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The Stories We Tell Ourselves About Growth

Economic growth is not the only story in town about growth, but the one most often told. Plus, depleting our resources is an effect, not the cause of our woes.

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A Day Made of Glass: Say Hello to the Eloi!

Waiter, can I have my future a bit rougher, and a little more gritty? I mean, like, the way it looks outside?

And so do you.

The Economic Narrative and the Fiction of Fairness

The notion that somebody is “gaming the system” is a paranoid but convenient fiction that keeps us from realizing how broken everything really is.

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Ghostwriters Evolved

If we can’t fix our educational system soon, we will take the path of the ancient Mycenaeans, marveling at technological artifacts we can no longer create, or use.

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Machine World: Subaru

Memes, temes, and the rise of the machine in purely virtual habitats.

What’s the Price of Everything?

The Price of Everything: Book Trailer Storytelling Evolved

One of the best book trailers I’ve ever seen.

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How “Hubris Kills” and “The Speed-Up Speeds Up”: Syd Mead on Blade Runner, Transportation, and Biotechnology

Visual futurist Syd Mead reflecting upon the nature of creativity and how it drives the future.

The World After Advertising

#TWAA10 Congress: The World After Advertising

The first “The World After Advertising” Congress at the Düsseldorfer Rheinterrasse did exceptionally well on all fronts.

Pakistan Flood Relief Fundraiser

Pen-and-Paper RPG Creators & Gamers Raise $62K for Pakistan Flood Relief

What amazes me most is that there’s still so many pen-and-paper RPG gamers around.

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The Life That You Love Is the Life That You Fear

Take the Social Web, RFID, and a brand people can identify with, and combine everything into a world that’s every bit as exciting as it is frightening in its prospects.


#Next10 Conference—Three Leaps Into Social Media: Stowe Boyd

On Stowe Boyd’s presentation “Social Media Blur: Blogs, Networks, Streams” at the Next10 Conference in Berlin, May 11–12, 2010.

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“We Are Living in a Science Fiction Novel That We All Collaborate On”

Footage from Kim Stanley Robinson at the “Competing Cosmologies, Effecting Worlds: Intersections of Science and Religion” event at Duke University, NC.


#Next10 Conference—Power Struggle and Choosing the Right Channel: Stefana Broadbent

On Stefana Broadband’s presentation “Power Struggle and Choosing the Right Channel” at the Next10 Conference in Berlin, May 11–12, 2010.


#Next10 Conference—Giant Leaps, Small Steps: The Post-Purchase Dissonance of the “Game Changing” Chord

An introductory review of the Next10 Conference in Berlin, May 11–12, 2010, and its motto “Game Changers.”

Ecological Footprint

Book-Cut Storytelling: Environment

This EWS/WWF commercial for the UAE is nicely done, but it lacks storytelling. Usually, it’s not the advice that sticks, it’s the story that goes with it.

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The Future That Is

The Future That Never Was and The Future That Is.

J. Martin, Dr. phil.

Welcome—to My Real Home!

The idea of “digital natives” makes much more sense if applied to people who actually live in the digital media.

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Digitale Darmentwicklung

Cute little Japanese ad for a camera from Takara Tomi which, well, can produce its printed photographs itself.

Neutral Buoyancy Lab

Would the Real Mock-Up Please Stand Up!

Just after I wrote about the Houston Space Center’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab, boston.com’s Big Picture series put a brand new photograph online.