According to the movie, this is the year we should be orbiting Jupiter and checking out what’s the deal with Io. It seems that we are about as far from that as we can be. We’re navel gazing as we try to figure out where the money and jobs went and worrying about nebulous threats from people we don’t understand. UGH, I wonder if we, collectively, can get any more pathetic and depressed. I can’t say that my state of mind matches the collective depression. I still maintain there’s too much that needs to be done and this level of unemployment and collective “meh” is completely unnecessary. We also need to try a new strategy when dealing with the folks that don’t like us (showing fear, dropping bombs, reacting in a knee-jerk fashion, infringing upon civil liberties, and randomly fondling people at the airport aren’t working well). I wonder will 2010 be the year some brave leader steps forwards and says, “SNAP OUT OF IT!!! Let’s hire some people to solve some of these tough problems!
Here are some things that have me excited that I would love to work on:
- Perfecting e-readers and tablet computers — technology, UI, UX, and media distribution
- The future of the newspaper — let’s really put the power of the Internet to work!
- Dreaming up “bone headed” ways we can save our environment
- Dreaming up fabulously cool ways we can save out environment — some of the wild ideas about creating synthetic plants to process CO2 and light into energy and water sound cool!
- 3D that doesn’t make my head hurt!!!
- Infrastructure — both physical and Internet!!!
- Figuring out EFFECTIVE ways to deal with our enemies (we could start by not making more of them…as well as change US management culture, use the full power of the Internet, cultural diplomacy, cultural transfer (AKA some clever and innocuous propaganda — Movies, music, and books are powerful things…and when combined with the Internet, spreading culture couldn’t be easier … our enemies are doing it, so what’s stopping us from a countering.)
Anyhow, if you are a person with some influence, be a brave leader and kick things off. Come on, don’t you want to be the beacon that leads us out of this foggy funk? I know you do :). You’ll go down in history as our savior. Hahaha!!! Putting it that way, it sounds drop-dead easy for a company with deep pockets to jump and hire 5000 people for something dreamy. I like a recent seed from Rahul Sood: “Want to find technology to help create a fully renewable green server farm, runs off the sun, and re-cycles the heat into power. Ideas?” (http://twitter.com/rahulsood)
Now, everyone, find a groove to dance to and shake it! Hellz Yeah! 2010!!! And if that doesn’t make you happy, then you are truly hopeless ;p
It’s the end of the year and it’s mighty slow for those of us looking for a job. Things started drying up dramatically around Thanksgiving and then it trickled to next to nothing on Christmas Eve. I guess it’s to be expected. I hope things will pick up shortly after New Years.
Sigh … I wonder how the latest financial problem involving that Madoff guy will affect everything. How many more are out there like him? And how many companies will soon find out that the money they’ve “lent” out evaporated? I hope this doesn’t erode the little bit of confidence that could have been built up in the past few weeks. I realize that it’s going to take a while to unwind everything and figure out how much money there really is in the system. I imagine a lot of money is being double counted now. My feeling, though, is that it’s time for a return to sanity and for the world economy to be based on actual trade again rather than debt swapping. We’ll see if that actually happens. The US isn’t in the best position to actually manufacture much of anything anymore. Plus, there aren’t enough creative business people and managers who can envision cost effective manufacturing in the US that pays a good wage, is safe for the environment, and provides cost competitive products for consumers. It takes a strong will to change things and it takes courage to act. Right now, though, I see a bunch of flimsy spined folks running around who only know how to cut costs with a chainsaw or beg the government for corporate well-fare.
( Hahaha … irony of ironies … spreading personal wealth to corporations. There are so many out there who don’t have a pot to pee in blinded by the thought of the stereotypical “Well-fare Queen,” who have been fooled into thinking that they are middle class or even rich. Hahaha!!! It blows my mind! I guess this explains the state we are in. Everyone was living beyond their means because so many people deluded themselves into thinking that they had means. Welcome to reality and enjoy the global “three finger salute.” Not everyone can and should own a house and a car … that’s why there are apartments and public transportation. The rest of the world seems to understand this. Anyhow, there are some nice stats on Wikipedia about household incomes in the US — link. I wonder how many people have actually looked at their finances to understand their true situation.)
So what comes next? It’s clear that the rate at which people are accumulating stuff is not sustainable because there’s only so much matter on the planet. Which leads me to some “Duh!” moments I’ve had in the last few days:
Duh! #1: My husband says to me after thinking really hard about it,” What if there were some way like plants and trees to convert the CO2 to oxygen and water, then we wouldn’t have to worry about carbon so much anymore.” My deadpan response, “Uh, why not just plant enough trees and plants to cover your carbon usage …Duh …” Continue reading Goodbye and Good Riddance 2008 — Green Rant →
This is a long read but a good one. I think this is a great example of executive communication that reaches across management, engineers, and other individual contributors. I particularly like at the end of the interview in which Mr. Provoost explains simply how beans and innovation are connected.
My thoughts on this … well first off all, I’m anxious to see what’s new in lighting. I have seen the slow emergence of LED over the past couple of years, but nothing big at the Home Depot yet. Like everyone (and every company), I’m looking for any manner to decrease my electricity bill. I’m also encouraged with this CEO’s positive thoughts about innovating in the midst of a recession. Yes, I agree, being squeezed to optimize can drive innovation. I really like the idea of adversity being inspiration. Anyhow, give this a read and feel good about innovation and get excited about lighting.
Philips Lighting CEO Rudy Provoost: Innovation Means Putting Consumers’ Needs First
Published: February 20, 2008 in Knowledge@Wharton