Monthly Archives: September 2016

US Impact on World Problems

Here’s a provocative thought that I wrote in comment on a piece saying how the US had messed up the rest of the world with its interventions: I think the US has often blindly gone into situations it didn’t understand … Continue reading

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Conflict Humor: Windmills

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A Scenario-Based Futuring Approach to Brexit Negotiations

A friend and I have been arguing since the referendum about whether Brexit (which neither of us wanted) is a disaster (my view) or whether some way will be found to make it work (his view). Both scenarios and many stations … Continue reading

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Optimist vs. Pessimist vs. Existentialist: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

I was discussing the state of the world with a friend last week, who is something of an optimist in life. I said that I was a strong pessimist, always had been and recently it had got worse. She said: … Continue reading

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A Negotiator’s Take on Brexit

A professional Negotiator’s (that’s me 🙂 ) commentary on Brexit 1) The strength of any negotiation position is always the walk away option: what each side can impose without agreement unilaterally aka what is technically called the BATNA or Best … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Golden Rule

I really like this approach, by the great author of the Theory of Evolution Charles Darwin (1809-1892), for overcoming Confirmation Bias, our tendency to cherry pick data or information that supports our pre-existing ideas and prejudices and ignore or conveniently … Continue reading

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