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Giulia Agostini

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what are we doing wrong nowadays?

When we look back into history, we all can easily spot big mistakes made by former generations in the past. These mistakes can be find in various fields as economics, politics or medicine and seem to be obvious from a nowadays positions. Now put yourself in the future, what mistakes we are making at the moment?

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    Aug 8 2011: We live in an unnecessary techno-rush. We consume zillion times more than we need. We don't recycle things, instead we pollute environment by creating huge garbage piles out of things which can be recycled.
    • Aug 8 2011: what do companies should do with this? promoting recycling products? how can integrate this in their businesses?
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    Aug 7 2011: The wide gap between rich and poor. Dependence on oil. Special interests influence on governments. More wars. The prevalent attitude the might makes right. Inability for our governments to work together toward peaceful solutions. Tolerating cheats.
    Reliving the religious wars of centuries past. Too much attention to the extremists and not enough to the common citizen.
    Behaviors that destruct our finite natural resources.
  • Aug 9 2011: what's about government preventing their population accessing some websites?
  • Aug 8 2011: how can technology be part of this?
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      Aug 8 2011: well on the public side, it can be distracting. internet in everything we use, texting, news in several media formats, can distract from whats important. but the internet may be the last piece of freedom and information we have.
      • Aug 9 2011: how has the internet anarchy/freedom developed (positively or negative) in the last years?
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          Aug 9 2011: well for one, annonomys and lulzsec have proved that it can be used to bring down ANYONE, making once thought to big to hack insitiutions like NATO and such a breeze. facebook has made comunication between countrys under attack possible, so on and so forth.
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    Aug 8 2011: HONESTLY just letting goverment in every country across the world drive there economys and people into oblivion.
    i feel we should be prostesting day in day out, till 2012 and vote every corrupt p.o.s out.

    rinse, then repeat.
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    Aug 8 2011: This is a very good question with many answers, in my opinion. Our priorities are not exactly on point on some stuff. For example, we are investing way too much time and money on technology. Kids are growing up and growing into a technological world without fully appreciating what nature, and Earth has to offer. Together as a whole, we consume an abundance of food, and throw a lot of it away. Recycling can make a huge impact, if enough people do it. And we focus way too much on status and money. Like stated before, we need to learn how to enjoy life without all of the wants. We need to focus on our needs first. For the sake of our children, and geneartions to come.
    • Aug 8 2011: what can be a good exercise to enjoy the real world?
  • Aug 8 2011: - inability to bridge up the Muslim world to the rest of the world
    - Let USA and its culture dominate the world
    - Too much pollution and too less environmental protection
    - Man want to be God
    • Aug 8 2011: what if God would have been a man? what could have done to avoid this?
  • Aug 7 2011: you have arised a lot of significant point. I agree that governments focus more on contingencies and emergencies in divergent ways instead of formulating long run plans in a cooperative way.

    In term of Innovation, what are we missing out when dealing with this?
  • Aug 7 2011: I believe our greatest mistake is becoming so enthralled to one idea or belief that we ignore other solutions or compromises. We become so emotionally bound to a cause that we ignore or explain away the inherent flaws of the cause.

    Pick a subject, Climate Change, Government Welfare or Poverty; strong emotional connections are made and these connections can blind us to moderate solutions, compromises or facts.
    • Aug 8 2011: this is frankly controversial ... it relates a lot with different cultural structures.

      Some countries are typically pragmatic and go straight to the points, other are the other way around. Nowadays, CSR practise is including more and more this "emotional" approach when considering all the stakeholders, making businesses' governance more complicated.

      How do you think this emotional connections can prevent r&d /innovation from progressing?