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John M. Eger
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.

Entries by John M. Eger

The Congressional STEAM Caucus May Turn STEM to STEAM in the Reauthorization of ESEA

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 7:28 PM

What happened to the future of education in America last week was hard to believe. Frankly, I did not think it would ever happen.

Like most of you, perhaps, things just don't seem to get done in Washington D.C. so I discounted the fact that a Congressional...

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InnOvation STEAM Awards Given to 8 Schools

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 12:56 PM

In Washington, D.C. earlier this month, The Ovation Foundation--an arm of Ovation TV, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and Americans for the Arts met to formally recognize 8 schools who "use the arts to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and...

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STEAM Is Here - To Get into Schools Will Take a Little Longer

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Last week, California Senator Ben Allen, Chair of the Joint Committee on the Arts, convened a hearing "to examine the state of arts education in California schools. Currently, state law requires all schools to provide arts education to students, but many schools are not doing so." He wanted...

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An Old, New Art Form Your City Needs: Graffiti

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2015 | 4:47 PM

Across the world graffiti is labeled a nuisance by government officials and citizens alike. Increasingly, however, some communities see graffiti as a new art form (although it really dates back to ancient Greece and Rome), that ought to be nurtured and seen as an expression of a vibrant culture and...

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I.D.E.A. Breaks Ground on a New Model of Art District

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Yesterday, a new model of art and culture district broke ground in San Diego on the first phase of an unusual new concept.

With no National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) grant or Art Place award but with funding from private investors, I.D.E.A.( for Innovation, Design, Education and Art) began...

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All The World's a Stage

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 1:00 AM

With apologies to Shakespeare, it seems that public art has taken on a new dimension.

Music and theater festivals, opera without walls and the second three-day WOW Festival, for Without Walls, held earlier this month by the acclaimed La Jolla Playhouse in California has raised the bar.

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California Launches Effort Promoting Art and Culture Districts

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2015 | 11:00 AM

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 189 , a measure empowering the California Arts Council to designate areas as Cultural Districts in a competitive application process.

Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council said, "The signing of AB 189, is...

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Educating at the Intersection of Art and Technology

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 2:12 PM

The last few weeks have been a celebration of sorts of the life and work of Steve Jobs, founder of Apple. A Steve Jobs documentary has been released.The film about his life reaches most theaters this week.

What hasn't been widely talked about is the message Jobs, certainly...

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Linking Art, Culture, Commerce and Through Technology, the World

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 1:52 PM

Last week, a new effort called #CONNECTTHEWORLD was announced in full page ads in all the major newspapers. Founded by the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation, Facebook, and many others, CONNECTTHEWORLD said:

The Internet is critical to fighting injustice, sharing new ideas and helping entrepreneurs create jobs.But...
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Chula Vista Unified Commits $15 Million to the Arts and Art Integration

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 3:46 PM

Marrying art and science, and creating more real world interdisciplinary curricula is on most educators minds these days if they can just shuffle off the "No Child Left Behind" legislative mandates, and tackle the new "Common Core" in earnest.

In the process, more educators and others...

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Surprise: A Renaissance of Art and Culture in the Robotic Age

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 2:15 PM

This is Art in Education Week and a good time to talk about some good news!

While the last few weeks have been filled with stories about the jobs robots will take, these may be the best years for art and art appreciation, and a time to begin talking

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The Truth is Out: Robots Are Us

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2015 | 5:34 PM

In the last few weeks it became clear that Microsoft's experiment in China with a so-called "chatbot" known as Xiaoice was a resounding success.

According to a report in the New York Times, folks chat with Xiaoice when they have been "dumped in a relationship, are experiencing depression...

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Less Developed Countries Cultural Assets May Be the Pathway to Creativity in the New Economy

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 2:33 PM

Most of the talk about employment raises issues of "out sourcing", "off shoring" and the "automation" of work and seems to concern the developed world--as they see more and more companies and governments seeking lower costs for labor for goods and services.

But this is temporary. Many of the...

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There Is Opera; there Is Opera Light, and Opera Without Walls

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 1:41 PM

It seems only yesterday that the San Diego Opera was shuttering its doors citing "a tough fundraising environment and weak ticket sales."

The L.A. Times said that the San Diego Opera's Board decision "shocked many in the arts world." But in fact, this shouldn't have been a surprise.


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Surviving Our Robotic Future

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 10:01 PM

Robots don't take coffee breaks, or vacations or holidays, and they never get sick. It's great for employers. Not so good for employees.

In the last few weeks books, articles, a TV series, talk shows and even a theatrical film have featured Robots everywhere in our lives.

While some portrayals...

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Creativity in the Smart City Is What Makes a City Really Smart

(4) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 3:02 PM

Cities across America are putting in place the broadband infrastructure necessary to support the new digital economy and society and looking at the Internet of Everything (IoT), where everything is connected to almost every other thing, to provide cities with the tools to ensure safer cities, better transportation,...

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A Truly Smart City Is Not a City at All

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 5:29 PM

Every city it seems, wants to be a "Smart City" by using technology to solve our current problems of water use and supply, energy consumption, transportation efficiency, mobile healthcare, police, fire, and safety; and to lay the foundation -- certainly the bandwidth -- for future savings of the city and...

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The Internet of Everything Empowers Cities as Never Before

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2015 | 12:28 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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Choosing a Mayor May Be More Important Than Choosing a President

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 12:14 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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Nurturing Development of a Smart City

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 7:26 PM

Becoming a "Smart City" starts with an agreement involving elected officials, business leaders, university executives, art and cultural administrators, and, hopefully others who understand they have a stake in the future of the region, including of course, the community at large.


The agreement...

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