Envision San Diego: the Innovation Economy

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Envision San Diego: the Innovation Economy discusses the challenges San Diego faces in the wake of a global Internet-based economy and how best to meet them. Envision is a “media partnership” formed by your local media to focus on those issues of most importance to the region – whether it is housing, healthcare, arts and culture or, of course, the coming elections. Who is leading the way? What do we do to meet the challenges? How can the two cultures of art and science be brought together? What role do telecommunications, biotech and biomedicine play in our future? We’ll also discuss what is happening elsewhere in the world and talk with people who are making a difference. Envision San Diego: the Innovation Economy is on every Tuesday at 11 a.m. on SignOnRadio.com.

Recent Shows
Institute for the Americas – Download

John Eger talks with Harrison Morrison and Jeremy Martin of the Institute for the Americas, a UCSD based think tank now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Morrison who chairs the ICT program, and Martin who is chiefly responsible for Energy both highlighted their view that lack of a free market approach to solving national issues affected Mexico and other nations in the Americas; and that poverty and increased crime and drug cartels were likely to pose an even greater problems for The US in the future.
http://www.iamericas.org,

Published: September 2, 2008

Dr. Paula Cordeiro, Dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at USD – Download

John Eger talked with Dr. Paula Cordeiro, Dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at USD, about the School’s commitment to developing educators at every level of the educational hierarchy for the new global economy and society. Dr. Cordeiro emphasized the importance of cross cultural leadership and international education; what we need to do as a nation to prepare our young people for the creative and innovative economy. USD’s School was ranked among the best in the country by US News and World Report.

Published: July 24, 2008

Unique collaborative in education involving Balboa Park, Rosa Parks Elementary School and SDSU – Download
John Eger talked with Susan Wachowiak, Director, School in the Park; Judy Bowes, San Diego Zoo; and Dr. Carla Mathison, College of Education, SDSU, about a unique collaborative in education involving Balboa Park, Rosa Parks Elementary School and San Diego State University. Funded by Price Charities, School in the Park is transforming for elementary and middle school students at Rosa Parks and Hamilton Elementary by infusing the curriculum with museum education and traditional classroom experiences. SIP is helping shape the entrepreneurial, innovative workforce of the future.Published: June 17, 2008

Peter K. Ellsworth, President of the Legler Benbough Foundation – Download
John Eger talks with Peter K. Ellsworth, President of the Legler Benbough Foundation, about creativity and innovation and the vital role of philanthropy. Ellsworth recently funded an in depth study of the future of Balboa Park which is the subject on several public hearings. The Foundation also has funded initiatives proving economic opportunity, heath, education and welfare to improve the quality of life in the City of San Diego. www.benboughfoundation.org.Published: June 10, 2008

Richard Kiy, President of the International Community Foundation (ICF ) – Download
John Eger talks with Richard Kiy, President of the International Community Foundation (ICF ), about their role in helping San Diego blur the borders with Baja; but importantly, help integrate the goals and ambitions of both communities to forge one powerful region. Founded in 1990 the ICF has grown substantially, and is now a factor in health care, the environment and art and culture. In future the ICF will bring government, academic and other non-profit enterprises together on common goals and strategies. With a new gift from Christy Walton and the Walton Family Foundation ( the ICF new headquarters in National City ) there are in the early stages of creating a new Center for Cross-Border Philanthropy. www.icfdn.orgPublished: May 27, 2008

Bella Heule, President of the World Trade Center – Download
John Eger and Dean Calbreath talk with Bella Heule President of the World Trade Center (WTC), about their role in helping Sad Diego make international alliances, forge global economic strategies, and help educate the business sector about doing business worldwide. Scott Wang, Director of the WTC Asia desk, discussed the opportunities doing business in China and elsewhere in Asia . The WTC is there to assist trade groups, individual companies and governments make the contacts so necessary to opening doors to the world market ( http://www.wtc.com/).Published: May 20, 2008

Nancy Graham , President of the Center City Development Corporation – Download
John Eger talks with Nancy Graham , President of the Center City Development Corporation (CCDC), about their role in reinventing San Diego’s downtown and in particular, what is known as the Civic Center Complex including the government administration building, golden hall and the Civic Theater. Two major developers have been chosen in response to a “request for proposals.,” Jeff Graham , Vice President for Development of CCDC reported . He outlined the size and scope of the project. Don Wood, former President of non-profit civic group called C 3 was pleased the city was definitely looking for proposals that met all environmental standards.
( http://www.ccdc.com/).Published: May 13, 2008

