Friday, January 28, 2011

Anchoring (and the Davos connection)

"A lot of what we decide is influenced by what’s going on around us" explains Legg Mason Capital Management's Chief Investment Strategist, Michael Mauboussin.

I'm sure we think we are all logical and rational but again some observations point to the contrary.

On a bigger scale, those around us shape the way we think and live - skewing our decisions to a particular direction without us being conscious that it's happening.

I'm guessing the only way to fight is awareness. And the most valuable - self-awareness.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

All Eyes On Davos 2011

AT Davos 2011, can we at least consider a humanitarian solution on top of an economics one - a focus on empathy and the sciences of human nature rather than dependence on intellectual, sage-advice benevolence?

More affected by growing connectedness and inter-relation of effects and events across the globe, leaders and leading minds seek to find consensus on how to deal with the inequality of an economics model that has been a boon to the talented and skilled but has not addressed why the poor remains as such.

NYTImes: Davos 2011 Dealbook 
Journalists from The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune reporting on the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland

In this package of new and recently published content, McKinsey experts and practitioners offer insights and ideas on key topics attendees will discuss.

"[A] dense collection of some of the major threats to the world’s security — from asset price collapse to weapons of mass destruction — and the interconnections between them. And they’re all carefully mapped in terms of their perceived likelihood and perceived economic impact." James Ledbetter, Reuters

Lead-off Posts
Challenging the WEF Risk Report for answers

A rejoinder piece to Reuters post; Includes glimpse of available discussions for the week

In the information age, brainy people are rewarded with wealth and influence, says Robert Guest. What does this mean for everyone else? 

Rules and institutions are often rigged in ways that limit competition and favour insiders at the expense both of growth and equality. Viewed from this perspective, the right way to combat inequality and increase mobility is clear.

Proud to share that our Morphlabs' CEO WInston Damarillo is making the journey to Davos and doing his part in "Shaping the Future" as a WEF Young Global Leader.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

A New Culture of Learning

Doug Thomas & John Seely Brown

"By exploring play, innovation, and the cultivation of the imagination as cornerstones of learning, the authors create a vision of learning for the future that is achievable, scalable and one that grows along with the technology that fosters it and the people who engage with it."

If this is what they say it is, then we've got ourselves a winner in education here.

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