One way to anticipate the future is to look to the past.
The institutions that once allowed us to pull ahead may soon be the reason we fall behind.
Britain’s industrial pioneers couldn’t have known how they would affect the climate.
The first signs that humans were warming the climate appeared much earlier in the northern hemisphere - way back in the 1830s. But now the trend is emerging all over the globe.
Sure, it's got a flag and some bank notes – but the EU will need to do better if it's to compete with its members' strong, national design heritage.
Coal powered the machinery and lit what English poet William Blake described as ‘dark satanic mills’.
Britain lucked out with its coal deposits – but other nations have developed without coal.
Fire significantly added to our ability to change the world.
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The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising faster than at any point in the past 55 million years.
A 19th-century photograph of a women’s restroom in a Pittsburgh factory.
It wasn’t even until the late 19th century that this was codified into law.
The likes of Sheffield, Bilbao and Leipzig have staged a spectacular comeback.
The wealth parade.
Today's classes were born out of the machine age. They are not fit for purpose in 21st century Britain.
Dark times? Night falls in Davos.
We live in changing times. Let's hope the power brokers work out how to manage them.
Are today’s drivers yesterday’s horses?
Winton Motor Carriage Company
Five million people work in the U.S. transportation sector. It's unclear where they'll end up as driverless technology takes off.
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How the rise and fall of coal mining is central to fully understanding modern Britain.
The revolution of the past three decades has not been kind to the people who have experienced the destruction of their industries, jobs and communities.
Something similar to E.P. Thompson’s story of England in the first three decades of the 1800s has happened in Australia between the mid-1980s and today.
Are we ready for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design how we move into a new era of capitalism?
Let’s hope no one invents fire proofing.
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