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Monthly BIG Ideas Exchange: Average is Over

Friday, Jun 13 2014 9:00AM to 11:00AM

Facilitator: Chris Halligan, IDEA Fund Partners
Goodmortgage.com 3325 South Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28217

Monthly BIG Ideas Exchange

Location: Goodmortgage.com, 3325 South Tryon Street, 28217


9:00 am to 9:30 am Continental breakfast and networking
9:30 am to 11:00 am Book Discussion

Free to Members and Guests of BIG: RSVP to terry@bigcouncil.com or register below.

Book: "Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen

Learning Objective:

Understand New Concept That Erases Middle Class Workers

What Separates Low and High-Earning Jobs

How Do We Adapt To A Technologically Dependent Society

Utilize the Technology Available


Book Link:  http://www.npr.org/books/titles/221423095/average-is-over-powering-america-beyond-the-age-of-the-great-stagnation#



Widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most influential economists, Tyler Cowen returns with his groundbreaking follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Great Stagnation.

 The widening gap between rich and poor means dealing with one big, uncomfortable truth: If you’re not at the top, you’re at the bottom.

 The global labor market is changing radically thanks to growth at the high end—and the low. About three quarters of the jobs created in the United States since the great recession pay only a bit more than minimum wage. Still, the United States has more millionaires and billionaires than any country ever, and we continue to mint them.

 In this eye-opening book, renowned economist and bestselling author Tyler Cowen explains that phenomenon: High earners are taking ever more advantage of machine intelligence in data analysis and achieving ever-better results. Meanwhile, low earners who haven’t committed to learning, to making the most of new technologies, have poor prospects. Nearly every business sector relies less and less on manual labor, and this fact is forever changing the world of work and wages. A steady, secure life somewhere in the middle—average—is over.

With The Great Stagnation, Cowen explained why median wages stagnated over the last four decades; in Average Is Over he reveals the essential nature of the new economy, identifies the best path forward for workers and entrepreneurs, and provides readers with actionable advice to make the most of the new economic landscape. It is a challenging and sober must-read but ultimately exciting, good news. In debates about our nation’s economic future, it will be impossible to ignore.

Chris Halligan with IDEA Fund Partners will facilitate this engaging discussion.

During this roundtable we'll:

· share our own experiences in this area in our businesses
· share best practices from our own personal experience or from industry thought leaders
· share ideas on how to improve the area within our businesses to fuel growth

Note: We are looking for people to facilitate book discussions, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if there is a book that you’re passionate about and would like to share with the group. The meetings take place the second Friday of every month. Thanks!