Category Archives: Leadership

Why India Matters

India is becoming the most consequential country in history (again). Over a million people a month are joining its workforce. Almost as many are moving into its cities. The bulge in educated and motivated people provides a “demographic dividend” with … Continue reading

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What Will You Do After Marching for Science?

Marching for science is worse than preaching to the choir. Continue reading

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Why I Won’t March for Science

Marching might do more harm than good if it makes scientist feel they have done enough and are excused to go back to their labs and books. Continue reading

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A Path Through Trump’s Minefield

Our rational, wonkish, scientific explanations are completely counterproductive. Continue reading

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The End of Expertise: And Why That Is A Giant Problem for the Anthropocene

The impacts of confirmation bias, identity protecting reasoning, and information access are combining to undermine rationality, expertise, and ultimately threaten democracy. Continue reading

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Leadership for the Anthropocene

We are living through something so rare that its frequency is measured in millennia, the emergence of a new geological epoch. Times of great change present great opportunities and challenges. Those who practice leadership can make a difference. See my … Continue reading

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Leadership 101 for Global Sustainability

2050 transitions require cross-sector leadership, collaboration and courage to fail Continue reading

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Leadership as Simple as DAC

Sustainable development requires collaboration among diverse stakeholders—none with authority over others. Collaboration is as simple as DAC: Direction, Alignment, and Commitment.   These three outcomes are as simple in theory as they are difficult in practice. Direction: Leadership requires constructing … Continue reading

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Leadership in an Age of Black Swans and Emergent Systems

Leadership for sustainability requires courage to admit we do not know what we do not know: that unknown unknowns exist. Socrates, the celebrated father of Western philosophy could admit it, “I know that I know nothing,” so perhaps the rest … Continue reading

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Knowledge Networks

I’m hoping you might help me identify some productive ways to navigate the vast intellectual space of knowledge management that seems colonized by everyone from information scientists to network-actor mappers to higher education pedagogists. Here is the short story:  My … Continue reading

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