Ideas

Daring To Understand and Change Thinking

Introduction     Understanding how we think is essential to everyday life. How we think determines not only what we think, but also what we feel and ultimately what we do. Myriad factors are involved: the impact of culture, the immediate social context in which thinking occurs, the brain’s structure, and more. We’re not powerless […]

 

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21st Century Finance: Intermediaries

(Part IV of a series on the future of banking and finance)   I began this series of articles on 21st Century Finance by comparing and contrasting the legacy finance industry put in place in the 19th and 20th centuries with the one that is emerging now. Hint: new technology and new ways of using […]

 

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Revise the U.S. Immigration System – We Owe This to the Rest of the World

Every nation has to decide what it stands for.  Americans are asking who we are and who do we aspire to be. U.S. immigration policies provide a partial mosaic picture of U.S. ambitions and values as a country.  Consider the following immigration questions. Should the U.S. accept more displaced persons from other countries, especially if […]

 

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Perspiration Principle 261: Who’s Behind Door Number 2 – Better Be You

[Originally published on Inc., republished with permission of the author.] I have written in the past about certain structural aspects of markets – especially concerning players who capitalize on the relative scarcity of prime assets or highly-desirable partners – which permits a limited number of those players with early access to, or control of, these […]

 

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How Our Political System is Destroying Our Democracy and What To Do About It

Our democracy is not working. It is plagued with extreme partisanship that often verges on the precipice of shutting our nation down. Public opinion of Congress, the President as well as the Supreme Court are at historic lows. The institutions that are essential to protecting our democracy (e.g. the FBI, the media, the intelligence community, […]

 

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GDP Needs to be Rethought or Scrapped: Here’s Why

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) needs to be either re-thought, or scrapped as a measure of economy. Why? For several reasons, including: It measures output, not economy, and with grave unintended consequences It measures output domestically, and this is no longer a useful measure   GDP Measures Output, Not Economy   The whole point of both […]

 

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The Case for Social Democracy

  This is a time when we need fresh thinking on how to organize our society to a better job of serving our people.  There are too many citizens who have lost faith in our government, in big business, and our other institutions. They have seen President Trump call our media “dishonest,” our justice system […]

 

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Trump is the First Warhol U.S. President

This is a pretty catchy title isn’t it.  Thank you for reading.  You may think this column is about Trump, but it isn’t, it is actually about Andy Warhol.  Trump fits within the Warhol paradigm, not the other way around   As a professional futurist I am frequently asked questions such as: “Who are the […]

 

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21st Century Finance: Users of Capital

(Part III of a series on the future of banking and finance) By now I hope to have convinced you in Part I and Part II of this series on 21st Century Finance, that things are never going to be the same. My thesis is that new technologies (discussed extensively in Part I) have the […]

 

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Putting a Price on Carbon

By guest columnist Mike Shatzkin   About eighteen months ago, I shifted my life around so that I could spend less time on my lifetime activities in the publishing business and dedicate more time to addressing climate change. I started out concerned about global warming; that was the catalyst. I quickly learned that the CO2 […]

 

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