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5 Reasons To Be An Optimist

War. Climate. Crime. Pandemic. Poverty. Politics. Inflation. That’s just a starting list of the many things that seem to be going wrong—and getting worse. There’s a lot to be gloomy about. Even pop music is getting gloomier. Take “Midnights,” Taylor Swift’s new collection of songs about what keeps her up at night. The album is […]

What the First Moonshot Teaches Us About Even Harder Moonshots

It’s hard to prepare for floods when you’re fighting a fire—even if you can see the river rising dangerously fast. Similarly, it’s hard to think long term in the midst of immediate challenges such the invasion of Ukraine, the Covid pandemic, rising inflation and political grid lock. Yet, there are long-term, multi-dimensional challenges that need […]

It’s Gut Check Time On Corporate Purpose

Words matter. Imagine if the collective leadership of U.S. business ignored the protests against racial injustice or, even worse, followed the lead of the U.S. President to urge that “when the looting starts, the shooting should start.” The strong, supportive words so publicly spoken in support of racial equity by corporate America will ring cheap […]

6 Laws Of Zero Will Shape Our Future. For The Better Or Worse Is Up To Us.

“There are decades where nothing happens; and, there are weeks where decades happen,” observed Vladimir Lenin. The recent weeks grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic certainly fall into the weeks-where-decades-happen category. What’s more, the trillions of dollars being spent on pandemic-fighting strategies might well make or break the decades to come, as I recently wrote. Take telehealth, the […]

We Need A Moonshot For Diabetes Prevention, Part Two: Three Misconceptions

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing killers, as I discussed in Part 1 of this series. Thirty million adults in the U.S. suffer from it today. Another 84 million have a milder condition, prediabetes, that puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Over time, if current trends continue, the disease will strike […]

5 Ways Our Coronavirus Recovery Strategies Might Make Or Break The Future: Part 1

When you’re fighting a fire, it’s easy to forget that the water can cause more damage than the fire itself. When you rebuild after a fire, the desire to rebuild quickly can trump the inclination to rebuild smartly. During a disaster, focusing on anything other than getting back to normal as fast as possible can […]

25 Principles Of Adult Leadership

Some time ago, on the occasion of his 60th birthday, John Perry Barlow sent me (and a few thousand other friends in his “BarlowFriendz” group) a birthday message with a gift. The email recounted how, when Barlow turned 30, he decided that he could no longer “defend [his] peccadillos on basis of youth.” While the 30-year-old Barlow didn’t […]