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How the tech industry can lead in the Trump era

Co-authored by Simone C. Ross, co-founder and chief program officer at Techonomy. This presidential election has kicked off tempestuous debates and much soul searching about the role of technology, especially social media, in the democratic process. These questions are vital, but now it is time to look forward. The core issue is the question of … Continue reading »

What the Harvard Business Review and the People’s Daily think about leadership succession

I had to laugh when my post about what happens when innovative CEOs retire or die appeared in both the bastion of capitalism – the Harvard Business Review — and in the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party – The People’s Daily. Then I didn’t. A Story is just a story Why the Harvard … Continue reading »

Resistance and the rebirth of inclusion

  My, our, disagreement with Trump is in fact rooted in his support for oppression against people that he and his supporters see as other, and against their denial for their humanity and their right to exist. According to systems scholar and political scientist Scott E. Page, diversity of experience and views can be a … Continue reading »

Mistaken for Muslim, Indian American man beaten in Pittsburg bar

The incident reported in Indian-American media reminds me of this story I penned sometime back, from which I excerpted this blog. An itinerant Indian nationalist activist, Pandit Totaram Sanadhya, found himself in the impoverished islands of British-colonized Fiji quite by accident, being deceptively recruited in 1893 as a girmitiya, a Hindiised term for indentured “coloured” … Continue reading »

No church in the wild: the politics of the sanctuary campus

“Lies on the lips of a priest/Thanksgiving disguised as a feast”   — Jay-Z and Kanye West, No Church in The Wild (from Watch the Throne) It has been two weeks since the election that saw Donald Trump elected president of the United States. And here at Berkeley, I and many undocumented scholars and activists … Continue reading »