WHAT’S GOOD FOR MIKE MURRAY IS GOOD FOR AMERICA

“The entire industry’s continued growth and success has been threatened by a severe and very real skills shortage.”

Michael Murray, Microsoft’s VP of human resources, who has to hire thousands of supergeniuses skilled in every area of human knowledge except salary negotiation, testifying before Congress on exactly why they should pass legislation to make his job easier, Reuters/Wired News, 25 February 1998

I ALSO REALIZED I COULD PAY MY WORKERS IN VALUABLE PSYCHIC INCOME

“I used to be the ‘boss.’ Then I realized that the real job of a leader is to create robust environments for personal development — good vibes.”

Per Hakkanson, “vibe evolver” at Sweden’s Bonnier Publishing, who notes that “work” isn’t “just” about “producing things,” Fast Company, February/March 1998

MY CHECKS DON’T BOUNCE, THEY SQUISH

“There are squishier levels of transactions in this world than buying things with money. Everything does not have to fit into a double-column bookkeeping system.”

John Perry Barlow, erstwhile Grateful Dead lyricist and digerato-about-town, on why the global economy doesn’t really need anything as boring as money, The Red Herring, March 1998

WE HAVE SPECIALISTS WORKING ON THIS INTERCONNECTEDNESS THING

“Fewer and fewer scientists are really in a position to see the interconnectedness of things. I don’t know what the solution is but I’m delighted somebody is worrying about it and trying to tackle it.”

Robert Park, a physics professor at the University of Maryland, on the government’s effort to help researchers cope with Internet-driven “knowledge storms,” Philadelphia Inquirer, 19 February 1998

“DIGITAL COAST”? HOLD ME

“Silicon Valley, Route 128, Silicon Alley, Multimedia Gulch — they aren’t very exciting names. I actually thought Silicon Valley was where women went to get fixed. But because of excellence and working together, Silicon Valley is magical.”

LA Mayor Richard Riordan, showing that deep understanding of the Net that has made his city a leader in … um … Internet … uh … new media … stuff, Wired News, 18 February 1998