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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

Merging Art and Business in the College Curriculum

(0) 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


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.

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


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.

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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Why Is the FCC So Reluctant to Reclassify Internet Service as a Public Utility?

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 12:33 PM

We seem to agree that water, gas, electricity and telephone service have been things we cannot do without. Why not Internet service, too?

At the turn of the last century, the debate was about telephone service. It was decided then that the provision of plain old telephone service was something...

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Art and Culture Thought Leaders Converge in Dallas

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Next month, Dallas, Texas hosts The New Cities Foundation (June 17-19), and launches the Foundation's Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN). In the same week, Dallas plays host to the Annual Meeting of the US Conference of Mayors (June 20-23).

Dallas boasts the largest Art...

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With the ICANN Controversy Behind Them, Will the U.S.Play a Global Leadership Role?

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 6:45 PM

The U.S. Government's decision to end oversight of the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) represents an opportunity for U.S. leadership creating global "e-government" systems to solve international law enforcement and terrorism problems, develop global education and environmental initiatives, and in turn, start using the Internet as a...

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The Common Core as a Path to STE(A)M

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 4:07 PM

For parents, the question on their mind is simple: "What can we do to make sure that our kids get a job in the new economy?"

On balance, despite all the rhetoric that it's a secret plan of Obama , people are applauding the "Common Core" standards being...

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Closing an Opera With 'Dignity'

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:03 PM

After 49 years, the San Diego Opera announced a few weeks ago, it was closing its doors. Ian Campbell, the Opera's CEO and artistic director, said:

"The whole idea is to exit with dignity. ... Exiting with dignity is critical to us. This city doesn't need a bankrupt...
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Business and Education Executives Just Don't See Eye to Eye

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Recent reports by Gallup and the Lumina Foundation, said that "A significant perception gap (exists) between business and academic institution leaders when it comes to assessing the workforce preparedness of today's college graduates."

They made this key finding:

96 percent of percent of college and university chief...
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Hong Kong Zeros in on Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 11:56 AM

We have known for some time that public art with sculptures, statues and murals everywhere, and buildings with their uniquely carved doorways, cornices, and columns are usually what distinguish one city from another.

But Art and Culture Districts -- with their critical mass of art galleries, cinemas, music venues,...

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Lobbying for the Arts

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Arts Advocacy Day 2014 is next week (March 24-25). But what to advocate this year? More money? Always nice. More prestige? That, too.

The argument I would put forth to artists and art organizations alike -- who most likely will be calling on local, regional politicians and...

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Picking Up STEAM in San Diego

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Next Friday, corporate technology leader, Qualcomm, will play host to a unique one-day forum organized by non-profit STEAM Connect, spelled STE [+a] M Connect, in San Diego.

It is a major step forward having Qualcomm, one of the largest and most influential companies in the region, embrace...

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