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To Lead, Follow! (HINT: we need you to follow. Now)

On an old blog of mine, I embedded a TED video. Now, my tech skills are rustier or TED is craftier at preventing people from embedding their content.  But this video (about 3 minutes) floated thru my inbox as part of a TED New Year’s series. It’s as good now as it was when I […] Read More

Feeling trumped? Don’t!

Our Relationship with Truth

By Michael Gordon ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news organization, presented a very important podcast on a “typology of truth.” Using Trump’s claims that he won the popular vote because of voter fraud, journalists could say any of the following: 1. Trump claims he won the popular vote, saying 3 million people voted illegally. 2. Trump […] Read More

Business Plan Competitions

By Michael Gordon Daniela Papi-Thornton and I have a piece appearing in the Stanford Social Business Review on university-hosted business plan competitions. The gist of it is: These competitions reward superficialityby emphasizing business plans and models (and sometimes taking action) at the expense of deeper understanding that comes from truly knowing your stuff. Knowing your […] Read More

Great Presidential Candidate

By Michael Gordon Saw the most energetic guy I’ve seen in a while present on TED. Passionate (almost fiery) , well informed with pertinent data. Optimistic about the our potential for the planet. Yes, that Al Gore. This is well-worth watching. Read More

The Community of Detroit

By Michael Gordon Sorting through my thoughts about Detroit’s bankruptcy (or whatever it turns out to be) Different ideas about how companies can be organized and run are floating around. What resonates with me are institutions that support communities: “communities” of employees, of local citizens, of people interacting with the natural environment. Too often, though, […] Read More

Economics for the Future

By Michael Gordon How’s the economy looking to you? Of course, none of us has ever seen “the economy,” since the term is just an abstraction. But it is an abstraction that covers such a broad range of activities that we probably need a few new words to cover them all. If you’re poor, the […] Read More

Biomimicry and Cities

By Michael Gordon I have found my community — actually, one of several, but a special one. I attended the BALLE conference (no, not in Bali, but in Buffalo this year), an event focused on more enlightened, more powerful forms of business.  BALLE — the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies — emphasizes the primacy […] Read More

Moving Pictures Move the World

By Michael Gordon Imagine the sound you make when you blow on a long untouched stack of papers, and visualize the cloud of dust you stir up ….         <insert the electronic equivalent of sound and image here>   … because, after a days that became months of not writing anything on this […] Read More

Buy good. Do good. Give marketers hell.

By Michael Gordon Some businesses go to any extent to get you to buy. The New York Times recently described the lengths stores will go to to make you uncomfortable so that you’ll buy more. Why? “Experts” in marketing have discovered that the louder, the more repetitive, the more crowded — hell, the more irritating […] Read More