The world sure needs more people who can think clearly and who can work together with others to solve hard problems. There seems to be a shortage of such in Washington DC where hard problems need to be solved now. Certainly we can elect better representatives to work on these problems, but closer to home and for the future we can also raise exceptional kids who are prepared to tackle these problems when their time comes.
On the point of raising exceptional kids, I found this great post about things to do with your children to help them develop these kinds of skills. I thought so much of the post that I wanted to highlight it here. Please take a look at Creating the Conditions for Emergence.
Related, I also think our kids need to travel and see the world. I'm jealous of college kids today who have such a great opportunity to study abroad for a semester. I hope that many can take advantage of such if given the opportunity.