Governance and Pragmatism: Moving Beyond “The Culture of No”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround ,” former IBM Chairman and CEO Lou Gerstner wrote about the bureaucratic culture that contributed greatly to the near-death experience IBM went through in the early 1990s. Lou called it A Culture of “No.”. “I I think the aspect of IBM’s culture that was the most remarkable to me was the ability of any individual, any team, any division to block agreement or action. The digital technology revolution marches on.

19 hours in the Negev

David Weinberger

We were visiting Avi Warshavsky and his family who I know through the Center for Educational Technology , an Israeli non-profit that encourages tech innovation (in Hebrew and Arabic) for schools. Anyway, yesterday evening we went down to Yeruham, a town of 10,000 noted for its open-hearted culture. The town itself is modest but full of the signs family life: playgrounds, small shops, cafes, a well-used cultural center.