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About Robert Harris

I have been an innovator and entrepreneur my whole adult life since I graduated with a PhD in physics and joined a startup a firm in La Jolla, California (SAI) over 30 years ago as an employee-owner member of the founding team. This company grew tremendously, eventually going public, and in 2013 split into two $billion+ publicly traded firms: SAIC and Leidos. I left my first and only job ever at SAI after ten years with vested stock and started up a number of firms based on innovative ideas that had been bubbling in my mind: I founded and operated three companies in the 1980s in technology, communications and education, respectively; I helped three other firms I get off the ground and go public in the 1990s in IT, engineering, and product development, respectively. All of these opportunities and more were driven by paradigm shifts large and small. Starting in 1990, I began to conduct research to understand paradigm shifts broadly and deeply through my firm Paradigm Research International, LLC. My business since then has been using ongoing PRI research findings, plus my many years of hands-on experience, to advise client organizations large and small on how these shifts are or will affect them, and how they can respond to the threats and opportunities they pose.

Prayer for George Floyd

 

       A  Prayer for George Floyd

By Robert Harris PhD

May 31, 2020

(Revised June 7, 2020)

The song of now to which we bow,

Has taken 400 years to write,

By people of all colors black to white,

Taking us 401 years later in 2020 to…WOW!

If your skin is black, you watch your back,

400 years have taught you that.

If your skin is white you look ahead,

As you were taught, to not look back.

Both views have blind spots hard to see,

Others’ experience when they’re not free.

Blacks came in chains to build a new Democracy,

But the rent and pain were just too high,

in Hotel Hy-poc-risy just trying to get by.

In 1776 blacks were 20% of 2.5 million,

Fighting for America agin’ the British Cotillion.

All bled red blood & white tears,

But blacks would not be free for 94 years!

Then immigrants poured in, mostly white,

Citizens contributing their culture & might.

IF RIGHTS ARE DENIED, JUSTICE HAS DIED.

HOPE IS SCARCE AND VIOLENCE IS FIERCE,

EXPLODING AS ONE FROM IT’S FEEBLE CAGE,

THIS BEAST IS FUELED WITH FIERY RAGE,

AS LOOTING & SHOOTING OPENLY BURST,

KILLING THE COMMUNITY TO SLAKE IT‘S THIRST.

George - R.I.P

(As a white, I feel shame and awe,

Constitutional rights for all are framed in law.)

©Robert Harris PhD 2020