~ TATMIACDIASTATEAOOL:WE;DR;CL;EE ~ The Ability To Make Informed And Creative Decisions Is A Skill That Applies To Every Aspect Of Our Lives: Work Environments; Domestic Roles; Civic Lives; Economic Existence

~ I-O-C-O-I-COTUSFWWROOT-DC ~ Intelligence – Or – Confidence – Or – Intuition – Can Only Take Us So Far When We Reach One Of Those – Difficult Crossroads

~ WTTF-FTTOOCD-SOTJTLTT-B-S-WIMM-WNTRTT ~ We Tend To Fast-Forward To The Outcomes Of Complex Decisions – Skipping Over The Journey That Led To Them – But – Sometimes – When It Matters Most – We Need To Rewind The Tape

~ BR ~ Bounded Rationality

~ ‘GT’-MOTTTHBDTACD-MHBSETSA-TPBSOBO-GB-A-TU-TWROKTAW-CGP ~ “GroupThink” – Many Of The Techniques That Have Been Developed To Augment Complex Decision-Making Have Been Specifically Engineered To Steer Around – The Potential Blind Spots Or Biases Of – Group Behavior – And – To Uncover – The Wide Range Of Knowledge That A Well-Curated Group Possesses

~ E-L-TD-IA-S-OA-F:U-NTBR-SDFIPTWCSIIFC ~ Every – Long-Term Decision – Is A – Snowflake – Or A – Fingerprint: Unique – Never To Be Repeated – So Different From Its Peers That We Can’t Shovel It Into Formulaic Categories

~ MTAE-WWFOCOOLHC-WNTSIOIOT-WFE-TIWIUADBIRSPC-BTIW-T-ISATWTDBFTP-IAISP-TWOSCBT ~ More Than Anything Else – When We Find Ourselves Confronting One Of Life’s Hard Choices – We Need To See It On Its Own Terms – With Fresh Eyes – There Is Wisdom In Understanding A Decision Because It Resemble Some Past Crossroads – But There Is Wisdom – Too – In Seeing All The Ways The Decision Breaks From The Past – In Appreciating Its Singular Properties – This Way Of Seeing Can Be Taught

~ TBS ~ The Blind Spot

~ ITTUAPWMIV-IOIFUTPATRED-SODIBOO-PAT-OSMTRBTUWTAOTS-POMTRDILHTMSOATDI-BIIJAITRTHTHOUIYN-TUT ~ In Trying To Understand A Problem With Many Interacting Variables – It’s Often Impossible For Us To Perceive All The Relevant Elements Directly – So Our Decision Is Built Out Of – Proxies And Translators – Other Specialized Minds That Report Back To Us With Their Assessment Of The Situation – Part Of Making The Right Decision Is Learning How To Make Sense Of All Those Different Inputs – But – It Is Just As Important To Recognize The Holes That Have Opened Up In Your Network – The Unreliable Translators

~ WFAD-TI-M-I-V-PHATTPO-‘A’-V-A-MTDBOTE-B-FDTMRFY-IMSTEOP ~ When Facing A Decision – That Involves – Multiple – Independent – Variables – People Have A Tendency To Pick One – “Anchor” – Variable – And – Make Their Decision Based On That Element – But – For Decisions That May Reverberate For Years – It Makes Sense To Expand Our Perspective

~ ID-DACD-CHETTCOTI-TCOE-SC-IH-TIFHC ~ Influence Diagrams – Diagramming A Complex Decision – Can Help Elucidate The True Complexity Of The Issue – The Chain Of Effects – Sometimes Called – Impact Highways – That Inevitably Follow Hard Choices

~ D-EFDHIOUM-OC-A-TAOMTCWAMWAPLNIFTMTMSET-B-IIDTKOKVRTSTSAITI-A-TBWTDTVITGDPOEOTP ~ Diversity – Every Farsighted Decision Has Its Own Unique Map – Of Course – And – The Art Of Making Those Choices With As Much Wisdom As Possible Lies Not In Forcing That Map To Match Some Existing Template – But – Instead In Developing The Kind Of Keen Vision Required To See The Situation As It Truly Is – And – The Best Way To Develop That Vision Is To Get Different Pairs Of Eyes On The Problem

~ TMIEI-TDOPYA-TDODISSTIATAEWTDPBATTGHNRETTCAH ~ The Most Important Element Is – The Diversity Of Perspectives You Assemble – The Power Of Diversity Is So Strong That It Appears To Apply Even When The Divers Perspectives Being Added To The Group Have No Relevant Expertise To The Case At Hand

