Bolder approaches to job creation, health care, education, religion, our election system, our economic system, psychotherapy, the gender wars, climate change, the gene pool, the meaning of life, and 30 other pillars of society.
a book proposal
by Marty Nemko
Many Americans believe the U.S. is in permanent decline. A just-released finds that 39 percent of respondents believe “the current economic downturn is part of a long-term permanent decline.” That on the top of a June, 2011 that found that 48 percent of Americans believe another Great Depression is very or somewhat likely.
And Americans aren't confident that the proposed solutions will help much. A just-released Time poll finds that 62 percent of Americans think the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction. Perhaps that's not surprising in light of the failure of the most recent round of remedies: Despite massive corporate bailouts, government stimulus spending, and two rounds of quantitative easing (QE1 and QE2) the un- and underemployment rate is higher than before. And education, the supposed magic pill, has turned out to be less than magical. For decades now, the U.S. has ranked #1 or 2 in per-capita education spending yet continues to lag in the most recent international comparison, tied for 23rd with Poland, while Shanghai, China, which entered the comparisons this year for the first time and spends far less than the U.S. per capita on education, ranked #1.
Such solutions are inadequate in part, ironically, because of our democratic process. Policies are adopted only after a diverse array of experts, the public, legislators, and political leaders have all embraced it. While that ensures broad buy-in, it tends to create tepid recommendations--that on which nearly everyone can agree, often a lowest common denominator.
There is need for bolder solutions. Unfettered by having to obtain consensus, in the proposed Work, I propose a bolder solution for each of 40 keys to the thriving society. Perhaps like many authors, my goal is no less than to trigger a national conversation that examines--forgive the cliche--out-of-the-box approaches to stemming what appears to be America's permanent decline, especially versus China and India.
These blog posts provide a sense of my writing style and the content I'll present in the book:
A Blueprint for Permanently Creating U.S. Jobs: http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2010/04/blueprint-for-permanently-solving-us.html
Elections Reinvented: http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2011/02/reinvented-election-system.html.
The College Report Card: http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2010/11/college-report-card-key-to-higher-ed.html
Religion Reinvented: http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2008/08/spiritual-atheism.htmlDo What You Love and Starve? http://www.martynemko.com/articles/do-what-you-love-and-starve_id1380
Education Reinvented: http://www.martynemko.com/articles/blueprint-for-reinventing-education_id1595
Higher Education Reinvented: http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2011/06/reinventions-undergraduate-education.html
Simplism: A new alternative to capitalism and socialism: http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2011/06/simplism-new-alternative-to-capitalism.html
Are We So Sure Democracy is the Best Policy? http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2011/02/are-we-so-sure-democracy-is-best-way.html
New Israel: A solution to the Palestinian-Israeli problem: http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-israel-solution-to-palestinian.html
Family is Overrated: http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2008/09/family-is-overrated.html
Taxation Reinvented: http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-id-reinvent-taxation.html
My Plan for Closing the Achievement Gap: http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-plan-to-close-achievement-gap.html
The One-Week Job Search: http://www.martynemko.com/articles/one-week-job-search_id1374
A Better Way to Gain Willpower: http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2009/02/top-10-ways-to-gain-willpower.html
General Education Reinvented: http://www.martynemko.com/articles/generaledorg-reinvented-online-general-education-program_id1597
Career Counseling Reinvented: http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2010/07/career-counseling-reinvented.html
In Defense of Men: http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2010/06/beginning-of-men.html
The Meaning of Life Reinvented: http://martynemko.blogspot.com/2011/05/toward-life-well-led-meter.html
My Top Ten Ways to Improve the World:
Other Reinventions to be included in the book:
A proposal for safer, less expensive nuclear energy.
The case for and plan for transforming our product-based to a service-based economy.
A better alternative to mass transit: the shared-ownership auto-piloted hydrogen/solar-powered sky car.
Next-generation desalinization as the solution to our water problems.
Social networking reinvented--toward building real connection.
Genetically enhancing human potential...ethically.
Ending the gender wars ...to both sexes' advantage
5 to 10 more, to be determined.
Marty Nemko holds a Ph.D. specializing in the evaluation of innovative programs from the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently taught in Berkeley's graduate school. He has been a consultant to Consumer Reports, 15 college presidents, and dozens of top for- and nonprofit executives. His previous five books have sold 250,000 copies.
He's in his 24th year as host of a weekly hour-long show on KALW-FM (NPR-San Francisco.) He has been a repeat guest on such major shows as Talk of the Nation and The Today Show. He's written for and been quoted in publications ranging from Time to the New York Times to the Los Angeles Times. His blog and site attract a half million visitors a year. Toastmasters International names one non-member its Northern California Speaker of the Year. Marty Nemko was a recent winner.
With Nemko's ability as a speaker (see above) a media tour and live speaking tour, for example, on college campuses would seem to be cost-effective. The tour might be made additionally effective by the discussions of the Reinventions be debates with local public intellectuals, for example, the president of the colleges at which I'd be speaking.
Timed to occur during the weeks preceding the 2012 presidential election, Nemko will disseminate as above, a special video; My Nine Worries and Their Solutions: The Stump Speech I'd Give if I Were Running for President: http://www.martynemko.com/articles/my-nine-worries-stump-speech-id-give-if-i-were-running-for-president_id1603
He will conduct press conferences on a few of the most newsworthy reinventions:
A bolder plan to create jobs
A bolder plan for reinventing health care
A bolder plan for reinventing education.
A series of contests would be held in which the public is challenged to come up with a better reinvention of, for example, education. Prizes could simply be books from the publisher's catalog. Worst case, the contests would be publicized only on Nemko's radio show, blog, etc, but an attempt would be made to get a major media outlet (e.g., Economist.com, USNews.com, where Nemko is Contributing Editor, etc, to co-sponsor the contests and host them on their site.