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Commonomics: How We Can Build Local Economies That Work for Everyone | Connecting the Dots, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

Commonomics: How We Can Build Local Economies That Work for Everyone | Connecting the Dots, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | Buzz | Scoop.it
We need to rethink our economy in fundamentally new ways.

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Rather than a conversation about GDP do we need a "...‘genuine progress indicator,’ a version of the index of sustainable economic welfare that looks at a community’s overall well-being. There are many variations of these alternative indicators. Though most still equate value with consumption and growth, some include factors that GDP leaves out — like the value of unpaid household and volunteer work — and factor in the cost of pollution, depletion of resources and the consequences of uneven distribution of wealth."  Lumina could add an interesting angle to the Commonomics project.

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This is about making changes that will really matter.

Molly Martin's curator insight, October 17, 2013 4:14 AM

Rather than a conversation about GDP do we need a "...‘genuine progress indicator,’ a version of the index of sustainable economic welfare that looks at a community’s overall well-being. There are many variations of these alternative indicators. Though most still equate value with consumption and growth, some include factors that GDP leaves out — like the value of unpaid household and volunteer work — and factor in the cost of pollution, depletion of resources and the consequences of uneven distribution of wealth."  Lumina could add an interesting angle to the Commonomics project.

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Federal Reserve Bank San Francisco | Gauging the Momentum of the Labor Recovery

Federal Reserve Bank San Francisco | Gauging the Momentum of the Labor Recovery | Buzz | Scoop.it
Federal Reserve policymakers are watching a broad set of indicators for signs of “substantial” labor market improvement, a key consideration for beginning to scale back asset purchases.
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Molly Martin's curator insight, October 17, 2013 4:03 AM

"All these indicators show that the recovery has more momentum now than a year ago. This is a strong signal that labor market improvement will continue at their current modest pace, and could even accelerate in the coming months."

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Luddites Are Almost Always Wrong: Technology Rarely Destroys Jobs | Techdirt.com

Luddites Are Almost Always Wrong: Technology Rarely Destroys Jobs | Techdirt.com | Buzz | Scoop.it

Two years ago, I wrote a long post about the "paradox of job creation" about politicians trying to take credit for creating jobs. As I noted, there's something of a paradox, because job creation often involves what looks like job destruction in the first place -- before people realize that those jobs can be shifted in a different direction. Case in point: in the 1940s, AT&T employed approximately 350,000 people as phone operators. AT&T had rapidly begun moving to automatic switched telephony systems a bit earlier, but it took until the late 1940s, until those really became common enough to move away from people having to pick up the phone and ask a human operator to connect them.

In the short-term tech-kills-jobs view, you could easily see this new "technology" as killing jobs. Indeed, it's reported that there are somewhere around 18,000 telephone operators in the US today. But... there are also about 100,000 call center operators and 290,000 telemarketers (and of course, in a globalized world, many of those jobs have moved overseas). But, more importantly, moving from having a human operator connect you to an automatic switched network was just an early step in leading to tremendous follow-on innovations that created all kinds of new jobs and economic growth. Automatic switched phone networks created all kinds of new business opportunities and convenience, but also eventually enabled easy access to the internet. And the internet has since created millions of new jobs (including mine!).

Two years ago, we wrote about how even President Obama had falsely argued that ATMs had diminished teller jobs and that automated check-ins at airports had hurt airline employees. The data said otherwise:


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Community college accreditation commission under scrutiny again - Los Angeles Times

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Community college accreditation commission under scrutiny again Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — The nonprofit group that accredits California's community colleges has come under fire again — this time for asking officials at the colleges it...
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"The Department of Education is now conducting a routine review of ACCJC that will determine whether it should maintain its status as California’s accrediting body."

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Molly Martin's curator insight, October 17, 2013 4:06 AM

"The Department of Education is now conducting a routine review of ACCJC that will determine whether it should maintain its status as California’s accrediting body."

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Drone Service Delivers Textbooks to Students in Minutes

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Australian textbook rental company Zookal uses Flirtey, a commercial drone service, to ship Australian students their textbooks minutes after they order. (I'm sure Limpopo Department of Education can do with these bad boys.
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Molly Martin's curator insight, October 17, 2013 3:41 AM

Australian students will be able to choose drone delivery starting in March 2014.

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20 Least Affordable Colleges (photos)

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With relatively low graduation rates and high net prices, these are the country’s costliest schools. (Thought your higher education was expensive?
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UCU - University and College Union - University strike dates announced

UCU - University and College Union - University strike dates announced | Buzz | Scoop.it
First UK-wide joint strike between higher education unions set for 31 October (UCU, UNISON and Unite in higher education will walk out over pay on Thursday 31 October - http://t.co/LRr8mTVYwn #fairpayinHE)...
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"UCU, UNISON and Unite trade unions announced today that their members working in higher education will walk out on Thursday 31 October" over an ongoing pay dispute."

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Molly Martin's curator insight, October 17, 2013 3:58 AM

"UCU, UNISON and Unite trade unions announced today that their members working in higher education will walk out on Thursday 31 October" over an ongoing pay dispute.

