Over the last 20 years work has been reinvented, restructured, and rebooted. The top-tier and bottom level of what working means has been redefined by corporations, visionaries, technologies and individuals.
Every element of the country's past success is coming under scrutiny -- the patent process, the higher education system, and the condition of the physical and digital infrastructures, among many others. One perennial target is the bottleneck in U.S. access to the world's technical workforce.
The tectonic upheavals our economy is enduring are the result not just of ﬁnancial shenanigans by the global One Percent, but of a deeper and more fundamental shift -- the passing of the old industrial order as it gives way to the emerging Creative Economy.
The GOP is probably not going to win the support of the majority of African-American and Hispanic voters anytime soon. But Republicans are now in danger of losing the votes of another important demographic group that could have been its natural political ally.
This week's conversation is with Tony Hsieh, who built one of the largest online companies in the world, Zappos.com. "My first 'job' was as a newspaper boy. It made me realize that I didn't want to spend my life delivering newspapers."
This week I spoke with food entrepreneur Mario Batali: "Prove you can do something for someone else first and do not be afraid to work well below your pay potential to get essential experience at the ground level. All great workplace leadership positions merit five years of practice."