Photo by Anna Tarazevich on Pexels.com Will Chocolate Save the World? Keep an eye on chocolate. It may save the world. In the scenario planning discipline, we call side conversations about potentially big things a weak signal. It is an early cry of “wolf” in a world filled with potential catastrophes. Sometimes, that cry is heard, and in the case of Rachel Carson’s Silent … [Read more...] about Will Chocolate Save the World?
Several years ago when I was presenting at a Helix Commerce future of work conference in Canada, I first heard Cindy Gordon use the term “virtuals” to describe the generation following the Millennials. While Generation Z and several other terms are being bandied about, the term “virtuals” hasn’t stuck. I even visited the venerable reference that is Wikipedia and found no … [Read more...] about Why “Generation Z” should be Called “The Virtuals”
CIO just published an article titled: 4 Ways Social Media Improves Work Productivity (and 3 Ways it Doesn't) which includes the following positive items: Find information faster Improved professional networks Stress relief Improved teamwork I buy all of those. At their core is the key objective to use the available tools to improve work outcomes. CIO also … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Negative Impacts of Social Media At Work
At the risk of committing more overthinking of the Grand Challenges for Engineering, I want to take a first pass at discussing what I think is wrong with them in a very specific way, and honing the list into something more grand. Here is the current list: Make solar energy economical Provide energy from fusion Develop carbon sequestration methods Manage the nitrogen … [Read more...] about First Pass: What’s Wrong with the Grand Challenges for Engineering
I am listening to To the Point from Warren Olney. The discussion is on science, technology, engineering and math or STEM and why America is falling behind. I think the big issue is abstraction. We are suffering from a cult of knowledge. We talk about the knowledge economy. The knowledge economy may well be a STEM issue, but it is an abstraction. When I hear about the Grand … [Read more...] about STEM: Abstraction is the Problem with US Lag In Science, Engineering and Math