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This Is What Happens When Robots Raise Our Kids

By | Speakers & Authorities, Technology, Education

Social psychologist Dr. Sherry Turkle has spent her academic career analyzing the effects of technology on human behavior and culture, and has drawn the conclusion that our humanity is jeopardized when digital devices interfere with real human interactions. When Mattel released its newest product “Aristotle” – equipped with a camera and microphone designed to help parents occupy and educate their children – Turkle’s research helped fuel a public outcry that ultimately killed the device before it went to market…

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Put These Top Innovation Books of 2017 in Your CEO’s Holiday Bag

By | Speakers & Authorities, Innovation and Design

Innovation drives our economy, revolutionizes industries, and provides an avenue to radically rethink existing ways of conducting business. But how do companies and entrepreneurs make sure they’re on the winning side of the innovation battle? Strategy+Business magazine has released its list of the top new books on innovation in 2017, and we are pleased to announce that all the chosen books were authored or co-authored by our clients. This holiday season, give the gift of innovation with these winning titles…

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Is Today’s Education System Preparing Students for Tomorrow’s Labor Needs?

By | Speakers & Authorities, Education, The Future

What are we training students to do? In the last millennium, the structure of education has remained constant: students sit in rows listening to a lecturer as they follow along in a book. This factory model, says futurist, award winning author and digital transformation guru Robert Tercek, will be the demise of the workforce if we don’t reinvent the education system to meet the needs of the 21st century society…

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Augmented Reality Strategy: Why Every Company Needs It

By | Speakers & Authorities, Strategy, Technology, The Future

In the November-December issue of Harvard Business Review, award-winning author and Harvard business professor, Michael E. Porter, and PTC Chief Executive, James E. Heppelmann, pen the business case for augmented reality – showing what it is, how every link in the chain, from manufacturing through sales, will reap the rewards of its application, and how converging the digital and physical worlds will enhance human capabilities, changing the business landscape forever…

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“Cut taxes!” says Harvard economist. “But get the numbers right!”

By | Finance & Banking, Speakers & Authorities, Politics & Government

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are staking everything on what they say will be the greatest tax reform agenda in three decades. The president has pitched massive tax cuts, time and again, as a way to help boost jobs and wages for working Americans. Mihir Desai, Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School, co-authored a paper touted by the White House as supporting the notion that cutting the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% will raise household incomes by as much as $9,000 annually. There is one dissenting voice, however: Professor Desai himself…

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Who Can You Trust?

By | Speakers & Authorities, Technology

A monumental wave of distrust in key institutions – government, media, business, charities – is sweeping the world. While this social transformation should bode ill for humanity and business, Rachel Botsman, author of the highly anticipated book “Who Can You Trust? How Technology Brought Us Together and Why It Might Drive Us Apart”, says that’s not necessarily the case. Her groundbreaking book explains how we are at the start of the one of the biggest trust shifts in history – and reveals how business leaders should manage it…

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Our Political System is Failing. Michael Porter Has Solutions.

By | Speakers & Authorities, Strategy, Politics & Government

Year after year, Congress fails to reach consensus on important issues, the electorate screams for change, and voters become more polarized along the lines of party and ideology. These struggles aren’t causes of America’s political malaise, says Michael E. Porter, co-chair of the U.S. Competitiveness Project at Harvard Business School; they’re symptoms of a much larger problem…

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Can Uber Be Saved? Here’s Why Rosabeth Moss Kanter Says Yes

By | Speakers & Authorities, Management and Talent

Uber is, in many ways, the quintessential startup story – one that will be studied, analyzed, discussed and debated for decades to come. But there is every chance the ride-hailing pioneer turned cautionary tale will be revered less for how it has harnessed technology to disrupt 21st century transportation than for the toxic culture that triggered its leadership crisis…

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Education’s Bold Opportunity in the Refugee Crisis

By | Speakers & Authorities, Education

When refugees seek asylum, what is the role of the education sector? The number of people displaced by conflict is at the highest level ever recorded; one in every 113 people on the planet is a refugee, asylum seeker or internally displaced. And Alexander Betts, global authority on refugees and human migration, believes higher education institutions around the world are uniquely positioned to help turn crisis into chance…

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Driving Growth Through Scale-up Ecosystems

By | Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Politics & Government

Can you kick-start the economic growth of an entire region? It depends. How many billions do you have to throw around? Daniel Isenberg, entrepreneur and professor of entrepreneurship practice, has a better way. His method partners with stakeholders to help create growth innovation at a small fraction of the region’s businesses, which then drive growth in the entire area. More than theory, he’s worked scaling up success stories with major cities in the USA, Latin America and Northern Europe.

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