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Proposals deemed of general interest will be posted here, and readers are invited to
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We End America’s Losing Streak?
Has America lost its confidence?
Are we into a losing streak? If so, can we turn it around?
Can No-Profit Power Salvage Deregulation?
Wayne A. English
With the deregulation of the electric utility industry almost anyone
can buy and sell power. Originally touted as a boon to the consumer, the
competition that was to lower the cost of power never materialized and
power is now more expensive than ever. Can something be done to lower
Vision of Transformation
By Alice Holstein
Imagine, the existence of an international data base
that could identify MODEL organizations, programs and
development projects that are this very minute
transforming the world. The MODELS would include
technological improvements such as those done by
Engineering Without Borders as well as social invention
projects such as the well-known Delancey Street
Foundation in San Francisco that for years has been a
MODEL of prisoner rehabilitation and employment
The Education Piece of a Possible Future
By Berenice D. Bleedorn
This article is a reminder of the urgent need for a new kind of thinking for a new
kind of complex, integrated, interactive, dynamic world. It is argued that the mandated
educational experience everywhere needs to include the understanding and practice of
higher-order or quality thinking, which is said to include: creative, critical, systemic,
futuristic, paradoxical, global, and complex, problem-solving thought processes. Since
every important thing we do is said to "depend upon our habits of mind", a
reference is made to the importance of quality thinking by both leadership and
followership in a functioning democracy. Examples of enlightened educational programming
and speculated predictions for educational futures are included.
By Howard Kiefer
The concept of in-line cities may be the greatest advancement in modern living. The
convenience, energy, time, safety, pollution, and cost of living will give greater
personal freedom. Strings of in-line cities would transcend continents. In-line cities
would have transportation at the center of an arc of their users. A man made mountain
(Core) would be adjoined by meeting places and then by gateways. We could have facilities
for all modes of transportation including strolling, walking, skating, biking, cars,
trains and conveyers. The scope would be from local to cross-continental.
Good State: The Next Phase of Human Societies
By Peter A. Zuckerman
The foundations of the new American foreign policy should be the elimination of
political mismanagement and the downsizing of the war institution. The purpose of the
Grand Moral Strategy of the United States would be the New Human Order, to bring about
common good states throughout the world, thereby ensuring continued human progress and
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