Redefining skills for an age when machines outsmart humans

Category: Business & Economics | Health, Science & Education
Published on May 27, 2012

Countries around the world are making the development of so-called “e-skills” a major priority in a bid to equip more young people with the skills to be successful in a world of intense technological change and global competition. Despite the fact that I despise the term e-Skills because it frames the challenge inappropriately, the focus on skills is certainly not misplaced given the shifts towards knowledge-based work and the growing gap in skills required to […]

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Bootstrapping Entrepreneurship: How Technology is Revolutionizing the StartUp

Category: Business & Economics
Published on Mar 10, 2012

Anyone paying attention to the economic impact of the Internet cannot have missed its manifold contributions to prosperity and growth: the rise of new growth industries; more potent models of innovation and marketing; staggering new efficiencies in retailing and other sectors; and the plethora of free Internet services like email, search and social networking, to name just a few. In these economically challenging times, however, the Internet’s most significant economic gift to the world is […]

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The Inexorable Rise of a Platform for Innovation

Category: Business & Economics
Published on Feb 29, 2012

With each passing year, the Internet grows richer in content, more diverse in its user base, and more accessible to the masses through countless connected devices—from automobiles and household appliances to iPads and urban street kiosks. Its global reach and exceptional versatility make the Internet an increasingly potent and indispensable platform for creativity, commerce and innovation, not least because the growing accessibility of information technologies puts the tools required to collaborate, create value, and compete […]

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A 21C Innovation Economy Needs More Digital Public Goods

Category: Business & Economics
Published on Feb 01, 2011

In the formative years of the industrial revolution it quickly became evident that economic progress depended upon substantial investments in public goods. The economy needed a growing supply of educated workers, so the government created public education. The expansion of trading relationships was made possible, in part, because traders could rely on the judicial system to mediate commercial disputes. Meanwhile, America’s continental network of roadways, railways and power grids helped create the dynamic continent-wide market […]

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21C Infrastructure Challenges and America’s Innovation Potential

Category: Business & Economics
Published on Jan 28, 2011

America’s infrastructure problem is truly serious and perhaps more dire than Obama let on in his State of the Union address earlier this week. What’s worse, is that for all the talk of Sputnik moments and restoring America’s competitiveness, I didn’t hear much about the kind of infrastructure investments that could really boost America’s innovation potential. Sure, Obama talked about building a network of high-speed commuter trains. But that’s in the “nice-to-have” rather than the […]

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A regulatory system that learns and improves

Category: Business & Economics | NGOs & Government
Published on Jan 20, 2011

In my previous post I discussed why the Obama administration is right to make renewing America’s regulatory system a priority. We already have a situation where citizens armed with information are drawing attention to many important fissures in the global economy that threaten to undermine global peace and stability, issues such as climate change, food security, water scarcity, and corruption. They are increasingly willing and able to contribute to solving these issues, and they are […]

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Regulatory innovation the next frontier for Open Government

Category: Business & Economics
Published on Jan 20, 2011

Earlier this week Obama issued a call to renew America’s regulatory system and not a moment too soon. A string of events over the past couple of years have underscored just how strained and ineffectual the current systems of regulation have become. The FDA’s own Science Board concluded in 2007, for example, that the agency did not have the capacity to ensure a safe food supply, with domestic businesses under its purview having risen to […]

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Kickstarting global entrepreneurship

Category: Business & Economics
Published on Nov 18, 2010

This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week and rightly so. Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of a dynamic economy and society and the key to solving some of the world’s toughest challenges. Indeed as the global economy continues to sputter, it’s clear that we need entrepreneurialism more than ever. A study done last year by the Kauffman Foundation shows the extent to which job creation depends on new business creation. Using Census Bureau data, the Foundation examined […]

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The Economist reviews Macrowikinomics

Category: Business & Economics
Published on Sep 23, 2010

With just 5 days to go before the official book launch, media reviews are going to start flooding in. In the latest, The Economist calls Macrowikinomics a “Schumpeterian story of creative destruction” for the core institutions of modern society. Here’s a clip: How can organisations profit from the power of the web rather than being gobbled up by it? Messrs Tapscott and Williams endorse the familiar wiki-mantras about openness and “co-creation”. But they are less […]

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UCLA scientist predicts Canada will become global power thanks to climate change

Category: Business & Economics
Published on Sep 16, 2010

A warmer climate, plentiful fresh water, an abundance of land for development, and access to rich deposits of  minerals and hydrocarbons currently frozen under Arctic sea ice. These are among the assets that could position Canada as a global power by 2050 as climate change transforms geopolitics says UCLA scientist Laurence Smith in his new book The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future. There’s a preview in the Vancouver Sun today, where Smith […]

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