The glossy, boring world of annual conferences

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My new piece in Harvard Business Review is out, entitled The Posh, Predictable World of Business Conferences. Nucky Thompson is proving David Denby right. The New Yorker movie critic recently declared in a brilliant, erudite cultural analysis that Hollywood has killed the movie as a medium, abandoning audiences looking for quality in favor of endless superheroes battling obviously fake CGI monsters. Television, long derided …

Talking about the future of austerity politics

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I just had a chance to appear on RT’s CrossTalk with Peter Lavelle to discuss what “austerity” means for democracy. Because of technical difficulties I don’t come in for a few minutes – but it’s a fascinating debate on what society looks like in a period of economic shift. As I point out, I don’t like the term austerity – it …

What happens when there’s no more growth to manage

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My new piece is up at Harvard Business Review on how management techniques might be out of date in a world without actual GDP growth: The 1980s and 1990s was an unprecedented period of economic expansion in the United States. America doubled down on a strategy of suburbs, automobiles, housing, and the debt-fueled trappings of a consumer economy, which worked …

My appearance on Al Jazeera’s The Stream to discuss micro-currencies

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Yesterday I had the tremendous pleasure to be a guest on one of the smartest news programs in the world, The Stream on Al Jazeera English. Their concept is quite revolutionary – base a news gathering organization around social media and have the community’s most talked about stories appear on a daily newscast. It is smart, fast-paced, erudite – and …