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Code, Laws, Norms, Markets | Larry Lessig’s Theory of Regulation

January 13, 2020


These are the forces / constraints that regulate individuals in a society. Code: What is technologically possible. Laws: What is legally permissible. Norms: What is morally acceptable. Markets: What is financially profitable.

Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being invited to dance.

September 8, 2019


– Vernā Meyers

Grow by the collective. Govern like a company.

March 18, 2018


Another paradox of expansion and growth, illuminated by this quote by Kevin Kelly, The dream of many companies is to graduate from making products to creating a platform. But when they do succeed (like Facebook), they are often not ready for the required transformation in their role; they have to act more like governments than […]

Leadership is not about stating the facts. Leadership is responsible for shaping the conversation around facts.

January 31, 2017


Facts are not beliefs. Facts are merely objective data points that reflect reality. It is a common misconception that people in positions of power have a responsibility to report the facts. In reality, everyone has a responsibility to report the facts, and submit to them, regardless of your “title” or “position.” That’s just the nature […]

Spend more time introducing change than implementing change.

March 3, 2016


Everybody loves and hates change. Instinctively, people know that change is good. Change means growth, development, innovation, and adventure. Change means improvement, and challenge. Emotionally, however, change is threatening. Change also means the loss of familiarity and the uncertainty of what is to come. Change can be subtly insulting to the way we’ve done things […]

Dictionaries do not make definitions. Definitions make dictionaries.

July 21, 2012


A dictionary is not the standard for definitions. A dictionary is a compiled catalog of cultural meanings. When someone tells you to “look it up in the dictionary,” it is merely as a reference point so that you can have common ground in which to interact and operate in your cultural context. But it (the […]

Technological amnesia and our absent identity.

July 6, 2012


Have you ever said something like, “I don’t even remember how we operated without computers?” Or, “What did we ever do before the Internet?” Or, “I’d be a wreck without my smart phone.” If you have said anything like this, then you have technological amnesia, the forgotten ways in which life use to operate before […]