Groups

The most powerful skill in the future will be the ability to build community. Certain professionals will rise who will be unusually skilled at using social media, or direct mail, or other mechanisms, to pull together groups of ten thousand, a hundred thousand, a million, united by common interests and common goals.

For the greedy, these communities can be monetized, by sealing them merchandise, or charging for events, or having them pay just to be able to participate in the community. For others, it will exist for its own purpose; they will find value in having a group of people who share interests and can meet regularly, even if only digitally.

But for some, called "crowdmakers," this will be an…

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That Was the Year That Was

When these end-of-year retros come around, I feel like I’m turning into a whiner about all the crap that happened in the past 12 months. It’s so easy to come up with the foibles and follies that hit the news stream over the year. But I end up resigned to the reality that if we don’t know the problem, we can’t fix it. Am I whistling in the wind and ignoring the “If you spot it, you got it” axiom of the New Age? So let me start with a positive notice from 2015 and we’ll set sail from there. In the rear view mirror:

May: the Pope steps up. What a development. His Holiness has become St. Greenpeace. In…

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Our slow future

Slow television is about to find an audience in America thanks to streaming television. Odd though it may seem, some people enjoy television shows that consist of nothing in particular, such as the video from a long train ride, or the unedited process of roasting an animal, or other time-consuming activities where nothing changes very quickly. The most famous of this, of course, is videos of Christmas fires burning, which even today find audiences during Christmas.

But tomorrow's slow television stations will give viewers the opportunity to watch all sorts of things in real time. Audiences will be able to watch boat trips, long walks in the woods, and even groups of dogs at play. Many will find the less…

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A New Acid Test

In the 1970’s, many creative types in the music business believed that a bowl of Wheat Chex, a line of coke and a shot of Jack Daniels was a well-balanced breakfast. Mind-altering chemicals have always been associated with art to some degree. On the business side of the ledger, recent news accounts note that Silicon Valley impresarios and unicorn wranglers are using micro-doses of LSD and other hallucinogens to spur creativity. The pendulum can swing too far in some cases but the considered application of chemical lubrication is also historically linked to spiritual awakening and an expanded awareness of God and self.

For millennia, cultures have used natural substances to delve into meta-natural awareness. Mushrooms, datura, ayahuasca, mescaline, salvia, LSD…

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That old game

As America's appetite for sports increases, there will be a new, streaming sports station that specializes in old time sports. The first sport broadcast will be baseball, the American classic, played with the rules, customs, and costumes of the mid-1800s. Soon will follow vintage football, played with leather helmets and more rough-and-tumble rules. Most popular will be bare-knuckle boxing, a bloody and long-lasting sport that can go for hours, as will Civil War-era wrestling.

While these games will never eclipse the popularity of modern sports, they will develop a small but devoted cult audience, and superstars will emerge from the games and become world-famous, even outside vintage sports circles. Additionally, the channel will revive interest in long-forgotten cultural games, including…

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Dodging the Draft

In winter, we all become draft dodgers. We seal windows and doors to keep cold air out and warm air in. Now that we’re in winter lockdown, we spend more time breathing the indoor air of our apartment or house. The good news is that we aren’t freezing our lungs. The bad news is that inside air is often more polluted with chemicals than the air outside. Several studies find that indoor air pollution can be more of a threat to our health than the smoggiest day in L.A.

Indoor air pollution falls into some basic categories.

Secondhand tobacco smoke A University of Rochester report found that children living in apartments are affected by secondhand cigarette smoke even if no…

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Houses of tomorrow

In the future, buildings will be grown, rather than built. A combination of fast-growing genetically altered wood and miniature building robots will make it possible to grow a building from seed faster than it would take to build one in the traditional way. Additionally, because the structure is made from living wood, it will be able to repeair itself if damaged, grow new floors or additional structures, and even rebuild itself for new purposes.

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Bud Rising

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a...

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Assumptions

Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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Do nothing. Rest afterwards.

Meditation. The word is everywhere, even though people misuse it and misunderstand it. Folks think that it’s an activity. Yet, in order to use...

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My Two Cents

Let’s start with a little math, rounded up to the nearest number: There are four, 15-minute segments in each hour and 24 hours in a day. That means...

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The Eyes Have It

Imagine we lived just about 100 years ago and I pulled you aside and said it was possible to touch a couple wires to your chest and tell you if you...

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Good Egg or Bad Egg?

It’s true. I once taught at UCLA. It was back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Each quarter I had a routine. On the first day of class, I encouraged the...

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