Monday, November 22, 2010

Austan Goolsbee and His Magic Whiteboard

Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, and international man of mystery, has started creating a series of videos explaining economic issues of the day. Yes, it's true. He's up to video #4; it had completely escaped my attention until today. In an age of zippy ultra cool video effects available Mr. Goolsbee (can I call him Austan? He seems very approachable.) uses a whiteboard. The suspense in the videos is when he will flip the whiteboard over and what color dry erase pen he will use on the other side. That sounds facetious but it isn't. I tracked down one of the earlier whiteboard videos for comparison and you do wait for the flip.

I highly recommend watching the Whiteboard videos. The fourth one, on the GM IPO, is available at: I look forward to future additions.

The videos are 3 to 5 minutes long and he really does a good job of explaining complex issues.

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