A week in review, 2020-W14


  1. Change (2020-04-03).


  1. Anne Helen Petersen, This Pandemic Is Not Your Vacation, Buzzfeed News (2020-03-31). (notes) The question to ask, then, is whether your relocation to a rural place will be a net help or a harm — not for you, personally, but for the community itself. Americans struggle mightily with the ideology of individualism: that all that matters, in a particular moment, is what is happening to you and yours. Rural America is asking you to think otherwise. You might “enjoy” your quarantine more. But the rural places so many Americans treat as playgrounds, and the workers who make that play and respite and feeling of safety possible, may suffer profoundly in your service.
  2. Mitra Sorrells, Coronavirus upends revenue management strartegies for hotels and airlines, PhocusWire (2020-02-14). (notes) From the standpoint of revenue management, including pricing and forecasting, coronavirus is a massive challenge for the travel industry – affecting both the relevance of historic data, the ability to predict the future and the need to address cancellations in the present.
  3. Jennifer Riel, How to Think About Long-Term Strategy When You Can Barely See Past Tomorrow, Ideo Journal (2020-04-02). (notes) Winning isn’t easy. It’s tempting to define winning narrowly, to make the task seem easier: winning means increasing the stock price this quarter. But as the last few months have demonstrated, a shareholder-led definition of winning is not only hollow, it can leave organizations with nothing to fall back on in a time of crisis. We need a far richer, more aspirational understanding of what it can really mean to win.
  4. Erica Klarreich, In Game Theory, No Clear Path to Equilibrium, Quanta Magazine (2017-07-18). (notes) “It has always been a thorn in the side of microeconomists,” said Tim Roughgarden, a theoretical computer scientist at Stanford University. “They use these equilibrium concepts, and they’re analyzing them as if people will be at equilibrium, but there isn’t always a satisfying explanation of why people will be at Nash equilibrium as opposed to just groping around for one.”
  5. John Cassidy, The Triumph (and Failure) of John Nash's Game Theory, The New Yorker (2015-05-27). (notes) That’s partly because Nash-influenced game theory isn’t actually a testable scientific theory at all. It is an intellectual tool—a way of organizing our thoughts systematically, applying them in a consistent manner, and ruling out errors. Like Marshallian supply-and-demand analysis or Bayesian statistics, it can be applied to many different problems, and its utility depends on the particular context. But while appealing to the Nash criteria doesn’t necessarily give the correct answer, it often rules out a lot of implausible ones, and it usually helps pin down the logic of the situation.


  1. #80 John Maxwell: Developing the Leader in You, The Knowledge Project (2020-03-31). (notes) [32:16] So I think all great leadership with others begins with personal leadership myself. The first victor I want to have in my life is a personal one. If I've got a few of those I can help you get some victories in your life also. But I definitely believe that the credibility of leadership, the confidence of leadership, all begins when I lead myself well. If I can lead myself well, then I've got potential leading you well. But if I can't lead myself well, why would I want someone else to follow me? To be honest with you, a lot of people they wouldn't want to follow themselves because they haven't done that.
  2. #86 - David Silver: AlphaGo, AlphaZero, and Deep Reinforcement Learning, Artificial Intelligence Podcast (2020-04-03). (notes)
  3. Creative Destruction, Akimbo (2020-04-01). (notes)


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