I would challenge anyone to read the "bleakbuster" of a new report published last week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and not come away with a deep feeling of dread for future generations.
The world requires profound and urgent changes in energy and education and food and healthcare. And whether chicken eggs or cars or cookies, it requires all of us to toss stale, incremental thinking back on the shelf.
Two nightmare scenarios -- a global scarcity of vital resources and the onset of extreme climate change -- are already beginning to converge and in the coming decades are likely to produce a tidal wave of unrest, rebellion, competition, and conflict.
Although in the developed world people are struggling through strained and collapsing economies, the reality -- when measured on a global perspective -- is that we still fare better than most. For that, we should be fundamentally thankful.
How much poorer do we want women to get in the world? It's really hard to imagine. Despite the successes of feminists during the past century, even in the U.S. we have a persistent and growing feminization of poverty.
When you go to a museum and there's a donation box, but no set entrance fee, how much do you put in? Enter, pay-what-you-can restaurants: order a meal and then decide how much you think it's worth, or give what you can afford.