Solutions Oriented Cynicism

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I’ve been writing here for over a decade now. In hindsight, only a handful of those posts are still worth reading.



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[Review] No Such Thing as a Free Gift

Talk about a well-timed release. Linsey McGoey’s No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy came out just weeks before Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and set off an Internet-wide...

The End of Narrative, Meaning

We are driven to fill our lives with the quest to “access” information. For what purpose or with what limitations, it is not for us to ask; and we are not accustomed to asking, since the problem is unprecedented.

Let’s Go on Vacation

Only now do I understand what Europeans figured out so long ago: you need more than a week to reset and gain perspective. All these little things that I was getting so worked up about over the past year, they are minor in the grand scheme of things.

The Future of Philanthropy: There will be more

There will be more philanthropic giving by the wealthiest individuals and it will be driven by increased economic inequality and a sense of obligation among billionaires to invest their wealth in society, especially to benefit the poorest.


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