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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Arrogant physicists — do they think economics is easy? — The Physics of Finance — Medium 10/12/2014

  • OK, this post is already way too long, but one final thing. Physicists, I think, become even more drawn to economics when we look into economics and see broad resistance to research pursuing this “complexity” perspective. It seems instead that most of mainstream research tries to get around system complexity with mathematical tricks, rather than facing up to it. I’m thinking about ideas like representative agents, or rational expectations. The assumptions make it possible to build models without having to deal with the complexity of interactions and the emergent structures they create; but the resulting models, naturally, look very pale and questionable as models of anything real. When physicists see that a small minority of (“heterodox”) economists also find the standard approach hugely limiting, they feel an urge to help out. And they believe that some of their ideas can help.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Oppsites

  • OppSites is revolutionizing economic development by creating a single platform where cities and the investment community work together to unlock economic potential. Cities can identify districts and sites, and share local knowledge about what they want to see built and where. Investors leverage this information to find underexposed real estate opportunities.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Institute for 21st Century Agoras and Institute for Local Government 10/10/2014

  • Democracy made Athens a dynamic, creative force 2500 years ago. Even then, however, democracy was fragile, sometimes stupid, and short-lived. Plato held it in low esteem and Aristotle likened it to “mob rule.” Why, then, do we want to create 21st Century Agoras. What we want to create are communities energized by vibrant participative democracy. In our Information Age as old hierarchies prove dysfunctional, it is imperative that human communities have flexible ways to tap their wisdom and power. We do not believe that unstructured discussion on the Athenian model is adequate for dealing with the complexities of the Information Age. It was not adequate even for the simpler (by an order of magnitude as determined by a metric called Situational Complexity Index) situations of that bygone age. The Information Age challenges us to make participative democracy a liberating force in the world today. Research and proven methodology, aided by networked computing, has resolved at least one basic dilemma of democracy:   How can we hear perspectives of all the stakeholders, make collective sense of them, and reach decisions and act on pressing issues? The approach that overcomes this dilemma and multiple other hindrances to dialogic democracy is called the Structured Dialogic Design (SDD). The Agoras Institute convenes these dialogues as Co-Laboratories of Democracy. This process is a fusion of the theory of Generic Design Science and the consultative practice of Interactive Management, both developed over the last 30 years by Dr. John Warfield and our founder, Aleco Christakis.
  • Mission, Goal, Vision and Values The Institute for Local Government promotes good government at the local level with practical, impartial and easy-to-use resources for California communities. Goal The Institute’s goal is to be the leading provider of information that enables local officials and their communities to make good decisions. Vision The Institute envisions a future in California in which: People value their local public institutions. Local agencies effectively deliver public services. All segments of the community are appropriately engaged in key public decisions. Decision-makers make informed policy choices based on their best sense of the public’s interest.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Institute for Applied Economics - Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation 09/27/2014

  • The Institute for Applied Economics at LAEDC performs objective research for a wide range of clients, detailing economic impact of development, business operations, and regulation, as well as providing intelligence about specific industry clusters, labor force, and workforce development issues.  The Institute’s reports provide decision makers with critical information from which to make informed decisions.  In addition to providing on-demand research per client requirements, the Institute also provides foundational research to ensure LAEDC’s combined programs for economic development are on target, ranging from our collaboration with workforce investment boards to major initiatives such as the L.A. County Strategic Plan for Economic Development.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Welcome | Transition Network 08/25/2014


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Arrogant physicists — do they think economics is easy? — The Physics of Finance — Medium 07/19/2014

  • OK, this post is already way too long, but one final thing. Physicists, I think, become even more drawn to economics when we look into economics and see broad resistance to research pursuing this “complexity” perspective. It seems instead that most of mainstream research tries to get around system complexity with mathematical tricks, rather than facing up to it. I’m thinking about ideas like representative agents, or rational expectations. The assumptions make it possible to build models without having to deal with the complexity of interactions and the emergent structures they create; but the resulting models, naturally, look very pale and questionable as models of anything real. When physicists see that a small minority of (“heterodox”) economists also find the standard approach hugely limiting, they feel an urge to help out. And they believe that some of their ideas can help.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Innovation Excellence 07/04/2014

