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Is Elon Musk the Greatest CEO of the Modern Era?

(6) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 3:43 PM

OK, before I start, let me make full disclosure: my new Tesla was delivered today. Yes I know it's a car for the 1 percent, and that my modest green initiative of buying an electric vehicle won't exactly save the biosphere. And indeed, I am indebted to Elon Musk, the...

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Climate Change Is Too Important to Be Left to the Politicians

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 12:29 PM

The Climate Summit at the United Nations is unprecedented. Even though it is not part of the UN's official negotiating process for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, this could be the most important and productive meetings on climate change ever held. In addition to leaders of member states, it's bringing together...

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Governing the Climate

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 8:56 AM

Today's Climate Summit at the United Nations is unprecedented. Even though it is not part of the UN's official negotiating process for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, this could be the most important and productive meeting on climate change ever held. In addition to leaders of member states, it's bringing together...

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The Solar Roadways Campaign: What Does It Mean for the Fight Against Climate Change?

(9) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 10:16 AM

On June 20th the Solar Roadways campaign ends -- having achieved more than double its $1 million goal. The project seeks to develop a modular paving system to transform every roadway, parking lot, landing strip, bike path, driveway and playground into giant solar panel. A solar grid like this would...

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New Graduates Must Help Fix a Broken World

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 1:40 PM

The following are excerpts from Don Tapscott's convocation speech to graduates at Trent University last week.

Given the complexity, challenges and choice for today's graduates it makes sense to design your life. Design your vocation and consider new options like being an entrepreneur, social innovator or an independent contractor. Design...

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Businesses Should Move on From Cold Hard Cash

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 5:50 PM

It turns out cash is bad for business. Not cash in the sense of money, but cash in the sense of those wads of shiny plastic bills made up of atoms that many companies, especially small ones, love to collect.

According to a new study by...

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What Can a Toronto Mayor Actually Do to Create Jobs?

(7) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Toronto's next mayor should be the candidate with the most credible plan for creating jobs.

But unlike their counterparts running in the provincial election, mayoralty candidates can't promise tax dollars to subsidize massive new investments. The only tax revenue that cities have is the property tax. So there isn't a...

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The Economy Needs Grads With Brains and Brawn

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:33 PM

A dangerous and growing urban myth in Canada is that university students enrolled in liberal arts and science programs are acquiring skills employers don't need. This is bogus.

The most recent myth apparition is the B.C. government's plan to re-engineer the education system to focus on skills and the immediate...

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Cutting Back on Liberal Arts and Sciences in Canada Harms Its Economy

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:05 PM

A dangerous and growing urban myth in Canada is that university students enrolled in liberal arts and science programs are acquiring skills employers don't need. This is bogus.

The most recent myth apparition is the BC government's plan to re-engineer the education system to focus on skills and the immediate...

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The Way We Govern the Internet Is a Model in International Cooperation

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 3:22 PM

Last week in Brazil thousands of interested parties met to thrash out the future development of Internet governance. Brazil hosted the NETmundial congress in response to the revelations that the U.S. government has been carrying out mass surveillance not only of its own citizens but also of foreign government leaders,...

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I Want To Live In a 21st Century City!

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:28 PM

This week John Tory and Karen Stintz entered the Toronto mayoral race, while others, most notably Olivia Chow, are still standing in the wings. It goes without saying that our next mayor should have integrity, be law-abiding, and set a good example to our children. We also need an effective...

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New Software Fuels New Knowledge

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 10:43 AM

Wikipedia is a stunning human achievement. It brings together the work of tens of thousands of contributors, and its high-quality content is available at no cost in dozens of languages to anyone who can go online. When compared to Wikipedia, the printed Encyclopedia Britannica looks expensive, clumsy and primitive, even...

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Davos: Delight Over the Recovery, Fear for the Bigger Picture

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 11:11 AM

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, several speakers spoke of their "Davos moment" -- the moment they had an epiphany.

Mine occurred when I was on a panel about how governments can engage citizens in new ways. I was discussing the emerging crisis of legitimacy of our democratic institutions....

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At Davos, Tech Giants Square Off Over Online Privacy

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 2:43 PM

It's traditional to start off the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland with a panel of Nobel Laureate economists talking about the global economy. This year the high profile opening was about the digital revolution. The speakers were Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T; Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo; Marc Benioff,...

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Davos Group Sees Income Inequality as Top Global Risk

(4) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 2:32 PM

Once again I'm participating in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. I'll be posting from here daily.

More than 2,500 participants from almost 100 countries representing business, government, academia and civil society will make the trek to this small Swiss town. Participants include more than 40 heads...

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and the Emerging Crisis of Legitimacy

(6) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 10:16 AM

Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto and his crack-smoking, binge-drinking habits are generating headlines around the world and embarrassment for Toronto's citizens. But Ford and his drug-dealing pals reflect a deeper problem than just substance abuse. It's another example of the growing crisis of legitimacy of our democratic institutions.

It's now...

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A Home-grown Solution to First Nations Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 11:41 AM

Despite the federal government pumping billions of dollars into housing, education and health care on reserves throughout Canada, the standard of living of too many First Nations remains horrific, with rampant unemployment and substance abuse.

The Assembly of First Nations reports that a young person on a reserve is more...

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Could a United States of North America Boost the US and Canada?

(16) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 4:08 PM

Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country, by Diane Francis (Harper Collins)


If you were fed up with the intransigence of the Tea Party's disciples during the federal government's shutdown, there is no cause for optimism by its resolution. The system could again...

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The Unintended Impact of Ronald Coase, 1910 - 2013

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 3:11 PM

The renowned economist Ronald Coase died last week at the age of 102. Among his many achievements, Coase was awarded the 1991 Nobel Prize in Economics, largely for his inspiring 1937 paper "The Nature of the Firm." The Nobel committee applauded the academic for his "discovery and clarification of the...

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Engelbart Was a Computing Pioneer and Mentor

(3) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 2:18 PM

Many of the features we take for granted in modern computing and communications can be traced back to the visionary work of Douglas Engelbart, who passed away last week at the age of 88. It is hard to overstate the importance of his pioneering insights, which ranged from the invention...

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