If You Talk to Me About Parking, I'll Never Talk to You Again

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 13:17:22 +0000

I know, I know, I am supposed to blog about the employment release -- how nonfarm payrolls "edged down" by 95,000 jobs in September, how private sector employment was up slightly but not enough to offset the decline in government employment by Census workers, and how U-6 rose by 0.4 percentage points to a ridiculously high 17.1 percent of the labor force.  But you already know what I would say about that. 

So let's do something different.  Let's point to efforts underway to make a difference by taking responsibility for way more than anyone could expect.  Today's subject is Michael Crow, the president of Arizona State University.  I attended a fascinating conference on Monday, sponsored by the New England Board of Higher Education and hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in its capacity as a facilitator of regional economic activity, "Reinventing the University: New Models & Innovations for 21st Century Realities."  Here's the conference page.  All of the sessions that I attended were interesting, but the best of the day was the keynote speech by Michael Crow.  What he's doing at ASU is truly remarkable -- it put the rest of us in the auditorium to shame.  Find some time today or over the long weekend to listen to what he had to say.  Here's the podcast.