1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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 diffe…Read More

  6. Carnage for Dubai’s Creative Class

    When policies and systems devastate innovation Cars are being abandoned in record numbers at Dubai International Airport. The dust-covered Mercedes and BMW's at the Dubai International Airport is a tell-tale reminder of what is happening there. The number of deserted cars crested the 3,000 mark in …Read More

  7. The Virtual Country

    The Virtual Country Six Possible Scenarios for the Creation of Viable Virtual Countries The Internet, while still in its infancy, has created borderless economies, that are confusing the issues of power and control, and even the sovereignty of nations. We are now entering into a new era of public po…Read More

  8. 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 p…Read More

  9. The Library of the Future Series: Part 3 – The Electronic Outpost

    As a public entity, libraries have been evolving. No longer are they the book-centric institutions of the mid 1900s. But the changes we’ve seen to date are only a tiny fraction of the changes we will see in the coming decades. There are no road maps that give us a clear picture of where we are hea…Read More

  10. 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