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That Used To Be Us

How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

“America has a huge problem. It faces four major challenges, on which its future depends, and it is failing to meet them. In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, analyze those challenges—globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation’s chronic deficits, and its pattern of energy consumption…”

Peak Water Limits for the World?

The term Peak Water has been put forward as a concept to help understand growing constraints on the availability, quality, and use of freshwater resources. The clearest definitions of the term were laid out in a 2010 peer-reviewed article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Peter Gleick and Meena Palaniappan.

 

Water is more vital for human life than oil – and environmentalists, corporations, communities and governments increasingly recognize its unequal distribution around the globe could lead to severe environmental degradation and intense conflicts in the years ahead. Anyone who cares about water should observe the management of oil during the past century and not repeat the mistakes, argues Rohini Nilekani. Less than 3 percent of the world’s water is potable – and climate change is already rapidly diminishing the vast stores of freshwater stored in glaciers and polar ice. Nilekani, who founded and chairs a non-governmental organization focused on creating a safe and sustainable global water supply, suggests that individual awareness combined with some global leadership must focus on sustaining life on the planet rather than modern lifestyles – and could reduce waste, overpopulation and unsustainable practices. Otherwise, warns Nilekani, the conflicts over water will make the oil crisis “seem like the trailer of some horrible disaster movie.” With water already in short supply for more than 20 percent of the world’s people, no person can afford to take freshwater for granted. – YaleGlobal

California is quickly reaching the point where each unit of water used to raise crops costs more in ecological damage than it provides benefits of crops, said Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, during the Stanford Graduate School of Business annual environmental lecture.

Politicians and engineers have grappled for years with solutions to California’s water shortages. It’s unlikely more dams or huge infrastructure projects will be built, so what’s the alternative?

Gleick called for looking to other kinds of water supply, such as treated wastewater, desalination, or rainwater harvesting. Maintaining the infrastructure we already have is important, as well as growing crops that take less water. And he called for proper pricing mechanisms and markets to limit cheap water.

Gleick spoke at the 2010 Conradin von Gugelberg Memorial Lecture on the Environment.

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“Ideas and creativity, unlike natural resources, are an unlimited resource,” he said. “It is a world of abundance only for those who can see the opportunities ahead and have the skills to take advantage of them. Without these skills, it can seem like a world of scarcity. Innovation is the only way we are going to solve the world’s major issues — growth, prosperity, environmental sustainability and security.” [Source: Commencement Address]

In his keynote speech for the Churchill Club’s “Igniting Innovation and Mastering Change” conference, SRI CEO Curt Carlson explains why he still believes in abundance and in the U.S. as a global leader in innovation. Carlson has confidence in the power of innovation despite a worsening of the debt-to-GDP ratio and dire financial conditions in California.

SRI CEO Curtis Carlson’s Keynote at Churchill Club Event, Sept. 16, 2011

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Dr. Curtis Carlson_ The Five Disciplines of Innovation

Dr. Curtis R. Carlson became president and CEO of SRI International in December 1998. Previously, he spent more than 20 years with Sarnoff Corporation, an SRI subsidiary that was fully integrated into SRI in 2011.

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IS THE “PROTECT IP ACT” INTERNET CENSORSHIP?

The PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011; United States Senate Bill S.968) is a proposed law with the stated goal of giving the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to “rogue websites dedicated to infringing or counterfeit goods”, especially those registered outside the U.S.

 

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VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN ON SOPA

The bill was introduced on May 12, 2011 by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and 11 initial bipartisan co-sponsors. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that implementation of the bill would cost the federal government $47 million through 2016, to cover enforcement costs and the hiring and training of 22 new special agents and 26 support staff. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill, but Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) placed a hold on it.

SOPA TRENDING RISING ON SEARCH RESULTS

The PROTECT IP Act is a re-write of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), which failed to pass in 2010. A similar House version of the bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was introduced on October 26, 2011. Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011; United States Senate Bill S.968) is a proposed law with the stated goal of giving the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to “rogue websites dedicated to infringing or counterfeit goods”, especially those registered outside the U.S. The bill was introduced on May 12, 2011 by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and 11 initial bipartisan co-sponsors. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that implementation of the bill would cost the federal government $47 million through 2016, to cover enforcement costs and the hiring and training of 22 new special agents and 26 support staff. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill, but Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) placed a hold on it.

A CRITICAL REVIEW OF SOPA

The PROTECT IP Act is a re-write of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), which failed to pass in 2010. A similar House version of the bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was introduced on October 26, 2011.
[Via: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protect_IP_Act]

Issa: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Kills Innovation, Internet Freedom, Tech Jobs

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WHAT IS GAMESTORMING?

Gamestorming is a set of best practices compiled from the world’s most innovative people and companies, condensed into a lightweight, low-tech toolkit that applies tools and rules to the problems of collaboration and teamwork.

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In her book “Gamestorming,” Sunni Brown shows how using art and games can empower serious problem-solving.

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    Everyone talks about innovation but nobody really knows how to innovate. By employing simple frameworks such as players, boundaries, and goals, Gamestorming turns simple office supplies like sticky notes and index cards into a powerful platform for changing the game of business. Gamestorming is a proven approach to real-life, roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-your-hands-dirty innovation. The authors of Gamestorming have spent over twenty years identifying, cataloguing and practicing the techniques that leading teams – from startups to global giants – use to collaborate, communicate and make the right things happen at work. Whether you’re a startup with a hunger to change the world or an intrapreneur at a big company who wants to change the game from within, this book offers a clearly-defined approach to breaking down barriers, communicating effectively and generating breakthrough strategies. Richly illustrated with 100 images and more than 80 business games, Gamestorming is for people who want to learn how serious “play” can be.

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    Prediction: Innovation Labs will lead the way in 2011 applying a systematic process to solve problems and influencing creativity and collaboration

    INNOVATION LABS LEADERSHIP IS WITHOUT QUESTION

    To download the revised and updated version of Permanent Innovation please click the book cover below and a complementary copy is available from Innovation Labs.