~ HG-T-TCTDTQ ~ Homogeneous Groups – Tend – To Come To Decisions Too Quickly

~ YCETDOAEG-WBIO-SBD-‘ER’-TEOTPBOTKTHTBTTD-IOLFTCGOSK-PWETSTUPOTC ~ You Can Enhance The Diversity Of An Existing Group – Without Bringing In Outsiders – Simply By Designating – “Expert Roles” – To Each Of The Participants Based On The Knowledge They Happen To Bring To The Discussion – Instead Of Looking For The Common Ground Of Shared Knowledge – Participants Were Empowered To Share Their Unique Perspective On The Choice

~ STEWTBWITBCYAR ~ Sometimes The Easiest Way To Be Wrong Is To Be Certain You Are Right

~ TIWIBAAMMOTSYATTN-B-TIAACKOWIITBSOTM-TPWYDHC-EBYDHTRSOSAY-OBSEOTSIFU ~ There Is Wisdom In Building An Accurate Mental Map Of The System You Are Trying To Navigate – But There Is Also A Crucial Kind Of Wisdom In Identifying The Blank Spots On The Map – The Places Where You Don’t Have Clarity – Either Because You Don’t Have The Right Set Of Stakeholders Advising You – Or Because Some Element Of The Situation Is Fundamentally Unknowable

~ APTRTCLTOTBAPSOML-NJBIAOTGHSTTTI-B-BTVAOTAHCYAASMYTAWYMBM-CUWNC-TUP ~ Asking People To Rate Their Confidence Level Turns Out To Be A Productive Strategy On Multiple Levels – Not Just Because It Allows Others To Gauge How Seriously To Take Their Information – But – Because The Very Act Of Thinking About How Certain You Are About Something Makes You Think About What You Might Be Missing – Coming Up With New Choices – The Undiscovered Path

~ OE ~ Optimal Extremism

~ MSSCFTTFOA-‘E’-P-FFT-C-C-W-ASWEPANGAMVIASIOFC-OC-TAMEPTTOTB-DE-O-W ~ Most Significant Social Change First Takes The Form Of An – “extreme” – Position – Far From The – Centrist – Conventional – Wisdom – A Society Where Extreme Positions Are Not Granted A Meaningful Voice Is A Society Incapable Of Fundamental Change – Of Course – There Are Many Extreme Positions That Turn Out To Be – Dead-Ends – Or – Worse

~ SF~ SuperForecasters

~ FTLV-YNTDOMSFC For The Long View – You Need To Draw On Multiple Sources For Clues

~ RCT ~ Randomized Controlled Trial

~ S-MUBAP-A-SPMUBD-M ~ Simulations – Make Us Better At Predicting – And – Successful Predictions Make Us Better Decision-Makers

~ SP-YB-OMWTGB-OWTGW-A-OWTGW ~ Scenario Plans – You Build – One Model Where Things Get Better – One Where They Get Worse – And – One Where They Get Weird

~ PM-ITTSIGTD-A-ITCTWBRFTFD ~ PreMortem – Imagine That The Subject Is Going To Die – And – Imagine The Causes That Will Be Responsible For That Future Death

~ RT ~ Red Teams

~ HCAOHBTIOPLIMW-ASOATITI-THTTEAMCFSEP-TOTBAET ~ Hard Choices Are Often Hard Because They Impact Other People’s Lives In Meaningful Ways – And So Our Ability To Imagine The Impact – To Think Through The Emotional And Material Consequences From Someone Else’s Perspective – Turns Out To Be An Essential Talent

~ AWOMUITFPTAMAYEOT-RFTDTL ~ Another Way Of Mitigating Uncertainty Is To Favor Paths That Allow Modifications After You’ve Embarked On Them – Room For Tinkering Down The Line

~ Supercomputers Have Started Taking On The Role That In Ancient Times Belonged To The Oracles: To Peer Into The Future

~ WLIAS-A-SATKUFTLV ~ We Live In A Short-Attention-Span Age That Keeps Us From The Long View

~DGMSD ~ Diverse Groups Make Smarter Decisions

~ TLV ~ The Long View

~ WGTD? ~ Who Gets To Decide?

