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MAD = balance of power
performance-based energy efficiency
goodbye to the ink cartridge
the escape to freedom still goes on
platform for women investors
challenging leaders to solve global issues
is the uk better off out of the european union
the extraordinary rise and fall of blackberry
bike to work day
why was staples/office depot merger canceled
nonfunctional slack fill
eat this, not that
North Korea’s relations with the world
aviation high school
GPS machine control model creation
prisoner in the kitchen
ngorongoro crater is a natural wonder
transferwise gives you the real exchange rate
stripe accepts payments online & mobile apps
hound digital asst is faster/smarter than siri
four perfect pebbles: a holocaust story
simplify. automate. predict
genuine swiss army knife
mobile guide to the museum experience
tell a story that stands out
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[ t h i n k ] is a lifetime project by scott pickard which is a dynamic book of content that is like a collection of marbles (content) in a full jar: to put one better marble in, two lesser ones must come out. By 2049, only one best marble (word) will remain.
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About | Acquisitions | Adolescence | Advertising | Agriculture | Amazon | Anarchism | Ancient Asia, Africa, Europe | Africa since 1920 | Apps | Architecture, Landscape & Urban Design | Art | Art in General | Artificial Intelligence | Arts in Particular Cultures | Atoms | Automation | Automobiles
What strategic objectives will this acquisition/merger accomplish?
What expense items can be added back to the income statement because the owner has been taking out excessive compensation?
Are there deferred inter-company gains or nondeductible write-offs that may result in additional taxes?
What is the performance of all operating entities that have been acquired in the past five years?
Has the company followed through on all promises and performance guarantees to its subsidiaries?
Has the company made any bad acquisitions?
What was the gain (loss) on all divestitures in the last five years?
Can the company be sold if it gets into trouble?
Is there a ready buyer?
in general: facilitator: Finding a neutral party to facilitate a merger of two businesses sp | mega-mergers: Monsanto-Syngenta | news: firstlist, themiddlemarket | poison pill: shareholder rights plan
The power, invincibility, joy, and tragedy of adolescence stays with us forever. sp
in general: screen-centricity: Screenagers > Mobile | vaccinations: pre-teens | intervention: Redeploy | inner-city youth programs: Mignight Basketball | music: Quadrophenia Who | poor rich kid: affluenza | research: Monitoring the Future
books/movies: wimpy: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Kinney | Age of Opportunity Steinberg | A Separate Peace Knowles | Boyhood Linklater | Dazed and Confused | Dead Poet’s Society Kleinbaum | Ferris Bueller | Juno | Ordinary People Guest | Risky Business | Schools Out for Summer | Stand By Me | The Catcher in the Rye Salinger | The Perks of a Wallflower Chbosky | more
The new word-of-mouth like us on Facebook is 100X more powerful.
in general: schools: Chicago Portfolio School > Jobs | measure impact: TrendKite, origamilogic | automated: outboundengine | business cards: cardnetics, moo | campaign types: eloqua | card decks: printfinity |coolhunting: Honda | embedded in video & tv: mirriad | in-call media: voodoovox | interactive out-of-home: reactrix | mobile: millennialmedia | multi-channel (screen) platforms & campaign management: collective-media, impactradius | podcasts: Serial | publicity: Ben Angel, halo | simulation & planning: thinkvine | stadiums: instadium | target IT professionals: techtarget | local: singleplatform | yodle | classifieds: backpage, oodle | digital billboards: supponor | digital ink displays: magink | online marketplace: adstruc | out-of-home: Gas Station Radio | yellow pages: craigslist | livedeal
North Africa since 1920
Liberia: news: Front Page Africa
Nigeria: novelist: Chinua Achebe
History of agriculture
domestication of plants and animals started 10,000 B.C.
2014: (Remote) Data to Knowledge sp
pest control: insectaries
climate data: Climate Pro
orchards: frost protection: wind machines
Livestock farming: animals raised for food, fiber, labor
Hunting, fishing, whaling
Ocean Farming: ocean column: Green Wave
Controlling the food quality: farm-to-fork: Food Quality & Safety
Can edible insects provide a sustainable alternative to meat?
most food has its origin in plants
in general: reorder: Dash Button big idea | art: Amazon Art |seed funding: Catalyst | bookstore: Seattle | audio books: Audible | advertising: pay-per-click | delivery: FREE Same Day, drones, Prime | takeout & delivery: Amazon Local | textbooks: Amazon Campus | jobs: Amazon Mechanical Turk
You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
Is Anonymous the enemy of our enemy (ISIS)?
Bashar al-Assad, like all dictators, has weaknesses.
in general: black power: Black Panther Party > Racism | The right to alter or abolish government is the ultimate expression of the people’s sovereignty. | about | anthem: Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! | Arab Spring: Emel Mathlouthi was voice of Tunisian revolution, timeline | cabal | coup: Coup d'état, Egypt | crowd control: people’s mic | Does art inspire anti-social behavior, or does it just describe it? | police brutality: Baltimore | Al-Qaeda: Inspire 10, map | Black Bloc | Catalonia | fifth column: definition | gangs | Greece: Golden Dawn neo-nazi, fascist | Lord’s Resistance Army | Muslim Brotherhood: A Day of Anger | Nigeria: Boko Haram | Russia/Moscow: Pussy Riot | music: Sex Pistols | Somalia: Al-Shabaab, pirates | Syria: Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ISIS | Taliban | Dictactors have weaknesses. | North Korea | Uzbekistan: Gulnara Karimova | Hong Kong: Umbrella Revolution | Latin America: Che Guevera | rule thyself: autarchy | Constituional right to bear arms | advocates: Ralph Nader, Transparency International | corporations: CorpWatch | Freedom of Information Act FOIA: FOIA Machine |in general: cryptome
books, movies, music, tv: Greenpeace: How to Change the World | dictators have weaknesses: From Dictatorship to Democracy Sharp | whistleblowers: CitizenFour Poitras | the pen is mightier than the sword: Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution Cassel | Captain Phillips Greengrass | Fight Club Palahniuk | Les Miserables 19th century France | Revolution Brand | Rules for Radicals Alinsky | Savage Continent Lowe | The American as Anarchist DeLeon | The Anarchist Library | The Ends of the Earth Kaplan | The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories Hemingway | The Net Delusion Morozov | Time for Outrage: Indignez-vous! Hessel | more
SW Asia, Egypt, the Aegean, and North Africa: essential-humanities
Ancient Europe & Mediterranean to AD 395: allempires
Which makes the most sense: native app or web app?
