Steubenville

We need better heroes: Steubenville and the Cult of the American Athlete

I was born and raised in a backwater in rural Maryland, in a small town much like Steubenville, Ohio. Steubenville’s latest claim to fame is the extremely disturbing rape committed, recorded, and broadcast to the world by 16-year old high-school football players. More »
March 9, 2013 Austin TX

What if SXSW and TED had a lovechild with Peter Thiel? Meet ‘Voice & Exit’. March 9, 2013.

Voice & Exit is an upcoming conference featuring twelve short talks about major innovation in social entrepreneurship and radical community. More »
Alan Moore

Review: Is the ‘post-industrial economy’ just radical social entrepreneurship?

Review: No Straight Lines: Making Sense of our Non-Linear World by Alan Moore, Bloodstone Books (UK) 2011 More »
Community driver sporting Lyft's trademark pink 'carstache'. Photo courtesy of checkdoublecheck.blogspot.com

How to kill San Francisco’s ride-sharing start-ups

Ride-sharing start-ups Lyft, SideCar and Tickengo are helping San Franciscans get around faster and cheaper than ever before… much to the chagrin of local cabs. More »
Colbert

Why are Millennials so ironic? Because we know we’re being screwed.

The New York Times recently published an article called “How to Live without Irony”. The (slightly cranky) piece diagnoses hipster culture as the malaise of spoiled and superficial Millennials. They (as a Millennial I should say ‘we’) can commit to nothing. More »
Footprint

The wisdom of Neil Armstrong

In my own view, the important achievement of Apollo was a demonstration that humanity is not forever chained to this planet, and our visions go rather further than that, and our opportunities are unlimited. – Neil Armstrong More »
Justice

Taking the law online: Judge.me’s plan to build the future of legal systems.

All around the world, people struggle with expensive legal fees and backlogged courts. Judges are sometimes biased or corrupt. Political agendas tilt the scales of justice. In many places in the developing world, courts are used almost exclusively by elites. But if 26-year old Peter-Jan Celis has his way, this is all bound to change. More »
Richard Feynman

Physicist Richard Feynman’s science lesson for entrepreneurs: Challenge authority.

“If it disagrees with experiment, it is wrong!” roars Richard Feynman in a video recently dusted off by NPR. The clip, on the foundations of science, is only 63 seconds — but its power is clear. More »
flying yacht

A Millennial’s Dystopia: Want us to dream? Give us a sci-fi of social technology.

As a child, I read Heinlein and Asimov. I scribbled short stories in marble notebooks about time-machines and interstellar explorers. In short, I dreamed sci-fi dreams. More »
blueseed

Hacking the immigration system with RSE: Seafaring start-up incubator Blueseed taking to the high seas.

Hundreds of entrepreneurs are already lined up to hit the high seas aboard floating tech incubator Blueseed. More »