Accountability, n; accountable, adj. Like most of these austerity keywords, “accountability” is a term that has exploded in popularity in the last 3 decades after lying relatively dormant for centuries. “Innovation,” “entrepreneurship,” and “nimble” all frame acquisitiveness and sacrifice as art and virtue. With its combination of moral responsibility and the task-based “counting” embedded in … Continue reading Keywords for the Age of Austerity 8: Accountability
In the Harvard Business Review—the online resource for businesspeople who like their platitudes burnished with a little crimson—one can read a blog post by Vijay Govindarajan, a professor at Dartmouth’s business school that begins fairly incomprehensibly, at least for me: When we ask executives, What is the number one innovation killer at your company?, one of … Continue reading Keywords for the Age of Austerity 7: The Silo
My essay on Robocop and today’s Detroit is out in the new Guernica, with this amazing illustration by Tom of Finland.