1. When Systems Collapse

    Rethinking our current systems and how to make them functional once again The panic that we hear coming from Wall Street and the halls of Washington, DC is not the typical panic associated with a recession. Instead, it is the seldom heard sounds of national systems imploding, collapsing around us. Conversation has turned to what was the unthinkable. The talk gathered momentum and now nervous whisp…Read More

  2. Future Libraries: Nerve Center of the Community

    Ever since the people of ancient Nineveh began storing and classifying their books nearly 3,000 years ago, libraries have been hallowed and largely unchanging bastions of learning. But in the information age, libraries have been caste with a new identity, and the future is evolving into a very different place. Ten years ago, as the Internet began to take off, many in the tech elite were predicting…Read More

  3. Ten-X Stimulus Projects

    Separating the wheat from the chaff as we invest in our future As we begin the process of thinking through the places where we can insert the electrodes and shock new life into the global economy, I would propose a new way of reviewing proposals, allowing the best of the best to rise to the top. I propose we only consider projects that can provide at least a 10X rate of return on our investment do…Read More

  4. Fourteen Future Trends for Business in 2009 and Beyond

    Global shifts will cause a new social order to emerge As I started pulling my notes together for 2009 trends, I instantly became overwhelmed by the sheer volume of changes currently in the works. The number of moving parts seems to exceed the number of stationary parts. All of our markets, systems, and technologies have become incredibly fluid, and much like a floating vessel, we are heading to pa…Read More

  5. Owning Your Own Country

    The world is in for some radical changes ahead. Hold on tight, we are in for a wild ride. Building islands, selling them as autonomous countries On a recent trip to Dubai, I spoke at the prestigious "Leaders in Dubai" forum along with the likes of Tom Peters, former NY City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, Citi Group Chairman Sir Win Bischoff, and former McKinsey …Read More

  6. The Opposite of War is Not Peace

    The weirdness of future of wars will make us wish we were dealing with knives and swords again In 1976, President Gerald Ford issued an executive order forbidding the assassination of any foreign head of state. This order was issued when word leaked out that the CIA had made several attempts on Castro's life as well as other "enemies" of the US. This is a topic that I've often struggled with becau…Read More

  7. Messing with the Reality of Reality

    Next Generation Gaming is Not for the Faint of Heart Life is a game. Every day we find ourselves in the middle of the game, involving the work we do, the people we hang out with, and the social structures that surround us. But who exactly created this game? Each day we live our lives as animated playing pieces, playing by rules that others created. Conformity is a constant force, imposing a lifest…Read More

  8. Fractal Transactions

    Launching a New Era in the Future of Money Imagine yourself sometime in the future sitting in front of a television, watching your favorite show, and a pizza commercial comes on. This is one of those commercials that hits you at exactly the right time and you instantly start craving pizza. For the next few seconds you stare at the screen and your mind thinks of nothing other than pizza. Finally yo…Read More

  9. 2050 and the Future of Transportation

    Frictionless vehicles and binary power will define transportation in the world ahead Transportation technology is progressing at a much slower pace than some of the other sciences such as information technology, biotech, and nanotechnology. As an example, the world's human speed record was set in 1969, a full 37 years ago, when Thomas Stafford, John Young, and Gene Cernan flew in Apollo 10 at 24,7…Read More

  10. 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