Fake News

Decline of Real Journalism and Fake News are Cause and Effect

by Tim Berry

These are related trends: the decline of traditional journalism and the emergence of fake news everywhere. I’ve accidentally chronicled the decline of journalism in this blog, with occasional posts over the last 10 years. Check out the category journalism here and you’ll see what I mean. Now, suddenly, so-called fake news is a big issue.... Read More »

The Morning After the 2016 Election

by Tim Berry

Nov. 9, 2016. Of course this blog is not about politics or elections. I’m a business guy, basically, and I write about startups, planning, and stories. But I’m also human. I care. Here’s what I hope today: That the women of this country stay united and resolute in their support of equal opportunity, equal pay,... Read More »

women in business infographic

Infographic: Women in Business

by Tim Berry

Thanks to Balboa Capital for this infographic today with a summary of statistics on women-owned businesses.  This all looks like good information to me. With limits. For example, I chronically question the research on factors considered important because I think these surveys are politically motivated and set up to serve political agendas. So in this... Read More »

Yeats The Second Coming

Data, Politics, Poets and Truth

by Tim Berry

In the good old days – I turned teenager in 1961, and 18 in 1966 – we had a generally accepted process for establishing truth. First, we generally distinguished opinion from fact. Second, when fact was in doubt, we turned to evidence.  And evidence, once presented, was accepted. Evidence ended arguments. But data killed that, politics... Read More »

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 »

Telephone Circa 1970

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 »