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TINAN 78 (June 207)

In TINAN 78 the MDB Insight team looks at:

  • How happy is your country?
  • Measuring inclusive growth
  • Are you engaging NEETs in your community?
  • Are today’s factories tomorrow’s data centers?
  • Introducing Chris Bandak

Posted on 19, May | Posted by

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Meet our new Research and Analytics Division

Our team is committed to helping communities and organizations achieve their goals. We’ve recently decided to take that commitment a step further by launching a new Research and Analysis Division. We comb through data every day to help our clients tackle their biggest questions. This new division will give them the clarity, context, and insight they need to make informed decisions. Read the full blog post

Posted on 20, Mar | Posted by

Is your city

Is your city playable?

All over the world, governments and tech companies are investing in smart systems for cities. By using networks and sensors to connect services they are collecting data to drive efficiency. But is this trend making our cities less human? A group of creative minds out of Bristol, UK, have found that this data-marked world lacks the human elements that make spaces more liveable and open.

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Posted on 20, Mar | Posted by

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Resource Review: Pollinating local economies

From the first paragraph (which kicks off with a pretty scathing look at the incentives used to attract the production of House of Cards to Maryland), Michael H. Shuman’s punchy new book The Local Economy Solution challenges ideas about the form and function of economic development in the United States.

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Empowering women could help close income gaps

In recent editions of TINAN, we’ve taken a look at global poverty and income inequality, exploring the trends and impacts related to these issues. A recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) discussion paper brings a different perspective to the discussion by examining the connection between gender inequality and income inequality.

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Posted on 20, Mar | Posted by

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How climate change could hamper global productivity

An article in the scientific journal Nature observes that there is a “Goldilocks” global average temperature of 13 degrees Celsius in which economic productivity is most efficient, but finds that productivity will decline by 23% by 2100 because of increases in the global average temperature.

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Posted on 20, Mar | Posted by

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The first ever global map of cultural

and creative industries

Compared to more traditional industries, Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) are often only partially described and generally misunderstood or undervalued, creating challenges in understanding their economic weight in both mature and emerging economies.

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Posted on 20, Mar | Posted by

Will your job be automated- (6)

Will your job be automated?

New and emerging technology like robots and self-driving vehicles will fundamentally change the way in which we work, learn and live. As technology rapidly shifts at a pace not seen in human history, workforce automation has become a hot topic for workers, employers, and workforce or economic development practitioners alike. While there have been recent reports on the topic, a new paper by the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Talented Mr. Robot: The Impact of Automation on Canada’s Workforce, looks specifically at the Canadian context.

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Posted on 17, Mar | Posted by

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Nominate a speaker for “ED Talks” at the IEDC Annual Conference Today

Do you have a new, influential idea about economic development? Do you want to share your perspective with the world?

This could be your opportunity. Speakers have the chance to engage an audience with a topic that they are passionate about at the IEDC 2017 Annual Conference. Inspired by the TED Talks presentation style,  IEDC is looking for four insightful speakers to share their messages on Monday, September 18th for ED Talks. Each speaker will be given 15 minutes to share their presentation with the audience.

Click here to nominate a speaker for the IEDC 2017 Annual Conference. Completed forms can be submitted to by April 14.

To view the program for the four-day event, click here.

All nominations must be received by Friday, April 14th and speakers will be selected by May 15th.

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