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07 Jul


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Realizing Potential of Blockchain, its Stewardship – Don Tapscott

July 7, 2017 | By | No Comments

Don Tapscott is again weighing in with great insights, perspectives, and prescriptive for realizing the highest social benefits FOR ALL from this transformative technology.  I recommend reading his white paper Realizing the Potential of Blockchain – A Multistakeholder Approach to the Stewardship of Blockchain and
Cryptocurrencies published in June 2017 by the World Economic Forum.

Don’s comments on page 4: “At the application level, we look at the need for oversight, skilled talent and user-friendly interfaces.”  This is an area that I expect will engage me in the months ahead.

04 Apr


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The Future of Organizations? No Organizations at all?

April 4, 2017 | By | No Comments

This very intriguing article published in Medium in March 2017 explores the continuum from full closed membership in one primary organization, one’s workplace, and varying levels of participation in open fluid organizations.

Excerpt:  “Accordingly, the essential characteristics of future “organizations” (using quotes from now on) should then be: Instead of being well-limited, their borders should be smooth and liquid, blurring the frontier between members and non-members. Instead of defending the interest of their members, they should protect their interest, which would be, above all, to achieve their underlying objective.”

17 Sep


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More efficiently than was previously even imaginable

September 17, 2015 | By | No Comments

This compelling blog briefing on Sidecar Deliveries from the brilliant Jahan Khanna, co-founder and CTO of Sidecar, posted on September 15, 2015, describes an unfolding transformation in local deliveries or local logistics. Jahan cuts through the complexity of one of the most challenging algorithmic problems in computer science – “the traveling salesman problem”, and communicates with a simplicity that makes this problem understandable to a generalist. Please see:

What really gets me excited about this briefing is one of its conclusions – MORE EFFICIENTLY THAN WAS PREVIOUSLY IMAGINABLE. This is made possible for deliveries or logistics to quote Jahan:  “When everyone is connected to the Internet all the time, people can work together in shockingly more efficient ways than was previously possible.”

This observation is true for Mobility on Demand and for deliveries and it’s also true for many other contexts. “Resource Efficiency” or using all of our resources more efficiently will dramatically lower how much we consume, how much we extract from Nature, and enable us to live sustainably while also living well. We live in times where the only true limit to solving our problems is our imagination and the resistance of those afraid of what they may personally lose as we move beyond “business as usual”. It’s better to get on the right side of the inevitable than to resist and lose. Bob.

04 Jul


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Happiness precedes Productivity

July 4, 2015 | By | No Comments

Over 11 million people have watched this humorous, engaging, and fast paced TEDTalk by Shawn Anchor.  The pic above is a snapshot of the key points from the video.  Enjoy, Bob.