The face of the planet and the structure of families are undergoing transformational change. Smaller families, single moms, aging populations and increased urbanization are radically altering societies around the globe.



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5/30/2012

A generation from now, the first half of the 21st century will be looked upon as the era in which women finally achieved a balance of power in boardrooms, legislatures, universities and other centers of influence.  Mark it down, it is going to happen.

Already women hold the power in most consumer purchasing decisions.

Female purchasing power dominates in the obvious places such as grocery stores, drug stores and malls. But they also control the market for cars, durable goods and homes.

The force that is going to guarantee a fundamental shift in power is the rise of women in the "brain race." Forty years ago men received 57 percent of all college degrees awarded in the US and women received 43 percent. Today the numbers are reversed. In advanced degrees, the story is even more compelling. In 1972 women received 44 percent of graduate degrees. This year they will receive 60 percent.

The challenge (in reality, the opportunity) for every institution of size is to get ahead of this curve.  Those organizations that do a better job of recruiting and advancing women will have an enormous competitive advantage in the not too distant future .


 


2/22/2014
Would you let your young daughter near a pot dispensary? Some parents have let their daughters set up shop outside of them as Girl Scout cookie season arrives throughout the US.  In some cases the girls have been able to raise money, selling upwards of 50 boxes in a day. Still, there are some who might find this track concerning. Despite a discouragement of the practice by the Girl Scouts, some families are pressing on. More at USA Today.
2/11/2014
Both Sports Illustrated and Barbie have come under fire in the past for their depictions and influence on female body imagery. Now, they endure a debate together. As Mattel tries to bring the doll into the modern age, they have partnered with the magazine to feature the toy in the upcoming swimsuit edition. Naturally, this has prompted controversy and debate about the propriety of this move.
2/9/2014
Perhaps one of the hardest things to find these days in New York is a native-born cab driver.  Whereas being a cabbie was once easily done as a side job, changes in regulations have made it difficult to be a part-time driver. Now, cabs are operated mainly by immigrants searching for opportunity. According to this report the number of US born cab drivers has fallen to 8% of the group.
1/17/2014
A recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by Bill and Melinda Gates asserts that the world is getting better.  In it, he tackles three common misconceptions about poverty around the world. The short version of his arguments: 1) Poor countries can escape poverty; 2) Foreign aid is not a significant part of America’s budget, and while subject to small-time corruption, is still worth it for long-term benefits; 3) Increasing children’s health actually reduces population growth.
1/7/2014
It seems that the UK is facing a new debate on how to handle immigrants.  Now that it must maintain open borders to all in the EU, many politicians seem to be channeling a most unwelcoming mood held by a large portion of the population.  The Washington Post reports that, like other in countries, some people fear a loss of jobs, housing, and access to the new arrivals.