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A regular Davos of the mind



Last Build Date: Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:30:17 +0000

 



Mandela’s first trip to Davos

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:30:17 +0000

A key part of what transformed Davos from a place where third-rate ministers from second-rate countries gathered with a crowd of largely European business executives to a place where major political leaders flocked to be with a truly global business elite was the very real tie that was forged with Nelson Mandela in the 1990s. […]



Tragic misuse of tragic statistics

Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:15:02 +0000

The startling headline above leads today’s San Francisco Chronicle. It stopped me in my tracks and I read the full part one by Jill Tucker. There’s excellent reporting and tragic detail about the violence that accompanies poverty and deprivation in way too much of Oakland’s black community. But the primary assertion — even odds — is […]



A few truths about Davos

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:05:17 +0000

It’s the time of year when everywhere I turn, I read tweets and posts about Davos1, which was a huge part of my life for ten years. I’m a long way from the mountain top these days, but I find that too many people don’t understand some basic truths about the Annual Meeting of the […]



Google listens… if you shout loudly enough

Thu, 24 Mar 2011 02:46:40 +0000

Yesterday evening I wrote about the bizarre disappearance from Google News of my news site, Berkeleyside. What happens next is either an illustration of the power of digital democracy or an example of the value of friends with fantastic megaphones. Shortly after my post went up, a number of friends tweeted about it. Dave Winer […]



Local news: we're at Google's mercy

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:24:56 +0000

I spend the bulk of my time these days trying to figure out some of the future of journalism, with the local news site I started with two others, Berkeleyside. We’re unquestionably the leading news source for our city, and we’re widely recognized as such. The San Francisco Chronicle uses us to supply Berkeley news, […]



The local view on AOL/HuffPo: we're still where innovation is happening

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 12:25:32 +0000

In the torrent of analysis on AOL’s acquisition of Huffington Post, relatively little attention has been given to the fate of Patch, AOL’s ambitious attempt to build a national network of local news sites. I have a dog in this fight: I’m one of the three founder-editors of Berkeleyside, the leading news site for Berkeley, […]



Current reading: two out of three ain't bad

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 01:31:29 +0000

Long flights used to be a haven for my reading, but Virgin America’s inflight WiFi means I now spend the bulk of my regular SFO-JFK and back emailing, writing and catching up on feeds, rather than reading the books that are handily toted in my iPad. So I need to find other niches for my […]



On my shelf

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 02:55:01 +0000

I think I read a lot, ranging from newspapers to blogs to books (magazines, which were once the focus of my working life, don’t figure so much these days). But I have to join the many online commenters who found Aaron Swartz’s year-end list of 2010 reading pretty astounding. It inspired me to start logging […]



Why not Wellington?

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 20:57:03 +0000

If you read any of the literature on leadership, or dabble at the edges of it, a number of historical figures crop up over and over again. I reckon Churchill, Lincoln, Washington and Nelson are top of the charts. Consider Tom Peters’ edict to “mimic Lord Nelson” as one of the keys to success. I […]



The further consequences of Greek default

Mon, 03 May 2010 16:03:06 +0000

Felix Salmon, a self-described sovereign debt geek (better than being a sovereign debt Greek at the moment), has a hard time explaining why Americans should care about potential Greek default. The answers in his comment are largely unconvincing, since they rely on people being persuaded by analogy: it’s just like our problems with municipal debt, […]