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Latest Data on Telework

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Telework continues to be the "silent revolution" in the 21st Century. Here's the latest data on the growth in working from home. Regular telecommuting grew by 61% between 2005 and 2009. During the same period, home-based selfemployment grew by 1.7%.

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Organization Chart Collapses

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So fun to witness the collapse of the Organizational Chart and dominance of the Network. We were at an organizing meeting for a citizens election organization in the recall election of our Tea Party state senator. The participants were discussing how to structure the informal organization.

The Rich: Do 400 Americans really have more wealth than half of all Americans combined?

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We were there when film maker Michael Moore said only 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans. But is that really true? This week The Milwaukee Journal spent a lot of time and a lot of space analyzing the facts. Here's the evidence. And is the claim true? Yes, it is true.

The View from the Other Side: Part I

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"I am 56. I have a high school degree. You see this truck? I get $10 to load it. Not $10 an hour, $10 period. It's over." (actual conversation). The view: 80% of us in Wisconsin have only a high school degree.

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Even Smart Males Believe the Myth

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Even smart males believe the myth that they have a poor academic work ethic. Last month I was consulting with faculty at the Brock School of Business at Samford University on how to teach online. The online technologist for the university, Charles Read, showed them how to use Moodle. He began by saying he himself was a Samford University graduate, then noting, "I hope you don''t remember my grades. I promise my work ethic has improved since then." . Of course, this is a big myth.

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The View from the Other Side: Part II

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"Keep the government from messing with my Medicare." (actual quote). View: For those of us over 40, over 50, over 60, we do not care about the future or our kids or our grandchildren. We care about our retirement. I have a government pension.

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Protests have nothing to do with you - Not!

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If you have ever walked into an office building, then you have been positively affected by protests. This is the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company tragedy in which 146 young women were killed by a fire in New York City.

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Will McDonald's Corporate 'Charity' Convince Gen Y?

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Will corporations giving to charity convince Gen Y to like them? Like other corporations, McDonald''s has read that Gen Y likes social causes and charity (they do). And according to a great USA Today story recently , McDonald''s also has realized it''s entire future lies with Gen Y.

Evidence Gen Y Huge Market for Airlines

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The new Delta safety video is really funny. Spend 4 minutes watching it. Two take-aways: 1.It is totally geared towards Gen Y, evidence that Gen Y is a huge market for airlines. Despite the myth that young people are not travelling, the train and airline folk know better.

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Unions and Collective Bargaining: Relevant or Obsolete?

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Are unions and collective bargaining relevant today, helping society; or are they obsolete, holding back society? . Here's the answer: Unions are obsolete, just like every other institution and structure in society.

Why Cars are Declining: They Still Don't Get It

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The demise of automobiles took another turn this year. Two books are now out now declaring and describing the decline of cars. . It comes exactly ten years after BBC Global Business Reporter Peter Day interviewed Coates and Draves in a half hour radio program that aired worldwide.

#6 Girls Join Boys in Creating 21st Century

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Boys led the first decade, with their higher spatial ability, creating the new technology. Now we're in the decade of transforming society and creating a new infrastructure, and here's where the girls have neurological superiority.

Hyperloop: Will Trains Fly?

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No one asks me whether cars will fly anymore. With hyperloop, the question is now whether trains will move so fast they seem to fly. Ten years ago people used to ask me as a futurist whether cars would fly. Today cars go just as slowly, 80- mph, as they did in 1913. But trains are going faster and faster all the time. Will Hyperloop ever be built? It does not matter. What matters is that people are thinking about fast train service.

Trains Set Record: End of the Auto Age

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It''s the end of the Auto Age, even if older people and the media do not acknowledge it- - yet. Last month''s record train ridership is another sign. Train ridership has increased 8 of the last 9 years. From a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel : "July also saw record ridership for Amtrak nationally, with nearly three million passengers taking the trains, according to a news release.

Wisconsin Boycotts Working

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No data, just the view from the ground. The boycotts in Wisconsin are working. Here's my anecdotal non-evidence: 1. Lots and lots of Miller and Leinie sales on right now. If they were not working, why would the Wisconsin Grocers Assn. put up such a fuss earlier this month, making headlines and whining to the press. Even if only a few thousand of us were boycotting, that would add up. Just one person boycotting a grocery store transfers over $1,000 from one store to another. . . .

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Wisconsin Protests: March 5 Update

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At the big demonstration with 50,000 people in Madison today. Today's demonstrations were led by and featured private sector unions such as the Teamsters, with some union members coming from Detroit, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Minnesota in a show of support.

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Role of Government: Part I

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The issue of the role of government in the new economy is best described by the American author Winston Churchill in his 1914 book A Far Country.

Generational Transition: Last Year of the Boomers

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Here''s a close up of yesterday''s chart showing 2014-2016. This year is the last year Boomers are the largest generation in the workforce. In 2016, less than two years from now, Gen Y will be the largest generation in the workforce. .

Trains' New Foe: Other Trains

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With both passenger and freight trains gaining more business and support, passenger trains face a new foe: freight trains. Freight railroads initially welcomed passenger trains on their tracks. It meant free government money to upgrade their tracks.

