Geopolitical / Public Policy

Cookies Trumps Sponges; Slow Beats Fast

Cookies Trumps Sponges; Slow Beats Fast

New studies show that children raised with the help of hyperactive action junky SpongeBob are being out-aced by kids raised with slower paced media forms. Once again this just shows how brilliant and ahead of their time some children’s shows were a generation ago. The Friendly Giant, Mr Rogers, Captain Kangaroo and Sesame Street may [...]

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Society’s New Divisions, Barriers and Bias?

Society’s New Divisions, Barriers and Bias?

Toronto Star just ran an article with implications for society AND business*. Society has long held viewpoints/tastes split upon lines- previously- those were racial, religious, demographic, psychographic lines. Nowadays, that kind of dowdy thinking is behind us, right? We’ll be free of meaningless prejudices against groups of our peers, right? Especially in a tolerant enlightened urban Canada? Especially among [...]

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Next Borat Film in Detroit-Windsor?

Next Borat Film in Detroit-Windsor?

Makes you wonder if you live in a 3d world country. One of the busiest border crossing in the world is a bridge owned not by government (municipal, prov, state or federal) but by an individual, Matty Moroun. He controls the only above-ground crossing for hours in either direction- and that stranglehold could get tighter if he buys [...]

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Big Data Is HOT!

Big Data Is HOT!

My last full time role in Big Data was in 2008- a long time ago. I’m still occasionally involved (a NYC private Equity firm hired Spitfire to assess the data assets of a regional USA player; I’ll immodestly admit the client said our input was far more valuable than that of Bain!). Big Data principals [...]

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Google Glass: A Privacy Tipping Point?

Google Glass: A Privacy Tipping Point?

News from BBC that US politicians are worried about Google Glass. Not about the technology- Google Glass is said to be inferior technology to that of other eyeglass recorders. It’s the scope. Google has the resources & geography/audience reach to make Glass an instant global phenom. Congress (Democrats & Republicans alike) has doubts on the pervasive use of recording devices & [...]

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Canada’s Ethics Standards Reveal Givers,Takers

Canada’s Ethics Standards Reveal Givers,Takers

There are those who give and those who take. When a nation tries to set a squeaky clean ethical standard, as Canada TRIES to do, there will be those firms who honour that effort- and a few who ride on the efforts of others, using that reputation to their own advantage. Canadians of generations past worked hard [...]

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Web Design 101: K.I.S., Be the User

Web Design 101: K.I.S., Be the User

This UK government website is a fine  example of great web design- simple, user-driven and, according to Gizmodo.com, now an award-winner. It’s very rare to find a decent government site. You’ll find the UK site is unexciting, yet useful. It’s tragic how AWFUL most government sites are; how convoluted & useless they are for citizens of the USA or Canada. The current [...]

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A.T.a.R. Or AVATAR?

A.T.a.R. Or AVATAR?

Being a part-time academic is like being a voyeur -peaking between the blinds at the private world of Academia. I’m pleased to be teaching, yet also feel an obligation to nudge ‘academic theory’ towards Reality at times. Some notable tactical differences- just to get started. 1. Academic textbooks, and even some teachers, still emphasize ‘markup’ (profit as a [...]

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Face of a Killer

Face of a Killer

You saw a Wanted Killer this morning, no doubt. The cause of a Bangladesh fire that took hundreds of garment workers’ lives. Bet you think I mean Breaking News images of Sohel Rana, the factory owner caught fleeing his home. No. I refer to the other face you saw this morning- the one in the [...]

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Outsourcing? Bank on It!

Outsourcing? Bank on It!

The hue & cry of a Canadian Bank outsourcing some jobs has largely died down, but not before RBC was told by the media & the public to stand in the corner like a bad boy. RBC’s handling of the ‘optics’ of this situation was inept, yet that doesn’t mean they were at fault. Who is at [...]

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