Note: I previously wrote about why Tesla isn’t sustainable. This isn’t so much a follow-up or update as it is a follow-on piece. But I’ve structured this piece in such a way that you can read them in any order you like and they will still make sense.
Tesla is an easy target in the sustainability space because they have crafted an image dependent upon a message that doesn’t match with how they operate or the realities of their market.
Many replies to my original piece (reflecting the image of Tesla and EVs) went something like this:
“Sure, Tesla might…
“Pursue your passion” is a modern, career advice mantra. From (person) to (person), the career advice that best exemplifies our modern culture is “pursue your passion”.
This advice is dumb and immoral.
“Pursue your passion” is dumb and immoral because of its natural consequences and some massive flaws in its assumptions.
There are, in general, two consequences that naturally follow from “pursue your passion”.
“Pursue your passion” is really the beginning of an if-then argument. If you pursue your passion, then you will be successful/happy/ultimately fulfilled. Most of the “pursue your passion” proponents are really talking about economic success not…
Lawyers are annoying. I would know: I’m one of them. We are so annoying in fact that they are the subject of endless jokes, some of which are quite funny.
But lawyers will not be replaced by blockchain technologies. Neither will accountants, bankers, or any other job role.
Rather these job roles will be “disrupted” meaning that their current essential roles will change. An example might help…
Until the 1950s, “computers” were largely assumed to be humans. That’s right: humans who computed data.
Starting from advances made during World War II, machine technology became increasingly sophisticated so that these roles…
Note from John: I’ve been on a break from writing on Medium for a bit, but here’s some thing short that I put together this afternoon. Enjoy!
It used to be that if you produce oil, you competed against other oil companies. If you make movies, you compete against other movie producers. If you make phones, you compete against other phone users.
This alignment bent quite a bit after World War II as companies began to diversify, especially into related fields. It snapped back to attention with the Internet era as smaller players could reach larger consumer segments and thus…
Exam time always brings out a great deal of stress in my students. This is especially true of my undergraduate students.
The list of stressors around exams are numerous: parental pressure, fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of missing your alarm and being late to the exam (okay, maybe that’s just my recurring nightmare)…you get the point.
All relate to one essential lie: that student grades on said exams carry weight. A great deal of weight.
But before we get to why it’s a lie, let’s define what an exam is.
An exam is a measure of your…
Note: I was invited to speak at the UN Business and Human Rights Forum in November 2018 in Geneva at the Palais des Nations. What follows are my (edited) remarks for those who couldn’t make it and for those who attended but want the links to some of the data I cite.
I’ve been asked to speak on reconstruction efforts in post-conflict zones by business and what sorts of gaps currently exist.
1.4 billion people are affected by violent conflict each year. Roughly 600 million of them are under the age of 20 and more than 350 million of them…
“Peace” is a utopian state that is basically impossible to achieve.
Countries and communities often talk about “peace” as their stated goal, even when they are not “at war” which we often think of as the opposite of “peace”.
And you can understand why: “peace” is such a great word. It means basically whatever you want it to mean and has whatever meaning your audience wants to hear. “Peace” has become a great brand and a marketing tool for selling just about anything because of this difference in perceived meaning.
At a minimum, “peace” means a lack of violence. This…
A bribe is “something that serves to induce or influence”.
When Amazon amounted that it would split its new second headquarters between New York and Crystal City, VA, it also announced that it would receive over $2 billion in “subsidies” from both localities.
Sounds like something that might have induced or influenced Amazon.
Locating in New York and the DC area make sense for economic reasons: they are the two largest metro areas on the East Coast of the US which itself is the most highly populous area of the US.
But Amazon will have nothing but trouble…
And most countries don’t give them reason to think otherwise.
For a time, companies that operated in multiple countries did so as entirely distinct and separate entities. For instance, Company X in America and Company X in Germany were two completely different companies with their own structures, management, suppliers, and requirements. They shared some things — logo (sometimes), products (sometimes) — but the only real connection in every instance was that they paid dividends to the same shareholder, namely Company X HQ.
These companies were true multi-nationals in that they had national companies in multiple nations.
Then, globalization created what…
I’m Running the Athens Marathon: Here’s Why
Back in the summer, I wrote about how I had lost 30lbs before beginning to train for a marathon. At the time, my friend Mike had asked if I wanted to run the Athens Marathon, also known as the “Authentic” our Original Marathon.
The Marathon as a race and a concept began in Greece over 2,000 years ago. When the Persian Empire invaded Greece in 490BCE, the Athenian Army marched to meet it at Marathon. After it won, one of the fighters, Pheidippides, ran the 26.1 miles (42km) back to Athens to declare: