some cops will occasionally kill people on the street, and soldiers will sometime rape women of their enemies. Our only hope is to be constantly vigilant and never give up on the ideal of giving every kid a chance grow up in a safe and loving environment without abuse, without violence, and without trauma, so that we stop replanting over and over the seeds of evil that may someday sprout again. sp
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 | civil war slavery: There never was and there never will be anything noble to celebrate or memorialize about (Civil War) slavery. sp
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
Should the world's moral responsibility to stop human atrocities rise above national sovereignty?
Judicial Mandates: Words and meaning of the law should be understood as they were understood by the people when the law was enacted, but, the people hold the constitutional prerogative to amend/pass laws through their representative legislatures.
constitution: I don’t agree with your opinion, but I would fight to the death for your right to express it. | interpretation: Originalism | amendments: Amendments 1-10 Bill of Rights, Amendments 11-27 | freedom of the press: Rosewater Stewart
in general: mass atrocities: The Enough Project > War | museum: Equal Justice Initiative | concentration camps: One Long Night Pitzer | oppression & struggle: Human Acts Kang | United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights | Human Rights Watch: hrw | modern trafficking: Human Trafficking Shelley | all people are created equal: It is the responsibility of the majority to not let the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations become marginalized. sp
The day before something is a breakthrough, it is a crazy idea.
creativity: 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 | paper: How Life Unfolds | pencil: documentary | gaia: Biophilia Wilson | inventiveness: The Art of Rube Goldberg George | notebooks: Jose Naranja, pen recorders, evernote, livescribe
design: 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 | shoes: ROOY | active design: Center for Active Design | appliances: delonghi, Dieter Rams | carpet: land carpet | cars: Toyota | digital: thingiverse | events: A Better World by Design | packaging: The Penguin Launcher sp
in general: keep learning: Skillshare | persuasion: Don't raise your voice, improve your argument. | leading edge: Aspen Ideas Festival | dangerous ideas: To the Best of Our Knowledge | videos: Big Think | big thinkers, forums, conferences, portals: chicagoideas, dld-conference, DO Lectures, gelconference, 99u, The Mind Unleashed, www.ted.com, theUPexperience, whatmattersnow | Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Gladwell | Leonardo's Notebooks da Vinci | What Is Your Dangerous Idea? Brockman
Is separating immigrant and/or refugee children crossing our border from their families in effect weaponizing children for a political policy objective? Is this a gross transgression of American values? | 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 un-American based on our own history. No amount of political spin or religious pontification can change that fact. sp
Are sanctuary cities overall good for America? Or do they erode the rule of law?
Is climate change a key driver of refugees and immigrants? We live in an era of the most forced migration since the second world war. We are going to need to support those who are ravaged by war and climate change so they can migrate with dignity. Swing
Refugee Job Orientation 101: Get to work on time. Check bus schedules on holidays. Call your boss if you are sick. Be friendly to your colleagues. Smile. Sit with workmates at lunch even if language is a barrier. Wear deodorant and clean clothes every day. Our Towns > Jobs
in general: unintended consequences: The Line Becomes a River Cantú | global refugee crisis: Human Flow Weiwei | teaching kids our immigrant legacy: Her Right Foot Eggers | largest refugee camp: Dadaab | Of Mice and Men Steinbeck | Sin Nombre | Welcome to Shelbyville Snyder
Walls SEPARATE Nations: Walls (physically) block people, but the far more destructive edge of this sword is that walls separate nations. 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
In time, we will all be melting pots of each other: Go to an airport someday and look around. Watch everyone that boards your plane. Clearly America is no longer a land of white Anglo-Saxons. We are from every location, every race, every color, every creed, and as the internet and jet travel and migration continue to bring us together, people will increasingly cross racial and color lines to join and build lifelong relationships.
We’ll need to embrace this fact and face the challenge of making our country work for everybody. It won’t be easy and there will be big problems along the way, but it is the inevitable evolution of every country that they can no longer remain homogeneous in race, but will all be melting pots of each other. The longer we fight against this, the more problems we will cause and the harder it will be to achieve a lasting peace inside and outside our countries and populations.
