Yes, we really are all confident idiots

At one point during South by Southwest, [talk show host Jimmy] Kimmel’s crew approached a poised young woman with brown hair. “What have you heard about Tonya and the Hardings?” the interviewer asked. “Have you heard they’re kind of hard-hitting?” Failing to pick up on this verbal wink, the woman launched into an elaborate response …

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A Must-Read: Ellen Harpel’s 6 steps to smart incentives use

There are very few people that I will Tweet or post sight unseen (which apparently gives me another piece of weirdness cred).  Ellen Harpel of SmartIncentives.org is about the only one for which I will do that consistently.  Her understanding of the potential and failures of economic development incentives (a topic that I gave a …

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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 Ideas File: 5 Pillars of a Citywide Revitalization Strategy

One of the challenges in the back of my head most of the time is the questions of needing to find a better, more integrated and more holistic way to plan for the future of cities.  I don't have a full answer yet, but I know that a big piece of it has to be more …

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from the Good Ideas File: using what you got in Covington, Kentucky

My parents were Depression children who learned early on that things that other people abandon can have value.  I wrote about my dad's penchant for curb-picking in one of the most personal essays in the book -- and I described his tendency to show me some piece of foundry casting or industrial leftover, describe a …

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from the Good Ideas File: job creation and young businesses

There's been some confusion and possibly conflicting information around small business job growth, new business job growth and start-up trends in general in the press lately. That is part of why this new report from the Kaufmann Foundation caught my attention. While the whote report is worth reading, this chart particularly caught my attention - …

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Time to piss off the bike riders: a lesson in unintended consequences.

I wrote this in response to a debate on Facebook a few days ago regarding whether or not urban bicycle riders should be required to wear helmets (a lot of people think that they shouldn't be required because the inconvenience may discourage people from biking for urban transportation.  Kind of messes up the hair.) As …

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From the Good Ideas file: Overview of Downtown Project (at least the northernish part of it)

I've been on a bit of a Las Vegas Downtown Project tear lately, in part because it embodies a whole new approach to a lot of the issues I raised in the book.  One of the big challenges with talking about the Downtown Project as a model, though, is that there are a whole hell …

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