Yanis Varoufakis TED talk

TED talk: A Growing Threat to Democracy

by Tim Berry

About a third of the way into this talk from last year’s TED global the speaker says: Have you wondered why politicians are not what they used to be? It’s not because their DNA has degenerated. It is rather because one can be in government today and not in power, because power has migrated from the... Read More »

Ownership Networks

A Physicist’s Deep-Dive into Who Controls the World Economy

by Tim Berry

In this TED talk, physicist James B. Glattfelder looks at who controls the world economy, focusing first on ownership as a complex system. He says, in his introduction: “We spend billions of dollars trying to understand the origins of the universe while we still don’t understand the conditions for a stable society, a functioning economy, or... Read More »

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Truth: Politicians and Small Business

by Tim Berry

Once again we have elections and the useless self-serving rhetoric of politicians and small business. talk about Damn, elections are heating up again. All politicians claim to speak for “small business.” As if anybody could speak for small business, given that just about the only thing business owners have in common with each other is that... Read More »

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Future Shock Top 10 Backwards Look

by Tim Berry

Ah yes, the good old days. How quickly time passes. And I can’t help occasionally browsing through technology looking back. My youngest daughter is in her late twenties now. She can barely remember life before cellphones, and can’t remember life before personal computers or VCRs, because both of those were born before she was. I was... Read More »

Charter for Compassion

Charter for Compassion

by Tim Berry

Friday video today is a pitch for compassion worldwide. The Charter for Compassion organization is rooted in the idea that compassion is at the heart of all religion, a core concept that brings humans together. Think about it: What do all organized religions have in common? I’ve been a member since I first heard about... Read More »

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Why All Business Has to be More Social

by Tim Berry

Are trends favoring social businesses over classic “greed is good” businesses? Is all business social business? Or, every day, more business is social? I think so. I hope so. I first heard the term “social venture” in the late 1990s. Back then, social ventures were the odd exception to the norm, making money while making... Read More »

Charlie Chaplin 1940 Speech

Greatest Speech Ever

by Tim Berry

This week’s Friday video is one we should all watch. It’s just four minutes. It’s amazing. Incredibly, it was recorded more than 70 years ago, but seems like it applies in every detail to the world today. If you don’t see it here, here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1fMvLbE85E And by the way, my thanks to my... Read More »

Warnings Unheeded

Fifty Years of Progress

by Tim Berry

Fifty years ago, a generation of college kids thought we had the power to change the world. The age of aquarius, the greening of America, the global revolution. How did we do? Fifty years ago, back in the sixties, farsighted people started warning us all about the damage humans were doing to earth. and it happened... Read More »

Amazon Park Eugene Oregon

Productivity Tip: Walking Meetings. In the Park.

by Tim Berry

File this one under the general category of things business owners can do to preserve physical and mental health, despite the rigors of running a business. It goes along with getting regular exercise, and shutting down every so often out of range of devices. Do as many meetings as you can walking, instead of sitting.... Read More »

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Muhammad Ali and Courage of Conviction

by Tim Berry

Muhammad Ali died last week. Most everybody knows about his having been, vocally, “the greatest.” And he was as great as he claimed, and not just for how much his atheltic talent and hard work, not just for how much he changed an otherwise dreary sport, and not just for his brazen, charismatic, unconventional, and thoroughly... Read More »