Archive - 2014

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There is no such thing as a Billionaire Philanthropist
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Who is more successful? The Fox or the Hedgehog?
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How to Defeat Online Extremism
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Are you a Maker or a Divider?

There is no such thing as a Billionaire Philanthropist

It’s Christmas, the giving season, when we’re supposed to be generous with our time, hearts and wallets. But maybe this Christmas, we should think about what generosity really means and how it shows your true character, because everyone is a philanthropist when it’s easy. To be clear, blog title aside, I’m not against billionaire philanthropists. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t appreciate people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. The philanthropy of the wealthy and their foundations play critical roles in our society and allow us to achieve so much more, especially through their patronage of education, science and the arts.[…]

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Who is more successful? The Fox or the Hedgehog?

I tout the superiority of Foxes on this Blog, but if I am such a Fox, where is the data to support these claims? Hedgehogs are everywhere. As experts in the media. In Politics. Hosting their own TV shows. An entire news network, ironically called “Fox News” is full of Hedgehogs. It would seem that Hedgehogs have Foxes beaten pretty badly. On top of it all, prominent business authors like Jim Collins have popularized ideas like the “Hedgehog Concept,” which states that to be successful, Entrepreneurs and leaders need to emulate the Hedgehog in their single-minded pursuit of a goal.[…]

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How to Defeat Online Extremism

If you spend much time on Twitter, these days, you may start to question social media’s promise of bringing people together. Just search any hashtag associated with the Central American Children, Ukraine, Gaza and now Ferguson — then steel yourself because you are about to become awash in hate. Social media, it seems, isn’t just cute cat videos and baby photos. Recently, Twitter and Facebook feeds have been transformed into battlegrounds. Gary Silverman recently observed in a column for the FT, “All these closer connections don’t seem to be leading to peace and love, or harmony and understanding, or anything like[…]

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Are you a Maker or a Divider?

You know this person. You know this story… Bad news comes on the TV, war, disease, famine…you’re standing next to someone, a friend, a colleague, a relative, they may be an educated professional, but they are far from being an expert on the subject being portrayed in the news, the news is probably thousands of miles away in a place your companion can barely find on a map…but that doesn’t stop them from having a strong opinion…. They comment on the news ever so confidently… “It’s the _____ fault. Typical of him/her/them”  Fill in the blank with a religion, race,[…]

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