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NEXT: The Future of Mobility

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Mobility

When we use the word “mobility” today, we are talking about the infrastructure for moving people around in the world. Much of the talk about mobility, especially in Columbus, has to do with autonomous vehicles and the role they will be playing in how we move from place to place. But scooters, bicycles, light rail, […]

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NEXT: The New Corporate University

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The New Corporate University

The Economist reports that “American companies spent $91 billion on staff training last year, almost a third as much again as they did in 2016…This shift is highly encouraging. In broad terms, provision of on-the-job training has been shrinking.” Perhaps one reason companies shirk on training is because they expect new hires to arrive with […]

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NEXT: Will Autonomous Technology Spur a Revival of Unionism?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Will Autonomous Technology Spur a Revival of Unionism?

Columbus is a test site for autonomous vehicles, and we’ll soon learn about how they will move about the city, how they will interact with pedestrians and bicycles and scooters, and how they will alter mobility patterns. But Columbus might also become the first site for the clash of interests between autonomous intelligence and human […]

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NEXT: Theocracy in America?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Theocracy in America?

My undergraduate major was ancient history, which I switched to (from economics) because of a brilliant and charismatic professor. I hung on his every word. Except for one occasion. He made a statement in class once to the effect that “Every society’s form of government eventually becomes a theocracy.” As an ancient historian, he was […]

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NEXT: China’s Social Credit System

David Staley David Staley NEXT: China’s Social Credit System

In his 2003 novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Cory Doctorow’s near-future fictional world features Whuffle, a digital form of social capital. In Doctorow’s world, reputation is the chief form of currency: through a digital app, anyone can discover anyone else’s reputation score. The higher your reputation, the better the products and services […]

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NEXT: Three Scenarios for the Columbus Crew

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Three Scenarios for the Columbus Crew

I was one of the first people who entered Crew Stadium. In the spring of 1999, about a week before the first official game was to be played, the Stadium was opened up to the general public, to walk around and marvel and gaze at. I arrived with my family in tow near the front […]

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NEXT: What if There Were Another Global Pandemic?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: What if There Were Another Global Pandemic?

This year marks the centenary of the Spanish Flu of 1918-1919, a global pandemic that killed somewhere between 50 and 100 million people worldwide. The deaths caused by the Spanish Flu occurred at a time when the Earth’s population was under 2 billion, meaning upwards of 5 percent of the world’s population were killed by […]

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