TED: Jason Shen

This week’s TED Talk was filmed during the 2017 TEDResidency in New York, New York, in November 2017. The TED Residency program is an incubator for breakthrough ideas. It is free and open to all via a semiannual competitive application. Very few of us hold jobs that line up directly with our past experiences or what we studied […]

the new normal

Can you believe that I still hear people sometimes referring to the crisis in the present tense? Yes, they mean the Global Financial Crisis that swept the economies of the developed countries in 2007-08. That crisis. While it is true that what started with Lehman Brothers in the US in September 2007 did not resonate in other […]

no WiFi

In his 1964 hit The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan already warned us about the shifting nature of things, and how the present now will later be past.” Quite true: Just a few years ago, the first thing most of us did when entering a coffee shop, hotel, restaurant, bookshop -or any other public venue- […]

TED: Marily Oppezzo

This week’s TED Talk was filmed during the 2017 TEDxStanford that took place on April 23 in Stanford, CA under the general title of In the moment. If you read my post about spacing out and procrastination (that I wrote a few weeks ago), that dealt with the consequences of being permanently busy and their impact […]

TED: Angela Wang

This week’s TED Talk was filmed during the 2017 TED@BCG that took place on October 4 in Milan (Italy), under the general title of Break the mold. When I saw this talk on TED.com I knew I had to watch it. After all, just a few weeks ago I wrote about the huge growth of e-commerce […]

universal healthcare

A few weeks ago I underwent a (scheduled) procedure to treat a heart condition that kept me in hospital for two nights: the night before the procedure (so as to have a final test done the evening before) and the night after the procedure (so as to keep me under observation for a few hours). […]


As a minimalist, it is only natural that I be more interested in Giving Tuesday than in Black Friday or Cyber Monday. But I am only human, so when there is something that I do want/need to purchase I like to save a buck like every other person -and thus keep track of deals and […]

bike sharing

When I wrote about the sharing economy a few weeks ago, I focused on two main aspects: the benefits and controversies surrounding this new economic model the difference between the sharing economy and sharing the economy, that is, between the companies that benefit from it (I specifically mentioned Airbnb and Uber) and the communities that […]

TED: Jacob Morgan

This week’s TED Talk was filmed during the 2017 TEDxAcademy that took place on September 30 in Athens (Greece), under the general title of Our Best Self. After graduating from college with honors and a dual Bachelors degree in economics and psychology, Jacob Morgan was excited to join the corporate world. He had dreams of one […]

TED: Augie Picado

This week’s TED Talk was filmed during the 2017 TED@UPS that took place on July 20 in Atlanta, GA, under the general title of What if? … and other questions that lead to big ideas. We’ve heard a lot of rhetoric lately suggesting that importers, like the US, are losing valuable manufacturing jobs to exporters like […]