  • Innovation Excellence is the online home of the global innovation community, building upon a rapidly-growing network with thousands of members from over 175 countries – thought leaders, executives, practitioners, consultants, vendors, and academia representing all sectors and industries. Our mission is to broadly enhance innovation by providing a forum for connection and conversation across this community – assembling an ever-growing arsenal of resources, best practices and proven answers for achieving innovation excellence.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Picture Post: Home 06/23/2014


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Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Light Unto Cities - QFINANCE 05/18/2014


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Democracy Collaborative Facebook, Democracy Collaborative, and Smart Incentives,

  • Advancing a new understanding of democracy for the 21st century and promoting new strategies and innovations in community development that enhance democratic life.Promoting new strategies and innovations in community development that enhance democratic life.The Collaborative is a national leader in the field of community development through our Community Wealth Building Initiative. The Initiative sustains a wide range of projects involving research, training, policy development, and community-focused work designed to promote an asset-based paradigm and increase support for the field across-the-board.
  • The Democracy Collaborative was established in 2000 to advance a new understanding of democracy for the 21st century and to promote new strategies and innovations in community development that enhance democratic life.Our goal is to change the prevailing paradigm of community economic development–and of the economy as a whole—in the United States toward a new emphasis and system based on:Broadening ownership and stewardship over capitalDemocracy at the workplaceStabilizing community and emphasizing localityEquitable and inclusive growthEnvironmental, social, and institutional sustainabilityThe Collaborative is a national leader in the field of community development through our Community Wealth Building Initiative. The Initiative sustains a wide range of projects involving research, training, policy development, and community-focused work designed to promote an asset-based paradigm and increase support for the field across-the-board.
  • As economic development practitioners for the past 15 years, we have watched incentives become more important to the day-to-day work of economic developers. This is true for communities small and large, rural and urban, with large economic development staffs and with volunteer leadership. We have developed Smart Incentives because we believe that it is vital for economic development groups to have access to high-quality business intelligence, data and analytical tools in order to make the best decisions for their community.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Aspiration | Better Tools for a Better World 05/02/2014


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Competency Model Clearinghouse -- Home Page 04/30/2014


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

CareerBuilder | 2014 Skills Gap Study 04/10/2014

  • A new report from CareerBuilder takes an in-depth look at the perceptions and behaviors surrounding the skills gap. Learn what has caused this current crisis – and what it means for businesses, individuals and the economy as a whole. The Shocking Truth About the Skills Gap highlights a comprehensive study of employers, job seekers and academics, clearing up misconceptions about the skills gap and revealing ways in whi
  • ch every one of us can work together to bridge it.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What is…? | Sustaining Community Engagement 03/19/2014



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Monday, March 17, 2014

NatCAN - National Community Activists Network and Loughborough Junction Action Group (LJAG) | Loughborough Junction Action Group 03/18/2014


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Friday, March 14, 2014

American Sustainable Business Council, NCVO, and Connecting Across Age and Culture


  • The American Sustainable Business Council family of organizations includes American Sustainable Business Council, which runs public information campaigns that educate and inform the public and policy makers about specific opportunities to create a more vibrant, just and sustainable economy, and American Sustainable Business Council Action Fund, organized under IRS code 501(c)(4), which focuses on legislative and regulatory advocacy. The Council spans a growing network of over 60 business associations across the United States, representing over 200,000 businesses and 300,000 business executives, owners, investors, and others.
  • NCVO champions and strengthens volunteering and civil society, with over 10,000 members, from the largest charities to the smallest community organisations. There are thousands of voluntary sector organisations in the UK. There are millions of volunteers. Every day, across the country, people give their time, energy and money. And for over 90 years, NCVO has brought the voluntary sector's people together: to solve problems, address root causes, and inspire each other.
  • An initiative involving a series of Art-Dialogue Community Workshops in both St. Catharines and Fort Erie exploring ways to deepen connections across Age & Culture. Many thanks for the Ontario Trillium Foundation for funding this project.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Open Government Data: The Book by Joshua Tauberer 03/14/2014