To app or not to app, that is the question. sp
in general: TV series: the app economy Apple > Mobile | emergencies: Red Cross | airline info: worldmate | backend-as-a-service: Kii | beer: untappd | best sellers: top 25 | bill pay: Mint Bills | cabs: taximagic | content delivery: www.motricity.com | Europe: amobee | health care: app-a-day | inflight internet: gogoinflight | journal: path | location-based: deCarta, scvngr | markets: App Annie, Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age | medical info: airstriptech | meetings: charlie | monetization: localytics, 3 Ways To Monetize Your App That Every Startup Should Consider Sarath | on-demand, interactive, personalized radio: ahamobile | parking: parkmobile | payment systems: monitise, roamdata | performance monitoring: Crittercism | push notifications: urbanairship | search: apptap, quixey | tours: audioconexus, mytoursapp, sitegeist, tourappbuilder, OnCell | accelerator: Rocket Internet | appconomy, appnexus, eachscape, Docker, gocanvas, mobincube, treehouse | a/b testing: appiterate | could-based: 6 Cloud-based Tools For Creating Mobile & Web Apps
books: Appsters: A Beginner's Guide to App Entrepreneurship Gill | more
Art of architecture
architectural tours: viaggidiarchitettura
innovation portal: architizer
windows: cabin in the woods
Garden and landscape design
education: Frederick Law Olmsted Society
energy savings: shading
public interest design: ArcheWorks
Belgrade: industrial spaces and unused barges
nuclear power plants: theme park
San Francisco: futuristic
in general: magazines: Dezeen
Philosophy of art: Alain Badiou activist art
Classification of the arts
Art history texts: Getty Research Portal
Art appreciation and education
Art Criticism: about
Scholarship in the arts: National Endowment for the Arts
Social, economic, and cultural institutions
stolen or missing: artloss
auctions: auctioneers: Christie’s | Sotheby’s
economics of art
$300M: Nafea Faa Ipoipo Gaugin
$170M: Nu Couché Modigliani
Training and work of the artist
bios: Vincent Van Gogh
gender equity: Guerilla Girls
Preservation of works of art
Galleries: online: Gertrude
Dissemination of works of art
advocacy: Americans for the Arts | affordable: art, 20x200 | art fairs: eyeo, friezeartfair, Venice Biennale | auctions: invaluable, auctionata | digital: digitisedart | magazine: Granta | member organizations: artspace, paddle8 | online: artbase, art.sy, urchinmovement, artspace | publishers: sequencepress | social networking: society6
books/films/magazines: appreciation: Playing To the Gallery Perry | Art/Work Bhandari | biographies: Mr. Turner | Indivisible by Four Steinhardt | restitution: Woman in Gold | The Art Book Phaidon | The Gift Hyde | more
As machine intelligence accelerates, is our organic thinking declining?
Can we build a super-AI that won't kill us?
Is Moore’s Law sustainable?
What is the mind?
in general: benefit humanity: OpenAI | impact on humans/society: Stanford’s AI100 One Hundred Year Study big ideas | algorithm deelopment: Deep Mind, Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Vicarious | artificial general intelligence: strong AI | biomimetics: models for design of machines | frame-based systems: recognition and description | portals: Deep Learning | semantic networks: related to one another | turing test: Computing machinery and intelligence | applications: academic research: Semantic Scholar | chess: Centaur Chess | cognitive computing: IBM Watson | automated complaint resolution: cognicor | decision making: decision-making | singularity: thought experiment: Roko's basilisk
books/films: machine trading: Dark Pools Patterson, Flash Boys Lewis | human downloads: Transcendence | virtual relationship: Her | rise of machines, decline of humans?: What to Think About Machines That Think Brockman | ethics: Machines of Loving Grace Markoff | Accelerando Stross | cyborgs: Ex Machina | risks: Superintelligence Bostrom | Smarter Than Us Armstrong | The Emperor's New Mind Penrose | singularity: The Singularity Is Near Kurzweil | more
Arts of the Stone Age peoples
Arts of the Western tradition: Janson's History of Art: Western Tradition
Arts of Asian peoples
documentary Ai Weiwei, Never Sorry
India: Kathputli Colony Delhi
Japan: The Kano School of Painting
Arts of the Middle East and Islamic peoples
Arts of the African peoples: African art
Arts of the Oceanic peoples: Oceanic art
Arts of the American Indian peoples: eiteljorg
Primitive, folk, and popular arts
China: toys: Temari balls
Mexico: Huichol disc
Nordic: Nordic Cool
Structure and Properties of Atoms: a simple view of atomic structure
structure: dense region of protons/neutrons at center of atom
isotopes: same # protons chemical element but different # neutrons
radioactive nuclei: unstable atom loses energy emitting particles
neutron: subatomic particle n, no charge, mass larger than proton
reactions of atomic nuclei: nuclear reaction
fission: atom splits into smaller parts releasing huge amount energy
pulsed power: Z-machine
passage of nuclear particles through matter
How much automation can be implemented in manufacturing operations?
What would be the effects on production? Jobs?
To what extent are finished products and components standardized?
in general: customer contact: soundbite | machine-to-machine (MSM): Connected World | manufacturing automation: automationmag, International Society of Automation | personal: ifttt | shopping: jeans store | test automation: spirent | workflow automation: skelta
Is the legacy of car ownership starting a long, deliberate decline?
Driver shortage will push innovation in autonomous trucks. sp
Can Tesla sustain itself without tax subsidies?
Are electric cars truly green?
in general: mileage tracking: MileIQ > Taxes | parking: JustPark, MobileMeter | loans: DriverUp | used: Sonic Automotive | If you can dream it, you can ride it. | alternative: mobiusmotors | car-plane: terrafugia | car-to-car communications: cohdawireless | competitions: EcoCar | concept cars: Toyota FV-2 | design: Local Motors | distraction: Distraction is the new DUI. | donate your car: changinggears | gas: gasbuddy | hybrids: hybridcars | leasing: wheelzinc | pricing: edmunds, kbb, truecar | safety: advanced features, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety | ethics: Trolley Problem | Audi, Google, Toyota | car pooling & sharing: blahblahcar, erideshare, relayrides | iPhone app: zipcar | long-term parking: FlightCar | hydrogen: Toyota Mirai | scooters: EX-Rider | retrofits: Zelectric Motors | chevrolet | gemcar | milesev | Pplug in America | segway | Tesla Motors | zapworld | organizations: electricdrive | trucks & buses: Motiv, proterra | charging: pod-point | motorcycles: brammo, zeromotorcycles
Balance | Behavior of Organisms | Bicycles | Big Data | Big Ideas | Big Picture | Biological Sciences | Biosphere | Biotechnology | Board of Directors | Books | Brain | Brand | Budgeting | Buildings | Business Intelligence | Business Organization | Business Process Reengineering | Buying Decisions
aggressively push the game < balance > let the game come to me
progress < sustainability > biodiversity
concentration of wealth < balance > redistribution of wealth
social media transparency < balance > social media surveillance
United States < Mutually-Assured Destruction > Russia
civil liberties < balance > law and order
complexity in life < balance > simplicity in life
ethnicity < balance > racism
failure < balance > success
freedom of speech < balance > civility of speech
free market capitalism < balance > democratic socialism
MOOCs < balance > face-to-face
spouse/partner < balance > spouse/partner
work < balance > life
executive < balance > legislative < balance > judicial
in general: The power is in the balance: we are our injuries, as much as we are our successes. Kingsolver | slow down: slow medicine, slow food | concern vs control: Epictetus Square | granularity | Quality of Life
books and articles: digital saturation: Digital Detox | Balance, the fundamental verity Smith big ideas | Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity Siegel | The Hadza Finkel | Unintended Consequences Conard | Walden Thoreau | Working Terkel | more
Behavioral Responses: response of organisms to stimuli or inputs
Basic behavioral activities of individuals
Higher behavioral characteristics of animals
Groups: coordinated behavior of large groups of similar animals
Evolution of behavior: genetic differences > affect fitness > natural selection
bicycling is healthy for people and the economy
in general: bike to work: Bike-to-Work Day > Cities | electric: GeoOrbital Wheel | spinning: Peloton | rides: Bike the Bay, ragbrai, Ride the Hiawatha, Tahoe-to-Pyramid | advocacy: National Bike Challenge | bike machines: bicimaquina | bike sharing: citibikenyc, divvybikes | body geometry: roll-online | buy/sell: bikepedia, bikesdirect | competitions: Tour de France | coolhunting: horsecycles | electric: electric, Karmic | design competitions: oregonmanifest | film festival: bicyclefilmfestival | fixed-gear: purefixcycles, tokyobike | guarantee: lifetime | history: Wright Brothers | horn: orpland | hybrids: bicycle-tricycle, Copenhagen Wheel, recumbent | learn: Performance Bicycle | lights: bookman, revolights | magazines: Boneshaker | master plans: campus | museums: Marin Museum of Bicycling |racks: parking meters to bike racks | road-to-race: Switch Aero System | safety: cyclingsavvy | social networking: strava | starter: Priority Start | tools: Fix It Sticks
books, movies, videos: Bicycle Portraits Engelbrecht | Bike, Camp, Cook | Cinelli: The Art and Design of the Bicycle Morano | Fifty Bicycles That Changed the World Newson | Nowhere to Nowhere Telling | Roads Were Not Built For Cars Reid | Slaying the Badger ESPN | more
Whoever has the most (meaningful, curated) data, wins.
