There is one person whose wants and needs you routinely ignore, opting instead to tend to your own immediate desires, and that person is future you. When it comes to making decisions that will have some effect on your long-term health or happiness — for example, whether or not to go to the gym today, in keeping with your New Year’s resolution — current you is always finding a new way to steal from future you. It’s time the two yous got better acquainted.
This concept in itself may n...
We should establish a new concept of retirement: phased retirement or part-time
retirement. This would permit those persons who want to work and are able to do so
to phase into total retirement over a period of years. Working part time or part year
and “retired” part of the time, they could engage in new learning ventures in an
educational environment, or in travel and group discussions. Educational institutions
should take the leadership in fashioning different kinds of programs for...
Technocrats suffer from econo-think. Except during war and dire emergency, they start from
the premise that even non-economic problems can be solved with economic remedies.
Social futurism challenges this root assumption of both Marxist and Keynesian
managers. In its historical time and place, industrial society's single-minded pursuit of
material progress served the human race well. As we hurtle toward super-industrialism,
however, a new ethos emerges in which other goals begin to gain pari...
What we are witnessing is the beginning of the final breakup of industrialism and, with it, the
collapse of technocratic planning. By technocratic planning, I do not mean only the
centralized national planning that has, until recently, characterized the USSR, but also the
less formal, more dispersed attempts at systematic change management that occur in all the
high technology nations, regardless of their political persuasion. Michael Harrington, the
socialist critic, arguing that we have rej...