Niccolo Invidia Joins Institute as Research Fellow

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Niccolo Invidia has joined the Institute as a Research Fellow, focusing primarily on our Global Poverty Project. Based in The Netherlands, he has an extensive educational background in social policy, political science, and international relations, and joins us with an innovative personal perspective on the causes of damaging wealth imbalances. His background can be found here.

The Drama of Predicting How our Lives Will Change from Technology

See the new article posted, addressing the all too common drama of robotic utopias, or artificial intelligence hell where our robots kill us. The reality is somewhere in between, and it is a matter of who is affected. Read more here.

Global Poverty Project Launched

Poverty is one of the most stubborn problems that a) technically should be solved, given our economic, technological, and scientific successes and b) continues to confound the developed world. Poverty is also a gateway to a host of other societal issues that artificially restrains our society from reaching its maximum potential. Based on extensive research, the Institute is of the disposition that the current argument regarding the causes and proposed solutions of poverty is inaccurate and doomed to a continuous cycle of fruitless debate. An initiative has been launched to validate existing internal theories and to present a cohesive strategy to efficiently combat root causes of poverty.

TEDx Talk is Live!

“Forget Economics”, given by Garrett Fisher at TEDx NapaValley on March 30, 2014, is live for viewing. Click on the menu item above called “TEDx Talk” to watch the video.


What is ‘Economic Innovation’ anyway?

Most think of economic innovation as having to do with increasing production and efficiency. In our particular approach, that is very limited. Increases in production have served their purpose and now innovation is about more than production numbers, its about a smarter economy. See one of our many new articles “Defining Economic Innovation.

Presentation to the Rural Workforce Investment Board

Garrett Fisher presented to the Rural Workforce Investment Board on April 16 in Dillon, CO. The subject was an update on findings from the initial scheduling of Startup Weekend Breckenridge, updates on its rescheduling, New Tech, and a developing thesis by the Institute regarding mountain region economic development. In summary, increasing tourism drives upward pressure on real estate prices which, in turn, makes it harder to provide adequate wages for local support jobs. Economic development that increases tourism or has real estate footprint is best to be avoided. Stay tuned for updates as an in-depth analysis will materialize in print in the near future.

TEDx Talk “Forget Economics” Delivered in Napa, CA by Garrett Fisher

A continuation of the work developed in “The Human Theory of Everything,” Garrett Fisher delivered a TEDx talk at TEDx NapaValley in Napa, CA on March 30, 2014. Well received by the audience of 400 listeners, the talk walked listeners through why discussions over our economy are stuck on basic theories and what must be done to create the next chapter in human accomplishment. A video will be posted of the talk within a few weeks.


Garrett Fisher presents to NW Council of Governments Working Group

Held at the Vail Leadership Institute, the Colorado Northwest Council of Governments’ bimonthly Working Group meeting was held on February 26 and Garrett Fisher presented updates on Startup Weekend Breckenridge and upcoming New Tech. He further presented on findings of economic trends in the mountain region with regard to innovation and startup activity. The group was highly supportive of the “location neutral” philosophy. His next presentation is at the Rural Workforce Investment Board on April 16 in Dillon, CO.

Institute Welcomes New Advisor

The Institute for Economic Innovation welcomes Jeff Schell, Esq. as an Advisor.

Mr. Schell is a patent attorney based in Denver, CO and takes an innovative approach to protecting intellectual property for startups. He is highly active building entrepreneurship in the Front Range and Mountain startup communities.

His biography can be viewed under the “People” menu.

Startup Weekend coming to Breckenridge

Garrett Fisher is the Lead Organizer for bringing Startup Weekend to Breckenridge. The event will be 1/31/14 to 2/2/14 held at Colorado Mountain College 107 Denison Placer Rd Breckenridge CO 80424. This is the first in a series of differing event styles related to the Mountain Entrepreneurial Communities Initiative. The goal is to find nascent entrepreneurs “hiding” in Summit County – and offer a venue to push startup ideas into actionable business plans. The site for the event is at