Is the company ready for the deluge of unstructured data coming in from transactions, social media, sensors and machines (IoT)?
What ethical issues are raised by the spectre of a big data-driven world?
in general: agriculture: Agrible | twitter stream: Dataminr | analytical skills: Insight IQ | automated data collection/monitoring: connotate | automated analysis: WolframAlpha Pro | behavioral analytics: ginger.io | business analytics: BeyondCore | consultants: mu-sigma | credit scoring: cell phone data, kreditech | customer analytics: nuevora | democratization: contextrelevant | drag-n-drop: rapidminer | earth: dataone | energy management: hara | hadoop: hortonworks, karmasphere | health care: Visiquate | industrial: MANA | marine and buoy data: Planet OS | market research: keltonglobal | NoSQL: mongoDB | oil & gas: drillinginfo | oncology: flatiron | open source: Dataverse | real-time: webaction, zoomdata | research funding: Big Data R&D Initiative, Digging into Data Challenge | risk analytics: verisk | Smart Grid: sensus | social data: datasift | TV audience predictive analytics: simulmedia | uncurated, unstructured data: Brown Dog | human language data: Digital Reasoning | massive datasets: skytreecorp, splunk
Amazon | Artificial Intelligence | Atoms | Automobiles | Balance | Behavior of Organisms | Big Data | Biosphere | Biotechnology | Books | Brand | Buildings | Capitalism | CEO | Change | Checklists | Cities | Climate Change | Cloud | Construction | Coolhunting | Core Competency | Crime | Critical Infrastructures | Crowd Sourcing | Currency | Cyberspace | Data Mining | Democracy | Development of Technology | DIY | Earth’s Envelope | Economic Development | Edge.org | Education |Energy | Energy Management | Engineering | Exploration | Extraterrestrial Life | Facebook | Fields of Technology | Food | Future | Gaming | Google | Green | Growth | Health Care | Human Behavior | Human Disease | Ideas | Innovation | Intellectual Property | Internet | Internet of Things (IoT) | Intersections | Issues | Language Tools | Latin America | Leadership | Lifetime Learning | Mechanics | Megacities | Modeling & Simulation | Optimized Self | Particular Arts | Peace | Personal Finance | Philanthropy | Plants | Political Concepts | Poverty | Predictive Intelligence | Privacy | Problems & Solutions | Production | Radio | Randomness | Religion | Retail | Retirement | Robotics | Science | Sensors | Services | Smart Grid | Social Radar | Solar | Startups | Supercomputing | Sustainability | Teachers | Technology | Transportation | Unequivocals | Universe | University | Utopia/Dystopia | Venture Capital | Virtual | Visualization | Vital Processes | Water | Wind Energy | Women & Men | Zeitgeist | more
History of the biological sciences
Nature, scope, & methodology of biological sciences: biology online
Philosophy of biology | more
You protect what you love. Chouinard
Extent of the biosphere: goes from 1800 m (birds) down to -8,372 m (fish)
wetland credits: Nokuse
animal sound archive: Macaulay Library
habitat development: corridor
preserves: McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
sailing rocks: The Racetrack
trophic cascade: wolves
Aquatic ecosystems: two main types are marine and freshwater
Invasive species: Asian carp
What sets humans apart? change the environment in which they live
Human impact on biosphere
animals: birds: declining bird songs
Utilization of organisms by humans
Domestication of plants and animals
Plant breeding, growing, and uses
Animal breeding, raising, and uses
Collections of live and preserved animals and plants
Museums of natural history
Zoological gardens and aviaries
cities: Chicago Botanic Garden
Conservation of natural resources
in general: self-regulating system: Gaia Hypothesis Lovelock > Climate Change | conservation: Wildlife Without Borders | forest land management: GeoDigital | journals: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment | landscape ecology: landscape-ecology.org | organizations: globaia, Millenium Alliance for Humanity & the Biosphere, National Ecological Observatory Network NEON | tree canopy height: nasa
Should human stem cells be used to make partly human chimeras?
in general: microalgae: solazyme | legislation: biosimilar substitution | biomarkers: rulesbasedmedicine | biomaterial storage: biostorage | certified refurbished instruments: biosurplus, cgenetool | entrepreneurial training: bioconsultants | high-performance computing: hpcbio.illinois.edu | life science community: biospace | news: bioworld, genengnews | neutraceuticals: heliae | phylogenomics: plosgenetics | search: nextbio | tools: fluidigm | venture capital: burrillandco | waste(garbage)-to-fuel: enerkem, fulcrum-bioenergy | algae: sapphireenergy | biobutanol: gevo | biodiesel: endicottbiofuels | energy crops feedstock: ceres, nexsteppe, performanceplants | energy economics | ethanol: mascoma | general: coolplanetbiofuels, greenbiologics, virent | search: Knowledge Discovery Framework KDF | yield optimization: targetedgrowth | research: gobalto | software: cytel, goBalto, y-prime | training: trifecta | gene editing: CRISPR > Ethics | catalog: 1000genomes.org | cloud-based: DNAnexus | germline gene transfer: about | supercomputer: knome | whole genome mapping: opgen | antibiotic diagnostics: GeneWeave |awards: Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences | business performance optimization: decisionviewsoftware | content compliance: virtify | data science: galaxy | disease registries: remedyMD | enterprise software: Perkin Elmer | equipment & instrumentation: Harvard Bioscience |informatics software: remedyinformatics | key opinion leaders (KOL) management: openq | learning solutions: clearpointlearning | magazines: the-scientist | open access: biopunk | services for the entrepreneur: plsg | auto-immune diseases: ignyta | nova: personalized medicine | banking: Neostem, store-a-tooth | bioethics | manufacturing: cellulardynamics | more
Agenda and Minutes: Does the CEO effectively integrate the agenda items of all board members? Has the board tried using a consent agenda to improve the efficiency of meetings? Is the agenda focused on strategic issues that will determine the company’s longer-term positioning; or is it delving too deeply into operational details? | board forms
Audit Committee: Is the audit committee about failing to perform its job properly because members are either unqualified or are too close (related) to the management of the company? Does the committee fully understand and comply with all required SEC reporting requirements Form 10-K? Do audit committee members meet the tests for independence necessary to meet SEC guidelines? | Audit Committee Essentials by Curtis C. Verschoor | Institute of Internal Auditors | sample charter
Board Makeup: What criteria/objectives are set to establish the makeup of the board? Is the size of the board appropriately scaled to the size and scope of the company’s operations? What are the director profiles needed to compose the board? Is the number of inside vs. outside directors balanced? What can the board learn from the composition of competitors’ boards? Is it appropriate and feasible for the board to have directors from other countries? What are the independence requirements for directors? How do we select the Chair? Do we need a lead director? What specific skills do we need on the Board? What is the director’s job description? What commitments do we expect individual directors to make? What compensation should we offer to directors? How long should we expect directors to serve?
Board Management: Is the board careful to not get involved in micro-managing the operations of the company? Do the CEO and directors effectively address, utilize, and resolve conflict in the boardroom? | on-demand board portal: boarddocs > CEO, boardvantage, directorsdesk
Board Prerogatives: Do the board and management clearly understand and agree to those decisions and rights the board chooses to reserve to itself? (a) strategic plan approval; (b) deal size limits; (c) sale of company assets; (d) reporting of buyer inquiries; (e) opinion letter; (f) takeover defense; (g) other deal-related issues; (h) acceptable dilution ratios; (i) valuation methods; (j) limits on investment banking fees; (k)requirements for post-deal audits Has the board specified a transaction level or size which requires board review and approval? What is the board’s policy on the use of stock for mergers and acquisitions? How far can management proceed with the exploration of the sale of assets without board approval? What is the board’s policy on when an opinion letter should be required? What transaction size? Who will sign off on valuation? Who will approve letters of intent? Who will approve investment banking fees?
