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How Superstar Companies Like Apple Are Killing America’s High-Tech Future

How Superstar Companies Like Apple Are Killing America’s High-Tech Future | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
all of the technologies in the iPhone ­– things like touch-screen technology, GPS, and so on — originated with government spending, funded by taxpayer money.

That’s why a company like Apple should be using a substantial portion of its super-profits to support government investment in the next generation of innovation. Instead, the company runs an entire division devoted to finding ways to avoid taxation.
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How to Fix Your Soul

How to Fix Your Soul | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"We've never needed Big New Ideas — fundamentally transformative ideas about how to organize the economy, society, and polity — more.

 

Like what? Like reinventing the rusting iron core of the economic solar system, GDP — to include the costs of planetary catastrophe. Like reimagining national accounts — to count not just money and machines, but stuff that matters, like creativity. Like redesigning democracy — so much so that ordinary folks like you and I can rewrite constitutions. Like reinventing corporations — to create more than just shareholder value. Like redefining "reporting" — to include the real human impact institutions have, not just the "profit" they mindlessly generate. Like revolutionizing our conception of what prosperity is and why it matters — to encompass the quiet wholeness and furious incandescence of a life well lived."

 

Excellent food for thought by Umair Haque on the Harvard Business Review blog.

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Klimaschutz: Technik allein bringt’s nicht

Klimaschutz: Technik allein bringt’s nicht | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Ohne soziale Innovationen wird der Klimawandel nicht zu beherrschen sein, schreibt der Geschäftsführer des Wuppertal-Instituts. Wichtig sind soziale Innovationen.

 

Good article in Germany's Die Zeit about the need to go beyond technological innovation to deal with climate change.

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Joseph E. Stiglitz argues that the impact of technological change on living standards has become increasingly unclear

Joseph E. Stiglitz argues that the impact of technological change on living standards has become increasingly unclear | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Around the world, there is enormous enthusiasm for the type of technological innovation symbolized by Silicon Valley, with many attempting to replicate the ingenuity that they regard as America’s true comparative advantage. But there is a puzzle: it is difficult to detect the benefits of this innovation in GDP statistics.
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Excellent article by Joe Stiglitz in Project Syndicate.

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rafaeldiazarias's curator insight, March 10, 2014 4:32 AM

A menudo se ignoran los costes sociales de las innovaciones, tanto en términos económicos como de progreso social

Artur Alves's curator insight, March 11, 2014 5:38 AM

"Still, one cannot avoid the uneasy feeling that, when all is said and done, the contribution of recent technological innovations to long-term growth in living standards may be substantially less than the enthusiasts claim. A lot of intellectual effort has been devoted to devising better ways of maximizing advertising and marketing budgets – targeting customers, especially the affluent, who might actually buy the product. But standards of living might have been raised even more if all of this innovative talent had been allocated to more fundamental research – or even to more applied research that could have led to new products."

Eli Levine's curator insight, March 11, 2014 9:34 AM

The valueless economy at work.  At least, the way that we measure it is valueless.

What good is monetary gain if it does not produce a better quality of life for everyone?

How does it help the elite if they destroy everything for the sake of personal monetary "gain"? 

 

Why do we sacrifice so much of our actual well being for the sake of GDP "growth" (if that "growth" manifests itself in the first place

 

Think about it.

 

Because, apparently, some very important people, are not.

 

Think about it.

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The Semantic Economy

The Semantic Economy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
In the semantic economy, that design will be generated through a complex network of entities. Competitive advantage will be conferred on those who can create new informational value.
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Eco-innovation Action Plan Launched

Eco-innovation Action Plan Launched | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

The European Commission launched last week the Eco-innovation Action Plan. The Action Plan is part of the Innovation Union Flagship Initiative and builds on the 2004 Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP).

 

It is remarkable to see how "silently' this initiative was presented and how little media attention there has been. Does this mean these initiatives are just "hollow phrases" with no real impact?

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