I want to talk about taking a long term perspective, unforeseen consequences, not learning from history and maybe confirmation bias. A couple of things have serendipitously come across my desk as the same time that made me renew by thinking on these issues. I seem to find my best business lessons everywhere but in business books.
As you may have read, the European Community has just spent 7 years negotiating a trade pact with Canada. But it collapsed because the Wallons voted against it. The Wallons represent the French speaking part of Belgium. The other part speaks Dutch and each part has its own parliament.