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An article in NYT recently suggested that more cities are growing out = suburbs, than are growing in = dense downtowns. My respond is just you wait. The cities that are growing in/up and becoming more dense are those cities... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Nine Shift
My brilliant co-author Julie Coates was at a Portland, Oregon, mall and noticed a new fidget toy store set up in the mall. So the fidget toys are catching on. She also noticed the customers: ten year old boys and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Nine Shift
This week the BBC interviewed a new Macron party legislator. His top three priorities for France: 1.Jobs 2.Education 3.Revitalizing democracy and democratic institutions. The second two are what America and possibly other countries need to do in the 21st century... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Nine Shift
A recent ad that kept popping up whenever I went online noted that Gen Z is Moving to the Suburbs. There's only two things wrong with that statement: 1.Gen Z is at most age 17. The only place Gen Z... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Nine Shift
As too few have said, the elections in North America and Europe are about the 21st Century versus the last century. That obviously doesn't mean the 21st century wins all the time. And it many situations, the people of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Nine Shift
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There's a new war against fidgeting. The sides: Learning vs. Behavior. Familiar of course. A new Fidget Spinner aid, or toy - - you decide - - has caught on amongst students. The research shows that fidgeting is normal. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Nine Shift
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No big deal yet, but at least Senator Tammy Baldwin, who serves on the Education Committee, has access to the research on the gender bias against boys, the resulting economic and social catastrophe, and what to do about implementing Title... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Julie and I were in a restaurant and asked our waitress if she knew about the current White House scandals. "It has something to do with email," the recent college graduate guessed. Wrong scandal, wrong politician. And with today's White... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Nine Shift
The U.S. will continue to be "a" world superpower, but did it give up being "the" world's superpower this week? 100 years ago, almost to the year, Great Britain lost its role as "the" world's superpower. It took 40 years... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Nine Shift
This month our son's friend moved from Kansas (no trains, no light rail) to Portland. He reported on Facebook, "So you just go outside and you get on this big machine with other people and it takes you where you... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Nine Shift
Methinks boomers are driving more than earlier generations of older adults. Here's why: 1.Boomers are living longer and are more healthy than previous generations of older adults, so they can drive more. 2.Boomers are wealthier than young generations, and wealthier... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Nine Shift
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"Drive safe!" my father always told me when we parted. A good thing to attempt, as driving unsafe doesn't work. But there's no such thing as driving safe. Cheri Brenna did (see our May 22 post). In fact, drivers make... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Nine Shift
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They say that more Americans are driving more now. I don't think that's true. Here's what I think is going on: 1.Some, but fewer, Americans are driving more, much more. 2.The average person is driving fewer miles. 3.The younger you... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Nine Shift
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And 50,000 Americans will be seriously injured. In car crashes. We stole the prediction from the National Safety Council's estimate from last year, which turned out to be the deadliest year on the road in over a decade. So maybe... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Two weeks ago Cheri Brenna on our staff was driving on a two lane road. Coming the other way, a car stopped to turn left and was rear ended by the car in back of it, sending the car into... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Are you exhausted with all the change going on? You will be, by 2020. By 1920 society and its citizens - - every industrial society, the majority of its citizens - - were so exhausted with change that they took... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Nine Shift
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There's more and more evidence that working overtime is unproductive. Here's a story reported by Brian Statema in my time management class last week. "I work for a company that is all about production. Numbers, numbers, numbers. For years it... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Nine Shift
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We never know when we will run into another NineShift book reader. At a passenger train meeting last month, Fritz Plous of Corridor Capital in Chicago spoke. When I met him after his speech, he told me he had the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Nine Shift
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The election in France this weekend was huge - - for democracy, and for the 21st century. The new President, Emmanuel Macron, called it "democracy revitalized." And a BBC guest said the election was "modernity versus the past," with modernity... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Nine Shift
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My brilliant co-author and lead researcher for Nine Shift Julie Coates is reporting that anxiety and depression is huge among Gen Yers (millennials). She says that anxiety and depression is very common in this generation (born 1980-1999) and that both... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Nine Shift
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It's a new movie, and one of the top feel-good stories of the year: black women sent John Glenn into Space. Three African American female mathematicians were an integral part of the "computers in skirts" who did the numbers on... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Nine Shift
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For every Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, there were (and are) another 2,000 computer scientists who made major if unheralded discoveries, inventions and contributions to the Internet Age you and I enjoy. We have to understand how history... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Nine Shift
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In a huge and positive move, Purdue University has purchased the for-profit Kaplan. Here's the story. Positive in that it represents push back by the nonprofit and public higher education sector against the for-profits that have sapped public tax payer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Government is unlikely to be running trains in the future, but government sure has to regulate passenger trains. There was 200 people crowded into the hall at the Midwest High Speed Rail annual meeting in Chicago this month. The highlight... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Faculty scoff at the climate change deniers, then proceed to deny science themselves. Researchers at one end of campus cite the science of gender as something everyone in the scientific community agrees upon, much like everyone in the scientific community... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Nine Shift