Marney Cox, Chief Economist – Download
John Eger talks with Marney Cox, Chief Economist about the seminal report on future of the San Diego Region which identifies the demographic and economic challenges facing the San Diego, and promotes a set of strategic goals and recommended actions to meet these challenges and improve the competitiveness of our local economy. According the authors, the report “offers a blue print for investing in public infrastructure and instituting supportive, flexible polices that will create opportunities for increasing the number of high paying jobs in the region, helping to balance our economy and spur the growth of our standard of living” (www.sandag.cog.ca.us).Published: May 6, 2008

Marney Cox, Chief Economist – Segment 2 – DownloadPublished: May 6, 2008

Bob Kelly, CEO of The San Diego Foundation – Download
John Eger and Dean Calbreath talk with Bob Kelly, CEO of The San Diego Foundation, the largest community foundation in the region concerned with art and culture, the environment, civil society and those other public issues that form the “glue” holding a community together.Kelly has made philanthropy a mission for the Foundation and now receives increasingly more monies from San Diego citizens hoping to give back to the community.”Endow San Diego” a communication strategy the Foundation launched two years ago has generated almost 150,000,000 dollars.Published: April 29, 2008

Bob Kelly, CEO of The San Diego Foundation – Segment 2 – DownloadPublished: April 29, 2008

Joe Panetta, CEO of BIOCOM – Download
John Eger and Dean Calbreath talk with Joe Panetta, CEO of BIOCOM which represents the bio medical, bio tech and life sciences industries in the greater San Diego Region. This industry group now leads the world in medical advances ranging from breakthrough discoveries in Alzheimer’s research to gene sequencing. Within the next decade, the Biocom industry is poised to revolutionize the health care and medical industries. BIOCOM will host BIO 2008 in San Diego June 17-20, the world’s largest conference on bio medical research and development.Published: April 22, 2008

Joe Panetta, CEO of BIOCOM – Segment 2 – DownloadPublished: April 22, 2008

Dr. Sanford Ehrlich, Executive Director of SDSU’s Entrepreneurial Management Center – Segment 1 – Download
John Eger talks with Dr. Sanford Ehrlich, Executive Director of SDSU’s Entrepreneurial Management Center (EMC) about their role in providing students and early stage companies in the region, the support needed to launch inventive and innovative companies. The EMC recently hosted the well known “Venture Challenge” drawing students from around the world competing for recognition in the high takes field of entrepreneurial management .The EMC also provides education, research and expertise in collaboration with other community enterprises and the Federal government.Published: April 15, 2008

Dr. Sanford Ehrlich, Executive Director of SDSU’s Entrepreneurial Management Center -Segment 2 – DownloadPublished: April 15, 2008

April 8, 2008 – Download
Roger Showley, co-hosting for Eger and Calbreath, talks with Vicky Granowitz, Chair of the City’s Park and Recreation subcommittee responsible for the future of Balboa Park. The Park faces a backlog of deferred maintenance estimated at a minimum of $238 million. Mayor Jerry Sanders has charged the Balboa Park Committee with finding a solution to the deficit and a strategy for the park’s future. In a report called “The Soul of San Diego: Keeping Balboa Park Magnificent in its Second Century,” (www.balboapark.org) citizens are asked their opinion; several public forums are also planned.Published: April 8, 2008

US/Mexican trade and commerce – Download
Dean Calbreath discusses US/Mexican trade and commerce with James Clark Director of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Mexico Business Center. The San Diego/Tijuana corridor is known worldwide as a global resource. Calbreath and Clark talk about the challenges facing the region as well as the opportunities for increased cooperation.Published: April 1, 2008

Carolyn Chase , founder of San Diego EarthWorks – Download
John Eger and Dean Calbreath talk to Carolyn Chase , founder of San Diego EarthWorks– the non-profit organizers of the largest Earth Day festival in the country. She is also past Chapter Chair of the San Diego Sierra Club, and served for five years as a Planning Commissioner for the City of San Diego. More recently, Carolyn helped found, “Move San Diego”, a coalition of community members, environmentalists and business leaders committed to improving our region’s transportation planning so that the transit systems are put into place that are required to support the region’s smart growth policies. See http://www.earthdayweb.org/Published: March 25, 2008

Carolyn Chase , founder of San Diego EarthWorks – Segment 2 – DownloadPublished: March 25, 2008

