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#1 September 2019 NineShift Story: What’s Odd About This Picture?

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What would many, if not most, Americans feel is odd about this picture in downtown Copenhagen, Denmark? The photo appeared this month in a major American newspaper.

#1 August story. Why You Hate Your Kids

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Generational conflict dominated the news in August. This month prominent politicians around the world verbally attacked and even threatened the life of this 16 year old girl. And it raises the question: why do older people hate young people right now?

#2 August story. 2.7 Million Smart Boys Missing From College This Month

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As millions of college students came on campus again this month, some 2.7 million smart, really smart, boys were missing. The Department of Education will tell you that, but they won’t give you a reason. Schools and colleges won’t provide a reason either. But we will. It is gender bias.

#3 August story. Pause and listen to "Woodstock" again

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You are not too busy for 3 minutes to listen to the song, reflect and reinforce that sense of awe, and mission, that is our profession of lifelong learning. The 50 th anniversary of Woodstock this month was not about music, it was about values.

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Last NineShift Presentation Streamed Live! Thurs Nov 21

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REMEMBER, the last NineShift presentation, the Grand Finale, will be streamed online Live! and Free from Paradise Point Resort in San Diego on Thursday, November 21. No registration needed. Just go to www.lern.org to view it. Noon ET; 11 am CT; 10 am MT; 9 am PT

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#3 Organizational Structures Have Changed

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The Org Chart is dead. Leaders are now befuddled about being inbetween the organizational pyramid of the last century and the organizational network of this century. Organizational structures have been flattened, dispersed, contracted out. The org chart is dead. What business leaders report is that the network is faster, more productive and more profitable than the pyramid. At LERN we have not done an org chart for 25 years, since we went virtual. We predicted this as Shift Three.

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#2 Virtual Office Tools Everywhere

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You probably don’t realize just how many ‘virtual office’ tools you use. Dispersed workers are just about in every large organization these days. They communicate and work together with others from a distance using online tools and software that just keeps getting better, with more of them. You can think of GotoMeeting as one popular tool. Just in our LERN organization, we use over 10 virtual office tools.

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Top Stories of October 2019

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NEWS: the last NineShift presentation, the Grand Finale, will be streamed online LIVE! and FREE from San Diego on Thursday, November 21. No registration needed. Just go to www.lern.org to view it. Noon ET; 11 am CT; 10 am MT; 9 am PT. Now here’s the top 3 stories for October 2019.

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#1 Progressives Transform America This Month

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Last week was the clincher: progressives have transformed America for the rest of the century. The New York state legislature joined California and Europe in leading us in creating the societal infrastructure for this century.

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#4 Is Your City Too Expensive To Save From Climate Change?

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B anks, governments and companies are now calculating in dollars the cost of various responses to climate change.

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#3 Kremlin Steps Up Election Interference

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The Kremlin stepped up its 2020 election interference in September. You might not have noticed the heightened interference this month. But we did. That's because NineShift is headquartered in Wisconsin, a swing state in the 2020 election. We and many people we know are getting hit more now on social media and email with fake bots trying to communicate with us and sway our opinion and information source.

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#2 Vote: Is America in Decline?

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Is the U.S. in decline? We want your opinion. And any comments about why, or how. At the start of every new economic age, every country basically starts all over in a “new game” of economic prosperity. Exactly 100 years ago, Great Britain was the world’s superpower, but lost that status to the United States. Are we seeing the same thing today? . Hit "Comments" below this post and tell us what you think

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#5 Automaker Finally Wakes Up

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The world’s second largest automaker, Volkswagen, finally woke up to the 21 st Century. In an announcement made this month , we finally get a decent response to transportation in the 21 st century from a car company. The company has said it will transition to make only electric vehicles in the future. It is a big gamble, especially in the U.S. where charging stations are few and far between.

#4 Get your child in Harvard in just 14 days!

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That's all the famous star Felicity Huffman is spending in jail for bribing and cheating to get her child into college. She was sentenced this month. We can skeptical say that parents have always bought college for their kids, but the bigger story is the credibility of higher education amidst the breakdown of higher education in meeting the needs of this century. Higher ed is a huge failure. Only 55%, or half, of students, are graduated. So we waste half of what is spent on college. The U.S.

