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Backcasting to the Future

Valerie Keller | Posted 06.05.2013 | Business
Valerie Keller

The impact of 'backcasting' is palpable and transformative. The biggest 'ah-ha' moment from immersing oneself in a future world is a striking awareness of the interdependencies of all systems.

Think Big...And Then Think Bigger

Daniel Burrus | Posted 06.03.2013 | Business
Daniel Burrus

However "big" you're thinking right now, it's probably too small. It's important to have big dreams for your future. After all, failing to plan is pl...

The Air We Breathe: China, Pollution and the EPA As it Awaits a New Director

Paul Gunther | Posted 06.01.2013 | Green
Paul Gunther

Any thought to the strategic trajectory of China and its according infrastructure must take into essential consideration the bleak reality of its environment. Polluted air is a threat to its widely perceived inevitability to equal and then surpass the economic and social edge of America.

Future Nostalgia in the Rush to Re-imagine the University

Jay Halfond | Posted 05.27.2013 | College
Jay Halfond

We seem to be at a crossroads, where costs cannot align with the public's ability and willingness to pay. Something has to give.

Taking Sides: Are the Humanities in Danger?

The Brown Daily Herald | Posted 05.26.2013 | College
The Brown Daily Herald

Since the late 1960s, the proportion of four-year college students focusing in the humanities has dropped more than 50 percent. Today, only 8 percent of college students in the United States pursue a degree in the humanities.

20 Plausible News Stories From 2020

Greg Jacobs | Posted 05.26.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Jacobs

NYU's new president will have lowered tuition 10 percent since peak levels in 2016. The Village still hates the school, but sentiments are starting to change.

America's Mindless Destiny: The "American Federation"?

Glen Browder | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

Now I want to project where we're likely to end up if we stay on our current mindless course. For analytical purposes, I will stipulate four possible scenarios for our evolving Great Experiment -- Disintegration, Distortion, Transition, and Transformation.

Happy 7th Birthday, Twitter

Tim Mattingly | Posted 05.20.2013 | Comedy
Tim Mattingly

On March 21, Twitter will turn seven-years-old. That's impressive. Seven years is a pretty short amount of time to become worth approximately $10 billion. When I turned seven, I was worth approximately one holographic Charizard.

It's Time to End the War Between the Young and the Old!

Daniel Burrus | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business
Daniel Burrus

In every organization worldwide, there is an unspoken war between the young and the old. The younger workers look at the older ones and think, "They j...

Abundance

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Ricardo B. Salinas

Is it possible that advancing technology will permit us to end poverty, sickness, and other serious problems?

Dead Prez Return With New Album at SXSW

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.15.2013 | Black Voices
Shira Lazar

Even though it's been a while since the duo released a full album, M1 assures us that they've been hard at work, putting out mixtapes, working on their "Turn Off the Radio" series and Stic dropping his workout album.

Google Executive Chairman's 3 World-Changing Predictions

Robert Lockard | Posted 05.12.2013 | Technology
Robert Lockard

What will our world look like 10 years from now? Will we finally have the flying cars and mechanical maids The Jetsons promised us? Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman and former CEO of Google, has some possible answers in his new book.

Could Downtown Vegas Become the Next Hub for Startups? (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.11.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Zappos founder and CEO Tony Hsieh stopped by the Samsung Blogger Lounge to discuss the revitalization project of Downtown Las Vegas, the new SXSW v2v program, and incredible predictions for the future of business and technology.

All About Apps: Mobile Innovation at South By Southwest

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.06.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

This week, Austin Texas is the center of the technology universe. The foremost digital media and tech companies will debut their latest products, hott...

12 Certainties That Will Transform Every Career and Create New Ones

Daniel Burrus | Posted 05.06.2013 | Business
Daniel Burrus

As technology continues to impact our lives, workers in today's ever-changing labor market need to be prepared with skills to adapt and succeed in the...

The Future of Learning Is Hard to Predict

Maria Voles Ferguson | Posted 05.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Maria Voles Ferguson

2013-02-27-tedprizepullDr. Mitra talks fondly about the network of British "grannies" he has enlisted to teach children online and offer encouragement, but what about all the other issues that so often compromise a child's ability to learn and grow?

Getting You and Your Career Ready To Thrive In The Future

Daniel Burrus | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
Daniel Burrus

According to the Associated Press, 50% of the 7.5 million jobs that were lost in the United States during the recent great recession were mid-pay, mid...

Emmett Till's Family Pens Open Letter To Lil Wayne

Posted 02.25.2013 | Black Voices

A week after the backlash stemming from Lil Wayne’s controversial Emmett Till lyric , which resulted in the record label's decision to pull the lyri...

Stevie Wonder Responds To Weezy's Controversial Lyric

AP | JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. | Posted 02.20.2013 | Black Voices

ATLANTA -- Stevie Wonder is not happy with Lil Wayne's vulgar lyrics that reference Emmett Till, a black teen who was killed in 1955 for allegedly whi...

Lil Wayne's Shocking Lyric Pulled By Record Label

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 04.16.2013 | Black Voices

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A cousin of the late Emmett Till wonders if Lil Wayne understands just how damaging it was when he rapped a vulgar reference to th...

The Two Types of Online Communities That Can Drive Growth

Daniel Burrus | Posted 04.08.2013 | Business
Daniel Burrus

Two types of online communities exist: communities of interest and communities of practice. A community of interest may be people who love dogs, sail...

Here's Something to Really Worry About -- More of Us Are Worried

David Ropeik | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

It is hardly news that America has become more divided. But this survey offers fresh support that these divisions are not about gun control or abortion or any of the individual issues we fight about, but about deeper dissatisfactions and worries.

How to Use Time Travel to Succeed Now and in the Future

Daniel Burrus | Posted 04.01.2013 | Business
Daniel Burrus

Did you know that time travel was possible? It really is. For example, you can visit remote parts of the Amazon River and meet people who are living j...

To Do: Stop Dwelling On The Past (Here's Why)

Charley Johnson | Posted 03.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Charley Johnson

It's important to honor and acknowledge your past, to tease lessons from the stories that make you, you. But at some point the past becomes a crutch, something to fall back on when you're uncomfortable in the present or fearful of the future.

We Must Lead It

Terry Tamminen | Posted 03.27.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

In his inaugural address this week, President Obama committed us to get back to work on the challenge of a sustainable energy future. But will this reignite the debate on climate change or have three widely publicized stories already done that for us?