Are the productivity gains from tech fading?

I’ve struggled with an idea for a while, the idea that economic productivity gains from technology are stalling out. Productivity in general had a good run leading up to the Great Recession, but the long run average has faded ever since (as shown in this graph from the FT). Productivity was long a key metric […]

Something is Rotten on YouTube

I recently read something bewildering, “Something is wrong on the internet,” by James Bridle. The part cast a light on some dark corners on YouTube. (No, it’s not that. It’s far stranger.) You can go read the post, but if you choose to do so, expect to end up feeling perplexed at best. And I’m not even […]

Thailand is Drowning in Waste! – Part 1: The Challenge

I participated in an interesting summit of academics and government officials towards the end of the summer. The event, “Revitalizing Rural Development for Poverty Eradication in Asia,” featured three tracks of discussions about (1) natural resources and the environment, (2) rights and democratization, & (3) livelihood and wellbeing. I joined the track around natural resources and […]

IDDS Sisaket Thailand – Creating a Food and Agriculture Innovation Hub in Rural Thailand

A few of my colleagues who also run Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership Global (DSIL Global) are running a design summit and setting up a center for innovation that will work to improve food and agriculture practices for a marginalized community in Northern Thailand. (The project is also being supported by MIT’s D-Lab and […]

Merkel Rejects Parallel Talks

In their letter to the EU, the UK requested parallel discussions: one for the “divorce bill,” and another for the go forward agreement. Per Sky News, Angela Merkel has already shut down that bit of wishful thinking. With that, the 18-month window to negotiate a new deal with the EU (that’s already likely down to […]

Down the Brexit Hole

They did it. Theresa May sent her emissary to Brussels today to officially deliver the divorce papers. They now have two years to negotiate the tab for existing commitments, as well as a go forward deal. The last six months will be needed for the EU and UK governments to debate and approve any deal […]

Ireland Draws the First Line

Ireland’s PM, Enda Kenny, stated that he won’t sign off on a deal that includes a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland (presumably due to fear of renewed hostilities between those nations.) Regardless, that’s one more hurdle for the Tories to navigate as they prepare for what’s already a seemingly impossible negotiating task.  Will […]

I’m giving away my Basic Income book

I released Part I of my series on Brexit this week. To celebrate, I’ve made my recent basic income book free through March 20. (It covers the “why” of basic incomes from a couple of angles that I found important.) Please check it out, and if you could give me a brief, honest review, I’d greatly appreciate […]