by Chris Billowsin Spirit Speculations0 comments
Most journalists talk about the five W’s as a method to get a story. These are: WHO? Every topic needs a subject. WHAT? Every subject needs an event. WHEN? Every event needs a time. WHERE? Every event needs a place. WHY? The existentialist question. There is a reason behind the subject experiencing the event, at the time and place it happened. That’s five W’s… but there is actually a sixth, forgotten one. I will argue that the sixth W is found at the end of the question and word: “HOW?”. HOW is the most forgotten and subtle question. It is the only future-looking or solution-focused question. After we have answers to the first five questions, we need to ask HOW so we can re-frame the entire situation to consider change and solutions. HOW do we create peace? HOW do we reduce suffering? HOW do we find happiness? Perhaps problems remain unsolved because we stop short of asking the forgotten ‘W’ question of HOW.
by Chris Billowsin Business Beller0 comments
The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea is an apt title for this book. It is a short history, but a very interesting one. And its interesting because the subject matter is treated with enthusiasm which becomes a source of entertainment. This is a book written for the non-academic, acting almost like a Reader’s Digest version of a business history course. The book enthuses how the revolutionary idea known as the Company is one of the single greatest contributions to civilization’s development. This enthusiasm does not mean that they ignore the negative aspects of the Company, namely the grotesque pursuit of profit and company goals over human needs such as in the Belgian Congo, but the tone of the book is fan-boyish. Tone aside, the authors do accomplish what they set out to do. They illustrate how the idea of the Company is pretty revolutionary. Basically a government body grants a charter for a collective of disperse individuals to work together by pooling their capital and resources for the purpose of wealth accumulation. The book talks how the different national governments dealt with the rise of the Company (limited-liability joint-share corporations), and how in places like Britain they […]
by Chris Billowsin Political Ponderings0 comments
I have stumbled across a few books and websites that are pointing to a new understanding of social and economic class. Its a refreshing and what I believe, accurate, understanding of social change in modern nations. In contrast to the Leftist/Communist understanding of Class Conflict, the Creative Class is a term given to what is considered to be an expanding and powerful socioeconomic class which cuts across nations. Its a concept that is heavily promoted by Richard Florida with books and websites. While his use of ‘class’ is problematic for me, because class implies group-consciousness, I do think that he is identifying a clear socioeconomic transformation of our societies. Whether this leads to a creative class consciousness or not, there is no doubt that we are seeing a large amount of wealth generation coming from intellectual property, new business models, and the arts. Here are some interesting links about the rise of a new creative/entertainment class. Check them out: Creative Class Time Magazine’s article on America’s New Class System New Stateman’s article on Replacing One Social Class System with Another