November 3, 2017

Food for Thought

Governing published a useful look at the interplay between transportation policy and telecommuting. The conclusion is simple: telecommuting is a tool for easing transportation infrastructure issues. Broadly speaking, the article is packed with links and data sources related to both topics. Among the top 20 metro areas for telecommuting, Raleigh was fourth, Asheville was 12th, and Wilmington was 17th.

For Your Consideration

American Enterprise Institute posted a quick profile of two public perception surveys, both of which are worth checking out.

  • Small Business Trends released its quarterly Small Business Trust Index. The index reports on which major brands small businesses trust. The most trusted brand: Amazon. The “report” consists of three easy-to-skim infographics, so it is a quick read.
  • The Verge Tech Survey surveyed 1,500 Americans to get their sense of major tech brands. Amazon ruled in their data too, which is also very infographic-heavy.

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Dropping Knowledge

The Cato Institute released its 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey. The overview is thorough and gives a solid, bullet-style rundown of a lot of the survey points. The survey results confirm what policy observers already know: there are fundamental differences in how people view social issues. That said, as a clear protection under the Constitution, free speech can provide a constant for assessing different social variables. Here are a few highlights:

  • 59 percent of Americans oppose hate speech bans, but 79 percent say hate speech is morally unacceptable.
  • 65 percent say colleges should discipline students who shut down invited campus speakers.
  • 63 percent of Republicans say journalists are an enemy of the American people.
  • 58 percent of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.

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  • Blue-Collar Blahs: There’s a Startup for That

    Real Clear Education | 11/03/2017

  • Silicon Valley Tried to Reinvent Schools. Now It’s Rebooting

    Bloomberg | 11/01/2017

  • 'We can't compete': why universities are losing their best AI scientists

    The Guardian | 11/01/2017

  • Most think the ‘American dream’ is within reach for them

    Pew Research Center | 10/31/2017

  • Thanks to Wall St., There May Be Too Many Restaurants

    New York Times | 10/31/2017

  • Water for growth? River group raises the alarm

    UNC Charlotte Urban Institute | 10/17/2017