Freedom of Expression: The Controversy
Moderated by David Remnick, Editor of The New Yorker. Featuring Peter Awn, Director of Columbia’s Middle East Institute; University Professor Kent Greenawalt, Columbia Law School; Bernard-Henri Lévy, Author and Philosopher; and Philippe Schmidt, Chairman of INACH and Vice-President of LICRA.
"Un Futuro Para Mexico": A Future for Mexico - ENGLISH
ENGLISH - With panelists Jorge G. Castaneda, Former Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs; Hector Aguilar Camin, Director of Revista Nexos; Jesus Reyes-Heroles, former Mexican ambassador to the U.S.; and Santiago Levy, Vice-President of the Inter-American Development Bank.
Healthcare Reform and the State of the Economy
Robert Andrews, U.S. House Representative, (D-NJ)
Tackling the financial crisis by changing tack
China, one of Asia’s economic powerhouses, is not immune to the global financial crisis despite enjoying double-digit growth in the last five years and being poised to achieve nine per cent growth this year. Share prices in Shanghai have fallen 72 per cent and house prices have come down 55 per cent. Demand has plummeted and thousands of factories have closed because of cancelled or delayed export orders.
After the Asian tigers, will it be the turn of the African lions?
Sub-Saharan Africa is likely to remain the second-fastest growing region after Asia in the near future, predicts Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, but “we can catch up with Asia, as the prospect of Africa as the last unexplored territory in the world and the potential of growth remain.”
For this to happen, Sanusi says Africa needs to put in place the right policies, address its infrastructure deficit, and provide the right environment and incentives for busine
The Middle Kingdom: Civilisation state or nation state?
China is a conundrum: past, present and possibly the future. Even as it is on course to overshadow the US as the next dominant economic superpower, author Martin Jacques argues that it will never become a Western-style society, but will likely remain highly distinctive.
Smart economics: investing in working women
Working women make up a fast-growing percentage of the global workforce, which is now estimated at 46 per cent of the total. In emerging markets, most working women are self-employed, earning low and irregular incomes.
Where Grameen Bank meets e-Bay in an African marketplace (and everyone wins)
While share prices have been falling and banks have been offering measly interest rates, MYC4 investors have been earning an average gross interest rate of 12.9 per cent a year from investments made from the comfort of their home. Too good to be true? According to Mads Kjaer, CEO of the online marketplace MYC4, “investors set the interest rate themselves and bid for it, and many hard-core investors realise even much higher yields.”
Gold lures small-scale miners into global market
Victoria Paxi used to live in Lima, the capital of Peru, working in a restaurant or washing clothes to earn about 60 dollars a month, while her husband worked hours away in a mine.
Private equity: finding 'vintage' returns in times of economic turbulence
This year and next could well be “vintage years” for private equity returns, even though the private equity market has shrunk dramatically from its peak in 2006 and 2007, says Peter Cornelius, Chief Economist of AlpInvest Partners, a private equity shop which manages assets of US$40 billion.
UO Today #459: William Toll / Ellen Eisenberg
William Toll, History, and Ellen Eisenberg, History, Willamette University, discuss their book Jews of the Pacific Coast: Reinventing Community on America’s Edge (2010). They each gave talks at the UO on May 23, 2010 as part of the 10-year anniversary celebration of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies. UO Today, the Oregon Humanities Center’s [...]
UO Today #461: Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, discusses her advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty. She spoke at the UO on October 19, 2010. UO Today, the Oregon Humanities Center’s half-hour television interview program, provides a glimpse into the heart of the [...]
Ancient China Developed Advanced Tech (Pt. 2)
Recent researchers have found out that China had
pioneered the development of some of the most advaced technology in the
world in the most concentrated and upward directed technological
development in history until the 17th century... But it accomplished
this over a thousand years ago. Pumps, wheelbarrows, canals, and single-arch bridges are all mentioned.
Getting back to basics in a world of luxury
As China's middle class expands, does consumption behaviour change? According to Sir David Tang, founder of Shanghai Tang and China Clubs, consumption behaviour doesn’t shift with economic development; it is only perceived to do so.
“I don’t think economic development has ever changed human nature,” says Tang. “China is able now, with a rising middle class, to start thinking about all the bourgeois things, about life of the next-door neighbour. And that’s why, in a way, cons
Terrorism in Asia: still a threat
When Noordin Mohammad Top, the chief suspect in July’s suicide bomb attacks on luxury hotels in Jakarta was killed during a police raid in Central Java in September, the feeling of relief in Indonesia and Southeast Asia was almost palpable.
Chinese individualism stronger than in the West, spurred by social changes and economic growth
China’s one-child policy has helped bring about individualism that is even stronger than in the west, says Jesse Price, founding partner of the Reya Group, which specialises in organisational culture.
Although the west often views China as a collectivist society, his company’s research suggests there is “very strong individualism” in China’s society, which could be due to China’s economic ascendance, its national population policy, and the ensuing changes in China’s social
Knowledge transfer: Use templates to pass on best practices, at least initially
As corporations look to expand overseas – through franchising, outsourcing or setting up plants and offices elsewhere – they transfer best practices to maintain their competitive edge. But what’s the best way of doing that and how should they adapt these operational practices to local conditions? According to studies carried out by INSEAD Professor of Strategy Gabriel Szulanski and others, companies need to identify and validate actual examples that have been shown to produce results.
Mapping out the challenges for social innovation research
Social entrepreneurs and enterprises may have limited resources but they’re resourceful and are capable of tackling failed markets, as well as intractable ‘wicked’ problems. But the key question, according to Pamela Hartigan, Director of Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School, Oxford University, is how far can social innovation help forge a new global order that is more sustainable, responsible, and humane than what has gone before?
For-profit or not for-profit? Social enterprises seek a better way
Social enterprises must currently choose whether to be charitable non-profit organisations or money-making, for-profit companies. The choice is often hard to make since the legal status of each has positive points as well as drawbacks. Because of this, a leading social entrepreneur thinks it is time to create a hybrid legal status for social enterprises.
Fighting Monsanto at the Supreme Court
Student Group Speaker Series Fighting Monsanto at the Supreme Court September 15, 2010 Northwest Environmental Defence Center In this podcast, Professor George Kimbrell, staff attorney for the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Lewis and Clark alumnus, will discuss the recent Supreme Court decision Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms. After plaintiffs secured injunctive relief prohibiting [...]