Chairperson: Should the Chairperson and CEO be one or two people? Has the chairperson taken the lead role in key issue development? (a) board development strategy; (b) board committee structure and function; (c) board committee assignments; (d) board policies, procedures, by-laws Has the chairperson provided adequate opportunities for full and frank discussions of key issues and questions raised? Does s/he lack some essential leadership qualities needed for efficiency in reaching soundly reasoned decisions? | Chairman of the Board: A Practical Guide Lechem
Committees: What are the board’s policies for director committee service?
Director Compensation: What compensation elements are available and appropriate? Who should be involved in setting director pay? Is there a director compensation philosophy and is it reasonable? Does current proxy disclosure provide complete and accurate information? What rules should be in place for governing the exercise of options and sale of option shares? What is the appropriate level of share ownership for directors? | compensation surveys and financial benchmarks: culpepper
Director Training: Does the board consider it appropriate for outside directors to seek independent legal advice to prepare for certain board issues/meetings? Does the board have a regular schedule of manager presentations designed to orient outside directors as much as possible to the company?
Directors and Officers Insurance (D&O): Does the company have any outstanding COLI policies in force? Does management clearly understand how the federal RICO statute can be applied to a corporate setting? Is there anything being done by the company, or an individual employed by the company, which could expose management and/or the board to liability?
Outside Directors: Do all directors meet the test for independence? Does the board clearly recognize a lead outside director? Does the board have an appropriate balance of inside to outside directors? Are outside directors holding separate executive sessions as required? Are outside directors given unrestricted access to auditors, counsel, and senior management? Are the audit, nominating, and compensation committees composed of the appropriate number of outside directors? Have outside directors been given primary responsibility for overseeing CEO succession? On key committees such as audit, are all of the directors independent?
Performance Evaluation: Does the board perform a self-evaluation on an annual basis? Does management evaluate the board? Based on the most recent evaluation, does the board contain the right individuals to provide effective oversight for the current and future needs of the company? | advisers: directorsnetwork | online tools: boardevals, governancepro
Is Amazon bad for books?
Which books will change your life, and which ones will just pass the time? (a) addresses universal and permanent human concerns; (b) is a game-changer; (c) influences other great works; (d) is respected by experts; (e) challenges as it rewards
in general: romance novels: The Ripped Bodice > Location | synopsis: No need to read the book sp | kids: bookends adult/kid discussion, The Kerlan Collection, First Book | first: Gutenberg Bible 1455 | A room without books is like a body without a soul. Cicero | classics: Great Books Program | anti-digital: We are not only what we read, but how we read. | audio: audible | awards: National Book Award | book clubs: about | bookshelves: A bookshelf is like a window to another world, another time. sp | library of plays, list of 30, theblogonthebookshelf | deep reading: paper vs digital | e-readers: Five Best, kobo, sony, subtext | festivals: Printers Row | free: kindle store, gutenberg | library of congress: Books That Shaped America, read | news: bookreporter | printing press: The Printing Press as an Agent of Change Eisenstein | read ebooks online: bookglutton | reader for the blind: Intel Reader | second-hand books: hay-on-wye | social reading: readmill | speed reading: spreeder | trade shows: Book Expo America | try before buy: trialpay | visual arts: phaidon | bookstores: embassy: Albertine | iconic: City Lights | My Bookstore Rice | outdoor: Bart’s | repurposed spaces: Waanders In de Broeren | encyclopedias: online: wikipedia | peer reviewed: citizendium, scholarpedia | lists: 65 Books You Need To Read In Your 20s | picture books: emblem books: about, Emblematica Online | interactive real-time animation object-book: POP ON OP
my ten books: Atlas Shrugged Rand | Dune Herbert | Islands in the Stream Hemingway | Lost Horizon Hilton | Man's Search for Meaning Frankl | Seven Pillars of Wisdom Lawrence | Silent Spring Carson | sharing culture: The Circle Eggers big idea | Walden Thoreau | Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Pirsig
slowsloppybrilliant brain + fastaccuratestupid machine = Transhumanism
in general: exercise for seniors: dakim | assessment: neurotrax | wearables: ybrain | research: sharpbrains, brain map | GPS: human cells | training: lumosity | concussions: Football | research brain-map | wearable device: ybrain | reverse-engineer the brain
I want something that’s always pretty good and never awful.
What is reputation?
What will the Oprah effect mean for Weight Watchers?
Is your brand culturally relevant?
Do you have real-time insight into your brand positioning and strength?
What strategies are employed to lock-in brand loyalty?
What is required to persuade users of competitive products to switch?
What does the company do to insure a consistent corporate image?
in general: branding through education: The School of The New York Times big idea > Lifetime Learning | logos: 2016 Rio Olympics, cluster sp, logogarden, logoworks | collaboration platforms: opal, thinkpassenge | build a loyalty program: punchtab small business | celebrity endorsement | conferences: brandcampu | consultants: added-value | conversion and retention: Loyalty Lab, webloyalty | coolhunting | countries: Poland | customer engagement at point-of-experience: NICE | customer reviews: powerreviews, yelp | enterprise social media: awarenessnetworks | localized online marketing: balihoo, netsertive | luxury accessories: marc jacobs | match content to brands: musicmakesitbetter, skyword | mobile phones: cellfire | personal: brandyourself | physician engagement: medikly | protection: markmonitor | QR codes: visualead | real-time marketing: Understanding Real-Time Marketing
Live within your means.
How are corporate objectives integrated with the budgeting process?
Is the budgeting process an interactive one that allows for feedback and coordination between top management and line managers?
How has historical performance compared with past budgets?
What kind of accountability procedures does the company employ?
Does the company have a contingency plan in the event actual results vary significantly from the budget?
in general: benchmark, firstfuel, scienergy, seriousmaterials | Building Automation Systems (BAS): drift |climate change: Impact of Climate Variability on Energy Use NASA | dashboards: energystewards | dynamic glass: viewglass | estimators: Honeywell, Target Finder | GreenSpaces (India) | LEED: building materials: pharosproject | Living Building Leader: Living Future Institute | modeling & optimization: sefaira, Weidt| passive: Passive House Institute | platforms: Aquicore
urban (vertical) campus: The New Salesforce Tower big ideas > Cities | Emporis Skyscraper Awards, Porsche Design Tower | China: Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort | firms: Smith-Gill | innovations: no shadow | United States: One World Trade Center
Repurposing: live & work: Champaign High School
in general: architectural ethics: engaged architecture | comfort | disaster recovery: Rebuilding after disaster: Going green from the ground up DOE | HVAC: chilled beam | materials: Pharos Project | wood construction: Wood Architecture Now! Vol. 2 Jodidio
Is management capable of decision-making and reaction to market change based on accurate, real-time intelligence from multiple data points?
in general: about | hillsearch | logixml | tableausoftware | versata | business information: ceoexpress, cortera, thomsonreuters | cloud: birst | executive dashboard: birst > Visualization, qliktech | marketing analytics: openi, ebureau | on-demand: gooddata, indicee | open source: pentaho | real-time: FirstRain, strategyeye, streambase | enterprise information: business performance management: qliktech | data integration: informatica | integrated marketing management (IMM): teradata | talent results management: volometrix | more
cooperatives: Intl Year of Cooperatives
Management and Control: Board of Directors
Do the company’s collaborative systems archive projects and processes so they can be reused as best practices?
How do we identify processes that are conducive to redesign?
in general: about | Business Process Management (BPM): appian | mapping processes | value engineering: value-eng | product strategy and design: www.hlb.com > Engineering and R&D | social business design: dachisgroup | more
What are the driving trends of the typical customer?
