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Business/Economics Topics

Advertising

Advertising is a dynamic and multifaceted field encompassing a wide range of strategies and techniques to promote products, services, ideas, or brands to a target audience. It plays a pivotal role in business, helping organizations connect with potential customers, build brand recognition, and drive sales. How is consumer behavior determined? What type of creative strategies are employed in attracting consumers? What moral and ethical considerations are necessary within the industry? What are the broader impacts of advertising and its influence on culture, politics, and social norms?

Debt

Debt impacts nearly every person on the planet. Debt is a financial obligation or liability that arises when an individual, organization, or government borrows money from a lender with the promise to repay the borrowed funds, often with interest, over a specified period. Debt can be a valuable tool for funding investments, such as buying a home, expanding a business, or financing public infrastructure projects. Responsibly taking on debt can be an avenue for advancement for people and/or businesses. How can people be safeguarded against the dangers of holding debt?

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is the dynamic and multifaceted process of identifying opportunities, taking calculated risks, and creating new ventures or businesses to deliver innovative products, services, or solutions to the market. Entrepreneurs possess a unique combination of vision, creativity, determination, and a willingness to embrace uncertainty and overcome challenges. It is a driving force behind the ever-changing and competitive nature of the global economy. How do entrepreneurs recognize opportunities in the market? How does entrepreneurship drive future innovation and economic growth?

Infrastructure

functioning. Infrastructure is the backbone of modern civilization, enabling the movement of people and goods and the delivery of essential services. How does the development of infrastructure impact the growth of communities? The absence and aging of infrastructure puts lives at risk. Who is responsible for infrastructure? Adequate and well-maintained infrastructure is critical for economic productivity, public health, and safety.

Video Games

Video games are a popular form of entertainment and interactive media that have evolved into a multi-billion-dollar industry. They encompass various digital experiences, from action-packed adventures and strategy games to immersive simulations and educational tools. What makes video games of all kinds so popular? Video games have become a significant cultural phenomenon, with a global fan base, dedicated communities, and are even recognized as art forms. They continue to push the boundaries of technology, storytelling, and creativity. How do video games influence societies? What will be the next frontier for video games look like?

Science/Technology Topics

Assistive Devices

Assistive devices are tools, equipment, or technologies designed to enhance the independence, functionality, and overall quality of life for individuals with disabilities or limitations. Whether they serve as temporary assistance after an injury or a permanent fixture, assistance aids provide independence and reduced pain for users. Laws and statutes in many countries protect those who require assistive devices from discrimination and allow access to needed services. Still, many disability rights advocates argue that these do not go far enough. They are pivotal in enabling people with disabilities to participate more fully in society, including education, employment, and social activities.

Forestry

Forests cover 30% of the world’s landmass and are home to 80% of the world’s diversity of plants, animals, and microbes. Forestry is the science and practice of managing and conserving forests and wooded landscapes for various purposes, including timber production, conservation, and ecological sustainability. Forestry and the forest products industry are centered on wood and its uses. Increasingly, natural forests are being destroyed, along with the diversity of plant and animal life they shelter. What are the most effective ways to decrease deforestation while sustaining forestry for building, medicine, and employment opportunities? What are better options for forestry production and business?

Invasive Species

Invasive species are non-native organisms that, when introduced to a new environment, can cause harm to native ecosystems, biodiversity, and even economic activities. These species often outcompete or prey upon native plants and animals, disrupting the delicate balance of local ecosystems. Invasive species can be plants, animals, or microorganisms, and they are typically introduced through human activities, such as trade, travel, or deliberate release. How do repercussions of accidental and deliberate introductions vary? How do invasive species impact social, economic and cultural environments?

Plastic

Plastic is a versatile and widely used synthetic material composed of polymers that can be molded into various shapes and forms. Its durability, lightweight nature, and affordability have made it ubiquitous in countless products, from packaging and consumer goods to construction materials and medical devices. However, the widespread use of plastic has also led to severe environmental challenges. Plastic’s remarkable versatility is balanced by growing concerns about its ecological consequences, prompting a reevaluation of its use and long-term sustainability. How can the existing plastic be removed from the environment? What type of alternatives are there for plastics?

Space Exploration

Space exploration is a multifaceted and pioneering field that involves the investigation, discovery, and utilization of outer space, including celestial bodies like planets, moons, and stars. Space exploration has yielded remarkable scientific discoveries, from understanding the universe’s origins to the search for extraterrestrial life. How do these discoveries impact broader society? It also has significant technological spin-offs, such as advancements in materials, computing, and telecommunications. Space exploration captivates human imagination, fosters international collaboration, and promises to unravel some of the universe’s greatest mysteries while pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and achievement.

Social/Political Topics

Caring for Elders

Worldwide, people are living longer and requiring more care for longer periods of time. Elder care, also known as elderly or senior care, refers to supporting and assisting older adults as they age to help maintain their health, well-being, and quality of life. As the global population ages, elder care becomes increasingly important, with discussions focused on providing comprehensive, compassionate, and sustainable care for older generations. What kind of social shifts might we see as more of the population ages out of being able to care for themselves?

Censorship

Censorship is suppressing or restricting information, communication, or artistic expression deemed objectionable, controversial, or potentially harmful by governmental, institutional, or societal authorities. While proponents argue that censorship can safeguard public safety and morality, critics contend that it can infringe upon freedom of speech and expression, stifle creativity, and limit access to diverse perspectives and ideas. What are the psychological and social consequences of censorship on individuals and communities, including self-censorship, fear of reprisal, and the impact on public discourse?

Human Rights

Human rights are fundamental, inalienable entitlements and protections inherent to every individual by virtue of their humanity. These rights are universal and include the right to life, liberty, security, and freedom from discrimination, torture, and arbitrary detention. What are businesses and corporations’ responsibilities in respecting and promoting human rights? Protecting and advancing human rights are central to maintaining social justice and the rule of law in societies worldwide. Legal definitions can vary widely from country to country, as can the means of investigating, documenting, and prosecuting human rights violations.

Influencers

Influencers are individuals who have established a significant and engaged following on social media platforms, and they use their online presence to shape opinions, promote products, and influence the behaviors of their audience. Influencer marketing has become a powerful tool for businesses looking to reach a specific target audience. Influencers’ authenticity and ethical practices are a point of ongoing discussion, with concerns about transparency, disclosure, and the potential for misleading advertising in this growing industry. How can one determine if an influencer is a trusted source? Many challenges arise for the influencer, those who sponsor the influencer, and those who are influenced.

Surveillance

Surveillance is the systematic and continuous monitoring, observation, or tracking of individuals, groups, or activities, often conducted by governments, organizations, or individuals. It encompasses various methods, including electronic surveillance, video monitoring, data collection, and even physical surveillance by law enforcement or intelligence agencies. What are the implications of surveillance for individuals and society? How does surveillance vary from country to country? Should a global policy be put in place to govern surveillance?