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New Business Paradigms - World Business Academy
59 minutes | May 18, 2021
Back on Track: A special edition of New Business Paradigms
Recorded on May 13, 2021 It’s been ten months since we dropped an episode, and the world looks very different than the last time we sat down with Rinaldo S. Brutoco, Founding President & CEO of the World Business Academy to hear his take on the politics, society, and the economy. Many of our long-time listeners have expressed their sadness over our break, and so we are bringing you all this special edition of New Business Paradigms! On this episode of New Business Paradigms, we focus exclusively on the changing economy as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Rinaldo and the Academy’s Executive Director, Kristy Jansen discuss the real economy, interrogate inflation fears and examine the adjusted April jobs report, which is actually not bad when you dig into the numbers. Also in consideration: the labor shortage affecting the hospitality industry; the value of women’s labor, and why this moment is not serving women very well; some policy changes needed to get America back to work. Hint, think about a living wage for all! Be sure to let us know you are listening! Email: email@example.com! Support us at www.worldbusiness.org/donate. (Credits: Produced and edited by Benjamin Schwartz and Kristy Jansen. Theme Music by Alejandro Del Pozo)
28 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Absurdity ad infinitum: a world of unchanging volatility until at least November
Recorded July 18, 2020 On the final episode of New Business Paradigms, Academy Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen and President Rinaldo Brutoco discuss: What Congressman John Lewis stood for, and why his passing represents the end of an era.The danger of Trump acting like a proto-dictator by sending unmarked federal troops to arrest protestors in Portland, Oregon and the administration’s shocking lack of urgency about the rising number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States.The recent hacking of twitter and Russian hacking of elections and companies making COVID-19 vaccines.Predictions about what we might see between now and the election in November related to the rise of gold, a stock market that will go sideways or down, the US Jewish community beginning to criticize Netanyahu, trouble in the UK, and the rise of the European Union as a more cohesive unit. Listen now to learn more! Love what you hear? Be sure to let us know if you have been in our listening audience by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. While we are suspending this podcast, we’re always looking for ways to engage with our audience and will continue creating informative, essential content through our other channels… If there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss, please let us know, and as always, donations help us keep the world informed and inspiring business to move towards a more inclusive, just and sustainable business culture! Donate at worldbusiness.org/donate. Edited and produced by Benjamin Schwartz and Kristy Jansen Theme music by Alejandro Del Pozo
34 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
A long and bumpy ride down the rathole…
Recorded July 11, 2020 On this episode of New Business Paradigms, Academy Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen and President Rinaldo Brutoco discuss: How to make the post office cash-flow positive in three not-so-massive steps.Global signposts focusing on Israeli annexation plans, recent explosions that caused major setbacks to the Iranian nuclear program, future failed states in Africa due to COVID-19, China’s leap backward with the new Hong Kong security law, a new crop-picking program in Britain, and Putin’s latest act in his quest to become “king” in Russia.The reason that the American stock market just had its two best quarters in the last decade. Listen now to learn more! Love what you hear? Be sure to let us know if you are listening by emailing us at email@example.com. We’re always looking for ways to improve our show… If there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss, please let us know, and as always, donations help us keep the show running at the highest quality possible! Donate at worldbusiness.org/donate. Edited and produced by Benjamin Schwartz and Kristy Jansen Theme music by Alejandro Del Pozo
36 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
Reassessing the situation – we can’t wait until November
Recorded on July 4, 2020 In this episode of New Business Paradigms, Producer Benjamin Schwartz and President Rinaldo Brutoco discuss the positive actions the business community has gotten behind lately via the recent announcement from the Business Roundtable on the urgency of police reform and the widespread boycott of advertising on Facebook. Rinaldo contrasts these positive examples of businesses being responsive to the shifting mores in society to the old-school story of Bayer paying billions to settle Roundup lawsuits. The show concludes with some economic indicators, global signposts, and a discussion on the danger of a president who is being held hostage by a foreign leader. Listen now to learn more! Love what you hear? Be sure to let us know if you are listening by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always looking for ways to improve our show… If there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss, please let us know, and as always, donations help us keep the show running at the highest quality possible! Donate at worldbusiness.org/donate. Edited and produced by Benjamin Schwartz Theme music by Alejandro Del Pozo
35 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Dead men cash no checks...
