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The new digital economy (Part 1)

By Karolyn Hart

In the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, fans of the show were introduced to “The Replicator,” a 24th century advancement device that allowed the user to replicate any inanimate matter. The idea of this type of technology existing was something that was clearly seen as pure science fiction – until it became our present day reality in the form of 3-D printing.

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Nation branding and diplomacy: brands and trade

By Kadie Ward

Place-branding is relatively new for both economic developers and communication professionals alike. Theoretically place-branding has evolved as an interdisciplinary field of study bringing together international relations, foreign policy, urban planning, social psychology and business marketing. Robert Govers and Frank Go note that place-branding really found its feet between 1980 and 2000.

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The iceberg dilemma

By Trudy Parsons

I’ve often had colleagues tell me that I am passionate about workforce issues. I can’t argue with them, especially when I find myself thinking about it when I wake up in the early morning hours. What is it that keeps me awake at night?  I call it the “Iceberg Dilemma.”

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UBC Centre for Cultural Planning and Development announces new online courses in Cultural Tourism and Festivals and Events

By UBC Centre for Cultural Planning and Development

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Centre for Cultural Planning and Development is pleased to announce the launch of two new online courses on cultural tourism and festivals and events starting on April 2, 2013.

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Review: Startup Communities

Startup Communities

By Lauren Millier

Much has been written about the impact of entrepreneurship on local and global economies. In fact, when many traditional and well-established jobs began to disappear as a result of the recent financial crisis, start-ups were being created, growing and adding jobs at a record rate. It seemed that overnight governments, universities, and investors became interested in initiatives that would foster and support an entrepreneurial culture. Start-up Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in your City is aimed at anyone interested in creating, building and sustaining a start-up community.

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