The Physical Geography of Companies (Part 2 – The City Motif)

On Tuesday, May 3, I will be at the opening of an exhibit at MOMA in New York City. I am excited about this particular opening because the artist is my wife’s cousin, Francis Alÿs.  Francis is Belgian but has had his home and studio in Mexico City for a number of years. Over the course of my 21 years of marriage to Maureen (cousin to Francis), I’ve had the pleasure of being with my wife’s family in Brussels many times and staying in Francis’ ‘apartment’ that he keeps there.

For me, Francis’ philosophy is as important an influence on my thinking as the visual impact of his work and his art.  Of particular note in this series on the physical geography of companies is a particular quote from a conversation between David Toop and Francis Alys recorded in London, July 6, 2005.  The quote relates to the dynamic of a city, which if you read Part 1 of the Physical Geography of Companies, is a compelling thought framework for the evolving connected company: Continue Reading →

The Physical Geography of Companies (Part 1 – Overview)

During SWIFT’s Sibos conference in Amsterdam last October, I wrote a piece that looked at the physical geography of finance and how currency and other monetary instruments shape this industry.

Since the Social Business Summit in Austin, hosted by the Dachis Group on March 10, I’ve been thinking a lot about Dave Gray’s initial installment on the connected company… I’ve wanted to contribute substantively to the dialogue but something has been nagging at me… and it finally hit me this week… our view of companies is similarly constrained by their physical geography. Continue Reading →

Recession, Recovery or Great Reorienting

Paul Wilkinson, former senior advisor to Chairman Cox at the SEC teases out some very interesting thoughts in his recent blog post on A Great Recovery (

As I think through Paul’s comments and the scenario in which we find our economy today, I can’t help but be struck by the following thought. When our economy transitioned from an agrarian society to an industrial one, what did a citizen in the UK, the United States and so many other countries think was occurring? Continue Reading →