Yearly Archives: 2014

Watch speaker highlights from the 2014 WIRED Conference: people changing the world and defining the future

Oct 23, 2014

We had a spectacular time at the 2014 WIRED Conference last week, a two day event that keeps participants ahead of the trends that transform our world. Delightfully curated by editor of the UK edition of WIRED magazine David Rowan, who also moderated the conference, the audience were transfixed with a well-chosen range of speakers. They created a very

Expert economics commentator Curtis S. Chin discusses Alibaba and China’s need for capital market reforms

Oct 22, 2014

Writing in the Japan Times, Curtis S. Chin, the first Asia Fellow of the Milken Institute, makes the case that as “equity markets from Tokyo to New York enter more volatile times, it’s worth taking a pause to reflect on the need for continued capital market reforms, particularly in China.” Using the example of Alibaba’s

“Unleashing Metro Growth”: Jim O’Neill delivers the final report of the City Growth Commission

Oct 22, 2014

In October the UK’s City Growth Commission, chaired by the economist and creator of the BRICs acronym Jim O’Neill, released “Unleashing Metro Growth”, an influential report explaining how the UK can boost its economy by facilitating the growth of London and its other great cities. Jim believes that cites are “the most powerful engines of

Bjørn Lomborg, a leading speaker on addressing the world’s greatest challenges, calls for the reduction of illicit financial flows

Oct 21, 2014

Writing for Project Syndicate, convener of the Copenhagen Consensus Center Bjørn Lomborg argues that one of the biggest problems affecting the world’s poor is one that few have ever heard about: illicit financial flows. The Copenhagen Consensus Center recently asked 62 teams of top economists to determine where limited resources could do the most good by 2030. Bjørn notes

“Miserablism risks causing Britain serious harm” warns leading political commentator Janan Ganesh

Oct 21, 2014

Janan Ganesh, a leading commentator on UK politics, has argued in the Financial Times that Britain is now richer, freer, more roundly envied. Yet all talk is of decline, and such “miserablism risks causing Britain serious harm.” Janan points out that whilst the “ambient noise in Britain today is a drone of complaint: about migration, unspecified “elites”,

Interview with Richard Flanagan, Man Booker 2014 winner

Oct 20, 2014

Australian author Richard Flanagan has won the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for his wartime novel “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”. Presented with his prize by The Duchess of Cornwall, Flanagan’s novel is set during the construction of the Thailand-Burma Death Railway in World War Two. AC Grayling, renowned British philosopher and chair of the judges,

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