Why We Need Government to Evolve as Fast as Technology. From deep learning to gene editing, the world of technology is moving fast.
But at Singularity University, we believe amazing tech is only half the equation. Equally important is how we use technology. The most pressing question: How can technology address and perhaps solve the biggest challenges facing humanity? We call these the Global Grand Challenges, and they include energy, environment, food, water, disaster resilience, space, security, health, learning, and prosperity. And we recently launched a new Global Grand Challenge: governance. An Elegantly Simple Way to Revolutionize Government.
(Photo: Francisco Diez / Flickr)What started as a somewhat complex mathematical analysis of the game of politics using game theory (the mathematical study of strategic decision making) has evolved years later into an extraordinarily simple idea that would revolutionize government at all levels.
PROPOSED SEVEN POINT AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. Six Steps to Change Congress. Bill Clinton 14 Point Plan for America. Robert Reich. Robert Reich on the Even Bigger Hidden Menace Behind the Hastert Sex Scandal. Washington has been rocked by the scandal of J.
Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker in the history of the U.S. House, indicted on charges of violating banking laws by paying $1.7 million (as part of a $3.5 million agreement) to conceal prior misconduct, which turns out to have been child molestation. That scandal contains another one that’s received less attention: Hastert, who never made much money as a teacher or a congressman, could manage such payments because after retiring from Congress he became a high-paid lobbyist. This second scandal is perfectly legal but it’s a growing menace. In the 1970s, only 3 percent of retiring members of Congress went on to become Washington lobbyists.
This isn’t because more recent retirees have had fewer qualms. In every election cycle since 2008, more money has gone into lobbying at the federal level than into political campaigns. Exactly. Anticipatory bribery undermines trust in government almost as much as direct bribery. Common Cause. Peace and social justice since 1909. Declining Faith in Hard Work and Capitalism. By Martin Hart-Landsberg, PhD, Aug 1, 2012, at 11:35 am Cross-posted at Reports from the Economic Front.
The Pew Research Center recently published a report titled “Pervasive Gloom About the World Economy.” The following two charts come from Chapter 4 which is called “The Causalities: Faith in Hard Work and Capitalism.” The first suggests that the belief that hard work pays off remains strong in only a few countries: Pakistan (81%), the U.S. (77%), Tunisia (73%), Brazil (69%), India (67%) and Mexico (65%). The low scores in China, Germany, and Japan are worth noting. The second chart highlights the fact that growing numbers of people are losing faith in free market capitalism. GlobeScan polled more than 12,000 adults across 23 countries about their attitudes towards economic inequality and, as the chart below reveals, the results were remarkably similar to those highlighted above.
Jeremy Rifkin on the Fall of Capitalism and the Internet of Things - Futurism. The Regenerative Capitalism Framework & Accompanying White Paper - CAPITAL INSTITUTE CAPITAL INSTITUTE. For the past two years, Capital Institute and its collaborative network have been on an evolutionary learning journey…searching for a path that will lead us beyond our current unsustainable economic system and the finance-dominated ideology that drives it.
What we discovered is a new way of thinking about economics and how we manage our free enterprise system, aligned with our scientific understanding of how the universe actually works and with our shared values. We call it Regenerative Capitalism. On April 21, 2015, the co-created Regenerative Capitalism theory and peer-reviewed white paper were launched at an event hosted by Yale University’s Center for Business & the Environment. Beyond capitalism and socialism: could a new economic approach save the planet? To avoid social, environmental and economic collapse, the world needs to move beyond the standard choices of capitalism or socialism.
Sign Up for News from Common Cause. New Class Order. In this predictably difficult year for the Democrats, the party of the people is turning, of all people, to its plutocrats.
However much the party stigmatizes right-wing billionaires like the Koch brothers, a growing proportion of America’s ultra-rich have become devoted Democrats, giving them an edge in fund-raising. Indeed, an analysis of billionaire contributors this year by Politifact found that 13 supported liberals while only nine backed Republicans. The left plutocracy helps explain how Harry Reid’s Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has greatly outraised their Republican rivals.
Overall, Democratic-aligned committees have achieved a lopsided edge in fundraising – $453 million opposed to $289 million, according to Politico. Can strong foresight orientation make a nation successful? - Futurism. Synopsis Did you know Finland is a future-obsessed nation?
It has a special parliamentary committee for the future, and its government is required by law to produce an official report every four years. Summary The need for forecasting stems from Finland’s troubled past on the outskirts of Europe. Faced with economic shocks and a quickly changing geopolitical landscape, an understanding of the future has always been vital.