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Of dollars and sense

Brace yourself for boredom.  Here comes the most petrifying post ever inflicted on the blogosphere.  I want to talk about economic and financial literacy. As a society, we don’t have a common language for money.  Our financial industry and schools of economics have become towers of babble [sic].  On a personal level, most people are…
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Unsolicited note to the “un-politician”

Dear Olivia (c/o John Laschinger and Warren Kinsella): Maybe I’m holding you to an unfair standard, but I’m disappointed in you, and the campaign’s only a month old.  After tantalizing us with your candidacy for the past year, my expectations were high. Since your campaign launch, they’ve been lowered. As a humble consultant, often working in and around…
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Ways to Grow A Silent Majority

Bless her, Chantal Hebert has seen it all. When she sighs and gestures in response to Mansbridge’s questions on CBC’s political panel, her weariness is felt across the country. Her newspaper columns convey the same sense of fatigue. What seems to exhaust her is the obligation to say, day after day, what she sees going…
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Big Data, Small Tool

I’m as susceptible as anyone to the allure of big data.  We all want to know how things work, and data visualization gives us a sense of knowing, without all the work of actually learning. As consultants, we spend a lot of time extracting useful insights from data.  The data is often inconsistent or incomplete,…
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