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The Global Auction: The Broken Promises of Education, Jobs, and Incomes by Phillip Brown, Hugh Lauder, David Ashton

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In America, the rhetoric of learning is earning led to the view that it does not matter what is studied because interesting and well-paid jobs were available across the economy. But no matter how a knowledge economy is defined, it is difficult to produce an account that does not include the centrality of science and technology, given that these are major fields of innovation. If America has been engaged in an act of “unilateral educational disarmament,” it stems from large numbers of students attracted to celebrity careers and the lure of big prizewinners at the top of industries like 36 The Global Auction finance, law, business, fashion, and the media. This has been reinforced by proponents of the knowledge economy who portrayed manufacturing as part of yesterday’s economy, overtaken by knowledge economy jobs in financial services and other creative industries. In response, talented students turned their backs on what are viewed as less exciting or financially rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM subjects).

Max Weber observed what he called the “routinization of charisma” and the prospects of an “iron cage” of bureaucracy, and Steven Brint has argued that the rhetoric of the knowledge economy is ahistorical: “Many years in the future, we shall see the same standardization in the computer software industry that a previous generation witnessed in the insurance and automobile industries.” Steven Brint, “Professionals and the ‘Knowledge Economy’: Rethinking the Theory of Post Industrial Society,” Current Sociology, 49, no. 4 (2001): 116. See Werner Holzl and Andreas Reinstaller, The Babbage Principle after Evolutionary Economics, MERIT-Infonomics Research Memorandum Series, Maastricht, the Netherlands. http://edocs.ub.unimaas.nl/loader/file.asp?id=812 Barbro I. Anell and Timothy L. Wilson, “Prescripts: Creating Competitive Advantage in the Knowledge Economy,” Competitiveness Review, 12, no. 1: 26–37. Holzl and Reinstaller, The Babbage Principle, 14.

Hence, the tenets of neoliberalism encouraged people to believe that welfare support introduced in the 1950s and 1960s was misguided because it rewarded failure and feckless behavior, whereas free markets offered a fair and efficient system where talent and hard work would be appropriately rewarded. As a result, the fate of individuals and families became heavily reliant on maintaining, if not increasing, the market value of their knowledge, skills, and credentials. Jobs and rewards would flow to individuals able to upgrade their skills to meet the competitive conditions of the knowledge economy, where opportunities were assumed to expand as the economy relied on new ideas, technologies, and innovations. Since the 1980s, politicians and opinion leaders, whether Republican or Democrat, continued to present the future economy as a world 4 The Global Auction of smart people doing smart things in smart ways. It is a world of new opportunities for creative talent and prosperity for American workers and families based on faith in the market to deliver the middle-class dream.

 

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As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Work, Health & Wealth by Juan Enriquez

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Albert Einstein, Berlin Wall, bioinformatics, borderless world, British Empire, Buckminster Fuller, double helix, global village, half of the world's population has never made a phone call, Howard Rheingold, Jeff Bezos, Joseph Schumpeter, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, more computing power than Apollo, new economy, personalized medicine, purchasing power parity, Ray Kurzweil, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, SETI@home, Silicon Valley, spice trade, stem cell

Meanwhile, back in Myanmar (formerly Burma) … Anyone owning a PC without government approval … Gets 15 years in prison … Just one of the reasons why … A country with one and a half times as many people as Canada … Did not produce a single U.S. patent in 1999. Because of the knowledge economy … And the emphasis on human rights … Real, and virtual, migration is growing. Worldwide, the number of people living in a country different from where they were born … Has doubled since 1965. In Western Europe and North America … Almost 10 percent of the population is foreign-born … Many are refugees … But many are also the best, brightest, and most entrepreneurial … Who continue concentrating in a few spots.1 Many of those wishing to work in the United States … Can now do so freely … Without a visa … or visits from the INS. In a manufacturing economy … You had to travel to the factory and put things together … Or process paper at a specific desk. In a knowledge economy … You can work at your desk … In your home … In a hotel … In a plane … Which is why more than a quarter of U.S. workers are now part-time, independent, or temps.

THE DOMINANT LANGUAGE … AND ECONOMIC DRIVER … OF THIS CENTURY … IS GOING TO BE GENETICS. Those who remain illiterate in this language … Won’t understand the force making the single biggest difference in their lives. Many countries and companies just don’t get it. They continue to invest primarily in stuff they can see and touch… Even though two-thirds of the global economy … Is already a knowledge economy. They do not invest in, or attract, smart people who are science-literate. They do not get particularly concerned as many of their brightest leave. They forget … You need ever fewer people, time, or capital … To build a nation … Become an economic superpower … Wage war effectively … Or launch a global business. But you do need technology-literate people. Lack of technology literacy … Is one of the reasons the gap between the richest and the poorest countries in the world is growing so quickly … Why there is a 390:1 gap.

Most European and Latin American fortunes are not based on high tech … They are inherited … (Although a few heirs have grown the companies significantly.) Seven out of the ten richest Europeans are what Forbes calls “coupon clippers” … (That is, they are not involved on a daily basis with building up their companies.) RICHEST EUROPEANS AND LATIN AMERICANS17 (estimated wealth in billions of dollars) The United States’ ability to attract the world’s best brains and the shift toward a knowledge economy create rapid shifts. In 1990, not one of the world’s ten wealthiest individuals was American … In 2000, six out often were American. MUCH OF THE WORLD’S NEW WEALTH IS CREATED BY KNOWLEDGE … BUT MOST OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION STILL WORKS IN BUSINESSES OR ENDEAVORS THAT PRODUCE, ASSEMBLE, OR SELL COMMODITIES … SO THE GAP BETWEEN THOSE WHO ARE TECHNOLOGY-LITERATE AND THOSE WHO ARE NOT COULD EASILY WIDEN AS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACCELERATES.

 

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The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths by Mariana Mazzucato

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In fact, the development of the biotech industry in the US is a direct product of the key role of the government in leading the development of the knowledge base that has thus provided firm success and the overall growth of the biotech industry. As Vallas, Kleinman and Biscotti (2009, 66) eloquently summarize: …the knowledge economy did not spontaneously emerge from the bottom up, but was prompted by a top-down stealth industrial policy; government and industry leaders simultaneously advocated government intervention to foster the development of the biotechnology industry and argued hypocritically that government should ‘let the free market work’. As this quote indicates, not only was this knowledge economy guided by government, but, strikingly, it was done as the leaders of industry were on the one hand privately demanding government intervention to facilitate the industry’s development, and on the other hand publicly declaring their support for a free market.

Patrick 97 Medical Research Council (MRC) 20, 67 Merrick, Sarah 125 meso perspective 36 micro–macro connection 31–2 microprocessors 109 Ministry for Research and Technology (Germany) 149 Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) 37–8, 40; see also Japan Minsky, Hyman 32n3 Minuteman II missile programme 98 Miranda, Javier 45 Mirowski, Philip 49 MIT 24, 178, 178n6 Mitterrand, François 57 Motoyama, Yasuyuki 83–4, 85 Mowery, David C. 61–2 multi-touch screens 102 myths: about business investment requirements 53–5; about entrepreneurship and innovation 22; about innovation and growth 10; of Europe’s problem being commercialization 48, 52–3; government captured by 19; of innovation being about R&D 44, 159–60; of knowledge economy and patents 50–52; of market as self-regulating 30, 195; of small is beautiful 45–7, 142, 160–61; of venture capital as risk loving 47–50, 142 Nanda, Ramana 127 NASDAQ 50 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) (US) 176 National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) (US) 98, 145, 150 National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) (UK) 45 National Fabricated Products 150n4 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (US) 107, 108 National Institutes of Health (NIH) (US): applied research by 136; budgets of 1938–2011 69, 70; creating the wave vs. surfing it 68–71; knowledge base funded by 8; NMEs based on research of 66; spending 25; Taxol royalties 188 ‘national market’ 195 National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) (US) 84–6 National Organization for Rare Disorders 82 National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 151 National Science Foundation (US) 20, 84, 85, 104, 108, 166 National Systems of Innovation perspective 42 NAVSTAR GPS system 105, 109 Nelson, Richard 193 neoclassical economics 33, 186 Netherlands 51, 54 networks: DARPA’s development of 77, 83; innovation 36, 40, 74; linkages of 39; in nontechnologies 83–4; SBIR building of 79, 83; science—industry links 193 New Deal 74 New Economy Business Model (NEBM) 168–9, 172, 177; see also Old Economy Business Model (OEBM) ‘new growth’ theory 34–6, 44, 59–60 new investment in renewable energy 120, 121 Nielsen, Kristian H. 145 Nokia 190 ‘No More Solyndra’s Act’ 130–31n12 Norway 120n4, 121 Novartis 81 Noyce, Robert 98 OECD, GERD (gross domestic expenditure on R&D) as a percentage of GDP in 43 Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) (US) 109 oil company role in solar power 161n8 Old Economy Business Model (OEBM) 168–9, 177; see also New Economy Business Model (NEBM) Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 18 organizational change 197 Orphan Drug Act (ODA) of 1983 81–2 Osborne, George 51 outsourcing 16, 108 Pacific Solar 152 Parker, Rachel 83–5 Parris, Stuart 44 patents: First Solar’s 151; focus on venture capital and 49; GE’s lead in 148; in knowledge economy 10; myth of knowledge economy and 50–52; ‘patent box’ policy 51–2; pharmaceutical 66; potential government retention of 189; success of as measure of innovation performance 34, 41 Perez, Carlota 117 Perkins, Thomas 57 Pfizer 8, 26, 69, 82 pharmaceutical companies (‘pharma’): funding development of 10, 17, 24; growth from R&D in 44; radical vs. ‘me too’ drugs 64–7; R&D expenditure by 25–6, 25n1, 64–6, 65; risk–reward relationship of 12, 181, 188; share buybacks by 25–7; see also Big Pharma; drugs; individual companies pharmaceutical industry: agencies of 64; percentages of new drugs by types 66; socialization of risk and privatization of rewards in 12, 181, 188; see also biotech Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) 65, 66 ‘picking winners’: argument against 116; avoiding appearance of 85; ‘free market’ warnings about 111; ideology resulting from failure to 146; as inappropriate agenda 29, 187; lead R&D role vs. 134; losers picking the State vs. 18–21; MITI’s industrial policy as beyond 38 Pisano, Gary P. 49 Polanyi, Karl 8, 30, 193–4 policymakers: focus on R&D and patents 41; green revolution options 117; growth fostered by 34; need to seek collaboration by 24; need to understand new technology 75; suggested focus for 194 Portugal 52 President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) (US) 84 private debt 17 private sector: demand side policy assumptions about 115; entering green revolution 119; entrepreneurial activity of 20; financialization 25–8; lack of vision in 21–2; limitations 84–5; parasitic potential of 23; shorttermist approach of 108; see also venture capital private vs. social returns 3–4, 179 procurement policies 111, 111n14 production function framework 34–5 Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) project 178–9, 178n6 productivity 32, 45–6, 64 public debt 17–18 public good 7, 21, 57, 139, 179, 195 Public Interest Research Centre (UK) 121 public policy: see policymakers public–private: collaborations 5, 6, 24; funding of clean energy 154–5, 162; overlap 136; R&D investment 166 public sector: see State Q-Cells 157 Rao, Rekha 44 Rauch, James 4 RCA 172 R&D: Apple’s global sales/R&D ratios 92–3; biotech subsidies 81; Chinese wind technology 149–50; of clean technology sector 26; by DARPA 75, 134; by DoE 132; EU targets 41; firm growth relationship to 44; funding sources for basic research in US 61; funding sources in US 60, 60–61, 60n2 (see also individual US agencies); GERD (gross domestic expenditure on R&D) as a percentage of GDP in OECD 43; impact of tax credits on 28; investments 4; in Japan vs.

Losers Picking the State Beyond Market Failures and System Failures The Bumpy Risk Landscape Symbiotic vs. Parasitic Innovation ‘Ecosystems’ Financialization Chapter 2: Technology, Innovation and Growth Technology and Growth From Market Failures to System Failures Myths about Drivers of Innovation and Ineffective Innovation Policy Myth 1: Innovation is about R&D Myth 2: Small is Beautiful Myth 3: Venture Capital is Risk Loving Myth 4: We Live in a Knowledge Economy – Just Look at all the Patents! Myth 5: Europe’s Problem is all about Commercialization Myth 6: Business Investment Requires ‘Less Tax and Red Tape’ Chapter 3: Risk-Taking State: From ‘De-risking’ to ‘Bring It On!’ What Type of Risk? State Leading in Radical (Risky) Innovation Pharmaceuticals: Radical vs. ‘Me Too’ Drugs Biotechnology: Public Leader, Private Laggard The National Institutes of Health: Creating the Wave vs.

 

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Them And Us: Politics, Greed And Inequality - Why We Need A Fair Society by Will Hutton

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Firms have to be clever in what they do, how they do it and how they present themselves to their markets. These injunctions already hold true in almost every area. At one level, the knowledge economy is laser surgery, personalised learning and drought-resistant crops; at another it is EasyJet and Ryanair, GPS navigation systems and music downloads; at another it is Pret, Jamie Oliver and Green & Black’s organic chocolate. It is cloud computing, which avoids the infrastructure capital costs of software applications by being accessed online by everyone as a utility. It is visiting the car factory to meet the team that customised your car. It is the immersive entertainment of Modern Warfare II and the iPlayer. Ian Brinkley, director of the Work Foundation’s Knowledge Economy Programme, calculates that more than two-fifths of Britain’s workforce and value-added now come from broadly defined knowledge-based industries and services of these types – double the levels of 1970 – and that the figure will consistently rise in the years ahead.7 This is where wealth, jobs, opportunity and our culture will increasingly be based.

Bradford DeLong (2000) ‘Cornucopia: The Pace of Economic Growth in the Twentieth Century’, NBER Working Paper No. 7602. 8 Robert Winston (2010) Bad Ideas: An Arresting History of Our Inventions, Bantam Press. 9 Richard G. Lipsey, Kenneth I. Carlaw and Clifford T. Bekar (2005) Economic Transformations, Oxford University Press, pp. 93–119. 10 Ibid., p. 132 and general discussion. 11 Joel Mokyr (2002) The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy, Princeton University Press; Joel Mokyr, ‘Progress and Inertia in Technological Change’, in John James and Mark Thomas (eds) (1994) Capitalism in Context: Essays in Honor of R. M. Hartwell, University of Chicago Press, pp. 230–54. 12 See Joel Mokyr (2004) The Gifts of Athena: The Historical Orgins of the Knowledge Economy, Princeton University Press. 13 Douglass C. North, John Joseph Wallis and Barry R. Weingast (2009) Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History, Cambridge University Press. 14 James C.

, LSE Centre for Economic Performance Occasional Paper No. 24. 31 For a different, more subtle set of management indicators which are rigorously evaluated, see Casey Ichniowski and Kathryn Shaw (2004) ‘Beyond Incentive Pay: Insiders’ Estimates of the Value of Complementary Human Resource Management Practices’, Journal of Economic Perspectives 17 (1): 155–80. 32 Judith Chevalier (1995) ‘Capital Structure and Product-Market Competition: Empirical Evidence from the Supermarket Industry’, American Economic Review 85: 415–35. 33 Philippe Aghion, George-Marios Angletos, Abhijit Banerjee and Kalina Manova (2004) ‘Volatility and Growth: Financial Development and the Cyclical Composition of Investment’, working paper, Harvard University. 34 Josh Lerner (2009) Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Why Public Efforts to Boost Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Have Failed – and What to Do about It, Princeton Unversity Press. 35 William Baumol, ‘Toward Analysis of Capitalism’s Unparalleled Growth: Sources and Mechanism’, in Eytan Sheshinski, Robert J. Strom and William J. Baumol (2007) Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Growth Mechanism of the Free-Enterprise Economies, Princeton University Press. 36 See also Robert R. Wiggins and Timothy W. Ruefli (2006) ‘Schumpeter’s Ghost: Is Hypercompetition Making the Best of Times Shorter?’, Strategic Management Journal 26 (10): 887–911. 37 Ian Brinkley (2009) ‘Knowledge Economy and Enterprise’, working paper, Knowledge Economy, run by the Work Foundation. 38 Kerry Capell, ‘Vodafone: Embracing Open Source with Open Arms’, Businessweek, 9 April 2009, at http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_16/b4127052262113.htm. See also Henry Chesbrough (2006) Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape, Harvard Business School Press; and Eric Von Hippel (2006) Democratizing Innovation, MIT Press. 39 Robert C.

 

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The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-To-5 by Taylor Pearson

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The Rothschilds again show the value of investing early and heavily in a change in limits. No one has heard much about the Rothschilds banking innovations in the last hundred years or so, yet there are plenty of wealth Rothschild descendants walking around today. The Knowledge Economy (1900–2000): The Conquest of the Corporation Over the course of the one hundred and fifty years following the Napoleonic Wars and Nathan Rothschild’s loan to Friedrich, (roughly 1800–1950), the modern corporation arose. As we transitioned from an industrial to knowledge economy, banks became extremely effective at producing capital, but the economy didn’t have enough knowledge to grow. The limit has moved from capital to knowledge. The dominant player changed from banker to CEO, and the dominant institution shifted from banks to corporations.

We aren’t going through a global recession—we’re transitioning between two distinct economic periods Certainly, the model of four distinct periods is certainly oversimplified. Economies and societies are far more complex systems than an assembly line. Different limits can exist in the same society. There are still agricultural workers (farmers) and industrial workers throughout the West, but the broadest segment of Western population is employed in the knowledge economy, and it’s that part of the economy that, over the past hundred years, has been responsible for creating most of the abundance and wealth now available. When the limit of an economy shifts through the four different stages, investing more heavily in what has always worked won’t improve the output—just as spending more time in the gym is counter-productive if you aren’t sleeping enough or eating healthy.

Could we be at the same point for entrepreneurship? 4 The Entrepreneurial Economy (2000ish–???) The Emergence of the Entrepreneur Globalization means you are no longer competing to be more knowledgeable than the person down the street, but more knowledgeable than seven billion people around the world. Communication technology and increasing education standards have brought more individuals into the knowledge economy in the past ten years than in the preceding century. We’ve seen the number of college graduates globally go from ninety million to one hundred and thirty million between 2000 and 2010. It took us all of human history to get to ninety million and then only ten years to add another forty million.26 Secondly, the rapid advance of technology has replaced many simple tasks and driven more people into complicated knowledge work.

 

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Who Stole the American Dream? by Hedrick Smith

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Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, airline deregulation, anti-communist, asset allocation, banking crisis, Bonfire of the Vanities, British Empire, business process, clean water, cloud computing, collateralized debt obligation, collective bargaining, corporate governance, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, currency manipulation / currency intervention, David Brooks, Deng Xiaoping, desegregation, Double Irish / Dutch Sandwich, family office, full employment, global supply chain, Gordon Gekko, guest worker program, hiring and firing, housing crisis, Howard Zinn, income inequality, index fund, informal economy, invisible hand, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Rogoff, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, laissez-faire capitalism, late fees, Long Term Capital Management, low cost carrier, manufacturing employment, market fundamentalism, Maui Hawaii, mortgage debt, new economy, Occupy movement, Own Your Own Home, Peter Thiel, Plutonomy: Buying Luxury, Explaining Global Imbalances, Ponzi scheme, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, Renaissance Technologies, reshoring, rising living standards, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, Shenzhen was a fishing village, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Steve Jobs, The Chicago School, The Spirit Level, too big to fail, transaction costs, transcontinental railway, union organizing, Unsafe at Any Speed, Vanguard fund, We are the 99%, women in the workforce, working poor, Y2K

THE WASHINGTON–WALL STREET SYMBIOSIS: THE INSIDE TRACK OF “THE MONEY MONOPOLY” PART 4: MIDDLE-CLASS SQUEEZE CHAPTER 11. BROKEN PROMISES: BANKRUPTING MIDDLE-CLASS PENSIONS CHAPTER 12. 401(K)’S: DO-IT-YOURSELF: CAN YOU REALLY AFFORD TO RETIRE? CHAPTER 13. HOUSING HEIST: PRIME TARGETS: THE SOLID MIDDLE CLASS CHAPTER 14. THE GREAT WEALTH SHIFT: HOW THE BANKS ERODED MIDDLE-CLASS SAVINGS CHAPTER 15. OFFSHORING THE DREAM: THE WAL-MART TRAIL TO CHINA CHAPTER 16. HOLLOWING OUT HIGH-END JOBS: IBM: SHIFTING THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY TO INDIA CHAPTER 17. THE SKILLS GAP MYTH: IMPORTING IT WORKERS COSTS MASSES OF U.S. JOBS PART 5: OBSTACLES TO A FIX CHAPTER 18. THE MISSING MIDDLE: HOW GRIDLOCK ADDS TO THE WEALTH GAP CHAPTER 19. THE RISE OF THE RADICAL RIGHT, 1964–2010: ASSAULT ON THE MIDDLE-CLASS SAFETY NET CHAPTER 20. THE HIGH COST OF IMPERIAL OVERSTRETCH: HOW THE U.S. GLOBAL FOOTPRINT HURTS THE MIDDLE CLASS PART 6: CHALLENGE AND RESPONSE CHAPTER 21.

Grove argues that it will take a new national strategy and a broad commitment in U.S. industry to regenerate America’s muscle in manufacturing. A few glimmers have begun to appear—a handful of plants coming back from China, a modest uptick in manufacturing employment, and business leaders such as Grove speaking out. But much more needs to be done, as you will see in the final section of this book. CHAPTER 16 HOLLOWING OUT HIGH-END JOBS IBM: SHIFTING THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY TO INDIA Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gain. —THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter, 1814 What we are trying to do is outline an entire strategy of becoming a Chinese company. —JOHN CHAMBERS, CEO of Cisco In this new era of globalization, the interests of companies and countries have diverged.

—RALPH GOMORY, former IBM vice president AMERICA’S RESPONSE to the challenge from China in the 1990s was to shift toward high tech. That became the new rallying cry for business and political leaders. Some economists reckoned that traditional U.S. manufacturing was doomed because China and the rest of Asia were becoming the workshops of the global economy with their three hundred million or more low-cost, moderately skilled workers. America’s new high ground would be the knowledge economy—the Internet, IT, scientific research, product development, corporate services, finance—areas where American universities would generate high-end skills and where start-ups would smartly innovate the United States to a long-term competitive advantage. Bill Clinton, seeking support from Silicon Valley’s high-tech leaders, made the promise of masses of high-skill, high-wage, high-tech jobs a centerpiece of his 1992 presidential campaign and one of his first White House initiatives.

 

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A Pelican Introduction Economics: A User's Guide by Ha-Joon Chang

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In addition, seeing the share of manufacturing in their output falling, some manufacturing firms have applied to be reclassified as service firms, even though they still conduct some manufacturing. A UK government report estimates that up to 10 per cent of the fall in manufacturing employment between 1998 and 2006 in the UK may be due to this ‘reclassification effect’.7 Making things still matters The view that the world has now entered a new era of the ‘knowledge economy’, in which making things does not confer much value, is based upon a fundamental misreading of history. We have always lived in a knowledge economy. It has always been the quality of knowledge involved, rather than the physical nature of the things produced (that is, whether they are physical goods or intangible services), that has made the more industrialized countries richer. This point can be seen more clearly if you recall that woollen manufacturing, which used to be one of the most hi-tech sectors until the eighteenth century, is now one of the lower-tech sectors.

Many economists have argued that, with rising income, we begin to demand services, such as eating out and foreign holidays, relatively more than we demand manufactured goods. The resulting fall in the relative demand for manufacturing leads to a shrinking role for manufacturing, reflected in lower output and employment shares. This view got a boost in the 1990s, with the invention of the worldwide web and the alleged rise of the ‘knowledge economy’. Many argued that the ability to produce knowledge, rather than things, was now critical, and high-value knowledge-based services, such as finance and management consulting, would become the leading sectors in the rich countries that were experiencing deindustrialization. The manufacturing industry – or the ‘bricks and mortar’ industry – was viewed as second-rate activity that could be shifted to cheap-labour developing countries, such as China.

And in terms of the latter effect, the importance of the manufacturing sector cannot be over-emphasized, as it has been the main source of new technological and organizational capabilities over the last two centuries. Unfortunately, with the rise of the discourse of post-industrial society in the realm of ideas and the increasing dominance of the financial sector in the real world, indifference to manufacturing has positively turned into contempt. Manufacturing, it is often argued, is, in the new ‘knowledge economy’, a low-grade activity that only low-wage developing countries do. But factories are where the modern world has been made, so to speak, and will keep being remade. Moreover, even in our supposed post-industrial world, services, the supposed new economic engine, cannot thrive without a vibrant manufacturing sector. The fact that Switzerland and Singapore, which many people consider to be the ultimate examples of successful service-led prosperity, are actually two of the three most industrialized countries in the world (together with Japan) is a testimony to this.

 

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Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid

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Increasingly, as the abundance of information overwhelms us all, we need not simply more information, but people to assimilate, understand, and make sense of it. The markets of the knowledge economy suggest that this shift is already underway. Investment is no longer drawn, as postindustrial champions like to point out, to bricks and mortar and other forms of fixed capital. Nor does it pursue income streams. (In some of the newest knowledge organizations there is as yet barely enough income to puddle, let alone stream.) Instead, investors see value in people and their know-how-people with the ability to envisage and execute adventurous new business plans and to keep reenvisaging these to stay ahead of the competition. So, while the modern world often appears increasingly impersonal, in those areas where knowledge really counts, people count more than ever. In this way, a true knowledge economy should distinguish itself not only from the industrial economy but also from an information economy.

In the process, knowledge has gained sufficient momentum to push aside not only concepts like reengineering but also information, whose rule had previously looked so secure. To be, in Peter Drucker's term, a "knowledge worker" now seems much more respectable than being a mere "information worker," though for a while the latter seemed very much the thing to be. Similarly, pundits are pushing "information economy" and the venerable ''information age" aside in the name of the more Page 119 voguish "knowledge economy" and "knowledge age." There's even a bit of alternative prefixation in such terms as knobot, which we talked about in chapter 2, where the buzz of bots and the buzz of knowledge meet. Beyond its buzz, however, is there any bite to these uses of knowledge? When people talk about knowledge, are they just clinging to fashion (as many no doubt are), or might some be feeling their way, however intuitively, toward something that all the talk of information or of process lacks?

Yet for the sort of implicit communication, negotiation, and collective improvisation that we have described as part of practice, learning, and knowledge sharing, it's clear that there are advantages to working together, however well people may be connected by technology. Indeed, one of the most powerful uses of information technology seems to be to support people who do work together directly and to allow them to schedule efficient face-to-face encounters. Looking too closely at the progression from atoms to bits may miss the role the bits play in allowing us to reinforce the valuable aspects of the world of atoms. Critical movements in the knowledge economy may go not just from atoms to bits, but from atoms to bits and back again. Page 147 Chapter 6 Innovating Organization, Husbanding Knowledge Electronic commerce is the single greatest change in business since the invention of money . . . On the Internet there's perfect information . . . Location doesn't protect you any more. It's a truly global economy. National Public Radio Business News 1 If the recession of the early 1990s disrupted U.S. business, as we noted in chapter 4, the long expansion that has followed has not, as might have been expected, brought calm.

 

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Elsewhere, U.S.A: How We Got From the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, BlackBerry Moms,and Economic Anxiety by Dalton Conley

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Socializing usually revolves around professional colleagues. Not necessarily—or especially—people we actually work with in our own offices. No, most socializing involves weak, work-related ties: folks who are in the same field but just swinging through town for a conference or meeting—potential clients, former mentors, prospective employees. You never know from where the next big project—that great idea—is going to come from in today’s “knowledge economy.” In our marriage, nobody cooks. We generally eat take-out, when I am in charge, or raw food, when my wife is. Whereas, even in my parents’ relatively progressive marriage, my mother was the primary caregiver (except for Sundays when my father would take us to Aqueduct Racetrack), in our arrangement it is often more likely that I will be the one to pick up the kids thanks to my wife’s more hectic travel schedule.

I’ve borrowed this image from the medieval craftsman who fashioned products one by one in his own cottage industry. This craftsman set his own hours as he was paid for piecework. However, there were inherent limits to how much he could work. He needed raw materials. He needed light (so was generally confined to working during the day). And he needed customers (limited to a very local market). But today’s professional in the knowledge economy is uninhibited by pesky materials or the need to work with specific implements in a “shop.” She can work at any and all times, as long as she has an outlet to plug into and a decent wireless connection. In the flexible nature of the post-industrial economy this new professional shares the freedom of the medieval craftsman to draw up her own schedule, but she is driven by the economic red shift to work any and all hours, made possible by the portable workshop of the BlackBerry and the laptop.

Likewise, one of the most popular forms of gambling, slot machines, involves the seemingly mind-numbing action of inserting a small metal disk into a slot and then pulling a lever. Something that would have epitomized the dullness of Taylorized work in the bygone industrial age is now the way we “get into a zone” of privacy, becoming one with the machine, and escape the oppressive sociality of the service sector and the mind-bending tasks associated with the knowledge economy. Whereas pulling the lever of the machine was once the gesture that clocked you in and out of work, that very same motion now symbolizes our escape from the oppressive sociality of work.4 This remerger of work and play is quite ironic, since some theorists of industrial capitalism saw the emergence of the modern market as the very thing that allowed for a sacrosanct private sphere. That is, it was through the market’s ethic of the separation of business and pleasure that a “private sphere” in which economic relations were verboten was created for the first time in history with modern capitalism.

 

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The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream by Christopher B. Leinberger

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The boredom of having only the option of drivable sub-urban life, including the unintended consequences of ever longer and more congested commutes and the running of nearly every errand in a car, is not to be underestimated. T H E M A R K E T R E D I S C OV E R S WA L K A B L E U R B A N I S M | 9 1 Alongside these demographic changes, the economy has made a fundamental change. The new economy has been called many things: the virtual economy, the service economy, the postindustrial economy, the knowledge economy, and the creative economy. This has come to mean a focus on the up front, creative portion of a product or service development and the back-end marketing and distribution of that product or service. The actual production may be outsourced abroad, or it may be accomplished with fewer employees in this country due to advances in technology, which lead to increased productivity. This is a repeat of the earlier trend of increased productivity in agriculture, leading to plummeting numbers of jobs over the past century (agricultural jobs were down to less than two percent of all jobs in 2000 from, as mentioned in chapter 1, forty percent in 1900 and twenty-seven percent in 1920).

This is a repeat of the earlier trend of increased productivity in agriculture, leading to plummeting numbers of jobs over the past century (agricultural jobs were down to less than two percent of all jobs in 2000 from, as mentioned in chapter 1, forty percent in 1900 and twenty-seven percent in 1920). The agricultural economy transitioned to the industrial economy, and now the industrial is transitioning to the knowledge economy. The economic driver of how the American Dream is implemented on the ground is changing once again. Dr. Richard Florida’s assertion in his 2002 book, The Rise of the Creative Class, that future economic growth depends on the retention and attraction of the highly educated has become accepted wisdom of many economic development officials in cities throughout the country. The breeding and attraction of young, highly educated people to start new companies, attract similar entrepreneurs, build the local tax base, and become more “hip” is driving many urban and suburban economic development strategies in the 2000s.

The Economist magazine reported that “talent has become the world’s most sought after commodity.”4 Certainly not all of the so-called creative class—software engineers; medical, legal, and financial professionals; high-tech entrepreneurs; educators; and others—want to live in walkable urban places for all phases of their lives, but many of them certainly want the opportunity to do so and may demand it at various times of their lives. The metropolitan area that does not offer walkable urbanism is probably destined to lose economic development opportunities; the creative class will gravitate to those metro areas that offer multiple choices in living arrangements. 92 | THE OPTION OF URBANISM The growth of the knowledge economy means that the most important factor in determining which metropolitan areas experience growth in new companies and jobs is the quality of the workforce—their education, training, and experience. The metropolitan areas with the highest educational attainment tend to be the fastest growing regions today—witness the growth of the two coasts and the Sunbelt of the past couple of decades, the new “U” shape of the USA.

 

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Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland

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It is no accident that it was the superstars of these two professions that Marshall, writing in 1890, singled out as benefiting disproportionately from the Western world’s economic transformation. In the knowledge economy, more and more professions use a laptop rather than a steam engine, and that means that the superstars in these fields are earning ever greater rewards. The intellectuals are on the road to class power. THE STREET AND THE SUPERSTARS The biggest winners are the bankers. They did well enough, to be sure, in the industrial revolution. They were among that era’s plutocrats—think J. P. Morgan in New York, or Siegmund Warburg in the City of London. But these were the owners of capital. Their employees, the salaried financial professionals, weren’t nearly as richly rewarded. Their job was just to keep score. In the postwar era, with the steady rise of the knowledge economy, the bankers’ role has been dramatically transformed.

Just as the fight between labor and capital defined the first stage of industrial capitalism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Martin argues that the battle between capital and talent is the central tension in the knowledge-based postindustrial capitalism of the twenty-first century. Here is how Martin laid out his theory in the Harvard Business Review: “For much of the twentieth century, labor and capital fought violently for control of the industrialized economy and, in many countries, control of the government and society as well. Now . . . a fresh conflict has erupted. Capital and talent are falling out, this time over the profits from the knowledge economy. While business won a resounding victory over the trade unions in the previous century, it may not be as easy for shareholders to stop the knowledge worker–led revolution in business.” Martin’s thesis helps explain one of the most striking contrasts between today’s super-elite and their Gilded Age equivalents: the rise, today, of the “working rich.” As Emmanuel Saez found, the wealthiest Americans these days are getting most of their income from work—almost two-thirds—compared to a fraction of that, roughly one-fifth, a century ago.

Martin’s theory about the growing power of “the talent” builds on the ideas of Peter Drucker, the Austrian-born scholar who laid the intellectual foundations for the academic study of management. That means you can probably blame Drucker for far too many soul-destroying PowerPoint presentations, peppy but hollow business books, and inspirational corporate “coaches” with lots of energy but no message. But Drucker also, more than half a century ago, predicted the shift to what he dubbed a “knowledge economy” and, with it, the rise of the “knowledge worker.” Drucker made his name in America, but he was a product of the Viennese intellectual tradition—Joseph Schumpeter was a family friend and frequent guest during his boyhood—of looking for the big, underlying social and economic forces and trying to spot the moments when they changed. Accordingly, he saw the emerging knowledge worker as both the product and beneficiary of a profound shift in how capitalism operated.

