1. 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

  2. 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

  3. A Description is Not an Explanation

    A definition states what a word or concept means, while a description identifies properties or qualities of things.  Both of these answer the question, "What?" However, to fully grasp a difficult concept, we need an explanation.  An explanation answers the question, "Why?" As we wade through the k…Read More

  4. Nanotech and the Precautionary Principal

    The Precautionary Principal and the shifting onus of responsibility The future will be neither as good as some would lead us to believe, or as bad as other would have us think. But it is the onus of responsibility that becomes the industry's "hot potato", with innovators squaring off against product…Read More

  5. Thinking in Eights

    "Beyond the known, lies the future" Very often the work that I do is in groupings of eight, and you are probably wondering what the significance is of the number eight.  Have I always been tormented with an "eight" fetish?  Is this some sort of obsession like Jim Carrey in the movie "23"?  Will …Read More

  6. 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

  7. 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 Cast…Read More

  8. The Future of Retail

    The coming demise of the retail storefront Last week my wife Deb and I were relaxing at a new shopping center in the Denver area. Along the sidewalks a series of speakers cast a rather pleasant musical backdrop to the shopping experience. At one point an interesting song began playing. I reached for…Read More

  9. A Study of Women Inventors

    Although Growing in Numbers, Today's Female Inventors Still Only Account for Around 10% of the US Inventor Population What name springs to mind when you say the phrase "famous female inventor?" If you're having a tough time answering this, you are not alone. I became interested in this topic when I …Read More

  10. Ten Rules for Bootstrapping Your Business

    When the going gets tough, the tough go bootstrapping Walk a Mile in These Bootstrapped Shoes.In much the same way nature operates, the world of business operates in fluid balance with money serving as its breathable oxygen. As with nature, businesses feed off the less fortunate, using their superio…Read More