How to run a company with (almost) no rules by Ricardo Semler

What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about. Bonus question: What if schools were like this too?   TEDGlobal 2014 : 21:42 – Filmed :Oct 2014   Ricardo Semler Organizational changemaker Two decades after transforming a struggling equipment supplier into a radically democratic and resilient (and… Read More

They’re Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson

“They’re made out of meat.” “Meat?” “Meat. They’re made out of meat.” “Meat?” “There’s no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They’re completely meat.” “That’s impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars?” “They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don’t come from them. The signals come from machines.” “So who made the machines? That’s who we want to contact.” “They made the machines. That’s what I’m trying to tell you. Meat made the… Read More

Dear Santa…

I have been an exceptionally good boy this year. As you may be struggling with ideas for what to get me tonight, I have come up with a short list of suggestions: Youthful, healthy immortality Point to point teleportation at will A space faring vehicle with faster than light travel Benevolent leadership of the world, barring that of a large country or a new country if you really want me to start small Omnipotence (you can skip omniscience) A Nobel Prize in whatever field you deem the most appropriate Any of these will do for this year. Yours truly, Fabrice… Read More