Archive for the ‘reboot’ Category

29 Jul, 2009

Is it over yet?

Posted by: Marian Salzman In: reboot| recession

I was in New York through the horror of 9/11 and I well remember the sense of shock and “waiting for the other shoe to drop” in the days and weeks that followed. Although the whole nation and in fact most of the world reeled in sympathy, the gaping wound soon became a New York [...]

So it’s clear that Obama is outraged on our (the taxpayers’) behalf, and we thank him for that. On the heels of the President’s recent dressing down of insurance giant AIG for its huge bonus payouts, CEO Edward Liddy told Congress he has called for the return of “at least half” of bonuses of more [...]

14 Mar, 2009

Indicators: what’s happening?

Posted by: Marian Salzman In: consumerism| reboot

Where can we find true indicators of what’s happening now, so that we can help coherently shape our future? We all look to mainstream media, who relentlessly attempt to break down for us the multi-zero sums that are nearly impossible to comprehend. At the gym or the coffee shop, we hear people tell their own [...]

One of the most shocking things about the economic bust is the frightening speed at which it has become mission critical. Sure, the subprime cracks started to show in 2007, but the whole thing was barely on the WEF radar last year in Davos. Last May, we raised a red flag about alarming economic problems [...]

27 Jan, 2009

To Davos or not?

Posted by: Marian Salzman In: Davos| World Economic Forum| reboot

While BusinessWeek reports record attendance at Davos this year, some heads of state and business have their hands full at home—or are they staying away for the sake of image? Timothy Geithner had to be in Washington to face confirmation hearings Monday. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is at home dealing with his state’s financial shortfall, [...]

It’s been fascinating to watch the progress of Malcolm Gladwell’s latest release, “Outliers: The Story of Success” (out last November). In his 2000 book, “The Tipping Point,” Gladwell translated a previously obscure sociological notion in a way that resonated everywhere. His second book, “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” (2005), explored some people’s ability [...]

“Reboot.” By the end of last year it had become a buzzword, and it’s time to admit that the rescue until now hasn’t produced much. We’ve got to bite the bullet, and try to reboot. Here is one columnist’s opinion, just published in the U.K. Telegraph. Food for thought on the dire circumstances before us [...]