"That means that every site using viral content as a growth engine is ultimately running the Red Queen’s race from Alice in Wonderland — the one where you have to run as hard as you can just to stay in the same place."
A growing obsession with viral content exposes the weakness of most digital media
"Ending poverty seems lofty. Maybe crazy. Simplistic. But if we embrace it as a moral imperative, and convince ourselves and other business owners to make our businesses reflect our personal values, to value people regardless of their backgrounds or skills, I’m convinced we can create a self-sustaining, overflowing wealth of opportunity that rewards all of us, in ways far beyond profit."
— From my buddy Charlie Crystle’s blog on his new business and why he’s doing what he’s doing.
"…something important is happening. People are meeting like minds in the cloud and traveling to meet each other offline, in the process building community — and tools for community — where none existed before. Those cloud networks where people poke each other, share photos, and find their missing communities are beginning to catalyze waves of physical migration, beginning to reorganize the world."
Software Is Reorganizing the World
"The rise of the city-state has been a long-term trend,
but it’s gaining speed. Today, the 388 metro areas in the United States
make up 84 percent of the nation’s population and an astonishing 91
percent of gross domestic product. The top 100 metro areas alone total two-thirds of the U.S. population and three-quarters of GDP."
— The Nation’s Future Depends on Its Cities, Not on Washington