What is the demographic breakout of the company’s customer base?
What are the typical stages in the buying decision?
What is the typical length of a buying decision?
What are the driving criteria in the buying decision?
What is the customer’s sensitivity to price?
in general: behavior: How Customers Think Zaltman | comparison shop: become, findthebest, nerdwallet, power2switch, priceonomics, pricespotting, versusio | cell phone scanners: ScanLife | credit cards: creditcards | credit profile: experian | demographics: census | more
Calendar | Capital Expenditures | Capitalism | Cash Management | Catholic Church | CEO | Change | Checklists | China since 1912 | Cities | Classics | Climate Change | Cloud Computing | Collaboration | Comics | Communication | Competition | Compliance | Computer Science | Computer Security | Confidence | Constitution | Construction | Content Management | Continuous Improvement | Coolhunting | Core Competency | Core Technology | Corporate Governance | Co-Working Space | Creativity | Crime, Corruption, Power, Violence, Cronyism | Crisis Management | Critical Infrastructures | CRM | Crowd | Currency | Customer Feedback | Customer Service | Cyber
Measurement of time: basic unit of computation in a calendar is the day
Ancient & religious calendars: starting month first sighting new moon
Western Calendar: Gregorian calendar most widely used interntionally
What is the ROI over the next 3-5 years for each major expenditure?
If the budget would allow, what equipment should be replaced to either maintain or improve production efficiency, or as protection against major production stoppages should this equipment fail?
Can we liquidate some of these assets?
Does the company have any assets that are undervalued?
Are interest rates such that this would be a good time to consider some debt restructuring?
Who will put up more cash if the company needs it?
Is the company’s debt/equity ratio acceptable to its lenders?
in general: capital assets and depreciation: toolkit | depreciation calculator: bassets | people and asset tracking: airclic, inilex, sensorlogic | real-time location system (RTLS): awarepoint | remote monitoring: airsis | Balanced debt/equity capitalization
The free market doesn’t guarantee social outcomes, merely economic ones. Friedman
Evolution of capitalism
Private ownership of production of goods/services for profit
Mercantilism to commercial capitalism
Commercial to industrial capitalism
Industrial to state capitalism
Problems of capitalism
Is capitalism the best economic model for every culture and/or every geographic region? If not, why? What is the best alternative? | plutocracy: about, cartels/monopolies, crony capitalism
in general: innovation: freedom to fail | policy development: American Legislative Exchange Council
books/movies/music: collaborative economy: Peers Inc Chase big idea > Crowd | Atlas Shrugged Part 1 Rand | rags to riches: Started from the Bottom | The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America Stockman | The Jungle Sinclair | more
What effect does the variation in key assumptions (sensitivity analysis) have on the financial projections?
Has the company ever filed, or considered filing, for bankruptcy?
Are any of the company’s vendors in bankruptcy or near bankruptcy?
What is the minimum acceptable investment return on capital items?
How are lease vs. purchase decisions evaluated?
What is the company's investment policy with respect to excess cash?
How much is kept in short-term marketable securities?
in general: cash flow statement: direct vs indirect | check fraud: anti-check fraud procedures | Forecasting Cash Flow with an Integrated Spreadsheet sp | Nothing lasts forever. sp | American Bankruptcy Institute: abiworld | appraisal of asset values: accuval | banks: bail-in > Risk, bank run |checklist: IRS | IR Internet Bankruptcy Library: bankrupt.com | liquidation services: liquitec | more
Catholicism in Revolutionary France
Relationship to Christianity
Church vs State
Papal system vs the new order
Napoleon I -- exportation of Revolution: restore Holy Roman Empire
Reign of Pius IX 1846-78: longest-reigning pope (31 years)
Reign of Leo XIII 1878-1903: oldest pope reigning until the age of 93
Period of world wars: the role of the Church was a place of sanctuary
Vatican II: addressed relations between Church and modern world
Is the CEO in touch with the employee rank and file?
Does the CEO have employees' respect?
Does the board require the CEO to complete a self-evaluation?
Has the board benchmarked the strategic performance of CEOs at peer companies?
Is the board responsive to the concerns of shareholders about the effectiveness and responsiveness of management?
On what grounds is the board considering firing the CEO?
Has the board challenged the heir-apparent to be compared against external candidates?
Has the board been able to observe and evaluate the heir-apparent in representative trial assignments?
Is competition among internal candidates getting out of hand?
Does the board have a healthy collaboration with the incumbent CEO in the succession process?
Has the board established clear performance benchmarks and an exit timetable for the incumbent CEO?
Is the incumbent CEO attracting, hiring, and developing key employees worthy of succession candidacy?
Is there a turnover problem with top management candidates?
Does the incumbent CEO restrict access by the board to top management?
For the incumbent CEO close to retirement, has the board structured a compensation package to incentivize cooperation with a successful transition?
In my lifetime:
We stopped carrying guns on our person.
We stopped littering our highways.
We stopped drinking martinis at lunch during the workday
We stopped smoking.
We stopped demonizing gay people.
We eliminated the death penalty.
We can and do change for the better, eventually. sp
We now live in a world in which the rate of change is the biggest change. Brockman
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. Fuller
in general: personal discovery and development: hoffmaninstitute.org, motivational interviewing | You must learn every day for the rest of your life to keep pace with the world. sp | about | change management: Prosci | community: Harwood Institute, Staging Change Institute | Digital Darwinism | music: Changes Bowie | disaster-sparked change: the power of urgency: burning platform > Problems/Solutions
books/articles: managing: Leading Change Kotter, Big Change, Best Path Parry | generation gap: The Next America Taylor | Data Portraits: Connecting People of Opposing Views Garrido | The Rational Optimist Ridley | What Technology Wants Kelly | more
Well slept, check
Opposite sex, check
Messages waiting for me, when I come home, check
Something’s Missing Mayer
Can the checklist safeguard us against the normalization of deviance?
in general: aviation: checkmateaviation | backup procedures | buying: house | camping | captain’s walk | checklists | cybersecurity: CSET, Ntl. Checklist Program Repository | definition | digital pens: adapx | due diligence list | education: project-based learning checklists | employee: succession, termination | everyday: simplychecklists | lawnmower winterize | new product | NIH grant | preflight | press release: pressreleasechecklist | printable | psychopathic | reusable templates: basecamphq | medical: mistakes: patient | surgery: knee replacement, patient safety | to-do lists & calendar: easilydo, goggle, outlook, tracky
America China sneezes, the whole world
gets a cold.
Long term, is it a good idea to take China’s money?
Will China’s model for growth which extracts a heavy sacrifice and toll from its people, be sustainable?
Development of republic 1912-20: old order disintegrated
Interwar years 1920-37: growth of Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
War against Japan 1937-45: 2nd Sino-Japanese War after 1st 1894–95
Kuomintang: anti-communism, Chinese nationalism, reunification
Chinese Communist ideologies: dynamic to safeguard the party's rule
Emergence of the People’s Republic of China
economic reform: 60-point plan
orphans: Half the Sky
social radar: dissent
books/movies: propaganda: Propaganda Bernays | #1 movie: Monster Hunt | fragile: Red Capitalism Walter | history: In Search of History White | investing: The Chinese are coming, and they’d like to buy your house Francis | more
History of Cities
growth: city lights tell the story of the spread of humans across Earth
historical layers: HyperCities
decline of cities
Atlantic City: casinos
Baltimore: end-of-era row houses
1869: Riverside, IL
net zero: Feldheim, Germany
planning & government
floating urbanization: DeltaSync
infill development: about
shelter for all: unhabitat
traffic: commuting: reverse
centers: UI Labs City Works
compare cities: Urban Obervtory
transportation: taxi: Uber
Modern City Government
bankruptcy: Detroit | Harrisburg, PA
in general: startups: Smart Cities > IoT | inspiring better cities: Next City | art: Murat Germen | citiscapes: Chicago Hines | climate change: c40cities | conferences: Next City, Re-Imagining Cities big ideas | coolhunting: thrillist | density: persquaremile | gamification: paper model, urbanology | ideas: bmwguggenheimlab | if you’re from: Chicago |magazines: cityscapesdigital | maps: CityMaps2Go
books: Chicago From The Sky: A Region Transformed Okrent | complexity: The New Science of Cities Batty | MassiveSmall.com Pendium | Next City | NPR Cities Project | Rebel Cities Harvey | Smart Cities Townsend | The Olympic City | Tactical Urbanism Street Plans | Triumph of City Glaeser | more
Cities are responsible for about 70 percent of CO2 emissions worldwide.
