1. 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…Read More

  2. 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 group…Read More

  3. 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…Read More

  4. 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 fo…Read More

  5. 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 A…Read More

  6. The Library of the Future Series Part 1 – The Time Capsule Room

      The Community Archive What was your community like in 1950, or for that matter in 1850 or even 1650? What role did your community play during the Civil War? How active was it during the Presidential elections of 1960? What was it's reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor? (more…)…Read More

  7. The Future of Libraries

    Beginning the Great Transformation In 1519 Leonardo da Vinci died and left behind one of the world's largest collections of art comprised of well over 5,000 drawings, sketches, and paintings, the vast majority of which the general public would not become aware of until over 400 years later. The larg…Read More

  8. Approaching Maximum Freud

    Technology Markets Will Disappear As They Approach "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 - fir…Read More

  9. Top 10 Trends in Innovation

    Key Factors Most Affecting Innovation in the US Innovation is a broad area of the US economy that means vastly different things to different people. The definition is even widely debated depending on the context of its use. In preparation for the upcoming Colorado Innovation SummitTM we have been ex…Read More

  10. The Coming Collapse of Income Tax

    A System on the Verge of Self-Destruction Within the next ten years the income tax system in the United States will be dismantled. A number of emerging new forces coupled with the universal dislike of the system will soon gain enough of a toehold to cause it to collapse. State income tax systems wil…Read More