Category Archives: Governance

Future Government? It’s Time to Handover to the Next Generation

I would never try to tell the younger generation what to do. But just imagine for a moment how a worldwide organization could emerge, almost overnight. And imagine if that organization provided high profile communications on how individual countries are performing (or not) against climate and sustainability targets, and supply the media with material (ammunition) to challenge the existing political hierarchy. Continue reading

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The True Story of How the UK Post Office became a Failed Organization.

A modern fable. In 1999 the UK Post Office introduced a new computer system named Horizon into its network of post offices throughout the UK. The system managed the important tasks of transactions, accounting and stocktaking. Soon after it was … Continue reading

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Tell me No Lies,

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” Daniel Patrick Moynihan This post is also available as a podcast: Over the past few years I have commented frequently on what many of us believe is … Continue reading

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Technology’s Crucible – Cause or Solution to Our World in Crisis?

Back in the 1970’s I, like many in the tech industry, followed the work of James Martin – a genuine guru and polymath who between 1965 and 2006 wrote over 100 books, many of which were huge best sellers. The … Continue reading

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Democracy is not a fragile flower still it needs cultivating.

Well it’s been one hell of a ride! I remember talking to a good friend and colleague almost exactly four years ago. He lives in the greater DC area and does a lot of government business, so I listened hard. … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Climate Bill (Ireland)

The Irish government published it’s first climate change bill in 2015. This was superseded by the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020. This post records my initial review of the combined bills.    I couldn’t find a … Continue reading

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Split up Facebook? No! Enforce Open Social Media Interoperability Standards to enable real competition.

I see today in the Guardian that “The US government and a coalition of 48 states and districts have filed parallel lawsuits against Facebook in a major antitrust offensive that accused the social media behemoth of anticompetitive behavior and could ultimately force … Continue reading

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Truth will ultimately prevail . . . !

“Truth will ultimately prevail where pains is taken to bring it to light.” George Washington’s letter to Charles Mynn Thruston | Sunday, August 10, 1794 Washington is replying to Frederick County, Va., delegate Charles Mynn Thruston’s 21 June 1794 letter … Continue reading

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We have just crossed a threshold – it’s time to fix Facebook, Twitter et al.

We have crossed a threshold where technology Facebook et al are facilitating fixed elections and genocide. It’s time to act. Continue reading

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Do we really need MORE democracy? Is consent of the people a recipe for instability?

I was intrigued to see today that as Jean-Claude Junker addressed the European Parliament he was heckled by Nigel Farage who said, “what was being proposed was more Europe in every single direction… without the consent of the people”. It … Continue reading

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