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Why Tesla Is Not Disruptive; A Systems Thinking Assessment.

Seyi Fabode | Posted 11.23.2015 | Technology
Seyi Fabode

Tesla is impressively innovative (with a CTO at the top of his game) but the company is not disrupting the automobile industry. Disruptive innovation is not what we think it is.

Buy Nothing Day . . . But What About The Other 364 Days?

Katy Wolk-Stanley | Posted 11.17.2015 | HuffPost Home
Katy Wolk-Stanley

My problem with Buy Nothing Day is that, like Black Friday it's a one day event. Buy nothing this one day, but then shop normally the other 364 days. Yes, it gets people talking about our consumer society, and that's a good thing, but it's still just one day.

Domestic Manufacturers Call Full Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement a "Very Bad Deal for America."

Kevin L. Kearns | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Kevin L. Kearns

U.S. Business & Industry Council (USBIC) President Kevin L. Kearns says that the the full agreement, which runs to 1,121 pages and 30 chapters, is full of special deals for various U.S. trading partners, foreign corporations, and multinational U.S. businesses, with little to promote domestic job growth in the United States.

3D Printing Stocks Crushed in Clash of Cultures, Expectations

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

The lines between technology and manufacturing are blurring fast, and, for many who work and invest in this area, it can be a most uncomfortable and confusing time.

To Innovate or Die: The Global Economy in 2050

Kristel Van der Elst | Posted 11.02.2015 | Business
Kristel Van der Elst

Attempting to definitively predict the future is a mug's game. But applying some imagination to today's weak signals and emerging technologies can enable us to paint plausible pictures of how the future might look, which we can factor into the strategic decisions we take today.

Mobile App Fever: How to Spot the Symptoms

Heather Franzese | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact
Heather Franzese

The idea of building an app is attractive for many reasons. First, it's tangible. You can build it and put your name on it. Second, it's completely customizable. The canvas is only limited to your imagination and your coding skill. Third, you can track it, monitoring downloads and usage. And of course, you stand to gain money and fame if your app is successful with the masses.

Savannah: The City of New Beginnings

Tanya Caruso | Posted 10.21.2015 | Style
Tanya Caruso

The city of Savannah is constantly intertwining its past, present, and future. Since the city's emergence, trade and manufacturing have played a huge role in its economy and continue to make an impact on a local and global scale.

Made in... Ethiopia? Yes, Ethiopia

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business
Jennifer Schwab

I ventured to Ethiopia to investigate further the economic and sustainability potential of this large and populous nation.

Helpful Public Policy Would Make It a Great Manufacturing Day

Scott Paul | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

I'm happy to be celebrating manufacturing and Made in America. Heck, I do it every day. But I must admit: I get a bit aggravated by politicians who readily treat factory workers and their hardhats as political props but fail to deliver on public policies.

Investing in the American Workforce

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.29.2015 | College
Tom Snyder

A recent poll conducted by the Gallup-Lumina Foundation found that while Americans may be politically polarized, they all agree that the United States needs to invest in the talent of its workforce. Talent is defined as "the knowledge or skills people develop or obtain through education, work or other life experiences."

Monday Manufacturing Malaise -- China Down 8.8 Percent

Phil Davis | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

I know the conventional wisdom is that, if we pretend China is not having a crisis for long enough, the crisis will go away but this is rapidly spilling over to other Asian economies and is now affecting Europe too.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution -- It's Here

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

October 2 is Manufacturing Day, and the upcoming event is not merely some quaint memorable nod to the past.

On Etsy, 'Handmade' Is Not What It Used To Be

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business

It turns out that when handmade goods get popular, it can be difficult to keep them strictly handmade. So the artisanal goods marketplace Etsy finds ...

Brooklyn and the Future of Manufacturing

Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown | Posted 09.14.2015 | New York
Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown

The "Brooklyn brand," synonymous with artisanal goods, handicrafts, and design boutiques is entering a new phase. Brooklyn is scaling up.

Indiana Supports College Promise

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.11.2015 | College
Tom Snyder

In June I led a delegation of Indiana educators, business leaders, and philanthropists to Washington, D.C. to learn about College Promise, the Obama administration's non-partisan grassroots effort to build widespread support for a free community college education for responsible students throughout the nation.

Video Marketing Is King: Oops, I Meant Content!

Diane Primo | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business
Diane Primo

With 85 percent of Americans online, content is king today for marketers -- to build brands, demonstrate expertise and sell product. And no strategy may be more effective -- or "kingly" -- than video content and video marketing

China's Stock Market Mess Belies Bigger Problems for the United States

Scott Paul | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

The recent cratering of the Chinese stock market left some scars on our 401(k) plans and dominated recent headlines. Some called it a correction. I tend to think of it as another glimpse into the crazy house-of-cards economy in China.

China Protects its Workers; America Doesn't Bother

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Currency manipulation violates free market principals, but for China, doing it makes sense. This potent action by a major economic competitor raises the question of when the United States government is going to stop pretending currency manipulation doesn't exit.

Wearables in the Workplace: 3 Reasons to Test in Manufacturing

Heather Franzese | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Similarly, we need to know more than what workers say they need. There's an opportunity to add depth to worker data by plugging them into the 'internet of everything' and finding out what is the physical behavior of a worker who self-reports as satisfied, compared with one who reports otherwise.

Lots of Fuzzy Numbers Behind Walmart's American Manufacturing Push

Scott Paul | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business
Scott Paul

Where Walmart goes, others follow. And that can have a profound effect on how and what our country purchases. Still, the company could do much better. And it could start by being honest about the numbers behind its purchasing pledge.

California: Blue State, Boom State

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

California's economy hasn't thrived because it's run by Democrats, but rather because of liberal culture. Not liberal values in the classic sense -- equality, peace, and justice -- but rather the liberal mindset that's open and flexible.

Daniel Marans

Trade Deal Will Hurt Urban Black Communities, Labor Ad Warns | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

In a new line of attack against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, the AFL-CIO and the United Steelworkers union released an online video ad on...

Inside the Top Secret Plan to Revive U.S. Manufacturing

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

Did you know the U.S. government has rolled out a big new federal program to revive the U.S. manufacturing sector?

May Jobs Report, First Impressions: Another Solid Report, Outside of Manufacturing

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Payrolls were up 280,000 last month in a better-than-expected jobs report, with employers adding jobs across almost all of the service industries and government. Positive revisions for April and May added another 32,000 to the payroll count. Analysts had been expecting around 225K jobs, so put May's initial print in the "upside surprise" column. The jobless rate ticked up slightly from 5.4 to 5.5 percent but for the right reason: more people joining the labor force. Average hourly wages were up 2.3 percent over the past year, a touch faster than in past months. All told, what I see in these numbers is a job market maybe, sorta, kinda starting to reach working people... six years into the recovery! So my message to the Fed: love it and leave it alone!

Educators Unite to Build Vietnam's Tech Talent

Techonomy | Posted 06.04.2015 | Technology

Vietnam's tech industry is booming. Software and electronics exports soared in recent years, and a domestic market for tech products and services is steadily gaining strength.