Discussion leader: Bryan Hooper

IQ2 Debate:Income Inequality Impairs The American Dream Of Upward Mobility
If the American dream is dying, is it the result of income inequality? Or is disparity in income a red herring where more complex issues are at play?
https://www.intelligencesquaredus.org/iq2-search?t=inequality

I have attached this report and recommend chapter 2 on inequality as reading for 3/15 for the group.
http://sma.darien.org/wp-content/uploads/cej-managing-automation-december2017.pdf

As the World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, the powerful are feeling optimistic because of waning worries about populism and global economic growth.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/22/business/davos-world-economic-forum-populism.html

 

From The New York Times: Open Societies Under Siege. Trump is a symptom, not a cause. That is why he will be hard to dislodge.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/26/opinion/open-societies-under-siege.html

Hidden in the middle of this article is McKinsey’s estimate that “roughly half of all jobs are at risk of automation in the next 20 years.”
Increased expenditures on training and development of people is suggested as the answer to the problem.
From The New York Times: How C.E.O.s Should Spend Their Tax Cuts.
Bonuses are nice, but the best investment is in training your employees.

 

Zuckerberg will use the trove of data on Facebook to research Inequality
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/19/facebook-inequality-stanford-417093

From The New York Times:The Redemption of Chris Hughes. The Facebook co-founder’s rise was meteoric. He argues that the same forces that helped him succeed have made it harder for others. In a new book, “Fair Shot,” he proposes a bold solution.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/books/review/chris-hughes-facebook-fair-shot.html