Honest Problem Solving

Problem definition is among the most critical — essential — elements of effective problem solving. Taking the time, putting in the effort and gathering as many views as possible about the nature of the problem at hand dramatically increases the odds that effective solutions will be found. As a quick illustration, consider the family who, […]

Day Of Reckoning

The United States remains one of the rare — and certainly the largest — pharmacuetical markets where government has refused to step in to curb pricing and other practices. Defenders of these practices point to the ideological instruction of shareholder value extremism: we must have free markets in which companies use profits and capital to […]

Invest Today In A Free Press

How would you like to invest in the growth of an independent press? Well, go to the Media Development Loan Fund today and you can do just that by putting your money in a safe, low yield bond. Over the past decade, MDLF has provided low-cost financing and technical assistance (learning related to financing, distribution, business planning, […]

Market Magic

See my article in Slate about how we can use the idea of “dynamic deductibility” to create a new kind of security around the right to trade the timing and size of a charitable deduction — and, thereby, foster a real capital market for non-profits.

Six Sigma Upside Down

Six Sigma programs have been a common aspect of the quality movement that swept industry over that past twenty years. Among the key principles of these programs are (1) all work can be described in terms of step-by-step processes; (2) there are always ‘customers’ of these processes (that is, people, whether inside a company or, more […]

Note To Joe Nocera: Almost There

Joe Nocera of the The NY Times visited the annual Corporate Social Responsibility conference this past week and came away dazzled by the paradoxes. The contradictions would have been hard to miss. For example, what must Joe have wondered as he spoke to Exxon Mobil’s and Chevron’s corporate social responsibility representative the week following the Stern Report catalogue […]

Grounded and Clear

Effective communication demands being both grounded and clear. Communicators who are grounded convey — and are in fact — deeply rooted in their conviction about what they are saying. Listeners get a sense those roots go deep — very deep into the ground on which the speaker stands. There’s a strong message in this: unshakeability. […]

Moving The Foul Lines

This past Sunday, the local newspaper endorsed the incumbent Congressman John Sweeney against his challenger Kirsten Gillibrand. Throughout his career in politics, Sweeney has repeatedly behaved in ways that raise questions about his character — incidents suggestive of problems with alcohol, a variety of questionable fundraising and lobbying practices, and violent behavior — including a report of […]