This is a guest blog post by Michael Schrage, a research fellow with the Sloan School of Management's Center for Digital Business and a visiting fellow at Imperial College's [London] 'Innovation and Entrepreneurship' program. He is responding to Big Think's recent video interviews with Nestle Chairman Peter Brabeck on the topic of business sustainability:
Brabeck is understandably concerned about employees and shareholders becoming to focused on quarterly results, but it is the role of leaders like Brabeck and great companies like Nestle to resist pressures and temptations around results every 90 days. That said, even if I am running a marathon, I want to know my times after every three miles and where I stand in relation to the competition. Brabeck's complaint is divorced from meaningful context. Where does he draw the line between short-term, medium-term and long term? Every year? Two years? Five years? If a leadership team has a compelling strategic vision and good people, they can attract the right kind of institutional and individual investors. I am surprised and sorry that Brabeck believes so many of Nestle's investors don't adequately understand or appreciate Nestle's long-term strategies...whose responsibility is that?
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We take fewer mental pictures per second.
- Recent memories run in our brains like sped-up old movies.
- In childhood, we capture images in our memory much more quickly.
- The complexities of grownup neural pathways are no match for the direct routes of young brains.
A consortium of scientists and engineers have proposed that the U.S. and Mexico build a series of guarded solar, wind, natural gas and desalination facilities along the entirety of the border.
- The proposal was recently presented to several U.S. members of Congress.
- The plan still calls for border security, considering all of the facilities along the border would be guarded and connected by physical barriers.
- It's undoubtedly an expensive and complicated proposal, but the team argues that border regions are ideal spots for wind and solar energy, and that they could use the jobs and fresh water the energy park would create.
It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
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