Prana, yin, and downward-facing dog are a different language than OKRs, KPIs, and CXOs. Yet yoga philosophy offers profound insights for how business itself could be built better, for a world in which the goal of profit maximization suddenly looks very small against the challenges of climate change, inequality, and loss of trust.Read More
As they grow up, these original aspirations often vanish. It’s easy to see why.
One big reason is that, in much of the world, we’re stuck in an education system that was designed for the first industrial revolution, training workers for factory jobs and soldiers for war.Read More
Kids can start learning earlier than you think. The childhood lessons my parents taught me served as a powerful, lifelong legacy in the wake of their untimely and sudden deaths.Read More
We know that Davos 2019 presented a reckoning for capitalism. One gathers that no one present — neither CEOs nor heads of state, academics, NGOs or the media — expects the world order, or the global economy, to survive in its current form.Read More
Half of the world’s population lives within a five-hour flight of Hong Kong. It’s touted as “the freest economy in the world.” While there is concern about the impact of a U.S.-China trade war, Hong Kong is preparing for the future in a way that the West is not.Read More
A time traveller who skipped here from 2009 would note that it has fulfilled both more than, and less than, its original potential.
The sharing economy’s explosive growth has astounded even optimistic market pundits.Read More
Citizenship is part lottery ticket to the world, part historical symbol, part cultural artifact, and part political straightjacket. It defines where we can go, work and move, and how we’re seen in the world at large.Read More
…when it comes to the future of work and cities as a whole, I can’t help but think that—rather than bending over backwards to court Amazon—it would be worth attracting another type of worker that will be just as important in the future.Read More
An online community survey recently asked me where I’m based. Without hesitation, I answered “Estonia.” You might ask: as a US citizen, why in the world did I do that? But as crazy as it may sound, Estonia is the country to which I feel most loyal today.Read More
Almost overnight, microfinance heated up, and unprecedented amounts of capital began flowing into MFIs from India to Kenya, Peru, Bosnia and beyond. Investors began to see the economically active poor as bankable, and the power not only to alleviate poverty…Read More
…diversity, variety, change, and rushing-about had begun to feel quite normal to me. But in that moment, I had a very different thought: wow, this is not what normal work used to be like.
Welcome to the world of “portfolioists.”Read More
The sharing economy: depending on who you ask, it’s the engine of a post-capitalist economy, the poster child of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or the end of consumer civilization as we know it. Truth be told, it’s a bit of each of these claims, yet something unique that’s even more.Read More
Not only is the sharing economy in the news daily, it also has spurred a growing – and at times mind-boggling – list of related terms. To many people, the sharing economy and gig economy are the same thing. But in fact, almost nothing could be further from the truth.Read More
For as “new” and unprecedented as the new economy may seem—from business models based on our phones to freemiums, disintermediation and the blockchain — it’s not nearly as new as one might believe.Read More
I have been surprised by the diversity of opinion about what global citizenship is, is not, and ought to be. This is an attempt to distill those distinctions and hopefully clarify some of the confusion.Read More
The future of work isn’t on the horizon. It’s getting closer every day, and in many ways it’s already here.Read More