The road to character is steep and …

By | 2018-07-18T14:02:50+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Categories: business, community, communitywatch, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , , |

it's a dead-end for most "so-called" leaders (Hanging Coffins, Echo Valley, Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines – photo courtesy Trover) (8 minute read) Being in a position of leadership is not a qualification for being a leader; leadership positions are a dime-a-dozen, leaders are as rare as the humility and wisdom that guides their lives. David Brooks, in his excellent Read more...

Information is not knowledge …

By | 2018-06-19T06:14:15+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: community, communitywatch, social, uncategorized|Tags: , , |

and it's no substitute for ignorance (5 minute read) "The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance." – Herodotus Today, as never before, information is increasing and knowledge is decreasing. Because it’s the era of … quick-click, sound-bite, short-clip, digital drivel – we’re buried in a tsunami of information, roiling across the Internet. We’re addicted to Read more...

Fascism versus Democracy …

By | 2018-06-11T08:28:36+00:00 June 9th, 2018|Categories: community, communitywatch, politics, social|Tags: , , , |

or 'the strong and wrong versus the right and weak' (7 minute read) I've borrowed the heading from something President Bill Clinton said, and former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright restated in her new book, Fascism: A Warning. It's a must read for anyone who gives a damn about the stopping the decline in our democracy and the Read more...

Communities are dying …

By | 2018-06-11T08:50:00+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Categories: community, communitywatch, politics, social|

from a lack of public engagement, aided and abetted by toxic discourse (7 minute read) A common definition of community is a group of people with diverse characteristics who are linked by social and economic ties, share common values and perspectives, and engage in joint action in a geographical location or setting. The critical part of this definition is Read more...

From Charlottesville to Cobourg, free speech walks a …

By | 2017-08-18T06:09:03+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Categories: business, community, communitywatch, politics, social|Tags: , , , |

fine line between open debate and abusive control (6 minute read) The tragedy in Charlottesville Virginia last week cannot be equated with millions of daily infringements on free speech but its violence exposes the problem of maintaining the fragile balance between two fundamental pillars of democracy: the people's freedom versus the autocrats' control. When free speech turns abusive and Read more...

On Bullshit – a perspicacious, philosophical take on …

By | 2017-06-06T11:51:17+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Categories: business, communitywatch, politics, social, trumpwatch|Tags: , , , , , |

our society's state of affairs and the President of BS Four things you might not know The author of the bestselling book, On Bullshit is Harry Frankfurt, professor emeritus of philosophy at Princeton University. Frankfurt writes that bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies because eventually the excess of bullshit erodes the practitioner and the society's Read more...

The foxes will never fix the hen house of democracy …

By | 2017-03-16T10:38:15+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Categories: community, communitywatch, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , |

and the hens will never stop being a bunch of chickens Three things you might not know Why did the turkey cross the road? To prove he wasn't a chicken. But being a bunch of turkeys doesn't get us anywhere either, except over to the other side of the same road, which, as Plato established 2,400 years ago, is Read more...

Why does everyone ignore the numbers …

By | 2017-02-13T10:44:41+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Categories: business, community, communitywatch, politics, social, trumpwatch|Tags: , , , , |

and the truth about the presidency of the United States and the state of democracy from the largest nations to the smallest communities?   Five things you might not know Donald Trump became the President of the most powerful nation in the world even though only 25% (1-in-4) of American voters voted for him. Of 251 million eligible voters Read more...

Is leadership in full retreat …

By | 2017-01-10T07:33:05+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Categories: business, community, communitywatch, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , , , |

as speed, complexity and growth trump trust?   Four things you might not know Two-hundred and four years ago, megalomania and narcissism trumped trust in leadership as Napoleon, after ignoring repeated advice against invading Russia, suffered a ruinous retreat, returning with only 40,000 troops out of a Grande Armée of 400,000. Self-interest vs. cooperation is a fundamental dilemma in animal Read more...

Leadership and the power of emulation …

By | 2016-12-10T00:40:48+00:00 November 25th, 2016|Categories: business, community, communitywatch, politics, social, trumpwatch, trumpwatchhome|Tags: , , , , , , |

 Could Trump's brand of leadership become a problem across  generations of leaders?   Four things you might not know, and one you do We all know Trump is "yuugh" on branding and basks in his monarchy-impersonation of leadership. What we don't know is how four years of it will impact leadership practices everywhere. Research over the last half-century confirms that Read more...

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