 

Culture and Prosperity: The Truth About Markets - Why Some Nations Are Rich but Most Remain Poor by John Kay

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The advantages of the competitive market-incentive compatibility and low information requirements-allow reductions in pollution to be achieved at lower cost. Market economies solve coordination problems through a combination of spontaneous order and social institutions. Nothing guarantees that solutions will be reached or that those that are reached are efficient. But coevolution has usually produced answers. The Knowledge Economy Big Knowledge ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• It is a cliche that we live today in a knowledge economy. 1 At first sight, markets do not seem a good mechanism for producing and transmitting knowledge. Once created, knowledge can be transferred relatively cheaply to other people at little cost. If the people who create new knowledge can't protect it, they can't sell it. And if they can protect it, they will restrict its distribution. Either way, the market economy won't produce and disseminate the knowledge it needs.

HB95.K29 2004 330.12 '2-dc22 2003056911 04 05 06 07 08 <•/RRD 10 9 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 {Contents} • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes Acknowledgments A Note to Readers {part I} The 1 2 3 4 5 A Postcard from France The Triumph of the Market People Figures How Rich States Became Rich {part II} 6 7 8 9 10 11 Issues The Structure of Economic Systems Transactions and Rules Production and Exchange Assignment Central Planning Pluralism Spontaneous Order {part III} Perfectly Competitive Markets 12 Competitive Markets 13 Markets in Risk 14 Markets in Money vii ix xi 1 3 9 22 31 54 71 73 83 93 105 115 125 135 137 153 162 {vi} Contents 15 General Equilibrium 16 Efficiency {part IV} The Truth About Markets 173 184 195 Neoclassical Economics and After Rationality and Adaptation Information Risk in Reality Cooperation Coordination The Knowledge Economy 197 209 222 234 247 259 266 How It All Works Out 275 Poor States Stay Poor Who Gets What? Places The American Business Model The Future of Economics The Future of Capitalism 277 289 302 311 323 340 Appendix: Nobel Prizes in Economics Glossary Notes Bibliography Index 356 361 365 390 411 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 {part V} 24 25 26 27 28 29 {List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes} Figures 4.1 4.2 5.1 5.2 14.1 The Distribution of World Income The Dimensions of Economic Lives Rich States in Europe Rich Stares in Asia U.S.

This vacuous phrase has been adopted as policy by the European Union. This similarly vacuous concept has been lauded by the OECD (1975). According to estimates by Dixon (1996), 36% of expenditures under the Superfund to that date related to transactions costs rather than clearing up pollution. Buchanan and Stubblebine (1962), Demsetz (1964). Mnookin and Kornhauser (1979). Chapter 23: The Knowledge Economy ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 1. See, for example, Shapiro and Varian (1998); also "new economy'' writers such as Kelly (1998), Leadbeater (2000), and Coyle (2001). 2. Bodanis (2000), Clark (1979). 3. The Bletchley Park project, once highly secret, has now generated extensive literature-Hinsley and Stripp (1993), Enever (1994), Butters (2000)-and a film (Enigma). 4. In the last years of his life, Turing was a path breaker in the understanding of the mathematics of spontaneous order in nonlinear dynamic systems of the kind described in chapter 10.

 

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Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet by Linda Herrera

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citizen journalism, crowdsourcing, Google Earth, informal economy, Julian Assange, knowledge economy, minimum wage unemployment, Mohammed Bouazizi, Occupy movement, RAND corporation, Rosa Parks, Silicon Valley, Skype, Slavoj Žižek, WikiLeaks

Liberalization Egyptian Style The Egyptian government, historically reluctant to allow the spread of technologies that would loosen its grip on its citizenry, nevertheless opened its doors to information and communication technologies (ICT) and the liberalization of the media. The transition to an “information society,” otherwise called a “knowledge economy,” came about through a combination of pressure and opportunity. The countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) tied any number of loans and trade agreements to Egypt’s willingness to sync its national economy with the knowledge economy in which OECD countries held a clear advantage. At the same time, an ICT-driven economy would allow Egypt to more fully participate in the global marketplace, with its promise of profits and economic growth. As video games, satellite dishes, mobile phones, and the internet became more important to Egyptian society, these technologies did indeed bring a vigorous boost to the economy.

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The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion by John Hagel Iii, John Seely Brown

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Here they share experiences, tell stories, celebrate (and analyze) prodigious achievements within the game, and explore innovative approaches to addressing the challenges at hand. Although a few of these forums are officially sponsored by the game designer, most of them have emerged spontaneously, organized by participants seeking access to more advice and insight regarding the challenges they face in the game. This “knowledge economy” is impressively large: In the United States alone, the official forums hosted by Blizzard Entertainment contain tens of millions of postings in hundreds of forums. There are an equal number in China and Europe.16 By providing the most up-to-date in-game information, this knowledge economy gives players a hedge against the ways in which World of Warcraft is constantly changing, allowing them to keep pace with their unpredictable in-game surroundings. As they do so, most advanced players make use of customized performance “dashboards” created either by themselves or other players.

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See Change; Innovations Institutional innovation catalyzed by passionate individuals by a few 20th century leaders hoped to be created by Markle Task Force needed for shaping strategies as third wave transforming challenges into opportunities Institutional platforms amplifying employee networks focusing on needs of others for talent development Institutions amplifying employees’ passions, creativity amplifying power of pull amplifying through IT investments amplifying through mindset being pulled from the top elements of journey toward pull ig with growth strategies using pull-based models motivating employees to improve performance participating in conference strategies participating in geographic spikes push programs described redefining scalable learning rationale viability of Intel Interaction leverage through shaping platforms Internet as edge-transforms-core example Internet Relay Chat iPhone communications technology iPod Iranian protests of 2009 cellphone videos go viral personal online networks mobilized Irons, Andy Irons, Bruce IT architectures, outside-in IT investments exception handling using edge participants related to scalable push ideas Ito, Joichi (Joi) as moving out of comfort zones personal benefits from social network in selected virtual environments social networks amplify success of others supports Iranian protestors with personal network iTunes platform Journey toward pull elements introduced maps with elementsig Joy, Bill Just-in-time manufacturing philosophy Kagermann, Henning Kaminsky, Dan Key players in shaping strategies Kinoshita, Matt Knowledge, explicit versus tacit Knowledge economy Knowledge flows access through shaping platforms compared to, moving from, knowledge stocks fig on the edge as filters for relevant information of passionate employees in personal lives, creating new knowledge tacit versus explicit Knowledge workers artificially distinguished from workforce performance improvement for Kustom Air Strike Labor unions Larsen brothers Lean manufacturing Learning organization approaches Lemmey, Tara Leschziner, Vanina Leverage based on capabilities vs. financial as element of journey toward pull igigig growth driven by pull platforms for/from passionate, talented, individuals in institutions as shaping, extending, personal ecosystems as shaping platform Levine, Rick Levy, Ellen Li & Fung global network Linear Technologies LinkedIn Listening skills.

 

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How to Fix Copyright by William Patry

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A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, barriers to entry, big-box store, borderless world, business intelligence, citizen journalism, cloud computing, crowdsourcing, death of newspapers, en.wikipedia.org, facts on the ground, Frederick Winslow Taylor, George Akerlof, Gordon Gekko, haute cuisine, informal economy, invisible hand, Joseph Schumpeter, Kickstarter, knowledge economy, lone genius, means of production, new economy, road to serfdom, Ronald Coase, Ronald Reagan, semantic web, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, The Chicago School, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, trade route, transaction costs, trickle-down economics, web application, winner-take-all economy

Socrates thought the unexamined life not worth living.2 Selfexamination occurs only if we rigorously inquire into our habits, including habits of mind. Among the habits of mind this book examines are the fundamental beliefs that copyright laws directly cause people to create works they wouldn’t otherwise create, directly put substantial money in authors’ pockets; that culture depends on copyright; and, more recently, that copyright law is a key driver of competitiveness and of the knowledge economy. 2 HOW TO FIX COPYRIGHT Do copyright laws cause these wonderful things to come true in real life and not just in our beliefs? Simply believing things will happen isn’t enough. If we want wonderful things to come true (and who doesn’t?) we must do more than believe that they will; we must ensure they do. Ensuring they do requires, at a minimum, that copyright laws are consistent with prevailing markets and technologies.

In 2009, KEA, a Brussels-based consultancy group, prepared a report for the European Commission159 questioning the asserted link between creativity and competitiveness: “[T]raditionally, culture is not seen as a motor for better management or for honing a competitive edge in product development, learning or human resources.”160 In Europe (and many other regions), for example, there is intensive competition and innovation in developing cuisines, the recipes for which are not protected by copyright.161 Yet, despite occasional calls for such rights,162 chefs continue to innovate, much to diners’ delight. Just as the shift from the cultural industries to the creative industries led to a shift away from the expressive nature of authors’ and artists’ contributions and toward commodity sales, so too culture is now seen as merely another aspect of the “knowledge economy,”163 judged by how it performs in an invisible hand marketplace. But you can’t economically measure how an increase in knowledge will lead to productivity gains. If we want more creative works and more knowledgeable citizens, we will have to disassociate these goals from commodity markets, and focus on why people create and learn. We must then be willing to commit public monies to their encouragement where market forces have proved inadequate to the task.

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: A Single Market for Intellectual Property Rights 294 NOTES TO PAGES 127–131 Boosting creativity and innovation to provide economic growth, high quality jobs and first class products and services in Europe, Provisional Version, May 2011. (“Single Market communication”). 158. This is not the only incomprehensible foundational remark made by the Commission in its Single Market communication. On page three the Commission states: IPR are property rights that protect the added value generated by Europe’s knowledge economy on the strength of its creators and investors.” I have no idea what this means. 159. “The Impact of Culture on Creativity” (June 2009), available at: http://www.keanet.eu/en/impactcreativityculture.html. 160. Report at 21. 161. See U.S. Copyright From Letter 122, available at: http://www. copyright.gov/fls/fl122.html. 162. See Who Owns the Korean Taco?, NY Times, July 2, 2010, available at: http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/whoowns-the-korean-taco/; Tania Su Li Cheng, “Copyright protection of haute cuisine: recipe for disaster?

 

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Britain Etc by Mark Easton

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agricultural Revolution, Albert Einstein, British Empire, credit crunch, financial independence, garden city movement, global village, Howard Rheingold, income inequality, James Watt: steam engine, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, low skilled workers, Ronald Reagan, science of happiness, Silicon Valley, Simon Kuznets, Slavoj Žižek, social software

With low-skilled jobs disappearing and knowledge jobs expanding, it is obvious that the UK needs to invest in knowledge, to educate and train its workforce. Britain has a higher proportion of NEETs – young people not in education, employment or training – than any other OECD country except Greece, Italy, Mexico and Turkey. The credit crunch only served to magnify the point. Unemployment figures in the depths of the recession showed that among those working in the knowledge economy – financial consultants, business managers, lawyers – the proportion claiming jobseeker’s allowance was 1 per cent. Among those who usually worked in unskilled admin jobs, the figure was 37 per cent. And for those without skills, matters are only going to get worse. Much worse. Globalisation doesn’t just open up new markets; it is bringing an estimated 42 million new people into the international jobs market every year – and most of those are unskilled.

For each Briton who graduates there are at least twenty Chinese and Indian graduates jostling for work in the global marketplace. Not every Indian degree is equivalent to a degree from Oxford or Cambridge. But then not every British degree is either. The noisy arguments over higher university tuition fees in England have tended to drown out the really critical point: higher education is a product in the global knowledge economy and price is a factor of supply and demand. Domestic students still get a subsidised rate, albeit not quite as generous a subsidy as previously, but the real revolution has been that UK institutions have begun directly competing with each other to sell their courses. At the same time, their student customers have been encouraged to become increasingly canny shoppers. A glance at the fees charged to overseas students has become a quick way of judging whether British undergraduates are getting a bargain or not.

Bloom puts ‘evaluation’ at the very top – the ability to present and defend opinions about information based on evidence, the bedrock of academia. But his model has been revised in recent years, taking into account the most valued knowledge skills. The new taxonomy has at its peak ‘synthesis’: the ability to take elements of the previous steps and use them to create new knowledge. Synthesis is the pinnacle – people who can synthesise are virtual gods in the knowledge economy, the most sought after talents in the globalised twenty-first century. British success in the new age is going to depend on workers who have knowledge and understanding, but also the ability to analyse and evaluate and synthesise information and ideas from multiple sources all at the same time. They will be individuals unrestricted by a single narrative. And what do such people look like?

 

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Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection by Jacob Silverman

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23andMe, 4chan, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, Airbnb, airport security, Amazon Mechanical Turk, augmented reality, Brian Krebs, California gold rush, call centre, cloud computing, cognitive dissonance, correlation does not imply causation, Credit Default Swap, crowdsourcing, don't be evil, Edward Snowden, feminist movement, Filter Bubble, Firefox, Flash crash, game design, global village, Google Chrome, Google Glasses, hive mind, income inequality, informal economy, information retrieval, Internet of things, Jaron Lanier, jimmy wales, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, late capitalism, license plate recognition, life extension, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, Mars Rover, Marshall McLuhan, meta analysis, meta-analysis, Minecraft, move fast and break things, national security letter, Network effects, new economy, Nicholas Carr, Occupy movement, optical character recognition, payday loans, Peter Thiel, postindustrial economy, prediction markets, pre–internet, price discrimination, price stability, profit motive, quantitative hedge fund, race to the bottom, Ray Kurzweil, recommendation engine, rent control, RFID, ride hailing / ride sharing, self-driving car, sentiment analysis, shareholder value, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, Snapchat, social graph, social web, sorting algorithm, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, TaskRabbit, technoutopianism, telemarketer, transportation-network company, Turing test, Uber and Lyft, Uber for X, universal basic income, unpaid internship, women in the workforce, Y Combinator, Zipcar

As the Danish academic Anders Colding-Jørgensen argues: “We should no longer see the Internet as a post office where information is sent back and forth, but rather as an open arena for our identity and self-promotion—an arena that is a legitimate part of reality, just like our homes, workplaces and other social arenas in our society.” We’ve moved, he explains, from an information economy to an identity economy. This is a bit self-serving—commentators have developed no shortage of dubious new types of “economy,” from the “attention economy” to the “knowledge economy”—but Colding-Jørgensen is onto something. Our consumption of information online has shifted from purely utilitarian to an expression of the self. This is the paradigm of “Pics or it didn’t happen,” where every incident is worthless without shareable documentation, because our experiences are made fuller by being shared. Even what we might think of as plainly utilitarian—a recipe, for instance—becomes an object for sharing and identity-crafting.

More and more of us are forced to be contingent laborers, freelancers, or “permalancers” always on the lookout for more work, always advertising ourselves through social-media and public networks, knowing—with a sense of generalized suspicion—that our public utterances on social media may influence our future job prospects. Risk assessment algorithms may already be parsing our social-media profiles, pooling information to be used in a future background check. Forced to work constantly to pay off household debt or school loans, we don’t have the time to learn the skills that would, we are told, allow us to succeed in the knowledge economy.* Large corporations start to realize that they can not only build on existing outsourcing—which has seen human resources, IT, customer service, and a range of other support staff shunted overseas—but also practice an ad hoc outsourcing at home, summoning pliable, cheap workers whenever they’re needed. Managers get plaudits for being technologically progressive and nimble, cutting budgets.

The lawsuit became a class-action case; 2,000 members of the program signed on. The case settled in 2009, years after the Community Leader Program was shut down, for a reported $15 million. A couple of years later, AOL bought the Huffington Post, another new-media company built partly on the backs of volunteers, none of whom saw any of the $315 million purchase price. As these examples illustrate, the knowledge economy relies on extracting maximum information and data from users at minimum cost. It is true, as Tiziana Terranova says, that “the Internet has been always and simultaneously a gift economy and an advanced capitalist economy.” Some things we’re comfortable giving away for free, others we’re not, and the decision on what is exploitative may differ between well-meaning individuals. But as Terranova goes on to explain, we shouldn’t “mistake this coexistence for a benign, unproblematic equivalence.”

 

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Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order by Parag Khanna

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Admiral Zheng, affirmative action, anti-communist, Asian financial crisis, Bartolomé de las Casas, Branko Milanovic, British Empire, call centre, capital controls, central bank independence, cognitive dissonance, colonial rule, complexity theory, crony capitalism, Deng Xiaoping, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, Donald Trump, Edward Glaeser, energy security, European colonialism, facts on the ground, failed state, flex fuel, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, friendly fire, Gini coefficient, global reserve currency, global supply chain, haute couture, Hernando de Soto, illegal immigration, income inequality, informal economy, invisible hand, Islamic Golden Age, Khyber Pass, knowledge economy, land reform, low skilled workers, means of production, megacity, Monroe Doctrine, oil shale / tar sands, oil shock, open borders, open economy, Pax Mongolica, pirate software, Plutonomy: Buying Luxury, Explaining Global Imbalances, Potemkin village, price stability, race to the bottom, RAND corporation, reserve currency, rising living standards, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Skype, South China Sea, special economic zone, stem cell, Stephen Hawking, Thomas L Friedman, trade route, trickle-down economics, uranium enrichment, urban renewal, Washington Consensus, women in the workforce

The base of the Burj Dubai tower was designed by American architects to resemble an Arabian desert flower, and the Al-Qasr bungalows blend modern design with Bedouin ventilation shafts that channel breezes downward into spacious chambers. Dubai can even buy brains: Its Knowledge Village features micro-campuses of the world’s top universities, and the current ruler, the benevolent Sheikh Mohammed, has pledged $10 billion to an education fund that promotes the region’s knowledge economy.*44 The hip Gulf male today sports his spotless white dishdasha, wears an American baseball cap, drives a Porsche or a Range Rover, and eats sushi in fine Asian fusion restaurants. But even with all the money in the world, Arab states seem to consciously avoid investing in replicating the indigenous capacity that has fueled East Asia’s rise to the pinnacle of the global economy. Instead, they allow bad habits to thrive in the new limitless context of globalization.

By keeping up with technology and wisely managing its reserves, Malaysia remains the only oil exporter in all of East Asia. Even when projected oil reserves run dry over the next two decades, it will still have massive deposits of natural gas. Urban-rural inequality and weak primary education have kept it from attaining the level of South Korea, but the highest share of its massive long-term budget is devoted to education, pushing the country to compete more actively in both the manufacturing and knowledge economies. The former spice route sultanate of Malacca now blends Portuguese colonial architecture with computer assembly plants, while Kuala Lumpur residents can purchase gourmet foods at Carrefour, the paragon brand of first-world grocery shopping. Leadership can make much of the difference anywhere in the world, and while Venezuelans are stuck with Hugo Chávez, Malaysians had Mahathir bin Mohamad.

Chinese enrollment in American universities has recently fallen because of opportunities in Europe and China itself. First-world countries slow to adjust to the pace of global redistribution of labor and investment are vulnerable to competition from—and potentially displacement by—members of the second world. A single world economy of competition across all sectors and regions has sparked a palpable global middling by which even more countries get pulled into the second world. The knowledge economy is no longer the special domain of the first world, meaning not only low-wage jobs but also such previously nontradable services as technology development, medical diagnostics, business consulting, and legal processing are off-shored to second-and third-world countries, where expanding incomes and consumption further strain the precious commons. But because no second-world state will voluntarily restrain its growth due to environmental concerns, rising commodity prices may harm growth for everyone.

 

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What About Me?: The Struggle for Identity in a Market-Based Society by Paul Verhaeghe

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Berlin Wall, call centre, cognitive dissonance, deskilling, epigenetics, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, income inequality, invisible hand, jimmy wales, job satisfaction, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, Louis Pasteur, market fundamentalism, Milgram experiment, new economy, post-industrial society, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Silicon Valley, stem cell, The Spirit Level, ultimatum game, working poor

This benefits society as a whole because competition entails everyone doing their best to come out on top. As a result, we get better and cheaper products and more efficient services within a single free market, unhampered by government intervention. This is ethically right because success or failure in that competition depends entirely on individual effort. So everyone is responsible for their own success or failure. Hence the importance of education, because we live in a rapidly evolving knowledge economy that requires highly trained individuals with flexible competencies. A single higher-education qualification is good, two is better, and lifelong learning a must. Everyone must continue to grow because competition is fierce. That’s what lies behind the current compulsion for performance interviews and constant evaluations, all steered by an invisible hand from central management. This is a brief summary of the grand narrative that controls our culture today and that consequently forms our identity.

The teachers who are there to guide their early steps often feel failures themselves because they are only lowly primary-school teachers, right at the bottom of the Niagara Falls of educational diplomas — unless, of course, they work at a top school with top pupils. Many people will acknowledge that the system is flawed, yet at the same time see no alternative. Surely competency-based education is crucial to the success of a knowledge economy? The simple answer is: no, it isn’t. As anyone with long-term teaching experience knows, the last few decades have seen a serious and universal decline in the standard of education. Despite the stress on competencies, this doesn’t just mean that pupils are less well-equipped in terms of cultural baggage. Basic skills such as reading, writing, and arithmetic have suffered equally. In today’s economy this hardly constitutes a problem, because most professionals, from doctors to carpenters, need less knowledge than formerly.

Financial stimuli increase motivation only in jobs that don’t involve any thought. As soon as thinking is involved, especially creativity, intrinsic motivation proves far more effective. In fact, in such cases extrinsic motivation — that’s to say, bonuses — has a negative effect, causing people to perform worse than those who are intrinsically motivated. In this region of the world, where the focus is on the knowledge economy, the majority of jobs fall into the second category. Jobs that entail little thought — for example, conveyor-belt work, are largely a thing of the past. In that sector, bonuses do have a positive effect, but ironically enough are rarely awarded. So politicians and captains of industry have everything to gain by dismantling the extrinsic-motivation model as fast as possible. Introducing intrinsic motivation becomes even more of a priority when one considers that the current system of bonuses heightens income inequality — an inequality that has been linked to almost every kind of negative psychosocial effect.

 

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American Made: Why Making Things Will Return Us to Greatness by Dan Dimicco

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And for the United States to be a major exporter in the world, it requires a trading system that can effectively police what he calls “predatory, mercantilistic trading practices,” such as the illegal dumping3 of steel and other commodities coming into the country. DiMicco’s refreshing heterodoxy isn’t limited only to trade. In chapter 6, he takes aim at the prevailing conventional wisdom surrounding the so-called knowledge economy and the skills gap, which was a prominent issue in the 2012 presidential debates. While innovation is important—crucial, in fact—DiMicco posits that it is not enough to generate real economic growth. And the fact is, more often than not, the supposed value created in the knowledge economy doesn’t stay in the United States. “It’s no accident that just as manufacturing has moved offshore, our research and development is now following,” he says. “If we use a little common sense, we’ll quickly realize that if the United States doesn’t make what it innovates, soon enough we’ll lose our ability to innovate, too.”

It’s what enables our businesses to grow, create new products and services, and generate new jobs.”2 “Ultimately, to create manufacturing jobs, we’ve got to be innovating,” says General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt.3 On the other hand, Larry Summers, who served as one of Obama’s closest economic advisers, has said, “America’s role is to feed a global economy that’s increasingly based on knowledge and services rather than on making stuff.”4 And Gary Shapiro, the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, says flatly, “Innovation, not manufacturing, will bring jobs.”5 So which is it? Can the United States be an innovator without manufacturing? Or do the two go hand in hand? Is it enough for the United States to focus on building a knowledge economy that fosters innovation? No. Sorry, but innovation alone is worth nothing. Platitudes about innovation are worth even less. As solutions go, if you think innovation is going to save us, you’re dreaming. You simply can’t sustain a diverse, vibrant, large-scale economy like that of the United States on innovation alone. Look, there are no magic bullets. Not all innovation translates into jobs.

 

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Utopia for Realists: The Case for a Universal Basic Income, Open Borders, and a 15-Hour Workweek by Rutger Bregman

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autonomous vehicles, banking crisis, Bartolomé de las Casas, Berlin Wall, Bertrand Russell: In Praise of Idleness, Branko Milanovic, cognitive dissonance, computer age, conceptual framework, credit crunch, David Graeber, Diane Coyle, Erik Brynjolfsson, everywhere but in the productivity statistics, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, Frank Levy and Richard Murnane: The New Division of Labor, full employment, George Gilder, happiness index / gross national happiness, Henry Ford's grandson gave labor union leader Walter Reuther a tour of the company’s new, automated factory…, income inequality, invention of gunpowder, James Watt: steam engine, John Maynard Keynes: Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, John Maynard Keynes: technological unemployment, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, Kodak vs Instagram, labour market flexibility, labour mobility, low skilled workers, means of production, megacity, meta analysis, meta-analysis, microcredit, minimum wage unemployment, Mont Pelerin Society, Nathan Meyer Rothschild: antibiotics, Occupy movement, offshore financial centre, Peter Thiel, post-industrial society, precariat, RAND corporation, randomized controlled trial, Ray Kurzweil, Ronald Reagan, Second Machine Age, Silicon Valley, Simon Kuznets, Skype, stem cell, Steven Pinker, telemarketer, The Spirit Level, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, Thorstein Veblen, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, universal basic income, wage slave, War on Poverty, We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters, wikimedia commons, women in the workforce, working poor, World Values Survey

And while young people in the West have largely come of age in an era of apolitical technocracy, we will have to return to politics again to find a new utopia. In that sense, I’m heartened by our dissatisfaction, because dissatisfaction is a world away from indifference. The widespread nostalgia, the yearning for a past that never really was, suggests that we still have ideals, even if we have buried them alive. True progress begins with something no knowledge economy can produce: wisdom about what it means to live well. We have to do what great thinkers like John Stuart Mill, Bertrand Russell, and John Maynard Keynes were already advocating 100 years ago: to “value ends above means and prefer the good to the useful.”31 We have to direct our minds to the future. To stop consuming our own discontent through polls and the relentlessly bad-news media. To consider alternatives and form new collectives.

In the 1980s, Apple employees sported T-shirts that read, “Working 90 hours a week and loving it!” Later, productivity experts calculated that if they had worked half the hours then the world might have enjoyed the groundbreaking Macintosh computer a year earlier.35 The correlation between working hours and productivity in wealthy countries, 1990–2012 Source: OECD There are strong indications that in a modern knowledge economy, even 40 hours a week is too much. Research suggests that someone who is constantly drawing on their creative abilities can, on average, be productive for no more than six hours a day.36 It’s no coincidence that the world’s wealthy countries, those with a large creative class and highly educated populations, have also shaved the most time off their workweeks. The Solution to (Almost) Everything Recently, a friend asked me: What does working less actually solve?

The foremost reason for this is simple: Labor is becoming less and less scarce. Technological advances are putting the inhabitants of the Land of Plenty in direct competition with billions of working people across the world, and in competition with machines themselves. Obviously, people aren’t horses. There’s only so much you can teach a horse. People, on the other hand, can learn and grow. So we pump more money into education and give three cheers for the knowledge economy. There’s just one problem. Even people with a framed piece of paper on their wall have cause for concern. William Leadbeater was well trained in his job when it was supplanted by a mechanized loom in 1830. The point is not that he wasn’t educated, but that suddenly his skills were superfluous. This is an experience awaiting more and more people. “In the end, I will venture to say, it will be the destruction of the universe,” William warned.

 

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Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future by Ian Goldin, Geoffrey Cameron, Meera Balarajan

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While these temporary worker programs ended in the 1970s, economic migration channels are now established policy tools for receiving countries to promote “demand-led” migration.9 High-Skilled Migration Globalization has helped to shape a consensus among leading receiving countries about the desirability of highly skilled economic migration.10 In the early 1990s, traditional countries of immigration redoubled their efforts to attract high-skilled migrants to work and settle permanently.11 McLaughlan and Salt note, “the mainspring for policy has been the perceived benefit to national economic growth derived from the permanent acquisition of high-level human expertise.”12 Global economic competitiveness has driven a contest for skilled migrants to work in growing service sectors and the “knowledge economy.” European and certain Asian countries, however, have been slower to implement high-skilled migrant programs that lead to permanent settlement. The basic definition of a highly skilled migrant is one who has completed a formal two-year college education or more.13 Some authors also include members of the “creative class”: artists, athletes, performers, and entrepreneurs who may not meet the preceding formal definition, but make niche contributions to the economy and society.14 Highly skilled migrants, concludes the World Migration Report, “are mainly in high value-added and high productivity activities that are essential in the global knowledge society.”15 In skilled migration programs, admission is often linked to employment conditions.

While business interests have long been a constituency pushing for fewer restrictions on cross-border movement, their arguments have become increasingly influential. The result has been a progressive (and selective) dismantling of barriers to skilled migration, a trend that will continue in the coming decades. Leading corporations and businesses are increasingly competing for talent at a global level. They testify that it is more difficult to attract employees in a knowledge economy, especially when jobs involve working across borders and cultures. A report by KPMG, a management consulting group, notes: As corporations expand and join the globalized economy, the demand for talent has never been greater. This factor, combined with declining fertility rates and an increasing demand for talent within developing countries, has led to the so-called “labour crunch” where competition for skilled labour is intense.100 The “war for talent” means that businesses are often looking for people with cross-cultural skills and perspectives and the education to thrive in an information-driven environment.

“Immigrants in the United States 2007: A Profile of America's Foreign-Born Population,” Center for Immigration Studies Backgrounder, November 2007. 161. Camarota, 2007 162. Quoted in Castles and Miller, 2009: 235. 163. Castles and Miller, 2009: 237. 164. OECD, 2007: 76. 165. Ibid.: 76. 166. Jeffrey G. Reitz. 2005. “Tapping Immigrants' Skills: New Directions for Canadian Immigration Policy in the Knowledge Economy,” IRPP Choices 11(1): 3. 167. Reitz, 2005: 3. 168. Aaditya Mattoo, Ileana Cristina Neagu, and Çalar Özden. 2005. “Brain Waste? Educated Immigrants in the U.S. Labor Market,” World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 3581. 169. The Observer. 2010. “A Portrait of the New UK Migrant,” 17 January 2010, pp. 16–17. 170. Financial Times. 2009b. “Downturn Deals Blow to US Migrants,” 18 November 2009, p. 10. 171.

 

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Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era by Tony Wagner, Ted Dintersmith

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affirmative action, Airbnb, Albert Einstein, Bernie Sanders, Clayton Christensen, David Brooks, en.wikipedia.org, Frederick Winslow Taylor, future of work, immigration reform, income inequality, index card, Jeff Bezos, jimmy wales, Khan Academy, Kickstarter, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, low skilled workers, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, means of production, new economy, pattern recognition, Paul Graham, Peter Thiel, Ponzi scheme, pre–internet, school choice, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steven Pinker, TaskRabbit, the scientific method, unpaid internship, Y Combinator

Over the course of the twentieth century, that goal has been somewhat modified with the expectation that public schools, and not just private schools, should prepare more students for white-collar professions and for the “knowledge economy.” A college education was assumed to be required for both. But, as we will see, the nature of the education that students receive in many colleges today does nothing whatsoever to prepare them for the innovation economy that has emerged in the last two decades. Today’s world is different. Routine tasks are being automated. Content is ubiquitous. Even many of the tasks required in a knowledge economy—collection, transmission, and processing of information—are increasingly handled by computers. White-collar professions are being profoundly disrupted. Take law, for example. It used to be one of those professions that many parents wished for their children, white collar—a safe bet.

See purpose of education riding a bicycle example and, 31 test prep as focus and problem in, 85–86 variations and similarities in, 84 Karabel, Jerome, 173 Kay, Ken, 249, 260 Kearns, David, 224, 225 Keeling, Richard, 149 Kennedy, Ted, 26 Khan, Sal, 193–94, 199 Khan Academy, 98, 193, 194 kindergarten conflicting goals in, 37–39 See also K-12 education King, Martin Luther, 121 KIPP network of charter schools, 57, 122, 249, 252 Klein, Joel, 227 knowledge economy (knowledge workers) educational methods for, 25–26, 27 purpose of education and, 43 Koru, 237–38 Krueger, Alan, 176 Labaree, David, 161–62 laboratory schools, 233 LaMontagne, Juliette, 239 language arts courses. See English language courses Latin grammar school model, 24 Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, 41, 199 Leader’s Guide to 21st Century Education, The (Kay and Greenhill), 260 learning apprenticeship model of, 21, 22–24 college education and, 154–58 hands-on, learning-by-doing approach in, 32, 33, 34 riding a bicycle example in, 28–32 standardized assessment of, 32 See also educational methods learning-by-doing, hands-on approach, 21, 22–24, 33, 34, 244–45 lecture model, 191, 193–94, 195 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (King), 121 Levin, Dave, 252–53 Levine, Arthur, 174 LinkedIn, 14, 237 Littky, Dennis, 247 Lockhart, Paul, 101–02 Losing Ourselves (documentary film), 47 Lumina Foundation, 164, 165 Maggiano, Ron, 218 MakerLab, 246 Malcolm X Shabazz High School, Newark, New Jersey, 49, 249–51 Mann, Horace, 24–25, 170 Massachusetts, early public education in, 24 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 161, 167, 192, 193, 195, 196, 236, 238–39, 246, 254, 255, 256 math courses, 88–102, 145 adult use of skills learned in, 93 areas taught in, 88–89 college admissions and, 96–98 college teaching of, 93 computer applications for, 93–94 creative problem-solving in, 94 financial literacy and, 71–72, 88 fun of math, 102–03 importance of, 87 NBA Math Hoops game for developing, 45 proposed reimagining of curriculum in, 98–100 skills taught in, 90–91 slide-rule use in, 90–92 standardized tests on, 92–93, 94–95 20th-century model of, 89–90 21st-century model of, 101 Mathematician’s Lament, A (Lockhart), 101–02 Mattingly, Kevin, 199 Mazur, Eric, 129–31, 132, 194–95, 199, 200–02, 203, 216–17 McDaniel, Mark, 198 McKinsey, 189 Media Lab, MIT, 192, 193, 238–39, 254 Meier, Deborah, 73, 139, 247 memorization approach.

 

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Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason

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In addition to utility for the user of a telephone and revenue for the owner, he noticed a third thing: the more people join the network, the more useful it becomes to everybody. The problem comes when you try to measure and capture that third thing. Robert Metcalfe, the inventor of the Ethernet switch, claimed in 1980 that a network’s value is ‘the number of users squared’. So while the cost of building a network rises in a straight line, its value rises in an exponential curve.38 By implication the art of doing business in a knowledge economy is to capture everything between the straight line and the rising curve. But how do we measure value? In terms of money saved, revenue earned or profits accrued? In 2013, the OECD’s economists agreed that it could not be captured by traditional market metrics. ‘While the Internet’s impact on market transactions and value added has been undoubtedly far-reaching,’ they wrote, ‘its effect on non-market interactions … is even more profound.’39 Economists have tended to ignore non-market interactions: they are, by definition, non-economic – as insignificant as a smile passed between two customers in the Starbucks queue.

