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John M. Eger
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John M. Eger, Director of the Creative Economy Initiative and Van Deerlin Endowed Chair of Communications and Public Policy at San Diego State University (SDSU), teaches in the School of Journalism and Media Studies, and the SDSU Honors Program. A former Legal Assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Adviser to Presidents Nixon and Ford 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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The Internet of Everything Empowers Cities as Never Before

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 11:28 PM

As San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said at the City Innovate Summit last week:

Cities today are the engines of the greatest surge in innovation, creativity and problem solving in human history ... and cities that think of themselves as platforms will become stronger, attract better talent...
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Choosing a Mayor May Be More Important Than Choosing a President

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 11:14 AM

As San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said at the City Innovate Summit last week:

"Cities today are the engines of the greatest surge in innovation, creativity and problem solving in human history ... and cities that think of themselves as platforms will become stronger, attract better talent...
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The Robots Are Coming

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 1:51 AM

According to a recent study by Oxford Research reported in the MIT Technology Review, we are witnessing "Tectonic Shifts in Employment (where) information technology is reducing the need for certain jobs faster than new ones are being created."

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Citing a similar...

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Smart Cities Need Smart People

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 12:26 AM

Almost 20 years ago, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) funded research looking for ways to keep people off the roads.

Caltrans knew that in 40 years the population of California would likely double to about 60 million people. But Caltrans wasn't at all convinced they could build...

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Obama's Broadband Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 1:15 PM

We know the White House's thoughts on net neutrality and Obama's message to the FCC that the Internet is something everyone needs to survive in the new economy. But less understood is the president's thinking about the rise of cities, or, more precisely, metropolitan regions and region states, and the...

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Technology Technology Technology: Get the Message

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 11:31 PM

When we are just getting used to Twitter and Facebook, Email and SPAM, along comes "The Internet of Everything" (IoE) where everything -- well almost everything -- is connected to everything else.

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Goldman Sachs calls it the 3rd wave, and points...

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The Internet of Everything: Boring, But So Important

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 10:56 PM

When we are just getting used to Twitter and Facebook, Email and SPAM, along comes "The Internet of Everything" (IoE) where everything -- well almost everything -- is connected to everything else.

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Goldman Sachs calls it the 3rd wave, and points...

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Smart Cities: It's More Than Broadband

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 8:53 AM

Last week, at the annual Broadband Communities Summit held in Austin, Texas, there was some, albeit guarded, celebration of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision regarding Net Neutrality, and their vote to pre-empt state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee, laws that have restricted expansion of...

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Congressional Art Competition Could Be Unique Effort

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 12:07 AM

Last week I picked up a copy of the "La Jolla News", a local weekly publication to learn that "Congressman Scott Peters, whose 52nd District includes La Jolla (Coronado and Poway) has launched the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for district high school students."

Given that our national economy increasingly depends...

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Finland and the Common Core

(17) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 10:54 PM

All right, it's not the Common Core per se, but it sure looks like it. And it helps confirm what most people in the U.S. are saying about the Common Core: "This could be the holy grail of education reform."

Finland changes its National Core Curriculum...

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Finland Adopts the Common Core

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 9:58 AM

All right, it's not the Common Core per se, but it sure looks like it. And it helps confirm what most people in the U.S. are saying about the Common Core: "This could be the holy grail of education reform."

Finland changes its National Core Curriculum...

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Arguing for STEAM on Arts Advocacy Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 11:44 AM

It's Arts Advocacy Day next week, actually two days (March 24-25).

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To all the artists and art organizations calling on local, regional politicians and Congress, it's time to unabashedly call for STEAM again.

Yes, yes, I know I...

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If Mayors Ruled the World Today ... They Would Launch Digital Cities Tomorrow

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 2:34 PM

For the first time in years, the door is now open for cities to take the lead insuring all its citizens have affordable access on a non-discriminator basis to the Internet; a broadband infrastructure that can be one of the fastest, cheapest Internet services imaginable. The policy framework for other...

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More Evidence Favoring Art-Based Learning of STEM

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 9:49 PM

At the "Learning and the Brain" conference in San Francisco last week, neuroscientists and researchers explored the basic idea that "Brain Science (could be used) to Boost Memory, Thinking and Learning." Many of the speakers seemed to be saying that there are a number of ways to engage...

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Beyond the Rum and Cigars

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 2:04 PM

On a trip to Cuba recently, it was clear to me that change is in the air. It wasn't just that President Obama and Raúl Castro had agreed to see if relations could be normalized, nor was it an admission that communism had failed. Rather, it seems to be an...

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The Arts Thrive in Cuba

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2015 | 1:36 PM

These has been a lot of ink about Cuba in the last few weeks ...about immigrants in rafts, Cuban doctors treating Ebola patients, the Summit of the Americas and of course, Lifting of the Embargo!

The art of Cuba and why the market for Cuban art is set to...

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Gentrification: Artists in Emeryville Saw It Coming

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2015 | 9:33 AM

Ann Weber, a sculptor from Emeryville, California, one of the rapidly emerging "creative cities" author Richard Florida talks about in The Rise of the Creative Class, is just ending her "artist in residency" at the LUX Institute in Encinitas, CA. She is going home to her live/work studio...

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Artists in San Francisco Are Worried

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 1:12 PM

What artist group can afford to buy in today's real estate market? The soaring rents that most markets require coincide with the demand for artists and art and cultural districts to give a city vibrancy and economic growth. Randy Cohen, who researches and promotes sustainable arts policies at

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California Blueprint for Creative Schools Unveiled

(0) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 2:53 PM

After two years of debate and discussion by artists and art teachers, school principals and administrators and public policy gurus, Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Education, released California's "Blueprint for Creative Schools."

It is a present to the state, to schools across the state and to...

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'The Smartest Kids in the World'

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Amanda Ripley, author of the best-seller The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way, says education in Finland was the best in the world. If you want your kid to be smart, she has said, send them to Finland.

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