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Revealed – the 147 Companies That Run the World | Forbes & New Scientist

Revealed – the 147 Companies That Run the World  |  Forbes & New Scientist | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it

An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy.


The study's assumptions have attracted some criticism, but complex systems analysts contacted by New Scientist say it is a unique effort to untangle control in the global economy. Pushing the analysis further, they say, could help to identify ways of making global capitalism more stable.
 

The idea that a few bankers control a large chunk of the global economy might not seem like news to New York's Occupy Wall Street movement, ...but the study, by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, is the first to go beyond ideology to empirically identify such a network of power. It combines the mathematics long used to model natural systems with comprehensive corporate data to map ownership among the world's transnational corporations (TNCs).

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"If connectedness clusters, so does wealth, ...money flows towards the most highly connected members." ~ Dan Braha of NECSI

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"Reality is so complex, we must move away from dogma, whether it's conspiracy theories or free-market," says James Glattfelder. "Our analysis is reality-based."

 

From the Forbes summary version of this post:

 

... the data set...excludes GSEs and privately-held companies and is dominated by banks, institutional investors and mutual funds that don’t always have much in the way of control over assets.

 

Forbes reader danogden ...commented: “…pension plans, corporate 401(k) plans and individual funds..manage trillions in assets ultimately belonging to individuals who are predominantly not in the “1%”. …

 

...“custodian banks” in the list — companies who hold the assets of asset managers to ensure timely processing of things ...do not own the assets, or even really control [them.] A better list would be the actual asset OWNERS, rather than the vendors who manage, house and clear said assets.”

 

 If connectedness clusters, so does wealth, says Dan Braha of NECSI: in similar models, money flows towards the most highly connected members. 

 

...The real question, says the Zurich team, is whether it can exert concerted political power. Driffill feels 147 is too many to sustain collusion. Braha suspects they will compete in the market but act together on common interests. Resisting changes to the network structure may be one such common interest.

 


 


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, September 7, 2013 4:43 PM

Complexity science is a window to understanding nature as well as ourselves in a global system.  This article is blend of two, from the original New Scientist post from 2011, and from a Forbes summary that was listed on LinkedIn today, September 2013.  ~  Deb

Jim Allen, III's curator insight, September 13, 2013 10:26 AM

They didn't dig deep enough into who heads, runs, and holds most interest in these companies and the number will be closer to 12 families.

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Skyscraper Trees: Good or Gimmicky?

Skyscraper Trees: Good or Gimmicky? | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
Debating the merits of planting forests on the sides of tall buildings.
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Green Solar Europa, Intratrek to invest $350m in a solar plant in Zimbabwe

Green Solar Europa, Intratrek to invest $350m in a solar plant in Zimbabwe | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
UK-based Green Solar Europa and Intratrek Zimbabwe are planning to invest
about $350m for the construction of a 100MW solar power plant in Gwanda,
Matabeleland South province, Zimbabwe.
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The Art & Architecture Chicago Sightseeing Guide

The Art & Architecture Chicago Sightseeing Guide | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
The Art & Architecture Chicago Sightseeing Guide http://t.co/Xidrr9ws1P #ChicagoArchitecture #ChicagoArt
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sustainable development – How are universities faring? - University World News

sustainable development – How are universities faring? - University World News | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
sustainable development – How are universities faring?
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Photo by Antoine Graftio: Nature and architecture safari park

Photo by Antoine Graftio: Nature and architecture safari park | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
Nature and architecture safari park (Photo by Antoine Graftio: Nature and architecture safari park http://t.co/qYkkMIhd...)...
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Fruit Bowl Integrated Furnishings

Fruit Bowl Integrated Furnishings | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
Amidov Cherry Wood Table - The Amidov Cherry Wood Table isn’t quite as flexible as most furnishings of its type are, given that a portion of its surface has been remove...
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How are solar power panels better for properties in comparison with ...

Solar panels null a great low cost source of power null null unknown the reason why individuals are yet to appreciate this heating system thoroughly . There's a lot of domestic and retail null They can deliver null and various ...
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9 Artists Who Stretch The Rules Of Tattoo Design

9 Artists Who Stretch The Rules Of Tattoo Design | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
Tattoos have gone utterly mainstream. Once the mark of a rock star or an inmate, they can be found on everyone from sultry Johnny Depp to wholesome Justin Bieber.
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Sustainability innovations address energy waste and recovery - Examiner.com

Sustainability innovations address energy waste and recovery - Examiner.com | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
Sustainability innovations address energy waste and recoveryExaminer.comAccess to affordable, secure and reliable energy has a direct link to economic prosperity and sustainable ecosystems. Energy sources must also be sustainable.
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12 Lucky Students Learn About Sustainability by Making Chairs ...

12 Lucky Students Learn About Sustainability by Making Chairs ... | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it

Twelve lucky students each got the chance to make a chair out of the American hardwood of their choice. Their design was developed into a working prototype with the help of a furniture company, plus the whole project was monitored by sustainability experts who produced a life cycle impact report.

