In general, I buy the traditional school of thought that there are three stages of development to transition from an agrarian economy to a fully developed service economy, via a stage as an industrial, manufacturing economy. The Western world has completed this transition over the past 200 years, and in the past 50 years we … More Ramble of the Day: 3D Manufacturing could destroy Africa’s chances for Industrialization and Development
I predict that within 20 years there will be no need to own a car if you live in an urban environment, and I believe this prediction will stand whether or not that city has a fully-fledged public transport system today. The emergence of four important new concepts of transport in the 21st century city … More A Vision for the Future of Transport
Walking through Knutsford town centre today I spotted a poster, sponsored by UKIP, arguing that the proposed High Speed rail line between London and Manchester, known as HS2, is a huge waste of taxpayer money. UKIP MEP for the North West, Paul Nuttall, said “The money would be better spent updating the current transport infrastructure … More Why Manchester Needs HS2
Universities across the US are engaging in a massive, grade-inflating Ponzi scheme which will destroy the value of a University degree in a matter of years. I have recently reflected on why I don’t feel an immense amount of satisfaction when I receive an ‘A’ in my college classes, and the truth is that obtaining … More Why Universities Are About To Regret Their Massive Grade-Inflation Policies
The traditional micro-finance model of group lending does not work in the United States, but helping people raise their credit scores, encouraging saving and helping people manage their loans and repayments are alternative approaches to reducing the problem of under-banking that are not only more effective, but are also potentially lucrative.
The world is full of chronic, human-inflicted problems: poverty, global warming, societal disintegration, obesity and crumbling infrastructure to name but a few. Many turn to the Government to resolve these issues in the belief that taxes are paid in order for societies’ issues to be solved, and are subsequently frustrated with politicians when they don’t … More Ask What You Can Do For Your Country: Bringing Civic Responsibility into the 21st Century
A recent weekend spent in Yale with the Fordham Squash team may not have ended in victory for the Rams, but luckily the timing and location of the College Squash Championships happened to coincide with Yale’s second annual TEDx event. As a TED aficionado, I continually find myself inspired by the thousands of speakers addressing … More Re-imagining Education in the US & UK