Recorded on June 27, 2020 On this episode of New Business Paradigms, Academy Chief of Staff, Kristy Jansen, and Academy President, Rinaldo Brutoco discuss how an effective federal government ideally would offer economic support to help states get back on their feet. Rinaldo touches off his discussion of how we might dig ourselves out of this economic collapse by comparing his perspective to one recently expressed by Paul Krugman. Rinaldo notes that he agrees with Krugman about the absolute necessity of getting the pandemic under control before we can heal this economy but disagrees with Krugman over direct stimulus to individuals. While Krugman argues it’s too expensive to keep funding additional unemployment insurance payments or to do ongoing direct payments to all adults, Rinaldo argues that we can’t afford NOT to keep American households solvent. More direct payments, a transition to single-payer health insurance, and more investment in regular people are key for minimizing this downturn. We reject these approaches at our peril. In addition, we address economic indicators, focusing on when gold might reach its true price – answer some listeners' questions – and spend a bit of time on Global Signposts. The show concludes with a discussion about the state of the Affordable Care Act and Rinaldo lambasts Governor Newsom for a failed reopening in California. Be sure to let us know you are listening! Email: email@example.com! Support us at www.worldbusiness.org/donate. (Credits: Produced and edited by Benjamin Schwartz and Kristy Jansen. Theme Music by Alejandro Del Pozo)
38 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
The 2020 Election is an Election for the Soul of America
Recorded June 20, 2020 On this episode of New Business Paradigms, Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen and Academy President and Founder, Rinaldo Brutoco, discuss the state of the economy, and Rinaldo’s long-term predictions about increasing gold prices, even in the midst of “a depression wrapped in a pandemic, which is all compounded by the effects climate change.” When, “Oops,” and “He was just joking,” are the standard response of a federal administration to try to explain away overtly racist actions, historical ignorance, dog-whistle terminology, procedural blunders, and the blatant hollowing out of competence in government, the upcoming election has taken on new meaning. The combination of racism, anti-Semitism, cronyism, greed, and a complete lack of morals or compassion surrounding the president has made it clear that the 2020 election is about more than the president for the next four years, it is about the soul of the United States and the future of this nation. Rinaldo discusses the judicial wins this week and explains why a semi-competent third branch of government is essential, though it currently barely enough to keep law and order in a country so close to devolving into chaos. The show ends with remarks on a California decision to end for-profit prisons and the continuation of the new Global Signposts segment. Be sure to let us know you are listening! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org! Support us at www.worldbusiness.org/donate. (Credits: Produced and edited by Benjamin Schwartz and Kristy Jansen. Theme Music by Alejandro Del Pozo)
34 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
“Look at how fast dentists are coming back”: and other mis-readings of the COVID
Recorded on June 14, 2020 On this episode of New Business Paradigms, Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen and Academy President and founder, Rinaldo Brutoco, discuss the fast-paced nature of the news that has resulted in New Business Paradigms shifting from once a month, to bi-weekly, and most recently to every week during the COVID-19 crisis. The show begins with predictions of how certain industries – such as the airline industry – must get leaner to survive following the end of the government bailout in August. In addition to jobs being cut for workers who cannot work remotely, it is also worth considering that the next wave of jobs to be cut will be white-collar jobs; management is not necessary when workers are either being furloughed or working from home. Rinaldo and Kristy discuss the increase of infections that is part of the first wave of the pandemic and what it means that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has begun making bulletin advisories, even if they are done in a quiet, almost secretive manner. In the second half of the show, Rinaldo quickly breezes through economic indicators before focusing on failures in mainstream journalism. This concerning trend transitions into a new segment on NBP, called Global Signposts, in which Rinaldo offers short snippets of some of the most important stories happening across the globe. Articles: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/10/upshot/dentists-coronavirus-economic-indicator.html (Credits: Produced and Edited by Kristy Jansen & Benjamin Schwartz, Theme Music by Alejandro Del Pozo)
33 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
Politics of Power in a Country Roiling from Despair
