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  México Watch

When Andrés Manuel López Obrador ran for office, he promised to rid México of corruption, reduce the crazy murder rate, and replace technocratic, market-friendly policies with actions that put the “poor and forgotten” first. How’s that working out?

 The New York Times: “Who Was ‛El Padrino,’ Godfather to Drug Cartel? Mexico’s Defense Chief, U.S. Says”

 The New York Times: “In Mexico, a Truck Full of Corpses Takes a Mystery Road Trip”

 The New York Times: “Fearing Corruption Inquiry, Former Mexico Party Chief Moves to Block Arrest’”

 The New York Times: “Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away’”

 The New York Times: “In Mexico, ‛It’s Easy to Kill a Journalist’”  Leer en Español

 The New York Times: “Using Texts as Lures, Government Spyware Targets Mexican Activists and Their Families”

 The Guardian: “‛Adiós!’: Mexican Newspaper Norte Closes After Murder of Journalist”

 Mexico News Daily: “Mexico is Third Most Dangerous Country.”

 Mexico News Daily: Mexico Daily News

 The New York Times: Corruption at a Level of Audacity ‛Never Seen in Mexico’

  What I’m Up To...

After receiving the vaccinations, my life quickly resumed normalcy — or at least what passes for normalcy these days.
On a more somber note, the situation in Haïti continues to deteriorate. I have not made any decisions my Covid-delayed project.
I have been asked about the 16 Americans and one Canadian, including an infant, a three-year-old, and a six-year-old, who were kidnapped and held for ransom by 400 Mawozo. Thankfully, they have all been released — or escaped — in mid-Decmeber. Despite the happy outcome, I cannot be more explicit: these people had no business being there. None. First, taking children to such a dangerous environment is nothing short of criminal.
Second, the U.S. State Department issued a Travel Advisory for Häiti on August 23, 2021. It is explicit: “Do not travel to Häiti due to kidnapping, crime, civil unrest, and COVID-19.” What part of that did they not understand? What part of that didn’t apply to them? But just in case they didn’t get it, the State Department followed this with a full page of highly detailed reasons why Americans should not go there now.
Finally, yes, Häiti is in desperate shape. Its desperation is precisely why Häiti should not be a destination for children, amateurs, and those engaging in virtue-signaling and conspicuous compassion. Sure, they’ll feel warm and fuzzy about it, but the fact is that they do more harm than good. Full stop.

 

  MOOCs

Throughout the pandemic, I have continued to offer my MOOCs by invitation to former students.
After experimenting with larger class sizes during the early days of the pandemic, I have decided to return to a smaller number to increase social presence and to allow more people to interact. “Mini-MOOCs,” I guess.
As always, all materials are provided; there are no fees. I think that large-scale MOOCs embody everything that is bad about Distance Learning, which is bad enough to begin with. I am rerunning some of my most popular MOOCs, all updated with new material:
  Agile: New Business Creation
  Speed: The Misplaced Virtue
  Blockchain, Bitcoin & the Future of Trust
  The No-Nonsense Job Hunt
  Cyber War
  Why Your On-Line Strategy Will Continue to Fail — And How You Can Prevent It

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Live an amazing life! Decide to learn, to create, and to do more — today. Use technology to do things that were unimaginable yesterday. Never settle.

 

 
How many great men or women do you know? I mean the kind of person who should hush crowds at the very mention of his/her name.
I know two. At least I did until February 21, 2022.
That was the day that the great Paul Farmer died. Most Americans are only vaguely familiar or maybe caught his name in one of those throw-away obituaries at the end of the evening news.
Even if you know who he is, get on the Google and read up on him, just to refresh yourself. Even Wikipedia will do. And then the next time someone says, “What can one man do?” you’ll know what to say. You’ll have to lie, because if you tell the truth, they won’t believe you.
This cover, below, is wrong. The world did not get a little darker. It got a lot darker.

“It is not all right for Russia to decide Ukraine’s future.” - Antony Blinken

 Cool Stuff in Wayne’s World...

Innovation Project

 Innovation Project

Mission: Integrate innovation into the curriculum. I have been teaching individual creativity and corporate innovation since 2005. Everyone wants it; no one wants to work for it. I can change that.

 Distance Learning Project

Mission: Make distance learning as good as — or better than — one-on-one tutoring, by any pedagogical standard. Am I there yet? No — but I can reliably beat every platform on the market. Want to see how?

 Emerging Business Paradigm

Mission: Re-think business and business education. All you know about business is wrong. All you know about business is right. This apparent paradox drives the Emerging Business Paradigm. Want to know more?

 The Music Project

Mission: Getting to the stage was going to be easy. Not so much. Whenever I think I’ve made progress, I hear the Precision Guided Thinkers jeering, and it’s da capo al fine.

 Change the World

Mission: Make a real difference. Change the world. A little ambitious? Yes. Impossible? Probably. Completely nuts? I won’t disagree. But if we don’t try, who will?

 The Writing Project

Mission: Thank-you, Donald Kaul, who taught me when to write; Professor Richard Freed, who taught me how to write; Anne Lamott, who taught me why to write, and my fellow Yalie, Tom Wolfe, who taught me not to write.
My short story, “The Dreamweaver,” was published in the September 2021 Fiction Issue of the Mensa Bulletin and I am still getting calls about it. Very cool!