Democracy is in Trouble

Democracy is in Trouble

“Democracy is not guaranteed and it’s not inevitable.” Pop quiz – which great American hero is the above from? I’ll give you a moment…take a guess… Time’s up. Trick question. It’s a British investigative journalist named Carole Cadwalladr. If you don’t have 15 minutes...
Bad Guys & Big Ideas

Bad Guys & Big Ideas

Here’s a question for you, what do Hollywood storytellers and National Security red teams have in common? They both start with the bad guy, or villain. A Hollywood writer knows that a story won’t come to life without the tension of the adversary. DoD red teams know...
To Thine Own Self Be Truer

To Thine Own Self Be Truer

Lying is far more pervasive than most people want to admit.  People naturally want to believe that they are honest and have good intentions, and only bad people lie, cherry pick facts for an argument, or pass themselves off as being more certain about something...
EVE of Destruction

EVE of Destruction

Many online games feature extensive and realistic worldbuilding and have rich, complex environments that reflect reality, at least on a social level.  Items in the game World of Warcraft are often traded for real world currency outside the game, as they are in...