Recorded on June 6, 2020 On this episode of New Business Paradigms, World Business Academy Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen and Academy President Rinaldo Brutoco discuss how proud they are of the peaceful protests occurring around the United States as well as their incredulity that the POTUS would continue to fan the flames of violence so callously. Rinaldo makes the important point that these protests may finally have taught Mr. Trump that he is not above the law. The show then turns towards economic indicators, beginning with the incomplete unemployment numbers and the shifting to the imbalance between the stock market and the real economy. On the second half of the podcast, the conversation shifts to address recent fluctuations in gold as major economies are moving in bulk, and the decision multiple countries are making to invest in a blockchain-based currency. The end of the show is surprisingly positive, given the uncertain times; Rinaldo mentions his letter to the graduates as a jumping-off point to urge the class of 2020 to create the world they want to see, rather than accepting the flawed world as it is. Articles Plastics, Benjamin: https://worldbusiness.org/perspectives-plastics-benjamin-a-letter-to-the-class-of-2020/
33 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
Until Everyone is Healthy, No One is Safe
Recorded on May 30, 2020 On this episode of New Business Paradigms, World Business Academy President and President Rinaldo Brutoco is joined again by Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen to discuss the roadmap to get America healthy and functioning again. The conversation kicks off with an analysis of critical shortcomings of the current health care industry that make it imperative that the country transition to Universal Healthcare. Both Rinaldo and Kristy lambast the lack of leadership in the present administration, Rinaldo even going as far to make the claim that while a new administration might be able to repair the damage over the course of many years, another four years of the Trump Administration would devastate America’s position in the world forever and inflict even more havoc on the tattered fabric of American society. In the latter half of the show, Rinaldo explains his theory that the United States cannot truly go back to any old sense of normal, or even create a new normal, without addressing its two Original Sins (slavery and the genocide of Native Americans). Also, in this segment, Rinaldo muses on the world that the Class of 2020 is graduating into and analyzes the most important policy move in European Union history. (Credits: Produced and Edited by Kristy Jansen & Benjamin Schwartz, Theme Music by Alejandro Del Pozo)
30 minutes | May 26, 2020
In attempting a restart, what isn’t coming back must also be considered
Recorded May 23, 2020 On this Episode of New Business Paradigms, Podcast Producer Benjamin Schwartz and Academy President Rinaldo Brutoco discuss options for healing an economy despite an incorporate federal administration and an increased number of infections as states reopen too early. Rinaldo makes it clear, that between a failing economy and the COVID-19 pandemic, the strain from climate change will be even less manageable than in prior years. The second half of the show covers the COVID-19/economic situations in individual states, starting with the success that California has had at stopping the spread of the virus as well as while considering just what will be needed in the state’s budget. Rinaldo finishes with an update on the UC System; they have achieved a pledge (made in September 2019) to remove all fossil fuel-investments from its $126-billion investment portfolio. (Credits: Produced and Edited by Kristy Jansen & Benjamin Schwartz, Theme Music by Alejandro Del Pozo)
31 minutes | May 19, 2020
A post-pandemic quick recovery is just another pipe dream
Recorded on May 16, 2020 On this episode of New Business Paradigms, Academy Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen and Academy President Rinaldo Brutoco discuss the ways in which the failing airline and hotel industries are a facet of the changes that are part of the new reality we are living in. Rinaldo considers prominent retailers that have gone bankrupt in the past two weeks as untenable levels of debt have become crippling in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic (think JC Penny and Neiman Marcus) and extends his arguments to the broader entertainment industries. He uses examples of some bars or restaurants making packaged deals with nearby movie theaters or example. The larger point this episode considers is that much of the economy as we know it is collapsing and more than ever, previously radical ideas like basic income and universal healthcare are sounding more and more like mainstream solutions to help real people remain solvent as the gig economy plummets and debt everywhere is rising at astounding levels. The latter half of the show focuses on economic indicators, the artificially high price of oil, and reasons not to invest in hotels, as well as solutions to homelessness in the United States. Who’d have thought the two could be connected?!? (Credits: Produced and Edited by Kristy Jansen & Benjamin Schwartz, Theme Music by Alejandro Del Pozo)
34 minutes | May 11, 2020
Will we take this opportunity to finally reimagine an economy on life support?
