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Design Stinking

20Dec10

Thank you, Helen Walters, for your thoughtful piece on Design Thinking in FastCompany. In contrast, I will take a shorter, more scatological path to explaining why I think we need to stop this “exciting new phenomenon” before it kills its host. First, it’s pretentious and unable to withstand scrutiny. How did all the invention that […]


I am currently a coach in the NYU Stern Business Competition. I focus on the Social Venture side – including ventures that have a social mission and are for-profit, non-profit, and hybrids. Candidates will spend the year honing their pitch and plan with our coaching and rounds of judging. Social Venture Competition winners get the […]


Lying in a hammock under white pines, I count the tiers of branches to recognize the years the tree has stood sturdy over the space. Generations ago, old-stand white pines were harvested to stand tall over ships and the merchants who made America. Living and harvested woods — both — have been invaluable parts of […]


Late one night in early fall last year I was sitting in the breathtaking Eastern Sierras, having spent the day teaching the Rainer Arnhold (social innovation) Fellows with Kevin Starr, finishing an article for JustMeans that was a few weeks overdue. I was high – from spending time with young people who do not accept […]