April Top NineShift Stories

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The countdown to the end of our story continues. Only 8 more months until society has fully moved from the Industrial Age of the last century to the Knowledge Age of the 21 st Century. 1.Trains and Environment Movements Converge.

February Report: War Against Boys

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A few more positive stories about boys this month. Society still firmly anti-boy and the young men are still dying. One of the boys we mentor/help just lost his best high school friend to despair. suicide by intentional overdose). So yeah, we got some skin in this game.

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February Report: New Green Deal

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Top story of the month: New Green Deal. Old people say there's no ROI in saving the human race, informing their grandchildren they won't make it past 2200. Sorry, kids, it's just too expensive for the world's richest country to save the human race. . But Gen Y is not buying the cost.

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Could this be the Gen Y Revolt We Predicted?

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This week AOC is getting a lot of support for her publicizing efforts to save the planet. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is the 20something congresswoman from New York who seems to be representing her generation as well as her district.

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NineShift 2019 Predictions. #6 Gen Y Revolt

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Gen Y will have one more play; they will change one more thing for the good of the 21st century. . Their modus operandi is online, so that is the likely organizing and force they will use. The issue: no idea. .

Confused Professor Asks Great Question about Shift #7

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The time for inventing the 21st century is over. It's now history. A confused university professor asked a great question about Shift #7, boys lead a change in values. We noted one of those new 21st century values boys first pioneered was collaboration.

#1 New World Leader Rattles U.S.

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We predicted young people would take on one more big battle before 2020, and here it is: saving the planet. Saving the planet clearly the top story this month. The leader to save the planet is Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old Swedish girl. She started a movement in Europe for people to switch from planes to trains, and the airlines noticed. This month she rattled the U.S. with two moves. Greta’s success prompted KLM to run a full page ad in NYTimes supporting environmental friendly travel.

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#2 NineShift Exclusive: Answer to Big City Crowding

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A McKinsey report this month noted the trend of people moving and crowding into as few as 25 big cities in the country. Reasonably priced housing is now scarce, creating an urban crisis. NineShift has predicted the solution. Here it is again: trains. Train routes will be built from smaller cities and areas into the big cities, allowing workers to live in more reasonably priced housing in small towns.

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#3 Millennials Take Down A Government

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Peacefully but forcefully, millennials took down the government of Puerto Rico this month. Puerto Rico is part of the U.S. Of NineShift’s two millennial friends on the island, one protested for the first time, reporting to us: “I would dare say ninety percent of the people there were millennial, my generation. We grew up in chaos, always having corruption in our system. It’s been amazing to be part of that change. We made history.

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July 2019 Top NineShift Stories

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Only 5 more months to go to the Roaring Twenties. And to the full total start of the Knowledge Society, the end of our story. Here’s the top NineShift stories for July 2019. #4 4 What’s Your Moon Shot? The End of Big Visioning. The 50 th anniversary of the moon landing this month also coincides with the end of big visioning. One of the best new economy leadership vision questions of the last 20 years, “What’s Your Moon Shot?”.

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Sixties the Nostalgia Decade for Gen Y?

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A leading contender for Gen Y nostalgia and interest might be the 1960s. -I I told my son Willie I had this great record, In A Gada Da Vida, by Iron Butterfly, recorded in 1968. "No No you don't, he replied. I took it years ago.". -I

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#1 Story of the Year

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A zinc-air battery, capable of providing power with just sunlight, is the Top Story of 2018. It was announced several months ago by Patrick Soon-Shiong of NantEnergy, which created it several years ago.

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#2 Story of the Year

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The $15 an hour minimum wage made big strides this year. Some 20 states increased their minimum wages, and Amazon, Charter Communications, Target, and other corporations are moving their minimum pay up to, or close to, $15/hour.

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#4 Story of the Year

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Freelancers and entrepreneurs, the "gig economy," now estimated at 36% of the workforce. The new economy is taking hold employment-wise, with people working from home, people working from a distance, people on contract, entrepreneurs and freelancers.

Funny Ending to Draves' 2 minute Introduction

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From last month's live Nineshift for 2019, here's how the presentation started. The ending is worth the 2 minutes, according to NineShifters. And thanks to the 150 people who signed up for the NineShift webinar Dec.

