Power and Corruption

How come so many organizations full of mostly good people with good intentions end up doing not-so-good things? The notion of power is significant to all of us not only because it permeates everything and everywhere in organizations, but also because of another familiar topic: corruption. Contrary to what many believe, in organizations, it’s often…

Power and Rights

In more cases than we’d like to imagine, it’s good people with good intentions end up doing bad things. Most of us intuitively know what power is about, just like we intuitively know what design is about. However, knowing is not the same as understanding. The former is about what, the latter informs how. Our…

Why Your Org Can’t Succeed at Digital Transformation

Digital transformation urges a transfer of power that powerful people never intend to do. If digital transformation is really as awesome and game-changing as some claim or agree with, then we’d expect it to be so much more than adopting digital technologies without deep impact on the purpose, culture, structure, process, and function of an…

You Know the Next Item on My Bucket List

The Previous Item I had always wanted to write a book that helps everyone understand design. It was on my bucket list for a very long time. When I was an editor in a publishing house, I wondered why there are no such books (which is not true, of course). By the time I was…

Designerly Thought of the Day #20181116

1 Tech is politics. Politics is showbiz. Showbiz is the new tech. New tech is designed. (Following a stream of thoughts on design’s ethics and political power.) 2 Everything in digital life is about tech, except tech. Tech is power. (After a quote from House of Cards)   {END}