For many people, the birth of the internet happened on August 9, 1995, when Netscape went stratospherically public. Something similar is happening right now, and it could do for organisations and their governance what the internet did for information and its distribution.
Some 50 years ago, US biologist Paul Ehrlich’s warnings of a teeming planet sparked a panic that has yet to abate. There is indeed reason to be fearful, but not of too many humans. The very real and looming problems have everything to do with declining birth rates.
Sports are an old part of human culture and new part of the economy. Culture evolves and economies evolve—two more or less incontrovertible propositions in the social sciences these days—so it shouldn’t really be such a leap to suggest that sports also evolve.
The main thing that happened with the arts in the 2016 budget is that nothing happened with the arts in the 2016 budget. The arts and culture are obviously not to be part of this coming election campaign.
Maybe we’ve been thinking about science all wrong. In the old model, knowledge was privately produced, then ‘communicated’ to make it a public good. Journals did the communicating. But a better model is to think of this whole process as like a club that both produces and consumes together.
My most recent working paper with Gerry Roe and Brett Henderson of the Victorian Department of Economic Development—Detecting new industry emergence using government data: A new analytic approach to regional innovation policy—is now up on SSRN here. Abstract: This paper presents the rationale and method for a new model of innovation policy by regional government that is based …
The blockchain is more than an information technology—it’s an institutional technology. This means that institutional economics, as well as public choice and constitutional political economy, should provide the toolkit for ‘blockchain studies’.