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How Singapore creates its economic miracles | Globe and Mail

How Singapore creates its economic miracles | Globe and Mail | Possibilities and Conflict and Prejudice | Scoop.it

 

When Gregory Wade left Research In Motion’s Asia Pacific headquarters here last fall, the logical thing to do might have been to pack up his family and head home to his native shore of British Columbia.

 

Instead, the eight-year expat joined an equity firm and continued preaching the economic miracle of Singapore, coaching Canadian firms looking to set up shop in the region as a vice-president for The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

 

“You will sense a vibe of growth, of energy, a sense of entrepreneurship and the desire and interest to create new and innovative products and services,” said Mr. Wade, who is now managing director of mobility at InflexionPoint Acquisition Corp. “I didn’t get that same vibe in Canada, regardless of locale.”

 

For a city-state with no resources, limited land and a small population, creating the explosive growth and development of the past half-century has meant running it like a corporation – using highly trained, highly paid leaders, inviting the world’s best and brightest to its work force with an open-door policy, and with a near-zero tolerance for dissent among the masses.

 

The result is a planned, modern economy with efficient public services, an educated population and a per-capita share of gross domestic product of more than $60,000 (U.S.), the highest in Southeast Asia. Singapore ranks No. 2 on the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness rankings.

 

Today, as Singapore nears the 50th anniversary of its independence, the original economic miracle is slowing. Hit hard by the Asian financial crisis, the dot-com bust, the outbreak of SARS in 2003 and then global recession in 2008, the city-state is at an economic turning point.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Annisa Ilham's insight:

I see that Singapore’s economy had been getting stronger but it’s progressed recently has slowed. Countries like Japan, America, China and Europe are in recession and Singapore is affected has many of its products and source of economic growth comes from exports. However, big companies are still choosing to set up shop, research and development here. I think that Singapore has a lot to offer despite its size and limitations. I wonder if there is a way to not depend so much on exports and other countries. 

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Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:13 AM

I see that the economy of Singapore has hetting better but recently, the progress hadbecome slower because of many things that happened which hit hard on our economy.Many countries were affected, including Singapore as our economy relies mainly on exports. Despite this, many big organisations and businesses are willing to set up companies and develop in Singapore. I think that there is still alot that Singapore can do and offer despite the challenges it is facing and the limitations it has.Eventhough things may have been slowing down, Singapore still receives offers. The reason Singapore is slowing down is because since Singapore is such a small country, the amount of natural resources we have here is very limited. Despite the limited and small space, Singapore is not affected as there are still people who wants to work and start businesses here. This shows that Singapore has done a great job making itself known to the world, and has already found a space for itself.

Ameer Artsyrup's curator insight, July 5, 2013 10:44 AM

After reading this article, I found out that Singapore's econmy has boomed since its independence. However this is only due as Singapore has traded with other countries in order to survive. On one end, this sounds great as Singapore is thriving due to this but, on the other end, this is also worrying as this clearly shows that Singapore is dependent on other countries in order to survive. This clearly shows us that Singapore is extremely vulnerable. However after ssingapore survived the SARS, H5N1 and the H1N1 period, I believe that the future of this nation is bright.

Evelynkoh's curator insight, July 5, 2013 11:13 AM

As we all know , Singapore is a young nation which has been rediscovered and rebuilt a few years ago. Singapore may be small and that it doesn't have any nature resources but it's position in the world is what makes it stands out. It started of as a port and has slowly been created to how it is now , a successful country , the country which practices meritocracy which is known worldwide. All of these wouldn't have happened if our forefather's didn't protect and built our country well. This is their results of their hard work. However , as it is , Singapore is a very tiny red dot on the globe and is extremely vulnerable to everything that's happening in the world. However , no matter how many crisis we faced we're still standing as strong as ever because we didn't give up , we singaporeans all have a sense of belonging and we all fought and stood with singapore when it was weak. Nowadays , competition is really getting more and more intense as the days , the hours , the minutes and the seconds past. Its like between everyone and everything , there's a competition going on , no matter big or small , all of us are under intense pressure , trying our very best to be the victor. This is why , i hope that this article which is published would make an impact to all its reader's out there , slapping them in their face that they would definitely have to step up and work together to maintain how everything is now. Once they stop and start turning lazy , everything will just go down and i really don't want to think how it will be then. Thus i hope that since singapore has survived so many major crisis , we would forever be like this , the bright and successful nation which everyone looks up to.