The great technological advance of the early twenty-first century consists not of new objects but of old ones made intelligent. The knowledge content of products is becoming more valuable than the physical elements used to produce them. In the 1990s, as the impact of info-tech began to be understood, people from several disciplines had the same thought at once: capitalism is becoming qualitatively different. Buzz phrases appeared: the knowledge economy, the information society, cognitive capitalism. The assumption was that info-capitalism and the free-market model worked in tandem; one produced and reinforced the other. To some the change looked big enough to conclude it was as important as the move from merchant capitalism to industrial capitalism in the eighteenth century. But just as economists got busy explaining how this ‘third kind of capitalism’ works, they ran into a problem: it doesn’t.

It’s not popular because it’s not very useful for calculating and predicting movements within a functioning and stable market system. But faced with the rise of info-capitalism, which is corroding price mechanisms, ownership and the connection between work and wages, the labour-theory is the only explanation that does not collapse. It is the only theory that allows us to properly model where value is created in a knowledge economy, and where it ends up. The labour-theory tells us how to measure value in an economy where machines can be built for free and last for ever. WORK IS THE SOURCE OF VALUE Amid the empty shops in the run-down high street of Kirkcaldy, Scotland, there is a branch of Gregg’s. Gregg’s sells high-fat food at low prices and is one of the few places busy at lunchtime. A glance at Scotland’s poverty map gives the context: the town is dotted with areas of extreme deprivation and ill health.1 On the wall outside Gregg’s is a plaque marking the house where Adam Smith wrote The Wealth of Nations.

 

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Losing Control: The Emerging Threats to Western Prosperity by Stephen D. King

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And there are those who embrace the supposed benefits of the post-industrial ‘knowledge economy’. For example, in The Writing on the Wall Will Hutton says: Soft knowledge is becoming as crucial as hard knowledge in the chain of creating value. By hard knowledge I mean the specific scientific, technological and skill inputs into a particular good or service … soft knowledge refers to the bundle of less tangible production inputs involving leadership, communication, emotional intelligence, the disposition to innovate and the creation of social capital that harnesses hard knowledge and permits its effective embodiment in goods and services and – crucially – its customization. Their interaction and combination is the heart of the knowledge economy. There is something rather theological about this approach, in part because it is so intangible.

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The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross

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To this end, the core question for China’s future is whether its model of relative economic openness but tight political control can foster real innovation. Thus far, it seems that its knowledge economy has been hampered. For example, China’s successes in the Internet economy have all come from either building Chinese versions of technologies previously invented in the United States or Canada (and often stealing the intellectual property to do it) or from providing low-cost manufacturing to build the hardware for non-Chinese companies. But while the control-freak impulse from Beijing has hindered the development of China’s knowledge economy, it hasn’t killed off the spirit of Chinese innovation. Jack Dorsey senses a level of vibrancy coming from China’s entrepreneurs. He told me, “The people working at the companies have a feeling like they can create anything and really take on the world.

As globalization and innovation challenged the lifestyles of many of those living in industrial cities and states in the West, it bolstered the economic growth of up-and-coming nations. Beyond developing nations, individuals and states all over the world that took advantage of the wave of technological innovation flourished. Our most valued commodities have gone from salt and sugar to chemicals and fuels to data and services. The regions that provide those now lead the global knowledge economy. Twenty-five hundred miles from Charleston, West Virginia, several trillion dollars of wealth was generated in Silicon Valley in addition to products that fundamentally changed the way everyone reading this book lives. THE INDUSTRIES OF THE FUTURE The book I know my parents or grandparents wish they had read in the 1960s would have described what globalization was going to do to the world.

 

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The Post-American World: Release 2.0 by Fareed Zakaria

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affirmative action, agricultural Revolution, airport security, anti-communist, Asian financial crisis, battle of ideas, Berlin Wall, Bretton Woods, BRICs, British Empire, call centre, capital controls, central bank independence, centre right, collapse of Lehman Brothers, conceptual framework, Credit Default Swap, currency manipulation / currency intervention, delayed gratification, Deng Xiaoping, double entry bookkeeping, failed state, Fall of the Berlin Wall, financial innovation, global reserve currency, global supply chain, illegal immigration, interest rate derivative, knowledge economy, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Wolf, mutually assured destruction, new economy, oil shock, open economy, out of africa, postindustrial economy, purchasing power parity, race to the bottom, reserve currency, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, South China Sea, Steven Pinker, The Great Moderation, Thomas L Friedman, Thomas Malthus, trade route, Washington Consensus, working-age population, young professional

The difference between average science scores in poor and wealthy school districts within the United States, for instance, is four to five times greater than the difference between the U.S. and Singaporean national averages. In other words, America is a large and diverse country with a real inequality problem. This will, over time, translate into a competitiveness problem, because if we cannot educate and train a third of the working population to compete in a knowledge economy, it will drag down the country. But we do know what works. The large cohort of students in the top fifth of American schools rank along with the world’s best. They work hard and have a highly scheduled academic and extracurricular life, as anyone who has recently been to an Ivy League campus can attest. I went to elementary, middle, and high school in Mumbai, at an excellent institution, the Cathedral and John Connon School.

Whatever the savings rate, it has fallen fast over the past two decades, though a new recession-driven thriftiness has raised it to about 5 percent in the last two years. By all calculations, Medicare threatens to blow up the federal budget. The swing from the surpluses of 2000 to the deficits of today has serious implications. For most families, moreover, incomes are flat or rising very slowly. Growing inequality is the signature feature of the new era fueled by a triple force—the knowledge economy, information technology, and globalization. Perhaps most worryingly, Americans are borrowing 80 percent of the world’s surplus savings and using it for consumption. In other words, we are selling off our assets to foreigners to buy a couple more lattes a day. These problems have accumulated at a bad time because, for all its strengths, the American economy now faces some of its strongest challenges in history.

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172, 180–81, 213, 241, 263, 272, 276, 278 Islamic fundamentalism, 10–17, 75, 89, 172, 241, 263, 271, 272, 278 Israel, 6, 96, 168, 246, 260, 269, 274, 284 Italy, 24, 97, 148, 182, 195 It’s a Wonderful Life, 85 “Ivory Tower” nations, 201 Jakarta, 17 James, Lawrence, 189 Japan, 26, 282 Buddhism in, 171 China compared with, 104–5 Chinese relations of, 101, 120, 134–35, 143 culture of, 87, 89, 91–92, 98, 99, 122, 212 democracy in, 114, 116 economy of, 20, 22, 23, 28, 36–37, 38, 40, 86, 104–5, 118, 120, 233, 245 education in, 207–8, 209, 210, 211–12 family values in, 92, 93 fertility rate of, 214 Japan (continued) foreign aid by, 135 foreign trade of, 77, 81–82 global influence of, 22, 35, 37, 38, 40, 53, 118, 120, 121, 176, 233, 256 gross domestic product (GDP) of, 207–8 Imperial, 36–37, 38, 84, 134–35, 196 manufacturing sector of, 28 Meiji Reformation in, 84 military forces of, 134 population of, 51, 214 savings rate of, 104 technology sector of, 87, 201, 207–8, 233 trade balance of, 104 U.S. relations with, 245, 266 Western influence in, 81–82, 84, 98, 99 Jemaah Islamiah, 11 Jiang Zemin, 134 jihad, 10–17 Muslim views on, 14–15 Joffe, Josef, 53, 251, 266 Jones, Benjamin, 214–15 Jordan, 8, 14 Judaism, 11, 122, 172 Kagan, Robert, 253 Kant, Immanuel, 123 Karnataka, 180 Kennedy, Paul, 74, 193 Kent, Muhtar, 58, 236–37 Kenya, 4, 41 Keynes, John Maynard, 196–97 kimonos, 88 Kissinger, Henry, 245, 265 Kitchener, H. H., 189 knowledge economy, 219 Kohl, Helmut, 245 Korean War, 20 Kosovo, 35, 245, 272 Kotak, Uday, 153 Kreuz-Zeitung, 188 Krishnadevaraya, 67 Kursk, Battle of, 37 Kyoto accords (1997), 34, 40 Kyrgyz Republic, 54 labor market, 27–28, 69, 151, 202, 206, 225–26, 228–29 labor-saving devices, 71–72 labor unions, 158, 212 Landes, David, 73 Las Vegas, 3 Latin America, 6, 19, 31, 40, 90, 95, 245 Latin language, 92 law: common, 81 contract, 125–26, 150 divine, 123 Islamic, 16 natural, 123–24 rule of, 114, 125–26, 150, 157, 225 Laxman, R.

 

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Imagining India by Nandan Nilekani

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affirmative action, BRICs, British Empire, business process, business process outsourcing, call centre, clean water, colonial rule, corporate governance, cuban missile crisis, deindustrialization, demographic dividend, demographic transition, Deng Xiaoping, distributed generation, farmers can use mobile phones to check market prices, full employment, ghettoisation, glass ceiling, global supply chain, Hernando de Soto, income inequality, informal economy, joint-stock company, knowledge economy, labour market flexibility, land reform, LNG terminal, load shedding, Mahatma Gandhi, market fragmentation, Mikhail Gorbachev, Network effects, new economy, New Urbanism, open economy, pension reform, Potemkin village, price mechanism, race to the bottom, rent control, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, school vouchers, Silicon Valley, smart grid, special economic zone, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas L Friedman, Thomas Malthus, transaction costs, trickle-down economics, unemployed young men, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban renewal, women in the workforce, working poor, working-age population

The impact of our changing demographics will be a cycle in either effectiveness or disaster—harnessing it for growth will minimize our divides and dampen the demand for community-based benefits. But if we fail, our demographic curve will become a line to a powder keg. “People, people, people”: Our changing impressions Looking back, the common man and woman have been bit players in our histories, their role determined by statistics and crowds. It is only recently, particularly since the 1970s, with the rise of labor productivity and the knowledge economy, that the political power of people has been accompanied with greater economic power. This shift in power has been especially significant in India. For a long time, governments regarded the country’s population as its great liability. Vastly poor and illiterate, India’s people were “the great unwashed,” a burden not just for the country but also a worry for the rest of the world. Today, however, India’s growth is credited to its strength in human capital, and the rise of IT in India, for instance, is seen in terms of “Indian talent,”30 as entrepreneurs and workers overcame the barriers that existed in the 1990s to drive growth.

“There is a lot of change,” he says, “but I wonder if there is enough of it. India has a lot of ground to cover on education, and very little time.” I am familiar with this tone of wary optimism—I have caught it often in the remarks of NGO workers and the bureaucrats working with India’s schools. Despite some signs of progress, our dilemmas in school education are very real; they are the small print that accompanies India’s rise as a knowledge economy. We have some pretty shocking statistics when it comes to education: India produces the second largest number of engineers in the world every year, as well as the largest number of school dropouts. Even as India is building a name for itself in intellectual capital, a third of its population remains illiterate. Across cities, some of the best-equipped schools—with swimming pools and air-conditioned tennis courts—and the worst, lacking even a blackboard, exist across the street from one another.

Politicians who oppose the unshackling of the labor market, and even favor new constraints, have often referred to India’s workers as the “toiling masses,” a homogeneous, beaten-down group who need the enveloping arms of the state. In this version of events, labor is a passive force that survives only thanks to the aggressive intervention of labor regulations. But this is no longer true. The idea of “mass,” easily replaceable labor has foundered on the rock of India’s rising knowledge economy. India’s growth has also given labor new power and employment opportunities. At Infosys, we have our share of employees who come from financially constrained backgrounds—Prasad, the son of a rickshaw puller, and Fatima Bibi Sheik, a young girl whose husband, a street pani puri vendor, supported her education and put her through college. In India’s present investment-friendly, high-growth market, such opportunities for financial mobility and an entry into the middle class have the potential to multiply and explode for our workers.

 

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Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America by Tamara Draut

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And like the small army that cared for my dad, the wages range from poverty-level to solidly middle class.1 The need for legions of health-care workers, still mostly women but with a modest and growing percentage of men, will continue to swell as the baby boomers grow old and frail. In fact, it will be the low-paid health-service jobs that will increase the most as more baby boomers retire. This bargain-basement economy will grow the most for the foreseeable future—not the much-touted knowledge economy. Topping the list of occupations that will add the most jobs to our economy are retail salespeople, child-care workers, food preparers and cooks, janitors, bookkeepers, maids, and truck drivers. Of the thirty occupations that will add the most jobs in the coming decade, half pay less than $30,000 a year.2 This is the heart of America’s working class today. And it will be even more so tomorrow.

Many of these jobs exist at the bottom of a long line of contracts and subcontracts, or are staffed by temp agencies, or are part of a franchise system—all forms of hiring that no longer align with existing labor laws written almost a century ago, making them vulnerable to wage theft and unsafe working conditions. These jobs are the giant amoeba of the American labor market, swallowing and engulfing more and more of our workers in a huge blob of low-paying work. This reality is not reflected in TED talks, swanky ideas summits, or other intellectually elite venues where rumination about the knowledge economy, entrepreneurship, and creative destruction are de rigueur. But make no mistake, it is the economy of our present and our future. Table 1. The Largest Jobs in the Bargain-Basement Economy (2012) Source: U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Table 1.4, Occupations with the Most Job Growth, 2012 and Projected 2022, at http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_104.htm and Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/.

 

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Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations (TED Books) by Dan Ariely

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3D printing, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, David Brooks, en.wikipedia.org, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, science of happiness, Snapchat, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

At the same time, as our research has shown, getting people to care deeply about their jobs, by adding meaning, personal investment, and connection, can create substantial benefits for both employees and employers. Work quality, morale, and productivity all improve. While both perspectives contain important truths, I believe that in an increasingly knowledge-based economy, it’s becoming increasingly important to design organizations along Marx’s point of view. In the knowledge economy, the workplace relies heavily on trust, engagement, and goodwill—and as the autonomy of each person in the organization increases, so does the importance of making everyone feel deeply connected to the enterprise. Reflecting on my relationship with Duke University, I think of myself as someone who benefits from a win-win relationship. My work as a university professor and researcher is my job, but it is also my hobby and, to a large degree, my identity and my life.

 

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The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention by William Rosen

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Albert Einstein, All science is either physics or stamp collecting, barriers to entry, collective bargaining, computer age, Copley Medal, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, decarbonisation, delayed gratification, Fellow of the Royal Society, Flynn Effect, fudge factor, full employment, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, Islamic Golden Age, iterative process, Jacquard loom, James Hargreaves, James Watt: steam engine, John Harrison: Longitude, Joseph Schumpeter, Joseph-Marie Jacquard, knowledge economy, moral hazard, Network effects, Peace of Westphalia, Peter Singer: altruism, QWERTY keyboard, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rent-seeking, Ronald Coase, Simon Kuznets, spinning jenny, the scientific method, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, transaction costs, transcontinental railway, éminence grise

One of those costs, in the early decades of the eighteenth century, was incurred due to the fact that an awful lot of the newest bits of useful knowledge were hard to compare, one with the other, because they described the same phenomenon using different words (and different symbols). As the metaphorical shelves of the knowledge market filled with innovations, buyers demanded that they be comparable, which led directly to standardization of everything from mathematical notation to temperature scales. In this way, the Industrial Enlightenment’s knowledge economy lowered the barriers to communication between the creators of theoretical models and masters of prescriptive knowledge, for which the classic example is Robert Hooke’s 1703 letter to Thomas Newcomen advising him to drive his piston by means of vacuum alone. The dominoes look something like this: A new enthusiasm for creating knowledge led to the public sharing of experimental methods and results; demand for those results built a network of communication channels among theoretical scientists; those channels eventually carried not just theoretical results but their real-world applications, which spread into the coffeehouses and inns where artisans could purchase access to the new knowledge.

This was one of the many areas that attracted the attention of the Austrian American economist Fritz Machlup, who, forty years ago, approached the question in a slightly different way: Is it possible to expand the inventive work force? Can labor be diverted into the business of invention? Can an educational or training system emphasize invention? Machlup—who first popularized the idea of a “knowledge economy”—spent decades collecting data on innovation in everything from advertising to typewriter manufacture—by one estimate, on nearly a third of the entire U.S. economy—and concluded with suggesting the counterintuitive possibility that higher rates of compensation actually lower the quality of labor. Machlup argued that the person who prefers to do something other than inventing and does so only under the seductive lure of more money is likely to be less gifted than one who doesn’t.

., Technology in Western Civilization. 17 His greatest contribution to metallurgical history Cyril Stanley Smith, “Metallurgy in the 17th and 18th Centuries,” in Kranzberg and Pursell, eds., Technology in Western Civilization. 18 After nearly ten years of secret experiments “Benjamin Huntsman” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 19 His furnaces could be made Smith, “Metallurgy in the 17th and 18th Centuries,” in Kranzberg and Pursell, eds., Technology in Western Civilization. 20 He departed from the norm Joel Mokyr, The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002). 21 in 1750, when Britain consumed Pacey, Maze of Ingenuity. 22 “the father of the iron trade” The Times, editorial, July 29, 1856. 23 a relatively pure form of wrought iron From Dr. Joseph Gross’s description of Wood’s process in Puddling in the Iron Works of Merthyr Tydfil, quoted at http://www.henrycort.net. 24 “The puddlers were the artistocracy” Postan and Habakkuk, The Cambridge Economic History of Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966). 25 “a peculiar method of preparing” R.

 

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The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts by Richard Susskind, Daniel Susskind

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The acquisition of knowledge through education and training has always been a priority, and professionals distinguish themselves by being more knowledgeable than their colleagues. However, when professionals are told—by academics and consultants, for example—that they are in the ‘knowledge business’, somehow this terminology does not resonate. Similarly, when professionals are informed that they are central to the so-called ‘knowledge economy’, they are rarely moved. A simple distinction is also often ignored in thinking about the ‘knowledge economy’—between industries, on the one hand, that have come to depend deeply on knowledge and those, on the other, whose very purpose is to provide knowledge itself. In the former camp, for instance, fall the manufacturing and retail sectors, whose operating models have been enhanced through the development and application of innovative ideas, fresh thinking, new working practices, imaginative use of technology, and more systematic management.

It does not matter that liberating expertise is less profitable, the argument goes, because people are not always motivated by financial gain. Very often they are driven some by other, non-financial motivation—they want to make better legal guidance and medical advice available because, for example, it is intrinsically good to do so. Yochai Benkler explores this phenomenon in detail in his book The Penguin and the Leviathan. And he is infused with optimism: For the commons has finally come into its own. Because in today’s knowledge economy, the most valuable resources—information and knowledge—are themselves a public good, and the best way to develop and maximise this good is through millions of networked people pooling that knowledge and working together to create new products, ideas, and solutions.39 And again: Once you open up the possibility that people are not only using the Web as a platform to produce their own individual content, but also to pool their efforts, knowledge and resources without expecting any sort of payment or compensation, the possibilities for what they can create are astounding.40 This evidence goes some way to addressing the ‘free-rider’ problem.

 

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Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles by Ruchir Sharma

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3D printing, affirmative action, Albert Einstein, American energy revolution, anti-communist, Asian financial crisis, banking crisis, Berlin Wall, BRICs, British Empire, business climate, business process, business process outsourcing, call centre, capital controls, Carmen Reinhart, central bank independence, centre right, cloud computing, collective bargaining, colonial rule, corporate governance, crony capitalism, deindustrialization, demographic dividend, Deng Xiaoping, eurozone crisis, Gini coefficient, global supply chain, housing crisis, income inequality, indoor plumbing, inflation targeting, informal economy, Kenneth Rogoff, knowledge economy, labor-force participation, labour market flexibility, land reform, M-Pesa, Mahatma Gandhi, market bubble, megacity, Mexican peso crisis / tequila crisis, new economy, oil shale / tar sands, oil shock, open economy, Peter Thiel, planetary scale, quantitative easing, reserve currency, Robert Gordon, Shenzhen was a fishing village, Silicon Valley, software is eating the world, sovereign wealth fund, The Great Moderation, Thomas L Friedman, trade liberalization, Watson beat the top human players on Jeopardy!, working-age population

The dotcom sensation broke the bounds of the financial world and seized the popular imagination, attracting thrilled media hype around the world and enticing cubicle jockeys to become day traders. There was the dream of great riches, yes, but also a boundless optimism and faith in human progress, a sense that the innovations flowing out of Silicon Valley would soon reshape the world for the better. Tech CEOs became rock stars because they promised a life of rising productivity, falling prices, and high salaries for generating ideas in the hip office pods of the knowledge economy, or for trading tech stocks from a laptop in the living room. It was impossible in those days to get investors interested in anything that did not involve technology and the United States, so some of us started talking up emerging markets as “e-merging markets,” while analysts spent a lot of time searching for the new Silicon Valley, which they dutifully but often implausibly discovered hiding in loft offices everywhere from Prague to Kuala Lumpur.

More capital could also then flow to the productive parts of the global economy, and I would not be surprised if U.S. technology again becomes the mania of the coming decade—mirroring the nineteenth century, when the United States saw two railroad booms in the space of three decades. In the 1980s and 1990s, the United States cut way back on investment in roads and buildings—exactly the investments that were taking off in China—and moved to embrace its new role as the premier knowledge economy. The state of American roads is now seen as a national scandal, but much less attention is paid to the upside: spending on software and equipment more than doubled in the period between 1980 and 2000, unleashing a productivity boom that drove the strong U.S. recovery through the 1990s. U.S. strength in technology looks overwhelming in comparison with even the fastest-rising emerging markets, and in comparison with Japan and Taiwan, nations that also spend heavily on tech research and development but generate a lot less growth out of it.

To a degree that is unmatched outside small nations such as Finland, the U.S. economy is built to innovate: there are whole industries dedicated to refining the next wrinkle in innovation—the latest are open innovation (basically using open-source software systems on the Linux model) and light innovation (optimizing the use of cheap new software sources like the Amazon cloud for business). So American innovation is no accident. As Albert Einstein said, “Innovation is not the product of logical thought, although the result is tied to logical structure.” The United States is strong across the board in technology, but it’s really in the field of software—the ideas that drive the emerging knowledge economy—that the system produces its greatest advantages and generates the most wealth. While Apple employs fifty thousand people and has a market capitalization that has risen fivefold over the last five years, the Taiwan companies that make gadgets for Apple employ millions but have seen their stock prices stagnate for lack of pricing power. The hardware is easy to replicate, which in turn cuts profit margins, while the software is highly profitable so long as it continues to evolve.

 

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MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World by Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams

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accounting loophole / creative accounting, airport security, Andrew Keen, augmented reality, Ayatollah Khomeini, barriers to entry, bioinformatics, Bretton Woods, business climate, business process, car-free, carbon footprint, citizen journalism, Clayton Christensen, clean water, Climategate, Climatic Research Unit, cloud computing, collaborative editing, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collateralized debt obligation, colonial rule, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, crowdsourcing, death of newspapers, demographic transition, distributed generation, don't be evil, en.wikipedia.org, energy security, energy transition, Exxon Valdez, failed state, fault tolerance, financial innovation, Galaxy Zoo, game design, global village, Google Earth, Hans Rosling, hive mind, Home mortgage interest deduction, interchangeable parts, Internet of things, invention of movable type, Isaac Newton, James Watt: steam engine, Jaron Lanier, jimmy wales, Joseph Schumpeter, Julian Assange, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, Marshall McLuhan, medical bankruptcy, megacity, mortgage tax deduction, Netflix Prize, new economy, Nicholas Carr, oil shock, online collectivism, open borders, open economy, pattern recognition, peer-to-peer lending, personalized medicine, Ray Kurzweil, RFID, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, scientific mainstream, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Skype, smart grid, smart meter, social graph, social web, software patent, Steve Jobs, text mining, the scientific method, The Wisdom of Crowds, transaction costs, transfer pricing, University of East Anglia, urban sprawl, value at risk, WikiLeaks, X Prize, young professional, Zipcar

New hot spots for innovation are increasingly flourishing outside of the traditional sphere of VC operations rooted in established innovation centers like Boston, New York, and Silicon Valley, causing VCs to expand their circles. Yet many VCs won’t even look at a business plan, let alone hear a pitch, from someone who doesn’t come highly referred. The theory is that if a VC relies on a trusted network of contacts s/he can effectively lessen the number of crappy ideas that s/he has to sift through to find a golden nugget. But in today’s global knowledge economy, the next Facebook, Google, or Tesla Motors is as likely to be born in Tel Aviv as it is to be born in Silicon Valley, as likely in Bangalore as in Boston. And while the “old boys’ network” is good if you are an old boy, it’s not so good if you are a young woman from Brazil with a billion-dollar business innovation. Unfortunately, an unfavorable economic climate has prevented many VCs from exploring new opportunities.

The cost of building new continuing education programs from scratch could be prohibitively high, but new models of collaborative education can help bring greater efficiency and creativity to the efforts to help graduating students and aging employees update their skills.23 Indeed, why not allow companies and governments to participate in this global network for higher learning too? Fees collected from commercial users could be used to subsidize ongoing development of the platform. TIME FOR REINVENTION OR ATROPHY? The combination of the new Web, the new generation of learners, the demands of the global knowledge economy, and shock of the economic crisis is creating a perfect storm for the universities, and the storm warnings of change are everywhere. In 1997, none other than Peter Drucker predicted that big universities would be “relics” within thirty years.24 Today, Drucker’s seemingly hyperbolic and apocryphal predictions seem less shrill and even prescient. Some universities and some faculty are more vulnerable than others.

In a typical funding scenario, government agencies put out an RFP (request for proposals) and scientists compete rather than collaborate to win it. They typically go off to do their research privately, and when it’s done they report the results back to their funders, who eventually publish it for others. It’s closed. It’s anticollaborative. And it’s antithetical to the demands of the global knowledge economy. Rather than turn inward, or focus narrowly on national goals, funding bodies should open up and create a truly open market for science funding—one that rewards only the most qualified candidates and doesn’t pay heed to passports, seniority, or star status. Sure, this arguably undermines one of the key reasons why many funding bodies exist: to promote national science objectives and national research institutions.

 

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Free culture: how big media uses technology and the law to lock down culture and control creativity by Lawrence Lessig

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Brewster Kahle, Cass Sunstein, future of journalism, George Akerlof, Innovator's Dilemma, Internet Archive, invention of the printing press, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, Louis Daguerre, new economy, prediction markets, prisoner's dilemma, profit motive, rent-seeking, Richard Florida, Richard Stallman, Ronald Coase, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, software patent, transaction costs

"The threat of piracy—the use of someone else's creative work without permission or compensation—has grown with the Internet." [70] See IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), The Recording Industry Commercial Piracy Report 2003, July 2003, available at link #14. See also Ben Hunt, "Companies Warned on Music Piracy Risk," Financial Times, 14 February 2003, 11. [71] See Peter Drahos with John Braithwaite, Information Feudalism: Who Owns the Knowledge Economy? (New York: The New Press, 2003), 10¬13, 209. The Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement obligates member nations to create administrative and enforcement mechanisms for intellectual property rights, a costly proposition for developing countries. Additionally, patent rights may lead to higher prices for staple industries such as agriculture. Critics of TRIPS question the disparity between burdens imposed upon developing countries and benefits conferred to industrialized nations.

[195] Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, "Final Report: Integrating Intellectual Property Rights and Development Policy" (London, 2002), available at link #55. According to a World Health Organization press release issued 9 July 2002, only 230,000 of the 6 million who need drugs in the developing world receive them—and half of them are in Brazil. [196] See Peter Drahos with John Braithwaite, Information Feudalism: Who Owns the Knowledge Economy? (New York: The New Press, 2003), 37. [197] International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI), Patent Protection and Access to HIV/AIDS Pharmaceuticals in Sub-Saharan Africa, a Report Prepared for the World Intellectual Property Organization (Washington, D.C., 2000), 14, available at link #56. For a firsthand account of the struggle over South Africa, see Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources, House Committee on Government Reform, H.

 

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The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain? by Polly Toynbee, David Walker

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banking crisis, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, call centre, central bank independence, congestion charging, Corn Laws, Credit Default Swap, decarbonisation, deglobalization, deindustrialization, Etonian, failed state, first-past-the-post, Frank Gehry, gender pay gap, Gini coefficient, high net worth, hiring and firing, illegal immigration, income inequality, knowledge economy, labour market flexibility, market bubble, millennium bug, North Sea oil, Northern Rock, offshore financial centre, pension reform, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, profit maximization, purchasing power parity, shareholder value, Skype, smart meter, stem cell, The Spirit Level, too big to fail, University of East Anglia, working-age population, Y2K

But it was also typical of the times that the in-phrase became ‘cultural and creative industries’: the arts to become money-spinners, culture and commerce combining in mystical union. Indeed, by 2009 the culture industries made up 8 per cent of GDP – a considerable contribution and significantly around the same amount as the City and financial services, including all high street banking and insurance. Another catchphrase was knowledge economy – trying to capture the commercial importance of ideas and experiences that were also significant in themselves. Labour had the glimmerings of a vision of Britain, open, innovative, arty, keen on the pursuit of knowledge and endowed by public money – and very cheap at the price. Labour bequeathed something much richer than they inherited, but had not painted a national transfiguration. The clubber’s verdict Policy, politics and pogoing – until the recession and beyond, clubbers kept on dancing without a thought about Labour, Westminster, wars or welfare.

