Why you should care
They don’t get much mainstream press (yet), but these people and trends are reshaping our world.
In case you missed it, OZY continued its regular segment on PBS NewsHour to discuss ideas and people who aren’t in the headlines but could reshape the ground beneath our feet. A rundown of the segment:
Who knew? Just 3 percent of the electorate, Indian-Americans are turning out to flex some muscle in the ongoing debate about immigration. Well educated and highly skilled, they are bent on addressing issues like border fences, undocumented workers and more, and they may well have the clout to shape the talk. In the case of Avinash Conda, he’s leading an organizing team for a group called FWD.us — backed by heavyweights like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg — which represents the tech community and is single-mindedly focused on passing comprehensive immigration reform. As Conda puts it, he’s jockeying for change on behalf of people he “didn’t even know existed” not long ago. Read more here.
A year ago, Jim Lowry didn’t know what a bike cave was. Now he owns one — in the form of the Louisville Mega Cavern in Kentucky. It’s 100 feet below the ground, with imposingly thick limestone walls, and the enormous space seems to go on forever — 17 miles, to be exact. Back in the 1930s, this was the Louisville Crushed Stone Mine, which was quarried for rock. Now it’s an underground adult playground, equipped with a zip-line course over glowing rocks, a rope course and a tram that takes visitors on a historical ride through the cavern. Construction took about three months. Read more here.
It is a problem that would have been unimaginable a few decades ago. Until the 1960s, boys spent longer and went further in school than girls and were more likely to graduate from university. Now, across the rich world and in a growing number of poor countries, the balance has tilted the other way. Policymakers who once fretted about girls’ lack of confidence in science now spend their time dangling copies of Harry Potter books before surly boys. Sweden has commissioned research into its “boy crisis.” Australia has devised a reading program called Boys, Blokes, Books & Bytes. In just a couple of generations, one gender gap has closed, only for another to open up. But it hasn’t translated into bridging the gender earnings gap … yet. Read The Economist story here.