It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it is one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure. We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. -Franklin D. Roosevelt “The Economic Bill of Rights”
As a society we no longer face the resource constraints of yesterday. We are encompassed in a global schema of next day shipping, one-click purchases, and crowd-sourced solutions. To sustain our society today, we must begin to solve the problems of tomorrow.
Existence: All citizens should have Food, Shelter, and Health.
Education: No child should leave elementary school without efficiently being able to solve a problem using verbal, written, creative thinking, logical reasoning, and/or previous experience.
Innovation: Copyright law needs to be modified to allow improvements to be made that benefit society. If GM‘s engine can be improved to get 50% more mpg. An inventor should have a Creative Commons Attribution clause to bring that development to market. In turn GM would be able to freely incorporate those upgrades license free.
Jobs: Must be created to solve unseen problems, how do we prepare if the world gets hotter or colder, how do we tackle the recent increase in earthquakes, how we will thrive on a planet that is changing? We are at the paradigm where either your part of the problem or your part of the solution.