Life under a gold standard

 Koning, BullionStar: What would it be like living under a gold standard? Here are a few (but by no means all) of the features that would characterize it: Banknotes, up until now irredeemable, would be convertible into gold. Bank deposits might also be convertible into gold. The general level of consumer prices would be determined by …[continue reading]

What happened when we paired up thousands of strangers to talk politics

n spring 2019, more than 17,000 Europeans from 33 countries signed up to have a political argument with a complete stranger. They were part of “Europe Talks,” a project that organizes one-on-one conversations between people who disagree — sort of like a Tinder for politics. Editor Jochen Wegner shares the unexpected things that happened when …[continue reading]

Inside the bizarre world of internet trolls and propagandists

Journalist Andrew Marantz spent three years embedded in the world of internet trolls and social media propagandists, seeking out the people who are propelling fringe talking points into the heart of conversation online and trying to understand how they’re making their ideas spread. Go down the rabbit hole of online propaganda and misinformation — and …[continue reading]

The Myth of Global Warming & The Truth About Climate Change

The Myth of Global Warming & The Truth About Climate Change Here lies the empirical evidence that Global Warming is an urban myth, deliberately propagated to prevent Mankind’s preparation for a entirely cyclical Mini Ice Age, which we have been descending into since 2007. If we fail to act swiftly, the results of this myth …[continue reading]

The power of introverts

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.   This talk was presented at an official …[continue reading]

Can Eating Cows Save the Planet?

It’s no secret that industrial animal agriculture is a disaster for the planet. And cows raised for beef are particularly problematic. According to one important source, global livestock systems, including the crops grown to feed them, are estimated by scientists to produce almost 13% of global climate emissions. This is over half of all agricultural …[continue reading]

Kids can teach themselves

Speaking at LIFT 2007, Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own — and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves?   ABOUT THE SPEAKER     Sugata Mitra · Education researcher Educational researcher Sugata Mitra …[continue reading]

How to run a company with (almost) no rules

What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on …[continue reading]