Design Thinking and STEM Education

January 27, 2017

The term “design thinking” may sound a bit artsy for people who believe problem solving only requires hard science, technology, … Continued

Veterans Day 2015

November 11, 2015

The origins of Veterans Day go back nearly a century to the end of the First World War — the … Continued

Attracting Girls to STEM Careers

December 19, 2014

Earlier this year Maura Falk (@MfgMaura), Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations, wrote, “My attention has been drawn to the issue … Continued

Innovation begins with Creativity

August 27, 2014

“‘Creativity’ and ‘innovation’,” writes Nicole Fallon (@nicolefallon90), “are two words that constantly get thrown around in brainstorming sessions, corporate meetings … Continued

Targeted Marketing and Predictive Analytics, Part 2

August 31, 2013

In the first segment of this two-part series on predictive analytics, I discussed the potential of analytics for providing a … Continued

Woven into a Web of Arts

December 12, 2012

We live in an age of constantly-available entertainment — but particularly in the sense of an artistic renaissance: talented artists … Continued

Does Kindness Pay?

September 14, 2011

Stephen Grellet, a famous Quaker missionary, wrote, “I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore … Continued

Teaching Problem Solving Skills in Math and Science, Part 2

September 9, 2011

In yesterday’s post, I discussed a number of recommendations that have been offered about how to get more students into … Continued

Entrepreneurs: Many Jobs and Multiple Careers

August 3, 2011

Entrepreneurs face a lifetime of career decisions. In the beginning, they must decide whether to wander out far and in … Continued

Raising Entrepreneurs

July 7, 2011

A generation ago, parents used to discuss openly their ambitions for their children. Many wanted their children to grow up … Continued

Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures, Part 1

July 5, 2011

During this shortened holiday week, I've decided to concentrate on entrepreneurism. For many entrepreneurs, finding sufficient capital to finance their … Continued

Minorities and Entrepreneurism

April 7, 2011

A year ago, New York Times‘ columnist Thomas Friedman wrote: “You’ve heard that saying: As General Motors goes, so goes … Continued

Nanotechnology: It’s a Small World After All

February 11, 2011

If you go back and watch the earliest science fiction movies, one of the things you will notice that they … Continued

Young Entrepreneurs

August 2, 2010

Prerna Gupta is a young female entrepreneur. Before becoming an entrepreneur, however, she seemed to have it made working as … Continued

Have You Heard the One About the Chickens?

July 23, 2010

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times discussed efforts to convince veterans to consider vocations in farming and other … Continued

Is That Unemployment or Opportunity Knocking?

June 21, 2010

Robert B. Reich, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former Secretary of Labor, … Continued

Hope for Somalia? — Not Much, I’m Afraid

September 28, 2009

This week I’m going to write about what’s happening in East Africa beginning with Somalia. In October of last year, … Continued

The Diversity of Humankind

August 19, 2009

We've all heard the statistic that humans are genetically 99.9% the same. Yet we marvel at how diverse we look … Continued

Vitamins and Development

May 29, 2009

Almost everyone knows that in the heyday of sailing ships, scurvy was the scourge of sailors. For those not familiar … Continued

In Remembrance …

May 25, 2009

Today America celebrates Memorial Day. Although the holiday marks the unofficial beginning of summer, the day was officially proclaimed on … Continued

Kissinger on Afghanistan

February 27, 2009

Henry Kissinger, who has labored in academia's ivory towers as well as Foggy Bottom's government offices, remains, at age 86, … Continued

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs endorses SysAdmin Force

February 9, 2009

For long-time readers of this blog or Tom Barnett's Weblog, the topic of a new kind of "force" for dealing … Continued

Update on Rwanda’s Women

November 13, 2008

Fourteen years ago Rwanda suffered a massive, man-made humanitarian disaster as neighbors were driven to slaughter neighbors by malicious radio … Continued

Egypt’s Uncertain Future

October 28, 2008

For a country with a long and glorious past, Egypt faces a very uncertain future. Until oil money relocated the … Continued

SysAdmin Force comes of Age

October 7, 2008

Quick on the heels of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ talk about the need to rebalance the military (see my … Continued

Money and Monkeys

October 6, 2008

There are analysts on both sides of the debate about whether development is good or bad for the environment. On … Continued

