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

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 3:34 PM

All the talk these days is about "Net Neutrality".

But in an a second ruling this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in favor of an order pre-empting state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that have restricted expansion of municipal broadband networks.

The FCC's decision now enables...

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More Evidence Favoring Art-Based Learning of STEM

(5) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 10:49 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 | 3:04 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

(5) Comments | Posted January 3, 2015 | 2:36 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 | 10:33 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 | 2:12 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

(3) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 3:53 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 | 12:12 PM

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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Cities Tackle Broadband Imperative

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 2:29 PM

There is a new organization in town and it's quietly getting the attention it deserves.

Called "Next Century Cities," it met last month with mayors and executives from 32 cities in Santa Monica, California to talk about the new economy, the critical importance of broadband infrastructure to economic...

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The New New Net Neutrality

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2014 | 1:35 PM

Tom Wheeler, Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), hasn't even circulated his so-called Hybrid proposal for the Internet but everyone has already attacked it as the end of something sacred.

What is being proposed is simple. Treat Internet providers like common carriers -- like utilities, which they are --...

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Reinventing Our Downtowns

(4) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 10:30 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 | 9:00 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 | 3:53 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 | 2:14 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 | 3:40 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 | 2:06 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 | 8:02 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 | 2:19 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 | 12:51 PM

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
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Merging Art and Business in the College Curriculum

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 1:11 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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