Can the idea of Charter Cities be applied to Charter Anything?

I just watched a TED talk on the idea of Charter Cities. The basic premise being that cities are the ideal economic engine, people around the globe are moving to them, so why not set up new charter cities where new rules can be applied to foster economic growth. I have my concerns about the …

The Riff – Thoughts on running, LeBron James, mega-trends, New York City culture and things my brother says

Responding to the quick hit/whats on my mind post that I wrote the other day,  I feel it's time to make it into a recurring post.  The Riff will be  quick thoughts on what I think is going on and what's important in my life at the moment.  Plus,  it's easier for me to riff …

A love letter to the poor of New York City. An ode to El Barrio

Being in poverty is a difficult existence. It can be brutal, painful and shameful. Decades of poverty can leave you with a feeling that you will never succeed and that the world is stacked against you, permanently. I see this type of poverty in my neighborhood in uptown Manhattan, El Barrio. I've lived here for …

The things that keep me up at night. How are things going to get better?

There are a handful of things that continue to popup in my weekly peruses around the web and trends that I follow.  Rather than try and write them out in-depth, I just throw them out there as one-liners: - Let's start with the billionaires.  They need to pay their way.  They aren't mega-rich in a …

Are we in a revolutionary age? Has the Internet grown up.

At TechCrunch Disrupt, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures and avc.com fame said that the Internet is about to embark on it's social revolutionary age.  He mentioned a two or three quick historical annecdotes of technology moving us forward via infrastructure first, then applied technology on the infratructure with the final phase being the social …