The meaning of Sakura

The meaning of Sakura

I had the great pleasure – and privilege – of being in Japan last week. As the Noizumi Super-Express whizzed from Kyoto to Tokyo, I put away the laptop and spent a couple of hours watching out for little plumes of spring all across the land. Vibrant white and pink bursts contrast the green of … Continue reading

In Defense of Mother Russia

In Defense of Mother Russia

Like most people, I initially followed the opening of the Sochi Olympics with a combination of mirth and disgust. Yes, I was amused by photos of dysfunctional construction projects (the famous “twin toilets”, the result of purloined resources that couldn’t even deliver a separation wall between two loos) and vast infrastructure that seemed to be … Continue reading

Academics should not be too smug about Udacity’s failure

Academics should not be too smug about Udacity’s failure

I’ve been following the recent commentary around Sebastian Thrun’s revalations that maybe Udacity didn’t deliver the goods. I for one grudgingly admire Silicon Valley’s vaguely arrogant but persistant belief that “they” (the tech Good and Great) can transform and re-imagine every part of our lives, including education. It also makes me happy that this is getting … Continue reading

2013 ING NYC Marathon : Reflections on the Day

2013 ING NYC Marathon : Reflections on the Day

Thank you to so many people who have reminded me the past two weeks that I have not posted the final update on my NYC marathon experience – and I apologize! I have just been crazy busy the last couple of weeks and, to be honest, I was still incubating the experience. I also promise … Continue reading

Protection of Native Culture is a Human Right

Protection of Native Culture is a Human Right

This post is about a confluence of things I believe are important – but I only just connected the dots and realized that they are part of the same bigger picture. So now I am writing about it… A couple of weeks ago I was pleased to have sponsored a Global Dignity Day event at … Continue reading