What links coronavirus, leadership, women on boards, climate change and disinformation? Read this week's links to find out.
Millennials, often described in media as hapless, poor and unfocused, reportedly dropped a cool $25 Billion on diamond jewellery in 2015. This indicator of current and future demand for sparklers notwithstanding, we are nearing the peak of natural diamond mining. It raises the question as to why synthetic diamonds have not taken off. After all, … Continue reading Of diamonds and responsible eternities
"Empathy is luxury. Think about it. If you have the time to read about other points of view, you have the luxury of time, that you can spend on reading other perspectives and build empathy.", said my interlocutor, an entrepreneur building a platform for contrarian views. I am paraphrasing a bit but we had been … Continue reading Empathy as luxury?
Stanford University announced its new President this week. Marc Tessier-Lavigne is a "pioneering neuroscientist, former Stanford faculty member and outspoken advocate for higher education". More importantly, in keeping with Stanford's reputation as a crucible for entrepreneurial creativity, he has been executive vice president for research and chief scientific officer at Genentech, leading work on disease … Continue reading Four For Friday (37)
A reason behind this series was for me to keep track of my own varied reading. Everything, while appearing disjointed, really is connected. Often there is a unifying theme too. Can you see this week's? Much has been written lately about terminology. An "immigrant" has fewer rights than a "refugee" but has exercised more autonomy … Continue reading Four For Friday (23)
Since the last edit of this occasional series, the scope of this blog has grown to envelope all my interests. Curation becomes trickier, but on y va! Those, who used to follow the series in the past, will notice that there are now excerpts. These are mere amuse-bouche to nudge you to click and read … Continue reading Four For Friday (22)
An earlier, admittedly ranty post documented the weirdness that is Indian traffic. Though it focused more on vehicular traffic than on pedestrians, any good traffic system design should enable peaceful co-existence of both vehicles and pedestrians. I have spent some time thinking about traffic systems since I have been able to observe traffic in several … Continue reading The design challenge called Indian traffic 
India's traffic problem is real. No, seriously. Indian drivers makes Italians look tame and Londoners look like novice drivers. India also has the dubious superlative distinction of having the highest number of deaths in road accidents in the world. The government of India publishes data on road accidents which will make the most hardened person's … Continue reading The design challenge called Indian traffic 
When I first heard the term "ubiquitous computing" almost 25 years ago, it sounded magical. Computers then, I admit, didn't make it easy to imagine such a world. I frequently found myself daydreaming of the films ET and Escape To Witch Mountain (I did say it sounded magical, didn't I?) It evoked a vision of … Continue reading Designing for ubiquity
In an earlier monograph, I wrote about transformation and emergence, the kind of inspiring creativity that everyone thinks leads to beautiful products. But emergence isn't intentional. It has a magic that is hard to understand and often replicate. Intentional creativity and beauty however can come from removing things. But in any such intentional design process, … Continue reading Of subtractive creativity