51 episodes

With the new class structure resembling that of the Medieval times, opportunity is quickly disappearing for small business people, property owners, skilled workers and private sector professionals.
Join world-renown author Joel Kotkin and tech-entrepreneur Marshall Toplansky as they explore what we can do to liberate the global middle class.
They sit down with business, government, and citizen leaders to uncover the trends and give you the insights and tools to forge a better future.
Joel Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University, Executive Director of the Urban Reform Institute, and an internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. His most recent book, The Coming of Neo-Feudalism is now available for pre-order.
Marshall N. Toplansky is a widely published and award-winning marketing professional and successful entrepreneur. He co-founded KPMG's data andanalytics center of excellence and now teaches and consults corporations on their analytics strategies.
This show is supported by the Chapman Center for Demographics and Policy, which focuses on research and analysis of global, national and regional demographic trends and explores policies that might produce favorable demographic results over time.

Feudal Future Joel Kotkin & Marshall Toplansky

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    • 4.5 • 29 Ratings

With the new class structure resembling that of the Medieval times, opportunity is quickly disappearing for small business people, property owners, skilled workers and private sector professionals.
Join world-renown author Joel Kotkin and tech-entrepreneur Marshall Toplansky as they explore what we can do to liberate the global middle class.
They sit down with business, government, and citizen leaders to uncover the trends and give you the insights and tools to forge a better future.
Joel Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University, Executive Director of the Urban Reform Institute, and an internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. His most recent book, The Coming of Neo-Feudalism is now available for pre-order.
Marshall N. Toplansky is a widely published and award-winning marketing professional and successful entrepreneur. He co-founded KPMG's data andanalytics center of excellence and now teaches and consults corporations on their analytics strategies.
This show is supported by the Chapman Center for Demographics and Policy, which focuses on research and analysis of global, national and regional demographic trends and explores policies that might produce favorable demographic results over time.

    The Hybrid Model of Work- Will it last?

    The Hybrid Model of Work- Will it last?

    On this episode of the Feudal Future,  Joel Kotkin and Marshall sit with urban analyst Wendell Cox, and news analyst Jerry Sullivan. This episode dives deep into the new hybrid model of work and  its impact on cities.

    Wendell Cox is an American urban policy analyst and academic, known as a leading proponent of the use of the private car over rail projects. He is the principal and sole owner of Wendell Cox Consultancy/Demographia, based in the St. Louis metropolitan region and editor of three web sites, Demographia, The Public Purpose and Urban Tours by Rental Car. Cox is a fellow of numerous conservative think tanks and a frequent op-ed commenter in conservative US and UK newspapers.

    Jerry Sullivan is an author on The Real Deal, The Real Deal is the premier real estate news outlet in the US, reaching millions of professionals daily through digital, print, social media and events. 

    BRAND NEW:
    From Chapman's Center of Demographics & Policy, Joel Kotkin & Marshall Toplansky co-author the brand new report on restoring The California Dream.

    If you haven't downloaded the report, see it here:
    https://joelkotkin.com/report-restoring-the-california-dream/

    Visit Our Page
    www.TheFeudalFuturePodcast.com

    Support Our Work
    The Center for Demographics and Policy focuses on research and analysis of global, national, and regional demographic trends and explores policies that might produce favorable demographic results over time. It involves Chapman students in demographic research under the supervision of the Center’s senior staff.

    Students work with the Center’s director and engage in research that will serve them well as they look to develop their careers in business, the social sciences, and the arts. Students also have access to our advisory board, which includes distinguished Chapman faculty and major demographic scholars from across the country and the world.

    For additional information, please contact Mahnaz Asghari, sponsored project analyst for the Office of Research, at (714) 744-7635 or asghari@chapman.edu.