~ WITIO-D-IAIMG-THU-D-AAS-WOLSB ~ We Invented The Institution Of – Democracy – In All Its Many Guises – To Help Us – Decide – As A Society – What Our Laws Should Be

~ MIP-TIWO-MFCAAS-FT-WINWODO-CIEFUTT ~ Maybe It’s Possible – To Invent Ways Of – Making Farsighted Choices As A Society – Faster Than – We Invent New Ways Of Destroying Ourselves – Certainly It’s Essential For Us To Try


~ AOWESMW-TWCC-A-E-TWCI-HTBCOS ~ As Our World Evolves So Must We – Those Who Can Change – And – Especially – Those Who Can Innovate – Have The Best Chance Of Succeeding

~ FMOU-CINC-STDCF-UOA-SIRT-ASOL-CUDTYGSU ~ For Most Of Us – Change Is Not Comfortable – Sometimes The Discomfort Comes From – Uncertainty Or Ambiguity – Sometimes It’s Related To – A Sense Of Loss – Change Usually Demands That You Give Something Up

~ TSPDMTD-TEI-SIOAAA-A-TCWDIWMTSGAC ~ Truly Successful People Don’t Merely Tolerate Discomfort – They Embrace It – Seeking It Out Again And Again – And – Their Comfort With Discomfort Is What Makes Them So Good At Change

~ IYCTD-YCGBATTAD-YCG ~ If You Cannot Tolerate Discomfort – You Cannot Get Better At Things That Are Difficult – You Cannot Grow

~ LTCW-D-D/A/C-CBOOTGAOACESY ~ Learning To Cope With – Discomfort – Disagreement / Aggression / Criticism – Can Be One Of The Greatest Accomplishments Of A Child’s Early School Years

~ ATALTTDLIPAITLOPC ~ Attending To And Learning To Tolerate Discomfort Lessens Its Power And Increases The Likelihood Of Positive Change

~ M-LYED-WJI-DTAAYTLITM ~ Mindfulness – Letting Yourself Experience Discomfort – Without Judging It – Disperses Tension And Allows You To Live In The Moment

~ WCROE-STDDNDUOPUTS-DB-A-IBASTBS-ACTPUITDWNTO ~ We Can Reframe Our Experiences – So That Discomfort Does Not Derail Us Or Push Us Toward Self-Destructive Behavior – And – Instead Becomes A Sign To Be Studied – A Compass That Points Us In The Direction We Need To Go

~ RD ~ Reframing Discomfort

~ YEO-‘P’-IIBYCSOM-YPE-A-YFE ~ Your Experience Of – “Pain” – Is Influenced By Your Current State Of Mind – Your Prior Experiences – And – Your Future Expectations

~ BYCCYFODHYATC ~ Believing You Can Control Your Feelings Of Discomfort Heightens Your Ability To Cope

~ KHLYHTPUWPIABDOHWYBATTI ~ Knowing How Long You’ll Have To Put Up With Pain Is A Big Determinate Of How Well You’ll Be Able To Tolerate It

~ A-TMWATPM ~ And – The Meaning We Assign To Pain Matters

~ TOTPAAWIP-AMTAE-A-C-ASTWP-AMIMB ~ Thinking Of The Pain As A Work In Progress – A Means To An End – And – Crucially – As Something That Will Pass – Also Makes It More Bearable

~ TMF-OFOMDIHWRTOC ~ The Mindset Factor – Our Frame Of Mind Dramatically Influences How We Respond To Our Circumstances

~ G-ATSS-IFITASOW-BAAFDSL-IF-PG-FOWYHTBGF-A-MAPOEYT-WAWUASFOME-A-TFLS ~ Gratitude – According To Social Scientists – Is Fundamentally Important To A Sense Of Well-Being And A Fully Developed Social Life – In Fact – Practising Gratitude – Focusing On What You Have To Be Grateful For – And – Making A Point Of Expressing Your Thanks – We Also Wind Up Accepting Support From Others More Easily – And – Therefore Fell Less Stressed

~ SEOGCEMRTFG ~ Sincere Expressions Of Gratitude Create Even More Reasons To Feel Grateful

~ TAGHITP-YHTTCATPAOATF-TKTBEILTFGAF-GAF-A-IOW-TWPOH-TAAMO-TP ~ To Achieve Greater Happiness In The Present – You Have To Think Constructively About The Past And Optimistically About The Future – The Key To Both Exercises Is Learning To Feel Gratitude And Forgiveness – Gratitude And Forgiveness – Are – In Other Words – The Twin Pillars Of Happiness – They Are Also Misery’s One-Two Punch

