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Working From Home Works - Bloom et al 2015

5 July 2019

Just came across an interesting paper from Nick Bloom et al (QJE 2014): A rising share of employees now regularly engage in working from home (WFH), but there are concerns this can lead to ‘‘shirking from home.’’ We report the results of a WFH experiment at Ctrip, a 16,000-employee, NASDAQ-listed Chinese travel agency. Call center employees who volunteered to WFH were randomly assigned either to work from home or in the office for nine months.

A Wise Society is an Awakened Society

2 July 2019

The commitment of a wise society is awakening, individually and collectively. What is collective awakening? The next buddha is a sangha – Thich Nhat Hanh Awakening is, by its nature, hard to describe and impossible to define. But it can be alluded to and its presence is unmistakable. Just as awakened beings have certain noticeable characteristics so we can seek to describe the characteristics of an awakened collective, of an awakened society.

US Gov Antitrust Action on Digital Monopolies including Facebook,Google and Amazon

4 June 2019

Promising news of US Gov Antitrust action on digital monopolies such as Facebook, Google etc: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/03/technology/facebook-ftc-antitrust.html But we need more than traditional antitrust (“closing door after horse has bolted). We need an the Open Revolution: https://openrevolution.net/ For specific analysis and remedies for these digital monopolies see: https://rufuspollock.com/2018/02/24/solving-the-internet-monopolies-problem-google-facebook-etc/ https://rufuspollock.com/ubernomics/

Getting Things Done by David Allen

27 May 2019

9⁄10. Decades of learning distilled in one simple, complete package. I also appreciate the Zen / Landmarkian underpinnings. There is one caveat, common to all productivity / personal development techniques, namely: the devil will be in the implementation, i.e. the self-discipline and practice to apply the techniques – no matter however great the ideas and processes are (“ideas are cheap, implementation is costly”). For example, I’ve heard about this many times in the last 15+ years, and come across bits and pieces, but it has taken until now for me to knuckle down and really read the book – and my implementation has only just started.

Ursula Le Guin: the fears predominate these days

7 May 2019

Actually, I don’t exactly have expectations. I have hopes, and fears. Mostly the fears predominate these days. When my kids were young I could still hope we might not totally screw up the environment for them, but now that we’ve done so, and are more deeply sold out than ever to profiteering industrialism with its future-horizon of a few months, any hope I have that coming generations may have ease and peace in life has become very tenuous, and has to reach far, far forward into the dark.