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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Week-End Edition): As Summer Looms...

As we begin the Summer, our team decided to share this courtesy of Alan Murray of FOrtune as he reminds us about great books for the Summer As we say Summer here we come!!

If you are looking for a book to take to the beach this summer, CEO Dailyreaders have lots of suggestions. When we asked the question: “What’s the best book you’ve read in the past year,” both to Fortune 500 CEOs and to CEO Daily readers in general, we got more than 100 suggestions. Below are the five books that showed up on both lists.

• Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou. The story of Theranos is this year’s runaway favorite. If you haven’t read it yet, your choice is easy.

• Principles, by Ray Dalio, wins second place. This is not your normal light beach read, filling nearly 600 pages. But it offers the billionaire’s fascinating and unique approach to business and investing. And it doubles as an effective weight to hold down your beach towel.

• Grant, by Ron Chernow. A gripping biography that will challenge everything you thought you knew about leadership.

• Sapiens, by Yuval Harari. This thoughtful book that provides a provocative framework for thinking about our world.

• And finally, Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight. This one has been resting by my bed side for a decade, and until last week, I let it rest

But prodded by CEO Dailyreaders, I finally turned to it, and finished yesterday. It is a beautifully written founder’s story, and definitely makes my list of the top 10 best business books of all time.

Honorable mention: I had the opportunity over the weekend to hear Henry Timms, the new CEO of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, talk about his book New Power. I wrote about this when it came out last year, and still think it’s a must-read for any business leader trying to understand how the tools of power have changed in the social media era. It only got one mention in our survey, but deserves more.

News below. And reserve time today to read Polina Marinova’s fascinating profile of Andreessen Horowitz managing director Jeff Jordan, which is in the July issue of Fortune magazine, and out online this morning. 

We will be going dark through July 4 here in the United States as we wish all in the United States a safe and Happy 4th of July.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): Out & About on the US Political Scene

As the US Election Campaign has begun in earnest, our team released a compilation of thoughts in our perspectives property.   As part of our commitment to educate and help to change the conversation,  we have a commitment to bring to bear alternative views.  We hereby present this courtesy of the team at the National Priorities Project & Esquire: 

Tonight marks the first of two opening debates in the Democratic presidential primary. 

Color us cynical, but if these are anything like recent presidential debates, we don’t expect a whole lot of discussion on the $750 billion elephant in the room: the insanely bloated Pentagon budget.

We may or may not see anyone acknowledge the 140 million people who are poor or low-income in the richest nation on Earth. 

We’d be pleasantly surprised to hear anyone bring up the existential crisis of climate change.

But just last week, we got to see nine 2020 presidential candidates directly answer to their stances on addressing poverty, racism, militarism, and ecological devastation when we launched our comprehensive Poor People’s Moral Budget at a Moral Action Congress forum with Rev. William Barber, Rev. Liz Theoharis, and over 1,000 organizers from Poor People's Campaign chapters in close to 40 states. 

Do these 2020 contenders have the political will to end the endless wars, establish fair taxes on the wealthy, and put our country’s ample resources to work for a truly moral economy?

Just in time for the first debates, we’ve rounded up some of the forum answers from Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and five other candidates. Please read them, watch the clips, and send them around to anyone else who will be watching tonight and tomorrow!

We certainly will be — and starting at 9 p.m. ET tonight, you can join us on Twitter @natpriorities and @ips_dc to follow along, too. We’ll be sharing resources and some of our experts will be chiming in. We’d love to hear from you too!

It was amazing to hear the majority of candidates who were at the forum last week, for the first time, say they supported our push to cut military spending. And all of them pledged to make sure that we never again have an election where the official debates ignore systemic poverty.

Now it’s up to all of us to hold them accountable to our movements.


See more from our groundbreaking Poor People’s Moral Budget report.