., 1 Gallagher, Liam, 1 Gallagher, Noel, 1 gambling, 1 gangmasters, 1, 2 gas, 1 Gates, Bill, 1 Gateshead, 1 Gaza, 1 GCHQ, 1 GCSEs, 1, 2, 3, 4 Gehry, Frank, 1 Geldof, Bob, 1 gender reassignment, 1 General Teaching Council, 1 genetically modified crops, 1 Germany, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 economy and business, 1, 2, 3, 4 and education, 1, 2 and health, 1, 2 Ghana, 1 Ghandi’s curry house, 1 Ghent, 1 Gladstone, William Ewart, 1, 2 Glaister, Professor Stephen, 1 Glasgow, 1, 2, 3, 4 Gleneagles summit, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 globalization, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and crime, 1 and foreign policy, 1, 2, 3 and inequality, 1 and migration, 1, 2 Gloucester, 1 Goldacre, Ben, 1 Good Friday agreement, 1 Goodwin, Sir Fred, 1 Goody, Jade, 1 Gormley, Antony, 1 Gould, Philip, 1 grandparents, and childcare, 1 Gray, Simon, 1 Great Yarmouth, 1 Greater London Authority, 1, 2 Greater London Council, 1 green spaces, 1 Greenberg, Stan, 1 Greengrass, Paul, 1 Greenspan, Alan, 1, 2 Greenwich, 1 Gregg, Paul, 1 Guardian, 1, 2, 3 Guizot, François, 1 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, 1 Gummer, John, 1 Gurkhas, 1 Guthrie of Craigiebank, Lord, 1 Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital, 1 habeas corpus, suspension of, 1 Hacienda Club, 1 Hackney, 1 Hale, Baroness Brenda, 1 Hallé Orchestra, 1 Ham, Professor Chris, 1 Hamilton, Lewis, 1 Hammersmith Hospital, 1 Hammond, Richard, 1 Hardie, Keir, 1 Hardy, Thea, 1 Haringey, 1, 2 Harman, Harriet, 1 Harris of Peckham, Lord, 1 Harrison, PC Dawn, 1, 2 Harrow School, 1 Hartlepool, 1, 2 Hastings, 1, 2 Hatfield rail crash, 1 Hatt family, 1, 2, 3, 4 health, 1 and private sector, 1, 2 and social class, 1 spending on, 1, 2 Health Action Zones, 1 Health and Safety Executive, 1 Heathcote, Paul, 1 Heathrow airport, 1, 2, 3, 4 Hellawell, Keith, 1 Hennessy, Professor Peter, 1 Henry, Donna Charmaine, 1, 2, 3 heroin, 1 Hewitt, Patricia, 1, 2 Higgs, Sir Derek, 1 Hills, Professor John, 1, 2, 3 Hirst, Damien, 1 HMRC, 1, 2, 3 Hogg, John, 1, 2, 3 Hoggart, Richard, 1 Holly, Graham, 1 homelessness, 1, 2 Homerton Hospital, 1 homosexuality, 1, 2, 3 ‘honour’ killings, 1 Hoon, Geoff, 1 hospital-acquired infections, 1 hospitals and clinics, 1, 2, 3, 4 A&E units, 1, 2 closures, 1, 2, 3 foundation trusts, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and PFI, 1 House of Commons reforms, 1, 2 House of Lords reforms, 1, 2, 3, 4 housing market, 1, 2, 3 housing policies, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Howe, Elspeth, 1 Hoxton, 1 Huddersfield, 1 Hudson, Joseph, 1 Hull, 1, 2, 3 Human Rights Act, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Humber Bridge, 1 hunting ban, 1 Hussein, Saddam, 1, 2, 3, 4 Hutton, John, 1 Hutton, Will, 1, 2 identity cards, 1, 2 If (Kipling), 1 Imperial War Museum North, 1 income inequalities, 1, 2, 3 gender pay gap, 1, 2 and high earners, 1 and social class, 1 Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), 1 Independent Safeguarding Authority, 1 independent-sector treatment centres (ISTCs), 1 Index of Multiple Deprivation, 1 India, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 individual learning accounts, 1 inflation, 1 and housing market, 1, 2 International Criminal Court, 1 International Monetary Fund (IMF), 1, 2, 3 internet, 1, 2, 3 and crime, 1 and cyber-bullying, 1 file sharing, 1 gambling, 1 and sex crimes, 1 Iran, 1, 2, 3 Iraq, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 arms supplies, 1 Chilcot inquiry, 1, 2, 3, 4 and Territorial Army, 1 and WMD, 1 Ireland, 1, 2, 3 Irish famine, 1 Irvine of Lairg, Lord, 1, 2 Ishaq, Khyra, 1 Islamabad, 1 Isle of Man, 1 Isle of Wight, 1, 2 Israel, 1 Italy, 1, 2, 3 and football, 1 Ivory Coast, 1 Japan, 1, 2, 3, 4 Jenkins, Roy, 1, 2 Jerry Springer: The Opera, 1 Jobcentre Plus, 1, 2 John Lewis Partnership, 1, 2 Johnson, Alan, 1, 2, 3, 4 Johnson, Boris, 1, 2 Judge, Lord (Igor), 1 Judge, Professor Ken, 1 Julius, DeAnne, 1 jury trials, 1, 2 Kabul, 1 Kapoor, Anish, 1, 2 Karachi, 1 Karadžic, Radovan, 1 Kashmir, 1 Kaufman, Gerald, 1 Keegan, William, 1 Keep Britain Tidy, 1 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, 1 Kensit, Patsy, 1 Keynes, John Maynard, 1 Keys, Kenton, 1 Kidderminster Hospital, 1 King, Sir David, 1, 2 King, Mervyn, 1 King Edward VI School, 1 King’s College Hospital, 1 Kingsnorth power station, 1 Kirklees, 1 Knight, Jim, 1 knighthoods, 1 knowledge economy, 1 Kosovo, 1, 2, 3, 4 Kynaston, David, 1 Kyoto summit and protocols, 1, 2, 3 Labour Party membership, 1 Lacey, David, 1 Ladbroke Grove rail crash, 1 Lamb, General Sir Graeme, 1 Lambert, Richard, 1 landmines, 1 Lansley, Andrew, 1 lapdancing, 1 Las Vegas, 1 Lawrence, Stephen, 1 Lawson, Mark, 1 Layard, Professor Richard, 1 Le Grand, Professor Julian, 1 Lea, Ruth, 1 Lea Valley High School, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Leahy, Sir Terry, 1, 2 learndirect, 1 Learning and Skills Council, 1 learning difficulties, 1, 2 learning mentors, 1 Leeds, 1, 2, 3, 4 legal reforms, 1 Leigh, Mike, 1 Lenon, Barnaby, 1 Lewes, 1 Lewisham, 1 Liberty, 1 licensing laws, 1, 2 life expectancy, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Life on Mars, 1 Lincoln, 1 Lindsell, Tracy, 1, 2 Lindsey oil refinery, 1 Lisbon Treaty, 1 Liverpool, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Liverpool FC, 1 living standards, 1, 2 living wage campaign, 1, 2 Livingstone, Ken, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Livni, Tzipi, 1 Loaded magazine, 1 local government, 1, 2, 3 and elected mayors, 1 Lockerbie bomber, 1 London, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 bombings, 1, 2 congestion charge, 1, 2 detention of foreign leaders, 1 G20 protests, 1 Iraq war protests, 1, 2 mayoral election, 1, 2 and transport policy, 1, 2, 3 London Array wind farm, 1 Longannet, 1 Longfield, Anne, 1 Lord-Marchionne, Sacha, 1 Lorenzetti, Ambrogio, 1 lorry protests, 1, 2 Lowry Museum, 1 Lumley, Joanna, 1 Luton, 1, 2, 3, 4 Lyons, Sir Michael, 1 Macfadden, Julia, 1 Machin, Professor Stephen, 1, 2 Maclean, David, 1 Macmillan, Harold, 1 Macmillan, James, 1 McNulty, Tony, 1 Macpherson, Sir Nick, 1 Macpherson, Sir William, 1 McQueen, Alexander, 1 Madrid, 1, 2, 3 Major, John, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Malaya, 1 Malloch Brown, Mark, 1 Manchester, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 club scene, 1, 2 and crime, 1, 2 Gorton, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and local government, 1 and transport policy, 1, 2, 3 Manchester Academy, 1 Manchester United FC, 1, 2 Manchester University, 1 Mandelson, Peter, 1, 2 Manpower Services Commission, 1 manufacturing, 1, 2, 3 Margate, 1 ‘market for talent’ myth, 1 marriage rate, 1 Martin, Michael, 1 maternity and paternity leave, 1, 2 Mayfield, Charlie, 1 Medical Research Council, 1 mental health, 1, 2, 3, 4 mephedrone, 1 Metcalf, Professor David, 1 Metropolitan Police, 1, 2, 3 Mexico, 1, 2 MG Rover, 1 Michael, Alun, 1 Middlesbrough College, 1, 2 migration, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Milburn, Alan, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Miliband, David, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Miliband, Ed, 1, 2, 3 Millennium Cohort Study, 1, 2 Millennium Dome, 1, 2, 3 Miloševic, Slobodan, 1 Milton Keynes, 1 minimum wage, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Mitchell, Senator George, 1 modern art, 1 Mohamed, Binyam, 1 Monbiot, George, 1 Moray, 1 Morecambe, 1, 2 Morecambe Bay cockle pickers, 1 Morgan, Piers, 1 Morgan, Rhodri, 1 mortgage interest relief, 1 Mosley, Max, 1 motor racing, 1 Mowlam, Mo, 1 Mozambique, 1 MPs’ expenses, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 MRSA, 1 Mugabe, Robert, 1 Muijen, Matt, 1 Mulgan, Geoff, 1 Mullin, Chris, 1 Murdoch, Rupert, 1, 2, 3 Murphy, Richard, 1 museums and galleries, 1, 2, 3 music licensing, 1 Muslims, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 mutualism, 1 Myners, Paul, 1 nanotechnology, 1, 2, 3 National Air Traffic Control System, 1 National Care Service, 1 national curriculum, 1 national debt, 1 National Forest, 1 National Health Service (NHS) cancer plan, 1 drugs teams, 1 and employment, 1, 2 internal market, 1 IT system, 1 league tables, 1 managers, 1, 2 NHS direct, 1 primary care, 1 productivity, 1, 2 and public satisfaction, 1 staff numbers and pay, 1 and targets, 1, 2, 3 waiting times, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 National Heart Forum, 1 National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), 1, 2 National Insurance, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 National Lottery, 1, 2, 3 National Offender Management Service, 1 National Savings, 1 National Theatre, 1 Natural England, 1, 2 Nazio, Tiziana, 1 Neighbourhood Watch, 1 Netherlands, 1, 2 neurosurgery, 1 New Deal, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 New Deal for Communities, 1, 2 New Forest, 1 Newcastle upon Tyne, 1, 2 Newham, 1, 2 newspapers, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Nigeria, 1 Nightingale, Florence, 1 non-doms, 1 North Korea, 1 North Middlesex Hospital, 1 North Sea oil and gas, 1 Northern Ireland, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Northern Rock, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Norway, 1 Nottingham, 1, 2 NSPCC, 1 nuclear power, 1 Number Ten Delivery Unit, 1 nurses, 1, 2, 3, 4 Nutt, Professor David, 1 NVQs, 1 O2 arena, 1 Oakthorpe primary school, 1, 2 Oates, Tim, 1 Obama, Barack, 1, 2 obesity, 1, 2 Octagon consortium, 1 Office for National Statistics, 1, 2 Office of Security and Counter Terrorism, 1 Ofsted, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Ofwat, 1 Oldham, 1, 2, 3, 4 O’Leary, Michael, 1 Oliver, Jamie, 1, 2 Olympic Games, 1, 2, 3 Open University, 1 O’Reilly, Damien, 1, 2 orthopaedics, 1 Orwell, George, 1, 2 outsourcing, 1, 2, 3, 4 overseas aid, 1, 2 Oxford University, 1 paedophiles, 1, 2, 3 Page, Ben, 1, 2 Pakistan, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Palestine, 1, 2 parenting, 1 absent parents, 1 lone parents, 1, 2 teenage parents, 1 Paris, 1, 2 Park Lane, 1 Parkinson, Professor Michael, 1 particle physics, 1 party funding, 1, 2, 3 passport fraud, 1 Passport Office, 1 Patch, Harry, 1 Payne, Sarah, 1, 2 Peach, Blair, 1 Pearce, Nick, 1 Peckham, 1, 2 Aylesbury estate, 1 Peel, Sir Robert, 1 pensioner poverty, 1, 2 pensions, 1, 2 occupational pensions, 1, 2 pension funds, 1, 2 private pensions, 1 public-sector pensions, 1 state pension, 1, 2 Persian Gulf, 1 personal, social and health education, 1 Peterborough, 1 Peugeot, 1 Philips, Helen, 1 Phillips, Lord (Nicholas), 1, 2 Phillips, Trevor, 1 Pilkington, Fiona, 1 Pimlico, 1 Pinochet, Augusto, 1 Plymouth, 1, 2 Poland, 1, 2 police, 1 and demonstrations, 1 numbers, 1, 2, 3 in schools, 1, 2, 3 pornography, 1 Portsmouth FC, 1, 2 Portugal, 1 post offices, 1 Postlethwaite, Pete, 1 poverty, 1, 2, 3 see also child poverty; pensioner poverty Premier League, 1 Prescott, John, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 press officers, 1 Preston, 1 Prevent strategy, 1 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), 1, 2 prisons, 1, 2 Private Finance Initiative (PFI), 1, 2 probation, 1, 2 property ownership, 1 prostitution, 1, 2, 3 Public Accounts Committee, 1 public sector reform, 1, 2 public service agreements, 1 public spending, 1, 2, 3 and the arts, 1 and science, 1 Pugh, Martin, 1 Pullman, Philip, 1 QinetiQ, 1 Quality and Outcomes Framework, 1 quangos, 1, 2 Queen, The, 1 Quentin, Lieutenant Pete, 1, 2 race relations legislation, 1 racism, 1, 2 RAF, 1, 2, 3 RAF Brize Norton, 1 railways, 1 Rand, Ayn, 1 Rawmarsh School, 1 Raynsford, Nick, 1 Reckitt Benckiser, 1 recycling, 1 Redcar, 1 regional assemblies, 1, 2 regional development agencies (RDAs), 1, 2, 3 regional policy, 1 Reid, John, 1 Reid, Richard, 1 religion, 1, 2 retirement age, 1, 2 right to roam, 1 Rimington, Stella, 1 Rio Earth summit, 1 road transport, 1 Rochdale, 1, 2 Roche, Barbara, 1 Rogers, Richard, 1 Romania, 1, 2 Rome, 1 Rooney, Wayne, 1 Roosevelt, Franklin D., 1 Rosetta Stone, 1 Rosyth, 1 Rotherham, 1, 2, 3 Royal Opera House, 1 Royal Shakespeare Company, 1 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, 1 Rugby, 1 rugby union, 1 Rumsfeld, Donald, 1 rural affairs, 1, 2 Rushdie, Salman, 1 Russia, 1, 2 Rwanda, 1 Ryanair, 1, 2 Sainsbury, Lord David, 1 St Austell, 1 St Bartholomew’s Hospital, 1, 2 St Pancras International station, 1 Salford, 1, 2, 3, 4 Sanchez, Tia, 1 Sandwell, 1 Sarkozy, Nicolas, 1, 2 Savill, Superintendent Paul, 1 Saville, Lord, 1 savings ratio, 1 Scandinavia, 1, 2, 3 Scholar, Sir Michael, 1 school meals, 1, 2 school uniforms, 1 school-leaving age, 1 schools academies, 1, 2, 3, 4 building, 1 class sizes, 1 comprehensive schools, 1, 2 faith schools, 1, 2, 3, 4 grammar schools, 1, 2, 3 and inequality, 1 nursery schools, 1 and PFI, 1, 2, 3 police in, 1, 2, 3 primary schools, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 private schools, 1, 2 secondary schools, 1, 2, 3 in special measures, 1 special schools, 1 specialist schools, 1 and sport, 1 science, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Scotland, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and children, 1 devolution, 1 electricity generation, 1 and health, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Scottish parliament, 1, 2 Section 1, 2 security services, 1 MI5, 1, 2, 3 Sedley, Stephen, 1 segregation, 1 self-employment, 1 Sellafield, 1 Serious Organized Crime Agency, 1 sex crimes, 1 Sex Discrimination Act, 1 Shankly, Bill, 1 Sharkey, Feargal, 1 Shaw, Liz, 1 Sheen, Michael, 1 Sheffield, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Sheringham, 1 Shetty, Shilpa, 1 Shipman, Harold, 1 shopping, 1 Short, Clare, 1 Siemens, 1 Siena, 1 Sierra Leone, 1, 2 Skeet, Mavis, 1 skills councils, 1 slavery, 1 Slough, 1 Smith, Adam, 1 Smith, Chris, 1 Smith, Jacqui, 1, 2 Smith, John, 1, 2 Smithers, Professor Alan, 1, 2 smoking ban, 1, 2 Snowden, Philip, 1 social care, 1, 2, 3 Social Chapter opt-out, 1 social exclusion, 1, 2 Social Fund, 1 social mobility, 1, 2 social sciences, 1 social workers, 1 Soham murders, 1, 2, 3, 4 Solihull, 1, 2 Somalia, 1, 2 Souter, Brian, 1 South Africa, 1 South Downs, 1 Spain, 1, 2, 3 special advisers, 1 speed cameras, 1 Speenhamland, 1 Spelman, Caroline, 1 Spence, Laura, 1 sport, 1, 2 see also football; Olympic Games Sri Lanka, 1, 2 Stafford Hospital, 1 Staffordshire University, 1 Standard Assessment Tests (Sats), 1, 2, 3 Standards Board for England, 1 statins, 1, 2, 3 stem cell research, 1 STEM subjects, 1 Stephenson, Sir Paul, 1 Stern, Sir Nicholas, 1, 2 Stevenson, Lord (Dennis), 1 Stevenson, Wilf, 1 Steyn, Lord, 1 Stiglitz, Joseph, 1 Stockport, 1 Stonehenge, 1 Stoppard, Tom, 1 Straw, Jack, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 student fees, 1 Stuff Happens, 1 Sudan, 1, 2 Sugar, Alan, 1 suicide bombing, 1 suicides, 1 Sun, 1, 2 Sunday Times, 1, 2 Sunderland, 1, 2 supermarkets, 1, 2 Supreme Court, 1, 2 Sure Start, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 surveillance, 1, 2 Sutherland, Lord (Stewart), 1 Swansea, 1 Sweden, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Swindon, 1 Taliban, 1, 2 Tallinn, 1 Tanzania, 1 Tate Modern, 1 Taunton, 1 tax avoidance, 1, 2, 3 tax credits, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 council tax credit, 1 pension credit, 1, 2, 3 R&D credits, 1 taxation, 1, 2 10p tax rate, 1 capital gains tax, 1, 2 corporation tax, 1, 2, 3, 4 council tax, 1, 2 fuel duty, 1, 2, 3 green taxes, 1, 2 and income inequalities, 1 income tax, 1, 2, 3, 4 inheritance tax, 1, 2 poll tax, 1 stamp duty, 1, 2, 3 vehicle excise duty, 1 windfall tax, 1, 2, 3 see also National Insurance; VAT Taylor, Damilola, 1 Taylor, Robert, 1 teachers, 1, 2, 3 head teachers, 1, 2 salaries, 1, 2 teaching assistants, 1, 2 teenage pregnancy, 1, 2, 3 Teesside University, 1 television and crime, 1 and gambling, 1 talent shows, 1 television licence, 1, 2, 3 Territorial Army, 1 terrorism, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Terry, John, 1 Tesco, 1, 2, 3, 4 Tewkesbury, 1 Thames Gateway, 1 Thameswey, 1 Thatcher, Margaret, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Thatcherism, 1, 2, 3 theatre, 1 Thornhill, Dorothy, 1 Thorp, John, 1 Tibet, 1 Tilbury, 1 Times, The, 1 Times Educational Supplement, 1, 2 Timmins, Nick, 1 Titanic, 1 Tomlinson, Mike, 1 Topman, Simon, 1, 2 torture, 1, 2 trade unions, 1, 2, 3 Trades Union Congress (TUC), 1, 2, 3 tramways, 1 transport policies, 1, 2 Trident missiles, 1, 2, 3 Triesman, Lord, 1 Turkey, 1, 2 Turnbull, Lord (Andrew), 1 Turner, Lord (Adair), 1, 2, 3 Tweedy, Colin, 1 Tyneside Metro, 1 Uganda, 1 UK Film Council, 1 UK Sport, 1 UK Statistics Authority, 1 unemployment, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 United Nations, 1, 2, 3 United States of America, 1, 2 Anglo-American relationship, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and child poverty, 1 and clean technologies, 1 economy and business, 1, 2, 3 and education, 1, 2, 3 and healthcare, 1, 2 and income inequalities, 1 and internet gambling, 1 and minimum wage, 1 universities, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and migration, 1 and terrorism, 1 tuition fees, 1 University College London Hospitals, 1 University for Industry, 1 University of East Anglia, 1 University of Lincoln, 1 Urban Splash, 1, 2 Vanity Fair, 1 VAT, 1, 2, 3 Vauxhall, 1 Venables, Jon, 1 Vestas wind turbines, 1 Victoria and Albert Museum, 1 Waitrose, 1 Waldfogel, Jane, 1 Wales, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and children, 1 devolution, 1 Walker, Sir David, 1 walking, 1, 2 Walsall, 1 Wanless, Sir Derek, 1 Wanstead, 1 Warm Front scheme, 1 Warner, Lord Norman, 1 Warsaw, 1 Warwick accord, 1 water utilities, 1 Watford, 1 welfare benefits child benefit, 1, 2 Employment Support Allowance, 1 and fraud, 1, 2, 3, 4 housing benefit, 1 incapacity benefit, 1, 2 Income Support, 1 Jobseeker’s Allowance, 1, 2, 3 and work, 1, 2 Welsh assembly, 1, 2 Wembley Stadium, 1 Westfield shopping mall, 1 Wetherspoons, 1 White, Marco Pierre, 1 Whittington Hospital, 1 Wiles, Paul, 1 Wilkinson, Richard, and Kate Pickett, 1 Williams, Professor Karel, 1 Williams, Raymond, 1 Williams, Rowan, 1 Wilson, Harold, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Wilson, Sir Richard, 1 wind turbines, 1, 2 Winslet, Kate, 1 winter fuel payments, 1 Wire, The, 1 Woking, 1, 2 Wolverhampton, 1 Woolf, Lord, 1 Wootton Bassett, 1, 2 working-class culture, 1 working hours, 1, 2 World Bank, 1 Wrexham, 1 Wright Robinson School, 1, 2, 3 xenophobia, 1 Y2K millennium bug, 1 Yarlswood detention centre, 1 Yeovil, 1 Yiewsley, 1 York, 1, 2, 3, 4 Young Person’s Guarantee, 1 Youth Justice Board, 1 Zimbabwe, 1, 2 About the Author Polly Toynbee is the Guardian’s social and political commentator.

 

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Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking by E. Gabriella Coleman

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Benjamin Mako Hill, crowdsourcing, Debian, dumpster diving, en.wikipedia.org, financial independence, ghettoisation, Hacker Ethic, informal economy, Jacob Appelbaum, Jaron Lanier, Jason Scott: textfiles.com, Jean Tirole, knowledge economy, laissez-faire capitalism, Louis Pasteur, means of production, Paul Graham, pirate software, popular electronics, RFC: Request For Comment, Richard Stallman, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, slashdot, software patent, software studies, Steve Ballmer, Steven Levy, Ted Nelson, the scientific method, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, web application, web of trust

The expanding use of desktop computers and networking at home, especially for business purposes, guaranteed steady profits for the software industry, and transformed small firms like Microsoft, Oracle, Novell, Cisco, and Adobe into some of the most influential as well as profitable corporations worldwide. In the early 1990s, even with healthy profits, a lucrative market, and well-established intellectual property regulations, the trade associations representing the software industry and other sectors of the knowledge economy were unsatisfied with the legal state of affairs. Trade groups intensified their efforts to secure more changes in intellectual property law largely through international treaties to better serve the interests of the corporations they represented. To achieve this, they integrated four new approaches into their arsenal: they worked with federal law enforcement agencies to strike against “pirates”; they pursued civil court remedies against copyright infringers; they launched moral education campaigns about the evils of piracy (Gillespie 2009); and finally, they pushed aggressively for the inclusion of intellectual property provisions in the multilateral trade treaties of the 1990s, notably the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

Donner, Wendy. 1991. The Liberal Self: John Stuart Mill’s Moral and Political Philosophy. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Douglas, Mary. 1975. Implicit Meanings: Essays in Anthropology. London: Routledge. Downey, Gary. 1998. The Machine in Me: An Anthropologist Sits among Computer Engineers. London: Routledge. Drahos, Peter, with John Braithwaite. 2002. Information Feudalism: Who Owns the Knowledge Economy? London: Earthscan. Elkin-Koren, Niva. 2006. Exploring Creative Commons: A Skeptical View of a Worthy Pursuit. In The Future of the Public Domain: Identifying the Commons in Information Law, ed. Lucie Guibault and P. Bernt Hugenholtz, 325–46. Leiden, Netherlands: Kluwer Law International. Elliott, Carl. 2003. Better Than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream. New York: W. W.

 

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Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? by Thomas Geoghegan

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What the laws manage to do in Germany is to keep people together and to hold onto their skills in groups. Co-determination, works councils—in other words, worker control—keep people in groups, rubbing elbows with each other, and all this rubbing of elbows helps build up human capital. Indeed, for some economists, while not applying it to Germany, this is now a fashionable idea. Think of all the buzz about the “knowledge” economy, which, in the world of academic economists, is an inquiry as to how knowledge drives economic growth. For finding out about this new economics, I refer the reader to David Warsh’s 2006 book, Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations, which introduces us to economists trying to untangle the connections between the kind of knowledge that comes from groups and economic growth. German worker control contributes to a group interaction that over time not only builds up but protects a certain amount of human capital, especially in engineering and quality control.

Army strikes union resorts/ex-spas unionization rates in the manufacturing sector wage-setting and works councils youth membership The Germans (Craig) Gerschenkron, Alexander Ghilarducci, Teresa Gibbon, Edward Gibbons, James Gini coefficient Giscard d’Estaing, Valery Glass-Steagall Act globalization and German capitalism and labor market flexibility “Globalization and Income Inequality” (Harjes) “Glühwein Festival” (Hamburg) Goethe-Institute Goldman Sachs Gordon, Robert Gramm, Phil Grass, Günter Green Party and European social democracies German coalition government and Agenda 2010 German coalition government and wages/unemployment German coalition government and welfare German coalition government and works councils Germany green technology Greenspan, Alan Guardian (UK) gun ownership Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (Diamond) Gutteres, António Habermas, Jürgen Halliburton Hamburg, Germany Harjes, Thomas health care spending Heine, Heinrich Heinz (retired German labor leader) Hemingway, Ernest Herodotus Hesbaugh, Ted Hitler, Adolf Hitler’s Willing Executioners (Goldhagen) Hobsbawm, Eric Holocaust hours worked and GDP leisure time and standard-of-living How to Lie with Statistics (Huff) Huff, Darrell human capital Humboldt University (Berlin) IBZ Guest House (Berlin) IG Metall (German union) and CDU’s 2009 victory over SDP foreign-born members Frankfurt May Day parade (2001) works councils youth membership “Incentive for Working Hard” (Conference Board, May 2001) income equality/inequality An Inconvenient Truth (film) International Labor Organization (ILO) International Monetary Fund Iraq war Jesuits and papal social democracy jobs/employment artists big business employees cross-subsidies European social democracies and German unemployment Germany high-skill jobs and high-end precision goods manufacturing workforce and percent of adults holding an associate degree public employees (public-sector civil service jobs) self-employment skilled-labor shortage small business employees types of jobs available unemployment rates for college graduates U.S. Johnson, Diane Judt, Tony Kafka, Franz Kant, Immanuel Keynes, John Maynard Kiel, Germany Kinsley, Michael Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations (Warsh) “knowledge” economies Kohl, Helmut Krise. See financial meltdown of 2008 (the Krise) and German model labor markets (German). See German model of social democracy (labor and industry) labor movement (German). See German model of social democracy (unions and labor movement) Lafontaine, Oskar laissez-faire capitalism Landesbank (State Bank of Hesse) land-use planning Lane, Nathan law students and law education Germany U.S.

 

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Business Metadata: Capturing Enterprise Knowledge by William H. Inmon, Bonnie K. O'Neil, Lowell Fryman

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However, since the late twentieth century—additional technology has been applied to this task, such as knowledge bases, expert systems, and knowledge repositories. Knowledge management programs attempt to manage the process of creation or identification, accumulation, and application of knowledge or intellectual capital across an organization. Knowledge management, therefore, attempts to bring under one set of practices various strands of thought and practice relating to: ✦ intellectual capital and the knowledge worker in the knowledge economy; ✦ the idea of the learning organization; ✦ various enabling organizational practices such as Communities of Practice and corporate Yellow Pages directories for accessing key personnel and expertise; ✦ various enabling technologies such as knowledge bases and expert systems, help desks, corporate intranets and extranets, Content Management, wikis, and Document Management. While knowledge management programs are closely related to organizational learning initiatives, knowledge management may be distinguished from organizational learning by its greater focus on the management of specific knowledge assets and its development and cultivation of the channels through which knowledge flows. 15.3 The Intersection of Business Metadata and Knowledge Management 261 The emergence of knowledge management has generated new organizational roles and responsibilities, an early example of which was the chief knowledge officer.

Business metadata, therefore, can support knowledge management by ✦ Facilitating knowledge capture through technologies like wikis or collaboration/groupware (Chapter 6) ✦ Facilitating knowledge dissemination by using technologies that allow the information to be accessed when and where it is most likely to be needed (Chapter 8) ✦ Providing for organization of the metadata by categorization schemes, controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and ontology so that information can be easily found. 15.7 Knowledge Management and Social Issues 15.7 269 Knowledge Management and Social Issues 15.7.1 Graying of the Workforce In 2006, approximately 75 million people born between 1946 and 1964, turned 60 years old (see Segel, 2006). As noted at the beginning of this chapter, the main type of worker in the knowledge economy is the knowledge worker. Obviously, then, if a large percentage of the workforce retires at once, the result will be an incredible brain drain. This is precisely what is about to occur as the “baby-boomer” generation hits retirement age. K.C. Jones, quoting IBM, describes the ramifications of this event as follows: “The aging population will be one of the major social and business issues of the 21st Century.”

 

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The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy as if the Future Matters by Diane Coyle

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We know we’re going to need more of them. The growing number of pensioners will need carers, nurses, and doctors. Advances in medical technology mean our expectations of health care are constantly on the increase, and we expect the health service to provide us with the latest techniques and drugs. Similarly, expectations of the education system are rising in what is so often described as the “knowledge economy.” More young people are staying in higher education, and we expect standards to continue improving at every level. It doesn’t feel like an option not to consume more and better health and education services as time goes by. Figure 12. Who will care? Yet one consequence of the way services like these are eating up a rising share of personal and government budgets is the employment of a growing army of low-paid and low-status workers in these sectors, sometimes illegal immigrants.

