|May 02, 2007|
|Selling Our Future|
Posted at 01:41 PM by Will Marre
It appears that many shortsighted business leaders and political leaders who embrace ?creative destruction? when it eliminates your job vigorously oppose it when it threatens theirs. Creative destruction is a term coined to describe having old businesses evaporate to be replaced by new ones due to new technologies or offshore labor. It?s healthy ?weeding? of our economic garden. Right?
Well, the people that brought us $3/gallon gasoline, $200,000 college educations and 47 million medically uninsured are at it again. This time they want to change the facts and conclusions of a worldwide study of the impact of greenhouse gases on climate change endorsed by 119 governments (?US. China Seek to Alter Impact on Climate Change.? USA Today, May 2007). While the report calls for a large, sustained world wide investment in new clean energy technologies currently under development, the folks that make more money on oil and coal burning want no change. They claim the cost of new technology is too high, too impractical for a phantom threat that only might create catastrophic consequences of water and food shortages, resource wars, and new levels of poverty ("One Fight in Bangkok." www.grist.org).
But is this the time for our leaders to stifle the emergence of clean, renewable energy as they continue to subsidize oil and coal? Or is the destruction of a fossil fuel economy the most ?creative? opportunity our generation has to create a legacy for our children? There is no shortage of solutions, only a famine of will.
To view the article in pdf form, click here Selling our Future blog.pdf
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|May 01, 2007|
|Will Marre Interviews Daniel Pink|
Posted at 08:47 AM by Daniel Pink
COMING ON MAY 5th!! EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL PINK, AUTHOR OF A WHOLE NEW MIND.
Will Marre had the opportunity to interview author and speaker, Daniel Pink. To listen to the audio interview click the links below. They are in mp3 format.
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ABOUT DANIEL PINK
Daniel H. Pink is the author of two influential business books.
His latest, A Whole New Mind, charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and explains the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced and automated world. Reviewers have described the book as "an audacious and powerful work," "a profound read," "right on the money," and "a miracle." Several publications named it one of the best business books of the year. A Whole New Mind has sold more than 100,000 copies in the U.S. and has been translated into 12 languages.
Dan's first book, Free Agent Nation, about the growing ranks of people who work for themselves, was a Washington Post nonfiction bestseller and business bestseller in the U.S. and Canada. Publishers Weekly says the book "has become a cornerstone of employee-management relations."
He is a contributing editor at Wired, where he has written about topics ranging from grassroots solar power to the rise of Wikipedia to the economics of creativity. His articles on business, technology, and economic transformation have also appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and other publications.
A popular speaker, Dan lectures to corporations, associations, and universities around the world. He's provided analysis on dozens of television and radio broadcasts -including CNBC's "Power Lunch," ABC's "World News Tonight," NPR's "Morning Edition," and American Public Media's "Marketplace." And as an independent business consultant, he's advised start-up ventures and Fortune 100 companies on recruiting, business trends, and work practices.
A free agent himself, Dan held his last real job in the White House, where he served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. He's also worked as an aide to U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich, an economic policy staffer in the U.S. Senate, a legal researcher in India, and a latrine builder in Botswana.
He received a B.A., with honors in linguistics, from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. To his lasting joy, he has never practiced law.
Dan lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and their three children. He is now at work on his next two books, which will be published in 2008 and 2009.
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|April 27, 2007|
|American Idol or American Idle?|
Posted at 11:11 PM by Will Marre
American Dream Project on Moral Imagination.pdf
This week American Idol gave back. Nearly 30 million American?s watched stories of poverty and disease and heard a plea for help. Yes, there were the stories of unbelievable suffering in Africa, but did you see the incredible poverty and pain related through stories of crime ridden ?trailer ghettos? filled with Hurricane Katrina victims, illiterate mothers and obese children in Kentucky, and a single mom working three jobs in Los Angeles only to have her 8-year old weep from the stress of getting the bills paid?
What I?ve learned from talking to thousands of Americans is that what goes through viewers? minds when seeing these stories varies from compassion to blame. It seems most of us think this way: if something bad is happening to a family member, a friend, or us it is a crisis. If it is happening to some one like us, it?s a problem. If it?s happening to someone we view as unlike us, it?s his or her fault. Deal with it.
After Katrina, I was blogging about the sorry state of leadership when lots of angry people replied that most of the victims were lazy, no damn-good whiners who should know how to take care of themselves. This was not the view of a few. Is this what our culture has become?
In our personal quest for more and the competitive energy of our economy, have we lost our moral imagination? We don?t have to.
Click Here to read the entire article: American Dream Project on Moral Imagination.pdf
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|April 21, 2007|
|Want to be Happy?....Change the World|
Posted at 06:04 PM by Will Marre
Want to be Happy?.....Change the World
I just read a review of Ghetto Nation, a new book about how the worst of the hip-hop culture is sweeping through teenage America. It seems that many suburban, middle class teens are embracing the language of gansta-rap, the obsession of flashy materialism, a disdain of education, and trashy disrespect of women. Underneath the vulgarity is a rapidly growing quest for meaning found in recent social research among American?s youth. In study after study, today?s high school and college students reveal themselves as America?s most idealistic generation in fifty years. If you visit our latest home page you?ll see recent video interviews of random students talking about their dreams and concerns. What you?ll see and hear is astonishing. They already know how to pursue happiness. Perhaps it?s time to help them and at the same time help all of us.
Perhaps it?s time to institute a mandatory national service requirement for at least 12 months during everyone?s 18th year. The range of service could be broad from preschool teaching, to the military, National Park restoration to city beautification, inner city tutoring, or reading to the aged. The year would be also one of personal growth and coming to self-knowledge. Every 18-year-old could take talent, interest, and trait assessments, do life-planning, receive training in leadership, time management, goal achievement, relationships, conflict resolution, decision making, financial literacy, and budgeting, as well as the responsibilities of citizenship in our 21st century democracy. This is a life-changing, society-renewing vision. We don?t need to create a huge new bureaucracy to do this. We can link together a vast network of existing for-profit and non-profit institutions to provide training and service opportunities offering real accountability and tangible results. Collecting current delinquent taxes could pay for it. There are 2.75 million Americans turning 18 every year. There really is no excuse. Can you imagine what an impact universal service would have on our society in a decade? What would happen if every young American had a genuine experience and the deep satisfaction of meaningful service? All we have to do is decide. It might just increase all of our happiness.
What do you think? Is it time to put this squarely on the national agenda? To view the video click here.
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|April 16, 2007|
|What's your prison?|
Posted at 03:13 PM by Nick Francis
I have just recently returned from another trip to Central America, or more specifically
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