Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

Human-Centered Systems

Human-centered design, as elaborated last week, is a key enabler of human-centered systems.  The elements of human-centered systems include: Efficient & effective ecosystem services Integration across service systems Equitable & affordable access the services Continuous learning & improvement of services Leveraging lessons learned broadly My central premise is that everybody wants our societal systems to […]

Human-Centered Design

Many decisions require deciding whose preferences should influence these decisions. In some situations, there may be one ultimate decision maker, although this is very rare in public-private ecosystems.  Success usually depends an understanding all stakeholders. Human-centered design addresses the values, concerns, and perceptions of all stakeholders in designing, developing, deploying, and operating products, services, and […]

A Living Wage

In November, Washington DC voters approved a measure to make the minimum hourly wage for tipped restaurant workers incrementally increase to $15.20 per hour by 2027. Tips will be on top of that wage, and owned by the tipped worker not their employers.  DC restaurants may add a service charge to provide the resources to […]

Markets Versus Governments

There are two long-standing debates in economics that fundamentally affect how one views the challenges our society faces.  The two sides of the first debate are often associated with Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman on one side and John Maynard Keynes and Karl Polanyi on the other.  Wapshott (2011) and Delong (2022) elaborate this debate […]

Hidden Taxation Math

Let’s say a university needs revenue of $25,000 per year per student.  What tuition should they charge?  Let’s assume there are three equal populations of students.  One third can afford to pay full tuition.  Another third can afford to pay 20% of full tuition.  The last third cannot afford to pay anything.  What should tuition […]

Bringing Democracy Back

It seems that everyone in the country, from both the right and left, feels that the US is headed in bad directions.  The Supreme Court seems totally committed to States Rights as envisioned in the early 19th century.  Each state can make its own decisions on abortion, the environment, sexual equality and voting rights.  The […]

Hopeless Causes

I have been wondering about change initiatives that are hopeless in the sense that change is virtually impossible.  What do I mean by “impossible”?  Theoretical impossibility is quite rare.  Planes that fly faster than the speed of light and the elimination of death and all taxes are good examples.  Most would agree on the impossibility […]

Societal Allocation of Resources

With the proposed FY 2023 federal budget, government expenditures will grow to roughly 23% of the $26 trillion US Gross Domestic Product. Even with the proposed substantial annual tax increases on high-earners’ incomes, the offsetting tax revenues are insufficient to avoid a perpetual trillion dollar deficit each year, amounting to 5% of US GDP. This […]

Four Books I Highly Recommend

The time that I can devote to reading has soared over the past two years.  I spend much less time getting to and from meetings – typically zero.  Here are my four favorite books of the past two months.  I highly recommend them. Top of the list is Andy Norman’s Mental Immunity: Infectious Ideas, Mind-Parasites, […]

The Many Cultures of Academia

Recent experiences have caused me to think about contrasts among science, technology, business and policy programs in academia.  I have intensely interacted with these programs at over 50 universities in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe.  My sense is that academia is an amalgam of many intellectual cultures, which do not dovetail […]