See distribution Inconvenient Truth, An (Gore), 60 Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW), 36 India, 212; emerging middle class of, 125; fairness and, 122–26, 133; inequality and, 125–26; nature and, 63, 65, 81; posterity and, 108; purchasing power parity (PPP) and, 306n19; Satyam and, 146; trust and, 146, 149, 163, 172; wage penalties and, 133; World Bank influence and, 163 Industrial Revolution, 27, 149, 290, 297 inequality, 4–5, 11, 17, 84, 306n19, 308n34; Bush and, 127–28; consequences for growth, 135–36; decline in trust and, 139–44; dramatic increase in, 126–27, 131; extraction ratio for, 124; fairness and, 114–16, 122–43; fractal character of, 134; Gini coefficient and, 126; globalization and, 122–24, 127, 131, 155; happiness and, 25, 36, 42, 44, 53; high salaries and, 130, 143–44, 193, 223, 277–78, 286, 296; historical perspective on, 126–27; institutions and, 116, 127–31, 141; measurement of, 126; policy recommendations for, 267, 276, 295–97; poverty and, 43, 55–56, 100, 125, 128, 138, 142, 168–69, 261, 267; 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posterity and, 102; statistics and, 201–7; trust and, 157; values and, 210, 216, 220, 236 In Praise of Slowness, 27 institutions, 18; anomie and, 48, 51; balance and, 12–17; blindness of to financial crises, 87–88; broad framework for, 249–52; capitalism and, 240; consumption and, 254, 263; decentralization and, 246; democracy and, 242–43, 251–52, 262; downsizing and, 175, 246, 255; economies of scale and, 253–58; efficiency and, 245–46, 254–55, 261; extinction crisis and, 288; face-to-face contact and, 7, 147, 165–68; failures of, 240–44, 257, 262–63, 267, 289–90; fall of communism and, 226, 239–40, 252; freedom and, 244, 262; globalization and, 244; governance and, 242, 247, 255–58, 261–62; government and, 240–63; growth and, 258, 261, 263; health care and, 247, 252–53; high salaries and, 130, 143–44, 193, 223, 277–78, 286, 296; impact of new technologies and, 252–54; importance of, 261–63; inequality and, 116, 127–31, 141; innovation and, 244, 258, 263, 290–91; legitimacy and, 8, 16, 50, 66, 68–69, 162–63, 213, 226, 269, 274, 292, 296–97; managerialism and, 259; morals and, 254; nature and, 66–69, 82–84; New Public Management and, 245–47; outsourcing and, 159, 161, 175, 219, 287; policy recommendations for, 269, 284–91; politics and, 239–48, 251, 256–63; pollution and, 15, 35, 228; productivity and, 244–47, 257, 263; public choice theory and, 242–43; public deliberation and, 258–60; reform and, 245–48, 256, 285, 288–91, 296–97; responsibility to posterity and, 296; shareholders and, 145, 248, 257–58, 277; statistics and, 245; technology and, 244–46, 251–54, 257–63 (see also technology); values and, 240–42, 246–47, 258–60 intangible assets: measurement and, 199–201, 204–6; satellite accounts and, 38, 81, 204–6, 271; social capital and, 149–52, 157, 161, 199–201 InterAcademy Council, 66–67 interbank market, 1–2 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 59, 66–69, 82, 297 International Monetary Fund (IMF), 90, 101–3, 111, 162–64, 176, 211, 287, 297 International Price Comparison, 124 International Telecommunications Union, 219 Internet, 155, 195, 245, 260, 273, 287–89, 291, 296 invisible hand, 209 iPods, 195 Ipsos Mori poll, 66, 247 Ireland, 172 Iron Curtain, 183, 239, 252 Italy, 95, 97–98, 146, 152 Jackson, Michael, 198 Japan, 42; debt of, 102; equal income distribution in, 125; fairness and, 125–26, 140–41; inequality and, 126; lost decade of, 102; posterity and, 91–92, 95, 97–98, 102; savings rates in, 280; trust and, 169, 175; voter turnout and, 175 Jazz Age, 127 Jefferson, Thomas, 184, 253–54 Johns, Helen, 41 Johnson, Simon, 256–57 Johnson, Steven, 187 Justice (Sandel), 237 Kahneman, Daniel, 215 Kamarck, Elaine, 247–48 Kay, John, 139, 245–46, 257 Kennedy School of Government, 247 Keynes, John Maynard, 101, 183–84, 190 Kleinwort, Dresdner, 87 knowledge economy, 191 Kobayashi, Keiichiro, 102 Korea, 126 Krugman, Paul, 100–103, 127–29, 232, 282 Kyoto Protocol, 62–64 labor: absorbing work and, 10, 48–49; call centers and, 131, 133, 161; creativity and, 166–68, 205–7; downsizing and, 175, 246, 255; global cities and, 165–70; globalization and, 131, 149 (see also globalization); human capital and, 81, 203–4, 282; measurement and, 189–99; migration and, 108–10, 172; outsourcing and, 159, 161, 175, 219, 287; pensions and, 4, 25, 85–86, 90, 92–100, 103–7, 111–13, 174–76, 191, 203, 243, 269–71, 275, 280, 286, 289–90, 293; Protestant work ethic and, 13–14, 236; retirement age and, 94, 97–99, 106–7, 112; skilled, 132–33, 159, 166–67, 276; specialization and, 160–61; technology and, 131–33; unemployment and, 3, 10, 43, 51, 56, 89, 107, 169, 207, 212–13, 243; unions and, 15, 51, 224, 249; unskilled, 132–33, 158, 172, 193; well-being and, 137–39; Whitehall Studies and, 139 lack of control, 47, 138–39 Lawson, Neal, 26 Layard, Richard, 31, 39–40, 43 Lehman Brothers, 1, 85, 87–88, 145, 211, 275–76 Leipzig marches, 239 Leviathan (Hobbes), 114 light bulbs, 59–61 Linux, 205 Lipsky, John, 102, 111 List, John, 117 literacy, 36 Live Nation, 197 living standards, 78–79, 106, 113, 136, 151, 162, 190, 194, 267 lobbyists, 15, 71, 247, 257, 276, 285, 289, 296 Lolapaloozza, 197 Louis Vuitton, 150 Luxury Fever (Frank), 40 Mackenzie, Donald, 221 Madonna, 194 Malthusianism, 95 Mama Group, 197 managerial competence, 2, 16, 150, 209, 259 Manzi, Jim, 231–32 Mao Zedong, 10 markets: asymmetric information and, 17, 186, 214, 219–20, 229, 248, 254, 262–63; black, 225; boom–bust cycles and, 4, 22, 28, 93, 102, 106–9, 136–37, 145, 147, 213, 222–23, 233, 277, 280, 283; capitalism and, 182, 230–38 (see also capitalism); culture and, 230–38; declining population and, 86, 89–90, 95–99, 103, 113; democracy and, 230–38; deregulation and, 7, 212; evidence–based policy and, 233–34; exchange advantage and, 214; externalities and, 15, 70, 80, 211, 228–29, 249, 254; failures of, 226–30, 240–44, 257, 262–63, 267, 289–90; Fama hypothesis and, 221–22; flaws of, 215–16; fractal character of, 134; free market model and, 14, 121, 129, 182–83, 210–11, 218–24, 232, 240, 243, 251; fundamentalism for, 213; gift economy and, 205–7; interbank, 1–2; international trade and, 110, 148, 159, 163; invisible hand and, 209; mathematical models of, 214; merits of, 211–17; missing, 229; moral, 210, 213, 220–25, 230–33; music, 194–98; network effects and, 253, 258; options, 222; as organizing economy, 218; performativity and, 224–25; Protestant work ethic and, 13–14, 236; public choice theory and, 220, 242–45; public domain and, 196; rational calculation and, 214–15; satellite accounts and, 81; shorting of, 86; social, 217–20; stability issues and, 2–4, 25, 70, 101, 124, 135, 140–41, 174, 176, 218, 296; trilemma of, 230–38; values and, 209–10 (see also values); winner take all, 134 Marx, Karl, 14, 28, 131, 221 McDonalds, 27 McKitrick, Ross, 68 Mean Fiddler Group, 197 Measuring Australia’s Progress, 274 measurement: asymmetric information and, 17, 186, 214, 219–20, 229, 248, 254, 262–63; Australian model and, 271, 274; balance and, 12–17; bankers and, 193, 200; capitalism and, 182; challenges of, 188–93; consumption and, 181–82, 198; distribution and, 191–99; evidence–based policy and, 233–34; GDP, 10 (see also gross domestic product [GDP]); Gini coefficient and, 126; governance and, 183, 186; government and, 182–88, 191, 193, 196, 202–3, 206; growth and, 181–85, 188–90, 194, 201–5, 208; happiness and, 35–39; health issues and, 181, 188–93, 200, 207; hedonic techniques and, 274; importance of, 184–85, 187–89; of inequality, 126; innovation and, 183, 196, 201–8, 273–74; intangible assets and, 199–201, 204–6; labor and, 189–99; less publication of, 271–72; living standards and, 13, 65, 78–79, 106, 113, 136, 139, 151, 162, 190, 194, 267; Measuring Progress exercise and, 294; policy recommendations for, 270–74; politics and, 182–84, 191, 193, 203, 208; productivity and, 189–90, 194, 199–201, 206–7; resources for, 294; social capital and, 154; statistics and, 187–89, 198–208; technology and, 181–85, 188–91, 194–201, 204–6; time constraints and, 204–7; trust and, 152–57; uncertainty of accuracy and, 273; unmeasurable entities and, 187; values and, 209, 212–13, 224 Medicare, 93–94 Meek, James, 26 metrification, 184 Metropolitan Museum of Art symposium, 100–101 Mexico, 226 Microsoft, 253, 258 migration, 108–10, 172 Milanovic, Branko, 123–24 Mill, John Stuart, 31–32 Minsky, Hyman, 226 monopolies, 196, 245, 252, 254 Montreal Protocol, 59 Moore’s Law, 156 morals: bankers and, 90, 277–78; criticism of poor and, 142; fairness and, 116–20, 127, 131, 142, 144; greed and, 221 (see also greed); growth and, 275–76, 279, 293, 295, 297; happiness and, 22, 26, 30, 34, 43, 48–49; institutions and, 254; nature and, 55, 70–72, 76, 78; performativity and, 224–25; posterity and, 90; trust and, 149, 174; values and, 185, 210, 213, 220–25, 230–33 MP3 players, 195 music, 11, 194–98, 204, 208, 229, 254 nature: Brundtlandt Report and, 77; carbon prices and, 70–71; climate change and, 57–84 (see also climate change); consumption and, 58–61, 71–76, 79, 82; Copenhagen summit and, 62, 64–65, 68, 162, 292; democracy and, 61, 66, 68; efficiency and, 61–62, 69, 82; environmentalists and, 29, 55–59, 69–70, 99; freedom and, 79; future and, 75–83; global warming and, 57, 64, 66, 68; government and, 58–62, 65–71, 82–84; greenhouse gases and, 23, 29, 35, 59, 61–63, 68, 70–71, 83; green lifestyle and, 55, 61, 76, 289, 293; gross domestic product (GDP) and, 56–60, 75–76, 80–82; growth and, 56–59, 62–66, 69–72, 76, 79–82; happiness and, 56–59, 75–76, 80–84; health issues and, 81; hybrid cars and, 61; innovation and, 69–70, 81; institutions and, 66–69, 82–84; InterAcademy Council and, 66–67; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and, 59, 66–69, 82, 297; Kyoto Protocol and, 62–64; light bulbs and, 59–61; Montreal Protocol and, 59; morals and, 55, 70–72, 76, 78; natural capital and, 79–81, 151, 271, 273; philosophy and, 69–70; plastic and, 61; politics and, 57–71, 75, 77, 82–84; population issues and, 99; productivity and, 78, 82; satellite accounts and, 81; self-interest and, 65; squandered natural wealth and, 181–82; statistics and, 66, 81–82; stewardship and, 78, 80; technology and, 69–72, 76–77, 80, 84; TEEB project and, 78–79 network effects, 253, 258 New Deal, 129 New Economics Foundation, 36 New Public Management theory, 245–47 Newton, Isaac, 214–15 Niger, 122 Nobel Prize, 18, 60, 102, 215, 220, 236, 250, 261 noise, 47 No Logo (Wolf), 34 Nordhaus, William, 37, 70, 73, 156 North, Douglass, 261 Northern Rock, 1, 146 Obama, Barack, 62–63, 87, 173, 260, 285, 288 Oberholzer-Gee, Felix, 197 obesity, 137–38, 279 Office for National Statistics, 274 Olson, Mancur, 242 opinion formers, 61 option pricing theory, 222 Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, 194 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 4, 11, 201, 305n11; happiness and, 38, 52; inequality in, 125–26; nature and, 60, 68; policy recommendations for, 273–74, 281, 283, 287, 291, 293; posterity and, 87, 93–94, 97–99, 112; trust and, 160, 171; values and, 212, 243–44, 246 organized crime, 277 Ormerod, Paul, 41 Orwell, George, 56 Ostrom, Elinor, 17, 220, 250–51, 261–63 Pakistan, 81, 226 Paradox of Choice, The (Schwartz), 10–11, 40 Parmalat, 146 partisanship, 2, 16, 101, 128, 269, 285 Peake, Mervyn, 9 pensions, 4, 25, 243; burden of, 92–95; Chinese savings and, 94; measurement and, 191, 203; policy recommendations for, 269–71, 275, 280, 286, 289–90, 293; posterity and, 85–86, 90–100, 103–7, 111–13; retirement age and, 92, 97–99, 106–7, 112; trust and, 174–76 performativity, 224–25 Persson, Torsten, 136 Pew surveys, 140 philanthropy, 33 philosophy, 16; fairness and, 114–15, 123; freedom and, 237; happiness and, 21, 27, 31–32, 49–50; nature and, 69–70; utilitarian, 31–32, 78, 237; values and, 237–39 Pickett, Kate, 137–40 Piereson, James, 183 Piketty, Thomas, 127, 129 Pimco, 287 Pinch (Willetts), 98–99 Pinker, Steven, 118, 305n4 Poland, 239 police service, 5, 35, 163, 193, 200, 247 policy: Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress and, 37–38; deregulation and, 7, 212; errors in standard, 8; evidence–based, 233–34; first ten steps for, 294–98; future and, 75–83, 291–98; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and, 59, 66–69, 82, 297; legitimacy and, 8, 16, 50, 66, 68–69, 162–63, 213, 226, 269, 274, 292, 296–97; measurement and, 187–89; OECD countries and, 4, 11, 38, 52, 60, 68, 87, 93–94, 97–99, 112, 125–26, 160, 171, 201, 212, 243–44, 246, 273–74, 281, 283, 287, 291, 293; population growth and, 95–100; practical recommendations for, 269–91; reform and, 8, 82–83, 85 (see also reform); stability issues and, 2–4, 25, 70, 101, 124, 135, 140–41, 174, 176, 218, 296; stimulus packages and, 91, 100–103, 111; sustainability and, 57 (see also sustainability); tradition and, 9; transparency and, 83, 164, 288, 296; trilemma of, 13–14, 230–36, 275; World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge, and Policy and, 38 political correctness, 173, 231 political economy, 27–28 pollution, 15, 35, 228 Population Bomb, The (Ehrlich), 70 population issues: aging, 4, 95–100, 106, 109, 206, 267, 280, 287, 296; baby boomers and, 4, 106, 109; declining population and, 86, 89–90, 95–99, 103, 113; demographic implosion and, 95–100; environmentalists and, 99; global cities and, 165–70; Malthusianism and, 95; migration and, 108–10; one-child policy and, 95–96; posterity and, 89–90, 94–95, 105–6, 109, 112–13; retirement age and, 94, 97–99, 106–7, 112 Porter, Roy, 184 Portugal, 126, 287 posterity, 298; aging population and, 89–90, 94–95, 105–6, 109, 112–13; bankers and, 85–91, 94, 99–102; consumption and, 86, 104–6, 112–13; current generation’s debt to, 90–92, 112–13; declining population and, 86, 89–90, 95–99, 103, 113; default and, 110–12; democracy and, 106; demographic implosion and, 95–100; freedom of investors and, 108; globalization and, 108; government and, 84–95, 98–113; gross domestic product (GDP) and, 91–94, 98–99, 103, 108, 111; growth and, 90, 95, 97, 99, 102, 105–8, 111; health issues and, 89, 93–94, 97–99, 103, 106, 111–13; higher retirement age and, 94–98, 106–7, 112; innovation and, 102; institutional responsibility and, 296; less leisure and, 106–7; Medicare and, 93–94; migration and, 108–9; morals and, 90; pensions and, 85–86, 90, 92–100, 103–7, 111–13; politics and, 86–94, 98, 101–8, 111–13; poverty and, 100; productivity and, 88, 97–99, 102, 105–8, 112; public debt and, 85–86; reform and, 85–86, 98, 111–12; savings and, 86–87, 94, 98, 100–101, 105–8, 112; Social Security and, 93–94; social welfare and, 85, 100, 112; sustainability and, 79 (see also sustainability); taxpayer burden and, 85–91, 94, 99, 103–5; technology and, 107; welfare burden and, 92–95 poverty, 261, 267; desire to spend and, 55–56; fairness and, 125, 128, 138, 142; happiness and, 43; posterity and, 100; trust and, 168–69 printing press, 7 productivity, 16; balance and, 268, 271, 273–76, 281, 287; bureaucratic obstacles to, 285–86; Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress and, 37–38; fairness and, 131, 135; globalization and, 131 (see also globalization); governance and, 173–77; happiness and, 27, 38, 42, 51; improvements in, 107–8; institutions and, 244–47, 257, 263; measurement and, 189–90, 194, 199–201, 206–7; nature and, 78, 82; posterity and, 88, 97–99, 102, 105–8, 112; public services and, 257; Soviet method and, 246; technology and, 107–8, 157–59, 268; trilemma of, 13–14, 230–36, 275; trust and, 156–59, 162, 166–67, 170, 174 property rights, 80, 174, 195–96, 261 Protestant work ethic, 13–14, 236 psychology: altruism and, 118–22; anomie and, 48, 51; anxiety and, 1, 25, 47–48, 136–38, 149, 174; behavioral economics and, 116–17, 121, 282; choice and, 10–11; coherence and, 49; commuting and, 47; conflict in relationships and, 47; Easterlin Paradox and, 39–44; face-to-face contact and, 7, 147, 165–68; freedom and, 237 (see also freedom); game theory and, 116–18, 121–22; gift economy and, 205–7; greed and, 26, 34, 54, 88, 129, 150, 221–23, 248, 277–79; happiness and, 9–12, 44–50 (see also happiness); lack of control and, 47; noise and, 47; paradox of prosperity and, 174; positive, 9–10, 49–50, 303n51; public choice theory and, 220, 242–45; rational choice theory and, 214–15; shame and, 47; Slow Movement and, 27–28, 205; thrift education and, 283–84, 294–95; well-being and, 137–43 Ptolemy, 274 public choice theory, 220, 242–45 Public Domain, The (Boyle), 196 public goods, 185–86, 190, 199, 211, 229, 249, 261 purchasing power parity (PPP), 306n19 Putnam, Robert, 140–41, 152–54 Quiet Coup, The (Johnson), 256–57 Radio Corporation of America (RCA), 195 Rajan, Raghuram, 136 Rank, Robert, 40 rational choice theory, 214–15 Rawls, John, 31 Reagan, Ronald, 93, 121, 127, 211, 240, 243, 247–48 recession, 9, 11–12, 275; happiness and, 22, 24, 41, 54; nature and, 55–56, 66; plethora of books following, 55; posterity and, 85, 88, 91–93, 100–101, 108, 110; recovery from, 3, 103; trust and, 182; values and, 209–10, 213, 222 reciprocal altruism, 118–22 reform, 8; benchmark for, 218; bankers and, 277–79; bonus taxes and, 278; collective assent to, 269; courage needed for, 203; first ten steps for, 294–98; health care, 285; improving statistics and, 271; institutions and, 245–48, 256, 285, 288–91, 296–97; nature and, 82–85; New Public Management and, 245–46; politics and, 287–88; posterity and, 98, 111–12; public sector, 288–90; trust and, 162–64, 176–77; values and, 218, 233, 275–78, 295 Reinhardt, Carmen, 111 religion, 10; happiness and, 32–33, 43, 50; nature and, 76, 78; Protestant work ethic and, 13–14, 236; trust and, 147 Renaissance, 7 retirement age, 94, 97–99, 106–7, 112 revalorization, 275 Road to Wigan Pier, The (Orwell), 56 Rodrik, Dani, 136 Rogoff, Kenneth, 111 Romantic Economist, The (Bronk), 28 Romanticism, 27 Rothschilds, 147 Rousseau, Jean–Jacques, 114 Royal Bank of Scotland, 146 runs, 1 Ruskin, John, 27–28 Russia, 97–98, 123; Cold War and, 93, 112, 147, 209, 213, 239; Iron Curtain and, 183, 239, 252; production targets and, 246; as Soviet Union, 228, 246 Saez, Emmanuel, 127, 129 salaries: high, 130, 143–44, 193, 223, 277–78, 286, 296; measurement and, 191–99; paradox of, 193; superstar effect and, 134; technology and, 2, 89 Sandel, Michael, 224–25, 237 Sarkozy, Nicolas, 37, 202, 274 satellite accounts, 38, 81, 204–6, 271 Satyam, 146 savings, 1, 280–82, 293; China and, 87, 94, 100, 108; necessary increasing of, 105–6; negative, 105; policy recommendations for, 280–84; posterity and, 86–87, 94, 98, 100–101, 105, 108, 112; thrift education and, 283–84, 294–95 savings clubs, 283 Schumpeter, Joseph, 14 Schwartz, Barry, 10–11, 40 Seabright, Paul, 148–49, 170, 213–14, 228 self-interest: fairness and, 114–22; greed and, 26, 34, 54, 88, 129, 150, 221–23, 248, 277–79; moral sentiments and, 119–20, 142, 221; nature and, 65; reciprocal altruism and, 118–22; values and, 214, 221 Selfish Gene, The (Dawkins), 118 Sen, Amartya, 18, 37, 43, 82, 202, 237, 274, 310n25 shame, 47 shareholders, 88, 145, 248, 257–58, 277 Silicon Valley, 166 Simon, Herbert, 249–50, 254, 261, 270 Simon, Julian, 70 Singapore, 126 Sloan School, 256 Slow Food, 27 Slow Movement, 27–28, 205 smart cards, 252–53 Smith, Adam, 119–20, 209, 221, 255 Smith, Vernon, 215 social capital, 8, 12, 17; definition of, 152–53; fairness and, 116, 121, 139–43; intangible assets and, 149–52, 157, 161, 199–201; measurement of, 154, 185; policy recommendations for, 267, 271, 273, 276; Putnam on, 152–54; trust and, 5, 151–57, 168–74, 177; values and, 223–25, 231, 257 social justice, 31, 43, 53, 65, 123, 164, 224, 237, 286 Social Limits to Growth, The (Hirsch), 190, 231 social markets, 217–20 social networks, 260, 270, 288–89 Social Security, 93–94 social welfare.

 

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How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet (Information Policy) by Benjamin Peters

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Albert Einstein, Andrei Shleifer, Benoit Mandelbrot, bitcoin, Brownian motion, Claude Shannon: information theory, cloud computing, cognitive dissonance, computer age, conceptual framework, crony capitalism, crowdsourcing, cuban missile crisis, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, David Graeber, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, double helix, Drosophila, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, From Mathematics to the Technologies of Life and Death, hive mind, index card, informal economy, invisible hand, Jacquard loom, Jacquard loom, John von Neumann, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, linear programming, mandelbrot fractal, Marshall McLuhan, means of production, Menlo Park, Mikhail Gorbachev, mutually assured destruction, Network effects, Norbert Wiener, packet switching, pattern recognition, Paul Erdős, Peter Thiel, RAND corporation, rent-seeking, road to serfdom, Ronald Coase, scientific mainstream, Steve Jobs, Stewart Brand, stochastic process, technoutopianism, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, transaction costs, Turing machine

In 1965, the American computer businessman Gordon Moore expressed a distinct exponential law that has applied to the microscopic level of the compounding growth of silicon chip production—that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles every two years (2N).51 Both men foresaw in 1962 the emerging information sector or what Austrian American economist Fritz Machlup called “the knowledge economy.” For Kharkevich, the amount of information that a society processes can be expressed as a power law function of the industries it contains, and for Moore, the amount of information that a society processes can be expressed as an exponential function of the transistors on the circuits its industries can produce.52 These sibling laws (Moore’s 2N and Kharkevich’s N2) diverge interestingly in complex systems (when N is larger than 4).

., 59 Kharkevich, Aleksandr, 12, 81, 97–101, 103–105, 120, 174, 180, 185, 216 Kharkevich’s law, 99–100 Khrushchev, Nikita, 33, 45, 57–58, 63–66, 70, 75–76, 83, 85, 87–88, 90, 102–103, 107, 135, 138, 148, 153, 216 Kibernetika, 38 Kiev, 4 Kirilenko, A. P., 161, 171 Kirillin, V. A., 161 Kitov, Anatoly, 12, 35–37, 40, 43–44, 46, 69, 71, 81–91, 103–104, 108, 118, 120, 122, 137–139, 144, 148, 169, 174, 178, 181–185, 191, 198, 216 Knowledge base, 9 Knowledge economy, 99 Kolman, Ernest, 40–44, 216 Kolmogorov, Andrei, 34, 41, 44, 46, 216 Komchamstvo, 114 Komp’yuter, 38 Komsomol Spotlight, 107 Kornai, János, 72–73 Kosygin, Aleksei, 65, 67, 114, 140, 153, 161–166, 216 Kovalev, N. I., 12, 81, 101–103, 105, 178, 180 Kramnik, Vladimir, 176 Krilov, N., 42 Krinitskiy, Nikolai, 177 Kronrod, Alexander, 178 Kukharchuk, A. G., 119 Kuntsevo system, 154 Kurchatov, Igor, 34 Laboratory of Economical Mathematical Methods, 137 Labor Party, British, 199 Lacan, Jacques, 26 Laing, R.

 

The End of Accounting and the Path Forward for Investors and Managers (Wiley Finance) by Feng Gu

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Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, barriers to entry, business process, Claude Shannon: information theory, Clayton Christensen, conceptual framework, corporate governance, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, discounted cash flows, diversified portfolio, double entry bookkeeping, Exxon Valdez, financial innovation, fixed income, hydraulic fracturing, index fund, inventory management, Joseph Schumpeter, knowledge economy, moral hazard, new economy, obamacare, quantitative easing, quantitative trading / quantitative finance, QWERTY keyboard, race to the bottom, risk/return, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, shareholder value, Steve Jobs, The Great Moderation, value at risk

The patents of Apple and Pfizer, the brands of Coca-Cola and Amazon, the highly efficient business processes (organizational capital) of Walmart and Southwest Airlines drove these companies’ success, rather than their machines, physical premises, or inventory. The increasing dominance of intangibles among corporate assets is widely recognized, with its consequences having become known as the “knowledge economy,” except, that is, by accountants, who strangely persist in ignoring the intangibles insurgence. How ironic that physical and financial investments, unable to create substantial value by themselves, are fully recognized as assets on corporate balance sheets—think about the “contribution” of inventory or short-term investments to the growth prospects of Pfizer—whereas investments in internally generated intangibles, such as patents, brands, or knowhow—powerful value creators—are immediately expensed; that is, treated in the income statement as regular expenses (salaries, rent) without future benefits.

See Financial information backward-looking information 52 company-related information sources 44 competition/litigation concerns 205–206 contribution 44 disagreement 63 quantification 63–65 importance 42 increase, requirement 87–88 intermediaries 62 manager cooperation 204–205 problems 84–86 proposed information, elicitation process 199–200 regulatory burden, lightening 206–208 253 SEC role 203 sources 68–69 alternative 70 ranking 30 theory (communication theory) 42 timelines, issue 43 uniformity 169 usefulness, measurement 30 uselessness 32 vagueness 63 Infringement 123 In-line products box 169–170 Innovation 166, 168 disruption 123 financial innovations 71 investment 164–165 revenues 176 In-process-R&D (IPRD) 96 balance sheet value 97 Insurance company operations 154f operations, risk 158 Intangible assets accounting problems 83–84 relevance, loss 88–90 rules, change (demand) 90 treatment 77–78 acquisition 85–86 amortization 216 asset treatment 214–217 capitalization 216 conspiracy of silence, application 86 disclosure, improvement 217–219 economic role, increase 37 emergence 37–38 increase 81–83 information increase, requirement 87–88 problems 84–86 investment, Google increase 85 nontradability 87–88 revolution 82f treatment, problem 78 uniqueness 87–88 valuation 215 254 Intangible capital increase 83 U.S. private sector investment 82f Intangible investments, expensing 216 Intellectual assets, economic role (increase) 37 Intellectual capital reports 113 Internal controls, gross inadequacies 123–124 International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 217 Internet chat rooms 7 Internet service providers, patents 234 Inventory account 233 contribution 78 improvement 72 taking 233–235 Investments 156 efficiency 122 mapping 121–123 returns 18–19 risk, diversification 158 Investors agreement 63 contribution, example 45–46 decisions erosion 37–38 reported financial information, role 37 triggering 30 disagreement 63 fault 50 importance 119 information contribution 46f demand, SEC role 203 needs 114 relevance 185 investor-relevant information system 159 irrationality 50–51 necessity 142–144 operating instructions, Strategic Resources & Consequences Report issue 197, 230 SUBJECT INDEX reaction, measurement 43–44 usefulness 122 valuation process 219–220 IPRD. See In-process-R&D Irrational investors 50–51 Jobs, Steve 52 Johnson, Don 31 Johnson & Johnson’s operations cash 165 Pfizer, comparison 165 Joint relevance-loss of earnings, problem 34–35 Joint ventures 86 rarity 7 ROI, assessment 188 Just-in-time strategy 7 Key performance indicators (KPIs) 113, 127 lists, disparateness 129 Knowledge economy 78 KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals 164, 166 Lease capitalization, avoidance 222 Liabilities fair valuation 37–38 fair values 61 Liber Abaci (Fibonacci) 231 Life and health (LH) 147 Limited liability corporation, establishment 95–96 Litigation implementation concerns 205–206 risk 90 Lockheed Martin, innovation strategies 85 Lundholm, Russell 220–221 Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) section 5 Management, risk mitigation strategies 159 Managerial estimates, proliferation 38 Subject Index Managers competitive concerns 129 decisions, distortions 85–86 estimates/forecasts proliferation 219 verification, enabling 220–221 forecasts 47 performance-related information source 44 guidance 116 importance 119 wishful thinking 205 Marked-to-market items 97 Marked-to-myth 37, 97 Market share, loss 173 Markets, movement absence 19 earnings, impact 57 Market value (MV) 32–33, 38 capitalization 89 regression 89f Mark to market nontraded assets/liabilities 37–38 Media/entertainment, Strategic Resources & Consequences Report 133–135, 143f Medical costs, inflation (impact) 155–156 Medical devices, development 171 Merck joint development 168 Q3–2013 sales, decrease 174–175 Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) 96 Message, information 41–43 Metacloud Technology 216–217 Momentum (operations) 7 Monetary information 127 Morgan, J.

 

The Data Revolution: Big Data, Open Data, Data Infrastructures and Their Consequences by Rob Kitchin

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business intelligence, business process, cellular automata, Celtic Tiger, cloud computing, collateralized debt obligation, conceptual framework, congestion charging, corporate governance, correlation does not imply causation, crowdsourcing, discrete time, George Gilder, Google Earth, Infrastructure as a Service, Internet Archive, Internet of things, invisible hand, knowledge economy, late capitalism, linked data, Masdar, means of production, Nate Silver, natural language processing, openstreetmap, pattern recognition, platform as a service, recommendation engine, RFID, semantic web, sentiment analysis, slashdot, smart cities, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia, smart grid, smart meter, software as a service, statistical model, supply-chain management, the scientific method, The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver, transaction costs

These alternative interests can often become aligned in paradoxical ways, though they may have quite different agendas, for example the support of big business for the open data movement with respect to public data (see Chapter 3). In other words, data are manifested and situated within complex and contested political economies and, at the same time, they are used to shape such debates and regimes. Moreover, data constitute an economic resource, one that is a key component of the next phase of the knowledge economy, reshaping the mode of production to one that it is data-driven (see Chapter 7). Since the late 1980s, scholars such as Castells (1988, 1996) have argued that the latest cycle of capitalism is underpinned by the production of knowledge that creates new products and forms of labour, facilitates economic restructuring, and enhances productivity, competitiveness, efficiencies, sustainability and capital accumulation.

., the European Union [EU] and the United Nations Development Programme [UNDP]) have followed suit, making thousands of previously restricted datasets open in nature for non-commercial and commercial use (see DataRemixed 2013). Such a shift in position has been facilitated by influential international and national lobby groups such as the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Sunlight Foundation, accompanied by the lobbying of knowledge-economy industry groups and companies, as well senior civil servants convinced by the arguments used, and dozens of local groups seeking to leverage municipal data. While the arguments of the open data movement are presented in a commonsensical manner, using tropes such as transparency, accountability, participation, innovation and economic growth, the rapid opening up of government and scientific data has not been universally welcomed.

 

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The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-First Century by Ronald Bailey

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3D printing, additive manufacturing, agricultural Revolution, Albert Einstein, autonomous vehicles, Cass Sunstein, Climatic Research Unit, Commodity Super-Cycle, conceptual framework, corporate governance, credit crunch, David Attenborough, decarbonisation, dematerialisation, demographic transition, diversified portfolio, double helix, energy security, failed state, financial independence, Gary Taubes, hydraulic fracturing, income inequality, invisible hand, knowledge economy, meta analysis, meta-analysis, Naomi Klein, oil shale / tar sands, oil shock, pattern recognition, peak oil, phenotype, planetary scale, price stability, profit motive, purchasing power parity, race to the bottom, RAND corporation, rent-seeking, Stewart Brand, Tesla Model S, trade liberalization, University of East Anglia, uranium enrichment, women in the workforce, yield curve

“The true key to the timing of the Industrial Revolution has to be sought in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century and the Enlightenment movement of the eighteenth century. The key to the Industrial Revolution was technology, technology is knowledge,” explains Northwestern University economic historian Joel Mokyr in his 2002 book The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy. Technology is the productive engine that has enabled some happy portion of humanity to escape from our natural state of abject poverty. Correspondingly, Timothy Ferris, author of The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature, points out: “Liberalism and science are methods, not ideologies.” Both embody the freedom to explore and experiment, enabling people to more systematically use trial and error to seek truths about the physical and social worlds.

forbade the chemical manufacturer: Ronald Bailey, “Brain Drain.” Forbes, November 27, 1989, 261. “generic focus on new products”: Gary Marchant et al., Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). Impact of the Precautionary Principle on Feeding Current and Future Generations. Issue Paper 52. CAST, Ames, Iowa, 2013. “The true key to the timing”: Joel Mokyr, The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2002. “Liberalism and science”: Timothy Ferris in Michael Shermer, “Democracy’s Laboratory: Are Science and Politics Interrelated?” Scientific American, September 2010. www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=democracys-laboratory. “Human reason can neither predict”: Friedrich Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition, ed. Ronald Hamowy.

 

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The Weightless World: Strategies for Managing the Digital Economy by Diane Coyle

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barriers to entry, Berlin Wall, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, blue-collar work, Bretton Woods, clean water, computer age, Corn Laws, cross-subsidies, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, dematerialisation, Diane Coyle, Edward Glaeser, everywhere but in the productivity statistics, financial deregulation, full employment, global village, hiring and firing, Howard Rheingold, income inequality, informal economy, invisible hand, Jane Jacobs, Joseph Schumpeter, knowledge economy, labour market flexibility, laissez-faire capitalism, lump of labour, Marshall McLuhan, McJob, microcredit, Network effects, new economy, Nick Leeson, night-watchman state, North Sea oil, offshore financial centre, pension reform, pensions crisis, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, spinning jenny, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the market place, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thorstein Veblen, Tobin tax, two tier labour market, very high income, War on Poverty, winner-take-all economy, working-age population

The average weight of a real dollar of US exports halved between 1990 and 1996 alone, according to estimates from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which reckoned half of member countries’ national output to be ‘knowledge based’ by the mid-1990s. Although here he emphasised miniaturisation and the use of new materials in making the same value of physical output lighter, the Fed chairman could have added the expansion of services as opposed to manufacturing, or in other words the switch away from physical output in all the developed economies. This switch includes not only the ‘knowledge’ economy, the growth of services ranging from management consultancy to the music industry that make extensive use of computer technologies, but also low-technology services like fast food restaurants. Although some of the technological leaps driving weightlessness are not all that recent, their embodiment in our economies is new — it takes upwards of 40 years for businesses to adopt new technologies.

It includes charities, voluntary organisations from unions to think tanks and lobby groups, nongovernmental organisations including the quangos that overlap with the public sector, not-for-profit businesses, churches, schools, housing associations, museums, and mutual and co-operative organisations.2 The list could go on. It could be extended to cover all the ‘unemployed’ people who describe themselves as ‘carers’, for example, of whom there are about 6 million in the UK. These are just as much part of the weightless world as jobs in the knowledge economy. The link is that they are all very people-intensive services whose purpose is to provide the service rather than maximise the profit that can be made from doing so. The absence of an emphasis on profit and productivity is precisely what will permit the sector to create jobs. It parallels the way some advanced economies have permitted the existence of an inefficient, sheltered sector as an employment policy, like retailing in Japan, safeguarded from competition by strict regulation, or the public sector in many northern European countries.

 

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That Used to Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum

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3D printing, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Albert Einstein, Amazon Web Services, American Society of Civil Engineers: Report Card, Andy Kessler, Ayatollah Khomeini, bank run, barriers to entry, Berlin Wall, blue-collar work, Bretton Woods, business process, call centre, carbon footprint, Carmen Reinhart, Cass Sunstein, centre right, Climatic Research Unit, cloud computing, collective bargaining, corporate social responsibility, Credit Default Swap, crowdsourcing, delayed gratification, energy security, Fall of the Berlin Wall, fear of failure, full employment, Google Earth, illegal immigration, immigration reform, income inequality, job automation, Kenneth Rogoff, knowledge economy, Lean Startup, low skilled workers, Mark Zuckerberg, market design, more computing power than Apollo, Network effects, obamacare, oil shock, pension reform, Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, rising living standards, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Saturday Night Live, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, Steve Jobs, the scientific method, Thomas L Friedman, too big to fail, University of East Anglia, WikiLeaks

As they say in football, “You are what your record says you are.” Our record says that we are a country whose educational performance is at best undistinguished. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made no excuses for the results. The day the 2009 PISA results were published (December 7, 2010), he issued a statement, saying, “Being average in reading and science—and below average in math—is not nearly good enough in a knowledge economy where scientific and technological literacy is so central to sustaining innovation and international competitiveness.” The PISA test results got some fleeting newspaper coverage and then disappeared. No radio or television station interrupted its programming to tell us how poorly we had done; neither party picked up the issue and used it in the 2010 midterms. Partial-birth abortion received more attention.

This kind of “extra” is what “better” education has to achieve and to inspire. For the last 235 years, America expanded and upgraded its educational system again and again in line with advances in technology. When we were an agrarian society, that meant introducing universal primary education; as we became an industrial society, that meant promoting universal high school education; as we became a knowledge economy, that meant at least aspiring to universal postsecondary education. Now the hyper-connected world is demanding another leap. Mark Rosenberg, the president of Florida International University, which has 42,000 students, summed up what it is: “It is imperative that we become much better in educating students not just to take good jobs but to create good jobs.” The countries that educate and enable their workers to do that the best will surely thrive the most.

 

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From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism by Fred Turner

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1960s counterculture, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, back-to-the-land, bioinformatics, Buckminster Fuller, Claude Shannon: information theory, complexity theory, computer age, conceptual framework, Danny Hillis, dematerialisation, distributed generation, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, From Mathematics to the Technologies of Life and Death, future of work, game design, George Gilder, global village, Golden Gate Park, Hacker Ethic, Haight Ashbury, hive mind, Howard Rheingold, informal economy, invisible hand, Jaron Lanier, John von Neumann, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, market bubble, Marshall McLuhan, means of production, Menlo Park, Mother of all demos, new economy, Norbert Wiener, post-industrial society, postindustrial economy, Productivity paradox, QWERTY keyboard, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RAND corporation, Richard Stallman, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, South of Market, San Francisco, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, technoutopianism, Ted Nelson, Telecommunications Act of 1996, theory of mind, urban renewal, Vannevar Bush, Whole Earth Catalog, Whole Earth Review, Yom Kippur War

In the industrial-era lofts south of Market Street in San Francisco and in the narrow corridors of Manhattan’s Silicon Alley, twenty-something marketers pulled their six-hundred-dollar Herman Miller chairs around hand-hewn oak and redwood tables and plotted something called “web strategy.” More than a few began to imagine themselves as bits of talent and information swirling in the currents of a knowledge economy, their own careers tied to their ability to divine its rapidly changing laws.59 Corporations reconfigured offices to facilitate flexible work, programmers camped in their companies’ open-all-night offices, and day after day, financiers, technologists, and ordinary Americans checked the financial pages for signs that the future was still dawning. However, even as optimism peaked in its pages and among its readership, Wired magazine began to stumble.

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Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism by Stephen Graham

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airport security, anti-communist, autonomous vehicles, Berlin Wall, call centre, carbon footprint, clean water, congestion charging, credit crunch, DARPA: Urban Challenge, defense in depth, deindustrialization, edge city, energy security, European colonialism, failed state, Food sovereignty, Gini coefficient, global supply chain, Google Earth, illegal immigration, income inequality, knowledge economy, late capitalism, loose coupling, market fundamentalism, McMansion, megacity, mutually assured destruction, Naomi Klein, New Urbanism, offshore financial centre, pattern recognition, peak oil, planetary scale, private military company, RAND corporation, RFID, Richard Florida, Scramble for Africa, Silicon Valley, smart transportation, surplus humans, The Bell Curve by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, urban sprawl, Washington Consensus, white flight

This leaves the burgeoning and pivotal cities of the South categorized as a mere Other, outside of Western culture, a status which makes it all but impossible for theorists to grasp how both sets of cities mutually constitute each other within imperial, neo-colonial or postcolonial geographies.27 The field of urban studies has been particularly slow to address the central role of cities within the new imperialism – the resurgence of aggressive, colonial militarism focusing on the violent appropriation of land and resources in the South.28 Indeed, the prosperous cities of the North are today often idealized by liberal commentators and theorists as centres of migration and laboratories of cosmopolitan integration, characteristics construed as vital to their high-tech economic futures as the key nodes of the ‘global knowledge economy’. Such integration is deemed by influential urban policy gurus, such as Richard Florida, to be a key engine of economic creativity within technologically advanced capitalism.29 These perspectives, however, systematically ignore the way the North’s global cities often act as economic or ecological parasites, preying on the South, violently appropriating energy, water, land and mineral resources, relying on exploitative labour conditions in offshore manufacturing, driving damaging processes of climate change, and generating an often highly damaging flow of tourism and waste.