 

The result: some fascinating chairs but more importantly, a great way to bring sustainability alive for product design students by highlighting the environmental impact of design and material choices.

 

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INTERVIEW: Architecture for Humanity’s Co-Founder Kate Stohr

INTERVIEW: Architecture for Humanity’s Co-Founder Kate Stohr | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it

Only six years after their first book comes Design Like You Give A Damn [2]: Building Change From the Ground Up, a second work which chronicles over 100 projects from around the world that address issues such as disaster reconstruction, shelter, education, and the basic needs of communities. Edited by the amazing team at Architecture for Humanity and published by Abrams, DLYGAD[2] goes more into detail about how each project came about and provides an informative source from which communities can learn to accomplish their own projects just the same. Recently we caught up with Kate Stohr, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, to find out more about this second book and the things she learned while working on it.

 

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Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition 2012: Competition asks those who will design the 21st century to develop solutions that empower, advance, and include groups often overlooked in the de...

Metropolis Magazine's 9th Next Generation Design Competition is challenging emerging designers to define "inclusive design.

 

This year, Metropolis Magazine's annual Next Generation Design Competition is challenging emerging designers to define "inclusive design." The competition asks those who will design the 21st century to develop solutions that empower, advance, and include groups often overlooked in the design process - including, but not limited to, the rapidly increasing aging population and citizens with disabilities.

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Concept Emergency Shelter Snaps Together Like Puzzle Pieces [Pics] - PSFK

Concept Emergency Shelter Snaps Together Like Puzzle Pieces [Pics] - PSFK | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
An emergency shelter that is an upgrade from temporary tents.
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MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
RT @inhabitat: MS&R Architecture recently transformed a vacant Wal-Mart in Texas into an enormous public library http://t.co/NKifD8wCH3
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Powering America: How Solar Energy Creates Green Jobs and Grows the Economy

Powering America: How Solar Energy Creates Green Jobs and Grows the Economy | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
SOLAR ENERGY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION — (RT @greenwatchdogNY: More than 119k Americans now work in solar power industry: http://t.co/KlrBSZMzl6)
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Frontiers | GGI Launches GLASSIFY! Art and Science Challenge During Brain Awareness Week

Frontiers | GGI Launches GLASSIFY! Art and Science Challenge During Brain Awareness Week | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
Why Inventio!Brains Prize? My take @FrontiersofNeuroscience #neuroscience @neuinfo #brain #xprize #design http://t.co/N5NBNr4XpV
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SNL’s Sketch Pits iPhone 5 Factory Workers Problems Against The Tech Critics

SNL’s Sketch Pits iPhone 5 Factory Workers Problems Against The Tech Critics | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
Saturday Night Live’s latest parody sketch gives life to that oft-quted phrase ‘first world problems’. (Here’s an alternative link if the one above doesn’t work).
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Stunning Photos of Abandoned Mid-Century Modern Homes - Flavorwire

Stunning Photos of Abandoned Mid-Century Modern Homes - Flavorwire | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
Flavorwire: Cultural news and critique from Flavorpill (RT @matthiasrascher: Stunning Photos of Abandoned Mid-Century Modern Homes.)...
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paper architecture exhibition in paris

paper architecture exhibition in paris | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
reproduced and re-imagined urban structures are assembled, drawn, cut, folded and glued together to showcase the range and depth of paper.
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International Electric Power Introduces PROJECT PHOENIX

International Electric Power, LLC (IEP) is pleased to announce, in partnership with the Government of Haiti, the signing of an agreement between the parties to form a Public-Private Venture in a power generating facility that will remove waste from the streets of Port au Prince, decrease Haiti’s dependence on imported fuel, create approximately 1,800 high-quality, skilled jobs and provide 30MW of reliable, green, base-load electric power fueled by municipal solid waste.

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Crowdfunding Can & Will Increase Clean Energy Development & Deployment

Crowdfunding Can & Will Increase Clean Energy Development & Deployment | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it

 Two of society’s hottest solutions to a myriad of international (and national) problems are clean energy and crowdfunding. So, why not combine the two?

 

Clean Energy is Inherently a Socialized Investment - Tax incentives and payments from the government came from taxpayer money, so even now we have seen that clean energy investments are a crowdfunded activity. Now with equity crowdfunding we have the opportunity to link clean energy companies directly with investors. We aren’t only funding the roof over our heads, but rather making a collective investment in energy sustainability by equity crowdfunding.

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Whom Does Design Really Serve? | Project for Public Spaces

Whom Does Design Really Serve? | Project for Public Spaces | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
Excellent and necessary article. UK needs to take note. Whom Does Design Really Serve?
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Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science have developed a way to make batteries using sugar.
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“Public Interest Design” Exhibition Opening | Public Interest Design

“Public Interest Design” Exhibition Opening | Public Interest Design | Humanitarian Engineering | Scoop.it

The next in a series of exhibitions on design for the public good–”Public Interest Design: Products, Places, & Processes“–will officially open Thursday evening, October 4, 6-10pm, at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco.

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