The Money (R)evolution

The hype around Bitcoin is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg, masking massive shifts in socio-economic behavior, collaboration, and participation. Emerging technologies, like blockchain, will transform the way we relate and trust each other, and how value, or money, can be become inclusive again. There is increasing hype focused on the comatose rise of digital assets, particularly in Bitcoin; the doubters, lovers, and haters … Continue reading The Money (R)evolution

Succession: A Relevance Crisis

This opinion piece is a colossal failure in upholding the art of suspense, spoiling the storyline right in the title. Yet, there is more than one plot twist to consider when closely observing an industry that appears to be (too) assured of how to manage an unprecedented wave of financial advisors leaving the business.    By a simple count of “self-disclosures,” or understanding the specific … Continue reading Succession: A Relevance Crisis

What “Experts” Miss about Economic Inequality

That’s a question USA Today posed to three “policy experts on the left and the right” in this recent article . The responses, while unsurprising, were nevertheless disappointing. For libertarians, economic inequality itself is not problematic, as long as it is in the context of an unfettered market economy free of government privileges and interference. Source: What “Experts” Miss about Economic Inequality Continue reading What “Experts” Miss about Economic Inequality

Believing falsehoods is one problem; not knowing the truth is another. 

How do you react when you come across a bear in the woods? William James begins his essay of 1884 on human emotion with the commonsense view: “we meet a bear, are frightened and run”. Wrong, says James. “This order of sequence is incorrect.” It is not that we run because we are frightened. It is that we find ourselves running and then, on experiencing … Continue reading Believing falsehoods is one problem; not knowing the truth is another. 

John Lewis Risked His Life for Justice

The terminal seemed nearly deserted, he writes, but “then, out of nowhere, from every direction, came people. White people. Men, women and children. Dozens of them. Hundreds of them. Out of alleys, out of side streets, around the corners of office buildings, they emerged from everywhere, from all directions, all at once, as if they’d been let out of a gate . Source: John Lewis … Continue reading John Lewis Risked His Life for Justice

Next Week Germany Takes Over the EU Presidency — What Lies Ahead?

On July 1st, Germany will assume the rotating presidency of the EU council. Plans to make this a particularly significant chapter, given that Chancellor Angela Merkel is in the final lap of her political career, had kept civil servants in Berlin busy for months. Source: Next Week Germany Takes Over the EU Presidency — What Lies Ahead? Continue reading Next Week Germany Takes Over the EU Presidency — What Lies Ahead?

The Elites Were Living High. Then Came the Fall.

About 3,190 years ago, a merchant in Emar, a trading outpost in what is now northern Syria, sent a desperate letter to his boss, Urtenu, who lived in the rich metropolis of Ugarit, a city-state on the coast of Syria. “There is famine,” he wrote. “If you do not quickly arrive here, we ourselves will die of hunger.” Modern cities can learn from the fate … Continue reading The Elites Were Living High. Then Came the Fall.