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Automation of Work and Implications for the Future

I’ve always loved great writing.  Many of the most interesting books for me were centered around considerations of large shifts in society.  My last post considered farming and gardening–Animal Farm by George Orwell is a symbolic look at communism (though as I’ve written before I think it can be expanded to multiple types of governance.) [...]

Planting Seeds and Gardening

A few weeks ago, I rebuilt our garden.  Nothing fancy, just new timbers for posts and chicken wire and a new door.  It didn’t take a lot of work, perhaps a total of 8 hours for tear down and rebuilding.

Gardens are one of the best allegories for life and work.  Stories reflect it, such as [...]

The Importance of Self Reliance (Why DIY?)

Back in undergrad, I spent a lot of time reading Thoreau and Emerson.  Emerson’s essays meant a lot to me and Self Reliance was a very important text at that time.  And it still is.  Self reliance is about self understanding and owning your present and future.  The world is filled with people who will [...]

Creativity In Business: The Lifeblood of Success

My last post had me thinking a lot about creativity.  I have a some friends that are artists and their ability to create new things continually is really impressive.  The people I look up to most are artists: writers and musicians mostly.  My grandfather was an artist, both commercially and as a way of life.
I [...]

Economic Stimulation of Scientific Research

During a very good documentary called Particle Fever on the Higgs boson particle during an explanatory speech by one of the subjects of the movie, an economist asks a question, paraphrased:
“What is the economic growth impact of this study?”
This is an extremely important question.  But it’s important to different people for different reasons.  There [...]

2015 Goals

The post yesterday was predicated on how well we did in accordance to goals set a year ago.  Not bad overall, though not perfect either.
2014 was a year that for me was somewhat “in the weeds”–I had a few posts covering off on how I didn’t seem to have time to post as much for [...]

Lack of Cogency

In the last six months or so, it’s struck me how few new ideas or thought patterns have been developing in my head.  I’ve got it narrowed down to a few reasons:

1.  Work.  Being busy and having a lot to do are a constant, but there is more to this.  There is a ceiling on [...]

For Profit Organization Effects On Society

With the recent discussion of Amazon and the biosphere they want to build, I’ve been thinking a lot about how for-profit organizations contribute to society and asking a few questions too.  What are they obligated to do as community stakeholders?  Where do they draw the line?  How do their actions contribute to business success?
We live [...]

Honeymoon in Costa Rica: Off the Grid for 2 Weeks

Tomorrow morning Teresa and I are heading to Costa Rica for two weeks to celebrate our honey moon.  We got married July 27th and didn’t do a lot after.  After all, Minnesota summers are great on their own, it’s not a good time to leave.
While there, we won’t have internet access or phone access unless [...]

Paying for Leadership

When you look at salaries of many professionals, especially people at the top rungs of the organizational ladders, it can be eye opening and somewhat hard to swallow.  Especially for folks in the lower or middle of the pack when it comes to income.  Growing up, the idea that someone could be paid millions of [...]

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