Property Rights & Resilience

December 29, 2006

Last month I discussed a list of programs highlighted by Tina Rosenberg that have proven themselves effective in helping fight … Continued

Rebuilding the Gulf Coast

December 28, 2006

Last Sunday’s Parade magazine contained a heartwarming article about efforts to rebuild the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane … Continued

Remembering Gerald Ford

December 27, 2006

Despite his age, I was saddened to learn of the passing of President Gerald Ford. He will probably be remembered … Continued

Development-in-a-Box at Home

December 26, 2006

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr., recently commented on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s innovative effort to help the … Continued

Globalization vs. Protectionism

December 22, 2006

A Washington Post op-ed piece by William H. Overholt, Director of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Asia Pacific Policy, addresses … Continued

Iodine and Intelligence

December 21, 2006

Sasha Baron Cohen has received a great deal of attention this year for his movie Borat which portrays a fictional … Continued

Pax Americana & Resiliency

December 20, 2006

Americans rightly love their independence. We chafe when our options appear circumscribed by others and we enter hestitantly into alliances … Continued

Globalization’s Up & Down Sides, Part 2

December 19, 2006

Yesterday’s blog mostly discussed the upside of globalization and how it can create an affluent and connected middle class in … Continued

Globalization’s Up & Down Sides

December 18, 2006

China’s economic advance has been so fast over the past quarter of a century it’s like viewing U.S. economic development … Continued

Connecting through Education

December 15, 2006

In an interesting op-ed piece in the New York Times, the former dean of Yale’s School of Mangagement, Jeffrey E. … Continued

Prevention Better Than Mitigation

December 14, 2006

One corporate accounting scandal that failed to catch wide public attention occurred at Rent-Way before the more infamous scandals at … Continued

Development-in-a-Box & Iraq

December 13, 2006

During an interview on NBC nightly news following an earlier meeting with the President, retired Army General Barry McCaffrey indicated … Continued

Rules and International Trade

December 12, 2006

This week high-level delegations from the United States and China will meet to discuss strategic trade relationships. On the cusp … Continued

Small Companies to Get SOX Relief

December 11, 2006

According to an article in the New York Times, small public corporations that are subject to regulation under the Sarbanes-Oxley … Continued

Japan Expands the Global Commute

December 8, 2006

Japan has been a xenophobic country for millennia. A growing life expectancy coupled with a declining birth rate, however, has … Continued

Connecting the Poor

December 7, 2006

A year or so ago a group from Cambridge, MA, announced that they were going to develop a $100 computer … Continued

Trade Agreements & Globalization

December 6, 2006

Anyone who has read my blog understands I believe that globalization is, for the most part, a good thing. It … Continued

More on Compliance & Over-Regulation

December 5, 2006

A few days ago I blogged about corporate efforts to get relief from some of the more onerous portions of … Continued

Legacy Systems & Service Oriented Architecture

December 4, 2006

An interesting article in the Financial Times by Kate Mackenzie discusses the challenges associated with mainframe systems that still rely … Continued

Fighting Corruption in Africa

December 1, 2006

I have discussed corruption and development before and noted that corruption remains an anchor keeping underdeveloped nations from progressing. I … Continued

Corporations, Compliance, & Competitiveness

November 30, 2006

Back in September, I noted that a distinguished group of academics, financiers, lawyers and corporate executives announced that it would … Continued

Raising the Educational Bar

November 29, 2006

In an earlier post [The Race to the Top], I cited a Bill Gates’ speech delivered at a summit meeting … Continued

More on Web 2.0

November 28, 2006

There has been some talk about a new bubble emerging. Hopefully, the irrational exuberance that created the last … Continued

GAO’s Holiday Wish List

November 27, 2006

With the holiday season now in full swing, lots of people — from children to Comptroller General David M. Walker, … Continued

Contracts and Automated Rules

November 22, 2006

As a businessman, I can’t help reading newspapers with one eye on business opportunities. A story in the Washington Post … Continued

