Business Impact A Canadian province is giving people a basic income, no strings attached—revealing both the appeal and the limitations of the idea. by Brian Bergstein June 20, 2018 Dana Bowman in her home. Fresh produce Dana Bowman, 56, expresses gratitude for fresh produce at least 10 times in the hour and a half we’re having coffee on a frigid spring day in Lindsay, Ontario. Over the many years she scraped by on government disability payments, she tended to stick to frozen vegetables. She’d also save by visiting a food bank or buying marked-down items near or past their sell-by date.But since December, Bowman has felt secure enough to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. She’s freer, she says, to “do what nanas do” for her grandchildren, like having all four of them over for turkey on Easter. Now that she can afford the transportation, she might start taking classes in social work in a nearby city. She feels happier and healthier—and, … [Read more...] about Universal basic income works—if you do it Canada-style
California 4 year universities
Morning yoga, evening karaoke. No, it’s not a spa vacation. Between those bookends, the ASU+GSV Summit, now in its 8th year, is fueled by nonstop mingling and convening. This is the edtech industry’s premier financial conversation, packed with more than 4,100 people and 350 CEOs. Topics ranged from early childhood to lifelong learning. Shop talk was increasingly led by international participants from Paris to Israel—and especially from China, whose global ambitions are undisguised and undeniable. Each year, the conference organizers try to broaden the conversation. Women entrepreneurs made up more than a third of the presenting companies. The Innovators of Color award was front and center. (Want to catch some highlights? Check out the GSV video archive here.) Oh, and did we mention entrepreneurs, financiers and business types? Yeah, there were plenty of them, too. The Biggest Deal of the Week… ...happened on the Sunday evening before the first day of the … [Read more...] about This Year’s ASU+GSV Summit Is Hard to Describe. Here’s Our Best Attempt.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to the House yesterday was a mostly bland performance, punctuated by frequent claims not to know or remember certain fundamental aspects of his own business. But he gave a curiously specific and aggressive response to a question from congressman Eliot Engel. Starting from the premise that Facebook had been “deceived” by other players in the data misuse scandal it’s embroiled in, the congressman wondered whether Facebook intends to sue Cambridge Analytica, professor Aleksandr Kogan and Cambridge University — perhaps for unauthorized access to computer networks or breach of contract? “It’s something that we’re looking into,” replied Zuckerberg. “We already took action by banning [Kogan] from the platform and we’re going to be doing a full audit to make sure he gets rid of all the data that he has as well.” But the Facebook founder also seized on the opportunity to … [Read more...] about Cambridge University hits back at Zuckerberg’s shade
Economists following the teacher protests in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona say they saw this coming. As the costs of living, higher education, healthcare and retirement are rising, researchers studying salary trends note that the average pay for teachers has dipped. “That’s a really bad situation to be in, being asked to pay more as your pay is actually declining,” says Dr. Sylvia Allegretto, an economist at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley. “In real terms, meaning after you adjust for inflation, the average U.S. teacher today makes $30 less a week than they used to.” According to data from the National Education Association (NEA), constant pay for educators— meaning pay adjusted for the cost of living in each state as determined by the Consumer Price Index—in some states has decreased as much as 15 percent between the years 2000 through 2017. An educator living in a … [Read more...] about The Data Tells All: Teacher Salaries Have Been Declining For Years
Denis Doyle | Getty Sustainable Energy Here are the real reasons we’re not building clean energy anywhere near fast enough. by James Temple March 14, 2018 Fifteen years ago, Ken Caldeira, a senior scientist at the Carnegie Institution, calculated that the world would need to add about a nuclear power plant’s worth of clean-energy capacity every day between 2000 and 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change. Recently, he did a quick calculation to see how we’re doing. Not well. Instead of the roughly 1,100 megawatts of carbon-free energy per day likely needed to prevent temperatures from rising more than 2 ˚C, as the 2003 Science paper by Caldeira and his colleagues found, we are adding around 151 megawatts. That’s only enough to power roughly 125,000 homes.At that rate, substantially transforming the energy system would take, not the next three decades, but nearly the next four centuries. In the meantime, … [Read more...] about At this rate, it’s going to take nearly 400 years to transform the energy system