The RE: Issue

/ Winter 2016: The RE: Issue

The prefix “re,” to anew again, suggests the motion of “undoing.” In this single unit of language lies the most important approach that we – as leaders, as organizations, as nations, as humans – can employ as we determine strategies for the distant and immediate future. “Re” is the only sound approach when, despite loud evidence and urgent calls for attention, our wickedest challenges are not being adequately addressed. Our systems have proven durable but not effectual or adaptable. Traditional management thinking has left organizations ill-equipped for a world where innovation is required for survival. Governments are dysfunctional and policy can’t keep pace with change – technological, social, or climate. We need to rethink, reimagine, reset.

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The Future Isn’t Your Friend

Future thinking needs a dose of cosmic pessimism if it’s to have any utility at all. I recently spent a week at Ohio University in the verdant college town of Athens, lecturing at a NASA-sponsored summer program that trains students from 
around the world for careers in the space industry. Over several intense and lengthy…

No Normal Future

We have simply got to give up on trying to “predict” The Future. No matter how many billions of dollars DARPA and its subsidiaries are able to acquire to try to do so; no matter how huge big data gets; no matter how many books are written about Superforecasting or the foresightfulness of crowds; the time…

Patient Centricity: A Manifesto

Currently, in healthcare, the term “patient centricity” is commanding significant thought and attention. While this, by and large, is a good thing, it is by no means uncomplicated or without nuance. Tracking the phrase means coming to terms with its complicated history and contested deployment. In one sense, patient centricity is nothing if not a…

We Need Strategies for Real World Change

The prefix “re,” to anew again, suggests the motion of “undoing.” In this single unit of language lies the most important approach that we – as leaders, as organizations, as nations, as humans – can employ as we determine strategies for the distant and immediate future. “Re” is the only sound approach when, despite loud evidence…

A Perspective from the lululemon Whitespace Team

We recognize the lululemon athletica brand for its reputation of high quality and aesthetically inspiring athletic and yoga wear, as well as its strong company culture. Over the years, the company has maintained an extremely entrepreneurial spirit and a drive for breakthrough innovation. Three years ago, the Whitespace team was born as a way for…

Users of the World, Unite!

What Marx’s theory of alienation tells us about our relationship with big data. Human beings have become living, breathing, data-making machines. When we wake up in the morning, before our feet even hit the door, we check our email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Our quantified selves move through the day, captured and counted by our wearable…