Ideas for Tomorrow - 2012


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Asia Must Free Itself From Western Chains

We are struggling with the stubborn belief that markets, technology and liberal democracy will deliver all our needs.

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Can De-Chemicalizing Agriculture Save the Planet?

With crop yields increasingly susceptible to severe droughts, desertification and other weather-related events, farmers are depending more and more on agrochemicals to bolster their harvests. While that may be good for agribusinesses, argues Chandran Nair, it is ruinous for farmers — and for the health of the planet.

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Asian Business Schools Cannot Remain Behold to Schools in the West

Asia has sustained a longstanding and deep-seated intellectual subservience to Western thought. Chandran argues that this has to change.

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Tired arguments don’t fool Asians

Ian Bremmer and David Gordon’s article (Sept 9) should alarm all Asian readers. It is over-simplistic and exaggerates the nature of the relations between nations. These are the same old tricks employed by colonial powers and empires – divide and rule. The geopolitics of the 21st century will need to be shaped by a firm rejection of the tired old strategies of pitting one country against another.

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The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing in the 21st century will be global austerity - a bitter pill containing the realities of a very crowded planet with limited resources.

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From Authenticity to Intellectual Honesty - The New Challenge for Business Leaders

Business leaders must shift away from vague notions of authenticity to intellectual honesty. Given the crisis of capitalism they must do so now to contribute to the pressing challenge of exploring the role of business in society.

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Focusing Science on the Damage

Using examples from oil and gas, Chandran argues that science must be directed to serve the public good by helping governments to make more informed decisions rather than just aiding the development of new technologies.

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Asia's Austerity: The New Global Norm

The economic crises in Europe and the United States have prompted a debate over whether stimulus or austerity is the best medicine. Chandran Nair, the founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow, looks at rising populations and thinning resources (not just in Asia, but throughout the world) and concludes that, over the long term, austerity is the only real solution.

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Is the 21st Century the Asia Century?

Over the past decade, booming economic growth in Asia — especially in China and India — has led many to look at sputtering growth in Europe and the United States and conclude that the 21st century will inevitably be an "Asian Century." But according to Chandran Nair, founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT), there are several reasons why the Asian Century won't come to pass.

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‘Rich’ will not lead in clean energy

Sir, José Antonio Ocampo and Nicholas Stern’s article “Rich nations must take the lead in a clean-energy revolution” (June 19) is sadly misleading. The rich countries they refer to are no longer rich, but are, in fact, debt-ridden because they have lived beyond their means, with cheap energy assisting this process.