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NEXT: The Politics of Trees

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Politics of Trees

Two notable events in the news the past few days involved our stewardship of trees.   Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, fired the Director-General of his country’s National Institute for Space Research because the agency revealed that deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has increased dramatically. Since Bolsonaro took office in January 2019, there has […]

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NEXT: The Future of Food

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Food

I’ve started tracking trends in agriculture and the production and consumption of food, and there are some significant trends that I have been following. It is possible that in the near future we will expand the number of plant species we consume. Today, almost half of the calories we consume come from just three grains: […]

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NEXT: The Future of Robocalls

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Robocalls

I was on the phone the other day with the cable company, trying to deal with a billing issue. After clicking through several menu items, I was finally connected to a human being somewhere who answered my questions to my satisfaction.  As I think about a potential future where more and more jobs are automated, […]

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NEXT: Securing Home Deliveries from “Porch Pirates”

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Securing Home Deliveries from “Porch Pirates”

If you look at houses built in the early part of the twentieth century, most did not have attached garages (if there is a garage, it was probably added on sometime later.) The reasons are obvious: in the early part of the century, automobiles were not yet ubiquitous. Once they were, however, the architecture of […]

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NEXT: The Future of Mobility

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Mobility

When we use the word “mobility” today, we are talking about the infrastructure for moving people around in the world. Much of the talk about mobility, especially in Columbus, has to do with autonomous vehicles and the role they will be playing in how we move from place to place. But scooters, bicycles, light rail, […]

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NEXT: The New Corporate University

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The New Corporate University

The Economist reports that “American companies spent $91 billion on staff training last year, almost a third as much again as they did in 2016…This shift is highly encouraging. In broad terms, provision of on-the-job training has been shrinking.” Perhaps one reason companies shirk on training is because they expect new hires to arrive with […]

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NEXT: Theocracy in America?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Theocracy in America?

My undergraduate major was ancient history, which I switched to (from economics) because of a brilliant and charismatic professor. I hung on his every word. Except for one occasion. He made a statement in class once to the effect that “Every society’s form of government eventually becomes a theocracy.” As an ancient historian, he was […]

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