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Cynthia Nixon & political party disruption


I should preface my comments on the New York Governor Democrat primary campaign by acknowledging that the latest polling has Cuomo ahead of Nixon.  However, there is a momentum shift toward her. The Nixon campaign bears the traits that I have previously identified as important in successful insurgent political campaigns. While I’m still working on a cohesive synthesis of these factors, I...

The Future of Work and Global Talent: What About the Poor?


It is now widely accepted that the future of work requires different set of talent and skills. It is also argued that the global economic ideology is shifting from Capitalism to Talentism—a new era where human capital would hold more influence than financial capital. From Washington DC to Zurich to Seoul to Delhi, we discuss, debate, and commit to act so that the education we provide today meets...

So Fresh, So Clean


New political parties and alliances are something that we’ve become accustomed to in Sri Lanka, with examples in the last few years ranging from the risible to the far more serious matter of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna which dominated the recent local government elections. Naturally, this article about an attempt to form a new party in the UK piqued my interest. Of course, given my...

With Knowledge comes responsibility!


My understanding of Facebook is that it is just a platform. You offer your identity using the platform and someone accepts you as a friend. The privacy of that relationship needs to be respected by the trustee of the platform who has access to all this personal data. This should not be used for financial gain! If someone posts anything publicly then this is not the problem of the trustee...

Leadership in a BIG data world


Data isn’t the goal With our obsession with data, we forget that knowledge is a means to an end. Ultimately, if we are to influence the behaviour of others, we need to move their hearts and minds. Economic and political choices are not always made for rational or logical reasons. Learning about other people should allow us to make better decisions in terms of how we can serve them. Data...

All about the base: Mahinda’s 40%


It’s a shame that a rare sensible & analytical look at #LGPolls2018 #LGpollSL had to be in The Island @PresRajapaksa 40%+ base is the most significant number in #srilanka-n politics. pic.twitter.com/VMHywio5ml — Rajit Hewagama (@rajit_h) February 15, 2018 Pay attention to the numbers and this part: In very general terms Rajapaksa and his party has had the support of around 45% of the...

Vegan Marketing & a fight in the Sri Lankan parliament


A vegan friend sent me a link to this article, with the comment that this shows how moral activism can work. We frequently debate the tactical effectiveness of making the vegan lifestyle a primarily moral issue is in converting meat eaters. Aside from pointing out the irony of sending me a link to an NRA site, my reply to him is below (lightly edited for clarity): Hunting is a terrible analogy...

Monopolies, Twitter280 & mixed campaign messaging


Between being (sadly un-enjoyably) busy and being ill, my blog posting has temporarily ground to a halt. However, the increase in the character limit of tweets has been a blessing and I’ll leave the greatest hits of the last week here until I can blog properly. Amazon vs. Walmart Omnichannel retailing ‘Amazon pop-up stores to open at various Whole Foods locations’ –...

Amazon & Pharmaceuticals


A brief and belated note. CVS deal for Aetna This is something to watch closely. The disruption in the grocery industry caused by Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, would be mirrored by their move into the pharmacy business. Amazon has received approval for wholesale pharmacy licenses in at least 12 states. They include Nevada, Arizona, North Dakota, Louisiana, Alabama, New Jersey, Michigan...

Facebook Instant Articles, Big Tech Backlash, an interesting poll


Facebook Instant Articles Thinking “alarms bells went off” vastly overestimates the #digital savvy of #srilanka-n #news & #media orgs. pic.twitter.com/URDFNWoDXo — Rajit Hewagama (@rajit_h) October 25, 2017 While I meant what I tweeted about the implications of the change by Facebook not being understood by publishers in Sri Lanka (whose knowledge of digital is rudimentary at...

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