Should governments be sued to force climate action change?
How do cities protect the value of infrastructure against climate change?
in general: modeling: HadGEM2 | leaders: Germany | data: Climate Action Tracker, data.gov.climate, MERRA | hack the planet: Geoengineering big idea | forums: Paris Climate 2015 | about | rising sea levels: cities: adaptation | Florida Everglades: depletion of freshwater | housing: Lagos Water Communities Project | research: rising sea levels
Should companies do most of their computing in the cloud?
in general: integration: The Azure Periodic Table > Enterprise | chargeback: cloudcruiser | consulting services: glasshouse | cyber threat management: seculert advanced persistent threat | decision-making: Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence thawte | desktop: cloudtop | development tools: cloudbees | encryption: vaultive | java app development: cloudbees | news: Thoughts on Cloud | personal: jolicloud | protection & availability storage (PAS): actifio | resources: cloud computing central | science helix-nebula.eu big idea | accounting: intacct, xero | ad clipper: adkeeper | book: Grown Up Digital Tapscott | application development: ravellosystems | browser disposable: authentic8| business intelligence: pivotlink, successmetricsinc | call center: five9 | content delivery: aws.amazon | content management: clickability | corporate performance management: hostanalytics | digital media distribution: overdrive | financial aid: regenteducation | fleet management: xata | medical case management: eccentex | gene mapping: dnanexus| imaging: lifeimage | project/practice: carecloud | data centers: datacenterknowledge | capacity planner: fieldviewsolutions | co-location: interxion | cooling: Clustered Systems | DC power: validusdc | energy management: synapsense | ISO 27001 certified | management: itracs, sciencelogic
most big achievements are achievements of a team
in general: teams: Slack > Project Management, Atlassian | secure messaging: Symphony | whiteboards: groupboard, SMART kapp | about | academic: academicroom | art+science: Art at the Interface, CERN | cloud: centraldesktop, cx | conference calls: speek | enterprise: huddle sharepoint | live discussions: crowdoptic | online real-time editor: five tools | physicians: sermo | portals: co.create | theicosamagazine | social community: thebackplane | software development: atlassian, github | spaces & places: Grind, superdesk, think[box] | technical teams: flowdock | brainstorming: Post-it Plus | communication: slack | retreat for programmers: Hacker School | team building: gone bad NPR | technical teams: flowdock | device: Microsoft Surface Hub | freeconference
books: | more
in general: geekish: xkcd | anime: crunchyroll | cartoons: STRIPPED: The Comics Documentary, New Yorker Caption Contest, The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote | conventions: comic-con | DIY: I Draw Comics Sketchbook & Reference Guide, Magnet Comic | free: Farrago | museums: Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art | publishers: Image | South Africa: Bitterkomix | time travel: Calvin & Hobbes
Models of communication: sending/receiving messages/info
Types of communication
body language: Janine Driver | gestures
about | book: Patterns That Connect: Social Symbolism in Ancient & Tribal Art Schuster | censorship: What do we want in our symbolic landscape, and who decides that? | encyclopedia: symbols | flags: all nations
origins of speech
adaptability of language
mass and public communication
Psychology of communication: personality trait persuasibility
What are the barriers to entry to our market?
Who are the company's five top competitors?
What does a competitor comparative analysis show about the company?
Will the power of the crowd in cyberspace obsolete the concept of a monopoly?
If the company is dominant in its market, are there any potential antitrust problems?
Does the company use intellectual property as a club to coerce customers and rivals?
Is the company slowing innovation in the marketplace by destroying existing or potential competitors?
Does the company seek interoperability alliances with its competitors?
Does this activity violate any antitrust laws?
in general: A great rival is like a mirror. Agassi > Sports | dark side: Google | antitrust: Department of Justice Antitrust Division | aerospace: avitas, g2globalsolutions | annual reports: The Public Register Online | book: Competitive Strategy Porter | citing sources: noodletools | competitor intelligence: attaain, Compass Monitor, hoovers, scip | corporate info: corporateinformation, hoovers | information asymmetry | patent search: uspto | ratings: ambest, moodys, Standard & Poors | search: masterseek | Antitrust Hovenkamp | espionage: Trust but verify. Reagan | CIA: CIA, Inc: Espionage & the Craft of Business Intelligence Rustmann | more
Is there a trend towards more government regulation in this industry?
Does the company have in place an effective ethics and workplace compliance program to guide the actions of employees?
Do employees know how to report illegal or unethical activities using an anonymous hotline?
Are avenues for reporting malfeasance actively promoted to suppliers and investors?
in general: lifecycle management: Fenergo > Enterprise Software, enviance, healthflash, lumigent | commodities: ekaplus | document management: nextdocs | Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Walmart | Long-Term Archive: permabit | RoHS compliance portable x-ray: innov-x-sys | apps: axsmap | law: usdoj, adata | more
History: progression of mechanical to mathematical to modern machines
Architecture: specifying a computer system by its parts & their relations
information systems and databases
Theory: the modern study of logic and computability
Impact of computer systems: all daily life incorporates computers
Does IT have the capability to simulate attacks on the network to locate and fix vulnerabilities?
Who has been the source of a security breach or corporate (economic) espionage in the past year?
How much money has the company lost as a result of breaches or espionage in the past twelve months?
What is the most important element of the company's information security policy?
What is the potential for daily revenue loss from a server attack?
in general: automated auditing: Tripwire | book: Network Security Assessment McNab | Endpoint Compliance Enforcement (ECE) : lumension | enterprise monitoring: q1labs | organizations: issa, isaca, asisonline | plug-and-deploy appliance: quorumlabs disaster recovery appliance | encryption: data protection: gazzang, Thales | electronic signature: docusign, signnow | embedded: PRESENT | enterprise systems: Symantec, venafi, voltage | portable: ithinksecurity | more
You have to believe in yourself. Sun Tzu
in general: about | essay: Confidence is the Prime Mover sp | home field advantage | resiliency: amplifying effect of materialism | self-image: comfortable in your own skin | sports: hot hand, winningstate | stage fright | more
Articles I - VII
Amendments I – XXVII
Amendment I: freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition
Construction of civil engineering works
financing: Public-Private Partnerships PPP
prefabrication and shop fabrication: quadror
in general: big projects 2012 | BIM: vicosoftware | equipment rental: Yard Club | financial services: bluetarp | flight assembly | mobile systems: awarenessnetworks, AutoDesk | online collaboration: aconex | plans & specs: planexpress, plangrid | preconstruction management: isqft | prefabricated: projectfrog, rocioromero | structural bamboo: lamboo
in general: content shock is the new normal sp > Zuckerberg’s Law | buy/sell content: Yahoo Voices, mochila, skyword, synacor | content monitoring: codegreennetworks, hisoftware | extract important parts of any web page: diffbot | load fast: yottaa | multi-screen: phunware | open source: plone | revenue-generation: OpenText, venetica | sharing: sharaholic | document management: cloud: digabit, , springcm | enterprise: archivesystems, falcondocumentmanagement, Perceptive Software | free documents: docstoc | online document production: mimeo | technical documents: latex-project | cross-channel platform: Amplience > Retail | forms & agreements: create: Adobe FormsCentral, filemaker, formotus, goformz | documents: legalzoom | forms online: allbusiness, formdesk, templates | professional imaging services: scanics | text-to-speech: plustek
Does the company have a regular process of scanning the entire company's inventory of equipment and processes for obsolescence?