~ TSE-OATFGMBGP-B-NDPTLR-YCLHTFMG ~ To Some Extent – Our Ability To Feel Grateful May Be Genetically Predetermined – But – Nurture Definitely Plays The Largest Role – You Can Learn How To Feel More Gratitude

~ RS-LLHTPTP-IYPFGIADW-ARH-TSIAALBEYA-YFHTGACD ~ Research Suggests – Like Learning How To Play The Piano – If You Practise Feeling Grateful In A Disciplined Way – A Regular Habit – Then Spreading It Around A Little By Expressing Your Appreciation – You’ll Feel Happier Than Grousers And Complainers Do

~ CT-FOTRYHTBG-IO-TRYD-NOIYHQ-B-ABOTBITAY ~ Choosing To – Focus On The Reasons You Have To Be Grateful – Instead Of – The Reasons You Don’t – Not Only Improves Your Happiness Quotient – But – Also Brings Out The Best In Those Around You

~ IIHTFUWYAOHMYHAYFGFI ~ It Is Harder To Feel Unhappy When You’re Aware Of How Much You Have And You Feel Grateful For It

~ DPWAGWUHBL-O-ATGBTLAASG? ~ Do People Who Are Grateful Wind Up Having Better Lives – Or – Are They Grateful Because Their Lives Are Already So Good?

~ CYB-A-RDW-EIYDHATMOT-YWFALHIYSAFMEDAFOWTA ~ Counting Your Blessings – Apparently – Really Does Work – Even If You Don’t Have All That Many Of Them – You Will Feel A Lot Happier If You Spend A Few Minutes Every Day Actively Figuring Out What They Are

~ WIK ~ Wording Is Key

~ DTCA-AEFEFOP-CBOOTMDTTDW ~ Discomfort That Comes As – An External Force Emanating From Other People – Can Be One Of The Most Difficult Types To Deal With

~ SHST-WDNTHA-AC-TFBAD-WJNT-BWHC-TRTB-WBO-FAMHP-BWCWDTWABWBCBI ~ Studies Have Shown That – We Don’t Need To Have Any – Actual Control – To Feel Better About Discomfort – We Just Need To – Believe We Have Control – To Reap The Benefits – We’re Better Off – From A Mental Health Perspective – Believing We Can Withstand Discomfort Than We Are Believing We’ll Be Crushed By It

~ S-SHIGYAFOC-B-HTMICBIWFH ~ Sometimes – Simply Having Information Gives You A Feeling Of Control – But – Having Too Much Information Can Backfire If We Feel Helpless

~ TDOR ~ The Discomfort Of Reinvention

~ MOFSTHWFYFALT-CB-OOTMC-A-U-FOC ~ Moving On From Something That Has Worked For You For A Long Time – Can Be – One Of The Most Challenging – And – Uncomfortable – Forms Of Change

~ WCO-ALOI-R-ITPTPTGSOC ~ When Change Occasions – A Loss Of Identity – Reinvention – Is The Path That Provides –The Greatest Sense Of Control

~ CWS-SYSCAG-IE-YNTBAT-FO-WRI-A-SO-TRT-F-TMD ~ Coping With Stress – So You Stay Calm And Grounded – Is Essential – You Need To Be Able To – Focus On – What’s Really Important – And – Sort Out – The Real Threats – From – The Mere Distractions

~ A-RITEOP-A-BSTGOL ~ Anxiety – Really Is The Enemy Of Progress – And – Basically Shuts The Gate On Learning

~ TCTTAIAEIFOC ~ The Capacity To Tolerate Ambiguity Is An Especially Important Feature Of Creativity

~ BIYO-C-WPC-S-E-IIBIRIM-CTHWYBATMTC ~ Belief In Your Own – Capability – Which Psychologists Call – Self-Efficacy – Is Important Because It Reinforces Internal Motivation – Central To How Well You’ll Be Able To Maintain The Change

~ HITSYTMS-TAPOTP-WINAAL ~ However Inconsequential The Steps You’re Taking May Seem – They’re All Part Of The Process – Which Is Not At All Linear

~ CINASCASOSBAIUASS-YMLYFASRBDTAPS ~ Change Is Not About Steadily Climbing A Set Of Stairs But About Inching Up A Slippery Spiral – You May Lose Your Footing And Slide Right Back Down To A Previous Stage

