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NEXT: Climate Migration

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Climate Migration

Reports of enormous wildfires in the western U.S. have become an annual event, as has the continuing drought. What was alarming this summer was the announcement that, for the first time in history, the federal government has declared a water shortage at Lake Mead, a major reservoir on the Colorado River and the source of water […]

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NEXT: Social Capitalism

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Social Capitalism

Among the many devastating results of the pandemic was an increase in social isolation. Confined to our homes, connected to others only via Zoom or other electronic networks, social capital diminished as much as financial capital did in the first six months of the pandemic. The economy has since recovered—albeit unevenly—but in some important ways there remains […]

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NEXT: The Future of Retirement

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Retirement

A useful way to track changes in society is to look at the history of words, and especially the history of the changing meaning of words. Take the words “liberal” and “conservative” for example, which in the 19th century had very different meanings from those today. In the 19th century, a “liberal” was someone who favored […]

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NEXT: A Visionary History – US Public Education

David Staley David Staley NEXT: A Visionary History – US Public Education

What follows is not a prediction. It is a plausible scenario written in the form of a “history from the future.” The scenario is written as if the year were 2035… The year is 2035, and public schooling in the U.S. has been redesigned along the model of the Agora school in Roermond, in the Netherlands.  […]

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NEXT: The Future of Data Privacy

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Data Privacy

The Me.Ring is just a concept design at the moment. But if it were to be actually built and widely marketed, its impact would be dramatic.   The ring consists of a switch: when you are open to having your data shared, you flip the switch to the “on” position. To remain anonymous, a user would switch […]

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NEXT: Baby Bust…or Baby Boom?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Baby Bust…or Baby Boom?

Demographers have observed that, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent downturn in economic activity, birth rates in the U.S. have declined. Research from Melissa S. Kearney and Phillip B. Levine observes that “that the Covid pandemic would lead to a decline in U.S. births of about 8%, as compared with the number of expected […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

The 6th Annual Columbus Coffee Festival returns on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th!