Recycling in San Diego – Download
John Eger and three students from SDSU’s new School of Journalism and Media Studies–Steve Plantz, Josh Babin and Megan Burks–talk about recycling in San Diego. They interviewed Kara Hwang from the Lux Art Institute, James Prince from Recycle Depot, and Stephen Grealy from the City of San Diego about the issues facing San Diego becoming a “green” community. KPBS-TV will focus on this topic in an Envision special broadcast March 20 at 8 pm.Published: March 18, 2008

Recycling in San Diego – DownloadPublished: March 18, 2008

Larry Rosenstock, the founding principal of High Tech High – Segment 1 – Download
John Eger and Dean Calbreath talk with Larry Rosenstock, the founding principal of High Tech High (HTH) and now, CEO of a new cutting edge educational enterprise is turning out students well prepared to meet the challenges of the new knowledge based global economy.HTH has plans to create 10 more schools throughout California, and have recently created a graduate school for higher education. Funded in part by San Diego business and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, HTH is a model not only for California but perhaps the U.S. as it rethinks what we must do as a nation to succeed let alone survive in the creative and innovative era.Published: March 11, 2008

Larry Rosenstock, the founding principal of High Tech High – Segment 2 – DownloadPublished: March 11, 2008

Gary Knight, CEO of San Diego North Economic Development Council – Download
John Eger and Dean Calbreath talk with Gary Knight, CEO of San Diego North Economic Development Council about the tremendous growth of north county and some of the infrastructure problems associated with such growth. Water, electricity and transportation issues loom large . Cooperation between the cities of the region and industry; and with other organizations in the region are imperative; as well as giving north county an identity in the wake of globalization.Published: March 4, 2008

More with Gary Knight – DownloadPublished: March 4, 2008

Vice President of the Economic Development Corporation Andrew Poat – Segment 2 – DownloadPublished: February 26, 2008

Vice President of the Economic Development Corporation Andrew Poat – Download
John Eger talks with Vice President of the Economic Development Corporation Andrew Poat about the EDC’s Partnership for the Global Economy. This effort involving hundreds of San Diego’s civic government and academic leaders is designed to increase awareness of the importance of innovation to the region’s success. The Partnership is also hoping to identify four to six major opportunities to enhance the region’s position in the world.Published: February 26, 2008

UCSD geriatrician Dr. John Daly about Alzheimer’s disease – Download
Guest host Gloria Penner, KPBS, talks to UCSD geriatrician Dr. John Daly about Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Daly explained that Alzheimer’s is likely to cripple the fastest growing segment of our population, i.e. the Baby Boomers as they reach 85 years and older. The prediction, according to the Dept. of Health and Human Services, is that those who reach 85 years of age have nearly a 50% chance of developing Alzheimer’s. The financial burden on families and the health care system will be enormous.Published: February 19, 2008

UCSD geriatrician Dr. John Daly about Alzheimer’s disease – Segment 2 – DownloadPublished: February 19, 2008

Importance of art and culture to a vibrant productive community – Download
John Eger talks with Derrick Cartwright , Executive Director of The San Diego Museum of Art and David Lang, Executive Director of the Balboa Park Culture Partnership, about the importance of art and culture to a vibrant productive community. As 2015 is the 100 th anniversary of the Park they expressed their hope that all San Diegans will help celebrate the Park including participation in a number of decisions which will be occurring over the next several months. Included in that list is the Mayor’s recent inquiry to transfer the Park to a non profit conservatory as New York and several other cities have already done. March 8 is the kick off for the beginning of that public discussion. They also talked about the vital role of art and culture, and indeed, all cultural institutions to work collaboratively to help foster a creative and innovative economy and society.Published: February 12, 2008

Importance of art and culture to a vibrant productive community Segment 2 – DownloadPublished: February 12, 2008

San Diego’s General Plan to make San Diego a “livable place” – Download
John Eger and Dean Calbreath talk to Union Tribune reporters Lori Weisberg and Roger Showley about San Diego’s General Plan to make San Diego a “livable place”. The Plan which affects transit, housing, real estate and development for the city, is the first new plan to surface in over 5 years. It is expected to be widely discussed and debated in public forums before the City Council votes sometime in March.Published: February 5, 2008

Roger Showley on the “City of Villages” plan – Download
Roger Showley compared the plan to that of the “City of Villages” plan which was never fully adopted mostly because of the call for more density in housing, and the lack of public awareness and evaluation of such plans. Showley also talked about some of the cities successful innovations– particularly downtown– and the upcoming 100 anniversary of Balboa Park.Published: February 5, 2008

