Resource: The Data of Long-lived Institutions from The Long Now Foundation

This is an interesting set of pieces of information about the kinds of institutions that last a really long time, and the strategies that allow them to do so. Transcript here. A couple of extracts below to whet your appetite, and video below them. Which institutions last the longest? …There’s no system in the world that I’ve found that is…

Black History Month: the things we forget and the things we can’t see

Some things about Black History month: It is not a recent product of early-21st-Century political correctness, but has roots going back to the 1920s; It isn’t unproblematic: race is a flawed organising principle for all the reasons that racists are wrong;* It does start conversations, shed light on forgotten or hidden truths, and prick our consciences in a way that…

Strategy (4): Strategy is a practice

This is the fourth post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the dynamic process practice of making, implementing and reviewing big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. My Practice In the spirit of refinement through iteration and with…

Article: The Guardian Long Read on The White Helmets

This article – about the tragic death of James Le Mesurier, co-founder of The Mayday Rescue (also known as The White Helmets) – is both an inspiring story of a life of service and a dispiriting account of cynical politics at its worst. It’s also a good example of the administrative challenges of work in NGOs in contexts where most…

Strategy (3): Strategy is about the big picture (relatively)

This is the third post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the dynamic process of making big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. Which picture? Strategy is commonly defined as a “big picture” activity: “a general plan to…

Privilege: other people’s eyes

In the space between finishing university and starting my first proper job I had a minor revelation. With my bank account running low and a few weeks before my first pay cheque would arrive I walked into Marks and Spencer* and experienced – I think for the first time in my life – the feeling of not being able to…

Strategy (2): Strategy is dynamic

This is the second post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the dynamic process of making big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. Strategy in a changing world Because strategies are made and executed in a changing world…

Strategy (1): What is Strategy?

I thought it would be helpful to start a series on strategy with a working definition of strategy, but found it rather tricky to define because we use it in a number of ways. Here are three DriverlessCrocodile definitions of strategy, subject to revision as this series continues. I’ll unpack them further in subsequent posts. Definition of Strategy (as a…

The Atlantic on trust and on the remote working revolution

These two articles from The Atlantic are worth reading. On Social Trust The first is about politics in the broadest sense of “how we live together.” Social trust is a measure of the moral quality of a society—of whether the people and institutions in it are trustworthy, whether they keep their promises and work for the common good. When people…

It could have been better (3): Seth Godin on “good enough” and the pursuit of perfection

The pursuit of perfection gets in the way of doing the work that we need to do. … What does perfection actually mean? … It is entirely possible that, as a marketing effort, your definition of “good enough” is “much better than people expect”. If you define “good enough” as “remarkable in the way that customers experiences it,” you’ve still…