Education is one of the most important ways we have of passing "progress" on. The Khan academy is a great free video resource for learning.
The available subjects are very cool: including the current economic crisis, the Geihtner plan etc. Also tutorials on great stuff in math. If you hated math or some subject in college or high school, give it a shot here, you may find a new way to look at and understand the world.
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Here is a video about the housing bubble. You may not agree with it, but the explanation is clear and lucid.