We’ve been convinced that the like, the share, the comment will make us whole. We were promised connectivity and a smaller world and what did we get? Chronic suicide and depression, a complete inability to disagree, political fallout and the destruction of forgiveness. Public dialogue is being hung in the square by modern-day book-burners who can’t see their own privilege.Read More
We would be doing the trip by land and I was armed with a Didion classic, Where I Was From. Another small step towards unlocking the American puzzle and the American Dream. Or, maybe, the American Dream is the puzzle. It’s a mystery that means something different to everyone but has been within reach of every kind of person from every kind of placeRead More
We were headed further South than LA county, 18 miles from the Mexican border. San Diego on one side and the chaotic Tijuana on the other. San Diego was as unknown to us as the rest of California and, in essence, the rest of America. Having an American Uncle who is retired US coast guard, I’ve heard the stories and we’ve seen the proof first-hand.: New England is homegrown and green, the middle of the country is flat and sparsely populated, the sun always shines in Florida, football really is king, Texas and much of the South is welcoming yet comes with its own cultural baggage, and the West Coast is a world unto itselfRead More
Don’t try to be boxed if you're not meant to be. Cocktail parties will go on without you. The question need not have an answer. This is what it is to be free. Find the work you love doing, do it as only you can, put your name on it, apply leverage and start producing it in VOLUMES.Read More
you pause if you think you have a single sweet clue what the future will look like. The bold above is my own. Look at the first phrase in bold. WEEKS! They were surprised FOR A FEW WEEKS. Now follow to the end. This is the mentality of the New World. There isn’t time to be surprised about anything in particular because anything in particular so frequently disappoints not so long after. Why? Because the technological rate of change, decentralization and leapfrogging. The new becomes the old relative to our understanding of what new is. In China, everything, at every time, is new.Read More
I vote with my wallet when I buy wholesale at Costco or at the farmers market from my neighbor. I vote with my wallet when I buy single use plastics rather than a reusable bag. I vote with my wallet when I buy a Tesla or a gas-guzzling SUV. How you spend your money is a direct reflection of what you value.
This begs many cultural questions:
Is Cristiano Ronaldo over-paid?Read More
Perhaps if we are to really change the culture we need to do the hard work on the ground. We need to tell the story of social and culture change in a way that makes it completely obvious what a benefit to society equal representation would be. We need to encourage diversity in government and in the private sector and we need to discover why certain people enjoy the career paths they do and empower them to do so. If THEN we find unequal representation in certain fields, then so be it, we’ve been empowered to choose and that’s where the dice fell.
But if specific groups are excluded intentionally and walls are erected we need to ensure this isn’t possible long-termRead More
After our live podcast at SHAD 2019 at UNB I took the Moral Machine test by MIT’s Media Lab. The test is simple: you’re presented with a series of morality problems built in to code. Ex: a self-driving car is heading down the highway and an impossibly difficult problem comes about: hit and kill a small child or hit and kill an older person? Between code and a hard place. How will we code our morality?Read More
My favorite question was about the very intersection we deal with here: the intersection of culture, business & technology.
It was related to an MIT study called the Moral Machine. The bright young man asking the question referred to the Trolley Problem: a seminal morality question that requires you to codify your morality in real-time: a train is running on a track directly at 5 unassuming victims and you as the bystander can save them by pulling the lever. The lever diverts the train on to track 2 and will kill only 1 person. Do you pull the lever or let fate take its course? The analogy to self-driving cars is clear: when it comes time to make the decision between one life or the other, what does the car choose? Of course by car we actually mean algorithm. What does the algorithm choose? It depends on how we code culture.Read More
The world is shrinking and it’s irreversible. Over 250 Million humans are on the move in the midst of the largest tide of humanity in history. The era of the homogeneous community is over. The era of the homogeneous government is over. The era of the homogeneous classroom is over. The era of the homogeneous company is over.
If we do it right, a truly multicultural society could be the key to unlocking long-term prosperity.Read More