Don Tapscott: Davos Tech Panel Disappoints

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Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott

At Davos, Tech Executives Skirt the Real Issues

On the panel were Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. During the session I frequently felt that that neither the optimistic statements of hope or anecdotes of those whose lives have improved adequately dealt with the challenge of the digital economy. I was tempted to quote Bill Clinton: “It’s the economy, stupid.”

The Digital Economy has become THE Economy. Yes, technology has created many wonders, but if we look at the macro level, the scorecard on economic results of technology are so far troublesome. Technology has unquestionably been at the heart of some negative developments including massive structural unemployment; growing social inequality where the benefits and wealth generated by technology have been asymmetrical; a fracturing of public discourse; and the loss of privacy and the rise of a surveillance society to name a few.

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Jan 25

SchwartzReport: Solar Creates More Jobs than Oil & Gas Extraction — Solar Jobs Up 80% in Four Years

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

As predicted the shift to non-carbon energy is creating wealth as well as wellness, and it is gaining momentum. This development makes excellent news.  Carbon energy will do everything it can to continue to control the production of energy but that industry is on the wrong side of history.

The Solar Industry Created More Jobs In 2014 Than Oil And Gas Extraction

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Jan 16

SchwartzReport: Monsanto Down 34%

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I think this is fascinating. This report describes a change in the GMO trend. We have here millions of individual choices not in favor of Mansanto, but toward the life-affirming. Equally important we should note: all of this was accomplished even as Mansanto and other corporations poured multiple 10s of millions of dollars into controlling election outcomes and regulatory oversight.

Monsanto Earnings Fall 34% as Farmers Reject GMO Crops

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Jan 15

SchwartzReport: USA More Jails Than Colleges

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Here is the latest on the American Gulag Trend. This is one of the reasons we can no longer claim the moral highground, and every nation in the village of humanity knows this about us. Click on the line at the very beginning and it will take you to an interactive map of the U.S., where you can get the incarceration number for your county. It is quite revealing.

The U.S. has more jails than colleges. Here’s a map of where those prisoners live.

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Jan 8