Nippon in the world
Nippon in the World is an online exhibition of historical materials and images from the National Diet Library, Japan, accessible in largely parallel Japanese and English versions. The site is divided into three broad sections: scenic mementos of Japan (paintings, illustrations, woodblock prints and photographs covering the 17th to early 20th centuries and by Japanese and foreign artists); a virtual recreation of the Japan pavilion at the Vienna International Exposition in 1873; and modern Japane
Fauna and flora in illustrations : natural history of the Edo era
Fauna and Flora in Illustrations : Natural History of the Edo Era is an online exhibition from the National Diet Library of Japan, accessible only in Japanese. The site is divided into four broad sections: an introduction to the materials in the exhibition; the development of natural history publications; the evolution of uniquely Japanese horticulture; and rare birds, strange animals and curious fish. Each section has enlargeable thumbnails of illustrations embedded in explanatory text. The int
Pages magazine is an Iranian contemporary arts ejournal, published partly online and also distributed in paper form from The Netherlands. The journal is published in English. At May 2009 there are tables of contents for seven issues online, with many articles from the print edition freely available online in HTML format. Issues are themed. Example free online article titles include: 'Cultural Identity or National Modernism?'; 'The Font Crisis A conversation between Farhad Fozouni, Hamed Yousefi
BBC music magazine
This is the website of the BBC's official Music Magazine, devoted to coverage of classical music and musicians. At April 2010 the website freely offers about 60 feature articles from the magazine, as well as many news items and several weblogs. There are also useful guides to new releases in classical, jazz, opera, and some world music. Short CD reviews may be searched, using a variety of search modifiers. There is an associated public discussion forum. Although the website does not offer the
World Development Report 2010 : Development and climate change
The 2010 World Development Report considers the disproportionate implications of climate change for developing countries and examines the actions that developed countries must take to address the problems and help developing countries tackle the issues. The report, published by the World Bank, can be downloaded in its entirety or as individual chapters. The website also provides consultation documents, background papers, frequently asked questions, multimedia resources, maps and figures and a cl
History of mathematics and X
The History of Mathematics and X "is an initiative that aims to offer mathematical histories for various topics, x. Each topic is covered in a talk at the University of Nottingham that is available to view online, in an article for iSquared Magazine and is accompanied by a companion podcast released by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications through the Travels in a Mathematical World podcast." Two topics are currently (May 2010) available - cryptography and gravity. These resources ha
The devil's in the details - regulating financial innovation
With elections in India in a few months, the war on terror must be squarely at the centre of the political agenda. Not far away will be regulation of finance. As Sonia Gandhi put it, the poor had nothing to do with fancy sounding financial instruments. The livelihoods of the poor are at great risk now that financial globalisation has spread the damaging effects of some types of innovative finance across the world. Dr Paul Kattuman looks at the unintended consequences of complex, unproven financi
Distributing the downturn
The International Labour Organisation has forecast a rise in unemployment by 20 million world-wide, by the end of 2009. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has forecast a loss of up to 10 million jobs within the OECD group of countries, and up to 25 million jobs world-wide between 2008 and 2010. However, would a strategy of cutting wages as opposed to cutting jobs in the face of this recession create the conditions for economic recovery? Dr Paul Kattuman believes it
A brave new world
In today's fast moving technological world, successful companies will be those brave enough to invest in start-ups and create their own competitors. Taking the example of Kodak, who floundered in the face of emerging digital technologies, Dr Kamal Munir explains the importance of adaptation, but points out, that merely hooking new technologies into a business model to prolong the life of existing technologies is not enough: "Companies need to invest equity into start-ups, they need to create the
All change - crisis as opportunity
As the worst recession in recent history takes root worldwide, managers are doing what they always do in tough times: first they start worrying, and then they start cutting costs. This is a natural response to try and balance the books when revenues have started to dry up and credit is hard to come by, but cutting costs involves only half the equation and ignores a more strategic response that could cause less pain in the short run, and result in more gain in the long run. Namely: to use the opp
Entrepreneurship for all
One of the authors of the recent Educating the Next Wave of Entrepreneurs report by the World Economic Forum explains why entrepreneurship is in fact a social movement and not purely the function of elite business schools. He argues that entrepreneurship can be taught and indeed must be taught to all. It has the ability to generate social inclusion and employment, empowering communities and stimulating economic growth during this current global crisis.
Innovation in India and China - Asia's non-identical twins
The Centre for India and Global Business at Judge Business School in Cambridge is creating a new dialogue for Western understanding of the emerging markets in India and China. On the one hand the rise of India and China as fast-growing global markets and world-class sources of innovation threatens the West but on the other the West needs a greater understanding of how it can succeed in these new giant Asian markets. Each needs the other but economic and cultural differences often hinder business
The anatomy of a business deal
Antenna Group operates TV, radio and online businesses and distributes content around the world, offers tips on capturing value ahead of a crisis. Mr Kyriakou discusses how entrepreneurial vision and foresight can both recognise and create opportunity using the NOVA Televizia case study as an example. The NOVA Televizia sale, which was closed on 15 October 2008 for a modest $3m, realised one of the highest ever rate of return on investment in media and confounded falling valuation trends, when
Seeing the wood for the trees
Dr Chris Hope says the issues of deforestation and financial compensation to encourage developing countries to protect their forests must be addressed at the Copenhagen talks. He argues deforestation is costing the world tens of trillions of dollars in its impacts and although geo-engineering devices can be used to redress CO2 emissions, the cheaper option is to prevent the tropical forests from being destroyed in the first place.
Water, water everywhere; nor any drop to drink?
"The Global Water Initiative: Implications of Climate Change and Variability on African Water Resources", a three day conference co-ordinated by Judge Business School's Cambridge Centre for Energy Studies and held at Downing College, University of Cambridge, brought together academics from all over the World to openly debate these truly daunting questions of environmental sustainability in the face of climate change.
Are virtual teams the future?
In the brave new world of work employees may be less reliant on employers to offer a secure future and more reliant on their own commitment. The enterprising will succeed, says Dr Jonathan Trevor.
Education can change the world!
The business model for One Laptop Per Child is more like academia than social enterprise, says Charles Kane, but with only 30 staff, 1.5 million laptops have already reached the developing world. Education is what underpins the success of a nation, he explains.
Virtual teams are the future
Geographically diverse teams in multinational companies maybe harder to manage than traditional teams, but these collaborative virtual teams are becoming increasingly important. According to Professor Lynda Gratton, one of only two women in The Times' Top 50 Thinkers in the World, the very make-up of teams gives them an ability to innovatively solve complex problems.
Knowledge workers and the need for 'seduction'
Knowledge workers of the future may not respond to traditional management models of 'command and control', says Professor Arnoud De Meyer, Director of Cambridge Judge Business School. Instead, they need to be seduced! His 'Collaborative Leadership' model supports the use of 'communities' of people 'co-acting' without hierarchy to successfully solve the complex and interconnected problems the world faces.
1.4 Caring for the consequences
This unit considers environmental responsibility and what may matter from a caring perspective and an accountability perspective. Caring for an environment compromising the natural world and ensuring accountability for harm or wrong done to the environment.