Category Archives: Disruption

Toronto as a city state?…

A place to live, a place to grow, Ontari-ari-ari-Oh! The people who govern Toronto periodically bemoan the constraints on their authority.  In Canada, cities are the constitutional children of provinces. There are two approaches to fixing problems in the governance of cities.  The one favoured by provinces is the shrinking of problems through amalgamation and…
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The Walrus Live – Terry O’Reilly on the Future

Driverless cars are an understandable fascination for a marketing oracle like Terry O’Reilly, who gave the keynote speech yesterday at The Walrus Live event in Toronto.  He is a great performer, delivering solid content in an entertaining way, week after week, year after year.  I am certainly a fan. Driverless cars interest marketers because the…
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How Canada’s drinking problem can help the cannabis industry

For some reason, the universe seems to be provoking me.  I had laid to rest the topic of disruption as a component of strategy development.  In particular, my argument was that profound cultural change happens at its own pace, and cannabis industry efforts to accelerate consumer acceptance of pot, as a recreational alternative to alcohol,…
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disruption: public spaces

Harkening back yet again to a night of speakers on disruption (The Walrus Talks), the disruption of public space was addressed in two ways. First, Jon Kim Bell, who is an esteemed composer, conductor, writer, entrepreneur, and (intentionally last) Aboriginal man.  He made a point that resonated strongly with me: disruption is necessary when all…
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