What we’re reading: Dying industries, dissecting failure and bankruptcies, house of the future

Our staff has been studying failure, it seems: failed industries, failed fortunes, business failures, a “house of the future” destroyed by a flood. More details below:

Dying Industries – An analysis examining ten U.S. industries that are in states of significant decline.  I’m starting to worry that my dream of opening Geoff’s Video and Tuxedo Rental Warehouse might be ill conceived.—Geoff Smith, Senior Vice President

Managing Yourself: Can you handle failure? The authors use a research-based behavioral science framework to argue that understanding your own personality type and motivations of bosses, peers and subordinates can you help learn appropriate responses to failure and develop strategies to change bad habits.—Dory Rand, President

How (and Why) Athletes Go Broke—It turns out that even multimillionaires need financial education—particularly athletes, who are surrounded by exploitative advisers and may lack the education of others with similar net worth. Despite mind-boggling salaries,  78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress by the time they have been retired for two years; that figure is 60% for the NBA.—Katie Buitrago, Policy and Communications Associate

Ant Farm as seen by Germano Celant—A stunning photographic look at a now-flooded “house of the future” that was the brainchild of counterculture art and media collective Ant Farm.—Sarah Duda, Senior Research and Project Associate

 

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