Strategies for a discontinuous future.

Saturday, May 06, 2006
WSJ.com - Lack of Political Will Confounds Doha Round

WSJ.com - Lack of Political Will Confounds Doha Round

Looks like the Doha round is in trouble. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I hope that this round falls apart.

-- Mahashunyam // 6:02 PM //

More microinsurance

The incredibly cool microinsurance initiative out of India that I blogged about earlier is picking up momentum. Cornell is leading the way: Johnson has made a case study out of it for their MBAs, and I also found this conference paper prepared by some Cornell researchers. HBS case is here.

-- Mahashunyam // 5:11 PM //

Main Page - Wikocracy


Wow...this is wickedly cool! This is a far-reaching idea. (Hat Tip: MeFi).

For the longest, time I've been thinking about the inadequacies and shortcomings of democracy as a system of governance. I kept thinking about pushing Umair's edge comp stuff to the limit : after all, our biggest problems and their solutions belong firmly to the realm of policy-making and implementation, or politics in general. What could be better than development of governmental edge competencies at the interface of law, politics and The Great Unwashed?

-- Mahashunyam // 4:21 AM //

Friday, May 05, 2006

Apparently, our soldiers in Iraq are...hungry. We can't even feed them.

Outsourcing, too often, is just another way to let someone else - who has to answer to no one - do a shabby job. It's a way to vaporize - in fact, to arbitrage - responsibility, regulation, and accountability.

It's a way to step backwards; by creating efficiency through undoing protections that have evolved over hundreds of years. And, interestingly, these protections are there as much for consumers as for businesses - it's just that most businesses seem to have forgotten about that.

Ah, the joys of having a CEO preznit.

-- umair // 3:43 PM //

Thursday, May 04, 2006
Google Health! What's next...?

Google as a platform is old news. Google was a search engine, then they had an email service, they recently launched Google Calendar etc etc. However this new idea for Google Health is puzzling. Why not just buy WebMD? While Google has to spend the billions in it's war chest, they seem to be diversifying rapidly, and losing focus. What's next Google Racing?

-- Kashif Hasan // 2:52 PM //

Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Korean Web 2.0 vs Google

Google is struggling in the web-savvy Korean market. The basic reason is:

" The Korean slice of the Web is relatively small compared to the English-language chunks of cyberspace. Koreans often come up short when trying to find information in their native tongue. To remedy the situation, Naver came up with what it calls Knowledge iN, where users post questions that are answered by other users - creating a database that now totals more than 41.1 million entries."

This is a great example of Web 2.0 and the power of collective intelligence.

-- Kashif Hasan // 10:48 PM //

Monday, May 01, 2006
Kidnapped Indian found beheaded


K Suryanarayan

Today, my head bows to thee, Surya. Unsung heroes such as yourselves have contributed so much for the well-being of the rest of us ingrates who never ever thanked or even noticed true heroes such as yourselves. People like me sit in our cocoons and pontificate about economic mechanisms to solve poverty and help the rest of humanity while brave souls such as yourselves rolled up your sleeves, lived in hellish mess created by others and worked hard to make them better. Rest in peace, brother. And Thank You.

-- Mahashunyam // 1:41 AM //

Sunday, April 30, 2006
Iconoclastic Economist John Kenneth Galbraith Dies


John Kenneth Galbraith

A highly influential visionary and intellectual.

-- Mahashunyam // 9:22 PM //




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