Saturday, December 1, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The newly named it would seem Legatum Center "will help MIT students start enterprises in developing countries, to foster organic and durable economic growth and more equitable societies",
"We will champion bottom-up economic growth, rather than the prevalent top-down, state-led, aid-funded projects that by and large have not worked"
Monday, November 26, 2007
Alice Brock, owner of Alice's Restaurant — made famous in Arlo Guthrie's 1967 song and 1969 movie — stands outside of her restaurant in 1974. Courtesy of Alice Brock
I just barreled ahead, discovering all kinds of possibilities and making plenty of mistakes. And those are really great opportunities to learn. When something works, well, that's that. But when it doesn't, I have to think about why, and I have to come up with some other way that will make it work. Mistakes lead to discovery and that can produce delight, like cream of salt and pepper soup. I made it in a pinch once and believe me it's good. You should try it!
Recipe for Cream of Salt and Pepper Soup
One day, Alice Brock saw a tour bus coming up the drive to her restaurant and she suddenly remembered she was supposed to feed 40 people a full lunch. She didn't have any soup made, so she improvised this Cream of Salt and Pepper Soup on the spot. Brock says, "Soup is any kind of food cooked in enough liquid to make eating it impossible with a fork."
- Sautee some onions in butter
- Add chicken stock and heat
- Just before serving, add fresh heavy cream
- Add salt and pepper to taste
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Anita Campbellof Small Business Trends wrote me some while ago that she " wrote for small business owners, not for individuals." However, it seems to me that she quite often provides her readers with resources that are valuable not only to the business entity but the individual as well. All individuals, not only those in business but employees, students, anybody participating in our society would gain benefits from seeing this movie. Now I am being unfair again because I can safely presume that Anita actually does not make a strict distinction between the small business and the individual that created it. However, do we apply that distinction between ourselves as an employee and individual or as a consumer and individual? I find this type of wisdom that people can use in their daily lives of running a means of bringing products or services of use to others of a far greater benefit than many of the touchy-feely affirmations prevalent on the Internet. It puts a lot of what I have been writing about for the last few months in a succinct, inspirational and accessible format.