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Our Great Transition — leading to a new Middle Ages or a New Renaissance?

May 2012  This Month’s Topic: That we are living through a time of major changes, a Great Transition, is undisputed.  Where are we heading to is the question.  To a new Middle-Ages or to a Renaissance?  What’s your take? Our … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship Courses in OECD Country High Schools

January 2012  This Month’s Topic: Making Entrepreneurship Courses in OECD Country High Schools Mandatory  What’s your take? PRO There is no doubt that entrepreneurship is needed for progressive economies. There is no one way to stimulate entrepreneurship so we must … Continue reading

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Trans-Cultural Impacts on the Future

Various regions and peoples of the world – e.g., Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and Native peoples – have evolved differing value systems and perspectives that influence nearly all aspects of everyday life. These aspects extend from work-leisure balance … Continue reading

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Hidden Assumptions — don’t let them trap you!

What hidden assumptions are government, business, and education leaders, foresight thinkers, planners, and consumers making?

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Weak signals — signs of “things to come”!

What weak signals can you identify, that government, business, and education leaders, and policy analysts, need to be considering?

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commuting to work — “traffic blues” or a rosy outlook?

In one of his articles, Inayatullah observes that citizens want fewer cars and more public transport. At the same time, the automobile is associated with freedom in various parts of the world, especially in the US – where it has … Continue reading

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living here, working there — will it ever end?

What are long-term consequences of people not being able to live where they work – a problem experienced in the US by many policemen, firemen, teachers, and resort workers?  Are long commute times and distances the wave of the future, … Continue reading

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Try being an urban transportation planner!

Try being an urban transportation planner.  You can do it!  Which tradeoffs would you make regarding the needs of new residents, existing residents, environmental impact, and the tax base? New residents (brought in by job growth) need places to live, … Continue reading

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Will your clothes have IP addresses?

How will various industries be impacted when everything (appliances, parts, even the clothes that you wear) has its own IP address – for example, banks, hospitals, and shipping companies?

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judgment, intuition, data dependence, and decisionmaking!

Park’s article states that “Ubiquitous computing will increase the number of decisions per day, constantly changing schedules and priorities.” What are the implications to the workforce of tomorrow in your part of the world and elsewhere? Related question – will … Continue reading

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