Recorded on May 9, 2020 “We are going to keep doing this until we either fix it or the system collapses.” – Rinaldo S. Brutoco On this episode of New Business Paradigms Academy President Rinaldo Brutoco and Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen focus on underlying economic problems that were bandaged, but left untreated after the Great Recession in 2008, and are now being exposed anew by the COVID-19 pandemic. The disconnect between the buoyant stock market and the historic and outrageous unemployment numbers reveals the ongoing erosion of Main street, while K- Street and Wall Street continue to profit. Rinaldo explains that concentrated wealth that is locked up in the stock market could be part of the solution if the government implements a one mil transaction tax, immediately connecting the stock market with the real economy. This is one of the multiple ideas Rinaldo considered in a piece he wrote in 2008 about his theory on “Trickle Up Economics” that seems more prescient now than ever. (Credits: Produced and Edited by Kristy Jansen & Benjamin Schwartz, Theme Music by Alejandro Del Pozo) Saving the U.S. economy with “trickle-up” economics by Rinaldo S. Brutoco Heather Cox Richardson’s Letters from an American Newsletter: May 8, 2020
31 minutes | May 5, 2020
Is there a way to succeed in a nosediving economy?
Recorded on May 2, 2020 On this episode of New Business Paradigms, World Business Academy and Founder Rinaldo Brutoco and Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen discuss the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic devastation in the United States. Despite rising infection rates, ongoing shortages of adequate testing and personal protective gear, and consistent failure of coordinated response at a federal level, some states and smaller jurisdictions are pushing to reopen economic activity in misguided effort to get back to “business as usual”. The fear is that by putting the economic cart before the public health horse, the end result will be even more devastation. Other topics addressed include an ongoing discussion of real estate in this time of Coronavirus. Tune in to hear more! To support this podcast, go to www.worldbusiness.org/donate.
34 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
April 2020: Earth Day turns 50, and Oil goes under Zero
Recorded April 25, 2020 On this episode of New Business Paradigms, Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen, and Academy President and Founder Rinaldo Brutoco pick apart a couple of laughable moments from the past week: the President’s questionable suggestion that injecting disinfectants into humans might cure them of COVID-19 and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggesting it’s a good idea to allow the states to go bankrupt. Digging into other unbelievable ideas, Rinaldo also explains why another Trump White House policy proposal – defunding the U.S. postal service – is similarly disastrous. This move would destroy yet another essential legacy of America’s communication infrastructure, and hides some sinister intent that might surprise our listeners. The show concludes with a discussion of economic indicators - including oil prices plummeting to below zero, potential real estate investments, and frightening unemployment numbers.
31 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
“We’re still in free-fall”... Ongoing analysis of an economic pandemic
Recorded on April 18, 2020 On the episode of New Business Paradigms, World Business Academy president and founder Rinaldo Brutoco and Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen discuss the state of the US economy in the shadow of the Coronavirus pandemic... Links referred to on the show: Worldometer - https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ Gold ETFs: 1. State St. Gold Mini Shares - https://www.ssga.com/us/en/individual/etfs/funds/spdr-gold-minisharessm-trust-gldm 2. Granite Shares Gold Trust - https://www.graniteshares.com/bar/6 Memo to Governor Newsom re Antibody Testing: https://worldbusiness.org/proposed-covid-19-economic-solution/ Perspectives Column - New Federalism Series - Part 1: https://worldbusiness.org/perspectives-a-new-federalism-awaits-us-in-a-post-covid-19-america/
32 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
The Economy in a time of Coronavirus: It’s Easter and the bottom is nowhere in s
Recorded April 11, 2020 On this Holiday episode of New Business Paradigms, World Business Academy President and Founder Rinaldo Brutoco and Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen discuss the state of the U.S. economy, as well as addressing questions from interested listeners (keep them coming!). Rinaldo begins by challenging a New York Times article that discusses the stock market’s recent rise – questioning the claim that institutional optimism boosts the market artificially. Whatever lifted the markets last week, it’s still a frightening roller coaster that most regular investors would be smart to avoid. Without a view of where the bottom of the stock market decline might end, Rinaldo wouldn’t recommend going back into the market. Currently, there’s no end in sight. Getting further into the ideas around an “immunity card” program, Rinaldo also riffs on how the Federal government’s botched leadership will have lasting consequences. Among other things, it’s leading State Governors to adopt stronger leadership roles, which may have implications for mitigating climate change as well. We end the show touching on the state of the Agriculture industry.
