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If you’re like me, you’re probably utterly fed up with the incessant, relentless, constant stream of misinformation and disinformation emanating from government. Judging by empirically observable outcomes, it is evident that most of the people in power spend most of their time engaged in propaganda, spin, deflection, evasion of blame, distraction, fiddling the statistics, obfuscating, manipulating and just flat out lying.

That seems to be what they are interested in most; not preventing deaths and taking prudent actions to safeguard us. …


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As I write this, I’m in the middle of a pandemic lock down, with a death toll far higher than it ought to have been, due to sheer maladministration and evident incompetence in the cabinet. Our government is led by people too blinded by their dogmatic, evidence-free ideology to assess objective reality empirically. Their policies were and are insouciantly eugenic in nature. People too terrified to admit that the nation is effectively leaderless praise the reckless Prime Minister with uncritical, cultish devotion, like so many frightened children clinging to the leg of their daddy. It’s utterly infantile.

On the opposition…


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There is an old, mythological belief in the nature of the universe that goes something like this: there is a World Turtle that supports the earth on its back. The myth suggests that this turtle rests on the back of an even larger turtle, which itself is part of a column of increasingly large world turtles that continues indefinitely (i.e., “turtles all the way down”). It embodies the idea of a fractal (self-similar) infinite regress. The more you dig into it, the more you find turtles.

The Covid-19 outbreak seems to have exposed something similar about the world economy. It…


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It pains me to tell this story. That’s because I feel sad that what my friend and I envisaged never turned into something real. A lot of people could have used it, right now.

I’m also wary of making this one of those “I told you so” tales. Having inhabited this idea, for the best part of twenty years, makes no material difference. I think it simply demonstrates that this thing that we thought about, all those years ago, was then a genuine problem to be solved and is arguably more so, now. …


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If there is one thing that the global corona virus pandemic has proven, it’s that a lot of popularly believed ideas and orthodoxies, which underpinned neoliberal, free-market economies, turned out to be so much hot air. Our politicians have been lying to us (surprise, surprise). In some cases, they were so wrong, they were deadly.

Here’s some things we never have to listen to, with a straight face, ever again. In fact, anybody who espouses these tropes can be openly mocked and laughed at, in their face. The proof is now in and we have it:

1. There’s no magic…


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Product managers have enormous influence over the complexion of the world that’s being created, but are they always making good product decisions?

Products Do Change the World

We know it intuitively. Products can make a big difference to peoples’ lives and the way they relate to their world. Just think about how different life is, now that people have smartphones and Google search. There is almost no comparison with how life used to be lived, for better or worse.

In the best cases, products can greatly increase the quality of life, but this isn’t all they do. Sometimes, the product…


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Product managers have enormous influence over the complexion of the world that’s being created, but are they always making good product decisions?

Products Do Change the World

We know it intuitively. Products can make a big difference to peoples’ lives and the way they relate to their world. Just think about how different life is, now that people have smartphones and Google search. There is almost no comparison with how life used to be lived, for better or worse.

In the best cases, products can greatly increase the quality of life, but this isn’t all they do. Sometimes, the product…


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Holding it in isn’t good for you, or anybody else.

Emotional constipation is where you don’t express how you really feel, for fear of looking bad.

I think modern society is riddled with this condition. Everybody is worried about keeping up appearances, when inside they’re really screaming for help.

Some people think of their friends as a miraculous gift, which good fortune has had the grace to grant them and they express their gratitude for their friends openly and effusively. That’s fine. Gratitude for solidarity is a good thing and it’s mutually reinforcing. Other people regard their friends primarily as…


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Dominic Cummings has a plan to remake politics and the civil service, thus transforming the nation. The only problem is: the solution he believes in is wrong.

The word that sums up Dominic Cummings’ career in politics is this: unaccountability. He hasn’t yet faced the consequences of his actions related to the referendum Leave campaign he masterminded, going as far as to place himself in contempt of parliament to sidestep them. Now, he’s aiming to run roughshod over democracy itself, from his position as an unelected apparatchik. Weaving between the raindrops, his entire mission has, so far, been a repercussion-free…


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Being both a product manager and a critic of the current political climate, in the Western world, produces an interesting intersection of concerns. You find yourself reading literature from both spheres, noticing the obvious similarities. Having done this for quite some time, I’ve reached the conclusion that product development and politics have a lot in common — far more than I initially anticipated.

More than that, some of the best practices evolving in product development are actually applicable as solutions in the political realm. Similarly, the newer movements emerging as political solutions to our troubled global governance can inform how…

Michael Topic

Creative product manager who loves making good things for good people. https://thetropicalgroup.co.uk/

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