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March 27, 2014
Over the last 15 years, women-owned firms have grown by one and a half times the rate of other small enterprises and now account for almost 30 percent of all businesses.
March 20, 2014
What are the most pressing energy and water problems facing society? How is the private sector addressing these challenges?
February 5, 2014

Introduction

Prizes are among the most effective—and overlooked—tools for incentivizing breakthrough solutions to the thorniest problems we know. They have existed since the dawn of man. As modern civilization has grown, prizes have become a tool for incentivizing progress. Yet it has been only in the past few centuries that we have come to view prizes institutionally, channeling human nature toward valuable endeavors.

January 27, 2014

Americans generally agree that they want their nation to remain the global leader in manufacturing. According to Leadership Wanted: U.S. Public Opinions on Manufacturing, a 2012 national survey, 90% of respondents rated manufacturing as “important” or “very important” for their economic prosperity and America’s standard of living. This survey reinforces the importance of the manufacturing sector to the good health of the American economy.

January 16, 2014
A sputtering economic recovery and fascination with smart city initiatives in recent years has renewed questions about how to build cohesive, vibrant entrepreneurial communities. How do leaders create cities that thrive? What does an innovation ecosystem look like within a city or region? Are certain ecosystems more suited to prosper than others?
 
These questions are changing the way leaders plan and reinvent communities.
January 14, 2014
As America undertakes the abiding national mission of advancing our interests and values abroad, our success depends on harnessing a vital asset in the cause—our marvelous private sector. Properly enabled, U.S.
January 14, 2014
For much of history, profit-making typically meant profit-taking. Wars were fought for land and resources, while men grew rich from subjugating others. Money changed hands, but productivity barely budged.
January 14, 2014
Prizes have existed since the dawn of man. As modern civilization grew, they become a tool for incentivizing progress. Yet, it was only in the past few centuries that we came to view prizes as some of the most effective—and overlooked—tools for incentivizing breakthrough solutions.
January 14, 2014

In 1958, the Disney Company made a short film titled Magic Highway USA, which made several accurate predictions about what transportation and transportation infrastructure of the future would look like, including the existence of Global Positioning Satellite technology and digital highway traffic signs. If Disney were to remake Magic Highway today, what would it say about the future of transportation? 

January 14, 2014

In an increasingly flat world, the competition for markets, business, and human capital has never been greater. Although we have made enormous strides in technology and business, there is one area where we have remained stagnant over the years: education. Our competitors overseas, however, committed themselves to making education a priority—and it is paying off.

January 14, 2014

The “American Dream” is referred to routinely—almost casually—in our national discourse, so much so that we have blurred our understanding of its meaning and the strategic priorities necessary to make it a reality. Among these priorities is ensuring an ample supply of productive and satisfying work for our young people. 

January 14, 2014

“Made in Michigan” means something. Across the nation and around the world, that label has long meant strength, durability, and quality. To Michiganders, it also reflects the pride of a resilient people who helped build this country and now are at the center of a reinvention that will restore our state to greatness.

January 14, 2014

Information technology is elevating and disrupting most of the economy, and its potential to transform public sector services and lagging portions of the private sector is obvious and important. When governments do deploy IT, however, they often spend too much and increase complexity without improving service. Witness the botched launch of Healthcare.gov – perhaps the largest IT failure in history. In other cases, public policy discourages private firms and industries from investing in IT and using it to innovate. 

January 14, 2014
During the 1932 presidential campaign, Franklin Roosevelt delivered to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco one of his most important speeches, addressing “the relationships of government and economic life that go deeply into our daily lives, our happiness, our future, and our security.”
 
The purpose of Roosevelt’s speech was to outline a new social contract for a country falling into economic depression.
 
“The Declaration of Independence discusses the problem of government in terms of a con
November 11, 2013
Learning flexible mental toughness in the Marine Corps
October 28, 2013
The foresight that Americans demonstrated during the recent Great Recession and the ensuing recovery of household balance sheets are encouraging signs of the resilience necessary for U.S. households to face future fiscal challenges.
September 26, 2013

Nothing better expresses America’s aspirational ideal than the notion of small enterprise as the primary creator of jobs and innovation. Small businesses, defined as companies with fewer than 500 employees, have traditionally driven our economy, particularly after recessions.

September 11, 2013
A call to national “resilience.”
September 11, 2013
Information sharing is key, but we have become our own worst enemy.

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