Teach a Man About Fish and You Create Jobs

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

There will be twice as many people on Earth around 2020 as there were in 1970. A lot more mouths to feed.  

Problem or opportunity?

According to a just released September 2013 federal government report, we import 91% of our fish and seafood,[i] a stunning increase over past decades. More than half of this is not wild[ii].  It is raised in a fish farm. This food may not be around much longer, or it will be much more expensive, because the countries shipping them to us are growing rapidly, and will need to feed their own increasingly hungry population. 

Problem or opportunity?

When we import fish to eat, we also import health risk.  The countries t…

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Thinking Futuristically About Jobs

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

I am a big believer in the oath taken when sworn in to testify in court. It defines truth: "The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth". It rules out half truths, exaggeration, and downright lies. Pursuit of the truth is foundational to our democratic society.

Too bad we don't use the same oath when we talk about creating jobs.

You cannot open a paper or go to a party or meeting without someone talking with squishy facts about "job creation", or "jobs lost to regulations", or "jobs leaving the country". But not all jobs are the same - a fact often left out of the discussion.

Additionally, we usually discuss jobs by talking about their absence - unemployment.

Here is t…

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Creating Jobs Without Using Money

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

According to the feds, around 1 in 10 potential workers in America are unable to find paid work.iThis contributes to rising crime, domestic violence, and an increase in mental health issues. 

Because of declining tax revenues, badly needed government social services programs have been cut. Private donations to organizations helping the less fortunate have also dropped over the past few years.iiThe net effect is that we have more people needing help and fewer charity dollars available. These are hard times.

Fortunately, there is a creative non-cash based solution that can be used locally to put people to work. It is a barter system, trading work for goods, or work for work, w…

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Old Ideas and New Tools Create the New Capitalism

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

In the past few years, our once diverse and decentralized banking system has gone through dramatic change. Three out of every four dollars entrusted to banks are now held by just 6 institutions (sometimes referred to as the "too big to fail" banks").i ii This change has significant implications on your families future, particularly in the area of job creation in your town.

These six institutions focus on profitable large commercial loans, consumer accounts and credit cards, and approve only around one in six loan requests from small business. iii If you want a loan to start or grow a small business, they do not have the welcome mat out. The banks eager for your b…

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Local Actions Can Shift Obesity Trends 


by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

My futurists' "keeps me awake at night" list is led by the explosion of obesity, the rapidly rising rate of children born with damaged brains leading to conditions like autism, and the rapidly growing federal and states debts. In my mind they are all linked. 

Let me show you how.

Start with the fact that almost six million Americans now have Alzheimer's . Twelve million of us now have Cancer. We worry a lot about those diseases, and spend lots of money trying to find a cure.  Now consider that an astonishing one hundred million Americans are Obese - one third of our population - and the number is growing (no pun intended). We have almost five ti…

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