• Re-Imagining Government As A Modern Public Service Provider.
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    There are many drivers shaping the future, and in what is now a hyper connected world with escalating decentralization of traditional power structures, unprecedented access to technology, and collaborative social systems empowering everyone as stakeholders in our collective futures, governments more than ever are under pressure to implement a new system of distributed governance that is focused on service, solutions, and collaboration. It’s hard to imagine…

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  • When Everything Is Smart.
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    We’re quickly moving from a world of ubiquitous computing to “the internet of everything” (or IoE). As chips become cheaper and cheaper to produce, they will become imbedded in everything from your lawn sprinklers to your toothbrush. Gartner Research has estimated that the number of connected devices could surpass 30 billion in the next five years—that’s bigger than the size of the smartphone, PC, tablet, connected car and wearable market, …

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  • Next-generation Genomics And Nanotechnology Ninja Particles.
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    As our understanding of the genomic makeup of humans increases, so does the ability to manipulate genes and improve health diagnostics and treatments. Next-generation genomics will offer advances in our understanding of plants and animals, potentially creating opportunities to improve the performance of agriculture and to create high-value substances from ordinary organisms. Take for example some of the new nanotechnologies being engineered by IBM in collaboration…

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  • NANCY’S BLOG: We The Economy.
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    Though fundamental to our well-being, few can speak with a lot of confidence on the Economy:  How it works? And how it’s shifting? And how any of this impacts us? In an effort to help us all better grasp the basics – and hopefully then become more informed voters — an ambitious new project launched last week, partnering 20 award-winning directors with 10 highly credentialed economists to create 20 short films that each explain a specific aspect of the Economy in 5-8min.…

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  • From The Wealthy Few To The Not So Affluent Many.
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    Yesterday we shared some insights as to why an increasing income gap and decrease in consumer spending will eventually impact not just the middle to lower class, but will ultimately impact the wealthy elite. A newly released Credit Suisse World Wealth Report (Oct, 2014), details this widening income inequality gap in great depth. According to this report, the richest 1% of the world population, control 48% of the world’s wealth. In reverse, 3.2 billion people (representing…

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