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Thomas Bellinson
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Learning from History
There’s an old saying that is particularly popular amongst historians: those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. It’s hard to say just how old this concept is, but it seems clear that the folks in charge on this planet have have yet to l...
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Are You a Sheep?
The old metaphor of wolves and sheep is well-known. Sheep aren’t really managed by wolves. They’re managed by shepherds. The wolf represents an existential threat to sheep, but the shepherd represents the guide. So what’s the difference between the shepherd...
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Raging Against the Machine
As I gather more years on the planet, I continue to learn. I learn about humans individually. How they think. What motivates them. How they respond in social situations. And, in all of this, I have learned more about myself. I sometimes ponder whether there...
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Wasting Money on Money
Some estimates put the daily trading volume of currencies at $5.3 trillion. This means that every day, the people who are buying and selling money (preferably for a profit) are transacting 25 times the amount that is traded globally for goods and services. ...
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Wasting Money on Money instead of Energy
Some estimates put the daily trading volume of currencies at $5.3 trillion. This means that every day, the people who are buying and selling money (preferably for a profit) are transacting 25 times the amount that is traded globally for goods and services. ...
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Evolution Vs. Technology
Last night, I was listening to a TED talk and the speaker pointed out that the total amount of human knowledge is now doubling every 18 months.  This is a staggering fact that has implications beyond imagination.  Since I love a challenge, I will imagine an...
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The Mind, Body & Spirit of an Organization
The other day I was having a conversation with a coworker about what had gone wrong with his grand vision for a technology platform we are implementing.  He was frustrated because he had employed excellent architecture and even did the legwork to implement ...
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When the Punch Bowl Gets Stolen
Someone once defined the role of the Federal Reserve Board as the ones who job it is to steal the punchbowl just when the party really gets started.  The reason for this is because "The Fed," as they are oft referred, has one primary job -- to protect wealt...
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The Dollar - Ripe for the Picking
In recent times, there have been several popular books about events that cause significant change.  If you've read The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell or The Black Swan by Nassim Nicolas Taleb, then you already have some understanding of how some events c...
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