Gaming as Innovation Driver; Robots on the Rise – Insight from Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable

I’m well into my reading of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly. A couple of observations “so far”: Observation #1 – a lot of innovation is driven by the pursuit of “fun.” Especially gaming. The book describes the technological breakthroughs that were needed to take gaming to… Read More Gaming as Innovation Driver; Robots on the Rise – Insight from Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable

Creative Schools by Sir Ken Robinson – My Six Lessons and Takeaways

If students are not learning, education is not happening. The root task is to create the conditions in which the relationship between students and teachers can flourish. Sir Ken Robinson, Creative Schools ——————— It is no secret – we are all worried about the quality of education. I suspect that we expect the practically impossible.… Read More Creative Schools by Sir Ken Robinson – My Six Lessons and Takeaways

Be Prepared – Thoughts on the Presidential Debate, with insight from Chris Anderson’s TED Talks

I’ve got some accomplished brothers. Among them, one is a retired research scientist and research facility director; one is a retired Air Force Colonel, now training pilots for a major airline; and one just sold his company after a remarkable run, building it from scratch into one of the premiere companies in its industry in… Read More Be Prepared – Thoughts on the Presidential Debate, with insight from Chris Anderson’s TED Talks

In a World of Perpetual Newbies, we all must join the Perpetual Learners Group – (insight from Kevin Kelly’s The Inevitable, & thoughts on learning organizations)

In this era of “becoming,” everyone becomes a newbie. Worse, we will be newbies forever. That should keep us humble. That bears repeating. All of us—every one of us—will be endless newbies in the future simply trying to keep up. Endless Newbie is the new default for everyone, no matter your age or experience. Now… Read More In a World of Perpetual Newbies, we all must join the Perpetual Learners Group – (insight from Kevin Kelly’s The Inevitable, & thoughts on learning organizations)

Pre-Suasion is November 4 Book Synopsis Selection

At our November 4 First Friday Book Synopsis, I will present the blockbuster best-seller entitled Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini (Simon & Schuster, 2016).  This book has been on the Wall Street Journal business-best selling list for two consecutive weeks.  It debuted on the list at # 2 on September 17-18,… Read More Pre-Suasion is November 4 Book Synopsis Selection

Bennett’s Feminist Fight Book Debuts on Best-Seller List at # 3

A smashing business-best seller on feminism has crashed the Wall Street Journal, debuting on its list at # 3 in the September 24-25 edition (p. C10). Jessica Bennett’s work, Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace (Harper), was distributed on September 13, 2016.  At this writing, it is # 1 in three business books… Read More Bennett’s Feminist Fight Book Debuts on Best-Seller List at # 3

My lessons and takeaways from Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems, and Changing Lives

  There are homeless people in our midst, all across our land. People without a home of their own. And, among these homeless people, there are some who are “chronically homeless – in other words, they will be homeless if the “rest of us” do not do something to help them. And the best help… Read More My lessons and takeaways from Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems, and Changing Lives

The Ongoing Rise of Shallow Work – Insight from Deep Work by Cal Newport, Deep Work

This post prompted by this: I recently revisited Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport, one of the most important books I’ve read in recent times. There is long-accepted wisdom that we do too much “urgent’ and too little “important” work. Here’s a way to think about this with… Read More The Ongoing Rise of Shallow Work – Insight from Deep Work by Cal Newport, Deep Work

Everything needs to get better. Everything. – Living in an era of “what’s about to change next?”

Everything needs to get better. Everything. After nearly two decades of presenting synopses of business books, and books on social justice including books on poverty, education, and homelessness, I’m ready to state the obvious: Everything needs to get better – and, it can get better Everything needs to be done in a better way –… Read More Everything needs to get better. Everything. – Living in an era of “what’s about to change next?”

For the homeless, cities are discovering Housing First – It is humane; it is smart; and it works

Benches were redesigned with armrests or uneven surfaces to prevent reclining; low border walls had fencing or planters along their surfaces to prevent sitting. Use of security fencing, razor wire, and “no trespassing” signs went up as did security cameras and guard services. A social media storm erupted in June 2014 when a luxury apartment… Read More For the homeless, cities are discovering Housing First – It is humane; it is smart; and it works