However, Americans need to accept the competing tensions between two issues: our openness and respect for all immigrant populations; and, the fact that dysfunctional immigration processes do cause problems for all of us (illegal drugs, terrorism, crime, overloaded social systems). The goal should be as it is in so many cases, to reach a reasonable, fair, and equitable balance between these two issues.
We can do this. sp
Every innovation begins with the question: What if?
Will digital banks (challenger banks) eventually obsolete physical branch banks?
Will autonomous cars destroy millions of jobs?
Is innovation predictable?
Adversity Drives Innovation: History teaches us that adversity at first may seem like a direct attack to profitability and the sustainability of our businesses, and this typically instigates a stubborn defensive reaction in the beginning. But history also shows us that when companies face adversity head on, people rise to the occasion and solve some very difficult problems and those solutions benefit everyone.....more sp
collaboration: 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 | cloud: centraldesktop | Most big achievements are achievements of a team.
in general: finding innovation outside silicon valley: The Innovation Blind Spot Baird | outsourced: Xinova | remote power: Power Ball | radio show: Innovation Nation | measuring innovation: Berkeley Innovation Index | enterprise platforms: Sopheon | blackberry: Losing the Signal McNish | The Innovator's Dilemma Christensen|
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? Is Universal Basic Income (U.B.I.) the answer to an automated future?
Are you bored by conformance and caught in the machinery of modern life? Babbitt Lewis
Are you continuously learning to fend off obsolescence? | reading: hours/day
success/failure: working smarter: Great at Work Hansen > Thought | classic: Think and Grow Rich Hill | preparation: Think Complex, Speak Simple. | cases: Outliers: The Story of Success Gladwell | failure: 1. Failure creates humility. 2. Mistakes are a primary source of wisdom. 3. Mistakes improve mental flexibility. | find your way: Define success for yourself. sp
in general: teach english online: VIP Kid | technology salary guides: Modis | household chores: Takl | get inspired at work: Start with Why Sinek | skills training: Skillsoft | networking: 2-Hour Job Search Dalton | talent: Lin-Manuel Miranda for Person of the Year sp
Journalism is the first rough draft of history. Goldfarb
finding the truth in the age of Trump: The Fourth Estate
long experiment in slow journalism: Out of Eden Walk
How might we improve the way citizens and governments interact?
deep throat: Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Felt
news: news explained: VOX > Human Society | the fake news game: Bad News | digital news innovation: Google News Initiative | computer science & entrepreneurship: Hacker News| tell it like it is: Dan Rather | rating: Common Sense Media | data-driven: FiveThirtyEight | enough is enough: Network | It is easier to create a fake than to detect a fake. | 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 (more specifically, pfishing) by simply using policies and computer algorithms. Usually, the weakest link is the individual themselves by clicking 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. This 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 Facebook), 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 take it upon themselves to decide what is fake or not. sp
in general: the life of a: Reporter Hersh | dan rather: What Unites Us Rather | trustworthy journalism: CraigConnects | investigative & commentary: Spotlight, ProPublica | accountability: On the Media | fact-check politics: theprojectveritas | forums: frontlineclub | The pen is mightier than the sword. Bulwer-Lytton
create and destroy, create and destroy, create and destroy…
Do people have a right to be forgotten on Google and Social Media in general?
moonshot technologies: Google X
Principia Mathematica (Newton) Whitehead & Russell
Could one genetic scientist who is a Christian work side-by-side in a lab with a genetic scientist who is an atheist? Lanier
How do you explain consciousness?
Can playing brain games really make you smarter?
Is the crowd always wise?
How do humans (including infants) and non-human animals acquire an understanding of numbers?
