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Culture Named Word of the Year by Merriam-Webster

(Community Matters) I named CULTURATI my 2015 word. Merriam-Webster names CULTURE theirs.  emerging consensus on the importance of culture

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The Young and Restless and the Nation’s Cities

(Community Matters)
Joe Cortright, City Observatory, calls 25 – 34 year olds w/ a bachelor’s degree or higher, the Young & Restless because of their mobility – despite a decades-long, nationwide decline in mobility 1mm+ of these young people move across state lines each year.

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  • Two-thirds of the nation’s 25-34 year olds with a BA degree live
    in the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan areas, those
    with a million or more population.
  • Talented young adults, in the aggregate are much more likely to
    choose to locate in close in urban neighborhoods
    than are other Americans.
  • Nationally, the four-year college attainment rate for
    25 to 34 year olds increased from 27.5 percent in
    2000, to 32.2 percent in 2012. This means that the
    total number of 25 to 34 year olds with a four-year
    degree increased by about 2.7 million over the past
    12 years. A key driver of rising educational attainment is
    the increased educational attainment of women.
  • Fully 56 percent of 25 to 34 year olds with a four-year degree in 2012 were women; in 2000 53 percent of young adults with a
    four-year degree were women.
  • San Antonio, Las Vegas and Riverside have the
    lowest levels of college attainment among 25 to 34
    year olds (less than 25 percent in each case), even
    though in each instance college attainment rates
    have increased for this age group over the past
  • For every college graduate who takes a job in an innovation industry, he found, five additional jobs are eventually created in that city, such as for waiters, carpenters, doctors, architects and teachers.
  • One study finds that a one percentage point increase in the fraction
    of adults with a four-year leads to a 2.3 percent
    increase in productivity as measured by GDP per
    capita (Abel & Gabe, 2011).
  • Austin is #21 in MSAs by number of Young & Restless w/ 128k in the Austin-Round Rock MSA, a 44% increase between 2000 and 2010 – the 7th highest increase among MSAs of 1mm+.
  • as a percent of our population, Austin ranks 6th with 40.8% of its population between 25 – 34 w/ at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • 19k of our Young & Restless live in a close-in urban neighborhood -(within 3 miles of the center of the region’s principal central business district) – up from 15k in 2000
  • The Young and Restless help drive economic
    development. Talented young adults are important to
    entrepreneurship and new business formation.

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New Years in Dallas

(Community Matters) It’s been a super 3 days celebrating the new years in Dallas with Steven, Charles Santos, Rick Bond, Garfield Lemonius, Matrice & Ron Kirk, Lily & Jeff Weiss and friends

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Furry Friends

(Community Matters) so cute

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Teen Text Acronyms

teen text(Community Matters) Text acronyms parents might want to know – from CNN Wire

1. IWSN – I want sex now

2. GNOC – Get naked on camera

3. NIFOC – Naked in front of computer

4. PIR – Parent in room

5 CU46 – See you for sex

6. 53X – Sex

7. 9 – Parent watching

8. 99 – Parent gone

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Effective Altruism

pioneering philanthropy(Community Matters)  Disruptive innovation in philanthropy, encouraging.

with the rise of social networks that connect people the world over instantaneously, many millennials have a broader view of charity.  Pioneers in an emerging philosophy of philanthropy known as “effective altruism” — which applies evidence and reason over things like emotion and intuition to determine where one can do the most good.

an independent, nonprofit charity evaluator that they dubbed GiveWell. a joint venture between Good Ventures and GiveWell that they called the Open Philanthropy Project.

They consider three questions when deciding whether a cause has promise. First, importance — how many people’s lives would be affected and by how much? Second, could it be solved, in the short-term and long-term? And third, how crowded is the space? If a lot of smart people are already thinking about the issue, the marginal impact could be less than in other areas.

Washington Post: Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz: Young Silicon Valley billionaires pioneer new approach to philanthropy

2015’s Word

word(Community Matters) Gotta get thinking on 2015’s word.

2014’s CLARITY – worked out very well. Was very clear about what to be accomplished this year: 1) EF objectives, 2) Adler for Mayor, 3) further integrating with Capital Factory, 4) quality time w/ our parents. Feel great about accomplishment in each arena.

2015 – I imagine it’ll have something to do w/ Culturati. Also remaking youth entrepreneurship programs (movement) and certainly still quality time w/ mom & dad. 


Update: I did select Culturati: [hoping to build] a society of CEOs, executives & scholars committed to a mission-driven purpose in business, to the practice of building strong corporate cultures. A retreat we are planning for Austin in September.

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Alexei Navalny

(Community Matters) I should know this name – Alexei Navalny, an attorney & anticorruption activist – one of the leading Russian opposition figures.

WSJ story about U.S. Tech Firms Face Showdown With Russian Censors and about the rally next month in support of Navalny.

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Labor Market Polarization

I’m reposting this for my own recall

(Community Matters) The increasing polarization of jobs being created in the market – Dallas Federal Reserve newsletter – is due to automation of routine jobs and to a lesser extent offshoring, resulting in the loss of middle-skills jobs. Higher education and a willingness to upgrade skills accounts for better performance of women in the jobs market over last 25 years. Men who lose these middle-skills jobs are remanded to lower-skills, lower paying jobs.

The number of jobs requiring medium levels of skills has shrunk while the number at both ends of the distribution – those requiring high and low skills level – has expanded. . . . polarization began about 25 years ago, in the early 1990s and intensified in the last decade. . . . Middle skills jobs were not recovered [after the recessions of this period, especially the recession of 2008-09].

Routine jobs always rebounded during the economic expansions that followed the recessions of the 1970s and 1980s. The pattern changed dramatically in the three recessions since 1990. None of the routine jobs lost in these downturns came back in the following expansions.

Middle skills jobs those in blue below (manual & cognitive routine).

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While women were hit much harder than men by the disappearance of middle-skills jobs, the majority of women managed to upgrade their skills and find better paying jobs.

Middle-skill, routine jobs still account for almost half of all existing jobs.

Brain Matters

Screen Shot 2014-12-27 at 5.46(Community Matters) While reading about the cerebellar peduncle (a nerve tract that permits communication between the cerebellum and the other parts of the central nervous system), microvascular changes versus artifacts, cerebral white matter, flow voids and focal hyperintensity . . . I stumbled upon this blog: Braindisease’s Weblog – This blog deals with common neurological diseases.

A particular posting was very helpful in understanding white matter. And, I stumbled upon another posting (really not brain related) about the Poor Me syndrome of social media networking. Fascinating. Steven and I have been talking about the contribution of social media to quarter life crisis.

Lewy Body Dementia - I wasn’t familiar with this until a few months ago.




(Community Matters)  Lots of fun this Christmas

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Everything is Awesome

(Community Matters) hat tip: Kirk Rudy (a dear friend I’m missing hanging out with)

the unemployment rate is down to 5.8 percent, half the struggling eurozone’s rate; gas is down to $2.38. Crime, abortion, teen pregnancy and oil imports are also way down, while renewable power is way up and the American auto industry is booming again. Declining child poverty and household debt and personal bankruptcies are also worth celebrating. It’s a good thing that U.S. wind power has tripled and solar power has increased tenfold in five years. The meteoric rise of the stock market since 2009 has produced windfalls for Wall Street and 401(k) retirement plans and labor union coffers.

There’s still plenty to worry about (inadequate public schools, crumbling infrastructure, soaring college tuition costs, stark inequality).

But for now be merry! And may the new year be as awesome as this year.

Man Dressed As Santa Water-Skies The Potomac River

Politico: Everything is Awesome