How consumers can leverage change, even in the face of tragedy

The extraction and black-market sale of gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten (used in our cellphones and other electronics) fuel the war in the DRC

How consumers can leverage change, even in the face of tragedyAs the Christmas season approaches, it’s important to be aware of the power we hold in how we spend our money. As consumers, we invest in products we believe will serve us best. Companies may try to hide information about their products but eventually the truth comes out. Consumer advocacy is powerful in a free-market…

Protect the integrity of the Internet, protect free thought

The disruption initiated by the web was always going to result in some chaos. But now the barbarians may be the gatekeepers

Protect the integrity of the Internet, protect free thoughtMany of my generation wring their hands, dab the sweat off their upper lips and otherwise fuss – in the manner older generations do – about millennials. They live at home until 30, ooze entitlement, have the attention span of a housefly and, because their parents’ generation mortgaged their future, are more focused on fun…

The high-flying rhetoric of the Sputnik scare

Sixty years ago, the Soviets put the first satellite in space, sparking concerns about technology and weapons superiority

The high-flying rhetoric of the Sputnik scareOn Oct. 4, 1957, the Soviet Union set the world agog with the launch of Sputnik, the first space satellite. And the pioneering achievement sent much of the United States into a panic. Assumptions about American superiority in science and technology were suddenly called into question. The hostile Soviets were winning the space race and…

Toxic bosses a career-builder’s worst nightmare

Technology industries are rife with toxic managers, many are brilliant but twisted geeks responsible for creating breakthrough technology

Toxic bosses a career-builder’s worst nightmareEvery industry has its fair share of toxic bosses. Many are accomplished, and extremely successful. Some are working for or running well-known companies.  Others are geniuses who created breakthrough technology. Typically, they make sterling impressions during the interview process. Unfortunately, their toxicity doesn't surface until you're working with them. Management consultant and author Robert Bacal…

A burning need for visionary pragmatism on nicotine

Nicotine is both the problem and the solution to smoking and the epidemic can be stopped by using non-combustion alternatives

A burning need for visionary pragmatism on nicotineAt the end of July, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did something remarkable – even revolutionary. It decided to behave in a rational way about nicotine – embracing a sensible harm-reduction approach. Canada would do well to follow. Instead, Canada has been focused on risk aversion where nicotine is concerned – and…

A measured, rational response to climate change is possible

We can manage the risks using conventional policies, engineering, and research and development – and without hysteria

A measured, rational response to climate change is possibleJust in time for summer, when every heat wave and forest fire will be sold as evidence of a “climate crisis” and “extreme weather event,” we have a new panic-mongering article on climate change in New York Magazine that has climate activists energized. The article The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells could better be titled “crack…

Three ways technology will change the world in the next decade

Cars that drive themselves, casinos that come to you and deliveries that don't involve humans makes the future look rather exciting

Three ways technology will change the world in the next decadeTechnology moves at such a pace, it can sometimes seem hard to keep up. Less than 10 years ago, nobody had seen an iPhone, let alone an iPad. It is therefore fair to assume that, in another decade's time, we'll be accustomed to seeing things we can barely imagine now – all in our everyday…

Ten questions to ask to get ready for the emerging future

The planet has never lived through the scale of disruption, reinvention and creation that the decade ahead is likely to bring

Ten questions to ask to get ready for the emerging futureWhile history may have seen periods of more intense and far-reaching change, the majority of the planet have not lived through the scale of disruption, reinvention and creation that the decade ahead is likely to bring. So here are 10 questions which I think we should all be asking ourselves as we seek to map…

Get ready for the Star Trek economy

Today's children could live to 120 and work to 100. What's all the fuss?

Get ready for the Star Trek economyWhen I told a conference recently that today’s children may need to work until the age of 100, the Times called it “the stuff of nightmares”. The Washington Post told parents expecting a better life for their little ones to “think again”. This generation may need to prepare themselves to work in 40 or more…

Twenty predictions for the coming year

20 critical trends scenarios that we could see emerging and evolving by the end of 2017

Twenty predictions for the coming year2016 was an unprecedented year, with massive global political upheaval, the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and centre stage being taken by issues such as ‘post-truth’, resurgent nationalism, and technological unemployment. With the world now more accustomed to such seismic agenda changing developments, I decided to turn my thoughts to the future by identifying 20 critical trends…