I was born in the U.K. and became a U.S. citizen in the bicentennial year of 1976. I have been fortunate enough to live in Europe as well as the U.S. and to encounter many different cultures and people through my work and professional interests in technology and management consulting as well as my family and friends. I was also exposed when growing up in London to an extraordinary variety of friends and colleagues of my parents who had gathered there after in many cases remarkable odysseys characteristic of the turbulent first half of the 20th century in Europe. Now a grandfather I am amazed at the technologies that my grandchildren and their parents take for granted (having been involved in the development of some of them), and fascinated by the changing shape of geopolitics as Asia starts to reclaim its position as home of the leading economic powers of the world after the European-initiated “interregnum” of the last half millennium. I started this blog to help show that despite all these changes “old white men” are capable of appreciating the virtues of and welcoming the enormous changes that have taken place in the world since we were young. While some us seem only to see an inexorable decline in “values” and the deplorable loss of a society in which we felt comfortable (and superior), I and I am sure others welcome the greater diversity of people and backgrounds who, although opportunities are still far from equal for everyone, are better able today than 50 years ago to fulfill their dreams and exercise their talents to the utmost of their ability.  The picture is of me at my daughter’s wedding, one of those occasions in a man’s life which makes him appreciate how lucky he has been, while taking some credit for what he has accomplished and looking with hope towards the future.

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