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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Changeology Enabling Change 02/28/2014

  • Changeologists everywhere: people who are focused on making change happen in their communities, workplaces, and organisations. It's about "what works" in enabling change in fields like sustainability, health, road safety, natural resource management and emergency management. The focus is on ways of thinking that challenge our assumptions, on innovative tools, products, and resources, and on new processes, especially those for facilitating highly diverse groups. It's a rapidly changing field, with plenty to be inspired about, and always something new.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Natural Capital Business Hub 02/22/2014

  • Pioneers in such efforts are sharing their practices on a new website. The Natural Capital Business Hub, launched Wednesday at the 2014 GreenBiz Forum, is a joint effort of The Nature Conservancy and the Corporate EcoForum. It showcases the natural capital efforts of some 40 companies — from Alcoa to Lockheed Martin to YES Bank — representing $1.4 trillion in revenues. Nonprofits involved include BSR, Trucost and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). "There’s more going on in this field than people expect, and it’s really boomed in the last couple of years," said Michelle Lapinski, senior advisor, Businesses Valuing Nature, at The Nature Conservancy. The hub's core tool is a database of case studies, which you can search by industry, geography, benefit, approach or ecosystem. Supporting articles introduce visitors to the basic concepts of valuing natural capital, with categories offering to help you "make the case, benchmark, implement and connect" your own efforts.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Streetmix 02/20/2014


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Friday, January 31, 2014

Modernizing Government, Cities GOOD, Future.ly, Future.ly Facebook, Movement for People, SharedPurpose and One Community


  • Governing People is an editorially independent, online community for a new kind of government leader. Creating open and thoughtful dialogue is a crucial step towards the modernization of government and Governing People looks to play a central role in aggregating interesting content, connecting involved parties and facilitating discussion on all aspects egovernment.
  • In a world where things too often don’t work, GOOD seeks a path that does. Left, right. In, out. Greed, altruism. Us, them. These are the defaults and they are broken. We are the alternative model. We are the reasonable people who give a damn. No dogma. No party lines. No borders. We care about what works--what is sustainable, prosperous, productive, creative, and just--for all of us and each of us. This isn’t easy, but we are not afraid to fail. We’ll figure it out as we go.Call it a new party, call it a 21st century collaboration, call it an army, call it your new home. Or just call it GOOD.
  • Our vision at Future.ly is to make the cutting edge standard, visualize future possibilities and map the players, influence factors and dynamics in the innovation space around the world. Ranging from tracking the Innovators, the institution or startups that they work in, the technologies that they are working on to the invisible characteristics that connect them. We aggregate relevant data sources to monitor dynamics and surface trends within different areas and enable the visual exploration of this data.
  • Movement for the People provides a framework for trans-partisan cooperation among people and organizations who believe that corporate involvement with politics is drowning out the voices of ordinary Americans. We believe that so much money is pouring into our political system that it is no longer capable of serving or representing We the People. We wish to change this.

  • Our vision at Future.ly is to make the cutting edge standard, visualize future possibilities and map the players, influence factors and dynamics in the innovation space around the world. Ranging from tracking the Innovators, the institution or startups that they work in, the technologies that they are working on to the invisible characteristics that connect them. We aggregate relevant data sources to monitor dynamics and surface trends within different areas and enable the visual exploration of this data.
  • SharedPurpose.Net is an internet system and framework for community and political organizing. We are building bridges between demographic groups, following a holistic vision of social cohesion.

  • One Community: A Grassroots Think Tank began as One Pasadena in 2008. One Pasadena was a grassroots nonprofit aimed at building liaisons and increasing communication within the city's neighborhoods and communities.

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