02. 04. 2012

The Coming Prosperity

“Philip Auerswald shows the role that innovators must play if we are to create ‘The Coming Prosperity.’ In this important book, he reminds us that challenging the status quo is the inescapable first...

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19. 02. 2014

Profiles in Development Progress: High-Impact, Long-Term Solutions to the Challenge of Global Development

A little while back I authored a post in which I objected to the title of a book co-edited by Jessica Cohen and Bill Easterly: What Works in Development?: Thinking Big and Thinking...

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27. 01. 2014

The Aid Debate is Irrelevant (Outtakes from The Coming Prosperity)

Here are sections I cut from The Coming Prosperity that make reference to the aid debate. I cut them because I decided that, if my conclusion ends up being that the aid debate really...

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14. 01. 2014

The Peer-to-Peer Business Models That Matter Most Are the Ones We Haven’t Seen Yet

I’m testifying tomorrow to the House Committee on Small Business at a session titled: “The Power of Connection: Peer-to-Peer Businesses” Here’s an excerpt from my written testimony: From the standpoint of the United...

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18. 10. 2013

On the 40th Anniversary of the Arab Oil Embargo

The one thing we haven’t learned about the Arab Oil Embargo, 40 years after it happened, is how little it actually mattered. First, it was not the reason for the long gas lines...

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04. 07. 2013

Post #1 on the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Why no posts from me since January? To a significant extent because I’ve been spending all available time preparing for the launch of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation which took place at the Clinton...

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14. 01. 2013

The Starting Gun of the (Modern) Race Against the Machine

MIT economists Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee were on 60 Minutes yesterday discussing their book Race Against the Machine, which describes how computers (in particular, robots & digitally enabled technologies) are increasingly displacing...

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13. 01. 2013
The Wright Brothers plane on exhibit at the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building

Techno-pessimists: Wrong in the 1930s, Wrong Today

This week’s issue of The Economist contains an article assessing recent claims by Tyler Cowen, Robert Gordon, Peter Thiel and others that we have entered an age of diminished innovation and declining economic prosperity. Here’s axcerpt...

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04. 05. 2012

Don’t Just Create a Product. Create a Movement.

I’ve got a post up as of today on the Harvard Business Review blog. Here’s how it starts: As the editor of the journal Innovations, I’m asked with some regularity, “So, what is innovation anyhow?...

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04. 05. 2012

The Coming Prosperity in 3 minutes

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25. 04. 2012
John Gast, "American Progress"

They’ve all come / To look for America

In the summer of 1990 I taught English at a technical college in the then-Czechoslovakia, newly liberated from Communism. The design of the course was intensive–30 hours of conversational English with the same...

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16. 04. 2012
Gathering at Sekem

How The World Gets Ahead (Wall Street Journal Review of The Coming Prosperity)

It was great to see The Coming Prosperity featured this weekend in the Wall Street Journal‘s Spring book review section, along with Breakout Nations by Ruchir Sharma (head of emerging markets for Morgan Stanley) and Need, Speed,...

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15. 04. 2012

Enough with the Icebergs Already

“If a sufficient number of management layers are superimposed on top of each other, it can be assured that disaster is not left to chance.” – Norman Augustine Look around you and you will...

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