Weeds and Biofuels — A Warning

May 30, 2008

My most recent post about biofuels [Cultivating the Right Biofuel] focused on an article by Roger Cohen who is fearful … Continued

Generating Hydroelectricity without Dams

May 29, 2008

With energy prices continuing to skyrocket and concerns about climate change grabbing headlines and Nobel Peace prizes, you would think … Continued

Infrastructure and Disease

May 28, 2008

The crisis created by the cyclone that recently slammed the Myanmar coast highlights once again the importance of certain critical … Continued

Machine — Heal Thyself

May 27, 2008

One desired feature of a resilient system is the ability to heal itself. Some animals escape from danger by shedding … Continued

Memorial Day

May 26, 2008

Today in the United States Memorial Day is being celebrated across the breadth of the land. It is better known … Continued

Patents and Plants

May 23, 2008

The current global food crisis — created by the confluence of climate change, high oil prices, and more people able … Continued

Coming to America

May 22, 2008

The recent raid of a kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa, that netted more than 300 illegal immigrants working there … Continued

A Marketplace for Ideas

May 21, 2008

In March 2007, I wrote a post entitled Dating Game for Innovation. The focus of that post was UTEK, a … Continued

Helping the Bottom Billion Revisited

May 20, 2008

Last October, Paul Collier, an economics professor at Oxford University, wrote an article for the Washington Post following the annual … Continued

The Return of Family Farms?

May 19, 2008

Food security continues to make headlines around the globe. I have written several posts on the subject of food in … Continued

Globalization and Giving — the Rise of Chinese Philanthropy

May 16, 2008

With the death toll from China’s recent massive earthquake expected to rise to nearly 50,000 people, the world has offered … Continued

Japan’s Demographic Woes Remain Serious

May 15, 2008

I have written about Japan’s demographic situation before [Demographics and Robots]. Blaine Harden of the Washington Post Foreign Service reports … Continued

The Social Side of Technology

May 14, 2008

The very word "technology" has a certain cold, hard ring to it. Say the word aloud and people conjure up … Continued

Moving Beyond Globalization

May 13, 2008

Recently, New York Times columnist David Brooks penned an interesting piece on globalization and how people have used it to … Continued

The Psychology of Philanthropy

May 12, 2008

The recent cyclone in Myanmar, the enormous earthquake in China, and even the tornadoes in the U.S. are stark reminders … Continued

The Psychology of Philanthropy

May 12, 2008

The recent cyclone in Myanmar, the enormous earthquake in China, and even the tornadoes in the U.S. are stark reminders … Continued

Seeking Security and Development in Afghanistan

May 9, 2008

I have often written about how development and security go hand in hand. Although security generally precedes development, it is … Continued

Closing the Tech Gap in the Middle East

May 8, 2008

When my partner Tom Barnett first published his New York Times best-seller The Pentagon’s New Map, the Middle East was … Continued

Financial Globalization

May 7, 2008

Globalization rests on three principal flows: people, resources, and capital. The Economist, however, published an article questioning whether the free … Continued

Globalization, Food, and Resilience

May 6, 2008

Anthony Faiola, writing for the Washington Post, discusses why globalization hasn’t fulfilled the hope that it would end world food … Continued

China Discovers Lawyers

May 5, 2008

In America, lawyers can be ridiculed with humor without touching off any of the "political correctness" alarms raised when other … Continued

Cultivating the Right Biofuel

May 2, 2008

The news has been filled lately with reports of food shortages and rising prices. There have been reports of food … Continued

IBM Heads into the Clouds

May 1, 2008

Over the past several months, I have written three posts dealing with IBM’s involvement in a concept known as cloud … Continued