Pedestrians Protest

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When autos kill pedestrians and bicyclists, other bicyclists and pedestrians are increasingly protesting those killed by publicly honoring them, often on the site of the fatality. It''s another sign of growing opposition to autos and the terrible safety record of automobiles. .

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New Education Model Introduced

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For the first time, the Nine Shift seminar introduced an example of a new model for higher education.

Big News from Nine Shift Seminar this Month

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First Auto Expert Says Less Need for Vehicles

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In a front page USA Today story on January 23, 2014, Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan became the first auto expert to acknowledge in the nation''s media that "motorization in the U.S. peaked during the previous decade.".

2014 Prediction: The End of the Auto Age

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This is the last year of the Auto Age. For our FREE four page pdf report on The End of the Auto Age, just click here. Julie and Bill celebrate The End of the Auto Age

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2014: Our Leaders Are Clueless

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Our public policy leaders and our institutional leaders are clueless about the infrastructure changes we need for the 21st century.

New 2020 Prediction: The Big Switch

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Sometime shortly after 2020 we will see "The Big Switch." For passenger trains, the government will own the land and track. And the trains will be run by private for-profit companies. Right now the government runs the trains, and private companies (freight railroads) own almost all the track.

2014 Prediction: Gen Y Landslide

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In 2014 we see a Gen Y landslide. Gen Y is now getting much/most of what it needs to keep society prosperous. For example, 1.Gay marriage, a Gen Y cause, is now a ''done deal.'' 2.Marijuana taxes is now on a roll, no stopping it. 3.Health insurance was a done deal two years ago.

Will We Have Another Depression?

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NineShifter Deborah Hoffman of Culpepper, Virginia, asks whether we will have "a major economic change" in the third decade. She writes, "I have a BIG question for you. Do you think we will have a major Economic change in third decade? 1906 or maybe 1907 was a major Collapse as was 2007 or 8.".

STEM Industry Invested in the War Against Boys

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Here''s why the war against boys will get worse in 2014. 1.Immigration Act The U.S. Congress wants to allow college educated boys from other countries to come work in the U.S. and Congress will incentivize a massive program by colleges and universities to make that happen.

2014 Prediction:The War Against Boys To Get Worse

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"I might start a university. Then I could give myself a degree.". So said multimillionaire entrepreneur Robert Stephens, founder of The Geek Squad, before a packed hall at the big LERN conference. The audience laughed.

Gen Y Already Overwhelming Gen X in Leadership

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Gen Y, with its superiority in numbers as well as temperament, is already overwhelming the smaller if older Gen Xers in workplace leadership, says my brilliant co-author Julie Coates. She compares Gen X again to the Silent Generation, a smaller generation that retired as early as it could.

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When do corporations become bad for people?

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W hen do corporations cross over from serving customers to taking advantage of them (us) ? NineShifter D.P. Lubic wrote a comment earlier this month that asked, in part, "Are large corporations obsolete? Are they, or at least some of them, too large to run effectively? Do they need reigning in?". What do you think? Last week Netflix, which was conquering the movie rental world by providing people with reasonably priced services and customer-friendly policies, crossed the line from good-to-bad.

Good News! Boomers Retiring

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On the other hand, there''s news that older Boomers are actually retiring. Here''s the story , with my friend Sandra Timmerman as the source. The numbers suggest that Boomers are pretty much retired by age 70.

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Will Boomers Ever Retire?

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Gen Xers want to know, will boomers ever retire? Here''s a fascinating article saying that since 2008 the median average age of retirement has been going up, and will continue to go up. This means more Boomers working later in life, holding not just jobs but leadership positions.

Is BiPartisan Support Coming for Trains?

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Is bipartisan support- - i.e. Republican support- - coming for trains? What do you think? Today, former Republican Governor of Wisconsin Tommy Thompson said on Wisconsin Public Radio "I am very much in favor of developing high speed rail between Milwaukee and Madison." .

#2 End of the Auto Age

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D riving is now in decline. But it''s more than that. It''s the end of a way of life. *In In 2013 we learned only old people buy cars. . Americans spend $100 billion a year just on auto insurance.

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Top Story of 2013: On the Edge of History

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We are on the edge of history. Go into any one of dozens of train stations around the United States: they are under construction, housed in temporary quarters, or being rennovated. But in just a few months these train stations will be rennovated, beautiful - - and busy.

Why Gen Y Wants Money for Christmas

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There''s two other reasons, in addition to the bad economy, high unemployment, low wages and part time job situation with Gen Y. 2.Gen Y wants things customized. And you and I probably don''t know exactly what color, design, etc. a Gen Yer, even family member, would want.

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Why Gen Y Wants Money for Christmas

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There''s two other reasons, in addition to the bad economy, high unemployment, low wages and part time job situation with Gen Y. 2.Gen Y wants things customized. And you and I probably don''t know exactly what color, design, etc. a Gen Yer, even family member, would want.

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The Brain Drain Starts: Part I

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The Brain Drain, top talented people leaving America, has already started. Part I: The top transit chief in the world has just left America. He is Jay H. Walder, an American. He previously headed up London's Tube system, making it one of the best in the world. Then he took over the New York City subway system. In the middle of his contract, realizing the huge budget cutbacks would not allow him to make the needed changes in the New York City subway system, he bolted.