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    McDonald’s or Chinese? A useful way of talking about voluntary cooperation

    by  • April 18, 2009 • The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    There are two different global food brands which epitomize the difference between top-down brand-driven franchising, and the bottom-up “open source” ideas we all know and love. In almost any city anywhere in the world you can find both of these options. There will be McDonald’s which is part of the corporate entity headquartered in America, [...]

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    Japan also has (nanoscale) population fan-out.

    by  • April 15, 2009 • The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    As the global financial crisis sinks Japan into its worst recession since World War II and hundreds of thousands of jobs are slashed in factories and offices, farming has emerged as a promising new career track. “Agriculture Will Save Japan,” blared a headline for a business weekly magazine. Farmer’s Kitchen, a popular new Tokyo restaurant, [...]

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    Thresholds of awareness on Twitter.

    by  • April 13, 2009 • The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    Jim pointed me at this NYT article on Twitter. “Twitter reverses the notion of the group,” said Paul Saffo, the Silicon Valley futurist. “Instead of creating the group you want, you send it and the group self-assembles.” I think I know why this is happening. I could follow maybe 30 blogs. Every day or two, [...]

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    why it’s not resilience.

    by  • April 4, 2009 • The Global Picture • 8 Comments

    Everybody loves resilience. It’s a calm, reassuringly solid word. Resilience, n. 1. The ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune; buoyancy. 2. The property of a material that enables it to resume its original shape or position after being bent, stretched, or compressed; elasticity. The problem is we are not ever going to [...]

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    Mamading Ceesay on Economies of Agility

    by  • April 3, 2009 • The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    One late night in Soho, Mamading invented the phrase “economies of agility.” I thought it was brilliant and encompassed an enormous core idea that we all talk around and include in our discussions without having a simple, clear term of art for it. In the industrial age, mass production by firms exploited the economies of [...]

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    Simplifying the future

    by  • March 19, 2009 • The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    Recently – and I blame twitter for this – I’ve had really bad information overload. This should not be that much of a surprise. Six and a half billion people, something over a billion of them online, many of them very, very smart with whole lifetimes of thinking and research behind them: there is no [...]

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