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500 Office Designs Reviewed in 4 Months, 2010 Census

November 10, 2013
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places - 2010 Census GraphicEvery ten years, the US Census Bureau does an official count of the general US population.  We all get a paper form that requests some basic information about us.  For those of us who don’t return the form, the Census Bureau is required to follow up, in person.  The following up is known as NRFU, (nar*foo, non-response follow-up.  Seriously.)

NRFU is performed by temporary workers operating from over 500 cities in the US.  Every morning for 6 months, these workers pick up forms and addresses from a local Census office, knock on doors and return in the evening with results.  The US Census Bureau has 6-8 months to lease, design, build and outfit them all.  This is what we call a tenant interiors roll-out.

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Valuing Ideas vs Content vs Experiences

May 27, 2012
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Jonah Lehrer points out that early copyright law created the notion that ideas are valuable. The claim of the legal world is that ideas are valuable enough to provide legal protection. But this is a tricky point. I’d like to know if the economic data bears that out.

Someone help me attribute this story.  An author is challenged that his material is not unique.  “I could have written that.” goes the challenge.  The author responds, “Perhaps you could have written this, sir. But you didn’t. I did.” In this case, our author makes an interesting point: he delivered.  His response accepts that the idea was not inherently unique. Perhaps many people had the same thought, the same idea. But it was our author who wrote, packaged and delivered the idea in a manner that others valued.  Valued enough to pay for it.

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