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John M. Eger, Van Deerlin Endowed Chair of Communications and Public Policy is also the Inaugural Zahn Professor of Creativity and Innovation, and Director of the Creative Economy Initiative at San Diego State University (SDSU). He teaches in the School of Journalism and Media Studies, and the SDSU Honors Program. Earlier he was Principal Adviser to the President for telecommunications policy, Legal Assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and Director of the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy, where he helped spearhead the restructuring of America's telecom Industry. Later he 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 was chair of San Diego Mayor’s “City of the Future” Commission and served as Chair of California Governor’s first Commission on Information Technology.

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Brexit Doesn't Mean The End Of Globalization

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2016 | 5:41 PM

Brexit. It's more than England leaving the EU we hear. Among other untoward things it's the end of Globalization.

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"Globalization" has been around for over 50,000 years according to Nayan Chandra, author of Bound Together, but it has only been...

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Brexit Doesn't Mean the End of Globalization

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 3:15 PM

Brexit. It's more than England leaving the EU we hear. Among other untoward things it's the end of Globalization.

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"Globalization" has been around for over 50,000 years according to Nayan Chandra, author of Bound Together, but it has only been...

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If Van Gogh Could Talk About Art Therapy

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 1:14 PM

We know that Van Gogh severely cut his ear after a fight with his friend, Paul Gauguin (although some now say that he severed his ear in the fight itself), and we know that he checked himself into a mental hospital in Saint-Remy France in the late 19th...

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STEM Ecosystems: A Movement You Need to Be Part Of

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 1:10 PM

Last week, the Ruben H. Fleet Center located in Balboa Park in San Diego hosted over 60 community leaders from industry and the education field to talk about STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and how important STEM was to America's future.

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Car Free Cities Are Coming ... slowly

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 1:05 PM

According to a recent report, 9 cities "from Spain to China" nine cities will soon have "more bike lanes, improved public transit, and financial incentives are pushing cars out and encouraging city dwellers to take to the streets...on foot. In an effort to reduce emissions, improve health, and...

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Showcasing the City of the Future

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 1:04 PM

Last week Alphabet, formerly known as Google, announced that it is seeking "Cities with large swaths of land they want redeveloped - likely economically struggling municipalities grappling with decay - perhaps through a bidding process."

Sidewalk, their partner, would "build up the districts, which are envisioned to...

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Making America Great Again

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 11:46 AM

All eyes are on the race for the White House ... but the real action, if you care, is what is happening in your city.

Benjamin Barber, author of If Mayors Ruled The World believes "The nation-state is failing us on the global scale."

The point Barber makes...

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Globalization 3.0 Is Shifting Power From Nations to Cities Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2016 | 9:13 PM

Barcelona, New York, London, Hong Kong, and even Nice according to Forbes Magazine, quoting a study by Juniper Research which reported: "Now with greater use of technology, a number of cities are accumulating data, delivering innovation, and enhancing lives of citizens."

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Sustainable Car Free Cities Not An Impossible Dream

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 11:06 PM

Some believe the decline of our cities started in 1939 at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The most popular exhibition was The World of Tomorrow in the General Motors Pavilion.

It featured an enormous model of a City of the Future, complete with elevated freeways, on-ramps...

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Making America Great Again

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 8:23 PM

All eyes are on the race for the White House ... but the real action, if you care, is what is happening in your city.

Benjamin Barber, author of If Mayors Ruled The World believes "The nation-state is failing us on the global scale."

The point Barber makes...

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Arts Critical to STEM Learning Says Secretary of Education

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2016 | 2:22 AM

Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. talked to the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday and emphasized the importance of a well-rounded education for every student in America. More, he acknowledged the vital role of the arts in rethinking education.

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This Is The Decade of Cities

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2016 | 2:57 AM

The strength of America's economy as well as our political prowess in the world are inextricably linked to the success of our cities and their "smart city" initiatives. The time to implement these initiatives is now.

It is also time to admit that nothing gets done in our nation's capital,...

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Cities of the Future: Cities ARE our Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 8:57 PM

The city is and has been the crucible of civilization; the center of commerce, and in this new age of technology, can and must be the incubator of creativity; the place where people and cultures and ideas wash against one another producing the inventions and innovations the world needs and...

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The EU, the UK and The Future of the Global Economy

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 3:11 PM

June 23 Britons will decide whether to stay in the EU or to quit, a referendum that could have momentous consequences for a divided UK and for the rest of Europe, a move that is being watched by every nation in the world as evidence that globalization has...

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It's A Lot More Than Privacy : The Apple/FBI Controvery

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2016 | 11:28 AM

Gwen Ifill of the PBS News Hour concluded that this was a real test of privacy versus security during a recent conversation about Apple Computers' decision to reject a federal court order to unlock a cell phone used by Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino attackers. No,...

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It's a Lot More Than Privacy: The Apple/FBI Controversy

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 6:00 PM

Gwen Ifill of the PBS News Hour concluded that this was a real test of privacy versus security during a recent conversation about Apple Computers' decision to reject a federal court order to unlock a cell phone used by Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino attackers. No,...

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San Diego Schools Give Business the Creative Talent It Will Need

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 11:36 PM

When it is becoming clear that creativity and innovation are the benchmarks of the new global knowledge economy, California, and San Diego in particular, has been reinventing its systems of education.

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In doing so, San Diego business, government and all regional enterprises...

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Revised NCLB Gave Boost to Arts Integration

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 6:14 PM

Last month, President Obama signed an education reform bill that revised the so-called No Child Left Behind act.

Surprisingly, the bill had bipartisan support from both the House and Senate, perhaps because the bill shifts power from the federal government to the states on issues of school performance and...

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Arts Based Learning of STEM Works Says NSF Funded Research Firm

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Over the last three years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded the Art of Science Learning to hold a number of conferences to better understand the links between art and science.

Since they are the federal agency responsible for administrating STEM programs ( for Science,...

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Concept of Creative Schools Taking Hold in California

(5) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 9:35 PM

When it is becoming clear that creativity and innovation are the benchmarks of the new, global, knowledge economy, California is emerging as a leader in the effort to reinvent education.

Last year, the California Arts Council received a one-time $5 million increase in its 2014-15 budget, bringing its...

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