Ben Casnocha, now 20, decided to forgo college for a while because he thought he could learn more of value and of interest without having to meet college's requirements. He reads thoughtfully selected articles and books representing a wide range of responsibly held positions, not just the politically correct. To solidify his knowledge and gain input on his views from others, he blogs about a wide range of important matters. There, instead of being overly cautious like most people, he tries out bold ideas and, importantly, admits when he errs. He convenes in-person meetings of smart people to discuss the Big Issues, where he demonstrates the facilitation skills of a mature person.
His latest unconventional idea: national service is a net negative. To read his position on that and all manner of important topics from entrepreneurship to education, check out his blog.
You heard it first here: I predict that Ben Casnocha will become a U.S. senator if not president of the United States.