Rank #1: Is the American Century Over?
Rank #2: China, the US and the lessons of history
Rank #3: Soul searching in China
Rank #4: Can Chinese pragmatism help save the planet?
Rank #5: Young China
Rank #6: Rebuilding Brazil's economy requires more than BRICS and China
Rank #7: Why half the world's languages may disappear in this century
Embedded in each language is a reflection of life as lived by its speakers, over thousands of years. And when a language disappears, that embedded knowledge is lost. As the world grows more connected, and as dominant cultures push their own languages for wider use – think English, Chinese and Arabic, for starters -- languages are disappearing. As many as half the world's 7,000 languages may be gone by the end of the century. The good news is that linguists are on it, like this episode’s guest Laura Welcher, who oversees the Long Now Foundation’s Rosetta Project in San Francisco.
Rank #8: Identity, adoption and China's one-child policy
Rank #9: Are authoritarians gaining ground globally? (Hint: It's complicated.)
Rank #10: We'd All Love to Change the World
What happens when you mix the efficiency and energy of the entrepreneurial world with the idealism of philanthropy? A growing number of social entrepreneurs say, you can do a world of good. But just like real entrepreneurs, more such efforts fail than succeed, and both smarts and resilience are needed for the long haul. Jonathan Lewis, author of The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur and founder of the microcredit funder MCE Social Capital and cofounder of Copia, a kind of mail-order catalogue for poor women around Nairobi, shares what he's learned over years as a social entrepreneur.
Rank #11: Leading -- and following -- in turbulent times
Populist leaders and strongmen often rise at times of dizzying, unsettling change. But what if that's exactly the wrong kind of leadership to face the challenges and seize the opportunities of this century? Futurist Bob Johansen argues the era ahead will be one with less hierarchy, more shared and shifting leadership, and clarity and agility will be rewarded, while rigid certainty will be punished.
Rank #12: Women's work
Rank #13: Make America Kind Again
Rank #14: American authoritarians for Trump
Rank #15: Seeing into the Future: A Practitioner's View
Rank #16: Protecting internet rights in an age of anxiety
Rank #17: Keeping up with killer technology
Rank #18: Wizards, Prophets & the Fate of the Earth
We're pretty clever, we humans, but we ignore unintended consequences at our peril -- like climate change, after a couple of centuries of fossil fuel-driven growth and innovation. Can we innovate our way out of that growing crisis, or must we cut back and conserve if we want a habitable planet? Or both? Science journalist and author Charles Mann, author of 1491, 1493 and The Wizard & the Prophet, tells the tale of these two competing approaches through the lives of the 'wizard,' Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, and the 'prophet,' William Vogt, early ecologist and author of the hugely impactful 1948 book, Road to Survival.
Rank #19: Ethnic cleansing, human tragedy & the future few saw coming for Burma
Not so long ago, Myanmar (Burma) was a good news story, with democratic reforms, a booming economy and falling poverty rates. Then came ugly military-led attacks on Rohingya Muslims, who killed, raped and burned houses, and forced more than 700,000 Rohingyas to flee to camps in Bangladesh, with little pushback from pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. What does this mean for Myanmar's democratic future? Khin Ohmar, an exiled Burmese human rights and democracy activist for 30 years, shares her thoughts.