Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Agricultural and Livestock Links


I've been searching on the USDA website, looking for agricultural, livestock and other commodity information. Here's what I found.

These are all .gov links:

Economic analyses of US farm output and trends. You must read this if you are involved in agricultural economics.

Search numbers by state and livestock/crop/commodity

2012 Census of Agriculture Report (The most recent one)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Social Interaction Books for Marketing and Advertising

Here are some offbeat subject headings with some very fascinating material for you:

Exchange Theory (sociology)

Social Interaction

Social Groups

Helps you understand group dynamics and human relations.

Use in marketing and understanding human nature in general.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sell a % of Your Future Income for Cash Now


You can sell a % of your future income to rich backers in exchange for college tuition now.

From Time:

Upstart encourages students to go their own way. This is how it works: Beginning in the spring of their junior year, college students or recent grads—anyone from a poet who wants to start a literary magazine to a business major looking to build a boutique hotel in Brazil—can apply to be an “upstart”. The applicant is screened to make sure they are who they say they are and the company predicts how much money they will make over the next decade. That information becomes their funding rate, which helps determine how much they can borrow and how much they will need to repay. On average, for every $6,000 a student wants to borrow, they must pay back 1% of their income. (Right now, Upstart is very selective about the students it accepts—they want people with high-quality profiles and clear goals—but in the future Girouard says they would like less of the arbitrar of who is funded, so long as a set of minimum requirements are met, and let the marketplace decide.)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Creativity in Business

Yes, it can be learned. Here's a list of our books on creativity in business.

Frankly, one of the best ways to learn about creativity is by reading a lot of fiction, history, the great books, and experiencing great music and art. You learn so much about connections, human psychology, and the craft of making the imagined real.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book Review: Francis Fukuyama Trust


Why are some societies more economically successful than others?  It is an age old question and Francis Fukuyama believes the issue is trust.

Find his book here. 

Trust allows larger scale economic enterprises beyond the immediate family.  But how does this occur? Fukuyama argues that large private organizations like guilds or church based civic Associations are key. If the state replaces these organizations, trust withers. Somewhat confusingly the author argues that individual rights taken to an extreme are also to blame. Perhaps the author is suggesting a return to paternalistic corporatism?

Read a review here.