“The Rich Get Richer”

This is the title of a post taken from The Economist showing how incomes have changed over the last hundred years.  The Business Insider’s numbers are shocking as well. This is worth noting. It’s important to look at situations in the economy that cause economic downturn, but also to examine periods of recovery, as well. There’s always money to be made in both times–successful entrepreneurs see areas of opportunity in both times. Great wealth has been made in even the most troubling of economic times.

Critical Questions: 

1. What are some of the trends you see in these numbers?

2. What are the possible consequences of these trends?

3. What types of opportunities are available for you in an economy where it is getting harder to make money and harder to find a stable job that you’ll keep for the rest of your life? People do not stay at one job for their whole lives like they did two generations ago. How can you convert opportunities into a livelihood?



Screen Shot 2013-09-10 at 5.38.48 AMYou go to the faucet. You drink.

You take an hour-long shower after practice.

You leave the water running while you brush your teeth.

Nobody calls the plumber for a leak.

These are issues that could never happen in many parts of the world–because there is no water.

According to 100People.org, right now, our planet is in a global water crisis. .3% of water is accessible.  “Water is very local.” It’s expensive to access and not usable in many parts of the world.  The demand for water outpaces the supply.

Critical questions:

What are some of the issues surrounding water issues?

What is necessary for agriculture? Can it be reduced or repurposed?

What can the average consumer do to reduce consumption?

Can we create potable water sources?

How can we redistribute water to those in need?

How does water affect geopolitics?

How do we stop water wars?


Use these Learnist resources on water to help you become more informed on the water issues facing the world today. Make your own board educating us about critical water issues we have not yet considered.


[image: peakwater.org.  Water crisis in S. Sudan]




The Ten Things That Affect You…

Screen Shot 2013-09-10 at 5.27.29 AMWe take the world for granted. There are issues all around us that need to be solved. Issues on a local, regional, and national level sometimes loom unsuspecting on the horizon…they don’t always seem to affect us, but they do.

Critical Question: 

What are the ten most critical issues facing the world today?

How do they affect YOU?

This year, we will investigate this question. Current Events isn’t always about the broadcast news, although that’s part of how we get our information. We need to be able to get accurate information, filter it for perspective, spin, and identify key problems. Only then can we solve them.

Please discuss the critical question in the comments.

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Things That Affect You: The Butterfly Effect

Screen Shot 2013-08-30 at 5.36.21 AMEverything in the world is interrelated. There are so many things that affect us–we go about our daily lives never really seeing the most serious issues–the face behind the coffee I just drank, the person who grows our food, the fact that, while you just took an hour-long steaming shower, people in remote villages walk miles to contaminated ponds and streams.

“The butterfly effect,” is an old Chinese theory that states that everything affects everything else. The wind generated by the wings of a butterfly sets off a very small reaction that in turn dominoes into something else, and before you know it, we have a tsunami. The world stage isn’t much different.

Learning to recognize the causes and effects of major world events–as well as the things right around us–is no small task. It requires insight and attention to detail. As we do this, we learn the primary lesson–things in the world matter to us. More importantly, when you flip that lesson around, you learn you matter to things in the world.

How, do you suppose, is this true?


 Critical Question:

What are the ten largest issues facing the world today?



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