~ FTM ~ Finding The Meaning

~ C-IA-ATNC-O-AOTAOO ~ Change – Is About – Adapting To New Circumstances – Or – Adapting Our Thinking About Old Ones

~ IIEFUTACIWHANFWIH-IOW-IWITCWM ~ It Is Easier For Us To Accept Change If We Have A Narrative For Why It’s Happening – In Other Words – If We Invest The Change With Meaning


~ S1:GS-AST-TUO-W-WMBTO-SM-O-DM-A-ETTFTC-FY-W-ILPFGITROTP ~ Step 1: Gather Stories – And Share Them – To Uncover Our – WHY – We Must Bring Together Our – Standout Memories – Our – Defining Moments – And – Examine Them – To – Find The Connections – Finding Your – WHY – Is Like – Panning For Gold In The River Of The Past

~ S2:IT-OOT-WST-SB-TATO ~ Step 2: Identify Themes – One Or Two – Will Seem To – Shine Brighter – Than All The Others

~ S3:DAR-A-W-S-SAC-A-FOTEYHOO-EIALTRWY-A-IYCWY-W-IOS-YMMLTRI-A-TAOI ~ Step 3: Draft And Refine – A – Why – Statement – Simple And Clear – Actionable – Focused On The Effect You’ll Have On Others – Expressed In Affirmative Language That Resonates With You – And – If You Can Wrestle Your – WHY – Into One Sentence – You’re Much More Likely To Remember It – And – To Act On It


~ Y-V-IO-A-IYSIOL-IYKITY-IWRAFOYI ~ Your – Vision – Is Only – Actionable – If You Say It Out Loud – If You Keep It To Yourself – It Will Remain A Figment Of Your Imagination

~ F-IAWF-H-HIT-FL ~ Fulfillment – Isn’t Another Word For – Happiness – Happiness Is Temporary – Fulfillment Lasts

~ H-CF-W-WD-F-CF-W-WDI ~ Happiness – Comes From – What – We Do – Fulfillment – Comes From – WHY – We Do It

~ IWWTFWACT-SBTO-WANTKO-W ~ If We Want To Feel We Are Contributing To – Something Bigger Than Ourselves – We All Need To Know Our – WHY

~ AWTTOT-W-IA-APOAJP-WYKWYPLL-IMETSWIFODF-DCBMMQAWGC-A-WOCSYP-TCSWIFWT ~ Another Way To Think Of The – WHY – Is As – A Piece Of A Jigsaw Puzzle – When You Know What Your Piece Looks Like – It’s Much Easier To See Where It Fits Or Doesn’t Fit – Decisions Can Be Made More Quickly And With Greater Certainty – And – When Others Can See Your Piece – They Can See Whether It Fits With Theirs

~ S-TIVAABTIOEPT-‘MTN’ ~ Sometimes – The Intangible Values Are Abandoned Because The Internal Or External Pressure To – “Make The Numbers”

~ T-W-IAT-TCB-C-TTWI-F-A-M-T-TWI-A ~ The – WHY – Is A Tool – That Can Bring – Clarity – To That Which Is – Fuzzy – And – Make – Tangible – That Which Is – Abstract

~ T-W-CGUTAWP-OP ~ The – WHY – Can Guide Us To Act With Purpose – On Purpose

~ EOUHOO-W-INASAWWATB-IEWWAWWAAONB ~ Each Of Us Has Only One – WHY – It’s Not A Statement About Who We Aspire To Be – It Expresses Who We Are When We Are At Our Natural Best

~ L-ATOWHTCTGFAOAPFOTF ~ Leaders – Are The Ones Who Have The Courage To Go First And Open A Path For Others To Follow

~ ATINAGOPWWT-ATIAGOPWTEO ~ A Team Is Not A Group Of People Who Work Together – A Team Is A Group Of People Who Trust Each Other

~ IAMITHAI-IMBT-TWJI-NJ-TWLI ~ If A Movement Is To Have An Impact – It Must Belong To – Those Who Join It – Not Just – Those Who Lead It

~ TAOAGOPTDRT-HOHWTPCPTAAT ~ The Ability Of A Group Of People To Do Remarkable Things – Hinges On How Well Those People Can Pull Together As A Team

~ Y-H-AY-S ~ You – HOWS – Are – Your Strengths

~ TGCOA-L-IT-MO-L ~ The Greatest Contribution Of A – Leader – Is To – Make Other – Leaders

