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Thomas Fisher

Cities in the Third Industrial Revolution

Thomas Fisher | Posted 03.06.2014 | Technology
Thomas Fisher

Why continue to build infrastructure as if people will still commute between where they live and work when the new economy will see increasing numbers of people living, working, and making things in the same location?

Our Political Battle of the Brands

Thomas Fisher | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Thomas Fisher

We need to stop the battle of our political brands and take more advantage of the opportunities to try different approaches to problems that federalism gives to each state.

The Public Health of Higher Education

Thomas Fisher | Posted 04.28.2013 | College
Thomas Fisher

What would a parallel, public-health version of higher education look like? The massive open online courses (MOOCs) increasingly available for free on the Internet offer one aspect of this.

Our Political Metaphor Problem

Thomas Fisher | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Thomas Fisher

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.

Are Hurricanes Our Next Dust Bowl?

Thomas Fisher | Posted 02.04.2013 | Green
Thomas Fisher

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 End of the Academic Exercise

Thomas Fisher | Posted 01.14.2013 | College
Thomas Fisher

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.

An Education in Creative Courage

Thomas Fisher | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Thomas Fisher

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.

Mapping Our Future

Thomas Fisher | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Thomas Fisher

Has the sheer quantity of information and the increasing pace of life so overwhelmed us that we no longer have the time or temerity to fact-check when what we hear doesn't make sense

They're Paving Paradise

Thomas Fisher | Posted 08.14.2012 | Education
Thomas Fisher

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.

The Next Economy and the 'Next Politics'

Thomas Fisher | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Thomas Fisher

The Obama administration's efforts to enhance manufacturing jobs, while very much needed, seem focused on a 20th century model of large-scale, "heavy" industry.

Guns Don't Kill People, Bullets Do

Thomas Fisher | Posted 03.12.2012 | Crime
Thomas Fisher

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.

Cutting Health Care Costs Through Design

Thomas Fisher | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Thomas Fisher

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.

How Cutting Government Spending Can Increase the Cost of Government

Thomas Fisher | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Thomas Fisher

The evidence is clear and undisputable: cutting government spending in areas that prevent problems from occurring in the first place can cost taxpayers more over the long run.

What We Can Learn by Investing in Our Schools

Thomas Fisher | Posted 11.20.2011 | Education
Thomas Fisher

We must invest in our schools, not just for the sake of our school-aged children, but also for the health, wealth, and well being of everyone.

What Politicians Might Learn From Designers

Thomas Fisher | Posted 10.29.2011 | Politics
Thomas Fisher

We all live, in other words, in shades of gray in both our private and public lives. So why do we have such a hard time accepting the same in our political life?