The Justice Department has just obtained documents showing that JPMorgan Chase, Wall Street’s biggest bank, has been hiring the children of China’s ruling elite in order to secure “existing and potential business opportunities” from Chinese government-run companies. “You all know I have always…
Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
Yesterday, Super Typhoon Haiyan—known also as Yolanda—made landfall in the Philippines. Many took to Instagram to share scenes of the heavy rain, large waves and 275-kph (170-mph) winds brought by the typhoon. Some experts claim this will be the strongest tropical cyclone on record ever.
As dawn approached on Saturday morning, many Filipinos took to the streets to see and document the impact of the storm.
Towards an Honest Infrastructure
Former Senior Counselor to the World Bank, Karen Hudes, is asked "Is fighting off Obamacare worth all this mess?", she goes beyond answering the question to pointing out to a greater systemic corruption from market manipulation to the currency war to non-asset backed paper currency to deceptive media to our bribed Congress. Among her fiery points, this one stands out:
"The problem is not with the American citizens…their values are good it’s just that they are not given the tools they need to have a just society. The basic information of what is really going on and who’s benefitting from the economy…"
And finally on “Honest banking is this an oxymoron?”
"No, we have examples all over the place….We know how to do banking, it should be like infrastructure to support the economy, it shouldn’t be for the benefit of elites that think they are above the law as we currently have."
Cream Skimming in Financial Markets
What a title for a Princeton paper!
It argues how the financial industry’s excessive speculation & deal-making is pure rent-seeking. One of those rents is ‘Young Talent’. Extracting young minds away from engaging in productive occupational choices and into becoming a ‘dealer’. Basically, it pays more to be a car dealer than a civic leader…so you take your Ivy League degree for more rewards offered by becoming a “deal-maker”. Sounds productive.
If anyone’s questioned this phenomenon, it’s definitely not a myth that there is a disappointing brain drain in productive activities of young talent in the recent decade. One of those consequences is not having those most educated and capable minds working on the problems that really matter.
It doesn’t interest me…
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, ‘Yes.’
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
–– oriah mountain dreamer
This past summer I worked with 9 other designers to create a breakthrough product to enhance creative development for the students of Locke High School in Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood. There was a lot of hacking, prototyping, & design thinking in the process! Overall, it was an incredible project with a verynice design studio & No Right Brain Left Behind in partnership with GOOD.
Check out our feature: Innovation is Dead, Long Live Innovation
"SLOJD was a 6-day workshop that was designed and developed in a collaboration between verynice and No Right Brain Left Behind. The workshop prompted a small group of designers in Los Angeles to develop a new innovation and/or combined methodology that can foster excitement and engagement amongst 9th graders in two common subject matters that are taught at that grade level: Algebra & Biology.”
This was our result from Team Foldables! Now in refinement and development for implementation this fall at Locke High School of Green Dot Public Schools. Click above, below, or here to see our prototype! If you’re also interested in our 6 day process, here are 4 great recaps by Matt Manos of our progress starting with Day 01, 02, 03, 04 & 05, and 06. :)
Foldables is a tactile interface tool that helps students explore new ways of interacting with games and other virtual experiences. This is one of the two final prototypes that came as a result of a recent workshop collaboration between verynice and No Right Brain Left Behind. The goal…
“Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world’s largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything.” - Matt Taibbi on the biggest price fixing scandal ever
Some serious inspiration:
He took out the back row of seats, which left plenty of room for “furnishings.” He used a plastic bin to store food, supplies and school materials.
That’s pretty awesome. I once spent a good part of two weeks living out of an Isuzu Rodeo on a road trip, and that was enough for me. Kudos to Ken for his creativity and willingness to live against the grain.
Check out his book, Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom
Real studies to show the power of the pen, or in this case blogging!
Four months after a hundred senior engineers were laid off by a computer company, not a single one was reemployed. In an effort to improve the situation, Stefanie Spera and Eric Buhrfeind conducted a startling study with James Pennebaker, a mild-mannered health psychologist.
They divided the…