1. Future Libraries: Once a Refuge, Now They Mean Business

    Establishing new relevancy standards amid a sea change of technology options and budget constraints Traditionally a quiet place for lovers of books to unwind, libraries are a place for serious students to escape to, a treasure trove for aspiring writers - and even a great hiding place from bullies w…Read More

  2. Creating the Ultimate Small Storage Particle

    Creating the Ultimate Small Storage Particle When will we reach an endpoint? The answer (after the jump) will surprise you “When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.” - Niels Bohr, reci…Read More

  3. Watching the Income Tax System Implode

    When it comes to our tax systems, we are living in caveman times In the movie The Day After Tomorrow, survivors stranded in a library are easily persuaded to burn the multi-volume IRS Tax Code to stay warm. In this fictional scenario, the question one might ask before securing a match: Why did we wa…Read More

  4. The Last Bastion of Scarcity

    When laws of supply and demand are replaced with scarcity and abundance Science fiction has long dreamed of a post-scarcity society, and it's become quite common to hear discussions about transitioning from a world of scarcity to a world of abundance. But, for all the good intentions and creative th…Read More

  5. The Future of Agriculture

    Radical transformations are brewing in the world’s oldest industry Can better food create better people? Will a better food supply lead to healthier, stronger, better thinking people? This is exactly the premise that is driving many of the advances in farming today. To understand agribusiness in t…Read More

  6. 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. C…Read More

  7. 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, …Read More

  8. 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, form…Read More

  9. Libraries of the Future

    Where great ideas happen, and people have the tools to act on them Ten years ago, many in the tech elite were predicting the demise of the public library. Little did they understand that libraries are living, breathing organisms. Much like plants that flourish with good dirt, water and sunshine, lib…Read More

  10. 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,…Read More