I watched an interesting TED talk last night. It challenged the belief that government and NGOs could be the solution to the worlds problems. Michael Porter challenges that belief with his acknowledgement that without profits, these efforts cannot effect the world on a large-scale. It seems they are unsustainable. To make something profitable, however, could bring about the global change we all look to accomplish. Whether his goals could accomplish the change that we all desire is up to debate. But it is an interesting deviation from the belief that businesses act solely in their own self-interest and are a strain on society at large.
I have tried many times now to comprehend the Connecticut shooting and understand it well enough to put those thoughts into words. Frustration has prevented me from doing so. I will try my hardest to refrain from metaphors in this post but please excuse me if I slip. We have been trained our entire lives to tie so much emotion to everything that it makes it damn near impossible to actually comprehend the actual event in a logical manner. My frustration following the shooting was mostly due to people’s reactions to the incident. It was yet another thing that I watched tear my country apart. Everyone had an opinion. Everyone thought they knew what was best. And when it came to the actual shooter, words such as “evil” and “crazy” were thrown around without any authority. We dehumanize these killers and therefore make it impossible to see the potential for murder among ourselves. Continue reading Treating the problem