Commentary: Why North Dakotans should welcome diversity

A couple months back, the Forum editorial staff took aim at the idea of diversity within our culture. The final paragraph, sums on a set of strong arguments. “Easy to overlook, these are reminders that we should celebrate our increasing ethnic and social diversity, not seek to wind back the clock and pretend that we don’t live in a world with increasing global connections, with a society that...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: A look inside the small US towns that will be crushed by the trucking revolution

Disruption is coming. Automated cars have been a regular topic here on The Minot Voice, and that will continue. The reason, the technology is going to reshape the base fabric of this country. One of the likely less considered implications, how the transition to self-driving technology will change the small towns and roadside truck stops that service the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Quartz peaks inside the issue to see...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Rural Youth Chase Big-City Dreams

News: Rural Youth Chase Big-City Dreams

Out-migration of young people from the prairie is not a new phenomenon. Growing up here in the 80’s and 90’s, I can attest to the fact that North Dakota youth have been hearing about this problem going back at least 30 years. This past summer, Dante Chinni with The Wall Street Journal did a feature story perpetual rural challenge, but the current flavor of the story tastes a bit...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Radical thinking reveals the secrets of making change happen

Have you ever wondered how and why change happens? Perhaps more importantly, have you ever wondered how what looks like intentional change happens? The change ingredients are easy to see in when looked on with hindsight, and the driving factors are the topic of a new book called The Guardian by Duncan Green. Check out a brief synopsis of his theories at GovLab.    summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Learn: What Mongolian Nomads Teach Us About the Digital Future

North Dakota’s prairie-grass ecosystem and nomad economy were converted to an agriculturally based economy by the area’s early European settlers, but across the Pacific in the heart of Asia, the Mongolian nomads still live a lifestyle largely free of the traditional modern conveniences. This in-depth article from Wired captures the spirit of the lifestyle; it also makes it hard not to conjure images of North Dakota’s past.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: In ‘This Blessed Earth,’ the outdated romance of the family farm

The farms and small towns of our parents and grandparents generation are less and less each season. New technology, out-migration, changing geopolitics — they’re all factors contributing to the ebb of the family farm culture. If the topic interests you, “This Blessed Earth” is a new book featured in this MPR article.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Why Investors Are Betting That Bike Sharing Is the Next Uber

You’ve probably heard of Uber and Lyft — the ride-sharing companies and business models that are rewriting the books on the traditional cab business, car ownership, and likely city and road design, too. But sharing economy is still an infant; we’ve not yet imagined the possibilities it unlocks. Perhaps, the ability to unlock a bike, ride it to wherever and leave it there will further change the way...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Drug experts see confluence of factors behind opioid crisis

In Minot, the Mayor’s Committee on Addiction met this week. When it comes to dealing with the effects of the opioid and larger addiction problem, they’re going to divide and hopefully conquer. They’ll be splitting into several sub-committees to deal with different arms of the larger animal. It’s important work, but the method also invites the larger question, how do we prevent the problem before it starts? That...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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