1. Bringing the US Patent & Trademark Office to Colorado

    Understanding the new realities of economic development The USPTO is hiring. In fact they are doing a lot of hiring, over 1,200 new examiners every year, and they still can’t keep up with the deluge of new patent filings. But while the number of patent filings has grown from 90,544 in 1967 to 484,955 in 2007, a 535% workload increase in 40 years plus an equally growing backlog of patent applicat…Read More

  2. A Study of Women Inventors

    Although Growing in Numbers, Today's Female Inventors Still Only Account for Around 10% of the US Inventor Population What name springs to mind when you say the phrase "famous female inventor?" If you're having a tough time answering this, you are not alone. I became interested in this topic when I ran across a very curious statistic. In 1980 only 1.7% of all the patent filings were filed by women…Read More

  3. The Fort Peck Incident

    A terrorist scenario: The two men sit patiently in the small grove of trees, quietly assembling their gear. Few words are spoken between the two of them. Weighted backpacks with connecting wires are placed in a motorized raft, followed by two coolers and fishing rods. Both are dressed as non-descript fishermen to blend in with the Montana population. Shortly before sunset the two slide their boat …Read More

  4. Rockstar Needed – Apply Now

    Every industry has its own “favorite son”, but for many areas of new technology there are no real household names associated with them. There are no people like Albert Einstein, Carl Sagan, or Chuck Norris rising to the forefront of these technologies. Put another way, these technologies represent industries without their own rock stars. (more…)…Read More

  5. Ten New Parks to Inspire the Mind and Redefine the Communities We Live In

    Participatory Parks will Create New Cultures in Communities Choosing to Charter Their Own Destiny Great cities throughout history were known far and wide for the grand parks that served as their centerpieces. But what do we think about today when we conjure up the image of a park? Fresh cut green grass, trimmed trees, playground for the kids, and perhaps a stream of water running through part of i…Read More

  6. The Happiness Index

    A New Way to Measure the World Around Us What is the value of being happy? Yes, happiness means different things to different people, but even without having a common definition, happiness has become a significant focal point of study and research around the world. And working on the assumption that whatever we measure will get better, the "happiness index" will become a significant measuring stic…Read More

  7. The New, New Language Wars

    When the United States was founded, only 40 percent of the people living within its boundaries spoke English as their first language. Today that number is 87%. For most of us, English is like the air we breathe: natural, given, right.  However, language is rarely a given, a fact of which many groups are painfully aware. Language is a key battleground for national and cultural conflict. (more&hell…Read More

  8. Some Thoughts on Flying Cars

    Terrafugia - Redefining the flying car What exactly is a flying car? My life is a bit unusual in that I often have conversations with people about the topic of flying cars. Since I was a child I dreamed about the day that we would have flying cars. But, other than the vague notion of the flying car that George Jetson drove each day to Spacely Sprockets, we have no real definition of the flying ca…Read More

  9. The Complexity Disease

    Complexity is a Very-Real, Very-Destructive Disease that Destroys Human-Based Systems By Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute Often time we hear about some new disease that sounds kind of phony and quickly discard it because it sounds like some made-up name for a common personality quirk. So, when I talk about the “complexity disease”, your first inclina…Read More

  10. Lessons from the Ancient World

    Roman Numerals were a Numbering System that Prevented an Entire Civilization from Doing Any Higher Math By Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute During the time of the ancient Greek civilization several mathematicians became famous for their work. People like Archimedes, Pythagoras, Euclid, Hipparchus, Posidonius and Ptolemy all brought new elements of thinki…Read More