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John M. Eger
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John M. Eger, Director of the Creative Economy Initiative at San Diego State University (SDSU) is the Van Deerlin Endowed Chair of Communications and Public Policy, and teaches in the School of Journalism and Media Studies, and the SDSU Honors Program.

A former Adviser to two Presidents and Director of the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy he helped spearhead the restructuring of America's telecom Industry and was Senior Vice President of CBS responsible for worldwide enterprises, which opened China to commercial television.

He is an author and lecturer on the subjects of creativity and innovation, education and economic development, and formerly served as President of Smart Communities, a research and educational organization dedicated to helping local communities connect to the global economy.Recently he authored the seminal “Guidebook for Smart Communities”, a “how to” for communities struggling to compete in the age of the Internet; “The Creative Community: Linking Art, Culture, Commerce and Community”, a call to action to reinvent our communities for the Creative Age; and "Art Education and the Innovation Economy."

He also served as Chair of California Governor’s first Commission on Information Technology; Chair of the Governors Committee on Education and Technology; and Chair of San Diego Mayor’s “City of the Future” Commission.

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Closing an Opera With 'Dignity'

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:03 PM

After 49 years, the San Diego Opera announced a few weeks ago, it was closing its doors. Ian Campbell, the Opera's CEO and artistic director, said:

"The whole idea is to exit with dignity. ... Exiting with dignity is critical to us. This city doesn't need a bankrupt...
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Business and Education Executives Just Don't See Eye to Eye

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Recent reports by Gallup and the Lumina Foundation, said that "A significant perception gap (exists) between business and academic institution leaders when it comes to assessing the workforce preparedness of today's college graduates."

They made this key finding:

96 percent of percent of college and university chief...
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Hong Kong Zeros in on Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 11:56 AM

We have known for some time that public art with sculptures, statues and murals everywhere, and buildings with their uniquely carved doorways, cornices, and columns are usually what distinguish one city from another.

But Art and Culture Districts -- with their critical mass of art galleries, cinemas, music venues,...

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Lobbying for the Arts

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Arts Advocacy Day 2014 is next week (March 24-25). But what to advocate this year? More money? Always nice. More prestige? That, too.

The argument I would put forth to artists and art organizations alike -- who most likely will be calling on local, regional politicians and...

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Picking Up STEAM in San Diego

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Next Friday, corporate technology leader, Qualcomm, will play host to a unique one-day forum organized by non-profit STEAM Connect, spelled STE [+a] M Connect, in San Diego.

It is a major step forward having Qualcomm, one of the largest and most influential companies in the region, embrace...

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Hong Kong Zeros in on Creativity

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 4:42 PM

We have known for some time that public art with sculptures, statues, and murals everywhere, and buildings with their uniquely carved doorways, cornices, and columns are usually what distinguish one city from another.

But Art and Culture Districts -- with their critical mass of art galleries, cinemas, music venues,...

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A New U.S. Global Policy in Communications

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2014 | 11:41 AM

We have finally recognized that the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)--a U.S. based corporation with unlimited power to set all the names and numbers for the internet all over the world--is disagreeable to too many other nations also dependent on the Internet .

Now, something...

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Creative Age Cities

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2014 | 12:19 PM

According to the New Cities Foundation, a new independent non-profit with offices in Geneva and Paris:

" Over the next decade, some $ 250 billion will be invested in the creation of new cultural districts around the globe" ... "success is not just getting an arts...

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Picking Up STEAM in San Diego

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 8:07 PM

Next Friday, corporate technology leader, Qualcomm, will play host to a unique one-day forum organized by non-profit STEAM Connect, spelled STE [+a] M Connect, in San Diego.

It is major step forward to have Qualcomm, one of the largest and most influential companies in the region, embrace the...

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FCC Can Free the Cities

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 11:48 AM

The FCC's seeming willingness to challenge laws in 20 states that restrict city governments from offering broadband Internet services represents a huge potential opportunity.

FCC Chairman Wheeler knows well that the established players -- mostly the cable and Telco's -- have joined forces to routinely block any attempt...

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Reimagining Cities

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 8:36 PM

According to the New Cities Foundation, a new independent non-profit with offices in Geneva and Paris:

" Over the next decade, some $ 250 billion will be invested in the creation of new cultural districts around the globe" ... "success is not just getting an arts...

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Applause for the Education Mission of Museums

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 1:14 PM

Next week is Museum Advocacy Day (February 24-25).

It is a time to publicly acknowledge the vital role of museums, to salute the people who contribute their life to make them meaningful ... and, to thank them for their commitment to educating our young.

Twenty years ago The American Association...

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The US/EU Privacy Debate Could Be Devastating

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2014 | 3:46 PM

Last week the squabble over the concept of privacy in the U.S. and Europe burst onto the world's stage.

According to Andrew Higgins and James Kantor of the New York Times, "Europe in an uproar over intrusive united states surveillance (exacerbated by the Snowden leaks) ... its leaders...

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World Peace Through World Culture

(2) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 5:03 AM

Pope Francis in his Christmas message to the world asked religious and non-religious people, to "make a broad call for global peace and an end to violence "..." urging atheists and followers of other religions to join together in this common cause."

Is this pope speaking for a...

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Changing the Role of Classrooms Around the World

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 10:47 PM

We know about the success Salman Kahn has had with the "flipped classroom" where online lectures and short videos happen at home, or in a coffee shop, and project-based learning happens during school.

We may be relatively unaware just how much this concept is taking hold across the world,...

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And The Word is STEAM

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2013 | 10:39 AM

Last month, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL), Co-Chairs of a Congressional Caucus committed to putting A (the role the arts play in nurturing young peoples new thinking skills) into the language of the America COMPETES Act (also know as the STEM act), together with 28 other...

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Adobe Champions Creativity

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 12:03 PM

"Creativity is no longer an elective. It's the future," says Adobe.

Not long ago Adobe released an international research study revealing the state of creativity in education, and the economic consequences for business and society everywhere in the world.

Called "Barriers to Creativity in Education:...

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Adobe Champions Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 5:49 PM

"Creativity is no longer an elective. It's the future," says Adobe.

Not long ago Adobe released an international research study revealing the state of creativity in education, and the economic consequences for business and society everywhere in the world.

Called "Barriers to Creativity in Education:...

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Culture May Be the key to Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 7:42 PM

Earlier this year, Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, upon receiving an honorary doctorate from Durham University in the U.K. said:

"Culture is what makes us who we are. It gives us strength; it is a wellspring of innovation and creativity; and it provides answers to many of the...
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Embracing Culture As A Pathway to Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 1:39 AM

Earlier this year, Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, upon receiving an honorary doctorate from Durham University in the U.K. said:

"Culture is what makes us who we are. It gives us strength; it is a wellspring of innovation and creativity; and it provides answers to many of the...
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