Economics for an Inclusive Prosperity. An Introduction (ebook download)
Authors: Dani Rodrik et al.
econfip.org – February, 2019

“We live in an age of astonishing inequality. Income and wealth disparities between the rich and the poor in the United States have risen to heights not seen since the gilded age in the early part of the 20th century, and are among the highest in the developed world. Median wages for American workers remain at 1970s levels. Fewer and fewer among newer generations can expect to do better than their parents. Organizational and technological changes and globalization have fueled great wealth accumulation among those able to take advantage of them, but have left large segments of the population behind. U.S. life expectancy has declined for the third year in a row in 2017, and the allocation of healthcare looks both inefficient and unfair. Advances in automation and digitization threaten even greater labor market disruptions in the years ahead. Climate change fueled disasters increasingly disrupt everyday life. Greater prosperity and inclusion both seem attainable, yet the joint target recedes ever further.”

Big Data’s Biggest Challenge: How to Avoid Getting Lost in the Weeds (external link)
Interview to Raghuram Iyengar and Victor Cho
Knowledge@Wharton – March 14, 2019

“Companies have access to more data than ever before. But how can they optimize it without getting lost in the weeds – or losing sight of the customer? Evite CEO Victor Cho and Wharton marketing professor Raghuram Iyengar offered advice from their own experiences during a recent conversation with Knowledge@Wharton. Cho was on campus to host a Datathon with the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative, which Iyengar co-directs. Penn students from multiple academic majors were given datasets from Evite and asked to come up with solutions based on the data for improving Evite’s platform and increasing revenue. ”

How Business Leaders Can Navigate the Unknown – and Thrive (external link)
Interview to Julie Benezet
Knowledge@Wharton – March 07, 2019

“Julie Benezet joined Amazon in 1998, when the company was just another ambitious startup in the nascent business of internet retail. She was hired to find sites for Amazon’s distribution centers as the operation grew. There were a lot of unknowns at the time, but the risks taken back then clearly paid off. Benezet left Amazon in 2002 after building the company’s first global real estate function. She was an executive committee member of the Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at Wharton and also taught the Challenges of Leadership program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Executive Education.
Today, she’s a consultant who teaches the value of taking risks, which is the focus of her new book, The Journey of Not Knowing: How 21st Century Leaders Can Chart a Course Where There Is None.”

Pivoting the Digital Maturity (external link)
Authors: Ragu Gurumurthy and David Schatsky
Deloitte Insights – March 13, 2019

Constant pressure on businesses to innovate and grow in a dynamic competitive environment has made digital transformation a top priority for businesses across industries. Organizations are devoting significant time, effort, and capital to digitally transform. Some achieve significant tangible results from these efforts. Others achieve less impact. Why?”

Society vs Technology: What’s really driving CX innovation? (external link)
Author: Josie Klafkowska
MyCustomer.com – March 08, 2019

“Both society and technology are driving innovation, but which is leading and which is adapting to follow? Are societal changes and pressures defining the role for technology, or is the pace of technological change shaping consumer behaviour? One thing is sure; expectations around customer experience continue to grow. Let’s take look at some of the forces that are currently driving CX innovation. Cause or effect? You decide.”

Putting People at the Heart of Public Sector Transformations (external link)
Authors: Martin Checinski, Roland Dillon, Solveigh Hieronimus, and Julia Klier
McKinsey – March, 2019

“Transformation in government is a hugely complex undertaking. That makes it critical to get the people component right”

Supply chain agility is the key for the future (external link)
Author: Mark Hillsdon
Raconteur – March 14, 2019

“Making a supply chain completely agile and adaptable is necessary in times of economic uncertainty and disruption, but this requires real-time visibility over a connected network of suppliers.”

The Only Way Manufacturers Can Survive (external link)
Author: Vijay Govindarajan and Jeffrey R. Immelt
MITSloan Management Review – March 12, 2019

“Leading a corporate transformation of any kind is difficult, and it hasn’t become any easier over time. But starting and sustaining a digital transformation in a manufacturing company? That’s tougher than managing any other change initiative — from total quality management to Six Sigma to lean manufacturing — and, believe us, we’ve lived through, or seen, them all over the last three decades.”

The digital skills gap is widening fast. Here’s how to bridge it (external link)
Author: Miguel Milano
World Economic Forum – March 12, 2019

“Access to skilled workers is already a key factor that sets successful companies apart from failing ones. In an increasingly data-driven future – the European Commission believes there could be as many as 756,000 unfilled jobs in the European ICT sector by 2020 – this difference will become even more acute. ”

This is what the ancient Greeks had to say about robotics and AI  (external link)
Author: Aaron Hertzmann
World Economic Forum – March 18, 2019

“Historians usually trace the idea of automata to the Middle Ages, when humans first invented self-moving devices, but the concept of artificial, lifelike creatures dates to the myths and legends from at least about 2,700 years ago, says Adrienne Mayor, a research scholar in the classics department in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. ”



Efosa Ojomo – The Poverty Paradox: Why Most Poverty Programs Fail And How To Fix Them

How can we eradicate poverty? That is the question that underpins a majority of development programs. But what if by asking that question, we are limiting our capacity to actually eradicate poverty and create prosperity? In this heartfelt and passionate talk, Efosa Ojomo explains how our framing of the problem of poverty is hindering our progress. He suggests a different way to solve the global poverty problem.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/tedx-program