Archive for November, 2010

A History of Entrepreneurship in New York City

Monday, November 29th, 2010

In his recent article “Start-Up City,” Edward Glaeser traces New York City’s long history of innovative entrepreneurs from the sea trade industry to sugar refining to the garment industry to finance. Glaeser then discusses the dependence of the economy on entrepreneurs, the current perils New York faces, and how we can encourage more entrepreneurship.

Read the article at City Journal.

The Future of Capitalism Series on Big Think

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Last week, Big Think started a ten day series on the future of capitalism. Through articles and videos, the series examines the impact on capitalism of technologies such as 3D printing, virtual products and currencies, data analysis, and the relationship between governments and markets. Also featured is an interview with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods and co-founder of Conscious Capitalism with recent CEE guest speaker Michael Strong.

Upcoming Symposium: Morality Without God?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Rockford University Campus Intervarsity and the Secular Student Alliance will co-sponsor a symposium presenting different perspectives on this question.

Is life purposeless or meaningless without belief in a particular God or religion?

Without God, does that mean “anything goes”?

Does belief in a particular God or religion incline one to morality?  Does it matter which religion or God?

Join the discussion on:

Tuesday, November 30th

Peterson Auditorium, STARR

4-5:30 PM

All are welcome!

Reena Kapoor on Thinking Like a General Manager

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Kaizen interviewee Reena Kapoor wrote a chapter for the recently-published book 42 Rules of Product Management: Learn the Rules of Product Management from Leading Experts from Around the World. She also posted the chapter, entitled “Be All You Can Be – Think like a General Manager!”, on her website. The article urges product managers to think more like general managers, but the methodology applies to anyone who wants to run a business. Ms. Kapoor’s theme is that one needs to learn to ask the right questions about the overall context of a product, and the process of researching and answering those questions will result in a better strategy.

A New Minor in Ethics at Rockford University

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Great news via Stephen Hicks’s website: the Department of Philosophy at Rockford University announced a new minor track in Ethics.

The core courses include several sponsored by CEE: Introduction to Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Sports Ethics, Business and Economic Ethics, Ethics and Entrepreneurship, and Ethical Theory. The department will also offer occasional special topics courses with a strong value component that can count toward the minor.

Take a look at the flyer for the Ethics minor here [PDF].

Interview with Mary Mazzio

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Mary Mazzio is an award-winning independent filmmaker, Olympic rower, and former law firm partner with Brown Rudnick. She received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College, a law degree from Georgetown University, and studied film production at Boston University. Her company, 50 Eggs, LLC, has produced five independent films shown across the United States on television, in classrooms, and in theatres. We met with Ms. Mazzio outside of Boston, Massachusetts, to explore her thoughts on entrepreneurship and the challenges and excitement of making documentaries.

Kaizen: You’ve been a lawyer, an Olympic rower, and now a documentary filmmaker. When you were young, did you have any idea your adult life would be so varied?

Mazzio: Not at all. Although as a kid I remember always having a sort of boundless enthusiasm for whatever it was that I was doing. So I always thought that good things would happen in the end but I had no idea.

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Interview with Michael Strong and Magatte Wade

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Michael Strong and Magatte Wade, CEE’s final Fall 2010 Guest Speakers, discuss with Dr. Stephen Hicks the social and lifestyle benefits of entrepreneurship, as well as what type of society best promotes entrepreneurship. Mr. Strong and Ms. Wade gave talks in conjunction with Dr. Hicks’s Business and Economic Ethics class.

Watch Part I

Watch Part II

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 Starts November 16

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Global Entrepreneurship Week starts November 16. From the website: “For one week, millions of young people around the world join a growing movement of entrepreneurial people, to generate new ideas and to seek better ways of doing things. Countries across six continents come together to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. To think big. To turn their ideas into reality. To make their mark.”

Find out about Entrepreneurship Week events in the United States here.

The Entrepreneur’s Irrational Exuberance

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Virginia Postrel, author of The Future and Its Enemies and The Substance of Style, writes on the importance of self-delusion in entrepreneurship. We all know that most businesses fail, but the entrepreneur is in part motivated by an irrational confidence that she will succeed. Successful entrepreneurs, says Postrel, “overestimated their chances of striking it rich. But they beat the odds — to everyone’s benefit. These ‘lucky fools’ create new sources of wealth, new jobs, new industries offering less-risky opportunities, and new technologies that improve life. Society plays the role of the casino, enjoying the spillover benefits from foolish bets.”

Read the article at Big Questions.