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“Hollywood stereotypes block economic development” warns Curtis S. Chin

Curtis ChinCurtis S. Chin, former US ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, has posted his latest musing on Asia, with a Hollywood twist.

In an article for CNN, Curtis uses the 1960s film, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” to explain that although it is initially easy to distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys, the lines begin to blur as the Western plays out, reminding us of our tendencies to form stereotypes.

Curtis links this with the common stereotype of corporations being evil and greedy. In turn, he argues that this is prohibiting the partnership between governments and the private sector – a relationship that if respected can help fight poverty in countries like India, Nepal and China.

Curtis argues that for this relationship to blossom, “[we] must move beyond stereotypes, as well as politics and the business as usual mindset. Doing so is essential to extend Asia’s economic growth to this mountain region’s most important stakeholders – namely, the people who have long called the Hindu Kush-Himalaya their home.”

Read the full article here.

For more information, or to book Curtis S. Chin as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Dr. Parag Khanna: Leading voice on the nexus between international affairs, economics and technology

Good to hear from geo-political commentator Parag Khanna, who is as busy as ever! Topics he is currently talking about include:
• The Future of Globalization: Strategic Trends, Economic Competition & Technological Innovation – Parag gives an insightful look at the foundations of the future world order including: the new geopolitical marketplace emerging with the rise of China, India, Brazil and Russia, the competitive geo-economic environment and how the rise of ‘geo-technology’ and ‘smart cities’ will re-shape the global balance of innovation.
• Collective Leadership in a Turbulent Age – Using his multi-disciplinary training and scenario-planning expertise, Parag explains the chain reactions that produce unpredictable ‘black swan’ events and how to cope with vulnerability. He offers a new global agenda in which all organizations collaborate in dynamic public-private combinations to address the challenges of economic uncertainty, political instability, and socioeconomic stress.
• Billions of People, Trillions of Dollars: How Asia Will Shape the Next Decade – Now on an economic zone at a par with North America and the European Union, Asia will, in the coming decade, be the source of over $2 trillion foreign investment into other regions. Parag explains where the Asian capital is flowing and how it will shape the global economy and transform strategic relationships.
• The Global War for Talent – With over 250 million expatriates worldwide there is a new class of global citizen emerging. Attracting the best and brightest to a country, city or company requires understanding the dynamics of global labour mobility and developing a plan to gain an edge in the ‘war for talent’. Parag provides insights and case studies to help companies strategize a move up the value chain.
For more information on Parag Khanna’s speaking topics and availability please contact our London office on +44(0)20 7792 8000.

Curtis S. Chin explores Asia’s growing inequality

Writing in Phnom Penh Post, Curtis S. Chin explores the rise of inequality in Cambodia. Ahead of upcoming elections, Curtis suggests more introspection is needed on the impact of foreign investment and development programs, that have successfully grown both the economy and rates of inequity within the nation.

He suggests, more than poverty, companies entering growth markets also need to think about inequality.

An illuminating read.

Click here to read “Phnom Penh Post: Wanted: a level playing field”.

For more information, or to book Curtis S. Chin as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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