thefutureissmall1 300x236 Survival of the Smallest Needs a Proper Context to be MeaningfulEvolution is an interesting topic, but it is not very helpful when we invoke the over-simplistic six-oclock-news-mindless-cliche-version as the new revelation.

Life on planet Earth is just a tad more complicated than that.

I got on this tangent when I saw an on the face of it interesting article that puts its editorial finger on an important and interesting topic: the role of scale in long term business survival.

This is something we need to pay a LOT of attention to, so I welcomed the contribution, for sure. But there’s a but.

So get on the same page for a miute and read the story that started this and then come back for my closing comments. Read More …

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Have You Had Your Duh Moment Yet?

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The study cited below makes it sound like we are at the front end of a movement like the re-engineering wave of the early to mid nineties. We didn’t get all that much sustainable change out of that one. Mostly that was because the ERP implementation wave had not finished so…

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Your Devices is Built on a Three Century Old Invention

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You probably think the electronic device you’re using to read this is pretty cutting edge, full of really recent technology. Think again. Printing – or writing with type – is over 500 years old in the West – even older in the East. But the story gets even more interesting…

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Flowing salt water over graphene generates electricity

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I am constantly amazed at the astounding speed of invention and emergence of interesting findings from the research field. I am fully aware that just because something is working in the lab doesn’t mean it will scale to production and an affordable price to the rest of us. Still, I…

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Tragic Lack of Leadership in Climate Change Prevention or Mitigation

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We have known about the climate challenge for 50 years or more, but chose to ignore it. Even now, as we approach the point of no return, the point where we can no longer prevent a climate crisis, we are bogged down in denial and partisanship. The recent UN report…

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Useful Way to Look at the Meaning of Design

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Design means different things to different people, but here is a cool way to look at the meaning of design. It’s a pretty wide notion, but a good take. I don’t take credit for it as I heard it this morning while listening to the most recent Design Matters podcast…

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The Role of Decisions in Processes

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A process consists of a string of activities, of actions, which produce outcomes. These outcomes usually in return elicit a reaction. This reaction is called feedback of which there are two kinds: negative feedback and positive feedback. Without going into the whole feedback concept, it is clear that the process…

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We Still Can’t Unlock Employee Ideas

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  Interesting how things work in the information overload world of the 21st Century. I just found a post in my drafts folder that I forgot to complete. The topic is kind of timeless so I’ll post it. Here’s what started this for me:

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We Need a Robot Vaccine

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Yesterday I wrote about how I see robots and automation affecting people, their jobs plus some thoughts on where the economy will be going in the next few decades. It occurred to me in the car to work this morning, that the suggested actions to stem this tide, like robot…

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How Robots and Automation Will Affect Us

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Robots are getting a lot of media attention these days. Mostly that is because of interesting technological developments and news that big market actors are getting involved. Exiting as this is, the reporting is missing a back story. This back story is about how robots and automation will affect us…..

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The robots are coming. Will they bring wealth or a divided society?

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Looks like I sat on this piece for awhile, but the topic is timely all the same. Will robots bring wealth or a divided society? There are two trains of thoughts on this: Robots will move from  manufacturing to the service sector and do to service employment what it is…

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