Does the company have a quality manual?
What procedures does the company have for testing incoming raw materials and component parts?
What are the quality standards for each component and material?
What happens to parts or shipments that fail quality standards?
What happens to finished goods that do not pass quality tests?
What is the average failure rate for products in final test?
What has been the company's experience with each supplier of key components?
Has any customer or governing body in any of the company's markets mandated a requirement that the company be ISO registered in certain areas?
Does the company employ any full-time quality management staff?
in general: skate park: Kaos Temple > Buildings/repurpose | digerati: about, Nerdists rule. | music: The Rise Of The Credible Mass Belsky | racing: The Gentleman’s Guide to Racing | teens: The Merchants of Cool | videos: epipheostudios, vimeo awards, youtube | virtual clubbing: be-at.tv | young voter registration: Rock the Vote | coolhunters: Jewish culture: Le Mood | coolhunting | edge | formatmag | pinterest | refinery29 | stuffwhitepeoplelike | blogs: boingboing | brands: the-collaboratory | startups: techcrunch | theinspirationroom | trendwatching | well | yatzer | gifts: a bit of nature: Ship Foliage & Ship Snow, Yo! | curated: gourmet: AmazingClubs | wantful | gselect | pockitt | registry: simpleregistry | surprise me: quarterly.co | luxury shopping: by invitation only: deeli | China: hk970 | second-hand: portero | shoes: b-ball: chuck taylor
focus to a point like a pencil
What constitutes a core competency?
Are the company's strategies tightly coupled to these core competencies?
How visible is the core competency outside the corporation?
Can competitors easily replicate this core competency?
Can the company protect against this?
Where can outsourcing enable the company to focus on its core business?
What is the corporation's core technology?
Does management have a clear strategy for value development of its core technologies?
At what stage in the product life cycle is each of the company’s core products?
Has the company coasted too long in a technology comfort zone?
Is management evaluating the replacement of declining-margin products with higher-margin products?
What changes in technology does management foresee in the future?
How visible is the core technology outside the corporation?
Can competitors easily replicate this core technology?
What is the company doing to protect its core technology?
What are the three top Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats in the company? (S.W.O.T)
Acquisitions | Antitrust | Articles of Incorporation | Associations | Audit Committee | Board Agenda | Board Audit Committee | Board Chairperson | Board Committees | Board Makeup | Board Nominating Committee | Board of Directors | Board Performance Evaluation | Board Prerogatives | Board Tenure | CEO | Compliance to Regulations | Constituencies | Cumulative Voting | Economic Development | Enron | Ethics | Executive Compensation | Growth | Investor Relations | Key Indicators | Management and Best Practices | Methods of Business Organization | Philanthropy | Questions | Risk Management | Sarbanes-Oxley Act | Small Business | Stockholders | Strategic Planning | Sustainability | What If? | Women on the Board | more
Has the board clarified responsibilities of officers and management?
Is there an internal management committee for reviewing all transactions before board review and approval?
in general: conference-board
in general: about | manifesto: The Co-Working Manifesto sp > Intersections | multidisciplinary mashups: Geekdom | pay-it-forward: gangplank | revenue: $50/sf/year | hackerspaces: bio: biocurious, genspace.org | Case Western: thinkbox | hackerdojo | history: L0pht | hostels | how-to: mindbites, eHow, wonderhowto | makezine | 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse Johnson | tinkering: about, Artisan & Fab Lab, tinkering school | incubators and accelerators: Chicago: 1871 | China: innovation-works | corporations: When Big Companies Support Start-ups… Mitra | food & restaurant: lacocinaf | FREE!: commnexus | health applicatons: rockhealth | IT: galvanize Denver | Orange County: OCTANe.org | tandementrepreneurs | USC: Viterbi Startup Garage | libraries: My idea is to convert the basement of our library (40,000 sf, polished concrete floor, high ceiling, dry, well-lit, broadband wireless, plenty of power, and empty!) into a fablab, makery, hackerspace, design studio, and other creative uses that our patrons can come up with…..more sp
books: aStore | A Comprehensive Guide to Business Incubation Erlewine | patenting: How to get help with a patent if you’re a first-time inventor sp | Start Small: Why Tinkerers Get Things Done McGuinness | Startup Nation clusters | more
Does handwriting need to be saved?
Are you in the channel?
What kind of thinker are you?
in general: festivals: SXSW > Intersections | basics: Creator Basics | paper: How Life Unfolds | courses: MasterClass, crash course | pencil: documentary | cards: blank, intuiti | conferences: Adobe Max | creativityatwork | deciding/picking: sleep on it | doodling: doodle4google, themonsterengine | festivals: Edible Book Festival, lunga | flow: about | gaia: Biophilia Wilson | imagination | information management: mindjet | inventiveness: The Art of Rube Goldberg George | kids: play | mindtools | motivation | portals: fastcocreate, 99u | risk | strawman proposal | supplies: Michael’s
Is Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy crisis a glimpse into Illinois’ future?
Corruption arises whenever power is monopolized.
Is being a policeman the hardest job in the country today?
Have school shootings become ritualized?
Is it time to rethink the training of American cops?
Was GM too big to fail?
How can transnational organized crime networks be stopped?
in general: tax havens: The Panama Papers | fixer: Better Call Saul | NRA: Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA | community: broken windows | archive: Crime Library | biology: The Anatomy of Violence Raine | city shootings: CeaseFire Illinois, Cradle-to-Grave Program | cybersecurity: antiphishing, AccessData, onguardonline | gangs: Home Boy Industries, knockout game | hostages: U.S. policy | sub-prime mortgages: The Big Short Lewis big idea | Corruption thrives in complexity. | banks: HSBC | energy: Enron, Petrobras | insider trading: Rajaratnam | soccer: FIFA | whistleblower: about | Has the company made a reasonable effort to make all insiders (executives, employees, directors) aware of the insider trading rules? | extortion: If you control the streets (with fear), you control and monetize the asset.
books/films: organized crime: GoodFellas | The Gun Debate Cook & Goss | hit man: No Country for Old Men | violence: Mean Streets, Between the World and Me Coates | con: American Hustle, Pink Panther, The Sting |depravity: American Psycho Ellis > Morals, Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky | Inside Job | prison: Orange Is The New Black Kerman | Syndromes of Corruption: Wealth, Power, and Democracy Johnston | more
We find out where conditions are the worst – the places where others are not going – and that’s where we want to be. Doctors Without Borders
Has the company rehearsed its responses to various crises?
Does the company have the internal competencies to manage the crisis, or does it need outside expertise?
Was the board’s involvement timely and appropriate?
Did the board stay on top of the situation?
Was the board helpful to the CEO?
Did the crisis reveal any weaknesses in the company’s strategic planning and risk management processes?
in general: | campus security: ravewireless | book: Damage Control Dezenhall | emergency kits: redcrossstore | flood control: AquaFence > Simplicity | human behavior: man made vs natural | incident lifecycle management (ILM): interact911 | on-demand systems: sendwordnow | prepare/train/recover: Disaster City, planning, restoreyoureconomy | wireless LAN: rajant | relief agencies: Action Against Hunger | American Red Cross | CARE | Direct Relief International | Doctors Without Borders | HED | International Medical Corps | International Relief Teams | Meds and Food for Kids | Mercy Corps | Operation USA | Oxfam America | Partners in Health | Save the Children | Stop Hunger Now | UNICEF | more
Could a solar eclipse cause an energy blackout?
Can we learn from EU’s long-term integrated infrastructure planning?