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    Tweet thoughts: @joelkotkin, @mtoplansky, #FeudalFuture #BeyondFeudalism

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    • 41 min
    Hope & War: An Inside Look of the Ukrainian War

    Hope & War: An Inside Look of the Ukrainian War

    On this episode of Feudal Future, hosts Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky are joined by John O’Neill, author of New York Times Number One best seller Unfit for Command and (with Sarah Caton Wynne) The Fisherman’s Tomb, an Amazon Number Three best seller. This show focuses on Ukraine and the history of Russia, bioweapons, and China.

    John graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1967 and, after decorated service in Vietnam, finished as the top graduate of The University of Texas School of Law. Following a clerkship with Chief Justice William Rehnquist at the United States Supreme Court, John tried successfully several hundred cases and arbitrations, including representation for the People’s Republic of China in their first U.S. litigation. He declined any further representation of the PRC after the massacre at Tiananmen Square and the death/disappearance of many innocent Chinese people. John has repeatedly been selected into Best Lawyers® and appeared in several hundred television and radio shows on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, Fox Business, and MSNBC. He has appeared on the Laura Ingraham, Joe Scarborough and Allen Colmes, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Chris Matthews shows. John is a kidney donor, survivor of four separate types of cancer and proud father, husband and grandfather.

    BRAND NEW:
    From Chapman's Center of Demographics & Policy, Joel Kotkin & Marshall Toplansky co-author the brand new report on restoring The California Dream.

    If you haven't downloaded the report, see it here:
    https://joelkotkin.com/report-restoring-the-california-dream/

    Visit Our Page
    www.TheFeudalFuturePodcast.com

    Support Our Work
    The Center for Demographics and Policy focuses on research and analysis of global, national, and regional demographic trends and explores policies that might produce favorable demographic results over time. It involves Chapman students in demographic research under the supervision of the Center’s senior staff.

    Students work with the Center’s director and engage in research that will serve them well as they look to develop their careers in business, the social sciences, and the arts. Students also have access to our advisory board, which includes distinguished Chapman faculty and major demographic scholars from across the country and the world.

    For additional information, please contact Mahnaz Asghari, sponsored project analyst for the Office of Research, at (714) 744-7635 or asghari@chapman.edu.

    Follow us on LinkedIn:
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-feudal-future-podcast/about/

    Tweet thoughts: @joelkotkin, @mtoplansky, #FeudalFuture #BeyondFeudalism

    Learn more about Joel's book 'The Coming of Neo-Feudalism': 

    • 33 min
    Destined For Destruction? A Deep Dive Into The Impact of The Metaverse | Part II

    Destined For Destruction? A Deep Dive Into The Impact of The Metaverse | Part II

    THEY ARE BACK FOR PART 2!

    On this episode of Feudal Future, hosts Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky are joined for a second episode by American entrepreneur, Rony Abovitz, and Charlie Fink, AR/VR consultant and professor of Chapman University. This show discusses the metaverse and the impact it will have on social and societal issues.

    Rony Abovitz  is an American entrepreneur. Abovitz founded MAKO Surgical Corp., a company manufacturing surgical robotic arm assistance platforms, in 2004 and recently acquired by Stryker for $1.65 billion. Abovitz is the founder of the Mixed reality/Augmented Reality (MR/AR) company Magic Leap and served as its CEO from its founding in 2010.

    Charlie Fink is a Forbes Columnist, and the Author of Remote Collaboration & Virtual Conferences (2020), Convergence (2019) and Charlie Fink's Metaverse (2017). In the early 90s, Fink ran VR pioneer Virtual World Entertainment. Previously, he was a VP at Disney, SVP at AOL, and President of AG & Blue Mountain. He teaches XR at Chapman University in Orange, CA.

    BRAND NEW:
    From Chapman's Center of Demographics & Policy, Joel Kotkin & Marshall Toplansky co-author the brand new report on restoring The California Dream.

