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Why Selling the SDGs Isn’t As Easy As ABC

February 4, 2016 • Climate Change & Society, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, EMERGING TRENDS, Special Report: The Future is Green, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Belinda Goldsmith Amid much hype and expectation, the 193 member states of the United Nations last September agreed on a new ambitious set of global goals that are designed to tackle poverty, inequality, and climate change over the next 15 years. But while celebrated in political and development circles, the hard-fought Sustainable Development Goals

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Make it New: The History of Silicon Valley Design

February 4, 2016 • BUSINESS & INNOVATION, Digital Transformation, Editor’s Choice, EMERGING TRENDSComments (0)

By Barry M. Katz Barry Katz’s book Make it New: The History of Silicon Valley Design sets out to answer the question of how ‘design’ evolved from a marginal service to a strategic imperative. Drawing upon a vast array of original, primary-source


Harvesting The Biosphere

February 4, 2016 • Climate Change & Society, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, EMERGING TRENDS, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Vaclav Smil Humanity has been harvesting an increasing share of the Earth’s photosynthetic productivity. This has already resulted in a new world where the two species – cattle and people – dominate in mass terms but further losses lie ahead.  


The Internet in China: How the Network is Shaping the PRC’s Economic and Social Landscape

February 4, 2016 • BUSINESS & INNOVATION, China, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, Digital Transformation, EMERGING TRENDSComments (0)

By Eric Harwit Chinese e-commerce and communications companies are playing leading roles in the nation’s continued Internet development. These corporations are expanding their roles in e-commerce, communications apps, and other fields that both support


Is Brazil still “The Country of The Future”?

February 4, 2016 • Americas, EMERGING TRENDS, Frontier Markets, GLOBAL ECONOMY, International Relations, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Manoel Bittencourt In this article Manoel Bittencourt argues that corruption is killing economic growth and prosperity in Brazil. Using standard economic theory and data he shows that the demonstrations taking place in Brazil are a natural reaction of a


Brief Considerations on Sustainability and Justice

December 1, 2015 • Climate Change & Society, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, EMERGING TRENDS, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By François Mancebo Sustainable development is our major challenge today. What is even more challenging is to achieve both sustainability and social justice. In this adapted excerpt*, François Mancebo shares some considerations regarding sustainability and


The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance

December 1, 2015 • BUSINESS & INNOVATION, Digital TransformationComments (0)

The Leader’s Role: Leverage Your Soap Box   By Jim Whitehurst In this edited excerpt from his book “The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance”, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst discusses that by having capable, engaged people who recognize


Ethics in Finance: Why is it such a problem?

December 1, 2015 • Banking Innovation, Capitalism in the 21st Century, FINANCE & BANKING, GLOBAL ECONOMY, Governance & RegulationComments (0)

By John Hendry Despite the best efforts of all concerned, the financial sector continues to have a bad reputation for illegal and unethical behaviour and to be more prone to ethical lapses than other business sectors. John Hendry explores why this should be,


China’s New Global Role: President Xi in Washington and the UN

November 26, 2015 • China, Columns, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Dan Steinbock, EMERGING TRENDS, GLOBAL ECONOMY, Global Giants, International Relations, World PoliticsComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock The recent Washington summit took the US-China bilateral relations onto a new level, while President Xi’s UN visit gave a glimpse of China’s new global role.   Currently the US-China bilateral relations are characterized by very


Regulation and Culture Change in Banks

September 30, 2015 • Banking Innovation, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, Editor’s Choice, EMERGING TRENDS, FINANCE & BANKING, Global Capital Markets, Governance & RegulationComments (0)

By John Mellor Responses from regulators to the failures in bank governance and standards of conduct revealed by the crisis of 2007-2008 will fall short of what is needed to restore credibility and trust in financial services. Besides regulation, a change in