Category Archives: Politics and Policy

December 12, 2017

Recommended Books in 2017: Anticipating and Grappling with Complex Change

How to anticipate change, understand it when we are in the midst of it, and grapple with its potential implications are terribly slippery subjects.  Over the course of 2017, I have recommended a number of new and slightly less new books that do a great job of putting these complexities into plain, elegant English, while …

October 12, 2017

If Platforms are Monopolies, Data is the New Oil

A Review of Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek A decade ago, it was not difficult to find exuberant claims for the internet as the engine of a new kind of economy. Some called it the sharing economy, others described it as grassroots or by other names. The point was that several centuries of industrial capitalism, …

October 7, 2017

Tourism Recommender Systems Could Help Travelers Venture beyond the Filter Bubble

Can the tourism industry create the perfect algorithm? One that precisely predicts where a traveler wants to go and what she wants to do when she gets there? Asked to consider this question recently on behalf of the Vixouze Discussions , an annual conference on the future of tourism, my short answer was, Yes. Predictive …

June 12, 2017

The future of international governance: 6 emerging models

What will global governance look like in the future? How are we going to organize ourselves? Westphalian  sovereignty was a terrific concept when it drew to an end a hundred years of religious war and bloodshed  in Europe.  But it is no longer a fully sustainable idea. The litany of the ways the nation-state is under …

April 30, 2013

Let’s Celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of “A National Strategic Narrative”

National Strategic Narrative

This has been a tough spring for national cohesion in the United States. Automatic federal spending cuts called sequestration kicked in after Congress failed to agree on how to manage the federal budget. The Senate voted down a bill that would expand background checks for gun purchasers, despite strong support around the country.  And bombings …

April 24, 2013

Post-Boston: A More Effective Battle of Ideas (Part II)

Boston Marathon

Reprinted from The Globalist,  April 24, 2013  Instead of getting sucked into heat-of-the-moment reactions to Boston, let’s base our responses on a more stable paradigm of contemporary global terrorism. To fight a battle of ideas successfully, one must first show what one is going up against. Amy Zalman makes the case that there are three …

April 24, 2013

Post-Boston: Keep Calm and Think Clearly (Part 1)

Boston Marathon

Reprinted from The Globalist, April 23, 2013 The Boston Marathon bombings provide an opportunity for the United States to consider how to combat extremist ideas more effectively than it did a decade ago. But this is not the time to let fear and uncertainty drive us into misguided and — as importantly — ineffective forms …

January 23, 2013

Resilience Narratives Key to Resilient Systems

The 2013 World Economic Forum Conference that began today in Davos is dedicated this year to resilient dynamism. As Arianna Huffington noted earlier in the day, the key concept that gives rise to the need for resilience is our global interconnectedness. Quoting Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin, she cites five attributes that resilient systems characteristically …

December 15, 2012

Narrative for Survival: My Grandmother’s Story

Stories can save lives. In One Thousand and One Nights, Sheherezade uses her storytelling talents to end King Shahrayr’s plot to punish his unfaithful wife by punishing all of the women of his kingdom.  Having put to death the unfaithful Queen herself, the King embarks on a plan to marry a virgin of the Kingdom …