Announcing the plan in 1954, Vice President Richard Nixon argued that its prime raison d’être was to ‘meet the demands of catastrophe or defense, should an atomic war come’.57 Meanwhile bright, modernist new towns and new capitals were engineered across the world, both by Soviet and Western planners and by foreign aid programmes, as a means of shoring up geopolitical support on the globally stretched frontiers of the Cold War.58 Back in the United States, meanwhile, massive new high-tech districts such as California’s Silicon Valley were forged as motors of a new ‘knowledge economy’ centred on emerging ‘global’ cities, as is well known. Much less recognized is the fact that such ‘technopoles’ were also the key foundries for the militarized control technologies which sustained the Cold War and were later mobilized as the basis for the transformation of US forces through the ‘Revolution in Military Affairs’.59 At the same time, the imperatives faced by the new military science of cybernetics quickly expanded from the remote control of missiles to the task of organizing new means of rebuilding US cities during the years of mass ‘slum’ clearance in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as building early cable TV networks.60 We should also not forget the more indirect geopolitical and international security implications of Cold War geographies and architectures of urbanization.

 

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The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop, Robert G. Cushing

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1960s counterculture, affirmative action, big-box store, blue-collar work, Cass Sunstein, citizen journalism, cognitive dissonance, David Brooks, demographic transition, desegregation, Edward Glaeser, immigration reform, income inequality, Jane Jacobs, knowledge economy, meta analysis, meta-analysis, Milgram experiment, music of the spheres, New Urbanism, post-industrial society, Post-materialism, post-materialism, Ralph Nader, Richard Florida, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, stem cell, Steve Jobs, superstar cities, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, union organizing, War on Poverty, white flight, World Values Survey

Berry, "The Divergence of Human Capital Levels Across Cities" (Harvard Institute of Economic Research Discussion Paper 2091, August 2005), p. 10, http://www.economics.harvard.edu/hier/2005papers/HIER2091.pdf. 4. Richard Florida, "The World Is Spiky"Atlantic, October 2005, pp. 48–49. 5. Glaeser and Berry, "The Divergence of Human Capital," pp. 10–11. 6. Joe Cortright, "The Young and Restless in a Knowledge Economy" (report prepared for CEOs for Cities, December 2005), p. 30. 7. Edward Glaeser and Jesse M. Shapiro, "City Growth and the 2000 Census: Which Places Grew, and Why" (Center of Urban and Metropolitan Policy, Brookings Institution, May 2001), p. 9, http://www.brookings.edu/reports/2001/05demographics_edward-glaeser-and-jesse-m—shapiro.aspx. 8. Glaeser and Berry, "The Divergence of Human Capital," pp. 2–11.

London: Free Press of Glencoe, 1964. Cortright, Joe. "The Economic Importance of Being Different: Regional Variations in Taste, Increasing Returns and the Dynamics of Development." Economic Development Quarterly 16, no. 1 (February 2002): 3–16. ———. "New Growth Theory, Technology and Learning: A Practitioner's Guide." Paper prepared for the Economic Development Administration, 2001. ———. "The Young and Restless in a Knowledge Economy." Report prepared for CEOs for Cities, December 2005. Crow, Paul A., Jr. "Eugene Carson Blake: Apostle of Christian Unity." Ecumenical Review 21 (1986): 228–36. Dahl, Robert A. Democracy in the United States Promise and Performance 2nd ed. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1972. Dalton, Russell J. "The Social Transformation of Trust in Government." International Review of Sociology 15, no. 1 (March 2005): 133–54.

 

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The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson

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air freight, anti-communist, barriers to entry, Bay Area Rapid Transit, British Empire, call centre, collective bargaining, conceptual framework, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, deindustrialization, deskilling, Edward Glaeser, Erik Brynjolfsson, full employment, global supply chain, intermodal, Isaac Newton, job automation, knowledge economy, Malcom McLean invented shipping containers, manufacturing employment, Network effects, New Economic Geography, new economy, oil shock, Panamax, Port of Oakland, post-Panamax, Productivity paradox, refrigerator car, South China Sea, trade route, Works Progress Administration, Yom Kippur War

., p. 208; Miriam Dossal Panjwani, “Space as Determinant: Neighbourhoods, Clubs and Other Strategies of Survival,” in Davies et al., Dock Workers, 2:759; Robin Carruthers, Jitendra N. Bajpai, and David Hummels, “Trade and Logistics: An East Asian Perspective,” in East Asia Integrates: A Trade Policy Agenda for Shared Growth (Washington, DC, 2003), pp. 117–137. 10. David Hummels, “Time as a Trade Barrier,” mimeo, Purdue University, July 2001. 11. Joel Mokyr, The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy (Princeton, 2002), p. 232. 12. Clark, Dollar, and Micco, “Port Efficiency,” p. 422; Nuno Limão and Anthony J. Venables, “Infrastructure, Geographical Disadvantage and Transport Costs,” World Bank Economic Review 15, no. 3 (2001): 451–479; Robin Carruthers and Jitendra N. Bajpai, “Trends in Trade and Logistics: An East Asian Perspective,” Working Paper No. 2, Transport Sector Unit, World Bank, 2002. 13.

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

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8-hour work day, Albert Einstein, Asperger Syndrome, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, call centre, crowdsourcing, David Brooks, delayed gratification, deliberate practice, game design, hive mind, index card, indoor plumbing, Isaac Newton, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, Mahatma Gandhi, Menlo Park, meta analysis, meta-analysis, Mikhail Gorbachev, new economy, popular electronics, Ralph Waldo Emerson, ride hailing / ride sharing, Rosa Parks, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, telemarketer, The Wisdom of Crowds, traveling salesman, Walter Mischel, web application, white flight

It’s the story of a contemporary phenomenon that I call the New Groupthink—a phenomenon that has the potential to stifle productivity at work and to deprive schoolchildren of the skills they’ll need to achieve excellence in an increasingly competitive world. The New Groupthink elevates teamwork above all else. It insists that creativity and intellectual achievement come from a gregarious place. It has many powerful advocates. “Innovation—the heart of the knowledge economy—is fundamentally social,” writes the prominent journalist Malcolm Gladwell. “None of us is as smart as all of us,” declares the organizational consultant Warren Bennis, in his book Organizing Genius, whose opening chapter heralds the rise of the “Great Group” and “The End of the Great Man.” “Many jobs that we regard as the province of a single mind actually require a crowd,” muses Clay Shirky in his influential book Here Comes Everybody.

It’s also possible, as the psychologist Uwe Wolfradt suggests, that the relationship between introversion and creativity is “discernable at a higher level of creativity only.” (Uwe Wolfradt, “Individual Differences in Creativity: Personality, Story Writing, and Hobbies,” European Journal of Personality 15, no. 4, [July/August 2001]: 297–310.) 5. Hans Eysenck: Hans J. Eysenck, Genius: The Natural History of Creativity (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995). 6. “Innovation—the heart of the knowledge economy”: Malcolm Gladwell, “Why Your Bosses Want to Turn Your New Office into Greenwich Village,” The New Yorker, December 11, 2000. 7. “None of us is as smart as all of us”: Warren Bennis, Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration (New York: Basic Books, 1997). 8. “Michelangelo had assistants”: Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations (New York: Penguin, 2008). 9. organize workforces into teams: Steve Koslowski and Daniel Ilgen, “Enhancing the Effectiveness of Work Groups and Teams,” Psychological Science in the Public Interest 7, no. 3 (2006): 77–124. 10.

 

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The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Alex Hyde-White

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bank run, banking crisis, barriers to entry, battle of ideas, Berlin Wall, Bretton Woods, capital controls, Carmen Reinhart, cashless society, central bank independence, centre right, cognitive dissonance, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collective bargaining, corporate governance, correlation does not imply causation, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, currency peg, dark matter, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, disintermediation, diversified portfolio, eurozone crisis, Fall of the Berlin Wall, fiat currency, financial innovation, full employment, George Akerlof, Gini coefficient, global supply chain, Growth in a Time of Debt, housing crisis, income inequality, incomplete markets, inflation targeting, investor state dispute settlement, invisible hand, Kenneth Rogoff, knowledge economy, labour market flexibility, labour mobility, manufacturing employment, market bubble, market friction, market fundamentalism, Martin Wolf, Mexican peso crisis / tequila crisis, moral hazard, mortgage debt, neoliberal agenda, new economy, open economy, paradox of thrift, pension reform, pensions crisis, price stability, profit maximization, purchasing power parity, quantitative easing, race to the bottom, risk-adjusted returns, Robert Gordon, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, savings glut, secular stagnation, Silicon Valley, sovereign wealth fund, the payments system, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, too big to fail, transaction costs, transfer pricing, trickle-down economics, Washington Consensus, working-age population

The move from agriculture to industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was often traumatic.15 Those in the older sectors saw their incomes and wealth evaporate, and had little access to capital markets; they couldn’t make the investments required to shift from the old economy to the new. But much the same is true as the economy moves from manufacturing to the service sector, and especially as it moves toward an innovation and knowledge economy. Creating a learning economy is not easy, and the government needs to play a central role.16 At the center of America’s knowledge economy are its first-rate higher educational institutions, many of which were established more than a hundred years ago, some hundreds of years ago. And even they achieved much of their greatness as a result of migration from Europe around World War II, and with massive government support in the war and afterward for research. So, too, the culture and “ecology” of Silicon Valley—with its venture capital firms and close nexus between universities and enterprises—was created over a span of decades.

 

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Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World by Deirdre N. McCloskey

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Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press Mokyr, Joel. 1990. The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress. New York: Oxford University Press. Mokyr, Joel. 1999a. “Editor’s Introduction: The New Economic History and the Industrial Revolution.” Pp. 1-131 in Joel Mokyr, ed., The British Industrial Revolution: An Economic Perspective. Boulder: Westview Press. Mokyr, Joel. 2002. The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Mokyr, Joel. 2003. “Industrial Revolution.” In Mokyr, ed., Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History. Mokyr, Joel. 2007a. “The European Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, and Modern Economic Growth.” Max Weber Lecture, European University Institute, Bellagio, March 27, 2007. At http://faculty.wcas.northwestern.edu/~jmokyr/Florence-Weber.PDF Mokyr, Joel. 2007b.

The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Mellinger, Andrew D., Jeffrey D. Sachs, and John L. Gallup. 2002. "Climate, Coastal Proximity, and Development." Pp. 169-194 in G. L. Clark, Maryann P. Feldman, and M. S. Gertler, eds., the Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Mokyr, Joel. 2002. The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Nordhaus, William D. 1997. "Do Real Output and Real Wage Measures Capture Reality? The History of Lighting Suggests Not." Pp. 29-70 in Timothy Bresnahan and Robert J. Gordon, eds., The Economics of New Goods. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. North, Douglass C. 1990. Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 417 North, Douglass C., and Barry R.

 

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The Accidental Theorist: And Other Dispatches From the Dismal Science by Paul Krugman

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Bonfire of the Vanities, Bretton Woods, clean water, collective bargaining, declining real wages, floating exchange rates, full employment, George Akerlof, George Gilder, Home mortgage interest deduction, income inequality, indoor plumbing, informal economy, invisible hand, knowledge economy, life extension, lump of labour, new economy, Nick Leeson, paradox of thrift, Plutocrats, plutocrats, price stability, rent control, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, trade route, very high income, working poor

The royalties the Four Sopranos earn from their recordings are surprisingly small; mainly the recordings serve as advertisements for their arena concerts. The fans, of course, go to these concerts not to appreciate the music (they can do that far better at home) but for the experience of seeing their idols in person. Technology forecaster Esther Dyson got it precisely right in 1996: “Free copies of content are going to be what you use to establish your fame. Then you go out and milk it.” In short, instead of becoming a Knowledge Economy we have become a Celebrity Economy. Luckily, the same technology that has made it impossible to capitalize directly on knowledge has also created many more opportunities for celebrity. The 500-channel world is a place of many subcultures, each with its own culture heroes; there are people who will pay for the thrill of live encounters not only with divas but with journalists, poets, mathematicians, and even economists.

 

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The Flat White Economy by Douglas McWilliams

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access to a mobile phone, banking crisis, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, bonus culture, cleantech, cloud computing, computer age, correlation coefficient, Edward Glaeser, en.wikipedia.org, Erik Brynjolfsson, eurozone crisis, George Gilder, hiring and firing, income inequality, informal economy, knowledge economy, low skilled workers, Network effects, new economy, offshore financial centre, Peter Thiel, Productivity paradox, Silicon Valley, smart cities, special economic zone, Steve Jobs, working-age population

‘The Impact of Recent Immigration on the London Economy’, London School of Economics, July 2007. 19. 2011 Census (workplace population analysis), Office for National Statistics, May 2014: www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171766_364058.pdf 20. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25879675 21. ‘Internal Migration by Local Authorities in England and Wales, Year Ending June 2012’, Office for National Statistics, June 2013: www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_315652.pdf 22. ‘Simply the Best? Skilled migrants and the UK’s knowledge economy’, L Hopkins & C Levy, The Big Innovation Centre, June 2012. 23. Under the UK’s national qualifications framework, Level 4 is equivalent to a Higher National Certificate – see www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean. 24. 2011 Census (workplace population analysis), Office for National Statistics, May 2014: www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171766_364058.pdf 25. travel.wikinut.com/The-Cultural-Diversity-of-London/y6e37vl3/ 26.

 

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Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea by John Micklethwait, Adrian Wooldridge

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affirmative action, barriers to entry, Bonfire of the Vanities, borderless world, business process, Corn Laws, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, credit crunch, crony capitalism, double entry bookkeeping, Etonian, hiring and firing, invisible hand, James Watt: steam engine, joint-stock company, joint-stock limited liability company, Joseph Schumpeter, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, laissez-faire capitalism, manufacturing employment, market bubble, mittelstand, new economy, North Sea oil, race to the bottom, railway mania, Ronald Coase, Silicon Valley, six sigma, South Sea Bubble, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, strikebreaker, The Nature of the Firm, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thorstein Veblen, trade route, transaction costs, tulip mania, wage slave, William Shockley: the traitorous eight

., 209. 14. Ibid., 218. 15. Ibid., 221. 16. Ibid., 222. 17. Chandler, The Visible Hand, 369. 18. Chandler, Scale and Scope, 200. 19. Jones, British Multinationals, 5. 20. Sampson, Company Man, 143. 21. Paul Doremus et al., The Myth of the Global Corporation (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998), 8. 22. Quoted in Yves Doz et al., From Global to Metanational: How Companies Win in the Knowledge Economy (Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2001), 63. 23. Peter Drucker, The New Realities (London: Heinemann, 1989), 119. 24. Doz et al., From Global to Metanational, 13. 25. These statistics all come from “How Big Are Multinational Companies?,” a paper released in January 2002 by Paul de Grauwe, of the University of Leuven, and Filip Camerman, of the Belgian Senate. 26. Quoted in Langford, A Polite and Commercial People, 534. 27.

 

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Clock of the Long Now by Stewart Brand

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Albert Einstein, Brewster Kahle, Buckminster Fuller, Colonization of Mars, complexity theory, Danny Hillis, Eratosthenes, Extropian, fault tolerance, Internet Archive, Jaron Lanier, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, life extension, nuclear winter, pensions crisis, phenotype, Ray Kurzweil, Stephen Hawking, Stewart Brand, technological singularity, Ted Kaczynski, Thomas Malthus, Vernor Vinge, Whole Earth Catalog

In 01944 it was those aging veterans, then in politically conservative American Legion posts, who pushed through the GI Bill for returning World War II veterans, providing them with college tuition and low-cost home mortgages; it was not a Roosevelt New Deal program at all. The GI Bill’s cost of $14.5 billion was paid back eightfold in taxes in the next twenty years, it jump-started the boom years of the 01950s, it built the world’s largest middle class, and it set the nation decades ahead as the world moved into a knowledge economy. America’s greatest infrastructural investment ever was made as a gesture of gratitude and justice rather than of profound forethought. A move in one infinite game—generational responsibility—paid off in another infinite game—growing prosperity. Perhaps James Carse is right to end his book with the words, “There is but one infinite game.” Maturity is largely a combination of hard-earned savvy, the habit of thinking ahead, and the patience to see long-term projects through.

 

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The New Division of Labor: How Computers Are Creating the Next Job Market by Frank Levy, Richard J. Murnane

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A manager might never have a direct report exactly like Ned, but the ideas she would learn from discussing with others Alonzo’s problem with Ned would help build patterns of knowledge—schemas—that she could adapt to similar problems. 2. Todd Willis is a pseudonym for one of the participants in Basic Blue. 3. See Mary Ann Zehr, “Computer Giants Look to Students,” Education Week 17, no. 31 (April 15, 1998). 4. For the details of this story, see Richard Murnane, Nancy Sharkey, and Frank Levy, “A Role for the Internet in American Education? Lessons from Cisco Networking Academies,” in The Knowledge Economy and Postsecondary Education, ed. Patricia Albjerg Graham and Nevzer G. Stacey (Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 2002), 127–57. 5. As discussed later, the community server also keeps track of students’ grades on chapter tests and the semester examination, eliminating the bookkeeping activities that consume a great deal of time for most teachers. 6. For rich discussions of the asymmetric information and self-selection ideas, see Daron Acemoglu and Jorn-Steffan Pischke, “Beyond Becker: Training in Imperfect Labour Markets,” Economic Journal 109, no. 453 (February 1999): F112–42; and David Autor, “Why Do Temporary Help Firms Provide Free General Skills Training?”

 

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Democratizing innovation by Eric von Hippel

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additive manufacturing, correlation coefficient, Debian, hacker house, informal economy, inventory management, iterative process, James Watt: steam engine, knowledge economy, meta analysis, meta-analysis, Network effects, placebo effect, principal–agent problem, Richard Stallman, software patent, transaction costs, Vickrey auction

Starting with Machlup (1962), economists also have identified the knowledge-based economy as consisting of specialized sectors focused on activities related to communication, education, the media, and computing and information-related services. Foray argues that these simplifications, although providing a rationale for a way to measure knowledge-generation activities, were never appropriate and now are totally misleading. Knowledge generation, Foray says, is now a major activity across all industrial sectors and is by no means restricted to R&D laboratories: we are in the age of the knowledge economy. He makes a central distinction between R&D that is conducted in laboratories remote from doing, and learning by doing at the site of production. He argues that both are important, and have complementary advantages and drawbacks. Laboratory research can ignore some of the complexities involved in production in search of basic understanding. Learning by doing has the contrasting advantage of being in the full fidelity of the real production process.

 

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Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream by Arianna Huffington

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American Society of Civil Engineers: Report Card, Bernie Madoff, Bernie Sanders, call centre, carried interest, citizen journalism, clean water, collateralized debt obligation, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, crony capitalism, David Brooks, extreme commuting, Exxon Valdez, full employment, greed is good, housing crisis, immigration reform, invisible hand, knowledge economy, laissez-faire capitalism, late fees, market bubble, market fundamentalism, Martin Wolf, medical bankruptcy, microcredit, new economy, New Journalism, offshore financial centre, Ponzi scheme, Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, Richard Florida, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, single-payer health, smart grid, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, too big to fail, transcontinental railway, trickle-down economics, winner-take-all economy, working poor, Works Progress Administration

“Education,” said President Obama during his May 2010 commencement address at Hampton University, “is what has always allowed us to meet the challenges of a changing world.”97 But he made it clear that the bar for meeting those challenges has been raised, and that a high school diploma—formerly, in the president’s words, “a ticket into a solid middle-class life”—is no longer enough to compete in what he called the “knowledge economy.” “Jobs today often require at least a bachelor’s degree,” he said, “and that degree is even more important in tough times like these.98 In fact, the unemployment rate for folks who’ve never gone to college is over twice as high as for folks with a college degree or more.” But rather than rising “to meet the challenges of a changing world,” we’re taking a tumble.99 Our high schools have become dropout factories.

 

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The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau

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big-box store, clean water, follow your passion, if you build it, they will come, index card, informal economy, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, knowledge economy, late fees, price anchoring, Ralph Waldo Emerson, side project, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steve Jobs, Tony Hsieh, web application

Find out what people want, and find a way to give it to them. Give them the fish! There is no consulting school. You can set up shop and charge for specialized help immediately. (Just remember to offer something specific and provide an easy way to get paid.) Some business models are easier than others to start on a budget. Unless you have a compelling reason to do something different, think about how you can participate in the knowledge economy. Action beats planning. Use the One-Page Business Plan and other quick-start guides to get under way without waiting. Crafting an offer, hustling, and producing a launch event will generate much greater results than simply releasing your product or service to the world with no fanfare. The first $1.26 is the hardest, so find a way to get your first sale as quickly as possible. Then work on improving the things that are working, while ignoring the things that aren’t.

 

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The Nature of Technology by W. Brian Arthur

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Andrew Wiles, business process, cognitive dissonance, computer age, double helix, Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute, haute cuisine, James Watt: steam engine, joint-stock company, Joseph Schumpeter, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, locking in a profit, Mars Rover, means of production, railway mania, Silicon Valley, Simon Singh, sorting algorithm, speech recognition, technological singularity, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions

The Social Shaping of Technology. 2nd Ed. Open University Press, Buckingham, UK. 1999. Martin, Henri-Jean. The History and Power of Writing. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 1988. McGee, David. “The Early Sociology of Invention.” Technology & Culture 36:4. 1995. McGinn, Robert. Science, Technology, and Society. Prentice-Hall, New York. 1990. Mokyr, Joel. The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy. University Press, Princeton. 2004. Ogburn, William F. Social Change. 1922. Reprint. Dell, New York. 1966. Otis, Charles. Aircraft Gas Turbine Powerplants. Jeppesen Sanderson Aviation, Englewood, Colorado. 1997. Perez, Carlota. Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital. Edward Elgar, Aldershot, UK. 2002. Rhodes, Richard. The Making of the Atomic Bomb. Simon & Schuster, New York. 1986.

 

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Eat People: And Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs by Andy Kessler

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23andMe, Andy Kessler, bank run, barriers to entry, Berlin Wall, British Empire, business process, California gold rush, carbon footprint, Cass Sunstein, cloud computing, collateralized debt obligation, collective bargaining, computer age, disintermediation, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, fiat currency, Firefox, Fractional reserve banking, George Gilder, Gordon Gekko, greed is good, income inequality, invisible hand, James Watt: steam engine, Jeff Bezos, job automation, Joseph Schumpeter, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, libertarian paternalism, low skilled workers, Mark Zuckerberg, McMansion, Netflix Prize, packet switching, personalized medicine, pets.com, prediction markets, pre–internet, profit motive, race to the bottom, Richard Thaler, risk tolerance, risk-adjusted returns, Silicon Valley, six sigma, Skype, social graph, Steve Jobs, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, transcontinental railway, transfer pricing, Yogi Berra

If that means over a generation replacing low-skill jobs with higher-skilled careers developing more productive tools, then you are creating wealth for the entire economy. We went from Stone Age to Iron Age to Industrial Age to Space Age and we’re now firmly in the Idea Age. Wealth and success are no longer guaranteed by working long hours climbing the corporate ladder of success at Amalgamated Widgets, hand over hand with knives in the backs of your coworkers. Ideas rule. That whole Knowledge Economy thing may sound like a dripping cliché, but you’d better figure it out because it’s how wealth is created today, not by assembling cars or digging for oil or financing real estate or teaching history. In fact, those who do study history are doomed to repeat it. But what does that even mean, “Ideas Rule”? We’ve done it before. Transitioning from an agricultural to an industrial economy meant automating farming—tractors, combines, better seeds, praying for rain—and it worked.

 

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Where Does It Hurt?: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Fixing Health Care by Jonathan Bush, Stephen Baker

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Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Atul Gawande, barriers to entry, Clayton Christensen, informal economy, inventory management, job automation, knowledge economy, obamacare, personalized medicine, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, web application, women in the workforce, working poor

They have studied their daughter’s condition and are in touch with others who have the same disease, perhaps through new Web sites or social media. They exchange data with them, perhaps anonymously, if that’s what their daughter prefers. They know this doctor has plenty of experience with the disease. They know how much he charges. They know a lot because they and the entire health care industry are now operating in the knowledge economy. In short, they are participating in the health care revolution. It’s actually pretty simple. They shop, they make choices, and they get the medical care they want and deserve. If we push for it, that’s the way health care should be, and will be, for all of us. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS A book! This is a surprising project to emerge from the ADD likes of me, and yet here it is! The book’s development has been one of the high points of my career thus far and it would never have happened without Steve Baker and my fellow athenistas.

 

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The Great Fragmentation: And Why the Future of All Business Is Small by Steve Sammartino

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3D printing, additive manufacturing, Airbnb, augmented reality, barriers to entry, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, bitcoin, BRICs, Buckminster Fuller, citizen journalism, collaborative consumption, cryptocurrency, Elon Musk, fiat currency, Frederick Winslow Taylor, game design, Google X / Alphabet X, haute couture, helicopter parent, illegal immigration, index fund, Jeff Bezos, jimmy wales, Kickstarter, knowledge economy, Law of Accelerating Returns, market design, Metcalfe's law, Minecraft, minimum viable product, Network effects, new economy, post scarcity, prediction markets, pre–internet, profit motive, race to the bottom, random walk, Ray Kurzweil, recommendation engine, remote working, RFID, self-driving car, sharing economy, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, skunkworks, Skype, social graph, social web, software is eating the world, Steve Jobs, too big to fail, web application

INDEX 3D printing access and accessibility see also barriers; communication; digital; social media — factors of production — knowledge adoption rates advertising see also marketing; mass media; promotion; television Airbnb Alibaba Amazon antifragility Apple artisanal production creativity audience see also crowd — connecting with — vs target Away from Keyboard (AFK) banking see also crowdfunding; currencies barriers Beck (musician) big as a disadvantage bioengineering biomimicry biotechnology bitcoins blogs borrowed interest brand business strategies change see disruption and disruptive change Cluetrain Manifesto co-creation coffee culture Cold War collaboration collaborative consumption collective sentience commerce, future see also retail and retailers communication see also advertising; promotion; social media; social relationships — channels — tools community vs target competition and competitors component retail computers see also connecting and connection; internet; networks; smartphones; social media; software; technology era; 3D printing; web connecting and connection see also social media; social relationships — home/world — machines — people — things consumerism consumption silos content, delivery of coopetition corporations see also industrial era; retail and retailers; technology era costs see also finance; price co-working space creativity crowd, contribution by the crowdfunding cryptocurrencies culture — hacking — startup currencies see also banking deflation demographics device convergence digital see also computers; internet; music; smartphone; retail and retailers, online; social media; social relationships; technology; web; work — cohorts — era — footprint — revolution — skills — strategy — tools — world disruption and disruptive change DNA as an operating system drones Dunbar's number e-commerce see retail and retailers, online economic development, changing education employment, lifetime see also labour; work ephermalization Facebook see also social media finance, peer to peer see also banking; crowdfunding; currencies Ford, Henry 4Ps Foursquare fragmentation — of cities — industrial — Lego car example gadgets see also computers; smartphone; tools games and gaming behaviour gamification geo-location glass cockpit Global Financial Crisis (GFC) globalisation Google hacking hourglass strategy IFTTT (If this then that) industrialists (capital class) industry, redefining industrial era see also consumerism; marketing; retail and retailers — hacking — life in influencers information-based work infrastructure — changing — declining importance of — legacy innovation intention interest-based groups see also niches interest graphs internet see also access and accessibility; connecting and connection; social media; social relationships; web Internet.org In Real Life (IRL) isolation iTunes see also music Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act (USA) keyboards knowledge economy lab vs factory labour see also work — low-cost language layering legacy — industries — infrastructure — media Lego car project life — in boxes — in gaming future — hack living standards see also life location see place, work making see also artisanal production; retail and retailers; 3D printing malleable marketplace manufacturing see also artisanal production; industrial era; making; product; 3D printing; tools — desktop marketing see also advertising; consumerism; 4Ps; mass media; promotion; retail and retailers — demographics, use in — industrial era — language — mass — metrics — new — post-industrial — predictive — research — target — traditional mass media ; see also advertising; marketing; media; promotion; television — after materialism media see also communication; legacy; mass media; newspapers; niches; television — consumption — hacking — platform vs content — subscription Metcalfe's law MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) Moore's law music Napster Netflix netizens networks see also connecting and connection; media; social media; social relationships newspapers see also media niches nodes nondustrial company Oaida, Raul oDesk office, end of the omniconnection era open source parasocial interaction payment systems Pebble phones, number of mobile see also smartphones photography Pinterest piracy place — of work platforms pop culture power-generating technologies price see also costs privacy see also social media; social relationships product — unfinished production see also industrial era; product; 3D printing — mass projecteer Project October Sky promotion see also advertising; marketing; mass media; media quantified self Racovitsa, Vasilii remote controls RepRap 3D printer retail cold spot retail and retailers — changing — digital — direct — hacking — mass — online — price — small — strategies — traditional rewards robots Sans nation state economy scientific management search engines self-hacking self-publishing self-storage sensors sharing see also social media; social relationships smartphones smartwatch social graphs social media (digitally enhanced conversation) see also Facebook; social relationships; Twitter; YouTube social relationships see also social graphs; social media — digital software speed subcultures Super Awesome Micro Project see Lego car project Super Bowl mentality target tastemakers technology see also computers; digital; open source; social media; smartphones; social relationships; software; 3D printing; work — deflation — era — free — revolution — speed — stack teenagers, marketing to television Tesla Motors thingernet thinking and technology times tools see also artisanal production; communication; computers; digital; making; smartphones; social media; 3D printing — changing — old trust Twitter Uber unlearning usability gap user experience volumetric mindset wages — growth — low — minimum web see also connecting and connection; digital; internet; retail and retailers, online; social media; social relationships — three phases of — tools Wikipedia work — digital era — industrial era — location of — options words see language Yahoo YouTube Learn more with practical advice from our experts WILEY END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT Go to www.wiley.com/go/eula to access Wiley’s ebook EULA.

 

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Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth by Juliet B. Schor

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Asian financial crisis, big-box store, business climate, carbon footprint, cleantech, Community Supported Agriculture, credit crunch, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, decarbonisation, dematerialisation, demographic transition, deskilling, Edward Glaeser, en.wikipedia.org, Gini coefficient, global village, income inequality, income per capita, Isaac Newton, Joseph Schumpeter, knowledge economy, life extension, McMansion, new economy, peak oil, pink-collar, post-industrial society, prediction markets, purchasing power parity, ride hailing / ride sharing, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, sharing economy, Simon Kuznets, single-payer health, smart grid, The Chicago School, Thomas L Friedman, Thomas Malthus, too big to fail, transaction costs, Zipcar

The Boston College economic historian Prasannan Parthasarathi has described how in eighteenth-century South India, agricultural groups shared the risk and bounty of each season, as in a common property system, but also maintained individual, transferable property rights to future harvests. Similar arrangements can be found in cooperatives, partnerships, and other modern economic enterprises. The beauty of these systems is that on a small enough scale they produce incentives for productivity and sustainable use of resources. Natural asset regeneration projects can also benefit the knowledge economy. An active open-source process can lead to a great upskilling of green knowledge. New forms of skill acquisition are already under way. Community-based environmental justice groups such as Sustainable South Bronx, Green for All, and Green Worker Cooperatives have begun to train low-income and minority individuals in river restoration, installations of green roofs, home insulation, hazardous-waste removal, and related activities.

 

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Waiting for Superman: How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools by Participant Media, Karl Weber

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collective bargaining, feminist movement, hiring and firing, index card, knowledge economy, Menlo Park, Robert Gordon, school choice, Silicon Valley, Upton Sinclair

The results are clear: KIPP graduates more than 95 percent of its students, compared to the district average of 70 percent. Almost 90 percent of the graduates go on to a four-year college.20 If we commit to a country where this is a reality for all young people, we’ll raise the next generation of Americans to be better educated, more creative, more productive, and ready to compete at the leading edge of the knowledge economy. That’s a change that will enhance the life of every American—and it’s one we’re ready to help make. PART VII WHAT YOU CAN DO 12 How You Can Make a Differenceb The Alliance for Excellent Education The Alliance for Excellent Education (www.all4ed.org) is a Washington, D.C.-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century.

 

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Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism by Wolfgang Streeck

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The latter were partly related to the choking of inflation in the early 1980s and the Federal Reserve’s high interest policy, which put an end to the devaluation of government debt and, in the wake of the resulting economic downturn and jobs crisis, triggered greater demands on the social welfare systems. At the same time, deregulation of the finance sector was supposed to fuel ‘structural change’ to a service and knowledge economy, giving rise to renewed economic growth and, no less important, higher tax revenue. FIGURE 2.1. Growth of public debt since 2007 (% of GDP) Source: OECD Economic Outlook: Statistics and Projections A further spurt of financialization then came with the Clinton administration and its spectacularly if only temporarily successful measures to shore up public finances.9 The budget surpluses briefly recorded around the turn of the millennium were due inter alia to sharp cuts in social spending.

 

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The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution by David Wootton

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Thomas Kuhn thought that science and technology were antithetical to each other, at least until the 1870s.9 One might think that the historians of technology would have wanted to question this disjuncture between theory and practice – but at first they were the same people as the historians of science.10 The major attack on the established orthodoxy has come only very recently, and from an unexpected quarter: the new economic historians of the Industrial Revolution, who emphasize the importance of skills and technical innovation, of what they call ‘the knowledge economy’.11 On this question the new economic historians are (as will become apparent) in the right. But those who argue that science played a key role in the Industrial Revolution need to have an answer to a simple and by now classic question: What role did science play in the invention of the steam engine? Before tackling this problem, however, we need to unpack the apparently straightforward notion of practical knowledge.

Cosmologia: Historiam coeli et mundi. Paris: F Morellus, 1570. Moffitt, John F. Painterly Perspective and Piety: Religious Uses of the Vanishing Point, From the 15th to the 18th Century. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008. Mokyr, Joel. The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain, 1700–1850. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. ———. The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004. ———. ‘The Intellectual Origins of Modern Economic Growth’. Journal of Economic History 65 (2005): 285–351. ———. The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. Montaigne, Michel de. The Complete Essays. Trans. MA Screech. London: Allen Lane, 1991. ———. Essayes: Written in French.

