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. 05. 2015

The Bifurcation is Near

I’m starting a sequence of posts on Medium that are explorations relating to my next book. The first is now up. It begins with a story about the origins of the digital computer: When the...

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12. 05. 2015

While learning is still in for today’s students, school’s out

The commencement season is about to begin. It will be a wonderful time to celebrate, once again, our enduring rituals of collegiate education. Now prepare to say goodbye to them. This isn’t to say...

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09. 05. 2015

Energy Independence is Here, and It’s Not Funny (or Coffee > Oil)

Sometimes it’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry. That was my reaction earlier this week when I read an article from the current issue of The Economist titled “Oil be damned:...

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01. 05. 2015

“Creative Karachi” by Sabeen Mahmud

Here are excerpts from a case narrative that Sabeen Mahmud wrote in 2013 for publication in Innovations journal. Twenty-four years ago, I fell in love for the first time—with a Macintosh Plus computer. It had...

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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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