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Paul Summerville • September 29, 2014

An upside down Chinese national flag appears next to a Hong Kong flag outside a commercial building which is in front of a main road occupied by thousands of protesters in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Pro-democracy demonstrators defied onslaughts of tear gas and appeals from Hong Kong's top leader to go home, as the protests over Beijing's decision to limit political reforms expanded across the city early Monday.

Paul Summerville • September 28, 2014

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. 

New York Times -- How to Stop Time

Paul Summerville • September 26, 2014
Paul Summerville • September 22, 2014

My great friend Steven Forth, a pillar in the Vancouver tech community, has asked CEF to distribute the survey below to our readers. 

Organizations relying on being able to pull together high performing teams to drive results.

Paul Summerville • May 30, 2014

"Depending on who you talk to, economist Thomas Piketty's new book is either a groundbreaking work of genius or a Marxist tome. Economist Paul Summerville has read the book so you don't have to. He sits down with Steve Paikin."

A Review of Capital

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Twin Virtues: Inequality of Outcomes & Equality of Opportunity┬ę

LimeSpot: Own Your Experience.

Leveraging Social Networks for Profit.
 
Marrying the product portfolio of brand name firms with the personal profile information on Facebook.
 
The LimeSpot enabled revolutionary new sales channel.
 
Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.
 
The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.
 
When too few get too much everybody ends up with less.
 
Can it be that striving for equality of opportunity however imperfect the process not only benefits the individual but also creates benefits for the society as a whole that are unintended but wonderful?
 
Economics must be a 'moral enterprise' as much as politics claims to be. Economic outcomes need to be framed in terms of right and wrong not just efficiency if only because these often align in surprising ways.
 
My vision of Canada is that any Canadian child from a family of limited circumstance can expect to have a chance at lifetime of unlimited opportunities.
 
Tax policy should be founded on the principle of generating steady tax revenues sufficient to maximise environmentally sustainable economic growth in order to fund fair government.
 
Public policy should be designed to decrease inequality before the law and increase equality of opportunity.
 
Capitalism is not the problem; the problem is what we do with capitalism.
 
Content is always more difficult to argue than conspiracy.
 
Let the state regulate and the market operate (most things).
 
Welfare strategies are best designed as a hand up not as a hand out.
 
Political debate should not be fact free fighting.
 
Explanation lasts longer than eloquence.
 
Always favour empowerment over dependency.
 
The most enduring public figures are embraced for the causes they fought for and not the concept of themselves they hoped others would remember them by.
 
Find your voice and don't be the echo of somebody else
 
Feminism is about women living their lives on their own terms, marshaling the resources of the society to make that possible, and men embracing this as vital to a successful society and their own liberation.