Over the past few months I have encountered various discussions and analyses on what is required to make a system, product, organization or organism last a long time - not just 5 or 10 years but 100+ years: In Money, blockchains, and social scalability, Nick Szabo argues that the most valuable trait of bitcoin and other blockchain … More Abundance & Decentralization Part II: Sustainability in the age of Bitcoin
After 7 years in NYC, I’ve been to a lot of places and seen a lot of things; most have been great, but some are definitely better than others. Recognizing that in a city like NYC there is always going to be 100 things I have missed, here is my NYC Top 5 list: Tourist … More Ross’ NYC Top 5 List
An incomplete list of experiences that make NYC my favorite city in the world. 1. The morning rush hour dance through Grand Central — streams of humanity intersecting in a coordinated fashion as they try to take the path of least resistance towards their destination, the twinkling starry sky watching over them. 2. Late night pizza. All … More My favorite New York things
It sounds unorthodox, but networks of dockless electric scooters and electric bikes could prove to be the technology that finally allows urban city dwellers to reduce dependency on cars, and in turn allow for cities to finally evolve into sustainable hubs with improved quality of life for its residents. Last week I cycled across San … More The Transport sector is now more polluting than Power plants. Electric cars are not the only answer.
It wasn’t until I attended the under-reported and casually dismissed Women’s March that I appreciated how Women must feel all the time. Feelings of hope, empowerment, and unity I had first felt in Washington DC a year ago came rushing back as we inched our way down a sunny Central Park West on a beautiful … More It wasn’t until I attended the under-reported and casually dismissed Women’s March that I appreciated how Women must feel all the time
I’ve had a number of iterations of the same conversation with friends as we have reflected on 2017 in the year’s waning days: despite it being a very, very bad year for the institutions, policy makers and civilians that work to uphold the democratic conventions upon which all of life as we know it … More A Year in Review 2017: Personal Growth Amidst a Fragile Macro Environment
I recently finished reading The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, a remarkable investigation, journey and manifesto by celebrated chef Dan Barber. The book weaves anecdotes, research, history and opinion into a compelling narrative calling for society to embrace the complexity of an integrated natural ecosystem in which humans can work hand-in-hand … More Abundance & Decentralization Part I: In a world of abundance, to be rich is to be moderate.
She’s an unconventional beauty – her cool, icy exterior; her raw strength and colossal presence; her willingness to reveal her complexity and the constant burdens that weigh her down; her tattoos and her take-no-bullshit attitude. Her functional-industrial aesthetic is born from necessity rather than design, but today fashionistas from Paris to Tokyo seek to replicate her … More An Ode to the Williamsburg Bridge
The more interesting question: what are the second-order consequences for society? Clean Meats — that is, animal products grown in a lab through cell culture — are morally acceptable and preferable to the status quo because they involve no unnecessary animal suffering and have orders of magnitude lower negative externalities than traditional livestock agriculture. If you are new to the … More “Clean Human” is a morally defensible addition to Restaurant menus of the future
There’s something incredibly humbling about saying what you really, truly feel about someone you love in public. There’s a pressure to find the perfect words to describe emotions that cannot be described; to give justice to the depth and complexity of a real relationship; to not resort to clichés. No wonder most people only give … More The Duck with the Dimples