Self-Motivation
David Goggins
Former Navy Seal
Career Development
Bryan Cranston
Actor
Critical Thinking
Liv Boeree
International Poker Champion
Emotional Intelligence
Amaryllis Fox
Former CIA Clandestine Operative
Management
Chris Hadfield
Retired Canadian Astronaut & Author
Learn
from the world's big
thinkers
Start Learning

How Growing Cities Can Motivate Us to Solve Major Social, Economic, and Environmental Problems

Peter Scher, executive VP of corporate responsibility at JP Morgan Chase says governments don't have the resources to tackle major issues on their own anymore. But urbanization provides an opportunity for private enterprise to step in.

Peter Scher: The world is becoming more and more an urban place. Today there’s 50 percent of the world’s population living in urban areas. In the next 30 years we’ll add two-and-a-half billion people to that. So by 2050, our expectation is that 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. And I think the challenge for all of us is to use this urbanization as an opportunity to address some of the real challenges that the world faces. Economic challenges, social challenges, environmental challenges. Because they will exist; in some ways they have the potential to expand if we don’t get ahead of them. And I think historically we have assumed that we can leave this, all these challenges to the government to solve these problems or the nonprofit community to solve the problems and the business doesn’t need to get involved. And I think that’s just no longer the case. I think business has to step up, has to play a much more active role not to replace the government, not to replace the nonprofit sector, but to bring its talents and its expertise and its resources to be part of the solution.

I mean the reality now is government is able to do a lot less. They don’t have the resources. In many ways they don’t have the collaboration. And what’s interesting right now is you’re seeing in cities, in urban areas not just all these people we talked about, but you’re actually seeing the kind of collaboration between the public and the private sector, the nonprofit community in a way that’s addressing these challenges that you don’t always see at the federal level. And I think the private sector has a genuine responsibility to step up and to use in whatever case they may have their unique set of capabilities and the resources and their expertise to try to address some of these challenges. We can’t thrive if the communities where we operate don’t thrive. If the communities are failing, it’s not good for business. And I think that’s the mindset that more the private sector needs to get into — that this is not something that can simply be a little sideshow or just contribute to some charities and that absolves you of any more responsibility. We all have a vested interest in the success of our communities and in the success of our cities and we’ve got to step up and make sure that we’re doing what we can to help them grow and to help them thrive and prosper.

 

Governments don't have the resources to tackle major issues on their own anymore. But urbanization provides an opportunity for private enterprise to step in. What's good for the population, long term, is also good for business. So Executive VP of Corporate Responsibility at JP Morgan Chase Peter Scher focuses on public-private partnerships and private initiatives that can make our cities and our world a better place.

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?

Photo: Luis Robayo/AFP via Getty Images
Sponsored by Charles Koch Foundation
  • 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.
Keep reading Show less

How Hemingway felt about fatherhood

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

Ernest Hemingway Holding His Son 1927 (Wikimedia Commons)
Culture & Religion

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

Keep reading Show less

The biology of aliens: How much do we know?

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

Videos
  • 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.
Keep reading Show less

Masturbation boosts your immune system, helping you fight off infection and illness

Can an orgasm a day really keep the doctor away?

Image by Yurchanka Siarhei on Shutterstock
Sex & Relationships
  • Achieving orgasm through masturbation provides a rush of feel-good hormones (such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) and can re-balance our levels of cortisol (a stress-inducing hormone). This helps our immune system function at a higher level.
  • The surge in "feel-good" hormones also promotes a more relaxed and calm state of being, making it easier to achieve restful sleep, which is a critical part in maintaining a high-functioning immune system.
  • Just as bad habits can slow your immune system, positive habits (such as a healthy sleep schedule and active sex life) can help boost your immune system which can prevent you from becoming sick.
Keep reading Show less

Live on Tuesday | Personal finance in the COVID-19 era

Sallie Krawcheck and Bob Kulhan will be talking money, jobs, and how the pandemic will disproportionally affect women's finances.

Quantcast