Thursday, October 16, 2014

University of Denver ok's Socrates Cafe

I just sent out this on Twitter:

We will be meeting in the beautiful new Anderson Learning Commons, where Penrose Library used to be. We'll gather in the lounge area in front of the coffee bar (closed Saturday evenings unfortunately, so you may want to make a stop at Pete's Cafe on the corner of Evans & University for a coffee to go before the meeting-- might buy you parking in one of their spaces, but be sure to ask) depending on how many are with us we'll go to a private study room.

When people attend an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop with no idea what kind of work they want to do, I recommend they attend a session or two of Socrates Cafe or similar group. Sort of like those late night dorm discussions about the big questions of life. Free entertainment if nothing else. :-)

Hope you'll join us this Saturday or some Saturday soon. No RSVP required, walkins are welcome. But it's to your advantage to RSVP, we'll notify you if there is a sudden change in meeting place or cancellation. Click here, then the University of Denver Socrates Cafe.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Most important book since Wealth of Nations.

Edmund Phelps has just been given Princeton University's top prize.

Maybe this will help put the spotlight on his most recent book Mass Flouishing, what some have called the most
Important book in economics since Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations. 

It took Adam Smith's book about 8 years to become a best seller. We may not have 8 years.

Read here what Princeton has to say about Phelps, the go to Amazon or your favorite local book store or library, read Mass Flourishing, and start asking every political candidate what they make of it. 

Here is what Yale says: 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Entrepreneurial Thought and Action.

That's the slogan of Babson College, " Entrepreneurial Thought and Action."

Harvard Business Review Press published Babson's President's book a couple of years ago, "Just Do It!" Why didn't the book hit the best seller list?

Because of the brainwashing of the Small Business Administration, our tax-funded enterprise to snuff out the spirit of true entrepreneurs, and they've done a darn good job of it according to Nobel Economist Edmund Phelps's most recent book Mass Flourishing which documents the disappearance of U.S. get up and go, what he calls vitalism and dynamism, starting about 4 decades ago.

Amar Bhide first sound the alert on this back in 1994 with his Oxford University Press book The Origin & Evolution of New Businesses. I'll bet you've never heard of it either.

This should be an issue in the current political campaigns, but it's not. A campaign for 2016 Presidential election that took up this drum beat would do a lot of good for the country, might even lead to a victory. Stranger things have happened.

Instead Inc Magazine continues to publish articles from failures saying, 'gosh, I wish I'd planned more." Disgraceful.