Web2.0 for the Blind & the Future

November 21, 2006

Yesterday I discussed how the World Wide Web morphed into Web 2.0 by allowing Web users to collaborate to enhance … Continued

Web 2.0 and Pink Goo

November 20, 2006

In a recent post I wrote about Web 3.0 and in that blog, I mentioned Web 2.0. An article in … Continued

Programs that Fight Poverty

November 17, 2006

Tina Rosenberg, a New York Times editorial board member, did a review of eight programs that have been successful in … Continued

Real Meetings, Virtual World

November 16, 2006

In an earlier post, I wrote about Second Life, a virtual on-line world with its own economy, that has attracted … Continued

Esquire Feature on Enterra Solutions

November 15, 2006

Esquire Magazine’s December 2006 issue was recently mailed to subscribers and should hit the newsstands shortly. The December issue has … Continued

Web 3.0

November 14, 2006

Despite the challenges faced by Internet and World Wide Web users (see for example my post on Bots and Network … Continued

Development in Iraq

November 13, 2006

Because of my interest in Development-in-a-Box, I was interested in a Washington Post article on how reconstruction in Iraq is … Continued

Corporate Social Responsibility

November 10, 2006

Critt Jarvis, who is doing some interesting work in Honduras, blogged about the continuing disconnect between corporate rhetoric concerning social … Continued

Broadband Bound

November 9, 2006

In a world where connectivity is a good predictor of success, Americans have good reason to be concerned about how … Continued

An Electoral Lesson in Resilience

November 8, 2006

I don’t normally comment on politics since this is a corporate rather than personal blog. This election, however, strikes me … Continued

Newspapers and Resiliency

November 7, 2006

If you’re living in the United States and reading this blog, I encourage you to vote today. We celebrate when … Continued

Intellipedia: Connecting the Dots

November 6, 2006

Last week John Negroponte, Director of National Intelligence, announced "Intellipedia," a system that will allow analysts and other officials to … Continued

China and Africa

November 3, 2006

During the Cold War, Africa became a surrogate battleground for the U.S. and Soviet Union. Arms flooded the Dark Continent … Continued

Bots and Network Security

November 2, 2006

As many Typepad bloggers are aware, last May the Typepad site underwent a new and serious kind of attack. The … Continued

The Future of Computing

November 1, 2006

As a technologist who heads a company developing state-of-the-art software and processes, I’m always interested in the latest developments in … Continued

Peace & Development in Uganda

October 31, 2006

The world is certainly experiencing its share of troubles and the international community’s timidity has been exposed in places like … Continued

A Time for Trust

October 30, 2006

In his latest column, Sebastian Mallaby discusses the issue of trust [“The Decline of Trust,” Washington Post, 30 October 2006]. … Continued

“Virtually” no escape

October 27, 2006

In an earlier post [Connecting America & China], I discussed a massive multiplayer online (MMO) game called World of Warcraft … Continued

Americans Discover the Global Commute

October 26, 2006

One of the reasons that America became great was that it attracted bright, energetic people from around the world. They … Continued

Fed Chairman & Bank Regulations

October 25, 2006

Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Ben Bernanke, has weighed in on the side of those interested in reducing regulatory burdens for … Continued

Between Peacekeeping and War

October 24, 2006

Despite the international community’s lack of action in Darfur, there are few people who haven’t heard about the plight of … Continued

Regulation and Rates

October 23, 2006

In an earlier post [The Coming Blackouts], I wrote about how utility companies are failing to keep up with demand … Continued

Russia and NGOs

October 20, 2006

Russia continues to cut off of its nose to spite its face. Putin’s quiet retreat from democracy continues to break … Continued

iPods and Worms

October 19, 2006

Despite Apple’s clever television commercials that tout the security of its computers, not all Apple products are immune to the … Continued

The Coming Black Outs

October 18, 2006

In its most recent annual report, according to a New York Times article by Matthew L. Wald, the North American … Continued

Water, Water Everywhere

October 17, 2006

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been at the heart of a lot of marvelous developments including the … Continued

