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How did you do it the future asks? With your outdated customs and old-fashioned clothes. How did you do it? Without much science or sense. Did you do it for us? Not for you, we answer, at least not at first. Amongst our bling and bravado we built a tomorrow, of beauty and fairness and super smart systems. Our disposable culture created up-cycling...
We meet today to speak of great ancestors. Here in 2115, we may find it hard to understand that a century ago, many people actually believed there was nothing we could do to stave off the planetary crisis we faced. Many had given up. Many did too little. Some even lived in denial of increasingly loud warnings from the world’s scientists, or...
When Superstorm Sandy came ashore in 2012, thousands of New Yorkers were plunged into what seemed like an earlier century. No lights. No heat. No refrigeration. No elevators. On the upper floors of high-rise apartment buildings, the taps went dry and toilets would not flush. For the poorest New Yorkers, this went on for weeks. Less than a mile...
The following is the first of an occasional series of pieces on educational transformation. This one examines the work of Dr. Drew Epstein, who is a Professor of Social Psychology and Utopian Thinking at North California University, Oyster Bay (NCUOB). He is also the founder and director of the Education for the Future Project, which is a...
As comprehensive federal policy on climate change has been largely absent until quite recently, domestic climate leadership has emerged on multiple scales and from various jurisdictions. In particular, the State of California, long known for innovative and cutting-edge environmental policy, has established a climate policy approach that may well...
An eternal trait of men is the need for vision and readiness to follow it; and if men are not given the right vision, they will follow wandering fires. – Sir Richard Livingstone Where there is no vision, the people perish. – Proverbs 29:18 One cannot construct what one cannot image. – Lawrence Goodwyn To do the same thing over and over again and...
The changes began to appear in the final two quarters of 2014. By mid-2015, the movement to increase access to health insurance seemed established enough to appear to be a trend. Some of these developments were publicly reported: percentage of lives covered overall, numbers accessing coverage through the exchanges, and trends that seemed to...
I am honored today, October 24, 2030, to be chosen as storyteller by the Smithsonian Institution's Council of American Peoples at the opening of the Geno Baroni Center for Democracy, a satellite institution of the Smithsonian in Acosta, Pennsylvania. Geno Baroni was born here 100 years ago, on October 24, 1930, as the son of Italian immigrants....
Societal and technological transformation in the face of climate change will be won or lost in our cities and urban communities. This is not just because of the global urban demographic shift with more than 50 percent of the population now living in urban conditions, or because cities contribute around 70 to 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions...
In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), women have made progress toward establishing equal access to economic opportunities, especially with regard to access to education. Over the past decade, MENA governments have invested about 5.3 percent of their GDP in education—the highest percentage in the world.1 A 2007 report by the World Bank...