About Me

I’m a writer, consultant, and garden-variety curmudgeon based in Bangkok, Thailand. I’m the founder of the Wicked Problems Collaborative (we’ll be publishing our first book, on inequality, in the fall of 2016), and I’ve written for a variety of platforms, including: The RSA, Harvard Business Review, and my column with SALT Magazine. I’m also Read more…

Another One Bites the Dust

Rejoice charter school advocates!  There’s a bit more room for profit in the public school system as California school teachers saw their tenure rules declared unconstitutional today. Raj Chetty, Harvard economist and believer in economics as a hard science, testified against the tenure rules claiming that “California students who miss Read more…

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 to Giles’ article, I was surprised to see the FT double-down this morning.
Here’s a bit of that article wherein Martin Feldstein, Harvard economist and President Emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research, expressed his concerns with Piketty’s work:


The DP Blog is dead. Long live the Circular Thinking blog!

blog move

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Blog Moving Day

It was time.  After three years on the wordpress.com platform it was time to move the Dystopian Present blog to a hosted site.  I’ve imported the posts and will continue to use this outlet to take a broad brush look at sustainability-related ideas.  I’ll try to stay a bit more focused on opportunities to drive positive change, as there are plenty of things to go after there.  That said, I’m sure I’ll continue to stick my neck out into the connected topics of science, economics and politics as the point is to help keep folks thinking about the numerous wicked problems we face through a csr/sustainability business lens.  The goal is to offer ideas which might help connect people to ideas in working to nudge us towards a better future.  (Who doesn’t want that?!)