brain: consciousness: The Quest for Consciousness Koch | online: IQ test | life’s unseen patterns: Hidden Brain | assessment: neurotrax | wearables: ybrain | research: sharpbrains, brain map | reverse-engineer the brain | what your head is really up to: Idiot Brain Burnett | brain+machine: Beyond Boundaries Nicolelis | adolescence: Beautiful Brains Dobbs, 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 | books: kindlescout | bug bounty programs: bugcrowd | bus routing: datero | creative design 99designs
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 | appliance: Google Search Appliance | analysis: Think with Google | change: Alphabet | adwords | alerts | apps for business | area calculator | art project | artificial intelligence: DeepMind | blog search | blogger | body browser | books | chrome | chromebook | Classroom | code | customize: home page, search | data sharing online: public data explorer
libraries: advocacy: EveryLibrary, Little Free Libraries | censorship: A Birthday Cake for George Washington | Vonnegut Library | Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom | free: The Internet Archive | magazines: zinio | streaming: hoopla | human libraries: Human Library | Let this be a holy place for the human spirit, consecrated to the forces which magnify the soul. James
logic: common sense | Benjamin Franklin | columns: Ask Amy | father of pragmatism: Charles Sanders Pierce | All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten Fulghum | Common Sense Paine | Introduction to Logic Copi
mathematics: 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 | History of mathematics | prizes: Fields Medal | Foundations of mathematics | fractions: using rhythm to teach fractions | pi day: March 14 3.14 | symbols | Set theory: Mandelbrot Set
museums & galleries: 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 | contemporary: The Broad | leaders: Nehru Memorial Museum & Library | science: Museum of Science and Industry | airports: SFOarts | aviation: museumofflight, nationalmusuem | design: design-museum | digitized: Smithsonian | emerging artists: Miguel Abreu Gallery | immigrants: Tenement Museum | manhattan project: losalamoshistory
philosophy: hope & optimism: research | mind: other minds problem | truth is where you find it | transcendentalist: The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson | freedom/control of thought: Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury | big brother: Nineteen Eighty-Four Orwell
preservation: artifacts: shipwrecks | archivists: Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities | Image Permanence Institute | storage and retrieval of information: DVD: M-DISC | Wayback Machine
science: Human nature doesn't change much, but science does and it may be accelerating beyond our control. | think positive: Enlightenment Now Pinker > Social Change/Future | passionate realist: Science in the Soul | engaging the public: World Science Festival | neutrino science: Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) | innovation: Science is the Great Giver Gates | corporate influence: ScienceCorruption | The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Kuhn | 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, wayin | health: healthtap | legal: lawpivot | The Fifth Discipline Senge
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[ ego = 1 / knowledge ]
[ food = medicine ]
if, [ energy = force x distance ], then
[ value = knowledge x action ] sp
[ music + art + entrepreneurship = SXSW ]
Mexico: geographic challenges
Venezuela: The same oil that made Venezuela rich has made them poor. > Production/Growth
Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia since 1930
Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay
Brazil: visualizing the economy
Latin American culture: poetry: Canto General Neruda
Should marijuana be legalized?
Do class action lawsuits really payoff for the people?
Should genes be patentable?
invention & intellectual property: kids can invent: Calling All Minds Grandin | patent search engine & analytics: CB Insights | wireless: Bombshell | problem solving: TRIZ | If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, a prototype is worth a 1,000 pictures. Plattner | how to get help with a patent if you’re a first-time inventor: The first thing I would do is identify all the local startup business incubators and/or co-working facilities in your community, especially the ones that seem to be the best fit to your idea. Usually these places have an open-door policy that allows people to come in with new ideas that have the potential to later on develop into new products and businesses. They’ve got their finger on the pulse of all the local attorneys who provide patent services, and in some cases you can get a sit-down session with one of these attorneys at no cost. See how far you can get without having to spend any money. Another thing you should do is attend entrepreneur networking events and do some social networking with the entrepreneurs and staff because they’ve been down this path before and they will know who to contact and how to proceed. sp
in general: enterprise platform: Anaqua | Association of University Technology Managers | copyrights: creative commons licenses | accountability: Judicial Watch | wrongful convictions: Innocence Project | supreme court: Scalia Speaks Scalia, SCOTUSblog | rule of law: There are societal issues so complex and divisive among us that it is hard to know what is the right thing to do (immigration, abortion, et al). One way to approach these issues is to build our decisions upon principles that can be applied consistently: (a) If there is a law in place, then enforce the law; (b) Consistently follow through with accountability as defined by the law (this always seems to be the hardest part); (c) If it is a bad law or a law that does not match our current set of principles and what we want to do, then change the law accordingly; (d) In the meantime, don’t rationalize lawlessness as a solution because lawlessness breeds more lawlessness which undermines our framework for a safe and civil society. sp
Lead by example.
shut up and play: The Heritage Bryant
servant leadership: Black Panther
transparency: Maverick! Semler
Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
in general: include/trust/share: Radical Inclusion Dempsey | heros: Tank Man | anti-leadership: despotism | success: Outliers Gladwell | nature teaches: Leadership the Outward Bound Way | CEOs also Superbowl referees: CEOs Out of Bounds sp
What is a Hero? Heroes take a risk (their jobs, their lives) and display courage and self-sacrifice for the greater good. Colin Kaepernick took a risk and single-handedly started a conversation that may inspire constructive solutions to unjustifies police violence.
