1. Turmoil Ahead for Housing

    Consider the following scenario. Over the next few years, several major cities in the U.S. will begin to impose a ban on all new residential and commercial construction. With populations declining in numerous metro areas, they will worry openly about becoming the next Detroit with abandoned neighb…Read More

  2. The Urgency Paradox

    As people live longer, some aspects of life are beginning to slow down Tick, tick, tick. For virtually all working people, there is a clock ticking in the background. Tick, tick, tick. Much like the rhythm of a beating heart, the sound of time creates a rhythm for our lives, a world unfolding in iam…Read More

  3. Next Generation Literacy

    "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who can't read & write, but those who can't learn, unlearn & relearn." - Alvin Toffler So what is literacy? The first time I listened to an audio book I thought I was cheating. As a child, reading for me seemed like a lot of work, and my …Read More

  4. Maximum Freud

    A few thoughts on "Maximum Freud" In 1972, I was young engineering student at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. One of the first courses I was required to take was a short-course on slide rules. For those of you who don’t know what a slide rule is – first came the abacus, then came…Read More

  5. Addressing the Problem of Addresses

    When Hurricane Katrina hit the city of New Orleans the US Post Office was faced with a major dilemma. For countless centuries, the modus operandi for the post office was to deliver mail to a location, and the individuals who lived at that location would stop by and pick up their mail. But following …Read More

  6. Systems Thinking and the Future of Education

    Short video clip on "Systems Thinking" recorded at the Plan Fort Collins event on March 3, 2010 A recent article in iLibrarian explained it this way. Online education seems set on its course to overtake traditional colleges within the next few decades, especially as our society becomes ever more dep…Read More

  7. Competing for Status

    32 accomplishments that will give you the influence of a college degree “Does being smarter make you happier?” This was the question I posed to the audience at a recent DaVinci Institute event, hoping to gauge their reaction. I found it fascinating to watch this very conflicted group of amazingl…Read More

  8. Ghost Towns of the Internet

    When today’s data goldmines becomes tomorrow’s data carcasses In 1859 the tiny community of Tin Cup, Colorado got its first taste of gold fever. A tiny amount of gold was all it took for prospectors to start poking around with hopes of striking it rich. Twenty years later they landed their first…Read More

  9. 9.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – TV-Internet Convergence

    Virtually everywhere you look there are video screens. You see them in bars and restaurants, on elevators, in the back of taxis, and on airplanes. Even most cell phones have now have video screens. Some are connected to the Internet and others are connected to cable television, two distinctly differ…Read More

  10. 8.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – Alternatives to Incarceration

    In a country that claims to be the land of the free, the number of people under the control of the U.S. corrections system has exploded over the last 25 years to more than 7.3 million, or 1 in every 31 U.S. adults, according to a report released by the Pew Center on the States. The actual number of …Read More