James Bowen
James Bowen
CEO, Experiential Simulations

Brigitte Baumann, founder of the global angel investor group, Go beyond Investing, describes her methodology for developing entrepreneur teams using learning by interacting incorporating diversity of thought. She also talks about entrepreneurship as a profession.


James Bowen, is an author, professor and CEO of Experiential Simulations a producer of simulations for teaching entrepreneurship.James Bowen Podcast_resized.jpg


10 Facts About the Gig Economy

Posted Apr 20, 2018
    Christopher Ruel
Christopher Ruel
Community and Social Marketing, Wiley

What is a gig economy? According to Investopedia, gig economies arise when companies, rather than hiring full-time employees, engage independent contractors and freelancers. Since a large number of workers want to participate in a gig economy for any number of reasons, the results are cheaper and more efficient services.


How much do you know about a gig economy? We found ten facts about today’s gig economy and the motivation behind workers wanting more flexible employment opportunities.



  1. 1/3rd of all workers in the U.S. and European Union are freelancers and 86% of professional freelancers choose freelancing.
  2. 36% of the U.S. workforce, or 57 million people freelanced in 2016
  3. Nearly 20% of U.S. full-time independent contractors earn more than $100,000.
  4. By 2020, it is estimated that 7.6 million Americans will be working in the gig economy.
  5. 63% of executives would choose freelancing if given the opportunity.
  6. 69% of millennials regret not choosing a job with better work/life balance and 44% wish they enjoyed their job more.
  7. 74% of North American office workers would quit their current jobs if offered a job that allowed them to work remotely more often.
  8. 44% of business leaders believe the changing nature of work and flexible work are the greatest drivers of industry change.
  9. While 50% of U.S. jobs are compatible with remote work arrangements, only 7% of employers make flexible hours available to employees
  10. Just 30% of U.S. employees consider themselves engaged at work.


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A New Way to Think About Startups

Posted Apr 11, 2018
    James Bowen
James Bowen
CEO, Experiential Simulations

Chris Albinson has a broad background in startups in California and other regions. He speaks about how new cost models and data analytics are being used to assess startups along with attributes that define successful startups. As we enter a more innovative and fast paced startup era, he discusses new thinking for universities and colleges teaching entrepreneurship along with suggestions for entrepreneurs/investors looking to start a company.


James Bowen, your host, is an author, professor and CEO of Experiential Simulations ,a producer of simulations for teaching entrepreneurship



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    CJ Hwu
CJ Hwu
Director, Government Affairs Asia Pacific, Wiley

The global shortage of highly skilled workers with digital science and analytics (DSA) skills is expected to reach 38-40 million by 2020. In Vietnam, the shortage will be over 500,000 employees. Cisco estimates that 80% of the 54 million workers in Vietnam lack the necessary skillsets to fully participate in the digital economy. The result is billions of dollars in lost revenue annually.CJ Hwu and Jeffrey Goss.png


To address this skills gap, Project DARE (Data Analytics Raising Employment) brought together global employers, university representatives and government from APEC member economies to develop
a set of 10 workplace-ready competencies for DSA-enabled workers (
Recommended APEC Data Science and Analytics Competencies).


Launched last year and supported by Wiley and the Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF), the Project DARE framework introduces a first-of-its-kind list of core DSA competencies combining
technical skills and critical soft or workplace skills needed by employers. DARE is currently building on this framework to develop tools, content and other resources to deploy these competencies in university and corporate settings.


Taking that framework to Vietnam, one of the supporting economies of Project DARE, Wiley and Arizona State University (ASU) conducted a workshop in March, attended by Vietnam higher education institutions, multinationals and government agencies to prioritize the recommendations, as well as identify gaps in the Vietnam context.


According to the group, the top three competencies needed in Vietnam are:

  • 21st century skills, including DSA capabilities at all levels,
  • Data Management & Governance,
  • Operational Analytics.


Other needed skills include cybersecurity knowledge and applied Artificial Intelligence.


Following the workshop, Chris Gray, Wiley’s VP Knowledge & Learning, appeared on an Industry 4.0 Panel on Public Private Partnerships at ASU’s annual STEMCON Conference in Ho Chi Minh City. He echoed the themes of Project DARE.


“Automation and new technologies are not a new phenomenon. Fears about their transformation of the workplace and effects on employment date back centuries, to before the First Industrial Revolution in the 18th century,” shared Chris. “In the third Industrial Revolution in the 1960s, US President Lyndon Johnson empaneled a ‘National Commission on Technology, Automation, and Economic Progress.’ Among its conclusions: ‘technology destroys jobs, but not work.’


“I think that is true for today as well. Many jobs will no longer exist or look very different, and brand new jobs will emerge,” he said.


Project DARE will next be tabled at the Asia Pacific Rim Universities’ Presidents and Senior International Leaders Forum in Taipei in June. In Vietnam, another focus group will be convened before the end of the year to explore piloting the Wiley/BHEF Data Science Foundations Course.


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Photo:: CJ Hwu, Director of Government Affairs, APAC, with Jeffrey Goss, Arizona State University’s Associate Vice Provost, Vietnam/SE Asia Programs, at the Vietnam DARE Workshop in Ho Chi Minh City.

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