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Want More Entrepreneurs?  Raise Welfare Benefits!

Want More Entrepreneurs? Raise Welfare Benefits!

Over at the Atlantic, Walter Frick has a piece on the relationship between public welfare benefits and entrepreneurship.  The meme in the media is that the more generous the benefits, the greater the dependency, the less the initiative.  Logical, but according to some recent research, dead wrong: Entrepreneurs are actually more likely than other Americans […]

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The Changing Geography of Asian Americans

The Changing Geography of Asian Americans

Over at New Geography Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox have a piece about the changing residential patterns among Asian Americans and how those changes could affect the US economy: Asia is now the largest source of legal immigrants to the U.S., constituting 40% of new arrivals in 2013. They are the country’s highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing […]

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Suburban Renewal:  Re-Using Dead Shopping Malls

Suburban Renewal: Re-Using Dead Shopping Malls

The Atlantic recently ran a story on the fate of some of the nation’s many abandoned “big box” malls.  Their fate is somewhat surprising: The Highland Mall in Austin, Texas, for instance, was named one of “America’s Most Endangered Malls” by U.S. News & World Report in 2009. One of the first suburban malls in […]

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Gaming Enters the Workplace. . . . As a Productivity Tool

Gaming Enters the Workplace. . . . As a Productivity Tool

Gaming is coming to a workplace near you.  And, based upon its description in a recent New York Times piece, it may be an important boost for productivity, while not all that much fun: BetterWorks makes office software that blends aspects of social media, fitness tracking and video games into a system meant to keep […]

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Liberty U. Knows Strategy

Liberty U. Knows Strategy

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ran a piece on an institution that has created and implemented a transformation strategy:  Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.  Among other surprising facts, Liberty has the highest “on-line only” enrollment of any not-for-profit institution in the US.  The Chronicle reporter Jack Stripling attributes LU’s success to the following factors: Align […]

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EdTech on Making Maker Spaces Work

EdTech on Making Maker Spaces Work

In a recent issue of EdTech, Melissa Delaney outlined some useful lessons for successful maker spaces: Partner with other programs and groups. Borrow high-tech tools from engineering or broadcasting facilities on campus, suggests Steven Bell, associate university librarian at Temple University. Interact with makerspaces in your area, advises Tom Armstrong, who runs the Whale Lab […]

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