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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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Reinventing Our Downtowns

(4) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 9:30 AM

In the next few weeks, Americans for the Arts (AFTA), with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will be increasing their focus on art and cultural districts.

AFTA has been deeply involved in helping communities better understand the vital role of art and...

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California, the Arts and the Creative Economy

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 8:00 PM

For the state that is home to Silicon Valley and high tech invention, to Hollywood and the single largest export in the world: theatrical films, it has always been a mystery why so few dollars were spent on the arts. In fact, the California Arts Council limped along...

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School in a Library Sparks Widespread Interest

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 2:53 PM

It took 30 years or so to build the San Diego Downtown library. Money was always an issue, but mostly, I suspect, it was because of the common perception that libraries were dying in the wake of Google and the sheer number of online sites available at the...

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Can Art Bring Israel and Palestine Closer Together?

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

The Creative Community for Peace was born officially yesterday with a full-page ad in the New York Times calling the "arts (to be) used to build bridges of peace" in Israel and Palestine, and perhaps the world.

Certainly, there can be no more distilled expression of a culture...

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Think About It: A Creative Community for Peace

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 2:40 PM

The Creative Community for Peace was born officially with a full-page ad in the New York Times calling the "arts (to be) used to build bridges of peace" in Israel and Palestine, and perhaps the world.

Certainly, there can be no more distilled expression of a culture than...

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International Folk Artists Join the Global Internet Economy

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Tomorrow, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Alliance will launch a program called IFAM | Online to train artists as entrepreneurs and accelerate their entry into the Internet economy.

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What makes this effort so unique is it combines yearlong training and...

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Affairs of the Art: The Reinvention of Detroit

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 7:02 AM

Last week, Reuters reported that a company called Art Capital expressed its willingness to loan the city $4 billion if it uses its artwork as collateral.

In fact, the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection may be worth even more.

No wonder its bankruptcy creditors' want the city...

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Affairs of the Art: The Reinvention of Detroit

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Last week, Reuters reported that a company called Art Capital expressed its willingness to loan the city $4 billion if it uses its artwork as collateral.

In fact, the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection may be worth even more.

No wonder its bankruptcy creditors' want the city...

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Arts Integration Works Says Portland's "Right Brain Initiative"

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Yesterday, the Right Brain Initiative (RBI) serving the greater Portland region released a report that confirms "There is a meaningful and quantifiable link between integrated arts education and student learning," specifically:

• Students' reading and math scores increase at least 2.5 times
more...

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Merging Art and Business in the College Curriculum

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Clearly something is happening in universities across the country.

This week San Diego State University is launching a Music Entrepreneurship and Business Degree Program, which, according to the university, "is believed to be the first of its kind in the country."

Developed as a partnership between SDSU's College of...

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Utah Shakespeare Festival Offers Unique Experience

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 2:14 PM

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The Utah Shakespeare Festival is truly unique.

Founded in 1961 and presenting its first season in 1962, the organizers wanted to create something special. And they have. While all the festivals like the one at Stratford-upon-Avon, Ashland Oregon's Festival and others around the...

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Cedar City's Utah Shakespeare Festival Promises Unique Experience

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

If you already love anything Shakespeare-especially the plays-don't read this.

If however you find the language of Shakespeare's works a bit difficult to follow, the humor hard to understand or even the plots difficult to untangle, the Cedar City Utah Shakespeare Festival is for you.

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Common Core Embraces Broad Definition of the Arts

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 11:43 AM

The Common Core, also known as the "State Standards Initiative," is one of the more intriguing methods to spark new ways of teaching. It is now being adopted across the country, with a little pushback from just a few states leery of anything "national," and offers unique opportunities to pursue...

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Be a Creative and Cultural Entrepreneur

(7) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 5:49 PM

The emergence of creative enterprises is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world.
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According to a 2013 United Nations Report on The Creative Economy:

"World trade ( in the creative sector) more than doubled from 2002 to 2011;...
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The Power of the Mural

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:16 PM

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Before the matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup began, the Brazilian people were protesting in the streets because they knew they could not afford the $13 billion it cost to host the games. In Greece, similar concerns about public mismanagement was the...

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A MOOC By Any Other Name

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 10:53 AM

In the last few weeks the chatter about the role of MOOCS as a revolutionary tool in education has greatly accelerated.

Maybe it's the Starbucks agreement with ASU. Maybe it's the UK report about MOOCS in K-12 schools, as Forbes magazine recently discussed. Or maybe it's that we...

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Becoming a Creative and Cultural Entrepreneur

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:56 AM

The emergence of creative enterprises is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world.
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According to a 2013 United Nations Report on The Creative Economy:

"World trade ( in the creative sector) more than doubled from 2002 to 2011;...
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International Folk Art Alliance Nurtures Cultural Entrepreneurs

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 8:42 PM

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) was an early sponsor of Santa Fe and its International Folk Art program and provided funding for ten artists, followed by an artist-training program involving 22 countries. UNESCO continues its support of the event and its initiative to...

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Taking the Creative and Economic Pulse of the City

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 4:15 PM

The Creative Vitality Index (CVI), created in 2002 by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), in cooperation with the Washington State Arts Commission, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. CVI helps communities understand and articulate their creative status, and the "area's economic...

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President's Turnaround Arts Program Expanded

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 3:21 PM

First lady Michelle Obama, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), the U.S. Department of Education, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and a number of top performers and artists met Monday at the White House to showcase the importance of arts and music education to...

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