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Does Traditionalism Help or Hurt Innovation?

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - October 20, 2017 - 1:33pm
Innovation and the “old way of doing things” would seem to be strange bedfellows. But new research from Wharton’s Laura Huang finds that there are situations where traditionalism can be a help, not a hindrance.

Why Competition Would Not Lead to Better Outcomes for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - October 19, 2017 - 12:29pm
Competition might not lead to better outcomes for government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A better model could be to make them more like regulated utilities.

Muhammad Adeel co-authors blog post on Pakistan’s urban population

RSS Source: Urban Age - October 19, 2017 - 5:47am

Muhammad Adeel, a Research Officer at LSE Cities, and freelance political and global affairs analyst Saad Khan co-authored “The curious case of urban population in Pakistan” on South Asia @ LSE. The blog examines Pakistan’s recently released census data, arguing not only has the urban population been undercounted, but that there exists an urban bias that is affecting vital service delivery. For example, if Islamabad’s ‘rural’ population – where residential expansion is now legal by law is now home to almost half of the entire population of the Islamabad Capital Territory – is taken into account, this area becomes the sixth largest city in Pakistan, with a total population of two million.

How the Bewildering World of Student Loans Creates Debt Traps

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - October 17, 2017 - 2:04pm
Student loan debt in the United States -- at $1.3 trillion -- is the second-largest category of consumer debt. Are there common-sense ways to help curtail it?

How Pay Inequality Affects the Bottom Line

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - October 17, 2017 - 11:43am
Pay inequality is a persistent problem that is getting more exposure than ever before. Recent Wharton research examines how inequality affects individual workers and entire companies.

Opening up ‘Code’: Why Programming Needs More Women and Minorities

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - October 16, 2017 - 1:29pm
Veteran programmer Ellen Ullman shares her personal experiences in the mostly male world of coding.

Philipp Rode to chair NYU transport panel

RSS Source: Urban Age - October 16, 2017 - 5:09am

Philipp Rode, Executive Director at LSE Cities, will chair a panel on 17 October at NYU School of Law. ‘Better Transport Makes Better Cities: Tales from the Trenches’, led by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and free to attend, focuses on how cities are stepping up with new strategies to improve access to walking, cycling and public transit infrastructure. The event is in partnership with Transportation Alternatives100 Resilient Cities, and Vital Strategies.

Does Repealing the Clean Power Plan Make Economic Sense?

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - October 13, 2017 - 4:18pm
Repealing the Clean Power Plan will not only lead to adverse health and environmental effects, but it will also hurt U.S. competitiveness, experts say.

A ‘World Without Mind’: Big Tech’s Dangerous Influence

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - October 13, 2017 - 2:51pm
Big Tech – Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon -- pose an existential threat because they come between us and reality, a new book contends.

Local or Global: Who Should Be in Charge of Hiring New Employees?

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - October 13, 2017 - 12:37pm
There’s a trend these days toward buying and selling locally sourced goods – but should that push to "go local" also extend to the way firms hire retail employees?

Theatrum Mundi established as an independent charity at Somerset House

RSS Source: Urban Age - October 13, 2017 - 8:20am

Theatrum Mundi, which has been based at LSE Cities since 2012, is moving to Somerset House. Growing out of a series of conversations bringing together artists, performers, and urbanists to discuss shared questions about the ways culture produces public life in cities, Theatrum Mundi has developed into an independent charitable organisation.

Founded at the LSE in 2012 by urbanist and sociologist Professor Richard Sennett, Theatrum Mundi (TM) convened workshops, conferences, and publications examining the design of the urban public realm through the crafts of artistic practices such as choreography and music, and assembled a network of young artists and urbanists that generously contributed to its work. As it grew, TM coordinated more ambitious projects, such as a series of international design challenges asking whether political ideals can be designed into the city and developing programme with partners such as Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens and weareherevenice.

Within the last year at LSE Cities, under the directorship of Adam Kaasa, TM has commissioned a film bringing to life the Quito Papers with UN Habitat and presented it in events in Paris, New York, and Beijing; undertaken a major piece of research on cultural infrastructure in London to be launched at Museum of London on 14th November; created a series of experimental seminars with architects and musicians at the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme in Paris; and produced its first book from a series of workshops on speculative fiction to be launched at Somerset House on 20th October.

