Author Archives: Gideon Rosenblatt

Gideon Rosenblatt writes about the impact of technology on people, organizations and society at Alchemy of Change. He is a technologist with a background in business and social change. For nine years, Gideon ran Groundwire, a mission-driven technology consulting group, dedicated to building a more sustainable world. Prior to that, he spent ten years at Microsoft in various marketing, product development and management positions, where he developed CarPoint, one of the world's first large-scale e-commerce websites. Gideon was raised in Utah, lived and worked in Japan and China for several years, and now lives in Seattle with his wife and two boys. More details on Gideon here.

If Companies are People, Where’s Their Soul?

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

The U.S. Constitution is the foundation of our political system, but to find its spirit, we must look to the Declaration of Independence. When our nation struggles with difficult questions, it is this document that serves as a North Star to keep us on course with our founding vision. One such question that we wrestle with today is whether our Constitution provides ...

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Why Facebook Needs to (Really) Open Up its IPO

In Mark We Trust

Facebook users invest massive time, energy and social capital in building the underlying value of this service, so what would it look like to really open the company's IPO in ways that helped its user build a fuller sense of equity?

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How Crowd Sourcing Can Save Lives

When someone has a heart attack, every second counts. Speed treatment, and you save lives. That’s why the new iPhone app just released by the San Ramon Valley Fire Department is so interesting. The new iPhone app, called Fire Department, acts like a “crowd sourced emergency response” app and it shows a lot of promise for connecting everyday people like you and ...

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Visualize Your Own LinkedIn Network

I just mapped all my LinkedIn connections onto a visual graph through a new web service called InMaps. It’s worth checking out; and even though it’s still not particularly useful so far, the service does provide an interesting look at were network analytics is likely to go in the not-too-distant future – and that’s going to get pretty interesting, I ...

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Citizens United v. United Citizens: Building a Movement to Drive Money Out of Politics

I'll raise you twenty...million.

This article originally published on the Huffington Post. Friday, January 21st, marks the one-year anniversary of “Citizens United,” a Supreme Court case that dramatically accelerates the corruptive force of money in U.S. politics. When money flows in our economy, it’s a fuel that helps businesses flourish and people make a living. When money flows in our political system, however, it’s ...

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How ‘Engagement Roles’ Blur Organizational Boundaries

Effective customer and constituent engagement starts with a clear picture of desired outcomes. When organizations lack this clarity, they’re missing a critical bridge between their mission and their day-to-day interactions with the people who bring that mission to life. Having clarity on engagement outcomes means knowing in advance what you want people to do. “Engagement roles” are one way to ...

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Love and Power

In honor of Dr. King today: “Power, properly understood, is the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political, or economic changes. In this sense power is not only desirable but necessary in order to implement the demands of love and justice. One of the greatest problems of history is that the concepts of ...

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“Third-Order” Engagement

Customers and partners engaging other customers and partners.

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Climate Skeptic Monument

Where's the water line?

Here’s an idea that’s sure to please both sides of the climate “debate.” Let’s build a giant monument to all those who oppose taking action to prevent climate change. We can call it the Climate Skeptic Monument. Here’s a very rough plan for how it might work. I’ll leave it to others who are more politically astute than I am ...

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How's that fair?

It is time to find a richer understanding of fairness; one that incorporates both its libertarian and egalitarian sensibilities. The dynamics of libertarian and egalitarian fairness are what built this country. It is what made us great - and it is one of the keys to returning us to that greatness.

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