It’s definitely not climate friendly

Recently, Republicans received some favorable climate-related coverage. Utah’s 3rd District Congressman John Curtis announced the formation of a Conservative Climate Caucus. It came with a roster of roughly 60 Congresspeople, none of them particularly well known names. While they are light on content, they had…


The dwindling of liberalism and the ascent of China will shape our future

In the past two years I’ve read many deep and interesting books, from Kahneman’s Noise to Malhotra’s Negotiation Genius to Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees. But as a strategist, a pair of books stand out as I think about the world and its trajectory.

The first is Martin Jacques’…


But you are probably better served by ghosting them and working on root cause solutions

The only way to de-radicalize anyone is with a lot of concerted effort after a bunch of conditions for success are met.

Preconditions:

  • You have to be in one of their big tribes. You have to be able to speak their language. …


No and yes respectively, and the no comes with a serious proviso

Toyota is a fascinating and incredibly successful company. From its beginnings in 1933 through its post-WWII growth through the OPEC Oil Crisis of 1972 which saw small Japanese cars suddenly hot in the USA through its pledge, successfully accomplished, to become the world’s largest car company, it’s fought challenging circumstances…


The risk of climate impacts are increasing and municipalities are bearing the brunt of adaptation

As our shared climate changes, our historic inaction necessarily brings a greater need for adaptation to change instead of prevention of it. Countries, sub-national governments and cities around the world are struggling with how to deal with slow-moving, multi-generation tsunamis. …


As always, the Liberals drove progress and managed the economy well, but there were headwinds

As Canadians go to the polls, it’s worth looking back over the incumbent Liberals’ spell at the helm and consider how Canada has moved both forward and backward, and why.

First, progress

Canada actually has a carbon tax that’s increasing to be close to the range it needs to be in for…


As Canadians go to vote, keep the bigger picture in mind

This morning I voted for the Liberal candidate in my local riding, Hedy Fry. I not only voting Liberal, I’m encouraging everyone I know and every Canadian who reads my work to vote Liberal, or strategically vote anything but Conservative.

I’m going to be very clear. My opinion is that…


Soros’ perspective is a victim of his great efforts in Europe to bring democracy to former Soviet Bloc countries

For inveterate China watchers and investment observers such as my self, the recent spat between Soros and BlackRock has been interesting. To net it out, Soros has been warning anyone who will listen from the Davos crowd in January to Financial Post readers that China is a bad fiscal bet…


If an election is a performance evaluation of a leader, Trudeau passes with good grades

Canada is in the midst of a snap election, and advance polls just opened. I was in the short line just after 9 AM, one of the first to vote in this round. I’m not in favor the Liberals calling the election, but I understand the political calculus. …


Retrenching to nationalism would be bad for the environment and humanity

We are in a bit of a Malthusian race, one which I am pretty sure we are going to ‘win’, albeit with a lot of collateral damage. And with a really lovely byproduct of global peace. …

Michael Barnard

Chief Strategist, TFIE Strategy Inc. Business and technical future-proofing. Top Writer Quora since 2013. CleanTechnica, Forbes, Quartz+ more. In 4 books.

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