How Google’s 20% time could help mend America

The non-profit sector has an opportunity to change Americans’ relationship with work

Following a year where COVID abruptly forced remote work and racism and financial inequity took center stage, the non-profit sector has an opportunity to change Americans’ relationship with work. There is no way the country can address the social challenges we face without literally creating more space and time for individuals to take real time to address them. By creating time for deep learning, America’s non-profits can establish a new social compact with employees and the families and communities they live in and serve.

Two decades ago, in Google’s IPO announcement, the idea of ‘20% time’ was popularized. The leadership…


2020 Faux-Nobel in Economics Lies at the Hearth of Global Strife

Alfred Nobel established five Nobel Prizes to award the work of “those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind” with the prize for peace recognizing the advancement of “fellowship among nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and the establishment and promotion of peace.”

With the hypocrisy illuminated by the 2020 faux-Nobel economic award, in the midst of a socioeconomic crippling global pandemic, the Nobel Foundation should divorce itself from its irreverent union with professional economists.

Amid racial conflict, wealth disparity, and health inequity being exacerbated by economically driven partisanship, two Stanford University professors…


Pandemic sets the stage to free the Nobel Prize of an economic ruse.

“There is nothing to indicate that he would have wanted such a prize.”

This week the Nobel prize will be awarded in five categories established by Alfred Nobel. Prizes for Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Medicine, and Peace were first awarded in 1901. On the Monday following those five awards, a purposely deceptive award in economics will also be awarded. The award itself, or at least the journalistic practice of incorrectly naming the award, should end this year.

This year, like none other in recent American memory has oft been compared to 1968 for its political and civil unrest. Unrest rooted in economic inequality inflicted by racism, sexism, and disregard for the environment and human…


Low EQ, Not Robots, is Humanity’s Biggest Threat

We must learn from, instead of fear, our creation.

Having high emotional intelligence (EQ) is having the ability to parse one’s own emotions as well as navigate the emotions of those around us–to the mutual benefit of oneself and society. As a measure of developmental achievement compared to general intelligence (IQ) most individuals are barely aware of EQ and contemporary society does very little to cultivate it. …


Zuckerberg’s love of Civilization could help him use culture to shift tech’s trajectory.

A bold move by Facebook could set the standard for tech.

To shift the tide of negativity surrounding Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg must make dramatic changes to his organization, starting with listening to his own advice. Converting to a Benefit Corporation could be his best next move. One that would change Facebook’s trajectory while setting a new standard for the tech sector.

When Facebook was founded in 2004, Zuckerberg had just two options. To choose between being a for-profit or non-profit corporation. Wikipedia, at the time based in Saint Petersburg, Florida, remains the only world-altering tech sector innovation to choose and survive as a non-profit venture. For Zuckerberg to attract the cash…


Three themes: the future of work, rebuilding education, and the limitations of philanthropy.

Futurists in the age of COVID-19

I recently participated in “A Conversation with Futurists” discussion as part of FPP 20/20, the Florida Prosperity Partnership’s Twelfth Annual Financial Capability Training Conference. My co-futurists were Dale Brill of the Foundation for Orlando’s Future and Daniel Williams of Legacy Consulting Services. Our 90 minute session addressed immediate and long term challenges facing communities. Three themes emerged from our conversation: the future of work, rebuilding education, and the limitations of philanthropy.

Future of Work

Work as it was known in the last century is already being disrupted through automation. In the wake of COVID-19 however, technological job loss will be…


Three women destined to be counted as ‘founders’ of a new economic paradigm that liberates humanity from the drudgery of GDP.

Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times criticized the propensity of industry to rule over humanity.
Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times criticized the propensity of industry to rule over humanity.
Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’ criticized the propensity of industry to rule over humanity.

Twentieth-century economics, dominated by masculine values, elevated growth to a level of dictator over human activity. A boundary was created that divided society by productive and non-productive time. A divide that ignored the value of how any of that time was spent in pursuit of our own personal, national, and global wellbeing. By contrast, twenty-first century economics is emerging as a nurturing companion of human activity with leading ideas emerging from women.

In the depths of the Great Depression a metric was created to count what we produced in an effort to understand an economy that had fallen so far…


After decades of neglect by economists, markets must be empowered to do more.

The market may be “free” but the biggest companies fly blind.

“The American dream is alive, but fraying,” said Jamie Dimon, CEO of Chase last August. The Business Roundtable, where Dimon serves as Chairman, had just made headlines for updating their ‘Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation’ for the nearly 200 member companies to reflect a “commitment to a free market economy that serves all Americans.” Unfortunately, less than a year later in the midst of the global pandemic, Chase inadvertently hurt American small businesses. The process that Chase used to assist companies seeking federal loans under the Paycheck Protection Program prioritized large corporate clients ahead of small business.

In…


The time is now for Elon’s biggest opportunity yet.

‘Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon.’

At Harvard’s 2017 Commencement, Mark Zuckerberg referred to a well-known story of John F. Kennedy’s visit to NASA where he asked a janitor what he was doing. The janitor responded: ‘Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon.’ While the janitor to CEO comparison is nearly always cliche, in the case of Tesla and Elon Musk’s other ventures there is a janitor story that says a lot about America’s culture and class division.

In May 2020, SpaceX became the first ever private enterprise to launch people into space and, in partnership with NASA, has returned America to the…


Despite an opinion on everything, most people avoid armchair economics.

Why are there so few armchair economists?

It’s been said that “Opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one…” and in these divisive times it seems more true than ever. Next week’s Super Bowl aside, the role of “armchair quarterback” is a popular one in nearly every matter of society these days. From sporting events and family matters to presidential impeachments and political assignations, everyone feels confidently able to render their own (or borrowed) opinion, regardless of how well they may actually understand the issue’s complexity.

This is a good thing, albeit often messy. This is how discourse happens in a free society and why facts and sources…

Vinny Tafuro

Visionary. Economist. Hacker.

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