HCL Technologies to Acquire Select IBM Software Products for $1.8B
A fall from grace, I had once posited that Connections would save IBM Software Group but the executives never believed in social software. It turns out that collaboration is a hard sell.
Lotus  IBM  Software  collaboration  Technology  decline  strategy 
8 days ago
Elizabeth Ohene Writes: Should We All Protect Our Own?
One forgets or ignores at one’s peril, Professor Kofi Abrefa Busia’s famous breakdown of what a political party is.

He said a political party was like Techiman market, it attracts all sorts, there would be housewives, chancers, entrepreneurs, thieves, people in a hurry, people lazing around, people there to cause mayhem and people there to buy one item, people who want to make friends, regulars and noise makers.
education  crime  policy  regulation  standards  mores  Ghana  culture  tradition  Africa  religion  tribes  social  communities  groups  mum 
11 days ago
Letter from Africa: How to get Ghanaians to pay their taxes
A modest proposal:
"So, instead of saying you can't have a drivers' licence, passport, free secondary school education for your children, or even go on dates unless you have a TIN number, the new rule should be, you can't get an undertaker, buy a coffin, dig a grave, keep a body in the morgue, have chief mourners and hold a funeral of any kind unless and until you can produce a TIN."
taxes  Ghana  Africa  Development  Regulation  culture  humour  observation  perception  Economics  informal  policy  strategy  satire  funerals  mum 
13 days ago
Notes on Prejudice | by Isaiah Berlin
Few things have done more harm than the belief on the part of individuals or groups (or tribes or states or nations or churches) that he or she or they are in sole possession of the truth: especially about how to live, what to be & do—& that those who differ from them are not merely mistaken, but wicked or mad: & need restraining or suppressing. It is a terrible and dangerous arrogance to believe that you alone are right: have a magical eye which sees the truth: & that others cannot be right if they disagree.
culture  observation  quotes  politics  perception 
4 weeks ago
Kwame Antony Appiah - Social Identities and the Good Life
Kwame Antony Appiah came to Austin to give a lecture on Social Identities and the Good Life at the University of Texas Austin
Ghana  Africa  philosophy  ethics  culture  identity  observation  perception  politics  thinking 
6 weeks ago
Melania Trump in Africa: Can she become a fashion ambassador for Ghana?
empty gestures...
"All the people in the photos with First Lady Pat Nixon were either in jail, or in hiding or certainly not in good standing with the new authorities - and none of the things she had come to praise Ghana for were still in operation. "
Ghana  culture  Africa  trump  observation  humour  mum  history  coup  Politics 
8 weeks ago
Resist, Refuse
Teju Cole is almost there: "refuse nostalgia" rather than resist nostalgia
culture  observation  nostalgia  resistance  perception  usa  politics 
september 2018
Aretha Franklin’s American Soul
“I don’t care what they say about Aretha,” Billy Preston, who died in 2006, once said. “She can be hiding out in her house in Detroit for years. She can go decades without taking a plane or flying off to Europe. She can cancel half her gigs and infuriate every producer and promoter in the country. She can sing all kinds of jive-ass songs that are beneath her. She can go into her diva act and turn off the world. But on any given night, when that lady sits down at the piano and gets her body and soul all over some righteous song, she’ll scare the shit out of you. And you’ll know—you’ll swear—that she’s still the best fuckin’ singer this fucked-up country has ever produced.”
music  voice  soul  gospel  review  culture  black  appreciation  virtuosity 
august 2018
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