"Let's collectively be the Andrew Carnegie of the 21st century," says John Wood, who details his experience of building and scaling the non-profit Room to Read.
The SOPA movement shows us how traditional power structures are being turned on their head to create a future that is significantly more democratized, distributed and universal.
Full citizenship is the idea in which all members of society see themselves as change agents.
Do we think it is possible for kids to learn to read on their own? A dispatch from a big bold idea in progress.
Is American Exceptionalism "the old whiskey bottle we pull off the shelf when we're feeling down?"
We might like to think that we have completely original minds, but we are easily influenced by others and have an "unknowingness" of how our "human mind meld" works.
New crowdsourcing techniques can be used in amazingly constructive ways. Alternatively, these same techniques may be used as tools that exploit human labor and utilize it for evil purposes.
Will increased connectivity create more good or more evil in the future? Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of the tech giant with the famous founding motto of "Don't be evil," is naturally concerned with this question.
We have a background assumption that we are living in a technologically-accelerating civilization. Peter Thiel has a different view of where we are headed, and he says we need to fight hard to improve our future prospects.
If we are divided at home, Senator John Kerry argues, we won't be able to deal with the complex challenges that confront the world. Among these challenges is what Kerry describes as "near failed statism" in Egypt and Pakistan.
Will Germany follow the course of radical transparency or offshore inter-bank deposits?
If all of the spending cuts and revenue increases that make up the fiscal cliff go into effect, it would represent an estimated $720 billion in total austerity measures for 2013. Who is ready to stomach that?
A higher percentage of Americans believed in the British crown in 1776 than the percentage of Americans who trust Congress today. Larry Lessig has an idea to change all of that.
Mark Ruffalo’s energy campaign offers a powerful model here – one that leverages cultural power, scientific knowledge, and bottom-line economic reasoning to address the kinds of complex, 21st century problems it takes collective intelligence to solve.
According to Matt Ridley, as long as we trust each other we will be able to trade knowledge and expand knowledge at accelerating rates.