Taking Flight Issue #5 — Trumpnomics, Cities, Digital Economies

Hi everybody. I spent last week in Delhi. The last time I was there was 6 years ago and the change is exponential. The affects of the first stage of demonetization are being felt but the use of digital wallets is exploding.

This weeks content covers Trumpnomics, the future of cities, Carl Sagan and some other cool stuff.


Three Things America Lost Today — umair haque — umairhaque.com

This article takes out a lot of the hyperbole and obvious stuff said toward Trump. Instead it focuses on basic economics and how Trump policy goes against that and will result in decreasing GDP. It also adds one more result at the end of losing moral purpose.

The Silver Lining Of Anti-Globalism Might Be The Creation Of A True Digital Economy


A genuinely distributed economy requires those on the ground to develop strategies for economic and social viability from the bottom up. Don’t be surprised to see labor cooperatives, commons-based approaches to resource management, and even local currencies emerge to fill in where federal action falls short.


THE FUTURE OF CITIES — YouTube — www.youtube.com

By 2050, (you may have heard this statistic a lot) 70% of the world’s population will live in cities or urban areas, up from 54% today. That means they the future of cities is also the future of humankind. In this short film, Oscar Boyson’s “The Future Of Cities” asks where cities can go from here to keep having a positive impact on the planet.

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Aspen Ideas To Go — How a Nudge Can Change Everything | Listen via Stitcher Radio On Demand — www.stitcher.com

Those who study human behavior have learned that simply by encouraging — or “nudging” — individuals toward the right decisions for themselves, dramatic improvements can be made.


Carl Sagan on Moving Beyond Us vs. Them, Bridging Conviction with Compassion, and Meeting Ignorance with Kindness — Brain Pickings — www.brainpickings.org 
 “In the course of looking deeply within ourselves, we may challenge notions that give comfort before the terrors of the world.”

It’s always fun to ride these in India.
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