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Some notes towards a new money

After a conversation with Eleanor Saitta at Truth and Beauty. First: why? Well, it’s because the money we have is clearly inadequate. It embodies too many perverse incentives: specifically, it engenders a desire to hoard it rather than to use it; it provides too easy a metric for point-scoring, and easy metrics become ends in themselves; it’s very easily gameable...

Truth and Beauty – The Future We Deserve, Part 2

Or, Why won’t somebody act? As before, italics indicate my own interpolations and editorial asides. Everything else is Vinay Gupta, though I’ve rephrased or summarized here & there. Governance comes in three necessary & inevitable parts: ownership, management, and protection. Owners fund, maintain, & legitimize; managers do the work to keep it going; protectors remove threats. There are an arbitrarily...

Truth and Beauty – The Future We Deserve, Part 1

Here’s my notes from Vinay Gupta’s talk on “The Future We Deserve”, part 1 of a 3-week series. I may well have mis-summarized some of it, but the podcast’s available here (mp3), and others who were there are entirely encouraged to correct me. Diversity count: 23 people, 5 of whom presented as female, 6 of whom (including the speaker) were...

Telling Tales at the V&A

I and the Mediaevalist spent Saturday afternoon wandering around the V&A, starting with their delightful Telling Tales exhibition (warning: plays sound effects at you). It’s concerned with design “in the spirit of storytelling”, and does it rather well. The first area of three is an enchanted glade, subdivided with forest-patterned drapes and filled with interesting, whimsical, somewhat threatening furniture; the...