While musing on the impact of the Iceland volcano last week, I reconnected with my old friend Bob Charette, a sometime contributor to Information Management who I've come to know as one of the best risk management experts in the field. He also deeply acquainted with technology and was a founder of lean software development.

I'd called to discuss the consequences of a natural disaster, but Bob shared some broader thinking that might be more profound in what it holds for society at large and for business in particular. It's about manmade threats and how we've moved to a time where the manipulation of risk we saw in financial markets with Goldman Sachs and Lehman is reflective of how we might be conducting business, even legitimately, in the future.

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