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Category Archives: NorthKorea

Op/Ed Fridays: Banning billboards and outdoor advertising

posted by Joshua on September 18, 2015 in Awareness, Nature, NorthKorea, Perception

Articles like “Can cities kick ads? Inside the global movement to ban urban billboards” remind me of North Korea, where I saw pictures of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-il in most rooms of every building I entered. I wondered, “how does it affect someone’s life to see those pictures every day, everywhere?” Then I realized[…] Keep reading →

Why I plan never to visit Brazil again

posted by Joshua on November 12, 2014 in Nature, NorthKorea, SIDCHAs

Today’s post is mostly a rant from someone who has eaten too many carrots and little else for a week, but I’ve traveled six continents and in only two places did I go hungry—Brazil and North Korea. North Korea has a failed authoritarian central planned economy. It’s tragic for the people living there, but at[…] Keep reading →

Op/ed Fridays: A living death: laws that remove judges and juries undermine justice

posted by Joshua on November 22, 2013 in Blog, Freedom, NorthKorea

Different people mean different things by the term justice. I think of the term having at least four meanings or purposes. To deter people from committing crimes To punish people who committed crimes To give crime victims a sense of retribution To keep criminals away from society if society expects them to commit crimes again[…] Keep reading →

Leadership and United States’ spying

posted by Joshua on June 26, 2013 in Blog, Freedom, Leadership, NorthKorea

I’d like to look at some headlines from a leadership perspective. I don’t intend for today’s post to be political. Governments have needed secrecy and spying since before Sun Tzu’s The Art of War over two thousand years ago. People will also oppose governments that overreach their influence into their lives. Different people oppose different[…] Keep reading →

A model for strategy

posted by Joshua on June 2, 2013 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Exercises, Models, NorthKorea, Tips, Visualization

[This post is part of a series on “Mental models and beliefs: an exercise to identify yours.” If you don’t see a Table of Contents to the left, click here to view the series, where you’ll get more value than reading just this post.] Strategy is a fundamental study for many fields, including leadership, military,[…] Keep reading →

Summary of North Korea Videos

posted by Joshua on March 13, 2013 in NorthKorea

Any trip to North Korea will be eye-opening and amazing, even before Dennis Rodman visited. I visited last April for the celebration of the anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth. I believe visiting creates more understanding and communication than potential problems. As I’ve explained before here and in my book on North Korea, I consider[…] Keep reading →

North Korean tour guide singing

posted by Joshua on March 7, 2013 in Art, NorthKorea

One of the more touching moments of our trip was our guide, Ms Han, singing Arirang for us on our last night after nearly two weeks. According to Wikipedia, the song “is sometimes considered the unofficial national anthem of Korea.” Since the government requires tourists be accompanied by two guides plus a driver at all[…] Keep reading →

Video: North Korean subway museum

posted by Joshua on March 7, 2013 in NorthKorea

North Korean museums do things differently than museums elsewhere. First, I don’t remember seeing art museums there. They seem to make museums for historical and technical things, like wars and subway systems. Second, instead of trying to present the history or teach understanding of the technology, its development, or the people who created it, they[…] Keep reading →

Video: Little boy and his mom with pop-gun by Arc of Triumph in Pyongyang, North Korea

posted by Joshua on March 6, 2013 in NorthKorea

Near Pyongyang’s Arc of Triumph (bigger than the one in Paris!), we saw this boy with his mother at a county-fair type target practice contest. How could we not stop and watch the his calm determination and his mother’s help shooting a rifle in the middle of town. The rifle only shot little corks, but[…] Keep reading →