Speaking & Consulting
Dr. Cox delivers keynote presentations and consults with organizations on a vareity of economic issues. Below are his most in-demand topics.
1. “Six Economic Themes for the Decade Ahead.”
There were six main drivers for the U.S. economy over the past quarter century—technology, globalization, credit, consumerism, inflation, and government. How will these drivers compare going forward and what are the implications for growth and investment? Make no mistake—2010-20 is a very different decade. Preparation for the road ahead is only possible if you know where the economy is going, which I focus squarely upon herein. Investment opportunities are there in any economy and this one is no exception—if you know what to expect. This talk provides the closest, clearest look into an economic crystal ball that you’ll ever get.
2. “The Imagination Age: Third Wave of American Progress”
America has left The Information Age and moved on—but to what? The answer is “The Imagination Age.” Ages are defined by what is dear—possible to have but expensive—and Ages end when what was once dear becomes commoditized. As food became commoditized we moved out of the Agrarian Age, as it happened with manufactured goods we moved out of The Industrial Age and now it is happening with information. Knowledge is cheap. What’s the next dear thing? The answers is Imagination—our ability to see what can be done with all the technology that’s around us. This talk focuses on America’s progression through the Ages and on what that means for us as American entrepreneurs, managers and workers. How can America stay on top in an expanding global economy? How can you make yourself more valuable? The title of this speech is also the title of my next book, in process.
3. “Myths of Rich and Poor: Why We’re Better Off Than We Think”
This speech follows up on my Pulitzer Prize nominated book of the same name, with updated data showing the state of living standards in America. I review five areas of American economic progress—1. consumption and wealth, 2. leisure time and recreation, 3. variety and choice, 4. working conditions, and 5. health, safety and security … showing how far we’ve come in each area and what’s to credit. It’s a good news, optimistic message at a time when otherwise it’s hard to find.
4. “Looking for the New ‘New World’ “
This talk focuses on the monumental state-to-state migration that’s going on inside America (of both people and income), shows which states are gaining and which are losing, and WHY. The American yearning and quest for self determination is still alive and well. Although more Americans than ever are taking the drastic step of moving outside America, still most people move inside the country in search of something, and this talk shows what precisely what they’re looking for. This talk has implications for which states are attractive for relocating company headquarters, which are likely to be America’s growth engines of the future, and which are prime for real estate and other types of investment (as well as which to avoid). The secret to getting states back on track economically also applies to America as a nation.
5. “Outsource or Die”
The question is not is America outsourcing too many jobs, the question is are we creating enough global entrepreneurs. The advent of the internet and other new technologies have enabled most businesses—big and little alike—to improve their business model, not just by selling to a growing number of foreign customers but by incorporating foreign labor into production. Hardly any ways of doing things which were optimal in the early 1990s remain so today, especially in the service sector. The combination of American ownership, management and sales together with foreign labor is the signature new business model going forward. Don’t think you can’t do it.
6. “Waiting for the Next Big Thing.”
This talk focuses on technology, and where we are now on the latest Kondratief Wave—the so-called “long wave” of economic activity. The growth tsunami of 1982-2007 was driven by the microchip and it’s numerous technology spillovers—computers, smart products, software, the Internet, etc. But many people are worried that the technology boom over. Is it, or are there other new big technology spillovers in play right now … and perhaps even the Next Big Thing?