Chris Meyer's blog focuses on the information economy, globalization and business innovation. It appears online at the Harvard Business ReviewHuffington Post, and Constellation Orbits.

Equal Justice Initiative

Mary and I visited this stunningly powerful memorial, and the associated museum, in Montgomery two weeks ago. It is the work of the Equal Justice Initiative,, and their work could not be more plainspoken with respect to the history of race in the US before and after the Civil War.

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What kind of regulation is appropriate for 21st Century monopolies?

The Yale Law Journal article linked here, and the NYT coverage of the reaction (URL below) suggest we're finally beginning to address the question.

In the 1920s the doctrine of "Natural Monopoly" was developed for industries that worked better economically if a single provider served the whole market--telephone, electricity, railroad, etc. In 1934, for example, Congress gave AT&T the telecommunications monopoly in exchange for a guarantee of universal service and submission to rate of return regulation.

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Apparently science denial is for the left, too.

You probably already heard about this project to develop a facial recognition algorithm that predicts whether an image of a face belongs to a gay or straight person. The NYT article first explains these guys did it to focus attention to the threats posed by wide deployment of facial recognition software, linking to an Israeli company’s claim to be able to spot terrorists and a report that China is in the process of deploying similar capabilities.

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The Polarization Epidemic

Terrific NYT infographic -- the colored counties are those whose presidential votes were "landslides" i.e. the winner 20% or more above the loser. The maps look like Hot Zone or any of the virus outbreak movies -- polarization engulfs the entire population over time. More data on the site about the characteristics of the red and blue counties’ populations.

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Good Behavior is a Business Opportunity

Chris Meyer

In Standing on the Sun and (more briefly!) the HBR, Julia Kirby and I argued that sensors of all kinds—from Copenhagen Wheels to Kenyans with Ushahidi on their phones to body cameras—would bring information about negative externalities such as pollution, civil violence, and abuse of authority to the attention of consumers/citizens, who would consequently care more about the behaviors that caused them.

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Income Inequality is a Sustainability Issue

In January, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini announced to employees that the company was raising its minimum wage from $12 to $16 per hour, and announced an improved health benefit for lower-income employees.

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More News From the Information Revolution Front : Who's more progressive – airports, movie theaters, or the NFL

Three industries provided connectable dots today. First, the FCC announced that the blackout rule — which has prevented the broadcast of NFL games in a team’s home market unless the stadium is sold out —

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My Involuntary Medical Tourism – and a bad pattern for the U.S.

I was in Singapore a few weeks ago for a mixture of work (digital innovation) and play (attend a wedding). Good times. Until the night before the wedding, when with our Australian friends who’d kindly flown up to meet us,

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Quotidien Revolution

Innovation is revolutionary only when it results in a shift in power. “Disruption” has become such a throwaway term that we forget our society is reshaping itself through power shifts every day.

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The Power of Your Vote Should Not Reflect the Size of Your Wallet

In September 2004, I attended a reunion of my class at Harvard Business School, four years after the Supreme Court decision putting George W. Bush in office and immediately before the next Presidential election. We invited Elaine Kamarck, then at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, to discuss elections in a country in which the electorate was so evenly divided. She explained how the too-close-to-call campaigns spurred the funding arms race to new heights.

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The Future of Marketing – and Next Generation Social Science: A visit to The Advanced Center for Modeling


Five years ago, as part of Monitor Talent’s annual gathering of thought leaders, we gathered a set of marketing and social media experts to discuss a hypothesis about how current trends would affect marketing.

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Money from Nothing

Money from Nothing, by Chris Meyer

Last week I wrote about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Thursday night in New York I stumbled into another innovation in the medium of exchange:

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Income Inequality Is a Sustainability Issue

This evening, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union Address, and it is widely reported that it will focus on the issue of income inequality. He will be “on trend,” as they say in fashion — in recent months, leaders from the new Mayor of New York to the Pope have also been vocal on the subject.

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What Does It Take to Redesign an Industry?

A genetics rock star, a social media investor, an R&D leader, and a Spanish minister of health walk into a bar… No, it’s not the start of a joke—it’s what happened at Madrid’s Ritz recently, when Fundación de la Innovación Bankinter, a think tank, brought together William Haseltine, Esther Dyson, Alpheus Bingham, Bernat Soria, and 26 others to develop a new model of drug discovery.

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