Getting to Here — My Path to the Wicked Problems Collaborative

I started a crazy project two years ago. I was afraid it had little chance of succeeding. But a lot of thoughtful folks chose to take a chance (and they were exceedingly patient with me as I fumbled through the process), so I’ll start here by thanking them. Before I get to the story of our book, […]

What Tim O’Reilly is Missing About Inequality

The following is an excerpt of a new post by Tim O’Reilly (“What Paul Graham Is Missing About Inequality“) in which he publicly responds to a draft of Paul Graham’s post, after it was posted. (What are friends for?) For the record, I found both Mr. Graham’s post, and Ezra Klein’s response, uneven as they both seemed […]

With Inequality Rising, Billionaire Steve Schwarzman Expresses Surprise That American Voters Are Unhappy

“I find the whole thing astonishing and what’s remarkable is the amount of anger whether it’s on the Republican side or the Democratic side,” the Wall Street mogul said at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “Bernie Sanders, to me, is almost more stunning than some of what’s going on in the Republican side. How is […]

Americans are fed up

Americans are fed up and fighting back. Seen in isolation, the Fight for $15, Black Lives Matter, the climate-justice movement, the immigrant-rights movement, the campaign for a financial-transactions tax, and the renewed push for single-payer healthcare may seem like unrelated causes. Taken together, they form a rising chorus of outrage over a government that caters […]

The Wicked Problems Collaborative – Book 1: What do we do about inequality? (Preview)

Here’s an unfinished cut of the Kickstarter video for the book launch. Feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, Chris If you found this interesting, I welcome you to check out my books. I’m currently finishing up the last part of the book on Brexit that I’m serializing. Parts (1) covering the challenges in the […]

Are We Entering The Bullwhip Curve?

The Economist took on a recent Oxfam publication which predicts that the 1% will own half of the world’s wealth by 2016.  (The chart on the left below shows the Oxfam forecast.)  The article in The Economist admonishes the Oxfam pub for their choice of dates (2010-2014) in projecting the trend, stating that starting instead […]

The FT Digs in on Piketty

Given the responses of many respected sources, Chris Giles’ review of Piketty’s data has raised some relevant questions about methods and potential errors, but the consensus seems to be that the claims he made were well overstated. (I’m far from being an economist, so I’ll stay out of that fray.) Given the near consensus response […]

2013: The Year in Review

Here are a handful of my favorite posts from the past year.  It’s a bit of a mixed bag (peaks and valleys and whatnot).  I hope you’ll find something of value — much more to come in the new year. Thanks for stopping by! ON THE DEATH OF LABOR My thoughts on inequality in the […]