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How to Avoid the Perils of Political Forecasting

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - September 19, 2017 - 11:38am
Wharton’s Philip Tetlock discusses the widening chasm between science-based political forecasting and the sound bites from pundits that often miss the mark.

LSE Cities to present research at Cities and Climate Conference

RSS Source: Urban Age - September 19, 2017 - 5:31am

The 2017 Cities and Climate Conference will take place from September 19-21 in Potsdam, Germany. The conference, the last in a series relating to the RAMSES (Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for cities) project, will explore the latest advances in research and practice addressing climate change in cities, including issues of infrastructure, planning, governance, economics of adaptation, risk management, and their possible trade-offs and synergies with mitigation and sustainability objectives.

LSE Cities’ Executive Director, Philipp Rode will present research findings alongside Graham Floater, Principal Research Fellow, and Alexandra Gomes and Muhammad Adeel who are both Research Officers at LSE Cities. LSE Cities is one of 13 project partners in the  European research project.

How Can Apple Remain on Top?

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - September 15, 2017 - 5:08pm
Is Apple’s latest batch of new products enough to keep the company moving forward, or is it finally losing momentum after years of ruling the gadget world?

Why Amazon’s ‘1-Click’ Ordering Was a Game Changer

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - September 14, 2017 - 4:27pm
Amazon’s patent on “1-Click” ordering, which recently expired, helped jump-start the e-commerce giant’s growth from a virtual bookstore to a massive online marketplace.

Why Hurricane Harvey Was a Predictable Disaster

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - September 14, 2017 - 2:45pm
Hurricane Harvey was a predictable disaster, says PennDesign's Billy Fleming. He explains what cities could do to prepare.

Smart Art: Why More Artists Need to Study Business

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - September 14, 2017 - 1:58pm
Many artists are not wired for business. With economics driving most from the field in the long run, can business training help?

How Lego Can Rebuild Its Business

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - September 14, 2017 - 1:13pm
Lego surprised Wall Street with its first drop in revenue in 13 years. Wharton's David Robertson looks at possible causes and suggests remedies for its business.

How Equifax Botched Its Data Breach Response

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - September 14, 2017 - 1:01pm
Three experts discuss the Equifax breach, the mistakes that were made in the credit giant's response and what consumers can do to protect their credit going forward.

Digital Growing Pains: Why Businesses Must Accelerate Change

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - September 13, 2017 - 10:00am
Most companies know that shifting to digital is key to their future. But many struggle with the process. A new book offers some advice.

Beyond Netflix: How Binging Impacts Online Learning

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - September 12, 2017 - 11:27am
New Wharton research examines binge consumption in the online education sector and finds that those who binge tend to perform better and are more likely to complete an online course.

How Will Trump Reshape the Federal Reserve?

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - September 11, 2017 - 12:39pm
The imminent departure of Fed vice chair Stanley Fischer creates a power vacuum and an unprecedented opportunity for President Trump to reshape America’s central bank.

Time for a Tax Overhaul: What the U.S. Can Learn from Other Countries

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - September 8, 2017 - 4:14pm
History suggests a U.S. tax overhaul is coming soon. The author of a new book has traveled the world see what has worked best elsewhere.

What Does the End of DACA Mean for Immigration Reform?

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - September 8, 2017 - 3:30pm
The move to end the DACA program has beneficiaries worried – and it casts a shadow over future immigration reform, experts say.

Philipp Rode to deliver keynote at International Housing Forum

RSS Source: Urban Age - September 6, 2017 - 5:45am

Executive Director of LSE Cities, Philipp Rode will deliver a keynote at the International Housing Forum 2017 in Singapore on 7 September 2017. “Efficiency by Design: Urban Growth, Housing and Transport” will explore the relationship land and energy resources have with city form, urban dwelling and mobility. It will analyse these relationships through a comparative case study approach which investigates extreme and divergent city models globally, and considers potential future challenges of housing in cities.

Symposium on whether shared working spaces drive inequality in cities

RSS Source: Urban Age - September 6, 2017 - 4:36am

“Urban Incubators, Innovation and Inequality: Sharing and Work in Divided Cities” will explore how innovation and inequality is associated with emerging shared workspace in London. The symposium will investigate possible overlaps across different sectors of urban work, and outline implications for policy. The symposium is organised by Suzanne Hall, Director of LSE’s Cities Programme and Max Nathan, Senior Birmingham Fellow in Regional Economic Development, University of Birmingham. It will take place at LSE on 14 September from 9.30 to 13.30 and is sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council and hosted by LSE Cities. If you’d like to participate in the symposium, please email




Lessons We Learn from Hurricane Harvey

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - September 5, 2017 - 3:32pm
Wharton faculty discuss the fallout from Hurricane Harvey and what role the private and public sectors should play when it comes to managing the risks from floods.

Why Dodd-Frank Increased Banking Industry Consolidation

RSS Source: Knowledge at Wharton Podcasts - September 5, 2017 - 10:28am
Wharton research looks at how new regulatory asset thresholds introduced with the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 led to an increase in acquisitions by large banks.

Philipp Rode hosts exhibition at Seoul Biennale

RSS Source: Urban Age - September 4, 2017 - 11:23am

Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities has curated Moving Parts: How the Design of Vehicles Shapes Cities. The exhibition explores the links between vehicle design, operation, urban form, and city life. The exhibition asks if car design, which is now widely accepted to have failed the city on an unimaginable scale, could result in good urbanism in the future. It can be viewed at the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism  from 2 September to 5 November 2017.

LSE students to support Brent Council Growth Strategy

RSS Source: Urban Age - September 4, 2017 - 6:35am

Brent Council has selected seven London School of Economics and Political Science students who recently completed their urban-based degrees to help define their long-term Growth Strategy. The majority of students completed either an MSc City Design in Social Science or MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies. The strategy will help the local council respond to many of the growth challenges affecting London. The city’s growing population requires 50,000 new homes each year, together with significant physical and social infrastructure, to accommodate and support this growth. Brent’s population alone is due to increase 20% to 380,000 by 2036.

The strategy will examine how growth affects the economy, housing, infrastructure, education, health, environment and culture, and propose evidence-based policy responses. Brent will use the strategy to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by London’s growth. The students are Bridget Ackeifi, León Díaz-Bone, Rosie Havener, Patricia Mijares-Chavez, Macarena Plaza, Oliver Tovatt and Janai Gilmore.

Will Walmart’s Partnership with Google Give It an Online Boost?

Despite the retail giant’s latest move to partner with Google, its e-commerce strategies need more coherence to gain traction, say experts.
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