37 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Trying to fill the vacuum: Interstate compacts and regional leadership in the mi
Recorded on April 4, 2020 On this weekly edition of New Business Paradigms, World Business Academy President Rinaldo Brutoco and Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen discuss the rapidly growing economic impacts of the public health shutdowns. The show addresses questions that the team have been fielding about how to stay a smart investor in this volatile economic climate. We also discuss the Small Business Administration loan program that launched last week as a part of the CARES act, review economic indicators and consider what a new federalism might look like. Rinaldo riffs on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s remarkable presence in the past few weeks, taking a powerful leadership role in the midst of the coronavirus epicenter. Governor Cuomo may become a leader of a state-based coordinated centralized purchasing program in the absence of federal leadership.
32 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
New Business Paradigms: Getting America Healthy and Back to Work
Recorded on March 28, 2020 In this episode of New Business Paradigms, World Busines Academy President and Founder Rinaldo Brutoco and Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen discuss why the United States Government would be better off creating a long-term strategy to get COVID-19 under control than prematurely restarting the economy. Flattening the curve by slowing the number of people getting sick is essential, and the best way to get Americans back to work starts with better testing. The United States has tested fewer people per capita than nearly every other developed country, despite having knowledge that could have been deployed strategically from the start, but tragically were not. The business community is developing more tests, that offer faster results to determine if a person has the coronavirus, but that isn’t the most important testing priority. Rinaldo explains the difference between DNA/RNA testing and blood testing (for antibodies of people who already had the virus) and advocates for mass antibody testing. In combination with his proposal for a National Health Identification Card, the economy would be up and running in a comparatively short time. The second half of the show focuses on the economic implications of the “new federalism” that is developing due to a lack of strategic leadership from the Trump Administration. Links: Everyone is tested in San Miguel County Icahn School of Medicine Test
33 minutes | Mar 20, 2020
New Business Paradigms on Capitalism’s Coronavirus Crisis
Recorded on March 18, 2020 On this episode of New Business Paradigms, Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen and Academy President and Founder Rinaldo Brutoco discuss the global fallout from the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) and the downside of the sluggish response by the U.S. government. Rinaldo discusses how the United States is more closely following the frightening trajectory of countries like Italy – which has now become the country with the highest death count from the Coivd-19 disease, largely due to the rapid increase in cases which slammed the hospital system there. In comparison, several other countries that have done better at preventing the spread of the virus, such as South Korea, have been able to roll-out massive testing for the disease. In the absence of a concentrated government response individuals and smaller jurisdictions are taking their health in their own hands – by following Public Health guidelines, self-isolating as much as possible by staying at home, washing hands, and practicing social distancing. Rinaldo gives his thoughts on how the federal government can respond more effectively, including mobilizing the business world to help with shortages of medical supplies like ventilators. The second half of the show focuses on steps that can help revitalize the stalled economy. A short discussion about the state of the economy and economic indicators leads to Rinaldo’s analysis of the stimulus package passed by the Senate and some other steps to help businesses adapt. Here’s one: bail out small businesses and consumers, not the corporations – the big hotel chains don’t need the money – but their housekeepers and serving staff certainly do. Watch to learn about more and as always… buy gold!
33 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
Global Peril in the Time of Trumpocrats
Recorded on February 26, 2020 Join us for the World Business Academy's monthly podcast featuring Academy President Rinaldo S. Brutoco in conversation with Chief of Staff Kristy Jansen. Our monthly podcast covers the latest macro-economic trends as well as in-depth analysis of politics, business, and society. On this episode of New Business Paradigms, Kristy and Rinaldo paint another bleak picture of the Trump Reality Show and the broader global economy. As the noted reality TV star and US President Donald Trump shouts about how unfairly he’s been treated, the truth is that this man has gone bankrupt six times and now he is doing his best to bankrupt America. In the face of external reality, the practice of plutocratic attempts to forestall an economic downturn by printing money and fudging the numbers is starting to wear thin. The World Business Academy is a 501c3 nonprofit charity. Our views and analysis are given without any motivation other than helping to ensure our listeners know how to protect their savings in an unpredictable and chaotic economic climate.
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