Heretofore, the technological advance that most altered the course of modern history was the invention of the printing press in the 15th century, which allowed the search for empirical knowledge to supplant liturgical doctrine, and the Age of Reason to gradually supersede the Age of Religion.
~ Henry A. Kissinger via The Atlantic
Social media technologies may be particularly disruptive for business, because they undermine some of the key reasons why companies survive or thrive. One of the key competitive resources for modern organizations is knowledge, and knowledge integration — the ability to combine, exchange and integrate the diverse knowledge of its employees — is a key function in any firm. Getting people to coordinate knowledge and cooperate on a common task is inherently difficult, and the firm has been the best mechanism for enabling the type of collaboration essential to create, store and apply valuable knowledge.
~ Gerald C. Kane
The core of most civil wars is a collection of grievances, whether economic, ideological, or sectarian, that are foundational enough that they can’t—or can no longer be—addressed through politics.
~ Shadi Hamid
Culture is everything because it determines how you behave. If your culture doesn’t value social and enable change, you’ll never survive this. You know all the history of all the companies that haven’t made it. Culture is a very critical piece of it and changing it, as you well know, is a really difficult thing to do.
~ Carlos Dominguez on Why Social Engagement May Be More Important Than Marketing via MIT Sloan Management Review
Facebook finds it very hard to suppress anything that its users’ actions say they want.
~ Farhad Manjoo
Once human beings agree to grow rice as a staple crop, they are caught in a web of consequences from which they cannot escape—if only because from that moment on rice dictates to them not only what they must do, but also what they prefer.
~ Margaret Visser