To day or not to day #54: Two Policy Prescriptions for the Global Crisis. One thing that experts know, and that non-experts do not, is that they know less than non-experts think they do. Our economic expertise is limited in fundamental ways. Consider monetary and fiscal policies. Despite decades of careful data collection and mathematical and statistical research, on many large questions we have little more than rules of thumb. For example, we know that we should lower interest rates and inject liquidity to fight stagnation, and that we should raise policy rates and banks’ cash-reserve ratios to stifle inflation. Sometimes we rely on our judgment in combining interest-rate action with open-market operations. But the fact remains that our understanding of these policies’ mechanics is rudimentary.
Source: Het Financieele Dagblad, Weekend Essay on Saturday by Kaushik Basu, 4 May, 2013
To day or not to day #51: About the demise of Shell: A heady leadership is one of the articles of faith which the Anglo-Saxon business model is based upon. That makes Shell vulnerable. Everyone in the collection and judgement of information has to deal with a large number of cognitive and psychological limitations. Everyone has too much confidence in his ability to process information and to predict. Everyone overestimated his ability to judge and manage people. A heady leadership constitutes an attack on the quality of decision making and management.
Source: Het Financieele Dagblad, Weekend Essay on Saturday by Donald Kalff, 26 January, 2013
To day or not to day #50: For Christians no more room. For Christians in the Middle East, the Arab Spring proved a harsh winter. This applies literally to thousands of Syrian Christians who are currently trying to survive in refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Memories of the time that the Arab Christians enriched society will only live on in Europe and the U.S.
Source: Het Financieele Dagblad, Weekend Essay on Saturday by Leo Kwarten, 2 March, 2013
To day or not to day #49: The image was an illustration in the Financieele Dagblad of 19 january 2013 to an essay on the importance of questioning. Looking for a suitable image for my Beeld Taal exhibition poster it matches the idea of language (listening) and image (looking). Max Kisman Beeld Taal runs from 3 March until 16 June 2013 in GR-ID, Rabenhauptstraat 65 in Groningen. www.gr-id.nl
The science of economics is concerned with making predictions. Politicians and managers want to know the outcome of their policies and the risks they run. Also, economists use models that give the impression of the results being correct and then make decisions with sometimes disastrous consequences. Gradually it becomes clear that the individual behavior and the sum of it - the market - is unpredictable and therefore risks arising from market developments are unpredictable as well. This insight hardly gets through to the financial sector.
Source: Het Financieele Dagblad, Weekend Essay on Saturday by Willem Landman, 16 February, 2013
To day or not to day #44: Future is a matter of human choices. New growth patterns must save the world - What does the future hold for the world economy? Will the global standard of living rise, when today's poor countries get on equal footing with the richer countries through a technological pass ? Or will prosperity slip us through the fingers, because greed and corruption will force us to exhaust our vital resources and destroy the natural environment, on which human welfare depends? Humanity has no greater challenge than ensuring that the world may continue to exist in prosperity and that it will not be ruined.
Source: Het Financieele Dagblad, Weekend Essay on Saturday by Jeffrey D. Dachs, 2 February, 2013
To day or not to day #40: ‘FEED the world’ or ‘feed the WORLD’? By ensuring that people not only get calories, but also more nutrients, we can not only provide a longer life, but improve the quality of their lives as well. This year at Christmas it was 28 years ago that Bob Geldof and many pop icons of the '80s shook the collective conscience with their message 'Feed the World. Let them know it's Christmas time '. Despite the major challenges that still exist, Sir Bob - as he is called now - and his fellow organizers of 'Live Aid' can look back with some satisfaction at what has been achieved, not least thanks to their efforts. Since the days of Live Aid are dietary patterns around the world have significantly improved and the world proportionately counts fewer undernourished people, although their absolute number is rising. Weekend essay by Paul Polman of Unilever in Het Financieele Dagblad, Saturday 29 December 2012.
Source: Het Financieele Dagblad, Weekend Essay on Saturday, December 29, 2012
To day or not to day #38: "Met het laatste oog op morgen" (With the last eye on tomorrow) contains 17 texts (in Dutch) with simple animated drawings and a jazzy soundtrack. It was my last contribution to Volkskrant Oog Volkskrant Oog was an online platform where artists, illustrators and designers presented their views on current affairs. It stopped in 2009. (1. No better future than tomorrow morning. 2. My homepage radiates at me when returning home. 3. A closed book usually won't be read. 4. A wisenose has to be runny
5. A good idea seems better in the dark. 6. If you know it you'd better forget it. 7. In clear weather the horizon is further away than in fog. 8. The position that she held did suggest however otherwise. 9. Not every fart stinks when it's a nice one. 10. Despite the fact that the ball is round you'd act like it. 11. Tomorrow I will take the cause a little lighter. 12. Even without glasses I don't see her in the dark. 13. Once in there you'll never figure out how you did enter. 14. The cuddle factor in bed is greater than that on the street. 15. The fish is sick but that doesn't bother the doctor. 16. When I walk on I haven't missed the train. 17. The patriotic pride flies lower than previously.)
To day or not to day #36: Steve Jobs. Innovation is making something out of nothing and foremost a process that can't be rationalized. It starts with a vision of "something" that is doesn't exist yet. Then it must be created. Perhaps the least understood quality of Steve Jobs is his creative interaction with reality. His "reality distortion field" was the success factor that led to his groundbreaking innovations. He was a swindler, fickle. How is it possible that such a shameless liar created the most valuable company in the world? Maikel Batelaan in FD Weekend Essay on Saturday, October 4, 2012.
Source: Het Financieele Dagblad, Weekend Essay on Saturday, October 4, 2012
To day or not to day #34: Graphic designer and artist Jan Bons died at the age of 94 in Amsterdam last week. To me he was one of the greatest inspirators in perfection of simplicity – "Straight line, warped. Painless full hit."
To day or not to day #32: Pek van Andel, Ezinger twist butt: "you 'll find something else than what you're looking for. Live drawing of guest #3 of 4 in 20 minutes during interviews by Wim Brands in the Roode Bioscoop, 21 October 2012.
To day or not to day #31: Peter "Respectable audience children of all ages" van Lindonk, creative thinker and previously a circus ring master at the Royal Carré Theater in Amsterdam has a collection of hundreds books about the circus.
Live drawing of guest #2 of 4 in 20 minutes during interviews by Wim Brands in the Roode Bioscoop, 21 October 2012.
To day or not to day #26: Campaigning for September 12th elections #19. SOPN (Soeverein Onafhankelijke Pioniers Nederland/Sovereign Independent Pioneers Netherlands): 100% Openness. The time for reform is now. An hilarious optical illusion.
To day or not to day #18: Campaigning for September 12th elections #11. DPK (Democratisch Politiek Keerpunt - Democtratic Political turning Point): Diphtheria Polio Pertussis. The set-your future-safe-injection of Hero Brinkman
To day or not to day #13: Campaigning for September 12th elections #6. SGP (Political Reformed Party): Action to the Word.
Katrijn: Had je me maar verkiesbaar moeten stellen! (Judy: You should have made me eligible!)