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George Kohlrieser on Negotiation in Zero Sum Games

Question: How do we negotiate for limited or shrinking resources?

Kohlrieser: Creativity. Innovation. There are all kinds of ways that water can be treated and can become drinkable. We know the possibilities of alternative energy. They’re all around us. If we didn’t spend so much time in the closed mindsets of trying to protect and we really opened the creativity, and we hear over and over again and in business schools, this is clearly understood, greening is for business. It’s not because you’re going to be kind or nice. There are business reasons to do this. And that mindset change is too late and is slowly coming, but it’s coming. And so, we do not have to live in this fear that there’s not going to be enough resources around. It may mean dramatic changes. Look at the waste, it is incredible. When I see the difference in how countries handle just waste and all these mining resources, there are so many possibilities in the recycling process. We haven’t even begun to open up the possibilities. And I’m reminded, as I walk through the streets here in New York to see the huge amount of garbage and waste, that there’s no good reason for that except we’re too focused on the wrong things. We don’t have leaders who are getting people directed in the mind’s eye. I live in Switzerland. Switzerland is one of the top, named top green country of the world. This attitude, this mindset is so different. And we have to open up and look at best practices around the world. Stimulate innovation and creativity. The future is based on secure bases that allow people to open the mind and see what is possible.

Creativity and innovation are the keys to the negotiations we will face over natural resources, says George Kohlrieser.

The “new normal” paradox: What COVID-19 has revealed about higher education

Higher education faces challenges that are unlike any other industry. What path will ASU, and universities like ASU, take in a post-COVID world?

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  • Everywhere you turn, the idea that coronavirus has brought on a "new normal" is present and true. But for higher education, COVID-19 exposes a long list of pernicious old problems more than it presents new problems.
  • It was widely known, yet ignored, that digital instruction must be embraced. When combined with traditional, in-person teaching, it can enhance student learning outcomes at scale.
  • COVID-19 has forced institutions to understand that far too many higher education outcomes are determined by a student's family income, and in the context of COVID-19 this means that lower-income students, first-generation students and students of color will be disproportionately afflicted.
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Why is everyone so selfish? Science explains

The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the perception of selfishness among many.

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  • Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.
  • New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it.
  • Crisis times tend to increase self-centered acts.
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How Hemingway felt about fatherhood

Parenting could be a distraction from what mattered most to him: his writing.

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Culture & Religion

Ernest Hemingway was affectionately called “Papa," but what kind of dad was he?

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How DNA revealed the woolly mammoth's fate – and what it teaches us today

Scientists uncovered the secrets of what drove some of the world's last remaining woolly mammoths to extinction.

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Surprising Science

Every summer, children on the Alaskan island of St Paul cool down in Lake Hill, a crater lake in an extinct volcano – unaware of the mysteries that lie beneath.

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The biology of aliens: How much do we know?

Hollywood has created an idea of aliens that doesn't match the science.

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  • Ask someone what they think aliens look like and you'll probably get a description heavily informed by films and pop culture. The existence of life beyond our planet has yet to be confirmed, but there are clues as to the biology of extraterrestrials in science.
  • "Don't give them claws," says biologist E.O. Wilson. "Claws are for carnivores and you've got to be an omnivore to be an E.T. There just isn't enough energy available in the next trophic level down to maintain big populations and stable populations that can evolve civilization."
  • In this compilation, Wilson, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, Bill Nye, and evolutionary biologist Jonathan B. Losos explain why aliens don't look like us and why Hollywood depictions are mostly inaccurate.
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