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Cities, Innovation, and the Future

October 27, 2014

Innovation is intimately linked with cities. This occurs for many reasons, many of which are entirely obvious. People congregate in cities, and through experiencing problems and sharing ideas for how to solve them, innovation comes about. There are suppliers and experts and scholars and materials and tinkerers in cities in abundance, so questions can be […]

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Driven to Death by the Rate of Innovation

September 18, 2014

We recently had a fascinating meeting with a prominent venture capitalist based in Palo Alto, and during the course of our conversation about the pressures that his portfolio companies are under he used a fascinating phrase to describe the tech industry as a whole.  He said that the lagging companies, many of which are not […]

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Sustaining Success and Coping with Fundamental Change

December 28, 2013

The acceleration of change and its impact on business and society is a theme that we touch on constantly here in this blog.  This post covers four recent events that individually and together reflect how various organizations are coping (or not) with the changing world, and how they apply innovation and creativity to sustain themselves […]

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Warren Buffet’s Money Problems, and the Future of Energy

November 20, 2013

Warren Buffet has a money problem.  It’s not the sort of problem that an average person like you or I might have, but it is a problem nonetheless:  He has too much cash. Specifically, Mr. Buffet’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, is throwing off cash by the billions, and so he is obliged to find homes for […]

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Your Organization is at Risk

October 9, 2013

This is the first of a multi-part series on the trends creating significant impacts on society and creating a digital revolution which may turn out to be the ‘new industrial revolution.’ Every organization is at risk of not adapting to these trends as many industries are already being disrupted and key players are losing their foothold.

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A Great Learning Opportunity in London

September 9, 2013

Science, technology, and medicine are shaping our individual and collective futures.  So are cities, and robots, and data analytics.  So is your own creativity.  These are vitally important themes that are surely fascinating, and sometimes frightening as well.  They are frequent topics of this blog, and for good reason, as they are surely worth time […]

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