Read the book that former President Bill Clinton calls "excellent." He also issued a formal endorsement, saying: "William J. Holstein’s 'The Next American Economy: Blueprint for a Real Recovery' is an essential roadmap for America’s renewal and an insightful reckoning of the global challenges ahead."
The Obama Administration also seems to be taking cues from the book. My book is not a silver-bullet solution to all that ails the economy, but Americans need to face up to our structural competitive challenges, rather than waiting for things to simply "bounce back to normal." That is never going to happen.
published by William J. Holstein on 15 December 2013 - 1:08pm
Here they go again! The New York Times, for years, has persisted in putting trivialized pieces like this one on their front page. I recall one about farmers in a remote area who
couldn't find wives and I recall another about the high-pitched sing-songy voices
of elevator women in Japan, who greet riders when they board. I can imagine
that the writer, Hiroko Tabuchi, who is Western educated and urbane, might see this
kind of article as helping the cause of Japanese women. But the broader effect
published by William J. Holstein on 12 December 2013 - 5:29pm
Much of the media coverage of the selection of Mary Barra as CEO of General Motors has focused on the fact that she is a woman. That's very interesting, but it's not all of the story. Here are the other elements that are being largely ignored:
published by William J. Holstein on 26 November 2013 - 10:00am
In The Next American Economy, I wrote a chapter about Brewster McCracken and his efforts to create a smart energy grid in Austin, Texas, called the Pecan Street Project. I'm pleased that he's still hard at work and coming up with cutting-edge insights. Here's the latest:
Report: Impact of Electric Vehicle Charging on Electric Grid Operations Could Be More Benign than Feared
published by William J. Holstein on 18 November 2013 - 4:09pm
Many announcements by technology companies are just hype. Hence the term "vaporware."
But IBM's announcement that companies and presumably even individuals can now tap the computing power of their Watson program online is pretty amazing. Having written about Big Data and how it can be mined and massaged to create deep insights about complex problems, I agree that this is world-changing. Watson is the program that prevailed on the "Jeopardy" TV show and it has been improved since then. You don't have to buy a new IBM computer. You can, in effect, just rent Watson's mind.