A Post on the Light Side

January 29, 2010

Fear of the dark has always gripped men’s souls. I’m sure that our earliest ancestors worshiped fire as much for … Continued

Food and Fumes

January 28, 2010

In a recent post entitled Sewage and Cleantech, I indicated that I would be writing about the challenges of dealing … Continued

Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Immigrants

January 27, 2010

Back in September of last year, Bill George, a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and author of … Continued

More on Persistent Ocean Surveillance

January 26, 2010

In a post entitled Persistent Ocean Surveillance, I noted that Enterra's Executive Vice President of International Security Affairs Practice, Admiral … Continued

Sewage and Cleantech

January 25, 2010

Like every other segment of the economy, the cleantech sector took a hit last year. Compared to other sectors, however, … Continued

Can Haiti Really Become Resilient?

January 22, 2010

The outpouring of concern for Haiti has been remarkable. The American Red Cross, for example, has been amazed at the … Continued

The Curse of Silo Thinking

January 21, 2010

One of the characteristics of industrial age enterprises is that they are organized around functional departments. This organizational structure results … Continued

The Age of Cyberwars

January 20, 2010

Nations and corporations generally think about security in significantly different ways. Since the turn of the century, however, nations and … Continued

Robots You Can Love

January 19, 2010

Have you ever wanted a fluffy, baby animal for a pet — especially one that stays forever young, never has … Continued

The Challenge of Building or Re-building Impoverished Communities

January 18, 2010

The tragic aftermath of events in Haiti remind us how fragile manmade communities can be when faced with the awesome … Continued

China May Help Promote Industrialization in Africa

January 15, 2010

Some economic theorists have posited that the modern global economy roughly advances in sinusoidal waves that correspond with the advance, … Continued

Brazil’s Growing Middle Class

January 14, 2010

I suspect that few analysts ever dream that their work will change the world. But in 2001, analysts at Goldman … Continued

Rebuilding Haiti

January 13, 2010

By now you’ve probably heard about the devastating earthquake that leveled Haiti yesterday. “The quake, with a magnitude estimated at … Continued

Feeding the World: The Macro and the Micro

January 12, 2010

Among the challenges faced during the past decade, one that will surely continue to plague the world is how to … Continued

Walmart and the Food Supply Chain

January 11, 2010

Selling groceries is big business. Supermarket News reports, "The 75 largest food retailers and wholesalers in the U.S. and Canada … Continued

A New Year’s Look at Demographics

January 8, 2010

As each new year approaches, the ending year is pictured as an old man and the new year is pictured … Continued

The Future of Innovation

January 7, 2010

Innovation often starts when an individual with an inquisitive mind bumps up against a challenge and asks why current solutions … Continued

The Rise of Hybrid Companies?

January 6, 2010

What's a hybrid company? According to The Economist, it's a company that operates "in the grey area between the public … Continued

Learning from Nature II

January 5, 2010

I first discussed how designers are drawing from the world around them for inspiration in a 2007 post entitled Turning … Continued

Modeling “What If” Scenarios

January 4, 2010

Good planners don’t just extrapolate the present into the future. They engage themselves in alternative futures exercises. They identify the … Continued

Happy New Year

January 1, 2010

The late Bill Vaughan, who wrote a syndicated column for the Kansas City Star from 1946 until his death in … Continued