Podcast: Complementary Currency

Our “BlueSciCon” podcast for May features a conversation with our 2014 essay contest winner Kamir Hiam titled “Redesigning Human Motivation and Aiming for the Stars“. Space exploration requires costly investment, and the lack of an immediate return on this capital provides little economic incentive for a long-term exploratory program. Likewise, optimal solutions to environmental challenges sometimes compete against marketplace forces, which can create difficulties in motivating new behaviors. In his winning essay, Kamir Haim proposes that “complementary currency” could provide […]

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BlueSciCon Episode 38: Redesigning Human Motivation and Aiming for the Stars

Kamir Hiam Listen: [mp3 download] Questions to consider: How does the modern global market economy inhibit innovative solutions to civilization’s environmental challenges? What is complementary currency, and how do new forms of complementary currency emerge? How can complementary currencies help to direct human behavior? Could too many forms of complementary currency lead to an economic “bubble”, followed by a market collapse? How can innovative economic ideas foster the human exploration of space? [ca_audio url=”http://beerwith.bmsis.org/BlueSciCon_38_MAY2015.mp3″ width=”500″ height=”27″ css_class=”codeart-google-mp3-player”]

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Essay Contest Featured in Eos

Our essay contest on the distant future of humanity was featured in this week’s issue of AGU’s newsletter Eos. The contest is open to college students with submissions due in just a few weeks! [Access the article at Eos]

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Essay Contest: Preparing for the Distant Future of Civilization

The first BMSIS essay contest invites college students to craft an essay addressing the question: In the next 100 years, how can human civilization prepare for the long-term changes to the Earth system that will occur over the coming millennium? Essays are due on 22 April 2014, and cash prizes will be awarded to the winner and two honorable mentions. For more details visit bmsis.org/essaycontest, and please spread the word to any individuals or groups that may be interested! [BMSIS […]

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