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

To Lead, Follow! (HINT: we need you to follow. Now) By Michael Gordon on January 15, 2017 3:54 PM 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 […] Read More

Feeling trumped? Don’t!

Feeling trumped? Don’t! By Michael Gordon on January 4, 2017 9:36 AM About this Entry This page contains a single entry by Michael Gordon published on January 4, 2017 9:36 AM. Our Relationship with Truth was the previous entry in this blog. To Lead, Follow! (HINT: we need you to follow. Now) is the next […] Read More

Our Relationship with Truth

By Michael Gordon on December 10, 2016 5:35 PM 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 […] Read More

Business Plan Competitions

By Michael Gordon on November 29, 2016 6:00 AM 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 […] Read More

Great Presidential Candidate

By Michael Gordon on February 27, 2016 2:10 PM 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 on July 22, 2013 12:28 PM 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 […] Read More

Economics for the Future

By Michael Gordon on July 15, 2013 8:34 PM 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 […] Read More

Biomimicry and Cities

By Michael Gordon on June 15, 2013 8:19 AM 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 […] Read More

Moving Pictures Move the World

By Michael Gordon on April 19, 2013 5:18 PM 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 […] Read More

Buy good. Do good. Give marketers hell.

By Michael Gordon on December 18, 2012 7:46 PM 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 […] Read More