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Ideology and campaigns

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The idiosyncratic (and always thought-provoking) musings of Zizek aside, ideology has a hugely important but often misunderstood role in the current era of campaigns. It is also one of the four primary criteria in the disruption model of politics. It is crucial to draw a distinction between ideology and policies in this context. Quoting from a previous post: ideology refers to a broad set of...

Using the Political Disruption Model

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This event which provided the most detailed articulation to date of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s inevitable Presidential campaign also provides an opportunity to apply the political disruption model. As I (smugly) pointed out on Twitter, I identified the contours of this campaign earlier this year. This works well for the GR for President / MR (or proxy) for PM campaigns. Elect a no-nonsense...

The Political Disruption Model v1

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I’ve been working on a model of political disruption that covers challenges to mainstream parties and politics. This includes situations where the ultimate goal was achieved, as in the case of the Trump campaign or ones that have significantly shifted the political landscape, such as Corbyn with the Labour Party in the UK and Bernie Sanders ongoing efforts with the Democratic Party. These...

Cynthia Nixon & political party disruption

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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?

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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

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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!

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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

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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%

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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

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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...

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