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Robb Smith

The Great Divide

Trump, Populism and the Rise of a Post-Scarcity World

I started writing a blog post last month on the deeper dynamics that I see driving the rise of populism (e.g., Trump and Brexit), and the post just kept growing so I decided to release it as a short eBook instead. Here's a first version, subject to update as I get feedback:

The Great Divide

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August 11, 2016

Thriving in the Transformational Era

The rise of the transformation age

As I discussed in my TEDx talk, we've seen the end of the information age and the rise of the transformation age. I mark the beginning of the transformation age at 2007, a year that saw the confluence of the first next generation smartphone (iPhone) and the concomitant rise of high speed data networks to . . .

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March 11, 2016

Facing the Healthcare Crisis

The Case for a 21st Century Behavior Change Platform

I just published an updated version of a recent white paper on why large-scale population behavior change is the central challenge of the American healthcare system and what the contours of a paradigm will be to address it. From the paper:


To say the current healthcare paradigm is challenged by the task ahead is an understatement: trying to . . .

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October 01, 2015

The Transformational Life

A Visual TEDx Talk

Some of you might have seen my TEDx talk The Transformational Life. I was really blown away when my friend Joran Oppelt created this visual depiction of the talk recently and sent it to me. Thank you Joran, truly awesome!

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July 24, 2015

The 10 Shapes of Mind

The Hidden Forces of Consciousness Driving Our Thoughts, Our Lives and Our World

The shape of your mind is one of the single most important characteristics of your life.

And you've probably never heard of it.

The way you think, feel, lead, relate and process your experience and the world is defined in large part by the shape of your mind. In a moment we'll walk through all ten shapes of mind that have evolved to . . .

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June 17, 2015

What is Transformational Technology?

An Archimedes Lever for Global Transformation

Transformational technology. That's what I've increasingly come to call what I do for a living when asked. Chrysallis is not edTech. It's not mHealth. Though we share some characteristics with each. It's TransTech, and there's no wikipedia link to it because as far as we know we're creating the category. Here's . . .

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June 16, 2015

You're Not Special. And That's Good.

One of the #predictableformulas of trendy blogging is some spin on how you can be special. How to treat your life like a startup, or hack your genome to stardom, or be like [enter latest venture-backed entrepreneur here], or whatever. The hidden subtext is always some version of this:

If you only would be as amazing as everyone else around . . .

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March 27, 2015

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