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Donald Trump Is the World's First Antifragile Politician

Gregoris Kalai | Posted 09.30.2016 | Entertainment
Gregoris Kalai

The thing that we often forget about words is that they have great power-- for better or worse. There is much to learn from Trump's foray into politics and much to be wary of. The perfect antidote to the Trump phenomenon is someone who does not dismiss his showmanship, but counters it with well-crafted rhetoric that is both appealing and based on truth.

Syriza Victory: A Glimmer of Hope for Greece?

Gregoris Kalai | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Gregoris Kalai

These past two weeks mark a new start for Greece. The country is now, for the first time since joining the Eurozone, beginning to negotiate a new debt agreement as it rolls back austerity measures.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

Philosophy You Can Use: The Ancient, Practical Wisdom in Stoic Thinking

Ryan Holiday | Posted 08.27.2014 | Books
Ryan Holiday

Philosophy is not just about talking or lecturing, or even reading long, dense books. In fact, it is something men and women of action use -- and have used throughout history -- to solve their problems and achieve their greatest triumphs.

Comfort With Discomfort

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Dylan Ratigan

On my trip across the country last summer -- having fled the news desk for a life of promoting kale, veterans, and kale-growing veterans -- I carried what I fervently believe to be a very important book, Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Antifragile.

Suggestive Leadership: A Civic View

Wassim Israwi | Posted 06.23.2013 | Business
Wassim Israwi

I believe every person has the ability to lead. Everyone has something to offer. What makes this person rise and 'be known' is the formation of a perfect storm of favorable circumstances, a window of opportunity, the right time and place, and let's not forget: luck.

Christopher Whalen and the Bet on Small Banks

Robert Teitelman | Posted 04.02.2012 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Traditional banking is a difficult, commoditized service business, shorn of products that make fat profits. That's the reality that no one ever speaks of when they cry out to revive Glass-Steagall or when they wax poetic about the joys of small-town banking.

Lessons From Cairo: Stand Up And Be Counted!

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

The Egyptians have opened this door for others as well. This is an important and powerful moment for each one of us, for it is in claiming our own authority to count in the matters of life; conscious life begins.

Is Black Swan the Worst Movie of the Year?

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Peter Schwartz

Black Swan is one of the worst movies ever, truly an embarrassment to the high standard Nassim Taleb has set for all topics Black Swan-related.

A Walk Through Paris With Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

Taleb has been criticized, but he tells it as he sees it, whether or not everyone agrees.

The Other Black Swan

Robert Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robert Brenner

The world is full of White Swans -- if only one knows where to look for them. To prove my point, I boldly make the following predictions. I guarantee all of them will come true within the coming year.

Fed Policymakers 'Do Not Understand Risk' Says Taleb

Bloomberg | Erik Schatzker and Jeff Kearns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The risks stemming from the Federal Reserve's efforts to stimulate the economy through bond purchases are "humongous" and the central bank doesn't ful...

William Alden

Basel Won't Prevent Another Financial Crisis, Mervyn King Says | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, criticized the recent Basel III requirements, which increase the minimum amount of capital that banks mu...

Shahien Nasiripour

Federal Reserve 'Will Be Gone' In 25 Years, Top Financial Mind Predicts, Despite Geithner's Vote Of Confidence | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A mere half-hour after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner praised the "necessary" and "very substantial" actions of the Bush and Obama administration...

Washington May Be Broken Now, But the Future Is Up for Grabs

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

Politics is ugly, always has been but the framers invented a government that would embody all the messy contradictions without threatening the collapse of the system.

Nassim Taleb: Debt Spreading "Like Cancer" (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Author and New York University professor Nassim Taleb told CNBC this morning reporters that the world's debt problems were spreading "like cancer" -- ...

Greenspan's Testimony: Will the 'Maestro' Face the Music?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Greenspan will attempt to obfuscate. He will condescend, lecture, and distract. For the sake of the country, and to understand how we arrived here, the Angelides Commission must not allow that to happen.

Planning for a World of Black Swans

Kenneth A. Posner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth A. Posner

Volatility is the result of market economies, global capital flows, and ever more powerful information technology -- and thus a price we pay for innovation and growth. Better that we learn to live with it, than try to wish it away.

Wall Street: Terminators in the Casino

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Wall Street's been a high-risk thrill ride for years, enriching for some but empty of deeper meaning and divorced from underlying value. The "flash crash" didn't break the market, but it did reveal fault lines.

'Black Swan' Author Nassim Taleb Suggests Warren Buffett's Success May Just Be Luck

CNBC | Alex Crippen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Nassim Taleb says there isn't enough evidence to show that Warren Buffett's skill, and not his good luck, is responsible for the billionaire's enormou...

Nassim Taleb, 'Black Swan' Author: Bernanke And Geithner Fired Should Have Been Fired | Le-Min Lim and Bob Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Nassim Taleb, author of "The Black Swan," questioned why Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, and Treasury Secretary Tim ...

The Financial Crisis: Economists And Politicians Who Got It Right (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Financial prognostication has a notoriously shoddy track record (We're looking at you, Jim Cramer!). But did anyone actually see the financial cri...