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Japan Reimagined

Japan Reimagined

Kinokuniya Bookstore at Bryant Park in New York hosted a book signing with Brian Salsberg, one of the executive editors of Reimagining Japan: The Quest for a Future That Works. The book is a trove of insights from leading figures in business, media and academia on what has led to Japan’s economic malaise of the...
McKinsey in My Manga

McKinsey in My Manga

Any lingering doubts I may have had about whether popular graphic media such as anime and manga (comics) could be accepted alongside more “serious” means of delivering socio-economic analysis were dispelled when this landed in my inbox: I am a digital cat: A Japanese future. It is a short message about the challenges facing Japanese...
Connecting Dots

Connecting Dots

I’m not one inclined to read much that would be considered self-improvement or inspirational literature, much less write about it. So it came as something of a surprise when I found myself comforted and encouraged by the message of an article by Roger Pulvers in The Japan Times from last Sunday. He described attempts to...
What’s the big idea?

What’s the big idea?

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about my big idea. It does not yet have a name, but I am starting to pin down the areas I think it will cover. It will definitely involve study of lifestyles that make efficient use of resources (not just environmental ones, but things like time,...
Clearing the Way

Clearing the Way

I have almost worked my way through the last manga and anime that had been in my reading/watching queue, before clearing the desk to focus on a project I’ve been planning for some time. I read the manga version of Welcome to the N.H.K., originally written as a novel by Tasuhiko Takimoto, which explores hikkikomori,...
Rightsizing

Rightsizing

I’ve mentioned before that I grew up with a lot of stuff. Boarding in a tiny room in Tokyo with only my laptop and contents of one suitcase for several months showed me just how much I needed the clarity and simplicity of life unburdened by so many baubles. Though the city is quite a...
Corporate Eco Forum

Corporate Eco Forum

With all that’s happened in the last few months, I haven’t had the chance to formally introduce the full-time position I landed with Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) after many months of searching for work. CEF is a membership organization intended to be a safe space for executives at large companies to share insights and best...
Farewell Donald Keene

Farewell Donald Keene

It is generally not an everyday event that one comes across an individual who has attained global expert status in a field of study, not because of a desire for achievement or notoriety, but because the work itself provides so much joy he or she could not imagine doing anything else. When this happens, I...
2011 Prahalad Award

2011 Prahalad Award

MR Rangaswami (Corporate Eco Forum founder) and Yvo de Boer (former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, currently Global Advisor, Climate Change & Sustainability at KPMG) present Rick Frazier (VP, Supply Chain, Coca-Cola) with the 2011 C.K. Prahalad Global Sustainability Leadership Award. The award recognizes exceptional, globally significant private sector...
Update and Restart

Update and Restart

This is it. Today’s the day. To those who have been nagging the last few months about not letting this and other projects die on the vine: you’re the best. The blog is back. Some may remember that when I started writing I had recently found myself out of work and was gearing up for...
Reach for the Sun, Moon and Stars

Reach for the Sun, Moon and Stars

Siddika Pasi wants you to know that she and her fellow engineers at First Solar are doing everything they can to make the company’s photovoltaic power plants do more and cost less. If all goes as envisioned, one day the performance of solar power will have been improved so much and the barriers to adoption...
My Stuff is Your Stuff

My Stuff is Your Stuff

At home, the pace of sorting through our curated collections of stuff, marking for donation that which no longer serves, continues unabated. Though my wife and I are both avid readers and highly value the library we have amassed, these tomes do still take up a sizable amount of real estate. We are transitioning to...