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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Predictions for 2020 and Beyond

I was recently interviewed by Bluevoyant LLC, the cyber defense company I co-founded and chair, on my predictions for the post-COVID business world.  While it remains premature to proclaim the end of COVID, with novel vaccines now well on their way to market, I hazard the following.   This year, COVID-19 has disrupted businesses and global Read More

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My 2016 Letter to President-Elect Trump (revisited)

Almost four years ago I wrote a hopeful but quixotic post addressed to the president-elect calling on him to listen to his better angels (if any exist) and pivot from his divisive campaign rhetoric to a more mature, inclusive approach to governing.  Needless to say my words fell on not just deaf ears but a Read More

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The Covid-19 Pandemic, Bank Runs and Public Trust

During a crisis such as the one in which we are experiencing with Covid-19, we learn (or perhaps rediscover) how much of our world functions on the basis of trust.  Individuals also reveal their best and worse selves, but I promise not to make this another blog post about President Pinocchio.   In his widely read Read More

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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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