Innovation booming in emerging markets despite obstacles
Traditional measures of innovation usually focus on science and technology, for example on patents produced, scientific papers published and PhD graduates in science and engineering. While the role of science and technology in driving innovation continues to be important, we are witnessing a new type of innovation in Latin America and other emerging markets, i.e. innovations that are more horizontal and more context dependent.
Economic downturn ‘opens doors’ for recycling business Worn Again
One of the greatest challenges facing social business Worn Again is the widely-held public assumption that any product made from recycled materials must be cheaper than conventional merchandise on the market.
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?
Fairtrade coffee farmers battle for survival in Colombia
On the hillsides of Riosucio in the Caldas State of Colombia, 62-year-old Edwardo Antonio is one of over 400 Fairtrade coffee farmers. Owning three hectares of land, Antonio used to make a nominal income working as a labourer on large coffee plantations. In the early 1990s, his community of mostly indigenous farmers was given the opportunity to work for themselves and taught how to grow and process world-class coffee sought after by buyers such as Starbucks and Equal Exchange.
Shedding light: INSEAD initiatives seek to foster growth, development in Africa
Listen to INSEAD faculty, alumni and associates talk, and you realise that Africa is no longer just a story of disease, poverty, misery and humanitarian aid. Or of China’s hunger for raw materials and energy, while the Japanese and Koreans buy land in Africa to grow their own food. Today, Africa is also a story of investment and growth on a global scale.
Putting the squeeze on sustainability spending
In an economic downturn, budgets get cut – whether they be for training, travel, marketing or PR activities. But these cuts go well beyond the normal discretionary items. Where companies had recently started spending money to promote and enhance their sustainability, they are now refocusing their attention on cost-cutting instead.
When being green pays
Environmental issues are becoming increasingly hard to ignore these days. For many companies, it has become a licence to operate. Those who don’t consider the environmental impact of their operations will find themselves at a disadvantage, not just because their competitors are doing it, but also because the public demands it.
Transferring Wall Street skills to the social sector
Born to Indian parents in Texas, Deval Sanghavi lived the American dream. After graduating from college with two business administration degrees, he went to work at Morgan Stanley’s strategic finance department at its headquarters in New York City.
The Network Challenge: Strategy, Profit and Risk in an Interlinked World
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Yosef Gorny: "The Road Map to Peace? The War and its Impact on Israelis and Palestinians"
A talk by Yosef Gorny, Tel Aviv University and Visiting Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Committee on Jewish Studies. From the Rethinking America in the Middle East Series, presented by: International House Global Voices Program, the Norman Wait Harris Fund of the Center for International Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Human Rights Program
"The Making of Chechen Terrorists: The Clash of Forces and Discourses"
A talk by Georgi Derluguian, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University; introduced by Ronald Grigor Suny, Professor of Political Science and History, U. of Chicago. From the World Beyond the Headlines Series.
"Inventing the Axis of Evil: The Truth about North Korea, Iran, and Syria"
A talk by Bruce Cumings, Norman and Edna Freehling Professor of History, U. of Chicago; moderated by Stephen Kinzer, New York Times. Cosponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies. From the World Beyond the Headlines Series.
"The United States and the Arab World: Sources of Antagonism, Prospects for Accommodation"
A talk by Salim Yaqub, Assistant Professor of History, U. of Chicago; moderated by Marda Dunsky, Assistant Professor at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. From the World Beyond the Headlines Series.
"Consolidating Democracy in Mexico: Adapting and Reforming Institutions for Democracy"
Panel featuring Jacqueline Peschard, former member of the Federal Electoral Institute; Lorenzo Meyer, El Colegio de Mexico; and Jorge Chabat, Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economica; from the Latin American Briefing Series of the Center for Latin American Studies (http://clas.uchicago.edu).Author(s):
"Whatever Happened to Globalization?"
A talk by Richard Longworth, Executive Director, Global Chicago Center, Chicago Council on Foreign Relations; moderated by Daniel Drezner, Assistant Professor of Political Science, U. of Chicago. From the World Beyond the Headlines Series.
"Interactions Between the Press and Foreign Policy"
A talk by Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, "The NewsHour" (PBS). From the World Beyond the Headlines Series.
Latin American Business Conference: "Sustained Growth in Latin America: Key Lessons From Chile"
Lecture by Pedro Aspe, Protego, former Finance Minister of Mexico; from the Latin American Briefing Series of the Center for Latin American Studies (http://clas.uchicago.edu).
"Mexico: Problems of a New Democracy"
Lecture by Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, Professor of Law at the Instituto Tecnólogico Autónomo de México; from the Latin American Briefing Series of the Center for Latin American Studies (http://clas.uchicago.edu).
"Global Chicago, pt. 1"
A talk by Charles Madigan, editor of Global Chicago and editor of Chicago Tribune Perspective section, moderator. In collaboration with The Global Chicago Center of The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. From the World Beyond the Headlines Series.
"Global Chicago, pt. 2"
A talk by Saskia Sassen, Professor, Department of Sociology, U. of Chicago. In collaboration with The Global Chicago Center of The Chicago Council on Foreign RelationsFrom the World Beyond the Headlines Series.