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Plutocrats at Work: How Big Philanthropy Undermines Democracy | Dissent Magazine

Plutocrats at Work: How Big Philanthropy Undermines Democracy | Dissent Magazine | Buzz | Scoop.it

by Joanne Barkan


"One hundred years later, big philanthropy still aims to solve the world’s problems—with foundation trustees deciding what is a problem and how to fix it. They may act with good intentions, but they define “good.” The arrangement remains thoroughly plutocratic: it is the exercise of wealth-derived power in the public sphere with minimal democratic controls and civic obligations. Controls and obligations include filing an annual IRS form and (since 1969) paying an annual excise tax of up to 2 percent on net investment income. There are regulations against self-dealing, lobbying (although “educating” lawmakers is legal), and supporting candidates for public office. In reality, the limits on political activity barely function now: loopholes, indirect support for groups that do political work, and scant resources for regulators have crippled oversight."


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NCSL and RPA are getting more and more attention in coverage like this...

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Low-wage fast-food jobs leave hefty tax bill, report says

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Fast food may seem cheap, but a new UC Berkeley report says the fast-food industry costs American taxpayers nearly $7 billion annually because its jobs pay so little that 52 percent of fast food workers are forced to sign their family members up...
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common-core-state-standards.pdf

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Demand for dual enrollment, opportunities for more successful transfer, and changes to community college (CC) curriculum present opportunities for CCs...my question would be: how might this strain capacity?  Consider the strain of the influx during the recession.

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Molly Martin's curator insight, October 17, 2013 4:12 AM

Demand for dual enrollment, opportunities for more successful transfer, and changes to community college (CC) curriculum present opportunities for CCs...my question would be: how might this strain capacity?  Consider the strain of the influx during the recession.

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Commonomics: How We Can Build Local Economies That Work for Everyone | Connecting the Dots, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

Commonomics: How We Can Build Local Economies That Work for Everyone | Connecting the Dots, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | Buzz | Scoop.it
We need to rethink our economy in fundamentally new ways.

Via Monica S Mcfeeters, Molly Martin
Molly Martin's insight:

Rather than a conversation about GDP do we need a "...‘genuine progress indicator,’ a version of the index of sustainable economic welfare that looks at a community’s overall well-being. There are many variations of these alternative indicators. Though most still equate value with consumption and growth, some include factors that GDP leaves out — like the value of unpaid household and volunteer work — and factor in the cost of pollution, depletion of resources and the consequences of uneven distribution of wealth."  Lumina could add an interesting angle to the Commonomics project.

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, October 17, 2013 12:16 AM

This is about making changes that will really matter.

Molly Martin's curator insight, October 17, 2013 4:14 AM

Rather than a conversation about GDP do we need a "...‘genuine progress indicator,’ a version of the index of sustainable economic welfare that looks at a community’s overall well-being. There are many variations of these alternative indicators. Though most still equate value with consumption and growth, some include factors that GDP leaves out — like the value of unpaid household and volunteer work — and factor in the cost of pollution, depletion of resources and the consequences of uneven distribution of wealth."  Lumina could add an interesting angle to the Commonomics project.

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Part-time study is good for business - The Guardian (blog)

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The Guardian (blog)
Part-time study is good for business
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The UK still lags behind many of its competitors when it comes to higher education participation.
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"Employers understand the value of part-time education. They have years of experience in delivering flexible, work-based training to their staff as skills needs wax and wane. They also know what kind of skills, expertise and competencies their employees need and want to learn through further study. If universities want to keep their part-time offer alive, they need to co-operate with business."

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Molly Martin's curator insight, October 17, 2013 3:52 AM

"Employers understand the value of part-time education. They have years of experience in delivering flexible, work-based training to their staff as skills needs wax and wane. They also know what kind of skills, expertise and competencies their employees need and want to learn through further study. If universities want to keep their part-time offer alive, they need to co-operate with business."

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Universities UK - The power of part-time: Review of part-time and mature higher education - executive summary

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Universities UK - The power of part-time: Review of part-time and mature higher education - executive summary
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The Dangers of Shutdown Philanthropy - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription)

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The Dangers of Shutdown Philanthropy
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The Arnolds made clear that they don't want government to think philanthropists can or should step in to provide the payments.
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Molly Martin's curator insight, October 17, 2013 3:47 AM

For now, the surge in philanthropy is helping to fill a gap in critical services. But legislators and philanthropists should tread carefully into this territory. This practice cannot and should not become the standard way of operating until we understand fully what is at risk.

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The End of the Nation-State?

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With rapid urbanization under way, cities want to call their own shots. Increasingly, they can.

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Tony Aguilar's curator insight, October 17, 2013 10:01 AM

The end of Soverign nation states has alot to do with how interact with other states into a more integrated regional economy. The global community is realizing its importance of woking together to mazimize on trade and technology building as an economic world effort. This would blur the lines of independent soverign countires and bring regions together for economic puprposes even redrawing regional lines. Cities want more autonomy on responding to urbanization and move more away from being identified as a nation state. It is the desire to listen less to what washington has to say and act more as an independent state which makes more decisons with the regions around it to mazimize on rapid city growth and the money making opportunities that a re created from a rapidly changing global community.

Keileem's comment, October 17, 2013 3:41 PM
Just end reading a book: the end of the nation state, but than in mind a non-democratic eu government.
Emma Boyle's curator insight, November 20, 2013 8:31 AM

Good examples: NYC, Washington DC, Brasilia, Hong Kong, London, and many more.