Society & Politics

Stimulating Creativity

Every so often, our collective unconscious seems to get oddly aligned on a particular topic, without there being any particularly evident indication of why this should be the case. As an example, in the last few weeks I have managed to come across several unrelated—and at times contradictory—articles, exploring the intersection of caffeine, coffee shops…
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The NSA Crisis And You: Should You Care?

This week has been an interesting one in the intersecting worlds of politics and intelligence, with the exposure in the Guardian that Verizon has been, under court order, providing the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States with a daily record of the transactional details of every single phone call that originates or terminates…
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Changing Language: The Need to Keep Up

Words are powerful. They shape how we function, they influence what we think and they change how we perceive the world around us. The astonishing thing is that they have the power to do so without many of us even realizing it.



A Gendered View of Decision Making

A really interesting article appeared on Science Daily last week, making the assertion that women make better decisions than men. This position is based upon a study by two Canadian professors (Chris Bart and Gregory McQueen), recently published in the International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics. It’s an interesting position and an interesting perspective.



On The Curatorial Role

An interesting word has shown up more frequently of late. At least, I’ve noticed it more. It’s not a new word, by any stretch. In fact it’s an old — and seemingly old-fashioned — word. One that implies stuffiness, to an extent, but also curiosity. It connotes bringing together a jumble of otherwise uninspired objects,…
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What I Have Learned At 39,000 Feet…

I have inarguably spent a fair bit of time up in the air of late. While the benefits of air travel are few and far between in this day and age, it does afford ample opportunities for people watching, and offers some interesting insights into the human condition. I share the following for your edification…
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Censored & Proud

The Russians understand the power of art. And, as we all know, power corrupts. The corruption of art is what led to the state-sanctioned control of all forms of art during the Soviet era. It led to the development of the underground art community, exemplified by the likes of Solzhenitsyn and Platonov. It is what raises…
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Leading Change & Lending Reputations

There was an extremely interesting article in this weekend’s Globe & Mail that highlights some important issues about how we evolve as a society. Ostensibly profiling the meteoric rise to awareness of the Stop Kony video, produced by Invisible Children, it raises some fundamental questions about how issues are addressed, explored and resolved in a society in which social media…
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God Is In The Details?

I had the pleasure of seeing Alain de Botton speak yesterday at the Art Gallery of Ontario, discussing his new book Religion for Atheists. It was an interesting lecture (he would prefer sermon), based on the thesis that the traditions and structures of religion, while incredibly useful (if pointed in their purpose) are not replicated in the secular…
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The Google Rule… Really?!?

In the “what exactly where they thinking when they wrote that?” category, an MIT researcher has opined in the Harvard Business Review blogs (both normally considered to be modestly respectable sources) that we should practice “the Google rule”. Whenever we meet someone for the first time, we should first see what we can find out about them…
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