Book Recommendation - Gang Leader for a Day
Monday 28 April 2008
When it comes to quality strategic futures work as part of making the pragmatic decisions that shifts beyond theoretical futures work, I encourage my clients to question the assumptions they make about the information they have available to them. Which is why I am recommending the book 'Gang Leader for a day - a rougue sociologist takes to the streets' by Sudhir Venkatesh. What Venkatesh highlights so succinctly is that making decisions when you are disconnected from reality will ultimately lead to outcomes you didn't expect.
Interestingly enough, the 'rogue' element in the title exists because Venkatesh engaged in a practise that apparently was outside the realm of standard sociology - he actually spent time with the people he was writing about! Can you imagine that, someone daring to 'get informed' through first hand experience rather than trite and shallow quantitative based market surveys? Unbelievable, I mean, who does he think he is? :-) The book itself has some wonderful gems, like the observation that policy makers had no clues about how 'the projects' housing area actually worked and one of the lessons is clear - making decisions from on high without questioning your assumptions and assessing your expectations leads to a pretty fragile final result.
Mr Venkatesh - much Kudos! Published by Penguin this year, a truly enlightening read to say the least
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Monday 27 February 2017
It's been a significantly busy couple of months looking at how Industries and Government Agencies are preparing for change. The Companies versus Climate Change conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November/December, and a meeting with the Political Science Department at the University of Hawaii (Manoa) in January show that positive action is happening, despite some of the headlines
Saturday 31 December 2016
Many of you know that each year I make an observation about what I think the year will bring. The track record suggests I'm usually a couple of years ahead of the curve. With that said I'm calling 2017
Monday 12 December 2016
In Ft. Lauderdale USA I recently attending a delightful provocatively named 'Companies Versus Climate Change' conference. And the message is clear - companies, BIG well known companies are tackling the issues of climate change, sustainability and their carbon footprints and both making and saving VAST sums of dollars. The simple take away message from the presentations over the three days could not have been more explicit - tackling climate change pays off big time!