Note from Bretton Woods

Note from Bretton Woods

At the end of July, more than 200 of the world’s boldest and most diverse thought leaders gathered in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire over 4 days to examine the past, assess the present and explore the future of the global economy. It was beyond wonderful to be a keynote...

AI In Medicine

AI In Medicine

Artificial intelligence has had many promising applications in medicine, but has also had some disappointing failures in realizing that promise.  IBM’s Watson was supposed to provide expert diagnostic advice by learning from interactions with doctors during...

The Social Order Behind Video Games

The Social Order Behind Video Games

Multiplayer video games rise as players flock to their virtual worlds only to fall because they are no longer fun to play.  This often happens because players become disgusted with the behavior of other players and it becomes impossible to play without someone else’s...

Spotlight on Brain Aneurysm Survivor Tom Tinlin

Spotlight on Brain Aneurysm Survivor Tom Tinlin

Growing up and still living in South Boston, Massachusetts, I don’t find myself to be a truly open person. I tend to hold things a little close. That was until a ruptured brain aneurysm almost ended my life on April 30, 2017. Laying in the ICU for two weeks, and not...

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...

The Pelosi Campaign Plan to Reopen Government

The Pelosi Campaign Plan to Reopen Government

“Winning” is rarely an accident, in my experience. Even if you have your Queen and your opponent’s highest piece on the chess board is a rook, there’s a process required to get to checkmate. Life is frequently a chess game and the game changes with every move. That’s...

The Renaissance and a Modern Thoughtful World

The Renaissance and a Modern Thoughtful World

Archetypal Renaissance Men and Women inspire me. I love their seemingly insatiable curiosity and ability to look at life and problems differently. Perhaps that’s why I’ve attempted to learn something new every year, and why the Renaissance became such a core component...

Wisconsin U.S. Senate: National Security Matters!

Wisconsin U.S. Senate: National Security Matters!

As someone who has been involved in national security my entire adult life, I will be the first to tell you that I’m biased, I have to think about foreign policy, international affairs, threats to the homeland and more all the time. That has been my reality since...

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