What are you most hoping to see happen in the world in 2012? [Note: all references to the Mayan calendar will be giggled at and then subsequently ignored].
Tamara: I am hoping that the governments of Western nations will implement caps on how much corporations can outsource. Outsourcing leaves us unemployed and allows for the exploitation of workers in developing countries.
Ellen: I'm really hoping that 2012 is the year for energy alternatives. We've been toying around for way too long with near-solutions, and its time we put something in our cars and heaters (and everything else) that won't send us to war. Or to Mars, with overflow and whatnot.
Bonnie: Less natural disasters, for one. More jobs in North America, especially in the geekier sectors. Stability in overseas nations that have undergone revision, regime change or economic meltdown - which can only help the economy here. And finally, continued growth of the pro-tolerance, anti-bullying movement, which will only make life easier for geeks, now and in the future.
Serdar: I'd like to see a sea change in the way politics is conducted domestically. I know this is a tall order to fill, but the whole thing has become so juvenile, so gridlocked and so unproductive that I don't see how we can make even the most basic progress without massive change. The really bad news is how all this makes us the butt of endless jokes by more authoritarian governments (not that they're RIGHT, mind you, just that some of the buckshot does hit home). We need to prove them wrong by example.
Steve: Increased awareness of the way the world works - and doesn't work. With SOPA, increased internet connectivity, various scandals, and more it seems people have a shot at realizing what's going on better than they ever have.
Ewen: I'm hoping, perhaps in vain, that American politics becomes a bit more sane, honest, and representative. As things stand now we seem to have extremes screaming at each other, often over things that don't matter. I want a conservative party that's sane and a liberal party with a spine, both of whom make some effort to represent regular people (which basically never happens when it comes to things like copyright law and net neutrality), and a more rational approach to forming policy.
Scott: I'm hoping to see a return to sanity, that those who would oppress would step down quietly, without further bloodshed. I'm hoping that leaders realize the importance of the environment and that the bottom line isn't always about money.
And on that note, we wish you all an adequately enjoyable and constructive New Year.