    If you haven't downloaded the report, see it here: 
    https://joelkotkin.com/report-restoring-the-california-dream/

    Visit Our Page
    www.TheFeudalFuturePodcast.com

    Support Our Work
    The Center for Demographics and Policy focuses on research and analysis of global, national, and regional demographic trends and explores policies that might produce favorable demographic results over time. It involves Chapman students in demographic research under the supervision of the Center’s senior staff.

    Students work with the Center’s director and engage in research that will serve them well as they look to develop their careers in business, the social sciences, and the arts. Students also have access to our advisory board, which includes distinguished Chapman faculty and major demographic scholars from across the country and the world.

    For additional information, please contact Mahnaz Asghari, sponsored project analyst for the Office of Research, at (714) 744-7635 or asghari@chapman.edu.

    Follow us on LinkedIn:
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-feudal-future-podcast/

    Tweet thoughts: @joelkotkin, @mtoplansky, #FeudalFuture #BeyondFeudalism

    Learn more about Joel's book 'The Coming of Neo-Feudalism': https://amzn.to/3a1VV87

    Sign Up For News & Alerts: http://joelkotkin.com/#subscribe

    This show is presented by the Chapman Center for Demographics and Policy, which focuses on research and analysis of global, national and regional demographic trends and explores policies that might produce favorable demographic results over time.

    • 46 min
    The Refugee Crisis: Is There A Solution?

    The Refugee Crisis: Is There A Solution?

    On this episode of Feudal Future, hosts Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky are joined by Dan Hanniher of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and Erol Kekic of Church World Service. This show discusses the ever pressing issues of refugees.

    Erol Kekic is a senior vice president at Church World Service (CWS), where he leads the Immigration and Refugee Program. CWS is one of nine refugee resettlement agencies in the United States, and it also operates the Resettlement Support Center Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is the largest faith-based nonprofit dedicated to serving vulnerable immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the U.S. For more than 80 years, LIRS has been a champion for migrants and refugees from around the globe.


    BRAND NEW:
    From Chapman's Center of Demographics & Policy, Joel Kotkin & Marshall Toplansky co-author the brand new report on restoring The California Dream.

    If you haven't downloaded the report, see it here: 
    https://joelkotkin.com/report-restoring-the-california-dream/

    Visit Our Page
    www.TheFeudalFuturePodcast.com

    Support Our Work
    The Center for Demographics and Policy focuses on research and analysis of global, national, and regional demographic trends and explores policies that might produce favorable demographic results over time. It involves Chapman students in demographic research under the supervision of the Center’s senior staff.

    • 35 min
    Can We Restore The California Dream? SPECIAL

    Can We Restore The California Dream? SPECIAL

    We want California to come back. Will you join us in this fight?

    From Chapman's Center of Demographics & Policy, Joel Kotkin & Marshall Toplansky co-author the brand new report on restoring The California Dream.

    If you haven't downloaded the report, see it here: 
    https://joelkotkin.com/report-restoring-the-california-dream/

    What is happening to the California dream? For some it still comes true, but for many, and perhaps most Californians, the state increasingly fails to provide ample opportunities to start a business, buy a home or move up to the middle class. The state’s performance on these issues is the ultimate test of the ‘California model’ and its validity for the rest of the nation.

    We face two seemingly discordant realities. In technology, culture and lifestyle, California remains the envy of the world. The state’s aggregate economy—its GDP—has continued to grow faster than the national average, in large part due to the enormous surge of wealth created in the tech sector, where California is home to 53 of the country’s 500 largest firms and four of the country’s seven most valued firms, all in tech.

    California’s 2020 $3.2 trillion GDP would make it the world’s fifth largest national economy if it were a standalone country, just behind Germany. It accounts for 14% of the US GDP, while our 40 million people account for slightly under 12% of the country’s population. The Golden State, by that metric, still punches above its weight. Yet for most Californians, the economic reality is far from rosy. Even as the state creates an ever-higher number of billionaires—24 added just last year—California workers have not shared in the prosperity. Nearly 80% of all jobs created in the state over the past decade paid less than the median income, a percentage far below our prime competitors. The inconvenient truth is that in key metrics such as housing costs and income growth, most Californians are doing worse than their counterparts elsewhere.

