Today, on my birthday — closely hugging the arbitrary marker of a new year and new decade — some reflections and paradoxes have come into even clearer focus for me.
At the end of the Earth
will we not want to scream,
that we bore witness to the
thrashing beauty of all things?
Earth scorched, flooded, tempested, frozen…
that we saw the eagle fly
the iridescent, velvet head of the mallard
the soft hunch of squirrel?
That for a time, this was given us
to delight upon and to commune?
At the end of the age,
do we even recognize our own
hollowed hands that wrought
the final emptiness?
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I recently listed to the Doug Rushkoff’s Team Human podcast in which he interviewed Nora Bateson of The Bateson Institute. She’s well known for her concept of ‘warm data’ which describes the critical context often ignored with ‘empirical’ data sets.
In the interview, Bateson uses the term “transcontextual” (as opposed to multi-disciplinary or transdisciplinary) to describe the idea that disciplines are human-made divisions — they are, ‘of the academy.’ Whereas, our world is simply a litany of contexts, and you and I embody multiple of them daily. Your role as husband is a context different, and yet overlapping with your…
The weightiness of beauty,
Like a millstone that threatens to pull you
down…unto breathless death.
A single pulsating star visible in the
Apparition of distant mountain peaks
Now, presently being gifted a fresh winter coat
How did I get this life?
How was I worthy?
Am I worthy?
Morning breaks with cloudless sky
Blue, white, and pale winter green — almost grey
The simplicity of hues and fresh snow, a reminder
Some small creature has traversed our land
but I cannot make out the tracks
Snow filled with tiny diamonds, singing back to the sky
Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, is at it again — this time pontificating from Davos on saving capitalism. Here is his piece. It’s a quick read, and I suggest you read it for context.
Now, a few thoughts:
(originally posted on Twitter @denisehearn_ on June 8, 2019)
Recently I was asked to appear on a conservative TV news show for their “capitalism vs. socialism” week. After explaining the basic premise of my argument, I was rescheduled and then canceled.
Here’s why capitalism vs. socialism is an entirely wrong debate and dichotomy:
First off, no one agrees on (or even seems to understand) definitions of both systems. To quote Michael Bloomberg in an address at Harvard:
“Anyone who believes that unfettered capitalism works hasn’t read history.” — Michael Bloomberg
I would add that anyone who believes socialism works also…
Not a day goes by without another op-ed about the need to save capitalism, to make it a more equitable vehicle for progress. Proponents, bolstered by the Business Roundtable announcement about expanding the corporate charter to a broader set of stakeholders, argue that doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive.
While this is generally a positive discourse, in my own conversations with a broad swath of people (investors, founders, nonprofits and community orgs, academics), two opposing factions have surfaced, both of which I find unhelpful and incomplete responses to this unyieldingly important time of values realignment.
The list is NOT the problem, the list is the symptom.
The real problem is the methodology/thinking about what kinds of leaders we venerate, and how we measure success.
The problem of scale — the research started by isolating for companies over $10 billion in market value and highest growth firms. Now, I’m not against people succeeding and building large businesses — but too often, that scale has come at the expense of winner-take-all dynamics (Amazon, Google, FB, Uber, etc.) that venture capitalists goad…
I’m the co-author of The Myth of Capitalism. Here you’ll find my personal reflections and poetry.