~ TAS-DTTYSYB ~ Take A Stand – Do The Things You Say You Believe

~ IEMOAT-DGT-TWGA ~ If Every Member Of A Team – Doesn’t Grow Together – They Will Grow Apart

~ LY-W ~ Live Your – WHY

~ IO ~ Inspire On

~ EOUHO-W-A-O-W-O-T-W-IT-OCT-TBOTBIUAMUFTMF ~ Each Of Us Has One – WHY – And – One – WHY – Only – The – WHY – Is The – One Common Thread – That Brings Out The Best In Us And Makes Us Feel The Most Fulfilled

~ THISOIRBOF;TFISOIL ~ The Happiness In Serving Ourselves Is Real But Often Fleeting; The Fulfillment In Serving Others Is Lasting


~ T-T-K:W-Y-TP-B-L-N-A-M-AOR-YMB~ The – Thinking – Key : When – Your – Thought Patterns – Become – Less – Negative – And – More – Accurate Or Rational – Your Mood Brightens

~ T-A-K:WY-BT-AIPW-YWFBAY ~ The – Action – Key : When You – Begin To – Act In Positive Ways – You Will Feel Better About Yourself

~ T-B-K:MYL-TSHCPIYB ~ The – Biology – Key : Modifying Your Lifestyle – To Stimulate Healthy Chemical Processes In Your Body

~ T-R-K:PACR-CANLASCWO ~ The – Relationship – Key : Positive And Caring Relationships – Create And Nurture Loving And Supportive Connections With Others

~ T-S-K:LOASOMIYL-O-FSE-CB-ABGFD-DSFHAPABCTYCAB ~ The – Spirituality – Key : Lack Of A Sense Of Meaning In Your Life – Or – Feeling Spiritually Empty – Can Be – A Breeding Ground For Despair – Drawing Strength From Having A Purpose And Being Committed To Your Core Values And Beliefs


~ YGTBTG ~ You Got To Be The Glue

~ M-A-TIRT-DTTFG-E ~ Measurements – Are – Tracked In Real Time – Down To The Finest Grain – Everywhere

~ O-YCAGWYW-B-WYN-TAMHTTF ~ Online – You Can Always Get What You Want – But – What You Need – That’s A Much Harder Thing To Find

~ YOGTFTPJDWTK ~ You Often Get The Feeling That People Just Don’t Want To Know

~ ‘WD…’-AUTAUQ-OTHOPPJITW-ITSANA-BB-BA-OB-GY-MC ~ “Why Do…” – A User Types An Unrelated Question – Only To Have Other People’s Prejudices Jump In The Way – It’s The Site Acting Not As – Big Brother – But As – Older Brother – Giving You – Mental Cigarettes

~ SCSFTWST-EWTCII-B-IAPPIAFOPI ~ Stories Create Status For Those Who Share Them – Especially When They Concern Important Individuals – Because – Information About Powerful People Is A Form Of Power Itself

~ TGHTGVII-TN-AIIOPBUU-WIIOP-EC-T-SM ~ The Government Has The Greatest Vested Interest In – Tracking Negativity – Armed Insurgency Is Often Preceded By Unarmed Unrest – Which Itself Is Often Propagated – Even Coordinated – Through – Social Media

~ PSAEOO-TTAOTE ~ People Scream At Each Other Over – The True Age Of The Earth

~ WSTDOAMBWWHABWWL ~ We Seem To Define Ourselves As Much By What We Hate As By What We Love

~ BEDSHIQ-RMOBTFS ~ Because Each Data Set Has Its Quirks – Researchers Must Often Build Tools From Scratch

~ CD-EITOL-MTWARP ~ Cultural Differences – Even If They’re Occasionally Laughable – Make The World A Richer Place

~ B-WOBIF ~ Brands – Were Originally Burned Into Flesh

~ THPIGATL ~ The Hardest Part Is Getting Anyone To Listen

~ IY-HALOF-YAIF-MMLT-SLAC ~ If You – Have A Lot Of Followers – You Are In Fact – Much More Likely To – Speak Like A Corporation

~ OC-TA-TF-AR ~ Of Course – That Assumes – The Followers – Are Real

~ FFH-TMPSSTB-TMPTB ~ Followers-For-Hire – The More Popular Someone Seems To Be – The More Popular They Become

~ STIWT-SAB-CLT:CEM ~ So This Is What The – Self As Brand – Can Led To: Chasing Empty Metrics