China — Future Shock — But not too shocking

October 16, 2006

Working with Tom Barnett, whose books have a large and influential following in China, I’m aware that the Chinese like … Continued

Cell Phones & Culture

October 13, 2006

Cell phones continue to change the way the world is connecting. I’ve talked about how cell phones are being used … Continued

China & Cyberspace Threats

October 12, 2006

China has been in the headlines recently for its purge of top leaders and trying to rid its one-party system … Continued

Scarcity, Innovation, & Resilience

October 11, 2006

This summer, as oil prices looked like they were heading towards $80 per barrel, Stephen L. Sass, a professor of … Continued

Corruption & Development in Equatorial Guinea

October 10, 2006

The triple curses of most African nations (corruption, poverty & disease) have kept the dark continent dark and part what … Continued

North Korea’s Gamble

October 9, 2006

The news that North Korea tested a nuclear device despite warnings from leaders around the globe says much more about … Continued

Western Union Beware

October 6, 2006

In an earlier post about the global commute, I noted how important global workers are to the Philippine economy. Mary … Continued

New U.S. Counter-insurgency Doctrine

October 5, 2006

Michael Gordon, writing in today’s New York Times, discusses the new U.S. counter-insurgency doctrine being implemented by the Pentagon ["Military … Continued

Cyberspace Increases Its Density

October 4, 2006

"Instant messages. Text messages. E-mail. Voicemail. Blogs. Online social networks. And the good ol’ cell phone," writes Associated Press reporter … Continued

Updates on the Global Commute

October 3, 2006

As I noted in an earlier blog ["Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?"], illegal immigration has been one of the hot … Continued

Iraq and Upcoming Elections

October 2, 2006

In almost every close election, the war in Iraq has taken center stage. Bob Woodward’s new book State of Denial … Continued

UN Secretary General Candidates and Globalization

September 29, 2006

The United Nations is in the process of selecting a successor to Secretary General Kofi Anan. Seven candidates are currently … Continued

Globalization and Competition: Red Flags from Davos

September 28, 2006

A system, country, or organization can only be resilient if it is competitive. Steven Pearlstein, writing in the Washington Post, … Continued

Corporate Scandals Continue to Play Out

September 27, 2006

The horizontal scenarios created by the corporate scandals of 2001/2002 continue to generate headlines. For example, Dennis Kozlowski, the former … Continued

Quality Control and Resilience

September 26, 2006

One of the best ways to become the brunt of jokes is to produce inferior products. Remember the Yugo. Following … Continued

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

September 25, 2006

Illegal immigration has been a hot topic in this election year. Congress, trying to look security conscious as this term … Continued

Connecting the Dots in the Criminal Justice System

September 22, 2006

On the heels of the 9/11 attacks, intelligence and law enforcement organizations were criticized for not sharing information. The challenge … Continued

Corruption and Development

September 21, 2006

Reactions against corruption are beginning to surface in some interesting areas. Yemen is a good example. Better known as the … Continued

Building Resilient Cities

September 20, 2006

A Washington Post article by Annys Shin ["The City as Modern Muse," 18 Sep 2006] discusses the theories being promoted … Continued

Google’s For-Profit Foundation

September 19, 2006

Lots of people this summer, as they grudgingly pulled up to gas pumps and winced, dreamed of driving a car … Continued

Hollywood and Resiliency

September 18, 2006

Rob Pegoraro recently wrote an interesting column in the Washington Post talking about the resiliency (or potential lack of it) … Continued

Gates & Rockefeller Foundations Tackle Food Security in Africa

September 15, 2006

Nothing breeds success like success. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which earlier attracted billions from investor Warren Buffett, has … Continued

U.S. Business Regulations to Be Examined

September 14, 2006

Public companies in the U.S., since the introduction of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, have lamented that such regulations impede their ability … Continued

Distributed Assets & Personal Resiliency

September 13, 2006

In a response to my blog about Singapore’s resilient strategy, one thoughtful reader noted, "Despite Singapore having a resilient strategy, … Continued

Resilience and Zarathustra

September 12, 2006

Lessons can be learned from both successes and failures. A New York Times article about the Zoroastrian religion dramatically demonstrates … Continued

