88 must-read articles… and counting

The following headline appeared on page 13 of the New York Times May 25, 1946:

“ATOMIC EDUCATION URGED BY EINSTEIN: Scientists in Plea for $200,000 to Promote New Type of Essential Thinking.”

Dr. Albert Einstein, whose formula on the equivalence of mass and energy led to the discovery of the enormous amount of energy locked up within the atom, issued a personal appeal yesterday by telegram to several hundred prominent Americans. He asked contributions to a fund of $200,000 with which to carry on a nationwide campaign “to let the people know that a new type of thinking is essential (in the atomic age) if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels.”

We’ll never know for sure whether, had he lived to see the dawn of the information age, Einstein would have substituted “information technology, the computer and the Internet” for “atomic bomb”. We’d like to think that he would have.

What follows is a list of references to new types of thinking.


An actual or nominal place where forces of demand and supply operate, and where buyers and sellers interact (directly or through intermediaries) to trade goods, services, or contracts or instruments, for money or barter.

Markets include mechanisms or means for (1) determining price of the traded item, (2) communicating the price information, (3) facilitating deals and transactions, and (4) effecting distribution. The market for a particular item is made up of existing and potential customers who need it and have the ability and willingness to pay for it.

  1. Coming to an office near you. The effect of today’s technology on tomorrow’s jobs will be immense—and no country is ready for it” (p. 9) – The Economist, January 18th, 2014
  2. The onrushing wave. Previous technological innovation has always delivered more long-run employment, not less. But things can change” (p. 24) – The Economist, January 18th, 2014
  3. Working hard or hardly working? One month’s slip does not a slump make” (p. 30) – The Economist, January 18th, 2014
  4. A Cambrian moment. Cheap and ubiquitous building blocks for digital products and services have caused an explosion in startups” (p. 46) – The Economist, January 18th, 2014
  5. Learn ‘n’ go. How quickly can people learn new skills?” (p. 71) – The Economist, January 25th, 2014
  6. Why did 17 million students go to college?” – The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 20th, 2010
  7. “Fifty thousand reasons to root for new college models” – FORTUNE, February 3rd, 2014
  8. The Minerva Project
  9. Student loans: The next big threat to the U.S. Economy?” Fed economists are increasingly concerned about the surge in student loans – Bloomberg Businessweek, January 20th – January 26th, 2014 
  10. “A scientist predicts the future” – International Herald Tribune (New York Times), November 28th, 2013
  11. Nayan Chanda
  12. Yale MacMillan Center
  13. Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
  14. What is Globalization? ‑ Part 1
  15. What is Globalization?  Part 2
  16. It’s That Time of Year Again – Bad decisions at college decision time can cripple or even economically destroy a young adult. – Karl