    Overall, California now underperforms its main competitors, notably Arizona, Texas, Washington and Utah in many sectors of the economy—manufacturing, professional business services, construction and energy—that once provided steady, high-wage employment. The loss of major corporations in distribution, engineering, aerospace and technology also has eroded our economic diversity and key sources of long-term, middle-class employment.

    Low real wages, combined with the very high price of real estate, have created a profoundly divided California. The primary task before us is to restore California’s opportunity culture, and by doing so, create prosperity for a broad section of California’s middle and working-classes. Our great state needs to restore its historical promise to its citizens.

    California’s key challenge is not to produce wealth, but rather to spread its blessings more widely. Housing may well be the key issue; more than 70% of Californians surveyed consider the state’s housing costs as “a very serious issue,” and more than half are considering a move out.

    Support Our Work
    The Center for Demographics and Policy focuses on research and analysis of global, national, and regional demographic trends and explores policies that might produce favorable demographic results over time. It involves Chapman students in demographic research under the supervision of the Center’s senior staff.

    Students work with the Center’s director and engage in research that will serve them well as they look to develop their careers in business, the social sciences, and the arts. Students also have access to our advisory board, which includes distinguished Chapman faculty and major demographic scholars from across the country and the world.

    For additional information, please contact Mahnaz Asghari, sponsored project analyst for the Office of Research, at (714) 744-7635 or asghari@chapman.edu.

    • 1 min
    Who Wins?: A Deep Dive Into The Nation's Innovation Competition

    Who Wins?: A Deep Dive Into The Nation's Innovation Competition

    On this episode of Feudal Future, hosts Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky are joined by Vice-President of Jobs Ohio Andrew Deye, and Bill Carpou, CEO of Octane. This show discusses the job competition between states for innovation. 

    Andrew Deye Deye is managing director of strategy and business development for JobsOhio, a private nonprofit tasked with bringing jobs and investment to the state by attracting, and keeping, businesses.
    For Deye, JobsOhio, which he joined right after graduating from the Kennedy School, represented an opportunity to pursue his interest in public-private partnerships. The organization’s achievements so far include successful projects with more than 1,600 companies since 2011, involving 140,000 new job commitments, along with more than 400,000 jobs retained. But beyond the impressive numbers, this has also been an opportunity for him to do something with greater social impact after an early career spent in investment banking, and to help rebuild and reinvent his native state.

    Bill Carpou is the current chief executive officer of OCTANe and a partner in Visionary Ventures. Prior to joining OCTANe as CEO, Mr. Carpou was the Managing Partner for TheGreyGroup which he founded and focused on revenue growth and operational improvement for early stage companies. From February 2010 through September 2014, Mr. Carpou served in an operating partner role at the Blackstone Group including leading a key portfolio company, RGIS. Mr. Carpou was recruited to this position by
    Blackstone and was responsible for all aspects of revenue including sales,
    marketing, channel expansion, strategic alliances, acquisitions and customer service.

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    Tweet thoughts: @joelkotkin, @mtoplansky, #FeudalFuture #BeyondFeudalism

    Learn more about Joel's book 'The Coming of Neo-Feudalism': https://amzn.to/3a1VV87

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    This show is presented by the Chapman Center for Demographics and Policy, which focuses on research and analysis of global, national and regional demographic trends and explores policies that might produce favorable demographic results over time.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Hassan Ilyas ,

Pushing forward thinking

Great show to really understand that it’s okay to be in the middle

Salsandi ,

Great stuff

I heard Kotkin interviewed by Steve Bannon and I bought the book. So glad to find the podcasts so I can soak in the sauce for a while before I grapple with the meat in the book. I suspect Bannon is right. This is the warning we must heed in order to stop the property less unfulfilled existence that could be around the corner to neo-feudalism.
Loving the podcasts.

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