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We Told You So, Again

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Last month's story on Minneapolis eliminating single family zoning was covered this month with a front page story in NYTimes. The story reported on a number of cities and the implications nationwide for housing in this century

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#2 Why Bernie Sanders Resembles the Greatest U.S. Senator in History

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He was a U.S. Senator 100 years ago, and was later named the greatest U.S. Senator in history. Bernie Sanders resembles him today. . He was Robert M. La Follette, Republican, from Wisconsin. He fought for things we take for granted, like the public electing our U.S. Senators. But 100 years ago, he was alone in advocating for the changes, thus earning the nickname “Fighting Bob.”.

#3 Girls Now Getting Depressed, Schools Discover

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The boys have been depressed for over two decades, with 100,000 of them dying of despair this year, about the same as died in WWI. The girls are now depressed too, schools discovered this month. We have a young woman friend, in law school, who told us when she gets a panic attack sometimes she blacks out. . Girls have been depressed before this year of course; but this year schools apparently woke up to it, and started asking for more mental health counselors for their schools.

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June 2019 Top NineShift Stories

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Only six more months to go and society will have been transformed from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge Society. Here’s the Top 5 stories for June 2019. #5 5 Humans Replace Computers It became clear this month that most of the computers-replace-humans predictions are premature promises. Leading the premature promises: A story reporting that Tesla’s Elon Musk is the only car guy left still saying driverless cars are coming soon.

One Minute Fall Peak Leaves Colors

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From the road near our cabin in northern Wisconsin, here's a one minute video of the fall colors this year.

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I Can't Help, I'm "In the Office" Today

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Some changes make even my head spin. Here's one. My wife Julie called Alaska Airlines lost baggage people to find out if they had found our luggage yet. Very helpful woman, but said she couldn't access all her records since she is "working in the office today.".

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Confused Reader Says U.S. Not a Democracy

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Breaking news for the founding fathers and authors of the Constitution. Or not. . A confused NineShift reader alleges that the United States "is a republic, not a democracy.". I believe this might be a fad-of-the-day, certainly not a fact of the day, for those who support destroying our democracy.

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Other May News:

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Other May news: * The year 2019 continues to look and feel just like 1919, dull, full of strife, inequality, and just plain awful to experience on a societal level. Brexit hit a new low, and the parallels with the U.S. seem to grow. Neither nation is able to turn the clock back to the last century, try as both nations are doing. Infrastructure postponed. The U.S. continues to slip into decline. Infrastructure going nowhere. No universal Internet; no big funding for trains.

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Top Story of May 2019

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#1 EVERYONE'S BEING BITCHY WITH YOU. You are trying to hold your organization together, plus learn the latest new software. People are retiring and leaving you with more to do, not even thanking you for continuing to contribute to their retirement and social security. The national news is bad, no matter what TV channel you try (or what political persuasion you hold). You are exhausted emotionally dealing with all the uncertainty about where your organization and even society is going.

#2 Minneapolis First City To Eliminate Single Family Zoning

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Your children may not be able to live in a single family home 20 years from now. That’s because multiple residence zoning lessens inequality, helps renters, creates more dense communities, promotes light rail, is better for the environment, and more. Single family zoning was essential and mandatory for the now-fading suburbs. But now there’s a new movement: YIMBY. You know NIMBY, Not In My BackYard. Now people are saying Yes In My BackYard to the 21 st century.

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May 2019 Top NineShift Stories

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Only 7 more months til our story ends. The transformation of work and society from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge Age will be complete by 2020. The NineShift “Grand Finale” will be held Thursday, Nov 21, in San Diego at the big LERN annual conference. Here’s the top 3 stories of the month. #3 3 Light Rail is the People’s Choice. New light rail is popping up all over. People want it.

Depression Week

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Last week most of the dozen young people Julie is watching out for called in panic. All at once, it seemed to her. Depression, panic attacks, anxiety, worries and stress. They are smart, young, not given a chance in college, and mostly (but not all) male.

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New Way For Boys to Die

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Males are 99.9% of combat deaths; 94% of workplace fatalities; 84% of homicides; and 75% of suicide victims. Now there's a new way young men are dying: cirrhosis of the liver. .

Confused Reader Disputes E.U. Law

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A confused reader disputed our post on July 23 that Americans would be protected under the new European Union law. . Let's give two examples: 1.Earlier this week, my little organization wanted to get some software from a company in Europe to teach Americans, not Europeans.