Design and disruption

The Design Council Magazine hosted a virtual round table discussion addressing the relationships between design and business.  A quote from service design specialist William Owen:

Design is integral if your business faces disruptions … in other words, if you’re in any kind of business.

Swine flu/Media coverage

This swine flu stuff is serious business.  However, in consideration of recent media coverage, a little perspective can be a good thing:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart M – Th 11p / 10c
Snoutbreak ’09 – The Last 100 Days
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More of the same…

The Wall Street Journal on the sad, sickening reality of unprofitable hospitals.  The situation is only going to get worse as hospitals who have come to rely on investments to supplement operating margins no longer can.

Best line: “Shutting down unprofitable operations and expanding profitable ones is a common business, but nonprofit hospital systems aren’t ordinary businesses.”