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People Present Themselves in Ways That Counteract Prejudices Toward Their Group

People Present Themselves in Ways That Counteract Prejudices Toward Their Group | Possibilities and Conflict and Prejudice | Scoop.it

Individuals from stigmatized groups choose to present themselves in ways that counteract the specific stereotypes and prejudices associated with their group, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

 

“People often think of prejudice as a simple, single phenomenon — general dislike for members of other groups — but recent research suggests that there are actually multiple, distinct types of prejudice,” says graduate student Rebecca Neel, who conducted the research with her advisor Steven Neuberg and post-doctoral scholar Samantha Neufeld at Arizona State University.


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Annisa Ilham's insight:

I see that there are many types of prejudice. For example, prejudice against people who are obese, are a certain race or are a certain religion. Each category is judged differently and the impression given by these people are different. I think that this is unfair as you may be treating somebody in a way that they do not deserve. I wonder why people find it necessary to be prejudice and how they became prejudice against certain people or if it’s just natural to dislike somebody that is not like you or made a different choice.

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Alif's curator insight, June 28, 2013 6:19 AM

There are more than one type of prejudice. This kind of prejudice is very obvious. Such common are prejudice against a specific religion or against people who are obese. With the prejudice still intact in certain minds, humans may no longer live as one. People who go against a certain religion will try to live as far as possible.Simple prejudice like ignoring non-beautiful girls or non-handsome boys is very common. This may lead these left out people to feel depressed or even make them think that their life is unfair and there is no reason for them to live any longer. People may use prejudice as a form of entertainment to joke around but have they thought if they themself was being prejudicised, how will they feel. Leaving prejudice is one step closer to a having a happy environment. I strongly feel prejudice should stop.

Bernice Phua Rui Yi's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:27 AM

There are many different types of prejudices. Some of which could be things like being of a different race, culture and sharing different religious beliefs. It could also be prejudice like being against people who are not as thin compared to them. I personally think that it is not necessary to judge or look down on people. We should all learn to accept one another for who we are and know that doing such things doesn't bring any good to others, all it does is bring them down and we never what they may end up doing.

Teoh Jun Fang's curator insight, July 5, 2013 10:16 AM

(See-Think-Wonder) From this article, I can see that there are lots of different kinds of prejudice and they are expressed in many ways. Prejudice caused many people to have low self-esteem. It made people feel upset with their flaws. Honestly, I feel that prejudice will never stop around the world unless people stop judging one another and are willing to accept their flaws and how different they are from others. I think that everyone is unique in their own ways no matter what. I wonder how the world would be like if there was no prejudice?

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Philip Falcone, A Classic Rags-To-Riches Story

Philip Falcone, A Classic Rags-To-Riches Story | Possibilities and Conflict and Prejudice | Scoop.it
American businessman Philip Falcone is a true rags-to-riches story. Escaping from a tiny poverty-stricken iron-ore mining town in northern Minnesota he went on to founding a New York-based successful private investment firm Harbinger Capital.

Via Amanda Simmons
Annisa Ilham's insight:

I see thatPhilip Falcone came from a poverty stricken town and home. He was a very talented hockey player but a serious knee injury prevented him from continuing to play. He began working as a junior junk-broke trader and became interested in money which inspired him to become a businessman. I think that he is somewhat grateful for getting injured as he found another passion and calling in another field of work which led to his wealth. I wonder why he chose to become a junior junk-broke trader after the end of his hockey career.

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Xuan Tay Yu's curator insight, June 28, 2013 4:11 AM

This is a truely amazing story. This man, Philip Falcone, become rich through sheer hardwork and determination. He was born to a very poor family and now he is a billionaire. I think this man has proven the world not to give up easily, and keep pursueing your dreams, and one day your problems will disappear, and your dreams come true. He is a great role model to people who are facing problems that seem impossible to solve. I wonder hoe he found the courage to move on.

Bernice Phua Rui Yi's curator insight, July 2, 2013 11:19 AM

Philip Falcone was born into a poverty striken home in Chisholm, Minnesota. He had a thing for hockey and even recieved a scholarship to Havard to play professionally in Sweden but due to serious knee injury, his career as a hockey player had came to an end. He then moved on and started working as a junior junk-bond trader on Wall Street. It was there he decided to focus on earning money. Since then, with all his hardwork, he is now a billionaire. This tells us that coming from a poor family doesnt mean that you'll be poor for the rest of your life. Hardwork is one of the the soultions to poverty.

