Hi. This is my personal blog. I started it while Chief Executive of Reuters for the reasons I describe in the post "More Recursive Loops -- A Blog on Blogging." I found that I enjoyed writing on my own schedule and continued the practice during the last few years as CEO of Thomson Reuters.

 

Now that I have stepped down as Chief Executive of Thomson Reuters, there should be less confusion as to the purpose of these writings. For my part, I shall feel less constrained than while associated with the company to comment on items which Reuters journalists may be writing about or which might not live up to the requirements of independence and freedom from political affiliation imposed by the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

 

I'm going to continue to write about what interests me, such as the transition from analog to digital across various media, as well as wider issues in technology, economics and politics. I will also continue to write about the small delights and ironies in every day life such as marriage to an independently-minded Finn for over a quarter century and the joys of bringing up our two kids.

 

Above all my aim is to engage in an electronic dialog with whomever wants to comment on a post or otherwise share their views. The views I express are totally my own and do not represent the position of any organization with which I may be affiliated.

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Why We Hate Lawyers (but Respect the Rule of Law)

I delivered the following remarks at Yale Law School on the occasion of my 35th class reunion.  I found the school to be in robust health under the leadership of a great new(ish) dean, Heather Gerken.  I wish I could say the same about the state of our republic.    Good morning.  This may be Read More

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Can American Exceptionalism Outlive the American Century?

Americans have long enjoyed (or suffered from, depending on one’s perspective) a belief in our own exceptionalism.  Many nations and cultures believe in their own superiority despite empirical data suggesting that citizens of the Nordic countries are the most fulfilled[1].  However, the United States is, perhaps, unique in believing that the history of the US Read More

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A Life Well-Lived

My mother Ursula died two weeks ago at age 97.  What follows is an adaptation of the remarks I delivered at her memorial service. Ursula often said that she outlived all of her friends other than Helga. This not unreasonably troubled my mom, but as I often reminded her it  beat the most likely alternative. Read More

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Civility and the Heisenberg Principle

With civility and civil discourse under such assault these days – from none less than the President of the Unites States – I’ve been thinking a lot about how to be a better listener and how to hear other, even disagreeable points of view.   When I was a practicing lawyer and I would read Read More

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Mrs. Watanabe, Zero Growth and the AI Economy

For many years Japan has been criticized for the lack of growth of its economy, resulting in what has been labelled its ¨lost decades.¨  I argue below that far from an aging, backwards-looking country, Japan may have anticipated  (consciously or not) the winning formula for economic life in our globally warming, AI future.   During Read More

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