Sometimes disagreements are based on the rigid thinking of all parties involved. Take, for example, wind power. Wind power has been a controversial topic in northern New York–and elsewhere around the country. Generally, the conversation breaks down like this: one side wants wind power because it brings local economic benefits and is a renewable source of energy; the other side, often just as concerned about finding new energy sources, is opposed because of the aesthetic impact (wind power generation takes a lot of space in open, visually obvious locations), because of noise, and because of potential destruction of wild life (birds, bees, bats).
If aesthetic impact, excessive noise, and destruction of wildlife were addressed, could we all get together on implementing wind power generation? In this week’s annual review of great ideas in the NY Times, this top ten entry.
Also, high-speed trains that don’t have to stop at stations to pick up passengers:
If you missed the NY Times article on Sunday, here’s the link to the whole collection of great ideas (some greater than others, for sure).
Years ago, I remember saying that I’d get a fancy mobile device when there was one that did everything, i.e., phone, photo, email, etc. Last spring, I gave in and purchased an iPhone. Close enough to universal functionality. What idea would you like to see become a reality? Or are we moving in the wrong direction? What ideas, moved from virtual to real, could adjust our cultural direction? It’s the end of another year, let’s talk ideas.