Top articles of the week | April 4

April 4, 2020

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

The Coder and the Dictator NY Times (reading time: 20 minutes)

Reality is stranger than fiction. This article reads like a futuristic spy novel from William Gibson. Gabriel Jimenez was tasked with creating Venezuela’s own cryptocurrency, the Petro. As you can imagine, the story does not have a fairy tale ending. It sheds tantalizing possibilities about what cryptocurrencies are capable of (if done right).

Responding To Crisis, Together Nobl (reading time: 7 minutes)

I’m sharing the first of two articles on how leaders & their organizations can tackle the the current crisis. Nobl, a culture consultancy, provides a playbook: Triage, Train and Transform. Triage is about increasing stability & reducing uncertainty, Train is about future-proofing, and Transform is evolution. It’s not just consultant speak, the article contains some practical guidelines to follow.

Sensing and Shaping the Post-COVID Era BCG Henderson Institute (reading time: 9 minutes)

The current pandemic will create societal level shifts which has important ramifications. New policies, news ways of working and new consumer behaviors will emerge. The authors from BCG provides some great insights into each of these three buckets. They also shape steps to take to divine and shape the post-crisis reality.

Go, Chess – East, West Ferruccio Balestreri (reading time: 2 minutes)

Chess is seen as the ultimate strategy game. Its Chinese counterpart is Go. The author brilliantly argues that China thinks about conflict in fact is very similar to the game of Go. Go is a game of strategic flexibility which is different than Chess’ “domination” mindset. He uses this analogy to explain China’s current geopolitical strategy.

Idées de politiques économiques de gestion et de sortie de crise pour le Québec et le Canada Henri-Paul Rousseau, Cirano (reading time: 30 minutes)

Henri-Paul Rousseau is a giant in Quebec and is rumoured to have the prime minister’s ear. In this article, he puts forward proposals for getting out of the crisis and rebounding even stronger. Mr. Rousseau has some great ideas on how the government can intervene and play a more active role. He proposes killing three bids with one stone: managing the crisis, investing to reinforce key sectors of the economy and preparing the long-term vision of our society. There are several interesting ideas like the role technology will play, less dependence on globalization and environmental sustainability.