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Hostility to Technocracy Will Ruin Democracy

Morgan Lowder | Posted 02.11.2017 | Politics
Morgan Lowder

Photo from Smithsonian Institution Flickr When we go to a local restaurant, we expect our waiter or waitress to perform superbly in their responsibil...

Why Trump needs the civil servants he wants to fire: Lessons from Japan and Turkey

The Conversation US | Posted 02.10.2017 | World
The Conversation US

By Adnan Rasool, Georgia State University Like most Republicans, President Donald Trump has made it clear he intends to "fix" the federal government ...

Why Regulations Can Be Good

William S. Becker | Posted 12.01.2016 | Business
William S. Becker

This is the second in a series of posts exploring some of the things that must change in government and society to fix America. Republican leaders ...

Waiting in Line is Bad Business

Rana Florida | Posted 10.17.2016 | Business
Rana Florida

Like many type A people with too many things to do and too many things I want to accomplish, I detest lines. Whether it's a line at the airport, a go...

Politics Has Nothing To Do With Politics

James Altucher | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
James Altucher

Here's a conspiracy that wasn't just a theory. From 1942-1945, 130,000 people worked on this project without telling anyone else. When "Little Boy" ...

Where Are the Power And Knowledge?

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 08.22.2016 | Business
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

Hierarchy does not tell you where the power and knowledge are located; you have to do some homework if you need to find where they are in an organization.

Americans Should Follow Brexit With Amexit To Escape Washington's Brutal Embrace

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should follow the British in reconsidering the wisdom of living under a centralized Leviathan in a distant capital, that is, Washington.

The Incredible Shrinking Island And Its Lessons For America

Matthew Chapman | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

I was born in England, but since 1973 was happier to think of myself as European. Today, with the UK choosing to leave the European Union, I feel diminished, a member of a small, belligerent island nation more than half full of bitter, cowardly people.

Do We Need a Department of Happiness?

Malcolm Kushner | Posted 04.20.2016 | Weird News
Malcolm Kushner

Our American character almost demands such a department. Happiness is even enshrined in the Declaration of Independence which entitles us to the pursuit of it. Clearly, the founders thought happiness was a big deal; on the same level as life and liberty.

It's not the Economic Growth model, it's you

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 03.11.2016 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

By Märtha Rehnberg & Emil Stigsgaard Fuglsang, members of the St. Gallen Symposium's global Leaders of Tomorrow community The economic growth model...

The Solar Onboarding Experience Needs a Refresh

Maury Blackman | Posted 03.04.2016 | Green
Maury Blackman

In 2015, the solar industry celebrated three historic moments -- in Paris, world leaders came together and agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions a...

Landmark Decision Opens First Needle Exchange in Conservative Orange County

Kyle Barbour | Posted 02.12.2017 | Impact
Kyle Barbour

Last Thursday, the California Department of Public Health approved the first ever needle exchange in Orange County. Orange County has long opposed needle exchanges, despite decades of evidence demonstrating that these programs save lives and prevent the spread of infectious disease.

Is Politics a Profession?

Terry Newell | Posted 10.27.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

We don't hand over the controls of jetliners to just anyone. Nor should we hand over the controls of the presidency to political beginners.

Free Speech Isn't Always Free in Academia

Erin Sharaf | Posted 09.24.2016 | College
Erin Sharaf

Girl gets a job teaching at a university and is excited about the opportunity to help students. The girl is required to go to a meeting on "development." She quickly learns that this is a euphemism for their favorite topic: money.

A License for Civic Engagement: Cutting Red Tape and Kick-Starting Business

Maury Blackman | Posted 07.13.2016 | Business
Maury Blackman

The score of recent decisions from Washington, D.C., certainly offered millions of Americans much to celebrate this 4th of July. But amidst the flurry of breaking news, one announcement that you may have missed has the potential to transform our relationship with local government, not to mention reduce migraines.

Transformation and Bureaucracy - Do Opposites Attract?

Terri Wallin | Posted 06.15.2016 | Business
Terri Wallin

If bureaucracies could engage in transformation, unnecessary waste could be dealt with and overall expenses would be reduced. But over time as the infrastructure grows and the rules get more rigid, it is much easier to go along with everything than to try changing it.

Get Bigger, Not Dumber: Tips to Grow Output instead of Bureaucracy

Edward Muzio | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Edward Muzio

Small organizations and startups proudly tout their size, they boast about how they're more nimble, and they decry the evils of their large, monolithic counterparts.

Banish General Motors-like Bureaucracy, Embrace Hierarchy

George Bradt | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
George Bradt

When your team grows beyond 30 people, hierarchy is your friend. But at any and every stage, bureaucracy is your enemy.

Revisiting Kafka's Castle in New Turkey

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Alparslan Akkuş

In today's Turkey, the controversial 1150-room palace of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, dubbed AK Saray, is no less than Kafka's Castle in terms of its absurdity.

Process for the Sake of the Process: Another Stupid Business Trick

Laura Stack | Posted 02.18.2015 | Business
Laura Stack

Sure, we need people to handle the details and make sure the workflow process works smoothly. The problem emerges when they become interested in the process for its own sake, rather than as a productivity tool.

Ideas for a New Political Platform

Philip K. Howard | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Most Americans think government is broken, and despair of either party fixing it -- indeed, 58 percent say we need a new political party. But what should a third party -- or an independent grassroots movement -- stand for?

Autonomy: The Self-Driving Car and You

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Paul Schwennesen

We could be forgiven for thinking this is a vaguely interesting gewgaw in a world benumbed by technological gadgetry. The iPhone Six is out, for crying out loud... But like those who scoffed at Karl Benz's strange "Motorwagen" in 1900, we'd be overlooking a revolution.

Can Health Care Success Be Health Care Disaster?

Deane Waldman | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Deane Waldman

How can success be disaster, even in health care? As the Michael W. Smith song says, "Let me show you the way."

Anticipatory Anxiety Sucks

Maria Senise | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

To my unpleasant surprise, I was told that I have to interview to substitute teach in the school district I've been working for the past five years. I...

'All Eggs Shall Be Cooked' -- Rules That Treat Workers Like Morons

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Lenore Skenazy

If you happen to pick up a copy of the Kansas legal code for the construction and administration of nursing homes -- which, admittedly, you probably w...