Social Change

Drop that cheeseburger and put your hands up!

It must have taken 15 years before we figured out that health education alone wasn’t going to solve the tobacco problem. Then we learned that taxes and laws changed behavior a whole lot quicker than smoking cessation programs. With obesity it appears that lesson has been learned, and legislated solutions are being initiated already. A bunch of states are developing ...

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No big bequests for baby boomers

Here’s a new story in the spirit of Dickens’ Scrooge. It seems that bequests to baby boomers are falling short of expectations. I recall that about five years ago a study indicated that some $3 trillion was about to change hands from the WWII generation to baby boomers. Many charities were rubbing their hands together with glee because it was ...

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Facing the future: Option 3

When I commented a few days ago about strategies for dealing with the future other than futuring I mentioned two: quick reactions and resilience. I just thought of a third: muddling through. Probably it is the most common way people, groups and societies move forward. A little planning, a little insight, a lot of wrangling about what to do and ...

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Uh-oh! Is FI Space doomed?

A recent opinion-piece in Wired magazine is titled flatly: “Futurism is Dead.” The article condemns the field of futurism and the World Future Society in particular as failures because the record of predictions from professional futurists has been so bad. The great irony is that there has been no publication with as many articles over the past 10 to 15 ...

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