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Guest Posts (2) – Thanks

Still on vacation, Dan Zambonini has been your host here on Lone Gunman for the past week. While here, Dan published six items:

Travelling from Tokyo to Sydney and onwards to Melbourne over the last week I’ve had a little bit of time to produce a few posts of my own.

This coming week I’ll be producing some of my own posts… but only a few. More guests posts soon.

Many thanks to Dan.

Guest Posts (2)

I’m away on vacation, and last week Alex J. Mann took over Lone Gunman for the week and produced five thoughtful posts:

This coming week, your host is Dan Zambonini—a true Renaissance man.

Dan is the co-founder of the excellent Box UK (“creators of amazing web apps” and much more besides) and not only has his own tag here at Lone Gunman but also may be the source of more posts than any other person.

Dan is a great person to follow on Twitter, and you can do that here. If you’re interested in things web you should subscribe to Dan’s company blog here, and if you love design, you should follow his personal Tumblr-style blog here (where you can find further links to his many projects in the sidebar).

On top of all this, Dan also helps to organise some fine events around the UK. I spoke at one not too long ago (Ignite Cardiff) and now the first Ignite London is currently lining up speakers—one to watch.

Thanks to Alex and thanks to Dan.

Guest Posts (1)

Right now I’m in Japan. I’ll be staying here for another couple of weeks before heading to southeast Australia for another few weeks. While I’m away your occasional Lone Gunman fix will come from a selection of fine guest writers.

For the coming week your host is Alex J. Mann.

Alex has his own tag here on Lone Gunman thanks to the following posts:

As you can tell from perusing the above posts, Alex is a recent graduate, an entrepreneur, and a damn nice guy with brains to boot.

You can read more from Alex on his blog where he reflects on entrepreneurship, culture and technology. As expected, Alex is also on Twitter and you can follow him here.

That’s not all, of course: Alex’s fantastic Delicious bookmarks can be seen and followed here, and you can find out more about Alex’s fantastic startup, AM Analytics, by heading here.

Join me in welcoming Alex–my first ever guest author–by leaving comments on his posts.

Thanks to Alex and to you.

Risk Analysis Education

Ron Lieber of The New York Times asks, Could the current financial crisis be breeding an entire generation of risk averse traders?

Kevin Brosious, a financial planner in Allentown, Pa., polled the students in his financial management class at DeSales University on the percentage of their portfolios they would allocate to stocks right now. The majority would put less than half in stocks; among their reasons were fear of job loss, lack of accountability on Wall Street and economic fears amplified by the news media.

The problem with their approach, according to Mr. Brosious, is that by investing conservatively they are probably guaranteeing themselves a smaller return and a more meager standard of living in retirement.

Or, as Robert N. Siegmann, chief operating officer and senior adviser of the Financial Management Group in Cincinnati, wrote to me in an e-mail message, “Why would you consider taking less risk NOW after most of the risk has already been paid for in the market over the past 12 months?”

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So what kind of risk should you take on with the savings you have left over? To Moshe A. Milevsky, […] risk should have less to do with the era in which you live and more to do with what you do for a living.

On the topic of reasonable risk assessment, the UK Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk, David Spiegelhalter, believes it may be time to teach risk literacy as part of the mainstream academic curriculum.

“I regard myself as part of a movement we call risk literacy. […] It should be a basic component of discussion about issues in media, politics and in schools.

“We should essentially be teaching the ability to deconstruct the latest media story about a cancer risk or a wonder drug, so people can work out what it means. Really, that should be part of everyone’s language.”

As an aspect of science, risk was “as important as learning about DNA, maybe even more important,” he said. “The only problem is putting it on the curriculum: that can be the kiss of death.”

Like Schneier, this reminds me of John Allen Paulos excellent ‘manifesto’, Innumeracy.

Academic Earth

Academic Earth is the latest addition to my growing collection of online lectures from leading universities around the world.

The site currently includes lectures from Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale on topics ranging from Entrepreneurship to Law, and Economics to Psychology.