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14 Best Start-Up Cities in the US

14 Best Start-Up Cities in the US

Would you have expected St. Louis, MO to top the list? It’s not unusual today for a city to have a robust support system for startups. But the network in St. Louis came together like lightning. When Anheuser-Busch was sold in 2008, St. Louis’s unemployment rate was about 6 percent and rising sharply. (It peaked […]

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MIT continues to seek New Models for Higher Education

MIT continues to seek New Models for Higher Education

Like Stanford and many other colleges and universities, MIT has been exploring ways in which to recreate higher education in the face of technological change and better understanding of cognitive processes.  No surprise for a technical institute, they are looking at ways of integrating “making” back into learning: What will a college education look like […]

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Stanford Design School’s Radical Ideas for Reinventing Higher Education

Stanford Design School’s Radical Ideas for Reinventing Higher Education

Wired has the story of a year-long project by the Standford University Design School to develop new ideas for higher education. Check out the “Wired by Design” session with Sarah Stein Greenberg, the School’s Executive Director:

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Your Town Might Be Able to Have an Arts Economy, Too

Your Town Might Be Able to Have an Arts Economy, Too

One of the criticisms of efforts to attract the so-called “creative class” is the tendency for the artists and bohemians that prepare the way for tech workers to accumulate in a few trendy places.  This limits the geographic reach of using arts development to foster other kinds of development.  However, in a recent post on […]

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ASU’s 1st “Maker” Summit:  Rethinking Higher Education & Economic Growth

ASU’s 1st “Maker” Summit: Rethinking Higher Education & Economic Growth

This past month, Arizona State University held its first “maker summit” which “brought together teachers and students, engineers and artists, entrepreneurs and policymakers to discuss how education can be more hands-on and collaborative, all the way from preschool to college and beyond.”  According to an ASU press release, the summit focused on ways to bring […]

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How Gowns Can Learn from Towns

How Gowns Can Learn from Towns

That’s the focus of a recent piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Geoffrey Vaughn argues that during the urban crisis of the 1960s and 1970s, city leaders lost their way–they forgot what made cities significant components of human culture: From early Mesopotamia to Boston, cities have worked because they concentrate people in a small […]

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