Alternative Fuels: research: Energy Security Trust
Electricity: Smart Grid
Telecommunications: by electrical/electromagnetic signals/waves
in general: auto dealer service: xtime | appointment scheduling: timetrade | channel management: talisma, zymesolutions | conversation analytics: callminer | higher education: Hobsons | speech analytics: callminer, Genesys | influencer marketing: To find the best-connected individuals in your network, ask the people in your network. | advocate marketing: influitive | identify influencers: klout, peerindex, peoplebrowsr, traackr | mylikes | pursway | testimonials: Post Kudos | volunteers: high school, college | on-demand platforms: Base | Batchbook | campaignerCRM | Capsule CRM | concursive | Google Spreadsheet | Highrise | HubSpot | InfusionSoft | InstantCustomer | Microsoft Dynamics > sales | Netsuite | Nutshell CRM | Onepage CRM | Pipedrive | Podio | Rightnow | Salesforce | smartsheet | streak
Will high-quality, venture capital-worthy startups/founders take advantage of the equity crowdfunding model?
Is the crowd always wise? jury theorem
in general: science: galaxyzoo, fish species id | cambrianhouse | animal classification: snapshotserengeti | books: kindlescout | bug bounty programs: bugcrowd | bus routing: datero | creative design 99designs | dell: ideastorm | digitizing books: reCAPTCHA | drawings: Draw A Friend | enterprise social innovation: spigit | fashion: fabricly | optimized self: Are You Certain? sp | gaming: fold.it, hivemind | grading homework: crowdgrader | medical: crowdmed | military intervention: KONY 2012 | mobile app testing: utest | ranking: ranker, top10 | sales: right90 | skills testing & ranking: smarterer | social media: ushahidi | telepathology malaria | travel planning: mygola | videos: thejohnnycashproject, poptent | funding: impact: Wharton Study | benchmarking deals: equitynet | platforms: crowdvalley, RocketHub | podcast: The New Disruptors | real time: focus: How to Perfect Real-Time Crowdsourcing
Who invented bitcoin?
Could Executive Order NCO1 destroy the U.S. dollar?
in general: transfer: TransferWise | calculators: x-rates | open source: opencoin | paper: fortresspaper | sending/receiving: stellar, TransferWise | trading: forex, fxall, oanda | virtual currencies: amazon coins, webmoney | Wolfson Economics Prize | bitcoin wallet: Blockchain | computer/platform: 21 Inc. | about: FBI assessment | documentary: The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
How likely is it that you would recommend us to a friend or colleague?
In what ways does the company gather customer feedback?
Do you like the product?
Has the company lived up to its claim of quality?
Have you ever been shipped defective goods?
Has customer service met your expectations?
Was the price fair?
How important is brand identity to you?
How would you compare the company's product(s) vs. competitors?
Will you buy from the company again?
How much will you spend?
in general: rate & review: YELP government > Trust, reevoo, viewpoints, wize | surveys: inmoment | complaints: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau | corporate reputations: bbb, planetfeedback | local services: cityvoter | loyalty: Net Promoter |mobile: talkbin | real-time: NICE, ResponseTek | track what customers are saying: callminer, w2groupinc | user relationship management: user communities | focus groups: local: meetups | products: gutcheckit
What are the top service complaints?
What have been the most costly complaints?
What is the trend in customer complaints?
How does customer service interact with sales?
Does the company use any third-party providers?
in general: automated: Nuance, web.interactions | book: The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service Excellence Spector | happiness guarantee: Tesla | mobile: desk, experticity | online learning center | winner-take-all | call centers: Is the company reducing its brick-and-mortar capital investments by using a remote agent network? | automated virtual agents: spoken, Nina Web, 7 | clusters: India, Portugal | on-demand: liveops | quality control: hyperquality | technical support: automated systems: nextnine | online: fixya, iyogi, plumchoice | remote monitoring: axeda | software: zendesk | user manual: search: owneriq | PCs: backup: carbonite | optimize: soluto | more
Do you have nothing to hide? Are you sure?
Do you understand the security policies of your offshore providers?
Should the NSA be broken up? big ideas
Are we moving towards a surveillance state?
Was Stuxnet an act of war?
How do we define and differentiate cyber crime and cyber war?
What are the obstacles and difficulties on international cyber arms limitation?
in general: ransomware: KeRanger > Crime | conferences & training: blackhat | consultants: savidtech | critical infrastructure: carmaggedon | cyber armies | education & awareness: esetfoundation.org, Natonal Cyber Security Hall of Fame | homeland security: Fusion Centers | innovation: security-innovation | policy & regulation: CISPA, Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), Department of Defense Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace, Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program | news & analysis: Schneier on Security | portal: Cyber Security and Information Systems Information Analysis Center | research: Cyber Security Research Alliance | science of cyberspace | stuxnet: article, symantec whitepaper | tools list | video series: Building a Cybersecurity Program Tutorial | cars: DARPA | conferences: DEFCON | gamification: controlalthack | hackers: anonymous, Cult of the Dead Cow, Lizard Squad, LulzSec, Syrian Electronic Army, the consortium | search for hackers: shodanhq | tools: Burp Suite, fakenamegenerator, 411.info, Ping Tree | training: www.thehackeracademy.com, the jargon file | Web Hacking Incident Database | analysis: prelert | detect & respond: countertack, mandiant, soleranetworks | info management: fishnetsecurity | situational awareness: lgscout | malware: Can biology serve as an effective model of the signature (genome) of malware?
books: Amnesia Carey | Cybersecurity and Cyberwar Singer | Cyber War Clarke | Cyber War Will Not Take Place Rid | Intelligence Gathering and the Unowned Internet Berkman | The Director Ignatius | The Revenge of Geography Kaplan | more
Art of dance
Primitive, folk, and popular dance: Weird morris
History of dance | more
in general: animal tracking | book: Web Data Mining Liu | content optimization: ramp | data warehousing: infobright, kalido | forecasting large-scale human behavior big ideas | geointelligence: metacarta > Maps | open source tool for analyzing large data sets: cloudera | personal digital profile | security: imperva, privatecore, McAfee | unstructured text analysis: clarabridge | more
Does the company maintain a secured inventory of all its databases?
in general: who died: Social Security Death Master File > Population | online database apps: Caspio | non-centralized database: blockchain | audting: lumigent | data integration: expressor-software | find data: infochimps | geographically distributed relational SQL database server: TransLattice | hardware scalability: clustrix | open data platforms: factual, junar, safecast | security: Trustwave | virtualization: delphix | warehousing: paraccel | statistics: Best Places: bestplaces | Bureau of Labor Statistics: bls | computing: revolution-computing | Fedstats: fedstats | Internet Statistics: clickz | popular culture: Harper’s Index | population: factfinder | Regional Data: econdata | U.S. Statistical Abstract: census
What are the questions to ask for the really hard decisions?
How can the capacity to decide be improved as work changes?
Can you spot the key patterns?
in general: aerial data: IntelinAir > Agriculture | about | choice overload | confirmation bias | crowd-sourced: ahoona, small vs big | groups: collaboration platform, group think | medicine: participatorymedicine | rubric | software: quid | Star Trek: Theories of Decision Making | think tanks: Center for Decision Research | tools & techniques: mindtools
books: Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis Allison | How We Decide Lehrer | Judgment Calls Davenport | Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich Shirer | The Diary of Anne Frank | Thinking Fast and Slow Kahneman | more
Furniture and accessory furnishings
Rugs and carpets
Could approval voting give us a better election result than our current plurality voting?
The struggle for power and advantage is a constant of human society.
What is democracy for the internet era?
Is there a global attack on the freedom of expression?
Does history truly repeat itself?
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage. Tyler
in general: dialogues: Democracy Dialogue > Peace | approval voting: The Equal Vote Coalition | equality: Citizen Equality Act of 2017 | about | Hong Kong: history | portal: democracynow | quotes: We are the friends of liberty everywhere, custodians only of our own. Jefferson | components: distrust of power | free contract | habeas corpus | jury trials |