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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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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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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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3-D Printing & the NonProfit Sector

3-D Printing & the NonProfit Sector

Much of the discussion about 3-D printing focuses on the impact it is having (and will have) on manufacturing.  The “Future Tech” column at the Nonprofit Times argues that the impact of this technology will extend far beyond manufacturing into even the nonprofit sector.  The potential uses identified include: Education working in the classroom. 3D […]

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