Profit-backed Social Philosophy

January 31, 2008

The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, draws an interesting and diverse crowd. Yesterday I wrote about the young, social … Continued

The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

January 30, 2008

New York Times’ columnist Nicholas Kristof, while in Davos, Switzerland, covering the World Economic Forum, came across a very different … Continued

Afghan Conflict Confirms Tie Between Security and Investment

January 29, 2008

In my discussions about Development-in-a-Box™, I have repeatedly stressed that development and security must advance hand-in-hand. Remove security and investment … Continued

Search for Oil Alternatives Pushes Food Prices Higher

January 28, 2008

In several posts I’ve written about bio-diesel, I’ve mentioned the fact that diverting food crops into sources of bio-diesel has … Continued

Globalization’s Reverse Investment Trend

January 25, 2008

The Economist points out a trend that critics of globalization might find surprising — companies founded in emerging market countries … Continued

The Potential of Pond Scum

January 24, 2008

The confluence of high oil prices and global warming has more and more people thinking green. One of the things … Continued

Technology-based Reductions in Energy Consumption Touted

January 23, 2008

Technology is a wonderful thing, but as my recent post about the Japanese trying to develop robots to replace an … Continued

Returning to Days of Sailing Ships Prompted by Economics not Romance

January 22, 2008

The skyrocketing price of oil is a great example of how a horizontal shock affects the system. Everything from gasoline … Continued

Networked Community Solutions

January 21, 2008

I have tried to keep several threads running through my posts, one of them being connectivity. Connectivity shows up in … Continued

When Micro-lending Turns Ugly

January 18, 2008

In the past, I have praised micro-lending schemes that offer loans to the poorest of the poor so that they … Continued

Invention through Evolution

January 17, 2008

Innovators and innovative companies must be fearless. They cannot be afraid to fail because failure comes with the territory. That … Continued

The Coming Age of Cloud Computing

January 16, 2008

Last October, Steve Lohr reported in the New York Times that Google and IBM were teaming to support research at … Continued

More on the Curse of Knowledge

January 15, 2008

A few days ago I wrote a post on The Curse of Knowledge, which examined how knowledge sometimes restricts one’s … Continued

Demographics and Robots

January 14, 2008

I have mentioned in previous posts dealing with demographics that the Japanese, who have maintained xenophobic immigration policies, have tried … Continued

The Future of American and Kurdistan Relations

January 11, 2008

Readers of this blog know that I have spent a lot of time establishing business relationships in northern Iraq, which … Continued

Tribalism, Kenya, and AFRICOM

January 10, 2008

Anyone who has been following international news has watched or read with dismay the rising violence in Kenya following presidential … Continued

Fertilizing to End Famine

January 9, 2008

One of the continuing debates in the environmental world is about the use of fertilizer. Some environmentalists lament that fertilizers … Continued

Economic Emigration

January 8, 2008

In a recent post, I discussed the dark side of the global commute as it is unfolding in Kurdistan [Kurdistan … Continued

Can Greed Save Africa?

January 7, 2008

In an earlier post, I discussed the John Templeton Foundation’s roundtable discussion about aid and Africa [Can Money Solve Africa’s … Continued

The Curse of Knowledge

January 4, 2008

One of my favorite topics is innovation. Creative people are exciting to be around and studies about creativity and innovation … Continued

Kurdistan and the Global Commute

January 3, 2008

I have written several posts about the global commute (which involves the movement of people and jobs around the globe). … Continued

Eradicating Polio

January 2, 2008

American’s of my generation and younger don’t really remember the fear of contracting polio that gripped much of the country … Continued

Happy New Year

January 1, 2008

The New Year’s celebration, of course, marks the day when the stars reset and begin their eternal round once more. … Continued