Problem Solving to Fit the World

In The New Localism¬†Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak argue that political decision-making, solutions to complex problems, and innovations in progress and economic development occur more at the local level than at the national level in the world today. Their argument is that national politics is complex and cumbersome, with too many large and disconnected voices … Continue reading Problem Solving to Fit the World

Problem Solving Locally

"As politics has become nationalized, problem solving has become localized," write Jeremy Nowak and Bruce Katz in The New Localism. National politics is all about identity. It is all about the question of whether people like me are favored and socially rewarded on a nationwide scale. People like me might be men, intellectuals, Ford truck … Continue reading Problem Solving Locally

A Thought on Populism & Localism

Populism has been in the news since 2016, but like any political "ism" it doesn't have a super clear definition and meaning.¬† Most people, in my estimation, probably understand populism as some type of anti-elitist politics, where policies for "the people" are the focus as opposed to policies introduced by "the elites" or by "bureaucrats." … Continue reading A Thought on Populism & Localism

Why the City-State is Returning to Prominence

I live in Nevada which is in an interesting state driven largely by two main metropolitan areas: Las Vegas in Southern Nevada and Reno in Northern Nevada. States today are relying on dynamic cities in order to get things done and to jump-start their economies. In my home state, Las Vegas in a tourism driven … Continue reading Why the City-State is Returning to Prominence

Defining New Leadership

Leaders today are not what we have always thought of. Both in public spheres and in private businesses, leaders are those who can pull lots of strings together, without being a commanding drill sergeant type of personality. When I think back on historical leaders that influenced and shaped the world, I think of dictators who … Continue reading Defining New Leadership

The Location of Power

Power in the United States, at least the power to actually get things done and make changes, is transforming. National politics exist at such a polarized level that bipartisan lawmaking and any action in general is almost impossible. As a result, political decision making and dynamic policy changes are occurring at a different level of … Continue reading The Location of Power

Designing for Two Goals

"Savvy institutional designers," Write Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson in The Elephant in the Brain, "must ... identify both the surface goals to which people give lip service and the hidden goals that people are also trying to achieve. Designers can then search for arrangements that actually achieve the deeper goals while also serving the … Continue reading Designing for Two Goals

Take a Close Look at What Feels Right

A topic I am fascinated by and plan to dig into in the future is motivated reasoning. We are great at finding all of the reasons and examples for why the things we do are overwhelmingly good and justified, while finding all the flaws in the people and things we dislike. Our brains seems to … Continue reading Take a Close Look at What Feels Right