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What job creation looked like under the last six presidents

April 8th, 2014 at 8:46 am » Comments Off

There are many differences between the president’s terms. Overall employment was smaller in the ’80s, so a different comparison might be to look at the percentage change. Of course the participation rate was increasing in the ’80s (younger population and women joining the labor force), and the participation rate is declining now. But these graphs […]



Tesla is driving the new Purpose Economy

April 4th, 2014 at 9:19 am » Comments Off

Tesla, the electric car company, is slowly reshaping how people think about driving. Following the same pattern can help any social entrepreneur get people excited about world-changing products. Here’s what Tesla is doing.    



Sharing is the new buying: Insights into the Collaborative Economy

March 6th, 2014 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

A new report, Sharing is the New Buying, offers important insight for big brands who are grappling with the emergence of the Collaborative Economy, and for the startups that are driving this growth. The collaborative economy is a powerful movement in which people are getting the things from each other, it’s a combination of trends […]



The Internet is the greatest facilitator of inequality in history

February 4th, 2014 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

The Internet affects the economy differently than the new businesses of the past did. John Doerr, a venture capitalist, predicted in the 1990′s that the Internet would lead to the “the largest legal creation of wealth in the history of the planet.”  The Internet has created a tremendous amount of personal wealth. Just look at the […]



The Disruptive Nature of the Sharing Economy: Finding the Next Great Opportunities

February 3rd, 2014 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Many of us suffer from a sinister and often contagious disorder, something I call just-in-case disease. We own toolboxes full of tools, just in case we need to fix something. We have kitchens full of appliances just in case we want to prepare a meal. We have cars in our garages just […]



Is China’s credit bubble about to burst?

January 23rd, 2014 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

China’s shadow banks have increased credit from 120 to 190 percent of GDP. A historic credit boom, unregulated lenders promising high, “risk-free” returns, and surging property prices making it all go – is this the U.S. in 2004, or China in 2014?    



It’s the beginning of a new era for entrepreneurs and startups

December 26th, 2013 at 10:24 am » Comments Off

There are over 20 million non-employer businesses out there today, with more starting every day. There is a resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit ever since the recent recession, and more startup activity than ever before. The days of the “job work” mentality are waning, with more people looking to get satisfaction by making the world a […]



Who’s hiring and who isn’t hiring

December 9th, 2013 at 9:15 pm » Comments Off

Who has been hiring and hasn’t? After the start of the worst six months for the U.S. labor market since the Great Depression five years ago, we learned last week that 203,000 new jobs were created in November and the unemployment rate dropped to 7%. Discussion in the immediate aftermath of the news centered on whether […]



The decline of driving in the U.S.

November 21st, 2013 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Americans began taking their foot off the gas pedal well before the recession. Energy an urban-planning nerds have been pondering a very interesting question these days – has the U.S. passed peak car?  Ever since the recession, Americans have been driving less, getting fewer licenses, and using less gas. But is that just the work […]



Top 19 fastest growing occupations

November 12th, 2013 at 2:37 pm » Comments Off

There will be significant growth for jobs that require a college education and occupations in health care, energy and technology. The jobs market for the future currently looks bleak. The unemployment rate has been stuck above 7 percent since December 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And as futurist Thomas Frey recently told […]



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