GDP@Risk: A New Metric Worth Noting

Last month, the Paris climate change accord became active, and already we are starting to see some interesting research developing as a consequence of that international initiative. One of the more insightful studies I have come across is a project conducted by the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies. The research, sponsored by the insurer Lloyd’s, is an attempt to model

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The Carrier-Trump Jobs Deal: Cynical Ploy, Strategic Hedge or Worrisome Signal?

As the dust settles over the deal that Carrier agreed to with Indiana, and the analysts weight in, one starts to get a preliminary sense of what the deal really means for Carrier workers and for the incoming Trump approach to business. Let’s look again at the specifics of the situation and the deal: Carrier, which is part of defense contracting

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Orwell’s Past is China’s Future — and Maybe Ours

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” ― George Orwell, 1984   Tucked among all the news stories lat month was a remarkable series of articles in the Wall Street Journal about China’s emerging “Social Credit Score.” This term refers to a system, currently under development, through which all Chinese citizens (and probably visitors) would be assigned a score that

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Recent Read: Silicon Valley’s “Empathy Vacuum”

In case you missed it, check out Om Malik’s (founder of GigaOm and a partner at TrueVentures) New Yorker post on the lack of empathy in Silicon Valley.  Some excerpts: Silicon Valley’s biggest failing is not poor marketing of its products, or follow-through on promises, but, rather, the distinct lack of empathy for those whose

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EU (Finally) Moves Bankruptcy Laws Closer to the U.S. Model

This week saw the arrival of what could become a society-changing evolution in European law, with the proposal to (at last) modernize businuess bankruptcy models. The European Commission’s proposal would mark a dramatic change in the overwhelmingly negative landscape that entrepreneurs face when starting a business in Europe. As many people know, if a business goes bust in Europe today,

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Bending the Pipeline? A New Look at Executive Search and Gender Inequality

One of the issues that the recent election highlighted was the “glass ceiling” that women face as they come closest to the highest levels of organizational power. At the same time they considered the possibility of the first female president, many female executives were drawing parallels to their own careers. Indeed, it’s hard to have a discussion with a female

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Author Interview: Peter W. Singer on the Weaponization of Social Media

This week we had the good fortune to interview Peter W. Singer to discuss his recent Atlantic article: “War Goes Viral: How social media is being weaponized across the world.” A excerpt from the article: Even the ranking and targeting of enemies has begun to change. Take the case of Junaid Hussain. A British Muslim

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On the Meaning of Our Democracy: Post-Election Thoughts From Alexis de Tocqueville

This has certainly been an interesting week for all Americans.  As I reflect over the decision we as a country made on Tuesday, I am drawn back to the great observer of American life and politics, Alexis de Toqueville. His great work, Democracy in America, both explains what we saw and sheds light on our future. Below are some

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