How can cities meaningfully impact entrepreneurship? Help from mayors and Kauffman

I've written plenty before -- in the book and at the main blog -- about how one-shot solutions, like throwing up a small business incubator, often don't help, and may hurt. This article summarizing the recent Kauffman Foundation’s Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship shed some additional light on this topic, including this: One common error by local lawmakers is …

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Wise Economy Workshop Birthday Promotion! 30%-50% off Wise Fool Books!

It's kind of shocking (at least to me) but it's been four (four!) years since I launched the Wise Economy Revolution!  In that time I've gained thousands of readers, yammered at thousands of not-entirely-helpless audience members, gained the friendship of some amazing people and had the privilege of working on some kick-ass projects.  Also, I finally managed …

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Tax Breaks for Tech Hiring: well….

As most readers know, I am an avid tech startup junkie with a strong interest in how tech companies are both reacting to and themselves remaking economies, both through their works and products and through the fundamentally different approach that people trained in the tech world bring to decision-making, innovation and problem-solving -- issues that …

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So…what _Is_ urban planning’s Knowledge Domain (and what is missing? Hint: important stuff)

This piece of research from Tom Sanchez and Nader Afzalan is insightful for both what it includes and what is does not include.  Tom and Nader examined the reported areas of expertise among hundreds of academic urban planners and graphed the resulting prevalence various areas of expertise, as well as the commonalities in areas of …

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From the Good Learnings File: the Power of Small Wins

This week, the nonprofit organization CEOs for Cities will be facilitating a national meeting of business and community leaders from across the country to explore cross-sector innovations and learning about how to significantly "move the needle" on urban issues.  And it's not a small gathering -- 400 people from 75 cities is nothing to shake …

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Are You an Institutional Radical? (no, don’t duck…)

I spend a lot of time in blogs and publications that aren't exactly household names, and the brilliance of what you find there is often stunning.  Cormac Russell is revered among a certain subset of the community development world for his work on articulating Asset-Based Community Development principles.  As benign as that sounds, it's often …

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