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Next: The Future of Work and Employment

David Staley David Staley Next: The Future of Work and Employment

It seems curious that there are bartenders on the Star Trek Enterprise. In that future utopia, poverty and want have been eliminated on Earth. Technology, in the form of the replicator, allows anyone to synthesize any material object they may want. Freed from economic necessity, we are told that people can explore their interests, expand […]

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Opinion: The Real Lesson From Joseph Gergley’s Tweets

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Opinion: The Real Lesson From Joseph Gergley’s Tweets

Graduation season is winding down and thousands of Millennials in Central Ohio are searching for jobs that are often hard to come by. Many of these kids have been taught over and over again by parents and teachers to watch what they post on social media, for an unwise status update or a wayward tweet […]

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Next: The Informal Future of Higher Education

David Staley David Staley Next: The Informal Future of Higher Education

Over the next 15 years, I anticipate that we will see fewer people attending bricks-and-mortar colleges and universities, and more people will seek out informal learning opportunities, especially as education is delivered through digital platforms. Megan Husted has recently written a piece for the New York Times titled “The Church of TED.” TED, with its […]

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Idea Forge: Ohio Small Businesses Agree It’s Time to Enact Workplace Non-Discrimination Law

Michaela Hahn Burriss Michaela Hahn Burriss Idea Forge: Ohio Small Businesses Agree It’s Time to Enact Workplace Non-Discrimination Law

On Thursday, April 9, Small Business Majority, Forge Columbus and Equality Ohio are partnering with Bexley Councilmember Deneese Owen to host a listening session about workplace non-discrimination ordinances and the importance of implementing a policy at the state level. Workplace equality and inclusiveness have been hot topics lately, and while cities like Columbus and Cincinnati […]

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Idea Forge: Local Leaders Can Adopt Clean Energy Solutions

Tremaine Phillips Tremaine Phillips Idea Forge: Local Leaders Can Adopt Clean Energy Solutions

On Thursday, April 2nd, Forge Columbus is partnering with Small Business Majority to host a business roundtable that will outline opportunities for our city’s community businesses to engage in the adoption of clean energy solutions. Last year, Ohio suffered major setbacks to the state’s once burgeoning clean energy sector. The Ohio legislature passed a set […]

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Next: What if Columbus became the first driverless city?

David Staley David Staley Next: What if Columbus became the first driverless city?

As I write this, Columbus has just lost out to Philadelphia to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. One of the factors in our failed bid, it would seem, was our lack of a suitable public transportation infrastructure. This loss will no doubt revive and accelerate debates about public transportation in Columbus. Indeed, Mayor Coleman’s […]

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Opinion: Campus Culture Worth Preserving

Scott Ellsworth Scott Ellsworth Opinion: Campus Culture Worth Preserving

As a business owner affected by the latest Campus Partners announcement, I try to stay level headed enough to see both sides of the redevelopment. I certainly understand people wanting a “prettier” setting for parents to visit their college students. I am a father. I can appreciate the comfort behind dropping an 18 year old […]

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