TM will continue to create programmes and partnerships that aim to enrich urban design and research through encounter with arts practices, as well as providing a setting for rich critical discussion between its network of collaborators. In London, TM will be led by John Bingham-Hall, who has been with the project since 2015, with a board of trustees chaired by Richard Sennett. Through a new link with Columbia University, TM will also expand its activities in New York and Paris, as well as creating an exchange with Beijing with support from the Kaifeng Foundation.

Upcoming programming includes workshops on urban sound, a salon at the Museum of London, and film screenings raising questions about culture in migration. A full announcement detailing new staffing and programmes will be released in January 2018.

In other news: TM is recruiting for a researcher and a coordinator, so please get in touch here if you are interested in working for the new charity.

From Weeks to Minutes: How Fintech Is Changing the Speed of Lending

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - October 12, 2017 - 12:59pm
Online lender Kabbage harnesses the power of data analytics to approve small business loans far faster than banks, says executive Spencer Robinson.

Alexandra Gomes contributes chapter on urban sensory experience

RSS Source: Urban Age - October 12, 2017 - 5:27am

Alexandra Gomes, a Research Officer at LSE Cities, has contributed a chapter to Senses in Cities: Experiences of Urban Settingsa Routledge publication. Urban landscapes are usually thought of as engineered formations designed for functionality, however, the book explores how sights and sounds impact on our sense of quality of place. Gomes’ chapter, “A Framework of Analysis for Urban Sensory Aesthetics: Looking at Sensescapes as ‘Brush Strokes’ of an Urban Canvas” provides insight into how public spaces are perceived through touch, sight and smell.


How to Build Trust and Lead Effectively

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - October 11, 2017 - 8:27pm
Developing trust is necessary to lead effectively. Counterintelligence expert Robin Dreeke shares his five steps to generating trust at work and in life.

How to Find Happiness on the Job

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - October 11, 2017 - 3:11pm
Deadlines, staff shortages and other stresses can make work an unhappy place. But there are three actions we can take to feel more fulfilled on the job.

What Ants, Mice and Monkeys Can Teach Us About the Impact of Stress

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - October 10, 2017 - 12:05pm
Two Penn professors are taking an interdisciplinary approach to learning how stress affects individuals – and what we could do about it.

How Richard Thaler’s ‘Simple Insights’ Led to a Nobel Prize

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - October 10, 2017 - 11:28am
Wharton professor Katherine Milkman discusses the ground-breaking ideas that led to the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Economics to behavioral economist Richard H. Thaler.

New working paper on financing sustainable cities

RSS Source: Urban Age - October 10, 2017 - 5:15am

A new working paper by the Coalition of Urban Transitions, an international initiative set up by the New Climate Economy project to work towards the sustainable economic and social transition of cities, has been released. Financing The Urban Transition found that, despite an annual global infrastructure investment deficit is $1 trillion, there could be savings generated of up to a $17 trillion by 2050 if national policymakers can transform their urban financial systems to ensure compact, coordinated, and connected cities. The working paper, which includes major input from LSE Cities and PwC examines the major financing mechanisms for achieving this. LSE Cities, as part of the coalition’s Steering Group, provides strategic advice, technical expertise, and academic research.

Why Advertising ‘Had to Die’ Before Getting Better

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - October 9, 2017 - 12:48pm
Author and former Tribeca Enterprises CEO Andrew Essex discusses the future of entertainment and advertising.

Richard Rogers Fellowships at the Wimbledon House in London

RSS Source: Urban Age - October 9, 2017 - 5:56am

The 2018 cycle of the Richard Rogers Fellowship, a three-month residency residency programme based at the Wimbledon House, which was designed by Lord Rogers in the late 1960s is now open. The London-based Fellowship is intended to encourage in-depth, original forms of investigation as a way to expand both practice and scholarship. Open to accomplished practitioners and scholars, the Fellowship is inspired by Lord Rogers’s commitment to cross-disciplinary investigation and engagement, evident across his prolific output as an architect, urbanist, author, and activist. The deadline for applications is November 14, 2017. The Fellowship Selection Committee includes: Ricky Burdett, K. Michael Hays, Hanif Kara, Mohsen Mostafavi, Farshid Moussavi, Patricia Roberts, and Lord Richard Rogers.

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