Posted by Michael Hughes January 5, 2010
It has been impossible to avoid the top ten lists or the best of or the worst of fill-in-the-blanks. This list however has a different perspective. It is forward looking not backward.
10. Return us to the “sexy automobile.” The greener, the cleaner, the meaner on fossil fuels. Check out the Tesla (currently at the corner of 9th and Pearl St in Boulder) or the Fisker Karma car, very sexy.
9. Protect Intellectual Property Rights. TV (that’s intellectual? With the exception of 30 Rock), music, film, video games. Other wise Susan Boyle will be writing jingles by weeks’ end.
8. An Equal Right to Pollute (and the Polluter-Pays Principle) It’s no surprise that developing countries object to taking their feet off the pedal of their own carbon based growth. Each person has an equal right to pollute and there might be a way to monetize this. Economists would prefer to tax carbon at the source, but so far politics has gotten in the way.
7. A Person (Dr. William Li) and a Word (Angiogenesis). Perhaps the greatest advancement against tumors in the 21st Century. In a world worrying about whether it can afford health care, advances in prevention are at a premium.
6. Matter Doesn’t Matter. Dr. Anton Zeilinger, an Austrian physicist, is becoming a rock star of science for his work in quantum teleportation. His own version of E=mc2 ends in a cosmic punch line: that when it comes to the origin of the universe, information matters more than matter.
5. Festival of Abraham. The idea is an arts festival that celebrates the origin of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
4. People Power and the Upside-Down Pyramid. Somewhat of a Gandhi with the British empire approach. Can you vision Gandhi with an electronic social network? In Africa, Secretary of State (Hillary) bypassed officials and met instead with Twaweza a citizen’s organization that is quickly spreading across Africa and holding officials accountable (Twaweza is Swahili for “we can make it happen.”)
3. Taking the Fight to the Rotavirus. In other words the vaccines exist. In this case where it is mortality or a vaccine I would take the latter.
2. Viva la (Nonviolent) Revolucion. Placing hopes in the possibility that tyrannical regimes take note the trouble an aroused citizenry can give you. In hopes of these people find among them their Gandhi or their King.
1. The World Cup Kicks Off the African Decade. The response when a national team qualified for the 2006 jamboree was that in the Ivory Coast (even though it was splitting apart) was so ecstatic that the war was largely put on hold as something more important than deathly combat took place, i.e. a soccer match.
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