India Can Ignite Your Imagination

India has always been synonymous, to me, with magic and mystery. I must confess that growing up in the West, it was Rudyard Kipling who first ignited my passion and The Jungle Bookand Kim are still go-to reads for me…and before you jump on me – yes, I know that his colonial roots are problematic…but as you knee-jerk…

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Have You Heard of Asian Fail?

Have you heard of Asian Fail? It’s not a new flu, nor does it refer to cheap goods that don’t work… Asian Fail is what students in the region refer to when they get less than an A in any subject. B just doesn’t cut it and C is unthinkable. Truth is that it’s not that…

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LEGO…Putting the Pieces Together

Have you seen The Lego Movie? Chances are – almost wherever you live in the world – if you have kids, you saw it – or will. The Lego Movie – a 90-minute, unabashedly unself-conscious “serious” movie that all ages seem to enjoy – Rotten Tomatoes rating of 96%! — “Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute…

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Fiddling While Rome Burns

What do Facebook, WhatsApp and the Ukraine have in common? Nothing, you might say at first – but a lot if you think about it. At its most basic, they were all in the news last week – with the announcement of Facebook’s epic purchase pushing the deaths of Ukrainian activists off the top of…

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Who Gets the Rewards for Your Membership?

What is the price of membership? How much are you willing to pay; commit: sacrifice; pledge; leverage; or give up to participate with a select group that by definition or at least by connotation are exclusive….in other words membership. American Express knows about membership and it “has its rewards”…your initiation is your credit rating and…

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The Algorithms Reap While the People Sleep​

Whether Edward Snowden is a traitor or not is to me an ethical/political issue…the answer to which I guarantee will change over time – today’s traitor is tomorrow’s hero…. Frankly, I have written before about issues of privacy vs. security vs. the public’s need to know…not where I want to go today. Rather, I am…

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Super Bowl – Game and Culture

I went to the Super Bowl this year. I ate a Bloody Mary cupcake at the NFL Tailgate Party. I bought overpriced T-shirts and pretzels. I watched Seattle trash Denver. I danced with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I commiserated with my wife who was cold. I watched the Blackhawks fly over…

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Dichotomy

The Dichotomy. The same technology that allowed Edward Snowden to access, download and share thousands upon thousands of classified documents is the same technology that listens to thousands upon thousands of phone calls and reads thousands upon thousands of messages…which frightened Snowden and catalyzed him to action and so on…. Yet the same people who…

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Madmen vs. Digibabble

Innovation vs. Dinosaurs Traditional vs. Old Digital vs. Everything…. We live in a world where Amazon can’t get its packages delivered on time; Target can’t protect its customers (guests as they call them); the ability to order a customized phone cover is considered a radical advance in consumer personalization; and experiences “suddenly” seem to matter…….

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2014…Reality Check

Digital is everything…but not everything is digital. My primary theme for 2014. Frankly, it has been the soapbox I have stood on since my first foray into the digital world in the early ‘90s. But frankly I was alone in my own little Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park. No one wanted to hear it –…

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Stop Downloading your Resolutions

How many resolutions do you have on your list this year? How many did you have last year? Seems that no matter how hard we try, less than 10% of us seem to be able achieve success with said resolutions. Even worse, I’d argue…our global leadership seems equally afflicted…the proof being that despite best efforts,…

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Waze and the Wise Kings

If Moses had Twitter, would the Ten Commandments have received wider coverage? If the Wise Kings had Waze, would they have found the manger more easily or maybe missed the traffic jam in the Galilee? If Muhammad had Facebook or Buddha LinkedIn, would the essential pillars of major religions be different today? Let me be…

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What is the Best Buy….really!

Have you ever heard of Hubert Joly? No worries – no one else had either when he was named the CEO of Best Buy in mid 2012. NB – I’m sorry to feature an American retailer – but Joly is French and the story I believe is universal and important. Back to my narrative… Not…

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You Say You Want a Revolution

What is it that “social media” actually does? Does it sell? Does it change opinion? Does it foment revolution? If you believe the digibabblists, it does all of the above…and more. Truth is…the death of one of my great heroes, Nelson Mandela, got me thinking. Clearly, Mandela led one of the great revolutions of all…

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A Shoebox of Memories

My Father passed away last week. He was 87, left an amazing legacy that has touched thousands and died peacefully with great dignity. In preparing to celebrate his life and achievements, my siblings and I combed through files, opened countless drawers, stood on chairs to get to high shelves and basically left no nook or…

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Kickstarter, the Golden Calf, and Galileo

I love Kickstarter. To me it’s a place where a ‘60s sensibility of commune meets and marries the power of the digital age. And the beauty of the Kickstarter model is that it builds on our human desire to be a part of something new and exciting…and of course, that all too human penchant for…

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What Would Houdini Have Said?

Call me a Luddite. Tell me that I’m not a digital native. Berate me. Harangue me. Frankly, I don’t care – because I just don’t get it…. Snapchat: ‘How To Make $3 Billion-Or Was It $4 Billion-Disappear’ (And Other Quotes Of The Week) It’s not the founders’ (perhaps) brilliant chutzpah that mystifies me – nor…

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Do You Wear a Watch?

Do you wear a watch? By watch I mean an analog device, with hands sweeping around a dial, possibly augmented by “complications” as they are known, and all designed to look good on your wrist. Further – do you own more than one? For example, one with a leather band for dressing up…maybe one with…

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Save the World a Click at a Time

If you could save the world, what would you do? How would you save it? Where would you start? Let me share the views of a few folks…see if you agree or get inspired.  Listen: “With our love, we could save the world.” George Harrison “Music will save the world.” Pablo Casals “The only thing…

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The Marriage of the Giants…Big Data and Big Box

What does Big Data have in common with Big Box Retailing…besides the bigness? How much does Walmart have in common with Amazon…besides the obvious? Where do you think retail is going…besides mobile? Let’s start back a week… Twitter and Royal Mail go public in a similar time frame, and while nothing about them seems similar…

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Einstein was a Mensch

Digital Death… Thumbs up and thumbs down have become the ubiquitous symbol of like and dislike; good and bad; continuation and end; virtual life and death in our digital world. Sort of a fitting confluence of online and offline – digits to digital if you will…. And of course, as the story goes, the origins…

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