~ IOTTRYTAN-WSERY-IFU ~ It’s One Thing To Reduce Yourself To A Number – When Someone Else Reduces You – It Feels Ugly

~ INNTWDUOH:ITCDTSBH ~ It’s Not Numbers That Will Deny Us Our Humanity: It’s The Calculated Decision To Stop Being Human

~ TFQIADOPI-TT-O-WYGFLI ~ The Fundamental Question In Any Discussion Of Privacy Is – The Trade-Off – What You Get For Losing It

~ IHTBIICTYOA-‘NTKB’-FAETDTYNTKA-WTIW-JN-W-W-O-H ~ It’s Hard To Believe In Information Coming To You On A – “Need To Know Basis” – From An Entity That Doesn’t Think You Need To Know Anything – We’re Told It Works – Just Not – When – Where – Or – How

~ Q-FTCTSDP-IHCPUIS ~ Quixotically – For Those Crimes Total Surveillance Didn’t Prevent – It Has Certainly Proved Useful In Solving

~ B-TPSOU-A-E-E-S-WCHTT-AATTTWWAFH-WTAWOIIP ~ But – The People Spying On Us – Are – Extremely – Extremely – Smart – We Can Hope That They – Are Able To Temper Their Work With A Farsighted Humanity – What They Are Working On Is Inhumanly Powerful

~ M-TIOC-PLSABFAIIFT ~ Metadata – The Incidentals Of Communication – People Leave Some Amazing Breadcrumbs For Anyone Interested In Following Them

~ CAG-D-P-D ~ Cultures And Generations – Define – Privacy – Differently

~ TWDCSBAA ~ This Whole Debate Could Soon Be An Anachronism

~ MS-G-A-R-A-H-OO-TD ~ Make Something – Good – And – Real – And – Human – Out Of – The Data

~ T-EOD-IH-WANR ~ The – Era Of Data – Is Here – We Are Now Recorded

~ EAMSMCTTHAPOTD-TBOIHS-O-LTTLW ~ Even As Most Social Media Companies Trumpet The Hugeness And Potential Of Their Data – The Bulk Of It Has Stayed – Off-Limits To The Larger World


~ M-CBDDF-M ~ Macroeconomics – Cannot Be Derived Directly From – Microeconomics

~ TDTH-OPCBDEFLOSIACCIGST-‘E’~ The Discovery That Higher-Order Phenomena Cannot Be Directly Extrapolated From Lower-Order Systems Is A Commonplace Conclusion In Genuine Sciences Today – “Emergence”

~ TWPO-W-O-NBO-TPOI-H20-MT-BBO-IBLO(I)-H2O-M ~ The Wonderful Properties Of – Water – Occur – Not Because Of – The Properties Of Individual – H2O – Molecules Themselves – But Because Of – Interactions Between Lots Of (Identical) – H2O – Molecules

~ GFC ~ Global Financial Crisis

~ ACCBPOFAD-ITPSCBETCB ~ A Crisis Can Be Put Off For A Decade – If The Private Sector Can Be Enticed To Continue Borrowing

~ T-PS-R-TLOCWTTUB-A-MAPVO-TIWTBC ~ The – Political System – Rewards – The Lackey Of Credit Who Triggers The Unsustainable Boom – And – Makes A Political Victim Of – The Incumbent When The Boom Collapses

~ TGEHBSWALOPD-T-INOUSTEOTSWW-BAU-ITHOC ~ The Global Economy Has Been Saddled With A Level Of Private Debt – That – Is Not Only Unprecedented Since The End Of The Second World War – But Also Unprecedented – In The History Of Capitalism

~ WYMTOHWTGSM-WISMTIGBIT-TBTAOMIC-ATFPSA-TBTGSBBITLRIIFABT-GSATROMCSTPB-A-WASWAGJTDWTRITLFD ~ Whatever You Might Think Of How Well The Government Spends Money – When It Spends More Than It Gets Back In Taxation – This Boosts The Amount Of Money In Circulation – And That Finances Private Sector Activity – The Belief That Governments Should Be Balanced In The Long Run Is In Fact A Belief That – Governments Should Abdicate The Role Of Money Creation Solely To Private Banks – And – We’ve All Seen What A Great Job They’ve Done With That Responsibility In The Last Few Decades

~ D-Z-T-B ~ Debt-Zombies-To-Be

~ WDOD ~ Walking Dead Of Debt – Private Debt – Its Primary Cause