Remembering 9/11

September 11, 2006

On this fifth anniversary of the events of 9/11, it seems more appropriate to pause and remember those who perished … Continued

Connecting America & China

September 8, 2006

As the father of a Chinese daughter, I maintain a healthy interest in relations between China and America. The New … Continued

Child Labor & Resilient Nations

September 7, 2006

According to a New York Times article by Michael Wines ["Africa Adds to Miserable Ranks of Child Workers," 24 August … Continued

National Strategy for Countering Terrorism

September 6, 2006

Yesterday President Bush released the National Strategy for Combating Terrorism. The White House also released a press release highlighting the … Continued

African Command

September 5, 2006

An article posted on the site by Sally B. Donnelly titled "The Pentagon Plans for an African Command" [24 … Continued

Bernanke Lauds Globalization’s Benefits

September 1, 2006

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke recently shared his views about sharing global wealth [“Fed Chief Backs Global-Wealth Sharing,” by … Continued

Art Imitates Life — Resilience in the Movies

August 31, 2006

In an amusing New York Times article entitled "French Prince of Mumbai, Building a Global Audience" [21 August 2006], Laura … Continued

The Future of Nuclear Power

August 30, 2006

One of Enterra Solutions’ focuses is critical infrastructure, including the utility industry. This summer’s heat wave, with its occasional black … Continued

Singapore Revisited

August 29, 2006

My blog concerning Singapore’s Resilient Strategy has received more comments than most posts. One pundit, Nimble Books Publisher W. Frederick … Continued

Singapore’s Resilient Strategy

August 25, 2006

A few year’s ago, the Kevin Bacon Game was all the rage among the entertainment crowd. The goal of the … Continued

Information Sharing in the Intelligence Community

August 24, 2006

Karen DeYoung writing in the Washington Post discusses how the intelligence community has changed in the five years since 9/11 … Continued

Promoting more Resilient DoD IT Architectures

August 23, 2006

An article posted on discusses a Department of Defense (DoD) report that urges the Department to adopt an open … Continued

Wiring Rwanda to the World

August 22, 2006

In the panoply of nations, Rwanda stands out as one nation which has suffered through a number of calamities including … Continued

System Administration Work in Lebanon

August 18, 2006

There have been a number of articles in the media about rebuilding Lebanon now that a cease fire is in … Continued

Separate & Succeed?

August 17, 2006

As the Iraqi insurgency drags on, more and more Americans are wondering how and when the occupation is going to … Continued

The Military/Market Nexus

August 16, 2006

As Tom Barnett and I meet with government, non-government, and commercial groups, we often talk about the importance of the … Continued

Charity, Horizontal Scenarios & Resilience

August 15, 2006

In my blog about the need for Global Leadership, I noted that “the reason that Hamas and Hezbollah and al … Continued

Brands, Word of Mouth & Resiliency

August 11, 2006

I have posted comments before about corporate responsibility and attempts some companies have made to be socially responsible ("Corporate Conscience"). … Continued

Globalization’s Competitive Landscape

August 10, 2006

I started Enterra Solutions because I saw companies struggling with tectonic shifts in the competitive environment that emerged at the … Continued

Leadership, Trade Talks & Resilience

August 9, 2006

In an opinion piece published in the Washington Post, Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) discussed the potential consequences of the collapse … Continued

Wal-Mart, Culture & Resiliency

August 8, 2006

In July 2006, retail giant Wal-Mart announced that it was pulling out of Germany, where it had lost millions of … Continued

The Need for Global Leadership

August 4, 2006

Yesterday I discussed the collapse of the Doha round of trade talks and its likely consequences. Were that the only … Continued

Doha Trade Talks & Globalization’s Future

August 3, 2006

This week’s Economist magazine discusses the collapse of the Doha round of trade talks that started after the system perturbation … Continued

On blogs and other items

August 2, 2006

An article in the 30 July New York Times asks the headline question, "All the Internet’s a Stage. Why Don’t … Continued