In a new feature, "University Events and Lectures Preview/Review," the University's News Service reviews and previews lectures and events on the Twin Cities campus. Dean Tom Fisher's December 2, 2009 Design @ Noon lecture garnered the first review. In his lecture, Fisher referred to the current state of affairs on the globe from everything to failing economies, energy infrastructure, and climate change as a planetary Ponzi scheme and said that "we are on an unsustainable path of inequality." He advised the college's students to learn to expect -- and plan for -- failure in their designs.
Fisher subsequently presented a version of this presentation to the Association of Minnesota Counties on December 9, 2009.