What Do We Do?

What Do We Do?

Marches. Protests. Riots. Each is a different, unique expression of anguish facing communities and their allies. Each is capable of evolving into another in an instant, with or without actual, representative intent, much less strategic planning. All of them are rooted...
How the Coronavirus Could Lead to a New Renaissance

How the Coronavirus Could Lead to a New Renaissance

The future has never been guaranteed. Even so, we’ve taken it for granted, and have avoided preparing in government, our businesses, and society in general. We tend to “work in,” not “work on,” managing too many crises and tasks to tackle the tough questions about the...
Ode to Les: Six Life Lessons My Mentor Taught Me

Ode to Les: Six Life Lessons My Mentor Taught Me

I got an out-of-the-blue email the other day from a couple of old friends and colleagues. They were looping me into a broader email thread of former Les Aspin staffers in honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Les’ death. For those of you who don’t know, Aspin was...
How We Can Help Coronavirus Lead to a New Renaissance

How We Can Help Coronavirus Lead to a New Renaissance

We have a choice: we can either retrench into what was, realigning with old systems that have already revealed their cracks, or take the brave step the Renaissance Men and Women took to envision a new future—and then create that. The medieval Plague seems irrelevant...
Create a Better World by Eliminating Rigidity of Thought

Create a Better World by Eliminating Rigidity of Thought

In times of tremendous instability, the easiest tendency to fall victim to is retrenchment. “Let’s just go back to how things were before…” many find themselves musing. But the “good old days” crowd has to face some facts. For one, unless somebody creates Doc Brown’s...
In Pursuit of Truth

In Pursuit of Truth

In today’s age of media mistrust, I believe the pursuit of truth is one of the most important quests of our time. It is our holy grail. Our pilgrimage.  Because democracy as we know it is in peril. Generally speaking, people don’t know what to believe anymore and...