But the bitter irony is that Kaepernick has been ostracized and blackballed from playing in the NFL. Some may say he got what he deserved. Some may say he is a hero. Time will tell and history (the people) will be the judge.
first they ignore you,
then they ridicule you,
then they fight you,
then you win
When corporations fear their highly profitable businesses are threatened by new, loud voices for social justice and change, these institutions react swiftly with any means to protect their assets and profitability. In these scenarios, constitutional fairness is pushed to the sidelines. This is when capitalism shows its most pure and ruthless face in spite of higher principles in play. sp | tennis icon: Ashe ‘68 > Social Change/Racism
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), and really get things done and don’t wait for Washington to give them any help. 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, 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, 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
The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.
stop ocean plastic by monetizing recycling: PlasticBank
genetic manipulation: Do we understand what we are doing?
Is Earth’s largest social network green?
Tragedy of the Commons: Many individuals acting on their own self-interest without regard for society. Our long-term survival depends on each of us and all of us conserving the commons.
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: bees | advocacy: World Wildlife Federation | The Sixth Extinction Kolbert | using de-extinction to solve ecological problems: revive and restore the woolly mammoth.
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?
nature & diversity of life: nature’s most dangerous cocktail: Venom: Nature's Killer Bauer | Forest Therapy | phylogeny: SATé - Simultaneous Alignment and Tree Estimation | tree-thinking | birds: counting: ebird, The Big Year | sounds: birdsnap | cats: big cats extinction | butterfly: Butterfly Wonderland | Fresh Air Fund | medicalization of nature: wellness and healing | animal rights & activism: Blackfish, Golden Rule | digitization of biological collections: invertnet | love of nature: My First Summer in the Sierra Muir | philosophy: Leaves of Grass Whitman | Humboldt, scientific traveler: The Invention of Nature Wulf | get outside: Flattop Mountain sp
behavior: Do crows pass on knowledge to offspring? | emotions: Spy in the Wild | consciousness: The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness | apes: musical perception | dogs: dognition, 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
biosphere: researching the Gaia hypothesis: EcoHealth Alliance | overview effect: earthrise, Overview: A New Perspective of Earth Grant | early warnings: Coral Reef Watch | animal sound archive: Macaulay Library | bees colony collapse: 2014 40% loss | self-regulating system: Gaia Hypothesis Lovelock | banning DDT: Silent Spring Carson | man’s impact: Man and Nature Marsh | You protect what you love. Chouinard: Wall-E
plants & trees: 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 | survival: wood wide web | rainforests: transpiration | deforestation: Brazil | counting: from space | data visualization: The Book of Trees Lima | education: arborday | leaves: leafsnap | planting: Trees for the Future | tree climbing: climbingarborist | citizen science: Project Budburst, PublicLab | connectedness: Essay on the Geography of Plants Humboldt | Ancient Trees Moon | magnolia: Magnolia Season sp
recycle: 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 | plastics: agilyx, ban single-use bags, Bottle Cloth | rubber: lehightechnologies | shipping containers: housing | cradle-to-cradle: Where all industrial ouputs are inputs to a clean ecosystem.