John Kao, author of Innovation Nation, one of the top ten books of 2007 as reported by Business Week – Download
John Eger and Dean Calbreath talk to John Kao, author of Innovation Nation, one of the top ten books of 2007 as reported by Business Week Magazine. Kao, a pianist and jazz musician, trained as a MD and as a psychiatrist taught creativity and entrepreneurship at Harvard for twelve years. Innovation Nation defines innovation –a concept not well understood– and outlines what and why the US needs to do to succeed let alone survive in the new economy. San Diego is already a hub of innovation Kao said but does not yet have a global brand.Published: January 29, 2008

More with John Kao, author of Innovation Nation – DownloadPublished: January 29, 2008

Vital role of the “third sector” in fostering an innovative economy – Download
John Eger hosts Dr. Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Extended Studies at UCSD to talk about the vital role of the “third sector” in fostering an innovative economy. Walshok emphasized the importance of small, entrepreneurial companies to creating jobs, dollars and quality of life in the new global economy. She pointed out that the non-profit sector itself was huge and growing and directly responsible for educating more people to new ways of taking advantage of globalization. “Connect,” the “San Diego Dialogue” and “Global Connect” were cited as examples of industry, government and University cooperation.Published: January 22, 2008

Vital role of the “third sector” in fostering an innovative economy SEGMENT 2 – Download
Dr. Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Extended Studies at UCSDPublished: January 22, 2008

Supervisor Ron Roberts – Download
Dean Calbreath and guest co-host Gloria Penner from KPBS, host Supervisor Ron Roberts to talk about how best to avert dangers of another regional fire in San Diego; and in particular a more regional approach to government. The importance of China as both a threat and opportunity is explored. Ron Roberts believes strongly we need to be better organized to capitalize on the world’s shift to a global knowledge economy.Published: January 15, 2008

More with Supervisor Ron Roberts – DownloadPublished: January 15, 2008

Greg Horowitt, Executive Director and Co-founder of Global Connect – Download
Dean Calbreath talks with Greg Horowitt, Executive Director and Co-founder of Global Connect to discuss the model for bringing entrepreneurs, industry, government and academe together to create new commercial enterprises. Based on UCSD’s Connect program, Global Connect now operates in over 20 countries worldwide and provides a sustainable business model for collaboration and cooperation among new businesses.Published: December 18, 2007

More with Greg Horowitt of Global Connect – Download
Greg Horowitt, Executive Director and Co-founder of Global Connect. Global Connect provides a sustainable business model for collaboration and cooperation among new businesses.Published: December 18, 2007

Methamphetamine abuse in the San Diego – Download
Gloria Penner and John Eger talk with Dr. Martin Paulus, Professor in Residence Department of Psychiatry, Laboratory of Biological Dynamics and Theoretical Medicine, University of California San Diego and Gary Warth, reporter for the North County Times to discuss the scourge of methamphetamine abuse in the region as well as other addictions and their neurobiological bases.Published: December 11, 2007

More on addictions and their neurobiological bases. – DownloadPublished: December 11, 2007

Peter Cowhey, Dean of International Relations and Pacific Studies graduate school at UCSD – Download
Cowhey discusses the Pacific Century and the rise of China and India and the opportunities for cooperation and collaboration. Despite China’s restrictions on a free press, Cowhey predicts China will become a significant player in the innovation economy.Published: December 4, 2007

More with Peter Cowhey – Download
More with Peter Cowhey, Dean of International Relations and Pacific Studies graduate school at UCSD.Published: December 4, 2007

Kevin Carroll, Executive Director of the American Electronics Assoc. – Download
Kevin Carroll, Executive Director of the American Electronics Assoc. , whose national chapter has called for a “Sputnik Summit” because the U.S. has fallen so far behind China and the rest of the world in the high tech economy. Carroll describes the problems and offers potential solutions to meeting the global challenges of the innovation economy.Published: November 27, 2007

Eric Frost, Director of the Computer Visualization Laboratory at SDSU – Download
The Computer Lab played a large role in helping KPBS and the citizens of San Diego see exactly where October 2007 fires were burning in the region and their intensity. The lab is doing similar work on earthquakes and tsunamis and cooperating with NASA and Google to create new products and services to help citizens around the world in distress.Published: November 20, 2007

More with Eric Frost – Download
More with Eric Frost, Director of the Computer Visualization Laboratory at SDSUPublished: November 20, 2007