Kamala Harris Was Electric Taking on Joe Biden in the Second Democratic Debate
Well, DNC SummerSlam is over and, after two nights of this stuff, we can conclude swiftly that an actual presidential campaign has broken out. The second night featured an array of candidates from the forceful and commanding (Kamala Harris), to the mild and painfully earnest (Pete Buttigieg), to the utterly otherworldly (The Pompatus Of Love Herself, Marianne Williamson), all of whom had as their goal dressing Joe Biden in a lovely suit of cobwebs for a public mummification in front of a television audience. And it worked, and Biden and his people knew it worked, and that's why there is an actual campaign underway at last. Read More

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): On School Funding in California

California has one of the most complex School Funding formulas in the Country.   EdSource recently sponsored a Webinar on School Funding which we hereby feature.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): Leading By Example (Featuring President Trump)

We hereby present an example of leadership in action as we present this "blast from the past" on President Trump working at his hotels to understand what his team goes through.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): On a Roadmap.on 7 Questions every CMO wants to ask @Google

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7 questions every CMO wants to ask
Google with Ben Jones 
Harvard Business Review is sitting down with Google executives to ask the questions every business leader wants answered. In our second episode, Julie Devoll, HBR editor of special projects and webinars, sits down with Ben Jones, global creative director at Google's Unskippable Labs, to discuss everything from debunking myths to creative experimentation.
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Ben Jones

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Special W-End Edition): On Those Who Make a Difference

Our annual Empowering Voices Awards will be held in Washington DC on June 15th. Learn more about how we celebrate people who champion pluralism, diversity, and inclusion.
Watch: Celebrating voices inspiring change


Mehdi Hasan
Journalist, Broadcaster, Author
Hasan exemplifies tenacity and courage in journalism with his commitment to exposing hypocrisy, and his steadfast support of transparency, pluralism and democracy.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren 
Congresswoman, CA-19
Rep. Lofgren has been a steadfast ally for American Muslims on Capitol Hill. She has vehemently opposed the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban policies and hardline stance on immigration.
Dr. Debbie Almontaser 
Activist, Entrepreneur, Author
A community activist, advocate, entrepreneur, and educator who works across sectors in New York City, Dr. Almontaser works to encourage interfaith activism and outreach.
Eric Treene
Special Counsel, DOJ
A longtime public servant, Eric Treene has been a steadfast champion of American Muslims. In his position at the Department of Justice, Treene manages efforts to protect marginalized communities.
Learn More

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Community Edition): Out & About On The Education Front Here in South Orange County

We hereby presented the latest from our Community as Summer has arrived for our Students:

June 7, 2019
Capistrano Unified School District:
An Unwavering Commitment to
Student Success 
End of Year Message from Superintendent Vital

Congratulations on another incredible school year in CUSD! Last night we celebrated the graduation of nearly 4,000 high school seniors. Yesterday, we also celebrated the end of the school year for over 47,000 young people who “graduated” to their next grade in their educational careers.

While we hope you all get to enjoy a relaxing summer with family and friends, we begin preparations for the 2019-20 school year.

Please enjoy the graduation coverage on CUSD Insider, along all of the incredible stories linked below. Happy Summer!

Introducing CUSD Insider!
It's easy to see the outside of our school buildings...
Now, you can experience what's happening inside:

Designed to educate and inform the community about CUSD's outstanding students, teachers, staff and schools!

Featuring recent news stories, celebrations, and accomplishments.

See the posts below for a sneak peak of what's currently featured on the site!

Visit CUSD Insider to check out the new site!
Comprehensive Coverage of High School Graduations
Congratulations CUSD Class of 2019!

Yesterday we celebrated the graduation of our high school seniors.

Click the links below to read each featured article, including photos of the event and a list of each graduating senior!

CUSD Athletes Sign Letters of Intent
Click the links below to read highlights of each high school's athletic season, including a list of the athletes who have signed letters of intent declaring where they will play at the next level!

Accomplishments & Celebrations
And So Much more!
Visit CUSD Insider to explore the site!

Have a student, teacher or staff member we should feature? Please send your ideas to!