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Everyone has an idea. A lot of people have good ideas. But when it comes to the BIG IDEAS, we turn to our local community of expert designers, thinkers, dreamers and architects to share with us their vision for what the future could potential hold in the city of Columbus.

NEXT: Mood-Sensing Technology & Reactive Media

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Mood-Sensing Technology & Reactive Media

Both of my boys read “Choose your own adventure” books when they were younger. You know these books, where you read a few pages, and then you are given a set of choices at the end of the page: “If you want to go through the door, turn to page 27” or “If you want […]

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NEXT: Blockchain Democracy

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Blockchain Democracy

Bitcoin is now being accepted by over 100,000 merchants, and could very well represent the future of all currency. What makes Bitcoin so disruptive is not only that it is digital, but that it is a currency whose value is established by the users of the currency, not by any national government. Indeed, there is […]

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NEXT: The Future of Consumption is Circular

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Consumption is Circular

On August 18, the Columbus Futurists monthly forum will be held at Launch Labs (2649 North High Street) at 6:30 PM, where we will explore possible futures of the “circular economy,” including role playing scenarios of life in a circular economy. Please join us! In nature, there is no such thing as “waste.” After it […]

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NEXT: A Universal Translator?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: A Universal Translator?

A Facebook friend recently made this post: “Υπαρχουν κι αυτα στον αθλητισμο! Για οσους τα ξεχασαν λογω Φαταουλ, Κοκκαλη, Κοκκαλιαρη, Σαλονικη, Ιωαννιδη κλπ” Clicking on the “translate” link, this is what Facebook produced for me: “There are those in the athletics! For those who do because they forgot, kokkalē phataoul,’re skinny, salonikē iōannidē, etc” I […]

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NEXT: The Return of the Luddites

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Return of the Luddites

It has been a while since we’ve seen any real Luddites. I know we often use the term a lot today, but I don’t think we use it properly. Anyone who professes not to like technology, or who doesn’t seem to have the latest upgrade, or who is an old timer and pines for the […]

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NEXT: Does Privacy have a future?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Does Privacy have a future?

Dave Eggers’ novel The Circle describes a near-term future where the desire for privacy marks one as a sociopath. In the world Eggers describes, ubiquitous cameras, social media and other surveillance technologies mean that every action is observable by everyone on earth. Initially, wearable cameras that record a person’s every action are placed around politician’s necks, […]

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Is Columbus Following Through on the 2010 Downtown Strategic Plan?

Walker Evans Walker Evans Is Columbus Following Through on the 2010 Downtown Strategic Plan?

Five years ago, city leaders unveiled an ambitious redevelopment plan for Downtown Columbus that called for the implementation of 12 big ideas over the course of the next decade. In 2015, we’re halfway through that timeframe for implementation, and we thought it might be a good time to revisit the plan and review the progress […]

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