Synthesizer Blog: Ideas & Insights

Regular, and usually shorter, posts on my reading, current events, observations, insights, and ideas.

Bret Devereaux & Diversity on Econtalk

Bret Devereaux & Diversity on Econtalk

I’ve been a listener to Russ Robert’s phenomenal podcast, Econtalk, for well over 10 years. I’m not in love with every guest—let’s face it, some academics are tedious—but Russ is excellent and most weeks I find myself captivated by the conversation between him and his guest.

This week was no different. Bret Devereaux is a PhD in ancient history and teaches in the Department of History at North Carolina State University. The conversation was about ancient Greece and Rome. It was great and you should check it out.

I have to comment on one aspect of the conversation that I found questionable.

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MiM 035: The King is Dead. Long Live the King!

Like all good things, the Make It Matter podcast has come to an end. But, like every good ending, a new beginning emerges. Yes, I've launched a new podcast. It's called The Currency and you can check it here! In this final episode of Make It Matter I explain why I've...

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MiM 034: My Plan to Make It Matter Through My Work

Catch up ep in which I share my recent thinking on the nature of my work and how I'm going to be approaching what I do over the next few years. Plus an announcement about a cool change to the podcast. If you liked this, check out Episode 035 of the Make It Matter...

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The Plight of the Virtuous Global Disposable Razor Brand

The Plight of the Virtuous Global Disposable Razor Brand

Everyone's talking about the recent Gillette commercial, or short film, as they like to call it—and for that reason I hate to even bring it up. But, there's some relevance for marketers and business owners that I think is being overlooked. In this episode I tackle the...

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How to Prepare Your Business for All Situations

How to Prepare Your Business for All Situations

In this episode I share the three things you can do now to make sure your business thrives even if the economy isn't. Plus I talk a little about a mistake I made with the podcast and the current trade war between the US and China. Credits The music track used in the...

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MiM 031: Digital Sharecropping and the Quest for Control

Have you heard? Facebook, Tumblr, Patreon—social media is going through some changes and in the process folks are getting left out in the cold. Now, lots has been said about this from a political perspective, but there's a big lesson in there for entrepreneurs,...

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MiM 030: The Question of Moral Marketing

Can marketing be moral? Can it be good? In this episode I ask, and attempt to answer, the question, can marketing be moral. It's a long one, and I cover a lot of ground, but I have what I believe is a solid framework for approaching marketing in a way that's moral and...

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MiM 029: A Thought from Gaddis’ “On Grand Strategy”

What does it take to employ grand strategy? What even is a grand strategy? I've been reading, and enjoying, John Lewis Gaddis' excellent book called, "On Grand Strategy" and want to share a thought with you that's made me think more about my approach to my work. Links...

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