Trends Issue 112 - August 2012

The Era of “Miracle Plastics” Dawns

So-called experts from Thomas Malthus to Paul Ehrlich have argued that meeting the needs of an ever-growing population...

The Era of “Miracle Plastics” Dawns
published on: Aug 2, 2012

Making Coal-Fired Electricity Cheap and Clean

While the proportion of North America’s electricity produced from natural gas and next-generation nuclear...

Making Coal-Fired Electricity Cheap and Clean
published on: Aug 2, 2012

Extraordinary Popular Delusions 2012

It’s been 171 years since Charles Mackay published his classic work, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness...

Extraordinary Popular Delusions 2012
published on: Aug 2, 2012

American Education: Increasingly Out-of-Step...

Human capital is absolutely critical to national competitiveness. A leading factor in America’s success is the...

American Education: Increasingly  Out-of-Step with the New Economy
published on: Aug 2, 2012

The New Structure of Employment

Over 20 years ago, business guru Charles Handy forecast the emergence of the so-called, “shamrock organization.”...

The New Structure of Employment
published on: Aug 2, 2012

U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance

Today, U.S. manufacturing employs a fraction of the people it once did, and most pundits expect this trend to...

U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance
published on: Aug 2, 2012

The Geography of Affluence

For decades, it has been assumed that the digital revolution would render location meaningless. But increasingly,...

The Geography of Affluence
published on: Aug 2, 2012