Category Archives: emergent

Cleanup Time

In the sadness and disappointment I felt after the recent US election, I was reminded of similar feelings I’d had many years before, in January 1998. That earlier loss hadn’t involved politics or friends or family. It had been related … Continue reading

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Want to Teach Children? You Need a Little SOLE

Many people are familiar with DIY – “Do It Yourself.” There’s a whole industry focused on that, with TV shows like Ask This Old House and companies like Home Depot and Lowes. Thanks to the Internet, it looks like we … Continue reading

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“You Didn’t Build That” – The Key To Progress

Are we individuals who achieve great things on our own, or do we achieve progress collectively? This question is usually viewed as an either/or proposition, although I have suggested elsewhere that we are actually both individuals and members of collectives … Continue reading

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Rx for Disaster

On Halloween, there are always some people looking to scare you. But in our seemingly never-ending election season, politicians have been trying to scare us for months about zombies who are going to kill the economy. Who are these economic … Continue reading

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The “Job Creator” Myth

Quick – which came first: economies or wealthy elites? I raised this question because some politicians have developed a passion for referring to the wealthy as “job creators” – inferring that the well-being of the economy is tied to the … Continue reading

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Signs of the Times – 1/19/12

I often come across items that I believe reflect the changes I’m describing on this blog. To me they are “signs of the times.” Here are a couple. “The Rise of the New Groupthink” The New York Times recently ran … Continue reading

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Where Are The “Deciders”?

In yesterday’s New York Times Thomas Friedman asked “Who’s The Decider?” He observes: No leaders want to take hard decisions anymore, except when forced to. Everyone — even China’s leaders — seems more afraid of their own people than ever. … Continue reading

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