Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Reflection on December 14, 2012

“Aeschylus wrote: In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God. What we need in the United States is not … Continue reading

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The Evolving Cambridge Model

  In Cambridge Commissioner Bob Haas is carrying out a profound but quiet reimagining of the role of police in society.  I had the privilege to do a little work with the Commissioner and his sergeants and lieutenants in the early … Continue reading

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Retreat to Advance*

The first and usually deciding objection to taking time to share learning and develop innovations in the police service is this: We Don’t Have the Time.  In my opinion the time objection is one of those default positions that organizations … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Crowds

A properly-organized group will always be smarter than its smartest member. That is the well-argued premise of James Suroweicki’s great book, The Wisdom of Crowds.  The little news story below on how four undergrads at Brown solved a problem that … Continue reading

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