Collingwood) 431 Imaginary Invalid, The (Molière) 393 immutable mobiles 303 impetus theory 574 Index of Prohibited Books 276, 379 indexes, importance of 305n India 128, 137, 177 Indiscreet Jewels, The (Denis Diderot) 51 Industrial Revolution clockwork facilitates 486 contribution of science to 479, 508 early medieval forerunner 484 effect and duration 18, 429 geared machinery 484 precision instrumentation of 423 Scientific Revolution and 13, 17, 19, 476 16th century progress claimed 431, 446 skills involved 445 steam engine and 490 inertia 19, 50, 372 Ingrassia, Giovanni Filippo 85, 95, 96 Inquisition (Roman) Bruno burnt alive 10, 149 della Porta and 276 Descartes and 362 Galileo condemned by 37, 107, 545 Stellato before 157 torture by 314–15 Institutes of the Orator (Quintilian) 403 Institutiones (Cassiodorus) 451n instruments, scientific 209, 244–5, 560 Instruments for the Restoration of Anatomy (Tycho Brahe) 180 intellectual property 337 Intelligent Design 445 internet, the 593–4 interpretation 83 Interpreter, The (John Cowell) 402 Introductio ad veram physicam (John Keill) 473 Introductio geographica (Peter Apian) 189 Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine, An (Claude Bernard) 426 invention 61n, 66–7, 82n Isaac, Joel 585–6 Isis 512 Islam 37, 66, 113 Italian (language) 30 Jackson, Thomas 402 James I, King 159 (and see below) James VI, King (of Scotland) 6, 10 (and see above) Jansen, Cornelius 289–90 Jansenism 295, 297 Japanese 484 Jardin des Plantes, Paris 356 Jerusalem 115n, 119, 120 Jesuits Aristotle and the new science 537n Clavius leading astronomer of 118 Galileo and 37, 197n, 225, 226 Gilbert’s ideas and 324, 328 missionaries 7 scholastic philosophers at colleges 31 van Helmont and 291 Venus orbiting the sun 24n Jews 66, 76 John of Glogau 72 John of Jandun 114 John of Saxony 337 John of Wallingford 118 Johns, Adrian 26n Johnson, Dr Samuel 26, 284, 474 Jones, William 564 Jonson, Ben 9, 355 Joubert, Laurent 304 Journal des sçavans 341 Jovilabe 480 Judaei, Themo 117, 135, 326 judgement 422 Julius Caesar 99 Julius Caesar (William Shakespeare) 5 Jupiter, moons of difficulties caused by 218 eclipses of 480 Galileo discovers 38, 86, 88, 407 Kepler’s terminology for 48 measuring longitudes by 481 naming of 96, 99 rapid confirmation of discovery 89, 92, 237 Rømer’s work 518 use as a clock, 215 juries 407, 419, 426 Kant, Immanuel 327 Kay, John 484 Keill, John 473 Kelley, Donald 551 Kepler, Johannes 211–14, 262–6 barnacle geese 268 conflating maths and natural philosophy 24n contacts Galileo and responses from 220–1, 224 contemporary knowledge of 8 Conversation with Galileo’s Starry Messenger 9, 302 Epitome astronomiae Copernicanae 130n, 152n, 252 escaping from circular movement 390n Gilbert’s model of magnetism and 329, 516–17 his teacher 192 Holy Roman Emperor and 31 hypotheses, types of 386–7 infinite size of universe 243 laws of planetary motion 11 Mars and 193, 301, 305 mathematician, as 424 Mercury in transit 223n Newton on 376, 393 on published writings 198n printing press recognised by 306 Rudolphine tables 307 satellites 48 sea and land levels 130n speed of light measurements and 521 universe as a clock 485 variety of publications by 205 King, Gregory 259, 260 Kircher, Athanasius 279 Knauss, Friedrich von 445 Knieper, Hans 196 knowledge access to 78–9 Aristotle’s concept of 68 as power 83–4 circulation of 340–1 experience and 81, 125n, 253, 320, 341, 421 fact as basis of 252, 297, 309 gained from discovery 80–1 Gassendi’s theory of 410 Hobbes on 298, 546, 548–9 ‘knowledge economy’ 479 Locke on 405, 420 Merton on 96 Montaigne on 557, 559, 561 new concepts of 397 no new knowledge to be had 62, 74, 78, 104 OED distinctions 420 Renaissance attitudes 73 sensation and 322 types of 323, 395n various attitudes to 321 vocabulary to be used 541–2 Wittgenstein on 23, 45 Knowledge and Social Imagery (David Bloor) 580, 589 Koch, Robert 540 Kosmotheoros (Christiaan Huygens) 234 Koyré, Alexandre coining ‘Scientific Revolution’ 16, 17, 20 ideas of place and space 19 quoted 595 science and progress 512 thought, importance of 50 Kuhn, Thomas see also Structure of Scientific Revolutions, The alternative views of science 538, 542, 543 coining ‘Copernican Revolution’ 18, 55, 145 see also On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres (Nicolaus Copernicus) communication between different intellectual worlds 46n Conant and 394, 544 consensus science 346 Copernicanism triumphs 516 Copernicus and Tycho Brahe 13n Isaac on 585–6 Koyré’s influence 19 new approach of 561–2 on Newton 382 on reading outdated texts 110–11 opposition of science and technology 479 phases of Venus 246n Ptolemaic science 573 publishes on English and French approaches 425–6 quoted 251 science and progress 512–13, 541 Wittgenstein and 45 ‘Kuhn loss’ 554n la Boëtie, Étienne de 555, 556, 557 La Condition postmoderne (Jean-François Lyotard) 41 La Mettrie, Julien Offray de 439 Lactantius 81 language 42n, 46–51, 53, 63–5, 579 Lanzarote 98n Large Hadron Collider 312 Laski, Harold J. 17, 19 Late Discourse (Kenelm Digby) 293 latent heat 478 Latin Cambridge entrance requirement 15 cloud names 47 Columbus and Galileo 57–8 experience and experiment 312, 347 ‘fact’, the word 254–5, 283–4, 289, 295 Lily’s Grammar 547 ‘scientific’, the word, and 29 Latin Dictionary, A (eds.

 

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The Rise of the Network Society by Manuel Castells

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They are often referred to as “talent”. On the other hand, generic workers, as executants of instructions, have continued to proliferate, as many menial tasks can hardly be automated and many workers, particularly youth, women, and immigrants, are ready to accept whatever conditions are necessary to get a job. This dual structure of the labor market is related to the structural conditions of a knowledge economy growing within the context of a large economy of low-skill services, and it is at the source of the growing inequality observed in most societies. Information and communication technologies have had a powerful effect on the transformation of labor markets and of the work process. However, their effects have been substantially mediated by the strategies of firms and the policies of governments.

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Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown by Philip Mirowski

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And this is not a matter of differential capacities or distributions of innate intelligence: “the difference between the knowledge that the wisest and that which the most ignorant individual can deliberately employ is comparatively insignificant.” Experts are roundly disparaged by Hayek, and accused of essentially serving as little more than apologists for whomever employs them.145 On the face of it, it thus seems somewhat ironic that Hayek would be touted as the premier theorist of the New Knowledge Economy. But the irony dissolves once we realize that central to neoliberalism is a core conviction that the market really does know better than any one of us what is good for ourselves and for society, and that includes the optimal allocation of ignorance within the populace: “There is not much reason to believe that, if at any one time the best knowledge which some possess were made available to all, the result would be a much better society.

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A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy by Joel Mokyr

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“The Truth of Newton’s Science and the Truth of Science’s History.” In Margaret J. Osler, ed., Rethinking the Scientific Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ———. 2006. Strangers Nowhere in the World: The Rise of Cosmopolitanism in Early Modern Europe. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. ———. 2007. “Mechanical Science of the Factory Floor.” History of Science, Vol. 45, part 2, No. 148, pp. 197–221. ———. 2014. The First Knowledge Economy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Jacob, Margaret C., and Larry Stewart. 2004. Practical Matter: Newton’s Science in the Service of Industry and Empire, 1687–1851. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Jami, Catherine. 1994. “Learning Mathematical Sciences during the Early and Mid-Ch’ing.” In Alexander Woodside and Benjamin A. Elman, eds., Education and Society in Late Imperial China, 1600–1900.

———. 2002. The Gifts of Athena. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. ———. 2005. “The Intellectual Origins of Modern Economic Growth.” [Presidential address.] Journal of Economic History Vol. 65, No. 2, pp. 285–351. ———. 2006a. “The Great Synergy: The European Enlightenment as a Factor in Modern Economic Growth.” In Wilfred Dolfsma and Luc Soete, eds., Understanding the Dynamics of a Knowledge Economy. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp. 7–41. ———. 2006b. “Useful Knowledge as an Evolving System: The View from Economic history.” In Lawrence E. Blume and Steven N. Durlauf, eds., The Economy as an Evolving Complex System Vol. III: Current Perspectives and Future Directions. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 307–37. ———. 2006c. “Mobility, Creativity, and Technological Development: David Hume, Immanuel Kant and the Economic Development of Europe.”

 

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Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language by Robert McCrum

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Alistair Cooke, anti-communist, Berlin Wall, British Empire, call centre, colonial rule, credit crunch, cuban missile crisis, Deng Xiaoping, Etonian, failed state, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, invention of movable type, invention of writing, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, jimmy wales, knowledge economy, Livingstone, I presume, Martin Wolf, Naomi Klein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Republic of Letters, Ronald Reagan, Scramble for Africa, Silicon Valley, Steven Pinker, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas L Friedman, trade route, transatlantic slave trade, transcontinental railway, upwardly mobile

This, in turn, is another symptom of Thomas Friedman’s ‘flat’ world; or, to put it another way, a globish society equally interconnected regardless of the traditional restraints of time and space. Friedman’s ‘Eureka moment’, he writes, came in Bangalore when Nandan Nilekani, the CEO of Infosys, used the phrase ‘the playing field is being levelled’ to describe the new opportunities available to the India-based computer company. London, Boston, San Francisco, Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore: in the new knowledge economy, all these cities could be linked simultaneously, offering a new challenge as much for a modernising India as for a globalising America. ‘My God,’ exclaimed Friedman, ‘he’s telling me the world is flat.’ Armed with this insight, Friedman mobilised himself to explore the many economic aspects of globalisation, from Wal-Mart to Yahoo!, that were contributing to this flattening process. For Friedman, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the rise of the PC, Netscape, outsourcing, and ‘off – shoring’ – his ‘flattening’ forces – combined to enhance a new global awareness.

 

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Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell

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barriers to entry, Berlin Wall, big-box store, cognitive dissonance, computer age, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, delayed gratification, deskilling, Donald Trump, Edward Glaeser, fear of failure, Ford paid five dollars a day, Frederick Winslow Taylor, George Akerlof, global supply chain, global village, greed is good, Howard Zinn, income inequality, interchangeable parts, inventory management, invisible hand, James Watt: steam engine, Joseph Schumpeter, Just-in-time delivery, knowledge economy, loss aversion, market design, means of production, mental accounting, Ponzi scheme, price anchoring, price discrimination, race to the bottom, Richard Thaler, Ronald Reagan, side project, Steve Jobs, The Market for Lemons, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas L Friedman, trade liberalization, traveling salesman, ultimatum game, Victor Gruen, washing machines reduced drudgery, working poor, yield management

We need not save for months or even weeks to buy a Bankas coffee table for $89.99. And when its “clear-lacquered ash veneer” muddies with coffee spills, we don’t despair that we cannot sand it smooth again. A coffee table, like a lamp, has no feelings and demands no feelings from us. It is simply time to buy a new one. Whether craftsmanship even matters in our postindustrial world depends on who you ask. The knowledge economy demands smarts, drive, ambition, and speed. Craftsmanship demands skill, training, exactitude, and patience. That these two sets of qualities are not entirely compatible might imply that we should abandon one for the other—or it could mean that we need both. Many of us pride ourselves in being connoisseurs of something, be it beer or golf clubs or coffee. There are haut cheese makers and dress designers and furniture and chocolate and watch makers, but these are high-end craftspeople serving a mostly high-end clientele.

 

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The End of Secrecy: The Rise and Fall of WikiLeaks by The "Guardian", David Leigh, Luke Harding

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4chan, banking crisis, centre right, Chelsea Manning, citizen journalism, Climategate, cloud computing, credit crunch, crowdsourcing, Downton Abbey, eurozone crisis, friendly fire, global village, Hacker Ethic, impulse control, Jacob Appelbaum, Julian Assange, knowledge economy, Mohammed Bouazizi, offshore financial centre, rolodex, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steven Levy, uranium enrichment, WikiLeaks

(SBU) The United States and Tunisia have 200 years of close ties and common interests, including advancing regional peace, combating terrorism, and building prosperity. Since independence, Tunisia deserves credit for its economic and social progress. Without the natural resources of its neighbors, Tunisia focused on people and diversified its economy. In a success all too rare, the GOT is effective in delivering services (education, health care, infrastructure and security) to its people. The GOT has sought to build a “knowledge economy” to attract FDI that will create high value-added jobs. As a result, the country has enjoyed five percent real GDP growth for the past decade. On women’s rights, Tunisia is a model. And, Tunisia has a long history of religious tolerance, as demonstrated by its treatment of its Jewish community. While significant challenges remain (above all the country’s 14 percent unemployment rate) on balance Tunisia has done better than most in the region. 4.

 

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Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World by Christopher Steiner

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Godfried Toussaint, The Euclidean Algorithm Generates Traditional Musical Rhythms (Montreal: School of Computer Science, McGill University, 2005), http://cgm.cs.mcgill.ca/~godfried/publications/banff.pdf. 7. Midhat J. Gazale, Gnomon: From Pharaohs to Fractals (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999), p. 33. 8. Niall Ferguson, The Ascent of Money (New York: Penguin, 2008), p. 34. 9. Henry Linger, ed., Constructing the Infrastructure for the Knowledge Economy, Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Information Systems and Development, Melbourne, Australia, 2003 (New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2004). 10. “Apple and the Golden Ratio,” Paul Martin’s Blog, http://paulmmartinblog.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/apple-and-the-golden-ratio/. 11. Ferguson, The Ascent of Money, p. 34. 12. Dirk Struik, A Concise History of Mathematics (Mineola, NY: Dover, 1948), p. 80. 13.

 

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The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger by Richard Wilkinson; Kate Pickett

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Berlin Wall, clean water, Diane Coyle, epigenetics, experimental economics, experimental subject, Fall of the Berlin Wall, full employment, germ theory of disease, Gini coefficient, impulse control, income inequality, knowledge economy, labor-force participation, land reform, Louis Pasteur, meta analysis, meta-analysis, Milgram experiment, offshore financial centre, phenotype, Plutocrats, plutocrats, profit maximization, profit motive, Ralph Waldo Emerson, statistical model, The Chicago School, The Spirit Level, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thorstein Veblen, ultimatum game, upwardly mobile, World Values Survey

RUNNING WITH THE TECHNOLOGICAL TIDE In her book, The Weightless World, Diane Coyle points out that although people in most industrialized countries experienced something like a twentyfold increase in their real incomes during the twentieth century, the weight of all that was produced at the end of the century was roughly the same as it had been at the beginning.396 She also says that the average weight of one dollar’s worth of US exports (adjusted for inflation) fell by a half between 1990 and 1996. While the trend towards ‘weightlessness’ is partly a reflection of the growth of the service sector and the ‘knowledge’ economy, it is also a reflection of changing technology and the trend towards miniaturization. That so much of modern consumption is actually lighter on the use of material resources than it was, is presumably good news for the environment. But the underlying nature of the changes contributing to weightlessness may also have important implications for equality. Introductory economics courses teach students the distinction between the ‘fixed’ costs of production on the one hand, and ‘marginal’ or variable costs on the other.

 

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Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age by Virginia Eubanks

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affirmative action, Berlin Wall, call centre, cognitive dissonance, desegregation, Fall of the Berlin Wall, future of work, game design, global village, index card, informal economy, invisible hand, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, labor-force participation, labour market flexibility, low-wage service sector, microcredit, new economy, post-industrial society, race to the bottom, rent control, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, telemarketer, Thomas L Friedman, trickle-down economics, union organizing, urban planning, web application, white flight, women in the workforce, working poor

Though I recognize now that my sense of isolation was naive—there is, of course, a large and widely available literature on popular education, citizenship schools, settlement houses, and other people’s education projects in the United States and Canada—the validation I experienced was so strong that I stood in the dusty redwood building and wept. Can ordinary people be smart about something as complicated as the global knowledge economy? Neoliberalism? Government devolution? I think we can. But uncovering that knowledge and systematizing it takes a reorganization of many of the principles of academic disciplines. Participatory research approaches are nonprogrammatic and highly context dependent. Participatory techniques require enormous practical and theoretical sophistication. Community-based research findings must have high immediate relevance and usability.

 

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Drugs Without the Hot Air by David Nutt

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British Empire, double helix, en.wikipedia.org, knowledge economy, meta analysis, meta-analysis, offshore financial centre, randomized controlled trial, risk tolerance, Robert Gordon, War on Poverty

The “high performance” scenario In the “high performance” scenario, decisions are evidence-based, and the main focus for the use of drugs is the enhancement of performance. On this basis, it’s expected that Britain has strong economic growth, in part because of its attractiveness to “knowledge nomads” (an elite class of highly mobile workers who migrate around the world moving between jobs in the knowledge economy). One of the things they like about Britain (in this hypothetical scenario) is our highly regulated, non-punitive approach to psychoactive substances, particularly cognition enhancers. Many recreational drugs are legal and available in high-quality forms to be consumed in special on-licence premises, although these are costly and there’s a large black market in cheap generics from abroad. Problem drug-use with all its associated harms is on the decline.

 

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The Cost of Inequality: Why Economic Equality Is Essential for Recovery by Stewart Lansley

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banking crisis, Basel III, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, Bonfire of the Vanities, borderless world, Branko Milanovic, Bretton Woods, British Empire, business process, call centre, capital controls, collective bargaining, corporate governance, correlation does not imply causation, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, crony capitalism, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, deindustrialization, Edward Glaeser, falling living standards, financial deregulation, financial innovation, Financial Instability Hypothesis, floating exchange rates, full employment, Goldman Sachs: Vampire Squid, high net worth, hiring and firing, Hyman Minsky, income inequality, James Dyson, Jeff Bezos, job automation, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Rogoff, knowledge economy, laissez-faire capitalism, Long Term Capital Management, low skilled workers, manufacturing employment, market bubble, Martin Wolf, mittelstand, mobile money, Mont Pelerin Society, new economy, Nick Leeson, North Sea oil, Northern Rock, offshore financial centre, oil shock, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Plutonomy: Buying Luxury, Explaining Global Imbalances, rising living standards, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, savings glut, shareholder value, The Great Moderation, The Spirit Level, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, too big to fail, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, Washington Consensus, Winter of Discontent, working-age population

But to help fill the funding gap left by the private banking system and provide more support for the real economy, they should be buttressed by the creation of a state National Investment Bank, as called for by the Engineering Employers Federation and the Institute of Civil Engineers.432 Its role would be to provide affordable loans and grants for infrastructure projects, social entrepreneurship and sound small and medium sized businesses. Potential targets would include low-carbon technology, alternative energy and the knowledge economy. This could be modelled on the German KfW banking group, founded in 1948 to help rebuild Germany’s economy. It could be financed through a mix of revenue from new taxes on banks, market funding and the profits made when the government sells state-owned shares in the bailed-out private banks. This move would also help overcome the issue of the lack of competition amongst lenders. Indeed, 85 per cent of lending for small business loans comes from the four largest banks.

 

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We-Think: Mass Innovation, Not Mass Production by Charles Leadbeater

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1960s counterculture, Andrew Keen, barriers to entry, bioinformatics, c2.com, call centre, citizen journalism, clean water, cloud computing, complexity theory, congestion charging, death of newspapers, Debian, digital Maoism, double helix, Edward Lloyd's coffeehouse, frictionless, frictionless market, future of work, game design, Google Earth, Google X / Alphabet X, Hacker Ethic, Hernando de Soto, hive mind, Howard Rheingold, interchangeable parts, Isaac Newton, James Watt: steam engine, Jane Jacobs, Jaron Lanier, Jean Tirole, jimmy wales, John von Neumann, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, lone genius, M-Pesa, Mark Zuckerberg, Marshall McLuhan, Menlo Park, microcredit, new economy, Nicholas Carr, online collectivism, planetary scale, post scarcity, Richard Stallman, Silicon Valley, slashdot, social web, software patent, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, supply-chain management, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the market place, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, The Wisdom of Crowds, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, Whole Earth Catalog, Zipcar

We-Think will really make a difference when we use it creatively to tackle major shared challenges: to spread democracy and learning, to improve health and quality of life, to tackle climate change and the threats of extremism. If we succeed in bending it to those objectives, people might look back a century from now and say it made the critical difference in the world’s ability to govern itself. We-Think tells a new story about how the global knowledge economy could develop, offering a way to create new generations of shared public goods for software, education, communications, health and food production. If globalisation is to be no more than the march of McDonald’s, Coke and Microsoft, it will be a shallow and distorted account of what Western culture has to offer that many in the developing world will reject. We-Think offers a different possible story, one of trust and collaboration built on liberal and enlightenment traditions of peer collaboration in pursuit of better ideas, arbitrated on the basis of evidence rather than ideology.

 

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Utopias: A Brief History From Ancient Writings to Virtual Communities by Howard P. Segal

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1960s counterculture, British Empire, Buckminster Fuller, complexity theory, David Brooks, death of newspapers, dematerialisation, deskilling, energy security, European colonialism, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, full employment, future of journalism, garden city movement, germ theory of disease, Golden Gate Park, invention of the printing press, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, John von Neumann, knowledge economy, Louis Pasteur, Mark Zuckerberg, means of production, Nicholas Carr, Nikolai Kondratiev, out of africa, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ray Kurzweil, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Skype, stem cell, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stewart Brand, technoutopianism, Thomas Malthus, Thorstein Veblen, transcontinental railway, traveling salesman, union organizing, urban planning, War on Poverty, Whole Earth Catalog

Paradoxically, some of these high-tech visionaries may not be quite as confident about the future as they profess to be. With the Tofflers, more than with anyone else, one finds growing doubts in their later writings about future glories, but always subject to more hopeful outcomes if readers still follow their jargon-laden analyses and prescriptions. What I wrote in 1994 about their outlook still applies: The ongoing, generally positive powershift throughout the world toward knowledge economies, decentralized governments, and participatory democracies is [in their view] increasingly threatened Utopia Reconsidered 167 by the possible rise of one or more racist, tribal (read nationalist), eco-fascist, or fundamentalist states all too ready to suppress human rights, freedom of religion, and, not least, private property.74 One cannot deny the accuracy of some of this in the years since, though many others have said much the same.

 

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Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi by Steve Inskeep

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battle of ideas, British Empire, call centre, Edward Glaeser, European colonialism, illegal immigration, informal economy, Jane Jacobs, Khyber Pass, Kibera, knowledge economy, Mahatma Gandhi, McMansion, megacity, new economy, New Urbanism, urban planning, urban renewal

He called this behemoth “Megalopolis,” and said it prospered even though it had few natural advantages over other parts of America—gold mines and oil wells were elsewhere. It just had migration. Immigrants offered up their labor and ideas in cities that had to “rely on their wits to thrive.” The region was a center of transportation, technology, finance, government, education, entertainment, and media—the knowledge economy as it existed in 1961. Once cities like this began to grow, they often continued growing. A separate study from the era argued that “migration and employment growth perpetuate one another.” A growing urban population created the demand for more goods and services, “thereby drawing more migrants to fill new jobs.” This explained the change in Los Angeles and its suburbs, which were growing at a stunning rate, from four million people in 1950 to 6.5 million in 1960.

 

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Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth by Michael Jacobs, Mariana Mazzucato

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3D printing, balance sheet recession, banking crisis, Bernie Sanders, Bretton Woods, business climate, Carmen Reinhart, central bank independence, collaborative economy, complexity theory, conceptual framework, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, crony capitalism, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, decarbonisation, deindustrialization, dematerialisation, Detroit bankruptcy, double entry bookkeeping, Elon Musk, energy security, eurozone crisis, factory automation, facts on the ground, fiat currency, Financial Instability Hypothesis, financial intermediation, forward guidance, full employment, Gini coefficient, Growth in a Time of Debt, Hyman Minsky, income inequality, Internet of things, investor state dispute settlement, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Rogoff, knowledge economy, labour market flexibility, low skilled workers, Martin Wolf, Mont Pelerin Society, neoliberal agenda, Network effects, new economy, non-tariff barriers, paradox of thrift, price stability, private sector deleveraging, quantitative easing, QWERTY keyboard, railway mania, rent-seeking, road to serfdom, savings glut, Second Machine Age, secular stagnation, shareholder value, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, the built environment, The Great Moderation, The Spirit Level, Thorstein Veblen, too big to fail, total factor productivity, transaction costs, trickle-down economics, universal basic income, very high income

Regulate for durability and maintenance. Making producers responsible for the entire lifespan of their products would encourage the circular economy and manufacturing durability, as well as stimulating the growth of a rental and maintenance economy. Redesign the metrics with which to measure wealth production. As numerous studies have shown in recent years, GDP has very limited meaning and is even distorting in the knowledge economy. New metrics need to be designed to account for the use of energy and materials and to measure the various ways in which value is now created and well-being enhanced. Facilitate the sharing and collaborative economies. The proliferation of free internet-based services has inspired many to innovate in networks of sharing access to possessions, exchanging time and collaborating in creative projects.

 

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The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki

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AltaVista, Andrei Shleifer, asset allocation, Cass Sunstein, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, experimental economics, Frederick Winslow Taylor, George Akerlof, Howard Rheingold, I think there is a world market for maybe five computers, interchangeable parts, Jeff Bezos, Joseph Schumpeter, knowledge economy, lone genius, Long Term Capital Management, market bubble, market clearing, market design, moral hazard, new economy, offshore financial centre, Picturephone, prediction markets, profit maximization, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman: Challenger O-ring, Richard Thaler, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Coase, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, short selling, Silicon Valley, South Sea Bubble, The Nature of the Firm, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, The Wisdom of Crowds, Toyota Production System, transaction costs, ultimatum game, Yogi Berra

Barry Bozeman and Sooho Lee, “The Impact of Research Collaboration on Scientific Productivity,” paper prepared for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (February 2003): 24–25. Robert K. Merton, “The Matthew Effect,” Science 159 (1968): 56–63. There is an excellent discussion of Henry Oldenburg and the creation of the Royal Society in Lisa Jardine, Ingenious Pursuits (New York: Doubleday, 1999). See also Joel Mokyr, The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002): 36, 54. Mokyr’s book is a wondrous history of the rise in the West of what he calls “open science,” which required a historically unprecedented free access to knowledge. Robert K. Merton, “The Matthew Effect II: Cumulative Advantage and the Symbolism of Intellectual Property,” Isis 79 (1988): 606–23. Richard Lewontin’s paper is cited in Merton, “The Matthew Effect II”: 608. 9.

 

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925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire a Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World by Devin D. Thorpe

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asset allocation, call centre, diversification, estate planning, Home mortgage interest deduction, index fund, knowledge economy, mortgage tax deduction, payday loans, random walk, risk tolerance, Skype, Steve Jobs, transaction costs, women in the workforce

Working as a family, communicating honestly with one another about money, and treating your employer and merchants with integrity will tip the scales in your favor in the long run. 29 Keys To Financial Happiness Having enough money does make people happier than not having enough; having more money doesn’t make people even happier. The key to financial happiness may be wanting less rather than having more. Don’t spend more than you earn. Don’t be afraid of hard work. A college education is imperative in today’s “knowledge” economy. Remember to save for the future; it will be here soon enough. Teach your children the value of money; let them want something badly enough to buy it themselves. Buy a house you can afford and that you’ll want to live in for a long time. Don’t let what other people think of your car dictate what you drive; you really don’t care what someone thinks who would judge your worth by the price of your car.

 

Future Files: A Brief History of the Next 50 Years by Richard Watson

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Albert Einstein, bank run, banking crisis, battle of ideas, Black Swan, call centre, carbon footprint, cashless society, citizen journalism, computer age, computer vision, congestion charging, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, deglobalization, digital Maoism, disintermediation, epigenetics, failed state, financial innovation, Firefox, food miles, future of work, global supply chain, global village, hive mind, industrial robot, invention of the telegraph, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Bezos, knowledge economy, linked data, low skilled workers, M-Pesa, Northern Rock, peak oil, pensions crisis, precision agriculture, prediction markets, Ralph Nader, Ray Kurzweil, rent control, RFID, Richard Florida, self-driving car, speech recognition, telepresence, the scientific method, The Wisdom of Crowds, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, Turing test, Victor Gruen, white flight, women in the workforce, Zipcar

I would therefore expect the power shift to the East to continue, although a key question is whether China can pull off what Japan did so successfully after the Second World War. In other words, can China move from a manufacturing-based economy that essentially copies what is designed and developed in the West to one in which innovation is at the very core? Moreover, is the shift to an innovative, entrepreneurially led culture possible without full political freedom and can you build a knowledge economy without having a free flow of knowledge? We shall see. 82 FUTURE FILES Edukation ain’t wurkin Along with crime, transport and jobs, education is a classic swing factor in politics. In the future this list of voter concerns will increasingly be joined by health, immigration and the environment, but education will remain a top priority — not least because it will have to change fundamentally if countries are to remain competitive in the new globally connected economy.

 

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The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-First Century by Ryan Avent

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3D printing, Airbnb, American energy revolution, autonomous vehicles, Bakken shale, barriers to entry, Bernie Sanders, BRICs, call centre, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Clayton Christensen, cloud computing, collective bargaining, computer age, dark matter, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, deindustrialization, dematerialisation, Deng Xiaoping, deskilling, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, Donald Trump, Downton Abbey, Edward Glaeser, Erik Brynjolfsson, eurozone crisis, everywhere but in the productivity statistics, falling living standards, first square of the chessboard, first square of the chessboard / second half of the chessboard, Ford paid five dollars a day, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, future of work, gig economy, global supply chain, global value chain, hydraulic fracturing, income inequality, indoor plumbing, industrial robot, interchangeable parts, Internet of things, inventory management, invisible hand, Jacquard loom, James Watt: steam engine, Jeff Bezos, John Maynard Keynes: Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, Joseph-Marie Jacquard, knowledge economy, low skilled workers, lump of labour, Lyft, manufacturing employment, means of production, new economy, performance metric, pets.com, price mechanism, quantitative easing, Ray Kurzweil, rent-seeking, reshoring, rising living standards, Robert Gordon, Ronald Coase, savings glut, Second Machine Age, secular stagnation, self-driving car, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, single-payer health, software is eating the world, supply-chain management, supply-chain management software, TaskRabbit, The Nature of the Firm, The Spirit Level, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, trade liberalization, transaction costs, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, Uber and Lyft, Uber for X, very high income, working-age population

., The Mosaic of Economic Growth (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1995) Larson, Erik, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (New York, NY: Crown Publishing Group, 2003) Mason, Paul, Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future (London: Allen Lane, 2015) Malthus, Thomas, An Essay on the Principle of Population (London: J. Johnson, 1798) Marx, Karl, and Engels, Friedrich, Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848) Milanovic, Branko, Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016) Mokyr, Joel, The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2002) _____, The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990) Moretti, Enrico, The New Geography of Jobs (New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) Murray, Charles, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010 (New York, NY: Crown Publishing Group, 2012) Pickett, Kate, and Wilkinson, Richard, The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger (London: Allen Lane, 2009) Piketty, Thomas, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014) Putnam, Robert, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2001) Rifkin, Jeremy, The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) Rodrik, Dani, The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) Saadia, Manu, Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek (San Francisco, CA: Pipertext, 2016) Shirky, Clay, Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (London: Allen Lane, 2010) Smith, Adam, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (London: W.

 

Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents by Lisa Gitelman

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Andrew Keen, computer age, corporate governance, deskilling, Douglas Engelbart, East Village, en.wikipedia.org, information retrieval, Internet Archive, invention of movable type, Jaron Lanier, knowledge economy, Marshall McLuhan, Mikhail Gorbachev, national security letter, On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures, optical character recognition, profit motive, RAND corporation, RFC: Request For Comment, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, Turing test, Works Progress Administration

Norton, 1850). 89. On the variable distance between authoring and publishing, see L. Jackson, “‘The Italics Are Mine,’ ” 41; Leon Jackson, The Business of Letters: Authorial Economies in Antebellum America (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008). 90. See L. Jackson, “‘The Italics Are Mine.’” 91. Adrian Johns, “The Identity Engine: Printing and Publishing at the Beginning of the Knowledge Economy.” The role of publisher was in formation during the nineteenth century, as booksellers began to specialize in retail. 92. Thomas MacKellar, The American Printer: A Manual of Typography, Containing Complete Instructions for Beginners as Well as Practical Instructions for Managing Every Department of a Printing Office, 6th ed. (Philadelphia: MacKellar, Smiths and Jordan, 1871), 183. 93. Theodore Low DeVinne, Manual of Printing Office Practice (1883; reprint, New York: Ars Typographica, 1926). 94.

 

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Reskilling America: Learning to Labor in the Twenty-First Century by Katherine S. Newman, Hella Winston

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blue-collar work, collective bargaining, deindustrialization, desegregation, factory automation, interchangeable parts, invisible hand, job-hopping, knowledge economy, low skilled workers, performance metric, reshoring, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, two tier labour market, union organizing, upwardly mobile, War on Poverty, Wolfgang Streeck, working poor

Ham, The Co-Education Mind and Hand, Monograph prepared for the New York College for the Training of Teachers, vol. 3, no. 4 (July) (New York: T. Laurie, 1890). 19.    Stephen F. Hamilton, Apprenticeship for Adulthood: Preparing Youth for the Future (New York: Free Press, 1990), 92. 20.    Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz, “Mass Secondary Schooling and the State: The Role of State Compulsion in the High School Movement,” in Understanding Long-Run Economic Growth: Geography, Institutions, and the Knowledge Economy, ed. Dora L. Costa and Naomi Lamoreaux, National Bureau of Economic Research (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011). 21.    W. Norton Grubb and Marvin Lazerson, “Community Colleges Need to Build on Their Strengths,” Chronicle of Higher Education, Community Colleges, Special Supplement, October 29, 2004, http://web.monroecc.edu/Manila/webfiles/MCCMiddleStates/CommCollBuildStrength.pdf. 22.    