sustainability & green: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle | 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 | unsustainability: Finland’s system of social benefits is unsustainable | energy innovation: Breakthrough Energy Coalition | forums & institutes: Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, Worldwatch Institute | buildings: Living Building Challenge | Cradle to Cradle McDonough | classic: Silent Spring Carson | finiteness of the biosphere: Every dollar generated takes a bite out of our planet. sp
comics & graphic novels: iron girl: Riri Williams | geekish: xkcd | anime: crunchyroll | cartoons: Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Callahan > Zeitgeist/Humor | STRIPPED: The Comics Documentary, The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote | conventions: comic-con | fantasy graphic novels: The Sandman Overture Gaiman
fiction: epic: heroic deeds/events | saga: ancient Scandinavian and Germanic history | romantic love | short story: 3-minute fiction | fable, parable, allegory: hidden meaning | contests: National Novel Writing Month | research: Text Mining the Novel | mystery: The Name of the Rose Eco | graphic novel: Blacksad, Le Diable Vert Manini, Watchmen Moore | epic: Moby Dick Melville
science fiction: time travel: Time Travel: A History Gleick, Back to the Future II, Safety Not Guaranteed, Timecop, Dr. Who | long-form: Terraform | kid power: The Supernaturalist Colfer | avatarmovie | flying: flying pictures | syfy | classic: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Verne | children rule: Ender’s Game Card | Dune Herbert | Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights Mitsuse
kids: 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 | festivals: Youth Literature Festival
poetry: Can poetry keep you young? | 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 | poet laureates: United States | 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?
in general: love of place: topophilia | silicon valley: VC Ground Zero | airports: Aerotropolis | privately-owned public spaces: POPS | national parks: Our National Parks Muir | Rise of the Creative Class Florida | Who's Your City Florida | plant some roots: Decide where you want to live, and then build your life around that. sp
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?
How could a black swan event cripple the company?
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?
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?
What is the circular economy, and how is the company positioning itself?
Is there a corporate fountain of youth? Or are most businesses destined to start, grow, mature, and eventually die?
What constitutes a core competency/technology?
project management: devil is in the detail | online, all sizes: 5PM, ProofHub | resource/portfolio management platform: Planview | collaboration & task management: basecamphq, LiquidPlanner | gantt charts: wrike, gantter, ganttify, tomsplanner, mindjet, smartsheet
strategic planning: core competency & technology: The 80/20 Principle Koch | visual: all you need to know – on a napkin | visioning: backcasting | cybersecurity research | semiconductors: International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors | software tools: acceptsoftware, innovation-framework, sopheon
in general: measure, monitor, manage: Measure What Matters Doerr > Production/Growth | CEO/Worker pay ratio: SEC Rule | daily dashboard: CEOexpress | getting it done: Winning Welch | Steve Jobs: book, movie | succession: CEO Succession Carey, Effective Succession Planning Rothwell
old: take, make, waste > new: remanufacture
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.
Are we manufacturing at perfect cost?
Does the company have a regular process of scanning the entire company's inventory of equipment and processes for obsolescence?
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 | news: www.globalservicesmedia.com | on-demand: odesk | reshoring: The Reshoring Initiative | Spies for Hire Shorrock
3D: dental implants: Oral Arts > Ideas | design simulation for non-experts: Comet Solutions | scan-to-CAD: Canvas/Structure | trade show: rapid+TCT | 3D-printed parts in 48 hours: 3D Hubs | digital artists: Renderosity | planets: Little Planet Factory | earth-moving: machine control model | additive manufacturing machine: Carbon | for sight-impaired: Tactile Picture Books Project | drawing and sketching: JJKAirbrush, pixologic | software: Microstation, geomagic, autodesk, sketchup
in general: Stop. Start. Continue. Change. | feedback: Goodsnitch | hotwash | time & motion: deming | product cost management: aPriori | reverse logistics: channeladvisor, optoro | automated storage & retrieval systems: kivasystems | digital manufacturing: Digital Capability Center, Understand Manufacturing’s Fourth Revolution
Convincing people to buy a product means convincing them that thye will look better to other people.
branding through education: The School of The New York Times
Is customer service the new sales?
What are the driving trends of the typical customer?
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 reputation?
What strategies are employed to lock-in brand loyalty?
brand: I want something that’s always pretty good and never awful. | local SEO development: Podium | ranking: world’s most valuable brands | logogarden, logoworks | political campaigns: Our Brand Is Crisis | BrandSimple Adamson | Buyology Lindstrom | logos: logo cluster 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, streambase
competition: M&A strategy: Vertical Foreclsure | 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: 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 | e-mail campaigns: Campaign Monitor > Communication/E-Mail | rate & review: YELP government, reevoo, viewpoints, wize | surveys: inmoment | complaints: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau | corporate reputations: bbb, planetfeedback | 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
Where did everything come from?
Are we alone?
Why is the universe expanding?
