Category Archives: The Economy

6 Game-Changing Forces Driving a New Era of Entrepreneurship and Opportunity

There’s a raging debate about the future of small business. On one side is a mountain of data that indicates entrepreneurship is slowing. On the other side is the rising sentiment that it’s easier than ever to start a new business, whether you’re a 13-year-old sneaker-head or a 65-year-old consultant. Part of the problem is ...

6 Game-Changing Forces Driving a New Era of Entrepreneurship and Opportunity

There’s a raging debate about the future of small business. On one side is a mountain of data that indicates entrepreneurship is slowing. On the other side is the rising sentiment that it’s easier than ever to start a new business, whether you’re a 13-year-old sneaker-head or a 65-year-old consultant. Part of the problem is ...

Innovation or Not? – Empowering Every Resident with Tools for Change

What if you could empower every citizen with tools that will help your city, state or country innovate and change faster than the competition for a penny a person? Well, now it’s possible… A revolution is beginning, and the smart cities, states, countries, and even organizations, are arming themselves with the tools they need to ...

Seizing on the Greatest Global Shift in 5,000 Years

The year 2020 will mark the beginning of the most profound change in global demographics we’ve ever seen. Here are 3 ways to make that work in your favor. Big change takes us by surprise because it doesn’t fit the pattern of the past. Yet, like the images hidden in an Escher print, once we ...

Waterloo’s Dynamic Innovation Ecosystem: A model for Syrian Refugees

How can a moment when the global community highlights the plight of tens of millions of refugees put anyone in a celebratory mood? What is innovative about a world that seems to be getting ever more efficient at producing refugees? Let me explain.

Is Digital Technology Really Making Us Any Better Off?

When Steve Jobs was trying to lure John Sculley from his lofty position as CEO at Pepsi to Apple, he asked him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” The ploy worked and Sculley became the first major CEO ...

4 Visionaries Who Saw Far Into The Future And How They Did It

Successful people solve problems.  Look at any great fortune, whether it be Carnegie, Ford or Gates and you find that the source of their vast accomplishment was a problem solved.  Even more prosaic executives spend most of their time solving one problem or another, with greater or lesser skill. The contrast in outcomes can be attributed ...

4 Visionaries Who Saw Far Into The Future And How They Did It

Successful people solve problems.  Look at any great fortune, whether it be Carnegie, Ford or Gates and you find that the source of their vast accomplishment was a problem solved.  Even more prosaic executives spend most of their time solving one problem or another, with greater or lesser skill. The contrast in outcomes can be attributed ...

The Shift Economy

In the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall, both Russia and Poland embarked on remarkably similar journeys.  Using the same western advisors, they privatized state owned companies, implemented free market reforms and transformed their legal systems to compete more effectively in the world economy. Yet despite the nearly identical programs, the results couldn’t ...

The Shift Economy

In the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall, both Russia and Poland embarked on remarkably similar journeys.  Using the same western advisors, they privatized state owned companies, implemented free market reforms and transformed their legal systems to compete more effectively in the world economy. Yet despite the nearly identical programs, the results couldn’t ...