Thingification II – Talking With Tom Cowan About “The Game”

This is a follow up to my previous piece on the Utah teapot and thingification. Last week I had the good fortune to spend an hour talking with Tom Cowan about the nature of this “game” in which we find ourselves. We’re being “thingified,” pushed into a mixed reality simulation. In order for capitalism to […]

On Teapots, Leaderboards and Thingification – Remembering Dr. King

Since I’ve gotten back from Salt Lake City, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the Utah teapot, mixed reality, and “thingification” intersect. I didn’t quite know how to write about it until a few days ago when someone in Wisconsin asked if I would present to their group. That led me to revisit some […]

The Cry Of The Mothers – At Wharton Business School

First, I’d like to extend an invitation to anyone in the Philadelphia area to join us for soup and bread on Sunday February 28, 2021 from 1-4pm. It’s just some informal socializing by the wood stove. I’m planning vegan mushroom soup and beef chili with a challah from the local CSA. BYOB or anything else […]

A Silicon Slopes Future – The Internet of Bodies And Impact Investing Along the Wasatch Front

Last week I travelled to Salt Lake City, UT. In addition to presenting to a few local groups, I visited seventeen locations in the region that have ties to human capital finance, educational technology, faith institutions, surveillance, and the Internet of Bodies via sensors, 5G, genomics, and bioinformatics. It was a veritable “Disneyland” of social […]

Open Letter to Dr. Miguel Cardona On The Future Of Public Education And Indigenous Resurgence

Dear Dr. Cordona, I am writing this open letter as the parent of a young adult child who spent thirteen years in an under-funded urban school district, a district targeted by consultants, corporate interests, and predatory philanthropists who sought to leverage the challenges faced by our city’s vulnerable children and families as sources of “social […]

Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona, Connecticut Hedge Funds, and Human Capital

Tonight my friend Zakiya Sankara-Jabar of Real Talk With ZSJ invited me to discuss the appointment Dr. Miguel Cardona, former Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning in the Meriden, CT School District, to the position of the US Secretary of Education. We covered a lot of ground including: how pay for success finance was layered […]

“Bærekraft” for finanskapitalen: Hva klimaopprørere bør kunne om FNs mål for bærekraftig utvikling

This is a repost of a piece originally written in September of 2019, translated into Norwegian by Hege Solbakken for broader sharing. You can access the original English version here. wrenchinthegears 22. desember 2019 Oxford-initiativet for kunstig intelligens x bærekraftsmål. Dette nye initiativet vil undersøke hvordan kunstig intelligens kan bygge opp om og videreutvikle FNs […]

Zach Bush On Impact Investing – January 12, 2020

I have not heard directly back from Dr. Zach Bush regarding the open letter I wrote to him on January 6, 2021. It was in response to comments he made during an interview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on December 11, 2020. That interview is no longer available on the Children’s Health Defense website, but […]

Population Health, Human Capital Bonds, and Black America

The following document was prepared as a briefing paper for a group working in the population health arena. The intention was to revisit the breadth of my research with a specific focus placed on what it means for Black America. A similar document could have been written for the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. This […]

An Open Letter To Zach Bush About Impact Agriculture

January 6, 2020 Dear Dr. Bush, I spent some time last weekend watching the interview you did with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. of Children’s Health Defense. I was dismayed to hear that you had embarked on an impact-investing venture, The Human Resiliency Fund. For those who haven’t yet seen it, your discussion of the fund […]