Ameer Artsyrup's curator insight, July 3, 2013 9:19 AM

From this article, I get to see that Philip Falcone faced poverty since he was young as he lived in a tiny poor town. However, his luck changed when he decided to leave his town to earn a living in the city.There, he founded a New York-based private investment  firm. From there, he begin to earn a lot of money and made himself rich. From this story, I learn that if we want to change our future to a brighter one, we should do something about it so that we may achieve it. However there is also another factor that will enable us to change our future and that is hardwork. In this article, I infer that Philip had been very hard working and resilient in order to achieve his aspiration as i believe that he went through a lot of hardships in order to be as he is now from his humble beginning. In all, I believe we should follow his footstep in order to achieve our aspirations.

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Miliband calls for improved integration of immigrants to reduce pressures of a multi-ethnic society

Miliband calls for improved integration of immigrants to reduce pressures of a multi-ethnic society | Possibilities and Conflict and Prejudice | Scoop.it

The Labour leader Ed Miliband today called for an overhaul of housing and employment policy – and a concerted drive to teach English to recent immigrants – in an effort to improve integration and reduce the strains of a multi-ethnic society.

He admitted that the last Government made serious mistakes over immigration, underestimating the capacity of some communities to adapt to new arrivals. He also conceded that it had blundered by adopting an open-doors policy for new arrivals from the East European countries that joined the EU in 2004.

Under his proposals, Labour would expect migrants to learn English, tackle landlords who cram newcomers into overcrowded houses and ban recruitment agencies from seeking workers only from particular countries or ethnic groups...


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I see that Ed Miliband is trying to promote a multi-ethnic society and have more immigrants in Great Britain. He believes they should be able to speak English to ensure effective communication and that both citizens and foreigners should be treated equally. He does not want separation between different communities in the country. I think that his vision for Britain is a strong and positive one that should be carried out. I wonder what led him to make this decision, for example, witnessing or going through conflicts between different ethnicities that inspired a want for harmony.

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Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:02 AM

Ed Miliband feels that everyone in Great Britiasn should know how to speak English and it is important for everyone to know the language. He wants a multi-ethnic society in Great Britian. With everyone being able to speak a common language ideas and opinions could be easily brought up towards creating this multi-ethnic society. It is important for the people to communicate and agree on it. As different opinions may cause conflict in the community

Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:06 AM

Ed Miliband feels that everyone in Great Britiasn should know how to speak English and it is important for everyone to know the language. He wants a multi-ethnic society in Great Britian. With everyone being able to speak a common language ideas and opinions could be easily brought up towards creating this multi-ethnic society. It is important for the people to communicate and agree on it. As different opinions may cause conflict in the community

Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:16 AM

Ed Miliband feels that everyone in Great Britiasn should know how to speak English and it is important for everyone to know the language. He wants a multi-ethnic society in Great Britian. With everyone being able to speak a common language ideas and opinions could be easily brought up towards creating this multi-ethnic society. It is important for the people to communicate and agree on it. As different opinions may cause conflict in the community

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Seeing Possibilities

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You are today where your thoughts have brought you & you will be tomorrow where your thoughts will lead you. Engage in the future when seeing possibilities.

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Annisa Ilham's insight:

I see that being exposed to negative things will make people more inclined to make negative choices and have more negative thoughts. It will also make people believe they have little or no control over outcomes and therefore won’t strive to reach their goals. I think that we should surround ourselves with positivity. I wonder what about the negative thing such as news makes people more negative. Why wouldn’t it inspire people to change the world and be more optimistic, happy and inspired to change things and reach their goals and do what they want?

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Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:23 AM

I can see that when people are awlays being exposed to negative thoughts and information, they tend to make bad choices due to their negative thoughts, affecting the way he or she lead their life. This cause people to feel demoralised , which will also affect the way they think.Thus, it is important to think positive, and see the brighter side of life. This will allow people to strive towards their goal, and have their desired outcome. I think attitude plays a important role in the way we think. i wonder why do people not think the positive side of life.

Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:59 AM

After reading this article, I realized that positive attitude is needed to determine the life we're living in and also the possibilities that we can achieve. Many people may be affected in their life due to the negative thoughts and attitude that they have, if they had positive attitude in all the things they do, they would live a better life and discover things that they might have never discovered before. These positive attitude and thoughts leads to finding even more possibilities and lead us to the right path onto our future.

Coven Chong Weng's curator insight, July 5, 2013 7:09 AM

From this article, i realise that with the right attitude, we can come up with all different kind of outcome in some situations. If your attitude is positive for everything, everything might just turn out the way that you want it. However if you have a negative attitude, things will not go the way you want it to and it might get even worse. Thus, i wonder why some people dont think with a positive attitude.