Entries by John Findlay

An Era of Ignorance

A decade ago, it seemed as if were on the verge of a new era, in which the wise application of knowledge would be in the ascendancy and a breakthrough to less turbulent, more reasonable, more thoughtful times was imminent. Why? Because most of us now have at our fingertips, the best available data – records, statistics, […]

New Partners in Economic Development

There’s a revolution underway in economic development across the USA. Inching its way out is the traditional real estate-focused approach to economic development and some of the $80 billion in tax breaks (NY Times, December 1, 2012) and other incentives state and local governments offer to attract new businesses and jobs. Enter stage left are new […]

Everything is a major project

Once upon a time, we thought of major projects as space exploration, new warships, armored vehicles or fighter planes, and infrastructure investments in roads, electricity and telecommunications. Now we must add to that list just about everything we do. Any project or program that involves multiple suppliers and distributors of products and services that work […]

The bigBang of Social Innovation

What does it take to be a leader or entrepreneur in the social innovation field? To find  the secret to such success, 200+ people came together at the bigBang! event in Cleveland, Ohio on October 28. The event was hosted by Cleveland Social Venture Partners, and headlined by leadership and systems thinking guru, Peter Senge, […]

Managing complex projects in uncertain times

The task is to harness the collective brainpower of the military and their suppliers on three continents to work out how to better manage complex projects in a more uncertain, ambigious and rapidly changing world and to publish the recommendations as a White Paper. It’s a complex project in its own right. The project taps […]

Good morning StarShine

It’s a brand new day at the three StarShine Academies in Phoenix, Arizona and CEO Trish McCarty and Principal Jan Shoop are a long way from home. Back in Arizona, the children are all learning, the teachers are teaching and the sun is shining brightly. Here we were in England, training the first group of […]

Goodbye "Cowboy Culture"

In the backwater we call local government, in what we used to call the 3Rs – “roads, rates and rubbish”, change is happening, but not the kind of change we like. All across America, for example, local governments are struggling to pay the bills, dependent as they are on taxes on business activity and property. […]

The dawning of the Wisdom Age

What if the explosion in the economic activity and knowledge work we regard as the Knowledge Age (1980-2010) was almost over and a new economic imperative was suddenly upon us? The Wisdom Age (2010-)?The weak signals from the future point this way. How might such a trend affect the way we think about the world and the new kinds […]

We, hologram

Shine laser light on a hologram and you see a sharp image in three dimenions. Cut the hologram into tiny pieces and shine the laser on one piece, and you still have a three dimensional image, just much fuzzier. We are all like holograms. There’s little bits of us in all the people to whom […]

A new/old kind of connectedness

So much of what we do as organization leaders is the old command and control model. Decide the strategy and cascade the plan to every level. Some staff, customers and suppliers buy into such plans, but many do not. But what if it was possible to allow the new strategic directions and the action plans […]