Instead of seeing our problems in strictly quantitative or qualitative terms, we need to sort our challenges according to their most appropriate scale ... to address each dilemma as creatively and productively as possible.
We ended the Dust Bowl by returning much of the landscape back to its native state and changing how we treated the land we continue to occupy. And we will end disasters like Hurricane Sandy the same way.
The excitement I now see on my students' faces -- and their obvious pleasure when their proposals get taken seriously by the community members reviewing their work -- makes it hard for me to imagine ever going back to the old ways of teaching.
See the WWW Conference as an educational wake-up call. School should be about equipping students not just with the skills, but also with the self-confidence to pursue their passions, regardless of what others may think.
The old Joni Mitchell line, "You don't know what you've got till it's gone" applies to public higher education these days. Most states have dramatically cut financial support of their research universities.
We know who makes bullets and we know how much it costs us when criminals use their products to harm others. By charging the industry for these expenses, companies would have an incentive to put in place better precautions.
We can no longer afford bad design. In fact, the real luxury in this country has been our tolerance of so much bad design -- sloppy procedures, careless processes, and wasteful products -- that costs us way more than we can possibly sustain.