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Civic and industry leaders this week made a plea for technology companies to expand their footprint in the civic sphere, while noting that Silicon Valley had made strides in at least one area: energy innovation.
Companies need to reimagine themselves as what they should be: a public utility that serves the civic good.
-Benjamin Barber, a political theorist at the City University of New York, and author of “If Mayors Ruled the World”
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Forget disruption. Today’s Silicon Valley startups are literally reinventing the way we live. And they’re doing it by taking the “enemy” in hand. So said a panel of startup executives discussing the new realities facing Silicon Valley new ventures.
… If you can engage with them on goals, on what you’re trying to do … then regulation can be your friend.
-Ben Nelson, founder and CEO of the Minerva Project
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By Liam Kane-Grade, Allison McCartney and Sean Senters
In a fireside chat, Stanford President John Hennessy discussed issues surrounding education reform in Silicon Valley and the broader country.
Maybe we have to think about universal pre-K with some kind of needs testing, so if your income is below the median income in the U.S., you would get it for free, and otherwise, you’d be asked to contribute something to it.
-John Hennessy, Stanford University President
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