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Dirt-2 Biophobia: The Global Epidemic

Health officials, both in the United States and internationally, have rightfully noted that the irrational fear associated with the Ebola crisis in Africa is more dangerous than the disease itself. Fear causes people to do all sorts of crazy things. Fear makes people pick up guns and shoot other people. Fear makes people lock doors and keep lights on all night long, illuminating empty buildings and wasting...

Doctor Mysterian

<p>What happens when a democracy actually becomes democratic?</p> Meet the New Boss, Different than the Old Boss

We are about to see an epochal change in civic participation. The system we have now is inflexible and mired in bureaucracy, which makes it hard to even make necessary changes, much less experiment with new ideas. But the politics of the future will be very different.

Instead of a system of representatives making decisions for the rest of the country, a new system will arise called Open Gate Government. This...

Buf Design Interview: Buf Reynolds

Buf Reynolds - fashion designer

What drew you to your particular field?
It was something I always appreciated. I loved shopping, I loved looking at clothes and style and how things were worn. I remember seeing a fashion show in kindergarten, and I couldn’t look away from it; it was just the coolest thing. When I started sewing I just kept going and kept learning and kept teaching myself new things and I just really...

Jed Design Interview: Jed Moulton

Jed Moulton - urban design manager for the City of Omaha

What drew you to your particular field?
I’ve always been drawn to very large, messy, complicated problems. Because I’m ultimately an optimist, I feel that through applying yourself to any problem we can come up with solution...I’m equally fascinated with the political process and how the public engagement process is intended to function within the city and...

Patrick Design Interview: Patrick Leahy

Patrick Leahy - director of planning, research & innovation - healthcare studio & strategy team at Holland Basham Architects

What drew you to your particular field?
When I was young, in college, and I found out more about it, what I liked about it is that it was always changing, the multiple skill sets, and a complexity that would continue to challenge and stimulate me. I thought, Good, this won’t be the same-old,...

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