 

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The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home by Dan Ariely

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Burning Man, business process, cognitive dissonance, corporate governance, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, endowment effect, Exxon Valdez, first-price auction, Frederick Winslow Taylor, George Akerlof, happiness index / gross national happiness, Jean Tirole, job satisfaction, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, loss aversion, Peter Singer: altruism, placebo effect, Richard Thaler, Saturday Night Live, second-price auction, software as a service, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, ultimatum game, Upton Sinclair, young professional

In today’s economy, as we move to jobs that require imagination, creativity, thinking, and round-the-clock engagement, Marx’s emphasis on alienation adds an important ingredient to the labor mix. I also suspect that Adam Smith’s emphasis on the efficiency in the division of labor was more relevant during his time, when the labor in question was based mostly on simple production, and is less relevant in today’s knowledge economy. From this perspective, division of labor, in my mind, is one of the dangers of work-based technology. Modern IT infrastructure allows us to break projects into very small, discrete parts and assign each person to do only one of the many parts. In so doing, companies run the risk of taking away employees’ sense of the big picture, purpose, and sense of completion. Highly divisible labor might be efficient if people were automatons, but, given the importance of internal motivation and meaning to our drive and productivity, this approach might backfire.

 

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The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900 by David Edgerton

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agricultural Revolution, anti-communist, British Empire, conceptual framework, deglobalization, dematerialisation, desegregation, deskilling, global village, Haber-Bosch Process, interchangeable parts, knowledge economy, Mahatma Gandhi, manufacturing employment, means of production, megacity, microcredit, new economy, post-industrial society, Productivity paradox, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, spinning jenny, Upton Sinclair, urban planning, V2 rocket

Observed by author, August 2003. 25. Young India, Gandhi, Man Vs. Machine. 26. M. K. Gandhi, Harijan, 13 April 1940; see http://web.mahatma.org.in. See also M. K. Gandhi, An Autobiography, Or the Story of My Experiments with Truth, trans by Mahadev Desai (Ahmedabad: Navajivan Publishing House, n.d.), pp. 407–14; facsimile online on http://web.mahatma.org.in. 27. Joel Mokyr, The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002), pp. 150–51. 28. John Ardagh, France, third edition (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1977), p. 419. 29. Paul Ginsborg, A History of Contemporary Italy, 1943–1980 (London: Penguin, 1990), p. 29. 30. ‘Epameinondas’, proclamation cited in an archival source by Mark Mazower in his Inside Hitler’s Greece: the Experience of Occupation, 1941–1944 (London: Yale University Press, 1993), pp. 312–3. 31.

 

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The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalization by Richard Baldwin

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3D printing, additive manufacturing, Admiral Zheng, agricultural Revolution, air freight, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Berlin Wall, bilateral investment treaty, Branko Milanovic, buy low sell high, call centre, Columbian Exchange, Commodity Super-Cycle, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, deindustrialization, domestication of the camel, Edward Glaeser, Erik Brynjolfsson, financial intermediation, George Gilder, global supply chain, global value chain, Henri Poincaré, imperial preference, industrial robot, invention of agriculture, invention of the telegraph, investor state dispute settlement, Isaac Newton, Islamic Golden Age, James Dyson, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, Lao Tzu, low skilled workers, market fragmentation, New Economic Geography, out of africa, paper trading, Pax Mongolica, profit motive, rent-seeking, reshoring, Richard Florida, rising living standards, Second Machine Age, Simon Kuznets, Skype, Snapchat, Stephen Hawking, telepresence, telerobotics, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, trade liberalization, trade route, Washington Consensus

One of the most persistent predictors of urban growth over the last century is the skill level of a city. The reason people gather even as manufacturing scatters is that high-skill jobs in the tradable sector tend to be subject to more face-to-face demands as well as agglomeration economies (discussed in Chapter 6). In writing about the United States, Enrico Moretti explains the agglomeration forces as follows: “More than traditional industries, the knowledge economy has an inherent tendency towards geographical agglomeration.… The success of a city fosters more success as communities that can attract skilled workers and goods jobs tend to attract even more. Communities that fail to attract skilled workers lose further ground.” The Netherlands is one government that has seized on this line of thinking. The result, written up by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis in its report, The Netherlands of 2040, suggests that ICT advances are leading to a spikier work landscape.

 

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Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer-And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class by Paul Pierson, Jacob S. Hacker

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accounting loophole / creative accounting, affirmative action, asset allocation, barriers to entry, Bonfire of the Vanities, business climate, carried interest, Cass Sunstein, clean water, collective bargaining, corporate governance, Credit Default Swap, David Brooks, desegregation, employer provided health coverage, financial deregulation, financial innovation, financial intermediation, full employment, Home mortgage interest deduction, Howard Zinn, income inequality, invisible hand, knowledge economy, laissez-faire capitalism, Martin Wolf, medical bankruptcy, moral hazard, Nate Silver, new economy, night-watchman state, offshore financial centre, oil shock, Ralph Nader, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, too big to fail, trickle-down economics, union organizing, very high income, War on Poverty, winner-take-all economy, women in the workforce

This transformation has made formal education and advanced skills much more valuable, fueling a growing divide between the highly educated and the rest of American workers. In some versions of the argument, skill-biased technological change is driven by computers and the Internet. In others, the main culprit is the failure of the educational advancement of most workers to keep pace with the growing skill demands of a global knowledge economy.35 The account of the crime, however, is the same: SBTC did it. There are just two problems: SBTC isn’t even charged with the right crime. And the suspect has an alibi. Why Educational Gaps Can’t Explain American Top-Heavy Inequality If there is an Exhibit A in the case that SBTC did it, it is the rising “college wage premium”—the extra amount that college graduates earn relative to their less educated peers.

 

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What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly

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Albert Einstein, Alfred Russel Wallace, Buckminster Fuller, c2.com, carbon-based life, Cass Sunstein, charter city, Clayton Christensen, cloud computing, computer vision, Danny Hillis, dematerialisation, demographic transition, double entry bookkeeping, en.wikipedia.org, Exxon Valdez, George Gilder, gravity well, hive mind, Howard Rheingold, interchangeable parts, invention of air conditioning, invention of writing, Isaac Newton, Jaron Lanier, John Conway, John von Neumann, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, Lao Tzu, life extension, Louis Daguerre, Marshall McLuhan, megacity, meta analysis, meta-analysis, new economy, out of africa, performance metric, personalized medicine, phenotype, Picturephone, planetary scale, RAND corporation, random walk, Ray Kurzweil, recommendation engine, refrigerator car, Richard Florida, Silicon Valley, silicon-based life, Skype, speech recognition, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Stewart Brand, Ted Kaczynski, the built environment, the scientific method, Thomas Malthus, Vernor Vinge, Whole Earth Catalog, Y2K

It is not as if life and mind were simply embedded in the nature of matter and energy; but rather, life and mind emerged out of the constraints to transcend them. Physicist Paul Davies summarizes it well: “The secret of life does not lie in its chemical basis. . . . Life succeeds precisely because it evades chemical imperatives.” Our present economic migration from a material-based industry to a knowledge economy of intangible goods (such as software, design, and media products) is just the latest in a steady move toward the immaterial. (Not that material processing has let up, just that intangible processing is now more economically valuable.) Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, says, “Data from nearly all parts of the world show us that consumers tend to spend relatively less on goods and more on services as their incomes rise. . . .

 

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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson

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Admiral Zheng, Andrei Shleifer, Asian financial crisis, asset allocation, asset-backed security, Atahualpa, bank run, banking crisis, banks create money, Black Swan, Black-Scholes formula, Bonfire of the Vanities, Bretton Woods, BRICs, British Empire, capital asset pricing model, capital controls, Carmen Reinhart, Cass Sunstein, central bank independence, collateralized debt obligation, colonial exploitation, Corn Laws, corporate governance, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, currency manipulation / currency intervention, currency peg, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, deglobalization, diversification, diversified portfolio, double entry bookkeeping, Edmond Halley, Edward Glaeser, Edward Lloyd's coffeehouse, financial innovation, financial intermediation, fixed income, floating exchange rates, Fractional reserve banking, Francisco Pizarro, full employment, German hyperinflation, Hernando de Soto, high net worth, hindsight bias, Home mortgage interest deduction, Hyman Minsky, income inequality, interest rate swap, Isaac Newton, iterative process, joint-stock company, joint-stock limited liability company, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Rogoff, knowledge economy, labour mobility, London Interbank Offered Rate, Long Term Capital Management, market bubble, market fundamentalism, means of production, Mikhail Gorbachev, money: store of value / unit of account / medium of exchange, moral hazard, mortgage debt, mortgage tax deduction, Naomi Klein, Nick Leeson, Northern Rock, pension reform, price anchoring, price stability, principal–agent problem, probability theory / Blaise Pascal / Pierre de Fermat, profit motive, quantitative hedge fund, RAND corporation, random walk, rent control, rent-seeking, reserve currency, Richard Thaler, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, savings glut, seigniorage, short selling, Silicon Valley, South Sea Bubble, sovereign wealth fund, spice trade, structural adjustment programs, technology bubble, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, The Wisdom of Crowds, Thomas Malthus, Thorstein Veblen, too big to fail, transaction costs, value at risk, Washington Consensus, Yom Kippur War

For a more sceptical view of China’s position in 1700, see inter alia Angus Maddison, The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective (Paris, 2001). 5 Calculated from the estimates for per capita gross domestic product in Maddison, World Economy, table B-21. 6 Pomeranz, Great Divergence. 7 Among the most important recent works on the subject are Eric Jones, The European Miracle: Environments, Economies and Geopolitics in the History of Europe and Asia (Cambridge, 1981); David S. Landes, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some are So Rich and Some So Poor (New York, 1998); Joel Mokyr, The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy (Princeton, 2002); Gregory Clark, A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World (Princeton, 2007). 8 William N. Goetzmann, ‘Fibonacci and the Financial Revolution’, NBER Working Paper 10352 (March 2004). 9 William N. Goetzmann, Andrey D. Ukhov and Ning Zhu, ‘China and the World Financial Markets, 1870-1930: Modern Lessons from Historical Globalization’, Economic History Review (forthcoming). 10 Nicholas Crafts, ‘Globalisation and Growth in the Twentieth Century’, International Monetary Fund Working Paper, 00/44 (March 2000).

 

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The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World by Jeremy Rifkin

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3D printing, additive manufacturing, Albert Einstein, barriers to entry, borderless world, carbon footprint, centre right, collaborative consumption, collaborative economy, Community Supported Agriculture, corporate governance, decarbonisation, distributed generation, en.wikipedia.org, energy security, energy transition, global supply chain, hydrogen economy, income inequality, informal economy, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, job automation, knowledge economy, manufacturing employment, marginal employment, Martin Wolf, Masdar, megacity, Mikhail Gorbachev, new economy, oil shale / tar sands, oil shock, open borders, peak oil, Ponzi scheme, post-oil, purchasing power parity, Ray Kurzweil, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Simon Kuznets, Skype, smart grid, smart meter, Spread Networks laid a new fibre optics cable between New York and Chicago, supply-chain management, the market place, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, too big to fail, transaction costs, trickle-down economics, urban planning, urban renewal, Yom Kippur War, Zipcar

Industrious by nature, entrepreneurial in spirit, and pragmatic to a fault, this small province, tucked into the hinterland of the Netherlands, is a no-nonsense place where business rules the day. The province is one of the fastest-growing regions in the European Union. Unemployment is low, the standard of living is relatively high, and the region boasts a world-class university, which makes it a critical hub in the European knowledge economy. Unlike some of the other jurisdictions we worked with, Utrecht doesn’t suffer from a lack of planning. They have plans up the wazoo—ten-year plans, twenty-year plans, which are worked out in the kind of detail one rarely sees at a provincial governing level. I suspect that people who have had to keep ahead of the flood waters for centuries have the planning instinct indelibly imprinted into their collective DNA.

 

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The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation by Jon Gertner

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Albert Einstein, back-to-the-land, Black Swan, business climate, Claude Shannon: information theory, Clayton Christensen, complexity theory, corporate governance, cuban missile crisis, horn antenna, Hush-A-Phone, information retrieval, invention of the telephone, James Watt: steam engine, Karl Jansky, knowledge economy, Nicholas Carr, Norbert Wiener, Picturephone, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steve Jobs, Telecommunications Act of 1996, traveling salesman, uranium enrichment, William Shockley: the traitorous eight

A more typical example: During John Pierce’s first week of work at the Labs he was directed to visit Philo Farnsworth’s television shop in Manhattan to see if there was anything useful to license for the telephone company. Nothing that day caught Pierce’s interest. 13 For a thorough examination of Terman’s work on the New Jersey innovation hub, see Stephen B. Adams, “Stanford University and Frederick Terman’s Blueprint for Innovation in the Knowledge Economy,” in Sally H. Clarke, Naomi R. Lamoreaux, and Steven W. Usselman, eds., The Challenge of Remaining Innovative: Insights from Twentieth-Century American Business (Stanford, CA: Stanford Business Books, 2009). 14 “An Interview of Dr. J. R. Pierce by Mr. Lincoln Barnett for the American Telephone & Telegraph Company,” February 13, 1963. AT&T archives. 15 Claude Shannon, oral history conducted in July 1982 by Robert Price, IEEE History Center, New Brunswick, NJ. 16 Dick Frenkiel also made the case, as did many others I interviewed, that present telecommunications and Internet costs would likely be higher had the Bell System remained intact.

 

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Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business, + Website by Matt Blumberg

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airport security, Albert Einstein, bank run, Broken windows theory, crowdsourcing, deskilling, fear of failure, high batting average, high net worth, hiring and firing, Inbox Zero, James Hargreaves, Jeff Bezos, job satisfaction, Kickstarter, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, Lean Startup, Mark Zuckerberg, minimum viable product, pattern recognition, performance metric, pets.com, rolodex, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Skype

Finally, I’m not sure I’d be nearly as successful of a CEO or grounded a person as I have been without Mariquita, the love of my life and my best and most reliable sounding board throughout the life of the business. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Matt Blumberg founded Return Path in 1999 because he believed the world needed email to work better and because he wanted to build a model workplace for the knowledge economy. Matt is passionate about enhancing the online relationship between email subscribers and marketers so that both sides of the equation benefit. It is with great pride that he has watched this initial creation grow to a company of more than 400 employees with the market-leading brand, innovative products and the email industry’s most renowned experts. Return Path has also been rated among “The Best Places to Work” by Crain’s New York Business and Fortune magazine.

 

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The End of Work by Jeremy Rifkin

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banking crisis, Bertrand Russell: In Praise of Idleness, blue-collar work, cashless society, collective bargaining, computer age, deskilling, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, employer provided health coverage, Erik Brynjolfsson, full employment, future of work, general-purpose programming language, George Gilder, global village, hiring and firing, informal economy, interchangeable parts, invention of the telegraph, Jacques de Vaucanson, job automation, John Maynard Keynes: technological unemployment, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, land reform, low skilled workers, means of production, new economy, New Urbanism, pink-collar, post-industrial society, Productivity paradox, Richard Florida, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, speech recognition, strikebreaker, technoutopianism, Thorstein Veblen, Toyota Production System, trade route, trickle-down economics, women in the workforce, working poor, working-age population, Works Progress Administration

For the past nine months Sultan has been working for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as a temporary financial analyst, making $21 an hour. While he enjoys his current job, he worries constantly about whether he will have a job to report to tomorrow morning. "It's worse than being out of work," says Sultan. "You can't even make plans for the future."43 Even scientists, who, by virtue of their expertise, are widely thought to be immune to job insecurity in the high-tech knowledge economy are being reduced to temp work. On Assignment Inc, a temporary agency specializing in leasing scientists to companies ranging from Johnson & Johnson to Miller Brewing Company, has more than 1,100 chemists, microbiologists, and lab technicians ready to lease around the country. Recently Frito Lay requested a college-trained technician to test the crunchiness of its newest tortilla chip and was sent one of On Assignment's professional technicians within fortyeight hours-saving the company the cost of hiring a full-time permanent employee for the job. 44 The federal government has begun to follow the lead of the private sector, replacing more and more full-time civil servants with temps to save on overhead and operating costs.

 

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The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton

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Admiral Zheng, agricultural Revolution, Branko Milanovic, BRICs, British Empire, call centre, clean water, colonial exploitation, Columbian Exchange, declining real wages, Downton Abbey, financial innovation, germ theory of disease, Gini coefficient, illegal immigration, income inequality, invention of agriculture, invisible hand, John Snow's cholera map, knowledge economy, Louis Pasteur, low skilled workers, new economy, purchasing power parity, randomized controlled trial, rent-seeking, rising living standards, Ronald Reagan, Simon Kuznets, Steve Jobs, Steven Pinker, structural adjustment programs, The Spirit Level, too big to fail, trade route, very high income, War on Poverty

Alfredo Morabia, 2007, “Epidemiologic interactions, complexity, and the lonesome death of Max von Pettenkofer,” American Journal of Epidemiology 166(11): 1233–38. 32. Simon Szreter, 1988, “The importance of social intervention in Britain’s mortality decline c. 1850–1914: A reinterpretation of the role of public health,” Social History of Medicine 1(1): 1–36. 33. Tomes, The gospel of germs, and Joel Mokyr, The gifts of Athena: Historical origins of the knowledge economy, Princeton University Press. 34. Samuel J. Preston and Michael Haines, 1991, Fatal years: Child mortality in late nineteenth century America, Princeton University Press. 35. Howard Markel, 2005, When germs travel: Six major epidemics that have invaded America and the fears they have unleashed, Vintage. 36. Valerie Kozel and Barbara Parker, n.d., “Health situation assessment report: Chitrakot district,” World Bank, unpublished.

 

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The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Businesses, and Our Lives by Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen

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3D printing, access to a mobile phone, additive manufacturing, airport security, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Amazon Web Services, anti-communist, augmented reality, Ayatollah Khomeini, barriers to entry, bitcoin, borderless world, call centre, Chelsea Manning, citizen journalism, clean water, cloud computing, crowdsourcing, data acquisition, Dean Kamen, Elon Musk, failed state, fear of failure, Filter Bubble, Google Earth, Google Glasses, hive mind, income inequality, information trail, invention of the printing press, job automation, Julian Assange, Khan Academy, Kickstarter, knowledge economy, Law of Accelerating Returns, market fundamentalism, means of production, mobile money, mutually assured destruction, Naomi Klein, offshore financial centre, peer-to-peer lending, personalized medicine, Peter Singer: altruism, Ray Kurzweil, RFID, self-driving car, sentiment analysis, Silicon Valley, Skype, Snapchat, social graph, speech recognition, Steve Jobs, Steven Pinker, Stewart Brand, Stuxnet, The Wisdom of Crowds, upwardly mobile, Whole Earth Catalog, WikiLeaks, young professional, zero day

As connectivity spreads, the gap between diaspora and home communities will shrink, as communication technologies and social media strengthen the bonds of culture, language and perspective that connect these distant groups. And those who leave their country as part of a brain drain will be leaving countries far more connected than today, even if those places are poor, autocratic or short on opportunities. Members of the diaspora, then, will be able to create a knowledge economy in exile that leverages the strong educational institutions, networks and resources of developed countries and channels them back constructively into their home countries. Opportunism and Exploitation In the aftermath of every major conflict or natural disaster, new actors flood the space: aid workers, journalists, U.N. officials, consultants, businessmen, speculators and tourists. Some come to offer their services, while others are hoping to exploit the crisis environment for political or economic gain.

 

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Wealth and Poverty: A New Edition for the Twenty-First Century by George Gilder

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affirmative action, Albert Einstein, Bernie Madoff, British Empire, capital controls, cleantech, cloud computing, collateralized debt obligation, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, crony capitalism, deindustrialization, diversified portfolio, Donald Trump, equal pay for equal work, floating exchange rates, full employment, George Gilder, Home mortgage interest deduction, Howard Zinn, income inequality, invisible hand, Jane Jacobs, Jeff Bezos, job automation, job-hopping, Joseph Schumpeter, knowledge economy, labor-force participation, margin call, Mark Zuckerberg, means of production, medical malpractice, minimum wage unemployment, money: store of value / unit of account / medium of exchange, Mont Pelerin Society, moral hazard, mortgage debt, non-fiction novel, North Sea oil, paradox of thrift, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, post-industrial society, price stability, Ralph Nader, rent control, Robert Gordon, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Simon Kuznets, skunkworks, Steve Jobs, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas L Friedman, upwardly mobile, urban renewal, volatility arbitrage, War on Poverty, women in the workforce, working poor, working-age population, yield curve

Yet every socialist plan normally begins with just such a draconian reduction, just such a holocaust of human learning and skills, leaving only a pile of statistical ashes, a dry and sterile residue of numbers, from which to reconstruct the edifice of economic activity. Because of this problem, no so-called planned economy actually observes or fulfills its plan. To avoid sure disaster the computers must continually defer to human learning and experience. But the problem of planning cannot be overcome by mere admixtures of common sense and practical knowledge. Economies run not only on light but also on heat and energy, not merely on information but also on courage and skill. Entrepreneurial learning is of a deeper kind than is taught in schools, or acquired in the controlled experiments of social or physical science, or gained in the experience of socialist economies. For entrepreneurial experiments are also adventures, with the future livelihood of the investor at stake.

 

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Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs by Lauren A. Rivera

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affirmative action, availability heuristic, barriers to entry, Donald Trump, fundamental attribution error, glass ceiling, income inequality, job satisfaction, knowledge economy, meta analysis, meta-analysis, new economy, performance metric, profit maximization, profit motive, school choice, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, The Wisdom of Crowds, unpaid internship, women in the workforce, young professional

New York: Penguin. Brown, David K. 2001. “The Social Sources of Educational Credentialism: Status Cultures, Labor Markets, and Organizations.” Sociology of Education 74:19–34. Brown, Jonathon. 1986. “Evaluations of Self and Others: Self-Enhancement Biases in Social Judgments.” Social Cognition 4:353–76. Brown, Phillip, and Anthony Hesketh. 2004. The Mismanagement of Talent: Employability and Jobs in the Knowledge Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Buchmann, Claudia, Dennis Condron, and Vincent Roscigno. 2010. “Shadow Education, American Style: Test Preparation, the SAT, and College Enrollment.” Social Forces 89:435–62. Byrne, Donn Erwin. 1971. The Attraction Paradigm. New York: Academic Press. Cable, Daniel, and Timothy Judge. 1997. “Interviewers’ Perceptions of Person-Organization Fit and Organizational Selection Decisions.”

 

Common Knowledge?: An Ethnography of Wikipedia by Dariusz Jemielniak

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Andrew Keen, barriers to entry, citation needed, collaborative consumption, collaborative editing, conceptual framework, continuous integration, crowdsourcing, Debian, deskilling, digital Maoism, en.wikipedia.org, Filter Bubble, Google Glasses, Hacker Ethic, hive mind, Internet Archive, invisible hand, Jaron Lanier, jimmy wales, job satisfaction, Julian Assange, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, Menlo Park, moral hazard, online collectivism, pirate software, RFC: Request For Comment, Richard Stallman, Silicon Valley, Skype, slashdot, social software, Stewart Brand, The Nature of the Firm, The Wisdom of Crowds, transaction costs, WikiLeaks, wikimedia commons

Cyber-communism: How the Americans are superseding capitalism in cyberspace. Science as Culture, 9(1), 5–40. Barker, J. R. (1993). Tightening the iron cage: Concertive control in self-managing teams. Administrative Science Quarterly, 38(3), 408–437. Barley, S. R., & Kunda, G. (2001). Bringing work back in. Organization Science, 12(1), 76–95. Barley, S. R., & Kunda, G. (2004). Gurus, hired guns, and warm bodies: Itinerant experts in a knowledge economy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Barnard, A. (1983). Contemporary hunter-gatherers: Current theoretical issues in ecology and social organization. Annual Review of Anthropology, 12, 193–214. Barnett, E. (2010, May 11). Wikipedia porn row sees founder give up his editing privileges. The Telegraph. Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/ wikipedia/7711486/Wikipedia-porn-row-sees-founder-give-up-his-editing -privileges.html Bartunek, J.

 

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The Book: A Cover-To-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time by Keith Houston

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clean water, Commentariolus, dumpster diving, Eratosthenes, financial innovation, invention of movable type, Islamic Golden Age, knowledge economy, means of production, Murano, Venice glass, paper trading, Ponzi scheme, wikimedia commons

Burke, “Fust (or Faust), John,” The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church (New York: Appleton, 1909), http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06326b.htm; “Helmasperger’s Notarial Instrument,” Gutenberg Digital (SUB Göttingen), accessed March 5, 2014, http://www.gutenbergdigital.de/gudi/eframes/helma/frmnot/frmnota.htm. 19. “Helmasperger’s Notarial Instrument”; Man, The Gutenberg Revolution, 147–49; Kapr, Johann Gutenberg, 153–59. 20. “Helmasperger’s Notarial Instrument”; Man, The Gutenberg Revolution, 147–49. 21. Jan Luiten Van Zanden, “Common Workmen, Philosophers and the Birth of the European Knowledge Economy: About the Price and the Production of Useful Knowledge in Europe 1350–1800,” in GEHN Conference on Useful Knowledge, Leiden (London: LSE, 2004), 11. 22. Man, The Gutenberg Revolution, 145–47; H. R. Mead, “Fifteenth-Century Schoolbooks,” Huntington Library Quarterly 3, no. 1 (1939): 37–42. 23. Mead, “Fifteenth-Century Schoolbooks.” 24. “Ars Minor [fragment],” Princeton University Digital Library (The Trustees of Princeton University, 2010), http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/8c97kq49z. 25.

 

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The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World by Ruchir Sharma

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3D printing, Asian financial crisis, backtesting, bank run, banking crisis, Berlin Wall, Bernie Sanders, BRICs, business climate, business process, call centre, capital controls, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Carmen Reinhart, central bank independence, centre right, colonial rule, Commodity Super-Cycle, corporate governance, crony capitalism, currency peg, dark matter, debt deflation, deglobalization, deindustrialization, demographic dividend, demographic transition, Deng Xiaoping, Doha Development Round, Donald Trump, Edward Glaeser, Elon Musk, eurozone crisis, failed state, Fall of the Berlin Wall, falling living standards, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, Freestyle chess, Gini coefficient, hiring and firing, income inequality, indoor plumbing, industrial robot, inflation targeting, Internet of things, Jeff Bezos, job automation, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Rogoff, knowledge economy, labor-force participation, Malacca Straits, Mark Zuckerberg, market bubble, megacity, Mexican peso crisis / tequila crisis, mittelstand, moral hazard, New Economic Geography, North Sea oil, oil rush, oil shale / tar sands, oil shock, pattern recognition, Peter Thiel, pets.com, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, price stability, Productivity paradox, purchasing power parity, quantitative easing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, random walk, rent-seeking, reserve currency, Ronald Coase, Ronald Reagan, savings glut, secular stagnation, Shenzhen was a fishing village, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Simon Kuznets, smart cities, Snapchat, South China Sea, sovereign wealth fund, special economic zone, spectrum auction, Steve Jobs, The Wisdom of Crowds, Thomas Malthus, total factor productivity, trade liberalization, trade route, tulip mania, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, unorthodox policies, Washington Consensus, WikiLeaks, women in the workforce, working-age population

Grindal, Alejandra, and Patrick Ayers. “Why Demographics Matter.” Ned Davis Research, July 23, 2015. Gupta, Shekhar. “Modi and the Art of the Sell.” Indian Express, December 18, 2012. Haberman, Clyde. “The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion.” New York Times, May 31, 2015. Harari, Yuval Noah, and Daniel Kahneman. “Death Is Optional.” Edge, November 25, 2015. Hausmann, Ricardo. “The Tacit-Knowledge Economy.” Project Syndicate, October 30, 2013. Hessler, Peter. “Learning to Speak Lingerie.” New Yorker, August 10, 2015. Hokenson, Richard F. “Retiring the Current Model of Retirement.” Hokenson Research, March 2004. ——. “Rethinking Old Age Economic Security.” Evercore ISI Research, July 30, 2015. ——. “Long Term Unemployment: A Global Perspective.” Evercore ISI Research, August 18, 2015. ——.

 

Multicultural Cities: Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles by Mohammed Abdul Qadeer

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affirmative action, call centre, David Brooks, deindustrialization, desegregation, edge city, en.wikipedia.org, Frank Gehry, game design, ghettoisation, global village, immigration reform, Jane Jacobs, knowledge economy, market bubble, McMansion, new economy, New Urbanism, place-making, Richard Florida, risk tolerance, Silicon Valley, Skype, telemarketer, the built environment, The Chicago School, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the scientific method, urban planning, urban renewal, working-age population, young professional

Ethnicity and the Urban Economy Photo 5.1 Chinese shopping arcade inside Pacific Mall, Markham (Toronto) (courtesy Susan Qadeer) 99 100 Multicultural Cities The Latinization of Los Angeles is the storyline of its transformation under the influence of immigration. Miles Davis observes that “Latinos have become predominant in low-tech manufacturing, home construction and tourist-leisure services,” establishing ethnic economic niches and enclaves.24 Chinese and Indians are filling the ranks of professionals in the new knowledge economy, whereas Chinese as well as Koreans and Japanese have helped forge cross-Pacific trade through their transnational links. The three cities have many common elements, namely, (1) large and diverse populations, (2) being biggest cities of their countries, (3) economic bases in financial, educational, health, and producer services; and (4) global connections and a role as pre-eminent information, entertainment, and art nodes.

 

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Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business by Rana Foroohar

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3D printing, accounting loophole / creative accounting, additive manufacturing, Airbnb, algorithmic trading, Asian financial crisis, asset allocation, bank run, Basel III, bonus culture, Bretton Woods, British Empire, call centre, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, Carmen Reinhart, carried interest, centralized clearinghouse, clean water, collateralized debt obligation, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, crony capitalism, crowdsourcing, David Graeber, deskilling, Detroit bankruptcy, diversification, Double Irish / Dutch Sandwich, Emanuel Derman, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, financial deregulation, financial intermediation, Frederick Winslow Taylor, George Akerlof, gig economy, Goldman Sachs: Vampire Squid, Gordon Gekko, greed is good, High speed trading, Home mortgage interest deduction, housing crisis, Howard Rheingold, Hyman Minsky, income inequality, index fund, interest rate derivative, interest rate swap, Internet of things, invisible hand, joint-stock company, joint-stock limited liability company, Kenneth Rogoff, knowledge economy, labor-force participation, labour mobility, London Whale, Long Term Capital Management, manufacturing employment, market design, Martin Wolf, moral hazard, mortgage debt, mortgage tax deduction, new economy, non-tariff barriers, offshore financial centre, oil shock, passive investing, pensions crisis, Ponzi scheme, principal–agent problem, quantitative easing, quantitative trading / quantitative finance, race to the bottom, Ralph Nader, Rana Plaza, RAND corporation, random walk, rent control, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, Second Machine Age, shareholder value, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Snapchat, sovereign wealth fund, Steve Jobs, technology bubble, The Chicago School, The Spirit Level, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Tim Cook: Apple, Tobin tax, too big to fail, trickle-down economics, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, Vanguard fund

Loopholes in US laws allow the first relocation to happen, and loopholes in Irish laws mean that the Irish company doesn’t have to pay Irish taxes because it’s “owned” by a non-Irish tax resident (head-spinning, I know). The Irish system can be further exploited if a US firm sets up a second overseas subsidiary in Ireland to manage non-US sales on patents. American firms do a lot of this, redirecting to the most tax-advantageous country the intellectual property that may have been the work of many people in many countries. Basically, this strategy funnels the profits from the knowledge economy, where the innovation actually occurred, to a different economy that offers the cheapest cash haven. Firms can go further and add a “Dutch sandwich” onto this maneuver. Because there are European Union tax agreements in place that allow money to move freely between EU countries, American firms can set up Dutch subsidiaries and transfer more money from more countries into Irish subsidiaries.

 

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The Way of the Gun: A Bloody Journey Into the World of Firearms by Iain Overton

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air freight, airport security, back-to-the-land, British Empire, Chelsea Manning, clean water, Columbine, David Attenborough, Etonian, Ferguson, Missouri, gender pay gap, gun show loophole, illegal immigration, interchangeable parts, Julian Assange, knowledge economy, Louis Pasteur, Mahatma Gandhi, More Guns, Less Crime, offshore financial centre, Ronald Reagan, Y2K, Yom Kippur War

After all, as female emancipation and sexual equality has edged its way forward, it seems that guns still remain as unreconstructed an instrument of male violence as they were 100 years ago. This is possibly because in many countries modern market economics have caused the manly virtues of muscle and brawn to be challenged by the more ‘feminine’ charms of intellect, creativity and guile. Putting it simply, in developed knowledge economies, IT computer programmers and public-relations executives earn far more than construction workers and security guards.8 This shift in desired skills has happened alongside a major manufacturing output decline, particularly in the US. There, nearly 30 per cent of all jobs in 1960 were blue-collar. Today it is about 10 per cent. Despite a near doubling of the American population, there are now about four million fewer manufacturing jobs there than fifty years ago.9 The outcome of this decline has been well documented: a pervasive insecurity about a man’s role in the world (even if this insecurity is often based more on the perception of lost power than is actually the case – men still earn on average more than women).10 And, for those men who feel their status has been eroded and confused by an ever-changing world, the gun is one thing they can cling on to.

 

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The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism by Joyce Appleby

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The World's First Railway System: Enterprise, Competition, and Regulation on the Railway Network in Victorian Britain by Mark Casson

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Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss

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And I assure you: if you run 50K or 100 miles, when you finish, you won’t be the same person who started.” I thought for a minute, and that’s when I bit. I’d seen a strange ripple effect dozens of times in the world of strength, but for some reason, I’d never connected the dots with endurance. Perhaps just as you haven’t connected the dots with some subjects in this book. After all, in a knowledge economy, what’s the value of deadlifting more or losing 2% bodyfat? Of hitting a home run? In a word: transfer. My father lost 70+ pounds of fat in 10 months and tripled his strength. During his annual checkup, his doctor declared that he might live forever. The physical changes were incredible, but the curious side effects of the program were the strongest incentives to continue. As my dad explained: It’s very odd.

 

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The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-But Some Don't by Nate Silver

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Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman

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Immigration worldwide: policies, practices, and trends by Uma Anand Segal, Doreen Elliott, Nazneen S. Mayadas

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Why the West Rules--For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future by Ian Morris

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The Irrational Bundle by Dan Ariely

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In today’s economy, as we move to jobs that require imagination, creativity, thinking, and round-the-clock engagement, Marx’s emphasis on alienation adds an important ingredient to the labor mix. I also suspect that Adam Smith’s emphasis on the efficiency in the division of labor was more relevant during his time, when the labor in question was based mostly on simple production, and is less relevant in today’s knowledge economy. From this perspective, division of labor, in my mind, is one of the dangers of work-based technology. Modern IT infrastructure allows us to break projects into very small, discrete parts and assign each person to do only one of the many parts. In so doing, companies run the risk of taking away employees’ sense of the big picture, purpose, and sense of completion. Highly divisible labor might be efficient if people were automatons, but, given the importance of internal motivation and meaning to our drive and productivity, this approach might backfire.