Society & Politics

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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The Freedom To Sound Off: A Step To Far?

A fascinating op-ed piece in the New York Times over the past weekend highlighted the challenge of living in a society that is increasingly ‘always on’. The idea of constant availability is appealing to some, and nauseating to others. Universally, however, the phenomenon continues to succumb to the law of unintended consequences.



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