Anything yet: the hockey stick

Sustainable growth? I was going to call this ‘the exponential function’, but I didn’t want to put you off. This is a key force behind much of Anything Yet: if things grow steadily (say, at the rate of few percent per…

Anything yet

Here’s the intuition: New technologies – including ideas, techniques and ways of thinking, as well as physical tools – very often come from the creative recombination* of old technologies There are more people in the world than ever before, and…

Counting stamps

Examining the economics of the mail, he [Charles Babbage] pursued a counter-intuitive insight, that the significant cost comes not from the physical transport of paper packets but from their “verification” – the calculation of distances and the collection of correct…

You can’t stay

As you start working for change, seeking success in whatever terms you define it, it’s worth asking yourself what you’re willing to give up to get it. Change – at what cost, and to who? You’re leaving the village behind,…

Datapoints

What the wizards at the various casinos have figured out how to do is wire up the slot machines so that they’re constantly playing with your need to feel lucky. The slots don’t work the way they used to. First…

Hinterland

Cities can’t exist without a hinterland – the ‘land behind’ and around them that supports the city, provides people, resources, a place for the products of the city – for good and bad – to flow out to, a place for the…

After the transaction

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. Ask yourself these questions about the transaction – the one you put so much groundwork into, pushed so hard to achieve, until finally, it happened. Ask yourself:…

World without ends

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. Yesterday I posted about beginning with the end in mind. Today’s question is: what if we never get to the end? Whether this is a good or…

The end in mind

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. Steven R. Covey’s first habit of highly effective people is to begin with the end in mind. Where do you want to go? What do you want to build?…