How acceptable is it for a civic tech project to make a profit?
Brexit day plus one. Looks like no-one can figure out how to turn out the lights in the house of commons...
The healthcare debate in the United States often centers on where the boundary between social and personal responsability lies. What seemingly always gets missed is that the absence of state healthcare provision allows healthcare companies to run rampant in pricing their drugs and services.
The web turns 30, it's time to make sure it remains a truly open driver of good
This week's post is inspired by a tweet from Matthew Ingram's and Jeff Borek's perfect reaction to it: https://twitter.com/jeffborek/status/1089250900667846656 What happens when all the trustful information is restricted? It was Jarrod Dicker's original tweet which lead to the twitter discussion on the topic: https://twitter.com/jarroddicker/status/1088810263044915201 The tweets and the discussion are thought-provoking. On the one hand, … Continue reading Freedom of Information
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/automation-davos-world-economic-forum.html NYTimes: "The Hidden Automation Agenda of the Davos Elite" I figure a month is a safe time to let go by before writing about a press hot-button topic from late January: Robots, Automation and the plots of the Elite. I say this in a tongue in cheek manner because while there are some real … Continue reading Automation Clickbait
On @kiva, @ZidishaInc, new blog post: "Lending a Billion, $25 at a Time"
I'm a huge fan of Clayton Christensen. He has a clarity of thought and a way of story-telling which makes not only compelling listening but helps spark insight. Here is a great lesser known piece which caused me to think this past week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6JYk5aCB4A Christensen makes two provocative and interesting points: He argues that without … Continue reading Clayton Christensen on Religion, Markets, and Investors
Quite a few people may have seen this before, but I thought I'd highlight one of the best explainer videos on how the cycles of the economy work. The explainer video is by Ray Dalio who runs Bridgewater Associates, one of the most successful Hedge funds in recent years. Even though it takes a broad … Continue reading Until Debt Tear Us Apart (or “How the Economy Works”)
In Part I of the series on books from the 2018 reading pile, I focused on self-improvement. In this second segment, it's time to shift gears to the type of books I read most of in 2018: books on society, economics and in particularly inequality. This is a topic close to my heart and I'll … Continue reading 2018 Books Part II: Society & Inequality