     Denninger in The Stock Ticker®

  17. Dropping enrollment squeezes U.S. universities’ revenues – Moody’s
  18. Law schools adjust to lower enrollments ­­­­– Chicago Tribune
  19. Get out of the way”: Ellis Don’s CEO discusses coping with acute labour shortages and an immobile workforce – Financial Post
  20. Toronto Private School Expo – Competing for the private- and independent school dollar
  21. Some colleges in region are hit particularly hard as enrollment falls – Washington Post
  22. The Decline in Private School Enrollment – U.S. Census Bureau Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division, January 2013
  23. The Millennium Project – University of Michigan
  24. The Future of the University: A Perspective from the Oort Cloud
  25. The Future of Higher Education – PewResearch Internet Project. “Students and parents, stretched by rising tuition costs, are increasingly challenging the affordability of a college degree as well as the diploma’s ultimate value as an employment credential.”
  26. Universities will be irrelevant by 2020 – David Wiley, Professor of Psychology and Instructional Technology, Brigham Young University 
  27. Albert Einstein ­­– (search for “thinking” on the Wikiquote page)
  28. Canada Student Debt Growing, But Not as Fast as in U.S. – The Wall Street Journal
  29. Are Canadian Companies Still Sitting on Too Much “Dead Money?” – The Wall Street Journal
  30. Manufacturing in Ontario must be different than past – Toronto Star
  31. Hulbert: Why the Market is Starting to Look Like 1929 – The Wall Street Journal
  32. Four-and-a Half Years Since Recovery Began, No Jobs for More Than 60% of Job Seekers – Economic Policy Institute, Washington DC
  33. Youth unemployment: By the numbers – CBC News
  34. Unpaid internships focus of growing backlash – CBC News: Pressure mounting to crackdown on unpaid internships
  35. Famous Marketing Blunders – Terry O’Reilly: “Under the Influence”
  36. The Story of Edsel – Edsel Owners Club
  37. Edsel Wikipedia
  38. Graduate Student Debt: The Missing Piece − University of Southern California
  39. Student Unemployment − Armine Yalnizyan: CBC Toronto’s “Metro Morning”
  40. Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014  − World Economic Forum
  41. Is college worth it? (p. 23) − The Economist, April 5th, 2014
  42. Generation Screwed − CBC News, April 15, 2014
  43. Generation Screwed CBC News, December 3, 2013
  44. Canadian Student Debt Growing Fast” − The Huffington Post, March 4, 2014
  45. Canada’s middle class is doing well? It’s not so simple. − The Toronto Star, April 23, 2014
  46. Parents − The Greater Fool, Garth Turner on Economics, Real Estate, Money and the Road Ahead, April 30, 2014
  47. Failing the ‘average’ Canadian − Ken Coates, The National Post, May 4, 2014
  48. Career Paranoia is Here to Stay − The Globe and Mail, May 7, 2014
  49. So You Want To Go To College Eh? (To Our Young People) − The Market Ticker® − Commentary on the Capital Markets, May 27, 2014
  50. Congrats on That Diploma. You May Not Need It. − BloombergView, May 24, 2014
  51. The End of Employment − John Michael Greer, The Archdruid Report, April 16, 2014
  52. Work 2.0: Nowhere To Hide −Sergiusz Prokurat
  53. The Changing Nature of Middle Class Work − Charles Hugh Smith, of two minds.com, May 7, 2014
  54. What’s Your Major? Four Decades of College Degrees in one Graph − Quoctrung Bui, Planet Money, May 9, 2014
  55. The Schools Where Apple, Google, and Facebook Get Their Recruits −WIRED, May 22, 2014
  56. In Praise of Grumpy Men − The Gods of the Copy Book Headings, May 1, 2014
  57. Economics professor shares thoughts on student debt − The Eastern Echo, May 26, 2014
  58. Points of No Return − Paul Krugman, The New York Times, May 15, 2014
  59. Is College Worth It? − David Leonhardt, The New York Times, May 27, 2014
  60. College borrowers assume too much risk − The Washington Post, May 29, 2014
  61. The Trouble With IBM − Bloomberg Businessweek, May 22, 2014
  62. Canadian parents making sacrifices to send kids to college, survey shows: Families report dipping into retirement savings, working more or foregoing vacations” − CBC News, June 5, 2014
  63. Canadians carrying debt into retirement: Experts suggest ways to help retirees manage debt” − CBC News, February 23, 2014
  64. The Million-Dollar Promise: A university degree was once a guarantee of higher incomes. Those days are gone, argue two profs.” — Maclean’s, January 21, 2013
  65. The New Underclass: Why a generation of well-educated, ambitious, smart young Canadians has no future” — Maclean’s, January 16, 2013
  66. “Student debt to cost Britain billions within decades”  — The Independent, January 17, 2015
  67. Inside a Chinese Test-Prep Factory” — The New York Times Magazine, December 31, 2014
  68. End of empire for western universities?” — BBC News, July 10, 2012
  69. Knowledge Isn’t Power” — Paul Krugman, The New York Times, February 23, 2015
  70. Check Out Google’s Insane Plans for a New Headquarters, —BloombergBusiness, February 27, 2015
  71. The [top] 100 under 50 universities 2014, — Times Higher Education, Copyright © 2015 TES Global Ltd.
  72. Parents expect a university degree to increase children’s income“, — The Guardian, April 16, 2014
  73. Doing postgrad: the cold hard facts“, — The Guardian, February 24, 2015
  74. Canadian businesses accumulating ‘dead money’ faster than other G7 countries, — The Globe and Mail, May 23, 2014
  75. Income inequality threatens Toronto, — Toronto Star, February 27, 2015
  76. Ascent of Giants: NAFTA, Corporate Power and the Growing Income Gap, — Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, February 9, 2015
  77. Big data trend now being applied to managing human resources, Canadian HR departments experiment with ‘people analytics’, — CBC News | Business, Feb 26, 2015
  78. Business leaders warned about ‘staggering’ global wealth gap, — The Globe and Mail, January 19, 2015
  79. Canada’s research dilemma is that companies don’t do it here“, — CBC News, May 15, 2015
  80. Students Broaden College Choices to Help Gain Acceptance“, — BloombergBusiness, November 18, 2014
  81. Rejected: Ivy League Admissions Drop to Record Low“, — BloombergBusinessweek, April 9, 2015
  82. Ivy League Loses Its Edge in Endowment Investing, — BloombergBusinessweek, May 19, 2015
  83. Ivy League Schools: The Wall Street Sheep Factory“, — BloombergBusinessweek, October 6, 2014
  84. The Japan That Can Say No“, — Akio Morita and Shintaro Ishihara, 1989
  85. Design Thinking:” Crafting the Employee Experience, — Deloitte University Press, February 29, 2016
  86. Is Your Job About to Disappear?: QuickTake“, BloombergBusinessweek, June 22, 2017
  87. Book Pins Corporate Greed on a Lust Bred at Harvard“, — The New York Times, April 10, 2017
  88. The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence“, The New York Times Review, June 24, 2017

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