The resident faculty left their Blu-Ray player outside the mail room with a note: “Please reset.” The staff think it was a clue…. (More)

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Thus we return to the Blu-Ray player left outside the mail room by the resident faculty as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

The staff thought perhaps they wanted the date and time reset and were about to do that when we realized, first, their Blu-Ray player reads the date and time from its internet connection and, second, whatever we did would be lost when we unplugged the player to return it. The staff then wondered if perhaps the resident faculty wanted some other feature reset, but again decided that had already happened when they unplugged the player to leave it outside the mail room. And, again, anything we set would be reset when we unplugged and returned the player.

This left us wondering what they really wanted. Either resetting their Blu-Ray player was such a great idea that we can’t see it, or it was a clue. The staff proposed to debate the issue, and even proposed a title for the debate: Great Reset or Clue? We were just about to divide into teams and begin planning debate strategies …

… when we realized what the clue meant. This week the resident faculty will discuss urban planning theorist Richard Florida’s book The Great Reset, which argues that the Great Recession – like the Long Depression of 1873-96 and the Great Depression of the 1930s – will fundamentally change the economic and geographic landscape. Florida writes:

For the reset to be effective and successful, it must go far beyond companies, business models, new innovations, even public policies. It must be a wholesale reset – a reset of our very way of life. The Long Depression transformed America from a largely rural country dotted with trading centers and mill towns to a country of giant industrial cities such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago which concentrated production, generated a great wave of innovation and created a whole new geography of and growth. The Great Depression of the 1930s was solved not simply by higher levels of New Deal spending or even by mobilization for World War II, but by the mass suburbanization of the 1950s and beyond, which spurred demand for the automobiles, appliances and consumer goods streaming off the assembly lines. My goal is to show how our last economic landscape – that of suburbanization, Sunbelt growth and a run-away housing bubble – sowed the seeds of the current crisis. And in doing so, I hope to illustrate the demographic trends and economic shifts – the great migration of people and business to core cities, smart suburbs and the great mega-regions of our time – that will hold the key to revitalizing the American and global economies once more.


Happy Monday!