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Get Ready for China's Innovation Juggernaut

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"The CEO of Coca-Cola recently stated that China is a better place to do business than the United States. Muhtar Kent's remarks were prompted by the complexities of America's tax code, its bureaucratic red tape, and its polarized political process."

 

"The Chinese are patiently preparing for what many see as their manifest destiny to lead the world. After all, China is the world's most populous country. But you will hear few hubristic statements from Beijing. China knows it has a long road ahead. Holding all those U.S. Treasury bonds, it doesn't expect or want America to stumble any time soon. Whatever the CEO of Coca-Cola may say, the U.S. still places No. 5 on the World Economic Forum's national competiveness rankings; China ranks 26th. And among the world's most valuable brands, the U.S. accounts for 60, China for none. However, the Asian Century may just turn out to be all in and all done by 2050, not 2100, unless the U.S. can get its mojo back soon."

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India’s Innovation Stimulus

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Native sons have gone from working for Western companies to running Indian companies that are offering solutions to India’s problems.

"All these schools, plus 600 million cellphones, plus 1.2 billion people, half of whom are under 25, are India’s hope — because only by leveraging technology and brains can India deliver a truly better life for its masses. There are a million reasons why it won’t happen, but there is one big reason it might. The predicted really is happening: India’s young techies are moving from running the back rooms of Western companies, who outsourced work here, to inventing the front rooms of Indian companies, which are offering creative, low-cost solutions for India’s problems. The late C.K. Prahalad called it “Gandhian innovation,” and I encountered many examples around New Delhi."
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There’s Something Happening Here

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When you see spontaneous social protests erupting from Tunisia to Tel Aviv to Wall Street, it’s clear that something is happening globally that needs defining. There are two unified theories out there that intrigue me. One says this is the start of “The Great Disruption.” The other says that this is all part of “The Big Shift.” You decide.

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Bolivia to Put Sea Claim to Court

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Bolivia has said it will take Chile to international courts to try to recover access to the Pacific Ocean, which it lost in a war 132 years ago.

President Evo Morales said Chile had failed to respond to a deadline he had set for progress in negotiations.

Bolivia's loss of the sea was an "open wound" that must be healed, he added.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has rejected the remarks, calling them a "serious obstacle" to relations.

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China Seeks a Cultural Influence to Match Its Economic Muscle

China Seeks a Cultural Influence to Match Its Economic Muscle | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The nation’s approach to building a world-class culture is not all that different from its economic plan: set a goal, adopt rigid specifications, spend freely and monitor the results closely.

"It may not be lost on the creative community that Mao quickly replaced his hundred-flowers campaign with an anti-rightist movement in which hundreds of thousands of intellectuals were stripped of their jobs, with many of them sent to labor camps. Mao later said he had been seeking to lure the snakes from their dens in order to cut off their heads.

In China, then as now, liberalization and crackdown reliably — and unpredictably — ebb and flow."
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Derek's Blog » Schools should astonish kids - Case in Point: Gandhian innovation

Just read an article by Tom Friedman that illustrates Stephen's message perfectly. India's Innovation Stimulus: http://nyti.ms/u0U94r  Creative people are inventing innovative solutions that liberate India's poorest people. Farming software to increase crop productivity. A prescreening device to significantly reduce the ravages of eye maladies. Transportation software to efficiently locate the cheapest fares. Astonishing! Imagine what the world would be like twenty years from now if students were all learning to be creative astonishers whose passion in life is to invent a better future. And if that's not enough to motivate schools to change, invite them to imagine what the world will be like if students are not learning to be astonishers.
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Reading List: Books To Help You Understand Japan : NPR

Reading List: Books To Help You Understand Japan : NPR | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The ongoing nuclear crisis is one of many major disasters Japan has experienced over the past century. Cases of great tragedy and trauma have been a driving creative force behind much of Japan's classic and modern literature — writing that reveals insights into the country's people and character.

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