What is beyond the observable universe?
deepest, widest image of the universe: Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Atoms: 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 | magnetized target fusion: generalfusion | pulsed power: Z-machine | research: Hadron Collider | science: On The Shoulders Of Giants Hawking
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 > Exploration/Space | What happens if China makes first contact? | communication/translation: Arrival | research: Breakthrough Initiatives | research: SETI
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
The business with the best people wins.
Just how big is the subscription model economy?
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
AI-generated software: bayou
Does Amazon want to become Walmart before Walmart can become Amazon?
Could robotic job displacement create a new hobo sub-culture?
Can artificial intelligence improve diversity in the workplace by taking bias out of the hiring process?
Do you need a desk, office suite, or entire HQ that invites productivity, innovation, and collaboration?
Does the company have a means to maintain a current understanding of all interconnected business applications in spite of the complexity, constant change, and scattered information?
How can we make governments accountable for their budgets? A budget is a moral document that reflects the priorities of a nation.
Is the new product revolutionary? What are the risks associated with developing the new product or service? What are the competitive advantages of the new product or service? What need does the product(s) fill for the customer?
What are the questions to ask to optimize success at finding talent?
With the exception of top-secret information (homeland security), should public employees be required to sign and be held not Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)?
board of directors (governance): conference-board | history: The Company-State Stern | annualreports | book: Annual Reports 101 | National Investors Relations Institute: niri | online tools: boardevals, governancepro, Directorpoint, boarddocs, boardvantage, directorsdesk | Board Self-Assessment Carver
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?
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?
Do the current directors and executive officers own, in aggregate, a majority of the outstanding shares of the corporation?
Is the process of selecting new board members substantially driven by one major shareholder?
cash management: 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 | IR Internet Bankruptcy Library: bankrupt.com | 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 | prezi how-to sp
ecommerce: 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 | amazon prime day = alibaba singles day | home delivery: Amazon Key | bezos: The Everything Store Stone | order pickup: Amazon Go | digital butler: Echo | reorder: Dash Button | art: Amazon Art |seed funding: Catalyst
employees & labor: benefits: Microsoft Enhanced Family Leave policy | public unions: What Public Employee Unions Are Doing to Our Country McGurn | the authoritarian workplace: Private Government Anderson
engineering/R&D: 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 | 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. | competitions: cutandpaste | desktop search: x1 | life cycle assessment: Umberto NXT | plant design: Intergraph | product design: engineous, londondesignfestival
executive: benchmark executive salaries: rileyguide | enterprise management systems: workscape | online wizard: salary | say on pay | Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans (SERP): planaserp | education: International Coach Federation: coachfederation | midwest: thecoachinghouse | on-demand: candogo | peer-to-peer: vistage | Promoting insiders is a strategy to maintain consistency, whereas hiring outsiders is a strategy for change. Sessions
financial management: budgeting: Live within your means., enterprise budgeting: centage, xlerant | people and asset tracking: airclic, inilex, sensorlogic | real-time location system (RTLS): awarepoint | a philosophical outlook: The Wisdom of Finance Desai
human resources & recruiting: performance reviews: Reflektive | enterprise platform: Namely | management without managers: Holacracy | Simulating Silicon Valley: (a) getting things done is more important than making them perfect; (b) loyalty is to one’s peer network, not to a particular company; (c) failure is not shameful, but a badge of honor | pre-employment testing, screening, background check: Criteria | job networks: Indeed, ZipRecruiter, linkedin, monster | on bias: To be human is to be biased: we prioritize, filter, protect, survive.
products & services: find a need and fill it | 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 | on-demand professionals: pearl | trusted referrals: angieslist, betterfly, checkbook, redbeacon
profitability & monetization: subscription superstars: Netflix et al > Production/Growth | model: Fortune 500: list archive, visualize, volatility | triple bottom line: people, planet, profit | long-term value: Good Profit Koch
retail & comparative shop: 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, nerdwallet, power2switch, priceonomics, pricespotting
software/web development/open source: software bootcamp, guaranteed job: Makers Academy, BLOC | essay: Why Software Is Eating The World Andreessen | blockchain platform: Ethereum | development platform: GitHub | automobiles: Tesla | business process management (BPM): bonitasoft | China: gongkai | CRM: concursive | distributed computing: hadoop | hardware: Open Source Hardware Association | license agreement: gnu
scott pickard sp : 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