80+1 will be exploring these twenty topics critical to our global future.


Key Place: Okinawa, Japan
Schedule: Week 8, 5-11 Aug (with Civil Society)
Art Project: TBD
School Project: TBD

The average worldwide human life expectancy has nearly doubled in the last few decades to about 66 years. As this number continues to rise, how do our societies…

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Biological Diversity

In many ways, it’s the extreme complexity of life on Earth that makes the entire ecosystem so stable and beautiful. However, biological diversity is threatened by the human need to eat and expend energy. We’ll take a look at the…

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Civil Society

Civil Society represents the non-governmental elements of a given society. Often it represents the non-business and non-public elements in a particular regional or national area.

How Wikipedia around the World defines Civil Society (add your language)

English: Civil society is composed of the…

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Climate Change

After an exhaustive international study we as a species can now definitively say that human-induced climate change is real. We will particularly focus on how new technologies, particularly technologies of simulation and visualization, can help us with this new and…

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Coexistence is particularly difficult when there is strained history to overcome. How can peoples that have fought each other overcome their differences?

How Wikipedia around the World defines Coexistence (add your language)

English: Peaceful coexistence was a theory developed during the Cold…

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Cultural Diversity

Cultural Diversity is one of our topics very simply because most cultures on a worldwide scale are under threat from a handful of dominant cultures. What does it take, for example, to convince children to be as proud and interested…

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We have included education as a topic largely to explore learning in the context of new technologies, and we are particularly interested in “constructionism,” which means, more or less, learning by doing. We will look at both education in schools…

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Human energy use, perhaps more than any of our other topics, is undergoing a change fast enough that we see it within our lifetimes. Traditional energy sources are being rapidly depleted as new energy sources are being developed, and at…

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Exploration has been a natural desire among nearly every animal species, especially humans. In the last half century, humans have espaced terrestrial boundaries and have begun to probe space itself. What is the relationship between self-exploration and the exploration of…

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As much as many of us would like to seize the topic of food to discuss organic products, buying local, and eating fresh, such topics hardly address how to feed the almost seven billion people presently living on our planet.…

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Growth encompasses both fixed resources, such as urban growth, and unlimited resources, such as intellectual or spiritual growth. Often, the line between the two is blurred.

How Wikipedia around the World defines Growth (add your language)

English: Growth refers to an increase…

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Given the state of the world today, it’s tempting to keep our journey focused on the enormous problems and challenges that confront us. But we equally believed that it’s important to balance the serious with things on the lighter side.…

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Though heritage may be about the past, it’s all too often the source of friction between cultures. How can different heritages be mutually appreciated?

How Wikipedia around the World defines Heritage (add your language)

English (Tradition): The word tradition comes from the Latin…

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The Internet has totally transformed the definition of identity. What does it mean to have an identity when one’s language, culture and media are communicated on a vast, dynamic, global network?

How Wikipedia around the World defines Identity (add your language)


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During the planning stages for 80+1, we envisioned the topic of markets to span, compare, and contrast the micro-credit stories emerging from less industrialized nations with novel methods of understanding world economy. We still plan to, but much has changed…

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Most humans, throughout most of human history, died close to where they were born. Exceptions, on a mass scale, are always noteworthy — people migrate for reasons of famine, war, religious persecution, and climate change. Though modern transportation may have…

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Progress is an ideal not shared by all people and all cultures. How can we come up with a definition that fits our own society? What can we learn by comparing these definitions?

How Wikipedia around the World defines Progress (add…

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Recycling is a process by which we as a human society can better take into account what it is that we consume and what we leave behind as waste. By recycling our waste, we can affect save money, reduce our…

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Traffic sounds like such a mundane problem, so everyday and so close to home — it’s often easy to overlook. This is precisely is why we selected it as one of our topics. We’ll examine several not-so-everyday academic and industry…

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Water is something you either take for granted or you don’t, depending on where you live. It’s also, like air, an important indicator of planetary wellness. We will explore daily lifestyles different from our own to open up a global…

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