1. The Simplification Mandate

    Even a little ding can cause the dominoes to fall Ever have one of those days? Run a day late on a credit card payment, you’re dinged a $39 late fee. Miss a traffic sign on our way across town – right in front of a cop – and get dinged another $150. There are ways to compound your grief, too. …Read More

  2. The Coming Wave of Entrepreneurship

    "The economy’s greatest hope may be in its aspiring entrepreneurs" Traditionally it could be predicted that for every 100 people who join the ranks of the jobless, seven will attempt to start a business. Some find business niches, others invent and still others find a better way to do something ma…Read More

  3. The Last Bastion of Scarcity

    When laws of supply and demand are replaced with scarcity and abundance Science fiction has long dreamed of a post-scarcity society, and it's become quite common to hear discussions about transitioning from a world of scarcity to a world of abundance. But, for all the good intentions and creative th…Read More

  4. Future Libraries: Nerve Center of the Community

    Ever since the people of ancient Nineveh began storing and classifying their books nearly 3,000 years ago, libraries have been hallowed and largely unchanging bastions of learning. But in the information age, libraries have been caste with a new identity, and the future is evolving into a very diffe…Read More

  5. The Virtual Country

    The Virtual Country Six Possible Scenarios for the Creation of Viable Virtual Countries The Internet, while still in its infancy, has created borderless economies, that are confusing the issues of power and control, and even the sovereignty of nations. We are now entering into a new era of public po…Read More

  6. Ten-X Stimulus Projects

    Separating the wheat from the chaff as we invest in our future As we begin the process of thinking through the places where we can insert the electrodes and shock new life into the global economy, I would propose a new way of reviewing proposals, allowing the best of the best to rise to the top. I p…Read More

  7. The Library of the Future Series: Part 3 – The Electronic Outpost

    As a public entity, libraries have been evolving. No longer are they the book-centric institutions of the mid 1900s. But the changes we’ve seen to date are only a tiny fraction of the changes we will see in the coming decades. There are no road maps that give us a clear picture of where we are hea…Read More

  8. Ten Rules for Bootstrapping Your Business

    When the going gets tough, the tough go bootstrapping Walk a Mile in These Bootstrapped Shoes.In much the same way nature operates, the world of business operates in fluid balance with money serving as its breathable oxygen. As with nature, businesses feed off the less fortunate, using their superio…Read More

  9. The Search Command Center

    The Library of the Future Series: Part 2 - The Search Command Center As a child, it was embarrassing to ask for help. I didn’t want people to think I was the “dumb student”, and I especially didn’t want to be the one asking dumb questions in a library around people I didn’t know. My assump…Read More

  10. The Empire of One

    "The fundamental unit of the new economy is not the corporation, but the individual." - Thomas Malone & Robert Laubacher Running a solo business in the past meant that you had a one-person practice, most often offering a professional service, well suited for lawyers, accountants, and doctors.  …Read More