Crossing Borders

Can You GIG It??

Posted by: Alicia Engel, EMGM 16, Contributor on Friday, January 5, 2018

The woman in the grocery line? She’s a freelance copywriter, substitute teacher and life coach. Your neighbor? He’s an independent management consultant who books gigs for his band. The comedian you’re watching on-stage has a CPA and a 5-star rating on Upwork. Your waiter works handyman gigs. And your Uber driver? She takes call-outs on weekends to pay off her MBA faster...

Connecting Extremes: The Social Impact of an $18 Latte

Posted by: Alicia Engel, EMGM 16, Contributor on Thursday, November 9, 2017
A Colombian finca (country farm) can look like Paradise Found: luscious tropical greenery rippling in gentle breezes, flowing over the landscape as far as the eyes can see. Birdsong drenching you in ambient noise, while the sounds of modern ...

Milton Friedman Was Wrong: How An Ancient Contract Leaves a Far Better Legacy

Posted by: By Kent Dietemeyer, MBA 76, Contributor on Thursday, November 2, 2017
As an old Thunderbird expatriate, it is heart crushing for me to see the rural and urban poverty of a developing country; the devastation of a cyclone in the South Pacific; and the wreckage and loss of life that my own hometown of Christchurch, NZ, ...

Thriving at the Edge of Chaos: Leadership Lessons from Dinosaurs, Hurricanes & Black Swans

Posted by: Alicia Engel, EMGM '16, Contributor on Thursday, October 26, 2017

It’s always something.

You may recall this plot: Strange incidents on the fictional Isla Nublar spook the investors of a “biological preserve” named Jurassic Park. Ian Malcolm, a consultant and chaos theorist, emphatically foreshadows the park’s collapse. Why? “…It is an unsustainable simple structure bluntly forced upon a complex system.” (Crichton).  Cue the corporate espionage, tropical storm, and dinosaurs that “have somehow been breeding against the park geneticists' design!” (Wikipedia) Mayhem, murder, and Hollywood millions ensue. Those crazy T-Rex clones. You can’t turn your back for a second.

Or can you?..

Betting on Jordan: An Oasis of Potential in the Middle East

Posted by: T-BIRD ALICIA ENGEL '16 on Thursday, October 19, 2017

Early morning, Amman. As the sounds of morning prayer fade into sunrise, a father of two pays neighborhood children to collect empty plastic drink bottles strewn mindlessly on Zahran Street. His purpose? To bind and mold those discarded bottles until they form infrastructure that will embrace human weight. Covered in fabrics and other attractive wrappings, they morph into ottomans, chairs and other marketable – and beautiful – furniture pieces. Items that, in turn, help sustain his own family, prosper his community and even help sustain the environment...

The 5 Most Destructive Millennial Myths Debunked by Data

Posted by: T-BIRD, RICHIE NORTON '13 on Thursday, October 12, 2017

"My generation sucks." "I hate my generation."...

This is how you feel about yourself when you’ve been told for the past 15 years how bad you are at life.

This would be comical if people didn’t actually believe it. But since they do, it’s disturbing. Look for yourself. What do you get when you google,“Millennials are..”

With it being 2017 now, there are 40 year-old Millennials! A group of men and women nearing their middle ages, and this group continues to be called...

Going to Mars, It's Not All Rocket Science

Posted by: Eric Johnson '92, NASA T-bird, TIAA Member on Thursday, October 5, 2017

Spacefaring - surprisingly, it’s not all rocket science. International political risk matters to space programs just like its terrestrial counterpart, global trade. Your first impression of the International Space Station (ISS) may be  a complex, orbiting laboratory, but it is also a collaborative effort of several nations with a common goal.

The next collaborative effort needed in space is inhabiting Mars. What would be required to reach and sustain human life on Mars? It’s every bit as complicated as you would imagine, even more so. Success would require..

DODGING CHAVEZ

Posted by: Jess Dods '75 on Monday, October 2, 2017

In May 1999, my boss at ADL called me into her office. She had been the Minister of Finance under the previous president, Rafael Caldera, and she understood the political storm approaching. She told me that Chavez, upon hearing that a North American had an office at PDVSA, grew very angry and said in no uncertain terms, “Get that American out of my country”...

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