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What’s Behind Slow Wage Growth?

Much has been written recently about why wages are growing so slowly despite all of the conditions generally required for accelerating wage growth. …

Economics

George Monbiot | Neoliberalism: The Ideology at the Root of All Our Problems

Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention …

Economics

How People Analytics Can Help You Change Process, Culture, and Strategy

It seems like every business is struggling with the concept of transformation. Large incumbents are trying to keep pace with digital upstarts., and even digital native companies born as disruptors know that they need to transform. Take Uber: at only eight years old, it’s already upended the …

Big Data

Towards the circular economy - Reports - World Economic Forum

A circular economy is an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design. It replaces the end-of-life concept with …

Sustainability

Transforming Health Care from the Ground Up

The U.S. health care system desperately needs reform to rein in costs, improve quality, and expand access. Federal policy changes are essential, of course; however, top-down solutions alone cannot fix a wasteful and misdirected system. The industry also needs transformation from the bottom up, by …

Health Care

Viruses love what we’ve done with the planet

Washington, DC<p>Humans like to think of themselves as the dominant force of life on the planet, but stepping into the <i>Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World</i> exhibit in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, makes you reconsider that perspective. The aim of <i>Outbreaks,</i> which opened in May, isn’t to …

Public Health

Stand Out With These 4 Top Personal Branding Tools

Improve Your Personal Branding with These 4 Great ResourcesBuilding a loyal following is not difficult when you know which tools to use. Connecting …

Public Relations

Valuation Models for Cryptocurrencies

This piece reviews valuation models used for traditional asset classes like equities, bonds, and real estate, then reviews models that may be useful …

Investing

If the Economy Is So Good, Why Are People So Unhappy?

Trump is collecting credit, while shedding blame Donald Trump—like the narcissistic, compulsive, hyperbolic blowhard he is—keeps bragging about how …

Economics

Why many Americans aren’t benefiting from robust U.S. economy

WASHINGTON — “The economy,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell declared this week, “is doing very well.”<p>And it is. Steady hiring has shrunk …

Demographics

Readiness for Future of Production Report 2018 - Reports - World Economic Forum

Context<p>The Fourth Industrial Revolution1 and emerging technologies—such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robotics and additive …

Innovation

The Privacy Conundrum: What Will You Give Up To Protect Your Identity?

In <i>Open Society and Its Enemies</i>, Sir Karl Popper positioned Plato as public enemy No. 1. Plato, in his work <i>The</i> <i>Republic</i>, proposed an ideal system of government that should cause any lover of liberty and progress to recoil. Popper warned that in Plato’s utopia, “Everything possible has been done to …

Privacy

Why 99% of All New Websites Fail to Generate Leads

Here are the top five reasons why new websites fail to generate leads<p>Computer keyboard [illustrative].. (photo credit: ING IMAGE/ASAP)<p>X<p>Dear Reader,<br>As …

Marketing

It was supposed to bring shared prosperity, but instead it has slowed growth and sown discord<p>The euro may be approaching another crisis. Italy, the eurozone’s third largest economy, has chosen what can at best be described as a eurosceptic government. This should surprise no one. The backlash in …

Economics

How can policy changes affect an economy?

Tom Sargent was, alongside Nobel Laureate Robert Lucas, a leading figure of the rational expectations revolution in the 1970s, testing rational …

Preventable Tragedies

The pattern of highly accomplished and successful people committing suicide is transfixing. It assures the rest of us that a life of accolades is not all that it’s cracked up to be and that achieving more will not make us happier. At the same time, it reveals the fact that no one is safe from …

Mental Health

If Your Omelet Isn’t Oozing Butter, You Are Wasting Your Life

When I was nine, I was fortunate enough to take a school trip to France for a brief exchange program. The family I stayed with was a typical …

Breakfast

Reality Winner Has Been in Jail for a Year. Her Prosecution Is Unfair and Unprecedented.

One of the punitive flaws of the criminal justice system is that a large number of people are unnecessarily held in pretrial detention. The bail …

Surveillance

Here's a New Incentive for Real Estate Investment

<b>By Jonathan Woloshin, Thomas McLoughlin, and Andrew Lee</b><p>A new program under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act creates Opportunity Zones in needy communities, …

Real Estate

Managers Are a Dying Breed. Here's What You Must Have Instead

Why managers need to become leaders of disruption in this ever-changing business environment.<p>The crisis of leadership grows as companies struggle to adapt to change. We have a rise in part-time workers, growth of the gig economy, evolution of technology, increase in virtual teams, and an epidemic …

Innovation

Elon's Basilisk: why exploitative, egomaniacal rich dudes think AI will destroy humanity

Why does Elon Musk think that AI is going to kill us all? Why do so many "rationalist" techbros assume that he's right?<p>As I've written before, …

Unions

How To Build Your Thought Leadership Presence In Six Simple Steps

Even the mention of creating a stronger thought leadership presence puts fear in the hearts and minds of many talented professionals. What will I say? Who will care? And, more importantly, how will I find the time to write thought-provoking articles or respond to every comment?<p>Establishing and …

Thought Leadership

Business Planning With Austrian Economics: What Line Of Business Are You In?

Austrian-school economists were frustrated when other economists assumed a given product or market. Nothing is given. Friedrich Hayek wrote “… the wishes and desires of the consumers, including the kinds of goods and services which they demand and the prices they are willing to pay … cannot …

Business Planning

What Is "Share of Culture" -- And Why Do You Need It?

The Secret Metric Shaping Consumer Identity. It's one thing to inspire customers' loyalty. Defining their tribe takes it to a whole new level.<p>Marketers already know about share of voice and share of category. These important metrics tell marketers who is talking about them, how often, and how they …

Marketing

How Baby Boomers Broke America

<b>ONE</b><p>Lately, most Americans, regardless of their political leanings, have been asking themselves some version of the same question: How did we get …

Income Inequality

How to Make Sure Agile Teams Can Work Together

Increasing volatility, uncertainty, growing complexity, and ambiguous information (VUCA) has created a business environment in which agile collaboration is more critical than ever. Organizations need to be continually on the lookout for new market developments and competitive threats, identifying …

Management

Medical Mystery: Something Happened to U.S. Health Spending After 1980

The United States devotes a lot more of its economic resources to health care than any other nation, and yet its health care outcomes aren’t better for it.<p>That hasn’t always been the case. America was in the realm of other countries in per-capita health spending through about 1980. Then it diverged.<p>…

Health Care

Can Integrated Information Theory Explain Consciousness?

Understanding the biology behind consciousness (or self-awareness) is considered by some to be the final frontier of science. And over the last …

Waste some work hours with this interactive map database

Side Note<p>Apr—30—2018 02:31PM EST<p>A screenshot from 'Mapping Immigrant America' by Kyle Walker, Texas Christian University Mapping Immigrant America / …

The 8 most in-demand job skills for 2018 and the online courses you can take to learn them

We live in a technological age — and there is no going back. For anyone looking to get ahead in their career, mastering certain skills is absolutely …