Making a Case for Not-Prepping

Making a Case for Not-Prepping

Big things are definitely happening today, even if they have not yet managed to reach broadly catastrophic dimensions. What we are clearly facing, almost certainly, is a set of major threats to our business and organizational survival. These threats are largely or completely unforeseeable in nature, magnitude, and timing. You can’t realistically “prep” for these: You can only tackle your survivability.

Part 2. Why Are We All So Agreeable?

Part 2. Why Are We All So Agreeable?

What is money, and why are we all so agreeable? These questions may seem completely unrelated, but they are not. Together, they address two of the most important processes that are shaping our world today. Part 1 addressed money. Part 2 looks at why, despite so much apparent disagreement around lately, the underlying agreement is far greater than you might imagine.

Can You Avoid Mass Formation Psychosis?

Can You Avoid Mass Formation Psychosis?

I keep reading about the spread of “mass formation psychosis”, which translates roughly to “psychotic crowds of people”. But is this true, or just more fear-mongering? Something not-so-good is out there for sure, so what can us so-far non-psychotic folks do? This kind of uncertainty-driven anxiety can make folks crazy – or maybe even psychotic.

Can Whatever-Is-Wrong-Today Be Fixed? Like Population?

Can Whatever-Is-Wrong-Today Be Fixed? Like Population?

You may have wondered why, despite so many smart and powerful people around almost everywhere, and having all the advantages of artificial intelligence, things seem so messed up today. And steadily getting worse rather than better. COVID certainly didn’t help things but what if it just accelerated greatly a longer underlying trend toward collapse or catastrophe? Or just maybe, pushed the world along more quickly toward a lasting fix?

The Fourth Turning at Work: Crisis Time Is Here

The Fourth Turning at Work: Crisis Time Is Here

COVID certainly has messed up the world but it will eventually go away. Just another black swan experience. But what if there is something much bigger, fundamental, and permanently world-changing? Like the crisis-driven end of an age? If so, where are we in this time of crisis? Strauss and Howe see this as the final crisis phase or Fourth Turning of a roughly 80-year secular cycle. Could they be right?

Creative Destruction: How to Be a Winner, Not a Victim

Creative Destruction: How to Be a Winner, Not a Victim

Economists talk often about creative destruction to describe the disruptive process of transformation that accompanies innovation. Politics is a common context but the more important story for businesses involves change. Change is life and will always be with us. It is not change itself but your response to change that determines whether you win or lose.