Impact of 3D Printing on Sustainability

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Most recently, 3D printing has entered the public conversation because of its impact on gun legislation. Gun rights advocates have used the posting a YouTube video showing the firing of a semi-automatic assault rifle, which was fabricated using 3D printing as a rationale for opposing new gun laws. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, the …

Will H2USA prepare US for Life after Secretary Chu

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Advocates for hydrogen convergence have been critical of the Obama Administration’s energy policies after Secretary Chu proposed defunding hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Many of these advocates have withheld their opinions on an Obama second term until there was some sign of support for American hydrogen innovation. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, a new program …

It’s not about the SBA Lending

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If you read the business press, you will see announcements from economic development organizations about the availability of Small Business Administration lending in their regions. However, you never hear anyone talk about the strength of the strategic networks. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, it is really about the strategic networks because money follows talent …

Keystone Pipeline as Strategic Uncertainty

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The State Department released its report on the environmental impact of the Keystone Pipeline to the public. Based on the non-findings of the report, a lot of very serious people believe that the issue of building of the Keystone Pipeline is simply an issue of jobs. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, the Keystone Pipeline …

In praise of the Smithsonian Channel

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Recently, the Smithsonian Channel has started re-airing its program called Sky View, which joins its other high flying program called Aerial America. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, these two programs take an aerial view of regions of interest in both Europe and America. And more importantly, they represent the second rule for achieving post-Globalization …

Life in a Time of Sequestration

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You will hear a number of opposing viewpoints on how to improve the United States Economy in the short-term. However, you will not hear that the current budget battle over “sequestration” is one of them. Now, a lot of very serious people will say that sequestration is a sign of the times. For those tasked …

Unintended Consequences of Income Inequality

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Edmund Phelps attributes America’s competitive decline and subsequent income inequality to a lack of innovation. Mr. Phelps goes on to cite Robert Gordon’s article in the Wall Street as further evidence. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you may want to consider how much amateurs contribute to American innovation and the downward pressure income inequality …

What happens when Incentives go bad?

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The debate over the value of incentives continues to rage in economic development circles. A lot of very serious people believe that the only way to attract much needed investment to lesser industrialized communities. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you and your peers have to ask what happens if the company that your community …

Not All Networks are Strategic Networks

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Chances are you can’t open your email without seeing a number of offers to help get more followers or more likes or more friends. If that doesn’t turn you off then you can also learn how to improve your Klout Score. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you must consider how best to distinguish between …

Strategic Networks as Platforms for Sustainability

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Authors are encouraged to build platforms to support their books sales and other artistic endeavors. Entrepreneurs are told by a lot of very serious people to develop platforms in order to raise funds through crowdfunding. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you may want to consider using strategic networks as platforms for building awareness for …