Hard Times for Aid Workers

August 28, 2008

Beyond the occasional advertisements pleading for donations, we seldom hear or think about the thousands of aid workers laboring around … Continued

African Women’s Movement

August 5, 2008

When Zimbabwe finds itself in the news, the story is generally about Robert Mugabe, the dictator who has sunk one … Continued

Militarization of U.S. Aid to Africa Raises Concerns

July 28, 2008

There is little debate about the fact that most African states will need help developing their economies for some time … Continued

Hindsight is Good — Foresight is Better

July 23, 2008

It is no secret that the U.S. military and its political masters had little clue what to do in Iraq … Continued

The Psychology of Philanthropy

May 12, 2008

The recent cyclone in Myanmar, the enormous earthquake in China, and even the tornadoes in the U.S. are stark reminders … Continued

Seeking Security and Development in Afghanistan

May 9, 2008

I have often written about how development and security go hand in hand. Although security generally precedes development, it is … Continued

Turkey Invests in Kurdish Region

March 14, 2008

In many of my posts about the security situation along the Turkey/Iraq border, I’ve noted that the solution is more … Continued

A Manual for the SysAdmin Force

February 18, 2008

In a recent post [Attention Turns Again to Afghanistan], I noted that the U.S. military was paying a lot more … 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

Political Power and Progress

November 30, 2007

In my discussions of Development-in-a-Box™, I have noted that bad leaders and corruption often undermine the best efforts of the … Continued

Modeling Swarm Behavior

November 20, 2007

In recent posts, I have discussed how some MIT engineers foresee the day when energy can be "farmed" from crowd … Continued

The Kurdish Situation Intensifies

October 22, 2007

Last week I noted in a post that think are getting tense between Turkey and Iraq (more specifically the Kurdish … Continued

The Coming Water Wars?

August 22, 2007

Earlier this month, I wrote a post about potential water problems in the Middle East (Turkey, Kurdistan & Water). Almost … Continued

Putting on a Good Face

July 27, 2007

Those of us in business necessarily concern ourselves with branding. It’s a very important concept if you want your business … Continued

Homeland Security 2.0

January 22, 2007

If everything went as planned last evening for my colleague Tom Barnett, he was seated close to field at one … Continued

Zombie Computer Threat Increasing

January 9, 2007

Last November I wrote about an attack on Typepad [Bots and Network Security] and the growing threat of botnets. According … 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

Network Resiliency — Good or Bad?

June 8, 2006

The always interesting Mark Safranski (ZenPundit) posted an interesting discussion yesterday on the resiliency of networks. Safranski pointed to MSNBC’s … Continued

Out of Africa

June 6, 2006

There are several items in the news today that raise the issue of stability and development in Africa. The first … Continued

Dell Computers and the art of Resilience

May 30, 2006

Today’s Washington Post, contained an interesting article about Dell Computer’s attempt to become resilient. The article focused on Dell Computer’s … Continued

Self-organizing Rule Sets

May 19, 2006

One of the things that attracted me to Tom Barnett’s work was his understanding of the importance of rule sets. … Continued

Plans vs. Planning

May 17, 2006

While perusing Art Hutchinson’s blog site (Mapping Strategy), I came across a wonderful quote from the late President and 5-star … Continued

SOA, Resiliency & Consiliency

May 16, 2006

The blogger Wiggins (Opposed Systems Designs) recently discussed how a Service-Oriented Architecture can improve DoD stability operations using a Development-in-a-Box … Continued

Institution Building vs Nation Building: The Debate Goes On

May 15, 2006

Tom Barnett and I have been spending a lot time recently explaining our concept of Development-in-the-Box to anyone who would … Continued

Wiring Money and Enterprise Resilience

May 12, 2006

Today’s Washington Post contains an interesting article about how competition has reduced the cost of wiring money from the United … Continued

Resilience, Trust and Assurance: An Introduction

April 7, 2006

We’ve written before — and will again — about the role of Enterprise Resilience Management in establishing trust and assurance … Continued

Net-Centric Resilience: Serving Information to the Warfighter

March 21, 2006

Defense Tech provides an overview of an Army Times article on the U.S. Army’s CALL (Center for Army Lessons Learned) … Continued