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About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).

Definitions of a Demagogue

From Kent Johnson: “A demagogue must be neither an educated nor an honest man; he has to be an ignoramus and a rogue.” — Demosthenes, 4th C BC “The peculiar office of a demagogue is to advance his own interests, … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide

What the elections in the US and UK and elsewhere are showing is a deep divide in modern advanced economies between 1) those with university education, including those areas where people cluster around those with university education and serve them … Continue reading

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The Banality of Trump

Hannah Arendt observing the architect of the Holocaust Adolf Eichmann on trial in Jerusalem coined the phrase “the banality of evil”. Watching Trump, I think “the evil of banality”… Memo: Definition of Banality: “the fact or condition of being banal, … Continue reading

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Changing Your Mind

Some recent debates on Facebook made me think: if you can’t change your own mind when faced with new evidence or new arguments, what chance is there that you can change anyone else’s mind?

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Mad Con Disease

I have this theory that at some US conservative get together a few years back, there was an unreported outbreak of a form of mental Legionnaires Disease and all their brains are now shot to hell by its after-effects. Post … Continue reading

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Brexit Means Brexit Means Endless Austerity

What seems missing from the analysis of austerity in relation to the recent UK General Election is that Brexit means endless austerity as far as the eye can see, as it likely takes 400 billion pounds a year out of … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Personal Experiment

There is this paradox at both the personal level and the political level. When there is a lot of pain is when we most need to try something new, to experiment even on a small scale with new approaches, new … Continue reading

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