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Quitting time: the Wall Street Journal’s editorials are part of the the problem

June 23rd 2015

Friday, the Wall Street Journal rushed to suggest that the Charleston Shooting wasn’t really about race. No, instead, in a year where the sign “Black Lives Matter” has been everywhere, the Journal suggested this shows how far we’ve come. We’re at a moment of change – and my first change is to fire my newspaper which seems to be offering the rejoinder for inaction.

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Truth: the concept of race is badly broken

June 21st 2015

The Cause Can’t Be The CureWe need to put the Confederate flag away as a sign of state. And we need to find our way through these discussions relying less on race as an organizing concept of cause or cure.  I believe that war is a tragically ineffective way to end war.  We may better [...]

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Five Reasons the CVS / Target Deal is Smart Healthcare Business

June 20th 2015

Knowing what you’re remarkable at allows for gutsy decisions — which this is both for Target and CVS. This sets Target up for recovery, and CVS to continue its growth in to being a national pharmacy leader.

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Why Apple Watch & Facebook Win as Pebble Watch & Twitter Struggle

June 15th 2015

The Apple Watch is a watershed product because it is a masterful consumerization of technology, and it begins to show how industries and our lives may change living among an Internet of Things.

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You Deserve Faster Internet, Phone Companies Want to Block Change by Law

February 9th 2015

Phone companies have helped to put laws on near 20 states books to stop cities from providing fast, publicly-owned Internet access. Last month President Obama proposed that the FCC to strike down these rules, and guess who is fighting to block it?

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Nationwide Insurance Becomes a Meme for Ham Handed Super Bowl Ads

February 2nd 2015

Nationwide insurance ran an ad that children die of preventable accidents couldn’t have been worse placed without being a parody. The sad thing is their long form ad (not aired on the Bowl) got it right.

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Squaring Budweiser’s Bordello with Clydesdales and a Lost Puppy

February 1st 2015

Budweiser sponsors the NFL, a branded suite in a bordello and ads that sell their values but not their beer. This is how a half billion dollar ad budget ends up getting only a reported 4% share of drinkers 21 – 27. What’s up with that?

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The Erosive Simplicity of College Rankings: Meet America’s ‘Worst College’

January 19th 2015

What is it about the human mind that makes it so attracted to the simplicity of rankings? Consider the case of Shimer College, and what happened when it was “objectively” named the worst college in America. And how intellectually bankrupt most college rankings turn out to be.

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Boston Hosting the Olympics is Like Winning a Beauty Contest in Prison

January 11th 2015

The idea that planning a two week party for nine years will somehow better our focus Boston’s civic efforts that responding to real needs is at once the most optimistic and cynical gambit imaginable.

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The Best Digital Strategy Articles, MOOCs and Books for 2015

December 30th 2014

As we sit here hungry for the brief pause between years, here are a dozen or so great starting points for setting your digital course over the next year.